Concert Season 2019/2020
The Oldenburg State Theatre has around 450 employees and covers a broad artistic spectrum with its seven separate departments: Opera, concerts, drama, ballet, theatre for children and young people, Niederdeutsches Schauspiel (theatre in the Low German language) and Sparte 7, which provides room for work across the genres, citizen’s theatre and more experimental work. Each season, the programme offers more than 30 premieres and more than 25 concerts in four different venues. The theatre is located at the city’s centre and deeply rooted in the life of its community – it looks back at a tradition of nearly 200 years: Initially operating together with Theater Bremen, it gained the status of Grand Ducal Court Theatre in 1842, became Oldenburgisches Landestheater in 1918 and finally Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in 1938.
In 1921, the theatre received its own opera department. The Grand Ducal Court Orchestra became Oldenburgisches Landesorchester in 1919, which in turn has been institutionally affiliated with the theatre as Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester since 1938.
Since its early days, the theatre has always demonstrated a great openness towards contemporary artistic developments, to be traced from a production of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” (1929) that was significant in the work’s history of reception, the German premiere of Adriana Hölszky’s “Die Wände” (1996) to numerous commissions of work in all genres. The artistic goal of the theatre under the leadership of Artistic Director Christian Firmbach is a balance of innovation, topicality and tradition, as well as the discovery and support of young talents.