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"Opera in Kassel" Top 5 Page for this destination Kassel by Nemorino

Kassel Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 231 photos

When I went to Kassel in 2005 to see the opera Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), I was afraid I might be disappointed because I had just seen the same opera a few weeks before in a spectacular open-air production on the lakeside at Bregenz, Austria.

But I needn't have worried. The Kassel production was very different and of course much more intimate, but just as good in its own way.

The photo at the top of this page is a legal one, by the way, since I took it before the performance started. As the audience came in, the stage was already in full view -- there is no curtain, anyway -- and several eerie figures wearing long black coats and gas masks were walking slowly around the stage, setting the mood for the coming opera scenes.

Since the unsightly 45-year-old State Theater (Staatstheater) was undergoing a much-needed refurbishment, operas were presented for a couple of years in a colorful and very attractive temporary theater called the Kuppeltheater, which was set up like a circus tent on the Friedrichsplatz in the center of Kassel.

The Kuppeltheater has 890 seats (as opposed to 6,800 in Bregenz), but it was nowhere near full on the weekday evening when I was there.

Kassel is a city of nearly 200,000 inhabitants, located on the Fulda River in the northern part of Hessen.

Not to be confused with Kassel, which is a small ex-village in the Spessart hills 206 kilometers to the south. To get from this one to that one, take the regional bicycle route R1 south to Fulda (140 km). Then take the R3 to Wirtheim (about 66 km) and turn left.

  • Last visit to Kassel: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Thank you for your virtual tour! Very nice destination!

  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:58 AM

    Nice page Don! I enjoyed your assessment of Documenta. Thanks!

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Thank you. It seems there is nothing historical survived till nowadays?

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Jul 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Oleg, thanks for your ratings on my Kassel and Koblenz pages. Both of these cities were largely destroyed during the Second World War. (Only the Thirty Years War was worse.)

    • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
      Jul 29, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      So, RAF did it by the nights! Pity!

  • Aug 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    What a good Restaurant you found! Lots of buildings look quite nice in this town, hard to tell the buildings have been rebuilt by the photo's.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Don, I am always impressed by the German transport systems, must be best in the world. Impressive view and dining room for a Chinese restaurant, at quoted prices it is a wondor how they can make a profit.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Interesting Kassel page. We have been to the city before but did not have the opportunity to visit these lovely places. Hope to see more of the city on our next trip. Thanks for visiting our Germany travel page. ~ho & pang

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    Very useful tips for a possible visit this summer. Thanks!

  • Jul 11, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Your pictures and comments have made me look forward even more than I already was to visiting Hessen this summer!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Even more Opera & Theatre - interesting competition & great updates

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    I like the idea of this temporary theatre that moves from place to place wherever it is needed :-) The Documenta sounds interesting too and I find even modern art that I don't like can be an interesting point of discussion!


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