30 September 2022 to 5 February 2023

Opera combines several forms of art (music, singing, acting, dance) and artisanry (costume, stage, lighting) to create a spectacular gesamtkunstwerk. It transcends the boundaries of reality, thrives on dramatic extremes, the magical and the irrational and, as an event, is as unique as it is ephemeral. Starting from the beginnings of opera in Italy, our exhibition stages a kaleidoscopic panorama of different forms of opera. It presents the baroque spectacles at the courts of Europe and explores the diversity of commercial venues in 17th century Venice.

Drawing on the example of famous opera houses such as La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera or the New York Met, it traces the growth and change of the institution in the 19th and 20th century and sheds light on the people who come together to cast their vision in the sumptuous form that the audience gets to see and hear.

A selection of paintings and costumes, posters and stage design models, caricatures and programmes – complemented by recordings of numerous operas – tells known and unknown stories of a genre and an institution that is constantly reinventing itself.

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Admission tickets

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€13 / €6.50 (concessions)
Free admission for everyone up to and including the age of 18.
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available.
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Before your visit, please inform yourself about the current visitor regulations with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Almost at the same time as the exhibition in the Bundeskunsthalle, the Bonn Opera is starting the new season with outstanding productions: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfang Amadé Mozart, RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY by Kurt Weill and ASRAEL by Alberto Franchetti. All information

Here comes together what belongs together. Combine your visit to the exhibition with a wonderful evening at the opera!

Exhibition and opera visit incl. hotel accommodation
Tourismus & Congress GmbH Bonn offers travel packages with a visit to the exhibition and opera including hotel accommodation from €129 per person. The following dates are available:

The Marriage of Figaro, Saturday, 8/10/22
Azrael, Friday, 11/11/22
A masked ball, Friday, 12/17/22
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Saturday 1/7/23
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Literatur zur Ausstellung in der Bibliothek