Music in Düsseldorf

Opera and dance

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German Opera on the Rhine) is a cooperative effort between the cities of Düsseldorf and Duisburg, i.e. they stage productions together and perform them locally. This method has been working for 60 years, with both classics and the so-called “young opera” or ballet. The latter has been particularly successful under the management of the Ballet Director and Head Choreographer Martin Schläpfer.

Another point of call for dance and music in Düsseldorf is the Tanzhaus NRW (NRW Dance House), where modern choreographers get the opportunity to show what they can do – from the dance theatre to the hip-hop festival.

Düsseldorf, the Music City

Schumann, Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Brahms lived and conducted in Düsseldorf in the 19th century. They forged Düsseldorf’s reputation as a city of music. Today, classical music is nurtured mainly in the Tonhalle (Music Hall), the Robert-Schumann-Saal and the chamber music auditorium of the Palais Wittgenstein. The Robert Schumann Musikhochschule (College of Music) also holds regular concerts.

Musicals and vaudeville

The Capitol-Theater guarantees the best entertainment with huge successful musicals, such as “Grease” and “Cabaret”. Directly on the banks of the Rhine, Bernhard Paul, the founder of Zirkus Roncalli, has been able to revive the art of vaudeville over the past few years: international artists perform at Apollo Varieté every evening. Annual events also characterise the music scene of the city. Events like the Jazz Rally attract music enthusiasts to the Rhine year after year. If you want to attend top-class  pop-concerts or cultural events, there are plenty of options in the wide range of concert and multi-purpose halls as well. Numerous international and national music stars, comedians, magicians and other entertainers take to the stage every year.