Dear Readers, Dear Basel

Experience opera from its dawn to the post-apocalypse. This season’s repertoire includes great classics, rarities and new creations with a strong artistic identity. The artistic director of the opera is Benedikt von Peter. Discover our programme.

Verschobene Produktionen aus 20/21

Aufgrund der vielen Schliesszeiten seit November 2020 konnten wir leider eine Reihe von Produktionen nicht öffentlich zur Aufführung bringen. Einige Titel konnten wir verschieben, andere entfallen leider ganz. Hier finden Sie eine Liste der betroffenen Produktionen:

Spielzeiteröffnung in der Oper

Premieres Opera 20/21

Calendar Opera

2021-04-18 18:30:00 2021-04-18 21:15:00 Europe/Zurich Intermezzo Info:
Grosse Bühne
Theater Basel Theaterstrasse 7 4051 Basel
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
2021-04-22 19:30:00 2021-04-22 21:30:00 Europe/Zurich Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria Info:
Theater Basel Schauspielhaus Steinentorstrasse 7 4051 Basel

Opera subscription

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Over the summer of 2020 we will only be selling subscriptions. This allows forward-thinking theatre-goers to secure their seats and tickets for the 20/21 season. To see an overview of all subscriptions, click here

Opera Ensemble


Singers wanted for OperAvenir opera studio

Theater Basel’s international opera studio, OperAvenir, is looking for singers across all voice categories for the 21/22 season.

OperAvenir specifically prepares young singers for a stage career. In a variety of workshops and regular coaching sessions, young singers perfect their technique under the guidance of internationally renowned teachers. Further, OperAvenir participants are given an immediate opportunity to put what they have learned into practice – in leading and supporting roles on the Grosse Bühne, as well as in Theater Basel’s own productions.

The director of the opera studio is Hélio Vida.

We are looking for talented young singers right at the beginning of their professional careers. Applicants should preferably be below the age of 30, although we do make exceptions in individual cases. Your application must contain the following documents:

  • Your CV with a photo
  • Video links to two different arias
  • A copy of your passport

Please submit all supporting documents by 31 October 2020 to: (Please also send any questions you may have to this email address.)

The auditions are planned to take place in January 2021.


Initial practical experience for young singers

Since 2006, the Basel opera studio OperAvenir has been accompanying young singers taking their first steps in professional theatre productions after their studies. The members of the opera studio appear on stage in various roles. Further, they also create a varied programme through their own projects, concerts and performances.

Diverse advanced training

The advanced training in the opera studio lasts about two years. The applicants come from all over the world.
The focus is on weekly singing and speech, movement and acting lessons; supplemented by workshops and master classes. As from the 20/21 season, Hélio Vida is the director of the opera studio OperAvenir.

Members of OperAvenir 20/21:

  • Alex Banfield
  • Kali Hardwick (OperAvenir Plus)
  • Paull-Anthony Keightley
  • Stefanie Knorr

With support from

Julius Bär


1 hour, 1 artist, 1 classic
«Limitations reveal the master.» Goethe

Hamlet, Käthchen, Othello, Medea. The theatre department is taking its educational mission seriously. Every month we will be performing a different work of the classical canon. Reworked as a solo performance. On a specially designed small stage in the foyer. The run time is one hour. Budget-friendly admission. The ballet and opera departments are also involved in this cross-disciplinary project within the framework of ‹Klassikermaschine spezial›. Revolving around the most fundamental of all theatre questions: What has it got to do with me?

Night café

The night café is legendary. Its new home after 14 November 2020 will be in the recently opened theatre café. Surprise formats of all kinds perform on the newly installed café stage. Every 3rd Friday of the month. At eleven in the evening. Dance, performance, music or show.

Sinfonieorchester Basel

The daily Süddeutsche Zeitung puts it in a nutshell: «Once you have experienced the Sinfonieorchester Basel together with its principal conductor Ivor Bolton, you realise what this fabulous orchestra is capable of.» During its own concert series at Theater Basel as well as in guest performances at home and abroad, the innovative ensemble proves its sound qualities time and time again. 

