Erfurt's opera house is a very new one: The building was completed only in 2003. The new opera house was designed by the architects Friedrich & Partner from Düsseldorf.
The architecture, especially the foyer, is fantastic and impressive. From the outside it may seem just a glass box. You have to be inside to appreciate it. I highly recommend visiting a performance. See the website below for the schedule.
From the foyer, the curved wall of the auditorium appears like the bow of a huge ship with a smooth black surface. The foyers consist of galleries and bridges that lead to the various entrances on the different levels. The transparent facade allows a free view into the foyer respective out to the illuminated city at night.
The audience has a completely different appearance. It is kept in dark colours, red-orange and black. Acoustics as well as views are excellent from more or less every seat.
I have been in there twice. My first visit in 2004 was a concert, a symphony (don't remember which one) by Gustav Mahler, which involved a large orchestra and a gigantic choir. The second visit took place in 2007, "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" by Rossini, which was very well performed and very funny. (Nevertheless my memories aren't happy ones because I went with a guy who soon after broke my heart in a really nasty way...)
Sorry, I don't have any photos.
Dress Code: Dressing up is not compulsory but adds a lot to the flair and pleasure.
The bar was closed at 0900 (that's a.m. for some of you). Can someone tell me why there is an Irish pub in Germany with so many great German beers available! Go to the super market, you'll get more for your Euros.
"Theater Waidspeicher is a repertory theatre with 4 - 5 productions for adults and about 10 productions for children and teenagers. There are 5 - 7 new productions as well as 50 - 60 guest performances in Germany, Europe and overseas every season. Over 30,000 visitors visit our theatre on the Domplatz in Erfurt every year to see one or more of the almost 300 performances per season.
The Name "Waidspeicher"
The Waidspeicher (woad storage, woad warehouse), built between 1540 and 1560, was originally a building for storing and processing woad (in German "Waid"), an unprepossessing plant from which in an extensive procedure the blue dye was obtained for textiles (blue-printing).
There were a lot of of such storages beause woad in the Middle Ages was the main source of affluence and wealth for the state capital Erfurt: woad was the raw material for making the blue dyes used in the textile industry until it was displaced by indigo.
From 1983 until 1986 the listed building was completely restored and turned into the steady home for the puppet theatre and the cabaret, both playing since 1979.
Our theatre has 142-seat auditorium and 30 employees.
The artistst are graduates of: the Drama School „Ernst Busch", Berlin
State School for Music and Interpretative Art, Stuttgart
The ensemble works with diverse modern and traditional theater forms:
drama, mask theatre, marionette play hand and rod puppets, shadow theatre, modern forms, like computeranimations and videoscreening, and more.
1979 founded as a branch of the Erfurt municipal theatre"