Staatsoper Hamburg 6 July 2024 - Jane Eyre |

Jane Eyre

Staatsoper Hamburg, Main Stage, Hamburg, Germany
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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Hamburg, Germany
Starts at: 19:30

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).


The Times of London raved about Northern Ballet's 2016 premiere, "beautifully crafted and moving … imbued with emotional veracity." In 2019, the ballet was exported to the U.S. and staged at both the American Ballet Theater (New York) and the Joffrey Ballet (Chicago).

"I grew up on literature. Both of my parents were English teachers and we read a lot." With this background and dance training in Cambridge and London, Cathy Martson developed into a distinctive choreographer who is celebrated worldwide, not least for her literary ballets. John Neumeier has invited her version of "Jane Eyre" based on the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë for the penultimate premiere of his artistic directorship.

It was celebrated its German premiere with the Hamburg Ballet in 2023.

Premiere of this production: 19 May 2016, Cast Theatre Doncaster, England

Philip Feeney wrote and arranged the music for Jane Eyre, based on excerpts from compositions by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn, and Franz Schubert, to evoke the story’s unique world.   In choreographing the ballet, Cathy Marston sought music that would describe the era during which Charlotte Brontë’s novel was set and give rich dimension to Jane Eyre as a character.


Prologue. Jane is running, her journey hindered by imaginary male figures – her inner demons.  She collapses and is discovered by St. John.  He carries her to his home, and with his sisters, aids her recovery, listening to fragments of her story that escape from her dark dreams.

Act I
An Orphan

Young Jane is orphaned and raised without love by her wealthy Aunt, Mrs. Reed.  Her cousins Eliza, Georgiana and John torment her until she retaliates against John’s physical abuse.  Horrified by what she misconstrues as Jane’s arrogance and violence, her Aunt asks Reverend Brocklehurst to take Jane away to Lowood Institution for orphaned girls.

Lowood Institution.  

The girls lead a rigid life of deprivation under their cruel headmaster Rev. Brocklehurst. Jane befriends Helen Burns, but when Helen dies of consumption, an anguished Jane finds herself questioning her destiny.

Grown Up.

Reaching adulthood, Jane has completed her studies and becomes a teacher to the orphans.  However, she yearns for new experiences in the wider world and accepts an invitation to become governess at Thornfield Hall.

Thornfield.  Jane is welcomed to Thornfield by the housekeeper, Mrs. Fairfax, and her new pupil, Adele.  Her employer, Edward Rochester, returns home from his world travels.  Dark and passionate, he is surprised to meet his intellectual match in Jane and treats her with a respect she has never known. 

All is not peaceful at Thornfield, however; Jane senses secrets within the whispering walls.  One night, Jane is woken by the smell of smoke and rescues Mr. Rochester from his flaming bed.  As they stand in the fire’s aftermath, an intimacy is born that both excites and scares Jane.

Act II

A dinner party takes place at Thornfield and Jane feels shy and unconfident in the presence of Rochester’s grand guests, especially the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingram, who seems to have caught Mr. Rochester’s attention.  Jane remains at the party at Mr. Rochester’s insistence until the festivities are interrupted by a servant, Grace Poole, who enters inexplicably agitated and injured.  Mr. Rochester sends the party guests away whilst entrusting Grace Poole to Jane’s care.

A Proposal. 

Rochester returns to the ballroom where Jane waits alone.  He attempts to revive the intimacy between them but she pulls back, convinced that he is engaged to Blanche Ingram.  When Rochester proposes marriage to a stunned Jane, she initially believes he is mocking her.  She eventually accepts, unaware of a mysterious woman in red watching them from the shadows.

A Wedding. 

The household prepares for Jane and Rochester’s wedding.  As the intimate ceremony begins, a woman bursts into the room.  She is Bertha Mason, and she claims to be the wife of Mr. Rochester.  He admits that Bertha is speaking the truth and that he cannot legally make Jane his wife.  Utterly heartbroken, Jane cannot conceive of a future with Mr. Rochester and flees alone into the moors, where she collapses.

Taken In. 

St. John Rivers discovers Jane almost unconscious and takes her home to his sisters.  She is very ill and experiences distressing dreams about her past.  Gently, the women nurture Jane back to health.  St. John sees a potential wife in Jane; however, she recoils from his cool yet insistent proposal, recognizing that St. John will never love her with the same passion as Mr. Rochester.


