For German theaters and operas, Corona was a deep cut. But there were also efforts to open up new avenues to reach the public.

Cologne (dpa) – During the first season affected by the corona pandemic, the number of performances on German stages dropped significantly.

In the 2019/20 season there were 56,122 performances, according to working statistics released on Friday by the German Performing Association. This means a drop of around 33% from the previous season, reported the Cologne Stage Association.

After the first lockdown in March 2020, professional theater production mostly came to a halt for the remainder of the season, he said. A total of 353 theaters in Germany have announced their dates. The number of works performed in Germany fell by around 13% to 4,166, and the number of productions dropped by around 14% to 6,220.

The work statistics are, however, “by no means a mere document of loss, but also a sign of new artistic developments,” said the managing director of the German Performing Association Marc Grandmontagne. Due to the blockages, many theaters were looking for innovative ways to reach audiences with new experimental productions. Theaters sent 584 streams, 15% of which were new digital productions.

There were hardly any changes in the most performed works. Engelbert Humperdinck (27) had the greatest number of productions, followed by Goethe’s “Faust” (22) and Mozart’s operas “Don Giovanni” and “Die Zauberflöte” (20 each). Then come Puccini’s opera “La Bohème”, the dramas “Nathan the Wise” by Lessing and “Hamlet” by Shakespeare (18 each) and the stage version of the novel “Tschick” by Wolfgang Herrndorf (16).