Opera Loft

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Opera loft in the old ferry terminal in Altona

The Opernloft in the Old Ferry Terminal Altona is a stage in Hamburg , the aim of which is to facilitate entry into the opera genre . The name Opernloft results from the program (opera) and the original location in a converted factory floor, i.e. a loft .


In 2002 Yvonne Bernbom and Inken Rahardt founded the Junge Musiktheater Hamburg as a non-profit organization . The rehearsal stage of the Junge Musiktheater Hamburg in the Eilbeker Conventstraße was converted into the first own theater with approx. 100 seats and opened as an opera loft in 2007. In the summer of 2010, the Opernloft moved into the former rotation hall of the Axel Springer Verlag at Fuhlentwiete 7 in downtown Hamburg. The Conventgarten concert and event hall stood in the same place until 1943 . In 2015 the theater had to give up the premises in the city center. The building was demolished.

A cooperation with the Ernst-Deutsch-Theater enabled the Opernloft from 2016 to 2018 several "singer wars" (opera slam competitions) and two large productions ( Ein Maskenball (Verdi) and Carmen (Bizet)) with 30 performances each at Ernst- Perform German theater.

The lease for the former England ferry terminal in Altona was signed at the end of 2017. The old ferry terminal directly on the Elbe is currently being converted into a modern theater - with restaurants, a terrace and a hall for 250 spectators. In November 2018, the Opernloft is scheduled to start regular performance in the old ferry terminal in Altona.

In the opera loft the spectators sit, depending on the seating, in the front and middle area at tables, in the rear grandstand area in rows. Food and drinks can be taken into the hall from all seats. A theater bar in the foyer and a bistro provide appropriate catering.

The stage in the opera loft is 8 by 10 meters. The height of the hall is almost 10 meters. The hall and foyer are separated by large visible beams that retain the character of the former terminal. Huge window fronts offer a clear view of the Elbe before and after the performance. An electric curtain provides the necessary darkening during the performance.

The program features well-known and unknown operas, new formats such as the crime operas or the opera slam “Sängerkrieg”, operas for children and the favorite song lounge, a program for young artists. There are currently around 4 new productions per season. The opera loft can be rented for private and public events. Guest performances with the opera loft ensemble can also be booked.

The Opernloft plays musical theater for children, young people and adults. The known and unknown operas are told in just 90 minutes today. The concept has won several awards.


  • In 2008 Feline Knabe was awarded the Rolf Mares Prize for her portrayal of Carmen in the opera of the same name .
  • In 2009 Claudia Weinhart also received the Rolf Mares Prize for her set of the Perlenfischer family .
  • In 2009 the Opernloft was awarded a prize by the Germany - Land of Ideas initiative .
  • In 2010 the Opernloft was awarded the ExxonMobil- sponsored Pegasus Prize for Hamburg's private theaters.
  • In 2010, the artistic director Inken Rahardt was awarded the Rolf Mares Prize for her staging of Georg Friedrich Handel's Tolomeo .
  • In 2012 the singer Lisa Jackson was awarded the Rolf Mares Prize for her portrayal of Gilda in Rigoletto .
  • In 2014 Margarethe Mast received the Rolf Mares Prize for her set from Der Freischütz .
  • In 2015, artistic director Inken Rahardt was again awarded the Rolf Mares Prize for her directorial work Orlando furioso .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Young Music Theater Hamburg eV (Register No .: VR 17742 , Hamburg District Court )

Coordinates: 53 ° 33 '10.2 "  N , 9 ° 59' 6.3"  E