A determined Jane returns to seek Mr. Rochester at Thornfield, but in her absence there has been a huge fire, ignited – for the second time – by Bertha Mason.  With every reason to wish Bertha dead, Mr. Rochester still attempts to save her from her own hand but fails – she dies, and he is left blind.

Jane finds Mr. Rochester a broken man.  Yet, as he recognizes her presence, he falls into her arms.  Jane proposes marriage to Mr. Rochester, and as they embrace, forever as equals, Jane looks ahead to her future.  She has not only found love but also gained ownership of her own destiny.

Venue Info

Staatsoper Hamburg - Hamburg
Location   Große Theaterstraße 25

Staatsoper Hamburg is the oldest publicly accessible musical theater in Germany, located in Hamburg. It was founded in 1678. With the emergence of the Hamburg Opera House, researchers attribute the formation of a national German opera school.

Opera in Hamburg dates to 2 January 1678 when the Oper am Gänsemarkt was inaugurated with a performance of a biblical Singspiel by Johann Theile. It was not a court theatre but the first public opera house in Germany established by the art-loving citizens of Hamburg, a prosperous member of the Hanseatic League.

The Hamburg Bürgeroper resisted the dominance of the Italianate style and rapidly became the leading musical center of the German Baroque. In 1703, George Friedrich Handel was engaged as violinist and harpsichordist and performances of his operas were not long in appearing. In 1705, Hamburg gave the world première of his opera Nero.

In 1721, Georg Philipp Telemann, a central figure of the German Baroque, joined the Hamburg Opera, and in subsequent years Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Adolph Hasse and various Italian companies were among the guests.

To replace the aging wooden structure, the first stone was laid on 18 May 1826 for the Stadt-Theater on the present-day site of the Staatsoper Hamburg. The new theater, with seating for 2,800 guest, was inaugurated less than a year later with Beethoven's incidental music to Egmont.

In 1873, both the exterior and interior of the structure were renovated in the reigning "Gründerzeit" style of the time, and again in 1891, when electric lighting was introduced.

Under the direction of Bernhard Pollini, the house mounted its first complete Ring Cycle in 1879. In 1883, the year of Wagner's death, a cycle comprising nine of his operas commenced. The musical directors Hans von Bülow (from 1887 to 1890) and Gustav Mahler (from 1891 to 1897) also contributed to the fame of the opera house.

In the beginning of the 20th century, opera was an important part of the theatre's repertoire; among the 321 performances during the 1907–08 season, 282 were performances of opera. The Stadt-Theater performed not only established repertoire but also new works, such as Paul Hindemith's Sancta Susanna, Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf, and Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa. Ferruccio Busoni's Die Brautwahl (1912) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Die tote Stadt (1920) both had their world premieres in Hamburg. In the 1930s, after Hitler came to power, the opera house was renamed Hamburgische Staatsoper.

On the night of 2 August 1943, both the auditorium and its neighbouring buildings were destroyed during air raids by fire-bombing; a low-flying airplane dropped several petrol and phosphorus containers onto the middle of the roof of the auditorium, causing it to erupt into a conflagration.

The current Staatsoper opened on 15 October 1955 with Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Hamburg continued to devote itself to new works, such as Hans Werner Henze's The Prince of Homburg (1960), Stravinsky's The Flood (1963), Gian Carlo Menotti's Help, Help, the Globolinks! (1968), and Mauricio Kagel's Staatstheater (1971).

In 1967, under the direction of Joachim Hess, the Staatsoper Hamburg became the first company to broadcasts its operas in color on television, beginning with Die Hochzeit des Figaro (a German translation of Le Nozze di Figaro). Ten of these television productions have been released on DVD by ArtHaus Musik as Cult Opera of the 1970s, as well as separately. All of these were performed in German regardless of the original language (six were written in German, one in French, two in English, and one in Italian).

More recently, Hamburg gave the world premières of Wolfgang Rihm's Die Eroberung von Mexico (1992) and Helmut Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (1997), for which it received much international acclaim. The company has won the "Opera House of the Year" award by the German magazine Opernwelt in 1997 and in 2005.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Hamburg, Germany
Starts at: 19:30
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