February program of the
Anhaltisches Theater

The February program of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau: Great Wagner opera, Quixote’s fantastic adventures and a biting (actor) satire

The Anhaltisches Theater Dessau kicks off its second calendar month with the “4th Symphony Concert” on February 1 and 2. The Anhaltische Philharmonie will present works by Say, Tchaikovsky and, together with soprano Ania Vegry, the “Songs of the Muezzin in Love” by Karol Szymanowski, the composer of the opera highlight “King Roger”, which will celebrate its premiere in the main auditorium on March 3.
“¡Quixote!”, the world premiere of the puppet show based on Miguel de Cervantes, can be seen in the Altes Theater on February 2. Based on the Spanish literary classic, this ode to the power of imagination allows everyone aged 10 and over to immerse themselves in Quixote’s imaginative world of adventure.
On February 4, 18 and 25, the curtain rises on Richard Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde” in the “Bayreuth of the North”, which transports the audience into a mystical cosmos of sound. KS Iordanka Derilova, who already wowed audiences 16 years ago in the role of “Isolde” in Dessau, will return to her signature role.

In the comedy “Ein bisschen Ruhe vor dem Sturm” (A bit of calm before the storm), which alternates between satire, grotesque and tabloid, three acting gems clash before the start of a planned talk show on February 3 and 17. As the presenter is still a long time coming, the three invited gentlemen chat about their profession on an empty stage. Nerves are soon on edge in the play described by the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung as “entertaining, funny and grotesque”

In the last performance of the play “Sparks” on February 3, the completely normal teenager Malte Schröder experiences an unexpected adventure at a camp for young people with special talents. On February 21, 22 and 24, two women find themselves caught in the mental crossfire of images and voices that target the female body in general and their own bodies in particular in “Am Rande des Orbits”.


The “Dessau Jazz Nights” enter the next round on February 3 with the concert “Paulo Morello – SAMBOP feat. Sven Faller & Mauro Martinsin”.
Morello fuses jazzy bop and the diversity of Brazilian music to create something completely new.
Stefano Giannetti’s production of Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” can be seen for the penultimate time this season on February 16 at the Großes Haus. With the puppet show “Nibelungen – ein SOLO für Kriemhild” on February 26, the audience will experience an impressive one-woman puppet theater show about a woman caught between hopes, love and an irrepressible desire for revenge.

Maribel Dente and Edgar Sproß dedicate “AMORE- Eine (Lieder-)
story in three acts” with chansons, ballads and pop songs to the
different stages and facets of love. The audience can look forward to a musical evening on
February 16 for a musical evening about the greatest of feelings with songs by
songs by the Beatles, Caterina Valente, Leonard Cohen and Vicky Leandros, among others.
Leandros, among others.

At the end of the month, the Kurt Weill Festival 2024 will kick off with a grand opening concert on February 23, featuring soprano Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod, musical actor Tom Schimon, the clarinet duo Gurfinkel and the Anhal􀆟sche
Philharmonie Dessau will provide an extremely varied program. On February 24, actress Andrea Sawatzki invites you into the world of Anne Frank with her touching reading.

February also offers a series of top-class guest performances in the main auditorium:
On February 6, the cover band ABBAMusic will delight audiences at “ABBA – In Concert” with hits such as “Mamma Mia”, “Super Trouper” and “Knowing Me Knowing You” at the Großes Haus. On February 7, comedian Markus Maria Profitlich presents “The Best of 35 Years”. The “Glenn Miller Orchestra” offers an authentic swing sound with a large big band line-up with its “Best of…” show on February 8. Breathless suspense at the highest level is the result when bestselling authors Vincent Kliesch and Sebastian Fitzek put their heads together: All parts of the “AURIS” thriller series were number 1 and 2 respectively on the SPIEGEL bestseller list.

Vincent Kliesch presents the fourth part of the “AURIS: The Sound of Evil” series at his reading on February 9. Katrin Weber makes a stop at the Großes Haus on February 10 with her new solo program “Nicht zu fassen”. The audience will be treated to all her facets – comedic, musical and sometimes acrobatic.
The program of the “Concert of the Saxony-Anhalt State Youth Orchestra”, which is made up of promising musical talents from Saxony-Anhalt between the ages of 13 and 23, includes an adagio by Leoš Janáček, the famous “Unfinished” by Franz Schubert and the violin concerto by Jean Sibelius on 11 February. Finally, Ralf Schmitz’s crazy vacation experiences, which he recounts in his program “Schmitzefrei”, will help you forget your tough everyday life on 15 February. After the comedy show, the audience will return to reality refreshed and tanned from a brilliant short trip to the end of human logic.
Tickets are available at all advance booking offices of the Anhaltisches Theater, online at www.anhaltisches-theater.de and www.gartenreichsommer.de and at the box office.

Photo:© Claudia Heysel