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Staatsoper Stuttgart (Stuttgart State Opera) is an opera company in Stuttgartmarker, Germany.The Stuttgart Statsoper is one of Europe's leading Opera Houses and forms part of the Stuttgart State Theatre (Staatstheater Stuttgartmarker) which is a a three-branch-theatre complex (Opera, Playhouse and Ballet) and represents the largest theatre of its kind in Europe. The opera house itself, formerly known locally as the Grosses Haus, was designed by Max Littmann and opened in 1912 with the world premiere of Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos". The house, which has been a listed building since 1924, currently has 1,404 seats and a per-season audience of approximately 250,000. The opera house building is one of the few major German opera houses not to be destroyed in the World War II. The smaller playhouse ("Kleines Haus") of the complex was destroyed in the war and replaced by a modern building, built between 1959 and 1962. The opera house is also home to the Stuttgart Ballet.

An important centre for opera since the 17th century, Stuttgart has again become an important and influential centre since the war, particularly for contemporary works. Three operas by Carl Orff received their premieres there and the company has been associated with figures such as Wieland Wagner, G√ľnther Rennert, Hans Werner Henze and Philip Glass.

The company has won the "Opera House of the Year" award by the German magazine Opernwelt more often than any other company: in 1994 (the inaugural award), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and in 2006.

The present aritstic director is Albrecht Puhlmann and the musical director is Manfred Honeck.

Twenty-one different works were presented during the 2005-2006 season, including five new productions. Singers appearing with the company include Catherine Nagelstad, Jonas Kaufmann, Kurt Rydl, and Jon Frederic West.


Stuttgart productions of Glass's Satyagraha, Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen and Handel's Alcina have been released on DVD.

See also


Stuttgart by Thomas Bauman and Horst Koegler, New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7

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