The Cologne Opera is one of the leading international opera houses and considers itself to be an exponent of the highest quality in musical and scenic performance. Some of the biggest names in singing and conducting history are associated with this house, where Dr. Birgit Meyer has been the Director since the beginning of the 2012/2013 season. Featuring the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne under the direction of General Music Director Markus Stenz, a first-class ensemble, internationally famous guest stars and high-profile stage directors, the Cologne Opera was named “Opera House of the Year” in 2012.
June 2012 marked the beginning of a three-year restoration project of the Opera House, which was designed by Wilhelm Riphahn and has been designated as a protected historic monument. In the interim, the Cologne Opera will present impressive performances in two fascinating locations — the “Palladium” in Cologne- Mülheim and the Trinitatis church — in addition to its main performance space “Oper Köln am Dom”, which is located right next to the Rhine River.