The Landestheater Linz (Upper Austrian State Theatre) is performing Music Theatre, Drama, Dance, Children’s and Young People’s Theatre at three different locations (Musiktheater, Schauspielhaus and Kammerspiele) with various venues from 80 to 1.200 seats in the federal capital of Upper Austria. It is one of the largest cultural institutions in Austria with a history of more than 200 years. More than 800 people coming from 40 different nations are responsible for up to 40 premieres and around 900 performances given to more than 300,000 visitors every year.
Upper Austria, the birthplace and home of iconic artists and revered scientists like Johannes Kepler, Adalbert Stifter, Anton Bruckner, Alfred Kubin and Thomas Bernhard, has evolved into an exceptional culture center over the last few decades. In 2009, the state capital of Linz was the European Capital of Culture and aptly demonstrated that it is much more than just an industrial “steel city” on the Danube.
Since 2013, Linz has had an impressive new cultural focus: the Musiktheater, one of Europe’s most modern opera houses. The ideal venue for staging operas, operettas, musicals and dance of the Landestheater Linz (Upper Austrian State Theatre) as well as the Bruckner Orchester Linz. The new building combines the utmost quality in acoustics, ultimate comfort for the audience and state-of-the-art stagecraft.
The Landestheater Linz is a modern forward-looking theatre company not only bringing the cultural heritage on stage. It also has a focus on commissioning new works as operas and dramas and also puts a lot of effort in staging contemporary operas and dramas from the 20th and 21st century, including co-productions with various European opera houses and theatres. With its opera studio (Upper Austrian Opera Studio) in cooperation with the Anton Bruckner Private University the Landestheater Linz has the only opera studio in Austria connected to a university and plays an important part in supporting young talents.
has been the artistic director of the Landestheater Linz since the 2016/2017 season. The German director has directed over 50 musical theatre productions as well as plays at numerous German theatre houses. He had also worked in Vienna, France and London. Mr Schneider has previously served as artistic director at various theatre houses. Aside from his work in the theatre Mr Schneider is also a recognized opera librettist and lectures at various music schools.