The Hamburg State Opera (in German: Hamburgische Staatsoper) is one of the leading opera companies of Germany. The theatre was founded in 1678, making it Germany's oldest public opera house.
Opera in Hamburg dates back to 2 January 1678 when the Oper am Gänsemarkt was inaugurated with a performance of a biblical Singspiel by Johann Theile. It was not a court theatre but the first public opera house in Germany established by the art-loving citizens of Hamburg, a prosperous member of the Hanseatic League.
The Hamburg Bürgeroper resisted the dominance of the Italianate style and rapidly became the leading musical center of the German Baroque. In 1703, George Friedrich Handel was engaged as violinist and harpsichordist and performances of his operas were not long in appearing. In 1705, Hamburg gave the world première of his opera Nero.
Hamburg was one of the last of over a hundred large sailing vessels built by the Churchill family of Hantsport, led by Ezra Churchill. The barque was named after Hamburg, Germany, continuing a Churchill family tradition of naming ships after ports where they often sought cargoes.
The barque's captain for almost her entire career was Andrew B. Coldwell. Hamburg worked mostly Atlantic trades but also made several long Pacific voyages, rounded Cape Horn many times and made one circumnavigation of the world in 1891. She called at her namesake port of Hamburg, Germany in 1895. She was converted to a gypsumbarge in 1908 and served 17 years carrying gypsum under tow from the Minas Basin to New York. Her working career ended in 1925 when she was beached at Summerville, Hants County, Nova Scotia, just across and downriver from the site of her launch at Hantsport. In 1936, her massive wooden hull was burned to the waterline, leaving her lower hull partially covered and preserved in river silt.
Such was Korngold’s reputation at the time, even for a man at such a young age, that the German opera houses were falling over themselves to stage the world premiere and in the end it opened in two opera houses – Hamburg and Cologne – simultaneously on 4 December1920. From there it became one of the most popular operas of the decade.
No question about there being an abundance of “live” theatre and serious music available in Europe’s larger cities, as a recent tour of London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Berlin showed me once again ... Hamburg also boasts one of Germany’s finest opera houses, renowned both for daring and soundness.
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