Staatstheater Cottbus Announces 2023-24 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Staatstheater Cottbus has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances.


“Wiener G’schichten” will be conducted by Frank Bernard.

Premiere Date: Oct. 6, 2023

Alexander Merzyn will conduct Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” in a new production by Tomo Sugao.

Premiere Dates: Oct. 14, 2023

“Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten” will be conducted by Johannes Zurl and directed by Johannes Oertel.

Premiere Date: Nov. 12, 2023

Prokofiev’s “The Love for Three Oranges” will be directed by Tomo Sugao. Johannes Zurl conducts.

Premiere Date: Jan. 27, 2024

Armin Petras directs a new production of Puccini’s Tosca.” The opera will be conducted by Alexander Merzyn. 

Premiere Date: April 13, 2024

“Die menschliche Stimme” and Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” will be performed in a double bill with Claudia Meyer directing. Michael Wilhelmi conducts.

Premiere Date: April 20, 2024

Cordula Däuper directs “Sweeney Todd” with Johannes Zurl conducting.

Premiere Date: June 8, 2024


“Märchen im Grand-Hotel” will be revived with Johannes Zurl conducting.

Premiere Date: August 26, 2023

Franck Bernard conducts “Willkommen in meinem Leben.” 

Premiere Date: Sept. 16, 2023

Puccini’sLa Bohème will be conducted by Alexander Merzyn.

Premiere Date: Sept. 17, 2023

Johannes Oertel conducts “Gold!”

Premiere Date: Nov. 22, 2023

Johannes Zurl conducts a revival of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”

Premiere Date: Jan. 6, 2024

Special Events 

Christian Möbius conducts an Operetta gala.

Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2023

Im Grünen Salon will be presented in the spring.

Performance Dates: April 2024

Peinliche Götter und Menschen will be performed.

Performance Dates: May 2024


Christian Möbius conducts a baroque concert with music by Schütz, Johann Christoph Bach, Antonio Bertali, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský, and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. Anne Martha Schuitemaker, Meike Funken, Rahel Brede, Jenny Bleidorn, Matthias Bleidorn, Florin Emilian Caliţa, Alexander Trauth, and Philipp Mayer are the soloists.

Performance Dates: Sept. 10, 2023

Alexander Merzyn conducts Mahler Symphony No. 3 with Helena Köhne.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22 & 24, 2023

Gloria Jieun Choi and Alexey Sayapin are the soloists in a concert conducted by Christian Möbius. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Andreas Pabst’s works will be performed.

Performance Date: Nov. 19, 2023

Christian Möbius conducts Vivaldi and Bach with soloists Anne Martha Schuitemaker, Rahel Brede, Dirk Kleinke, and Andreas Jäpel.

Performance Dates: Dec. 3 & 23, 2023

Christian Möbius conducts Anne Martha Schuitemaker, Rahel Brede, Dirk Kleinke, and Andreas Jäpel in Bach’s St. John’s Passion.

Performance Date: March 29, 2024

Christian Möbius conducts Paul McCartney’s “Liverpool Oratorio” with Gloria Jieun Choi, Rahel Brede, and Alexey Sayapin.

Performance Dates: May 10 2024

Anne Martha Schuitemaker and Dirk Kleinke are the soloists in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Christian Möbius conduct.

Performance Dates: May 19 & 20, 2023 

Alexander Merzyn and Christian Möbius conduct a Bruckner concert.

Performance Dates: June 21 & 23, 2024