Start of the 32nd Kurt Weill Festival and the
acclaimed opera "Tristan und Isolde"

On Friday at 8 pm, the Kurt Weil Fest 2024 will kick off its 32nd edition with an opening concert in the main auditorium of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau. Musical performer Tom Schimon, soprano Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod, the clarinet duo Gurfinkel and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau guarantee an extremely varied program. The Lazylectric trio will perform a mixture of jazz, Latin and lounge music at the opening reception from 10 pm.

With the play “Am Rande des Orbits”, director Sahar Rezaei accompanies two very different women on Saturday at 7 pm in the Altes Theater as their thoughts revolve around women’s rights, physical self-determination and solidarity during a sleepless night. Also on Saturday, Andrea Sawatzki will read from Anne Frank’s diary at “Im Hinterhaus” at 8 pm. Accompanied by cellist Eva Freitag, the actress and author will use her incisive voice to transport the audience to what was probably the most horrific time in Germany’s history, the victim of which was a young girl whose experiences, fears and wishes in the moving texts of her diary are a central testimony against forgetting.

According to “Deutsche Bühne”, “The new Dessau production of “Tristan und Isolde” […] is a musical event!”. For the “junge Welt”, “Michael Schachermaier’s production […] proves to be a rare stroke of luck” and the “neue musikzeitung” praises an opera version “with a maelstrom effect, an orgy of sound, a celebration of the finest, narcotic transitions and dramatic climaxes” and even tips its hat to those involved “Chapeau!”.

Richard Wagner’s much-praised opera can be experienced again on Sunday at 4 pm in the main auditorium. After that, there will only be the chance to see “Tristan und Isolde” with KS Iordanka Derilova and Tilmann Unger in the title roles at the Anhaltisches Theater on March 29 and May 19.

Dates 23.02.-25.02.2024

23.02.2024, 20:00, Großes Haus Opening concert: With Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod, Tom Schimon, the clarinet duo Gurfinkel and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau

23.02.2024, 22:00, Großes Haus/Foyer Opening reception: With the trio Lazylectric

24.02.2024, 19:00, Altes Theater/Studio On the edge of the orbit Play by Nora Deetje Leggemann

24.02.2024, 20:00, Großes Haus Im Hinterhaus Travel into the world of Anne Frank with Andrea Sawatzki

25.02.2024, 16:00, Großes Haus Tristan and Isolde
Introduction to the work at 3.30 pm | Foyer

Tickets for the events are available at all advance booking offices of the Anhaltisches Theater, online at and at the box office.

Photo: Tristan and Isolde © Claudia Heysel