Since its formation in 1997 by Klaus Zehelein, the Junge Oper Stuttgart (Young Opera Stuttgart) has operated as independent institution under the umbrella of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Over the past years it has generated a pioneering repertory of mostly contemporary opera productions for young audiences. The Junge Oper Stuttgart also has internationally been leading the way in developing learning concepts within the area of music theatre. With the beginning of the 18/19 season, the Junge Oper Stuttgart has moved into a new building of their own: the Nord (North). The new venue enables the Junge Oper to intensify its strategy of learning concepts, to enlarge its repertory and to raise the number of performances.
With the change of venue the Junge Oper changed its name as well: JOiN (Junge Oper im Nord) indicates that opera can be starting point, opportunity and invitationat the same time – an interface between artists and audience, grand opera and opera for children, professionals and lay people – an interface between looking at and joining in as well as a point of intersection between diverse art forms, areas and genres. JOiN should therefore not only be seen as a panel for new music theatre, but also as its main principle: It is equally an invitation and a challenge.
The closeness of the three rehearsal stages in the Nord also allows JOiN to offer a transparent opera workshop where interested visitors of all ages can experience the various stages of a new production’s highly complex rehearsal process.