The orchestra’s principal conductor since the 2016/2017 season has been the British conductor Ivor Bolton. Famed conductors who were or still are closely associated with the Sinfonieorchester Basel include Johannes Brahms, Felix Weingartner, Gustav Mahler, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Gary Bertini, Walter Weller, Armin Jordan, Horst Stein, Otto Klemperer, Nello Santi, Pierre Boulez, Mario Venzago and Dennis Russell Davies.

For some years now, the Sinfonieorchester Basel has also benefited from an increased international presence, for example with tours of the UK in 2014, 2015 and 2017, the ‹Far East Tour› in the spring of 2015, a European tour with David Garrett in March 2017, a tour of Germany with Jonas Kaufmann in January 2019 and, to mark Beethoven's anniversary, the ‹Prometheus Tour› with Peter Simonischek in the spring of 2020. 

Opera choir

The Theater Basel Choir was named Choir of the Year 2013 by critics in Opernwelt magazine. Thanks to the choir's continuous, disciplined, and diligent effort under the guidance of long-standing choirmaster Henryk Polus, it has been possible to form an ensemble of 38 professional singers from 11 countries. The characteristics that have made this choir famous include homogeneity and precision, vigour and beauty of sound, expressiveness and passion for playing, assured style and flexibility. The choir has also excelled in the field of oratorio and concert literature, which has earned it numerous excellent reviews and the Bavarian Theatre Prize 2001 for its production ‹Actus tragicus›. In the 07/08 season, the choir was nominated several times in Opernwelt magazine as Opera Choir of the Year for its productions ‹On the town› and ‹Don Carlos› by Calixto Bieito. In the 16/17 season, the productions ‹Donnerstag aus Licht› by Karlheinz Stockhausen and ‹Chowanschtschina› by Modest Mussorgski saw the choir nominated as the second most important opera choir in German-speaking countries. The extraordinarily varied repertoire ranges from baroque works, romantic operas and operettas to modern-day favourites. Michael Clark has been the director of the Theater Basel Choir since the 17/18 season.

Opernchorakademie (OCA)

Die Opernchorakademie (OCA) des Theater Basel bietet jungen Sänger*innen die Chance, im Berufsopernchor des Theater Basel mitzuwirken. In Proben, Aufführungen und Konzerten lernen die Akademist*innen die differenzierte Ensemblearbeit eines professionellen Opernchors kennen. An der Seite der erfahrenen Kolleg*innen werden sie in allen Chorpartien des Opernrepertoires und bei Konzerten eingesetzt. Sie erwerben dadurch Bühnenerfahrung in der Praxis und erlernen den Beruf des/der Berufschorsänger*in in der Probenarbeit mit den Dirigent*innen, den Regisseur*innen und im Repertoirebetrieb am Abend.

Hier gehts zur Ausschreibung für die Spielzeit 21/22:

Stellen & Projekte

Team Oper

Künstlerische Direktion

  • Benedikt von Peter (Künstlerischer Leiter)
  • Jean Denes (Operndirektor)
  • Michael Clark (Chordirektor)


  • Roman Reeger (Leitender Dramaturg Oper)
  • Meret Kündig
  • Niels Nuijten

Musikalische Einstudierung

  • Hélio Vida (Leiter OperAvenir)
  • Thomas Wise (Studienleiter und Dirigent)
  • Nadejda Belneeva (Pianistin für den Chor)
  • Leonid Maximov (Solorepetitor)
  • Iryna Krasnovska (Solorepetitorin)


  • Karsten Barthold
  • Caterina Cianfarini
  • Ulrike Jühe
  • Maria-Magdalena Kwaschik

Musikalische Leitung

  • Ivor Bolton
  • Tito Ceccherini
  • Clemens Heil
  • Johannes Keller
  • Francesc Prat
  • Jonathan Stockhammer
  • Hélio Vida
  • Thomas Wise


  • Knabenkantorei Basel
  • I Musici de la Cetra
  • Les Reines Prochaines & Friends


  • Romeo Castellucci
  • Caterina Cianfarini
  • Herbert Fritsch
  • Krystian Lada
  • Simon McBurney
  • Wolfgang Nägele
  • Benedikt von Peter

