The Dortmund theater and music scene is richly varied and thriving. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional ballet, a classical opera, avant-garde stage shows, and controversial performances, you are certain to see it here.
The Opera House
This Dortmund cultural highlight, the Opernhaus (Hansastraße 7), has gotten a reputation for a sense of offbeat-ness. Its sometimes unusual choices for performances make this opera house a popular choice for bold and daring new shows. Whether you’re craving a traditional opera, classic ballet or a more innovative stage show, the Dortmund Opera House is certain to meet your expectations.
Dortmund Concert Hall
The Concert Hall (Konzerthaus, Brückstraße 21) is home to the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a relatively new addition to the city’s cultural scene, built in 2002, but is already a Dortmund tradition. Its eclectic mix of classical, jazz, opera, and rock music make this a must-see (and must-hear) for any music lover.
Even if you haven’t heard of the Westphalia Halls yet (Rheinlanddamm 200), the chances are good that your favorite performer has! The Westfalenhallen is an international venue that has played host to scores of famous voices. Some past highlights have been the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney and even the opera greats Pavarotti and Domingo.
In addition, these halls are also host to international sports events.
The Dortmund theater Schauspielhaus (Hiltropwall 15) is well-known for their controversial and thought-provoking performances. In fact, their motto is actually “to provoke controversy about art through the theater.” However, there is still an opportunity to bring the kids to the Playhouse. The theater works closely with youth groups and children’s theater.
The Schauburg (Brückstraße 66) is a historic Dortmund theater as well as cinema that goes back to 1912 — when it was a venue for silent films with an accompanying live orchestra. It was renovated and reopened in 2003. These days you can catch a movie or a variety of performances here.