Philipp Kochheim

Philipp Kochheim

Philipp Kochheim wurde in Hamburg geboren und studierte Kunstgeschichte, Germanistik und Theaterwissenschaften an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Seit 1997 inszeniert er Opern, Musicals und Theaterstücke.

Von 2004 bis 2008 war er Intendant der Oper am Staatstheater Darmstadt und von 2013 bis 2017 Intendant der Oper am Staatstheater Braunschweig. Seit 2017 ist er General Manager und Künstlerischer Leiter der dänischen Nationaloper.

Er wurde mit dem Otto-Kasten-Preis, dem Götz-Friedrich-Preis und dem Rolf-Mares-Preis ausgezeichnet und seine Produktionen wurden mehrfach als Produktionen des Jahres im Opernwelt-Jahrbuch nominiert. Seine Inszenierung von Weinbergs THE PASSENGER wurde 2019 mit dem Performance of the Year Award ausgezeichnet und ist für den renommierten Reumert Award 2019 als beste Opernproduktion nominiert. RAGTIME wurde als bestes Musical mit dem „Österreichischen Theater-Preis“ 2019 ausgezeichnet. Seine Corona-Produktion GESTERN UND MORGEN wurde mit dem P2-Preis für künstlerisches Ereignis des Jahres 2021 ausgezeichnet.



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Today we are giving away 2 x 2 free tickets for the performance of DIE FLEDERMAUS on 31 December 2022 at 7.30 pm. If you would like to take part in the prize draw, please send an e-mail today to with the subject "Das 3. Fensterchen".

In 2018, the curtain rose on a new production of FLEDERMAUS directed by Rolando Villazón. For the busy singer, director, presenter and author, this production was a matter close to his heart, as he was able to play with comic elements in Strauss’ master operetta on the one hand, but also give space to the melancholic and thoughtful on the other. For Strauss's operetta is about cheating, underground parties and the beguiling power of champagne, but also about the description of social facades and above all the abysses that lurk at the back of the bourgeois salon. And because there is always betrayal, partying and drinking, Villazón sets the three acts in three different times and takes the audience on a journey from the 19th century through the 1950s to the future.

It was already a novelty in 1874 at the Theater an der Wien that the waltz king Johann Strauss presented a plot that was not set in mythical faraway places or in fantasy states, but took the upper middle-class salon as its starting point. The bourgeois audience saw itself, with all its conceit, its double standards, grotesquely distorted on stage. The story was not new, of course: Strauß and his collaborator Genée drew on a French tabloid comedy by the Offenbach librettists Meilhac and Halévy, but supplemented it with piquant details. For example, the appearance of the disguised Rosalinde at Prince Orlofsky's ball. In general, the intensification and centring of the plot on the masquerade party with the final homage to alcohol, the general fraternisation and the champagne-loving du-i-du is due to Genée. Otherwise, the farce about cheating has all the ingredients of a good comedy: The rebellious chambermaid, the hidden lover, the self-adulterous but jealous husband and the disguised countess.

Burkhard Ulrich, Hulkar Sabirova, Annika Schlicht, Attilio Glaser, Padraic Rowan, Thomas Lehman, Jörg Schörner, Meechot Marrero, Kathleen Bauer and Ingo Paulick sing and play for you under the musical direction of Yi-Chen Lin.

Closing date: 3 December 2022. The winners will be informed by e-mail on 5 December 2022. The tickets will be sent to you by e-mails. The legal process is excluded.