Mitarbeit Regie

  • Silvia Costa
  • Josie Daxter
  • Ruth Sullivan


  • Márton Ágh
  • Geraldine Arnold
  • Victoria Behr
  • Romeo Castellucci
  • Silvia Costa
  • Nicky Gillibrand
  • Didzis Jaunzems
  • Michael Levine
  • Marion Andrea Menziger
  • Bente Rolandsdotter
  • Katrin Wittig


  • Tamás Bányai
  • Stefan Bolliger
  • Romeo Castellucci
  • Mike Gunning
  • Jean Kalman
  • Susanne Reinhardt


  • Jane Michelmore
  • Finn Ross


  • Gareth Fry
  • Matthew Herbert
  • Mathieu Maurice


  • Evelin Facchini

Sängerinnen und Sänger

  • Nathan Berg
  • Rebecca Bottone
  • Noel Bouley
  • Katarina Bradić
  • Karl-Heinz Brandt
  • Nicole Chevalier
  • Raphael Clamer
  • Jason Cox
  • James Creswell
  • Paul Curievici
  • Arthur Espiritu
  • Jasmin Etezadzadeh
  • Rachel Harnisch
  • Meike Hartmann
  • Théo Imart
  • Kai Kluge
  • Rainelle Krause
  • Michael Laurenz
  • Jamez McCorkle
  • André Morsch
  • Regula Mühlemann
  • Andrew Murphy
  • Günter Papendell
  • Ena Pongrac
  • Rolf Romei
  • Alex Rosen
  • Judith van Wanroij
  • Hubert Wild
  • Patrick Zielke


  • Alex Banfield
  • Kali Hardwick (OperAvenir Plus)
  • Paull-Anthony Keightley
  • Stefanie Knorr
  • N.N.


  • Monika Anderhuber-Lichtenberg
  • Ingo Anders
  • Victor Andrés Barbagelata Contreras
  • Martin Baumeister
  • Boguslaw Bidzinski
  • Eva Buffoni
  • Carmela Calvano Forte
  • Nadia Catania
  • Krzysztof Debicki
  • Giulia Gautschi-Del Re
  • Sonja Ilona Goltz
  • Karin Hellmich
  • Piotr Jan Hoeder
  • Antoni Kasprzak
  • Georgia Knower
  • Hendrik Köhler
  • Svetlana Korneeva
  • Martin Krämer
  • Jacek Krosnicki
  • Ewa Leska-Burska
  • Flavio Fernando Mathias
  • Evelyn Meier
  • Mkhanyiseli Mlombi
  • Doris Monnerat
  • Markus Moritz
  • Monika Noll-Talenta
  • Eckhard Otto
  • Elisabeth Picello
  • Marco Pobuda
  • Esther Randegger
  • Heike Roggenkamp
  • Constantin Rupp
  • André Nicolas Schann
  • Donovan Elliot Smith
  • Vladimir Vassilev
  • Lisa Westermann
  • Frauke Cornelia Willimczik-Mäder
  • Vivian Zatta
  • Xiaohui Zhang


  • Stephanie Denzel-Hoffman
  • Emily Jane Dilewski
  • Cécilia Roumi


  • Rahel Bänziger
  • Patrice Battistelli
  • Tarik Benchekmoumou
  • Margrit Bietenholz
  • Roman Blazejewski
  • Cornelia Bühler
  • Karin Diacon
  • Manuela Gaggiotti
  • Beat Hediger
  • Pamela Herzog
  • Ursula Küpfer
  • Andreas Laue
  • Sylvia Marian
  • Claudia Marugg
  • Erika Nuber
  • Dominik Nüscheler
  • Maurus Quinter
  • Karl Rillig
  • Alfredo Robles
  • Edith Röthlisberger
  • Antonie Santschi
  • Volker Scheuber
  • Renata Simon
  • Dorothea Steiner
  • Kurt Stöcklin
  • Mirjam Stritt
  • René Tena
  • Roger Wirz
  • Manfred Zanger


  • Jean-Pierre Bitterli
  • Martin Buck
  • Arthur Kimmerle
  • Thomas Kolbe
  • N.N.