Let the Sunshine In

Dates and tickets

Unfortunately, no further dates are planned for this production.

“Let the Sunshine in!” – inspired by this joyous outcry from the musical Hair, the 2024 Opera Ball will travel back in time to the wild and multi-coloured decade of the 1960s. The Hanover State Opera invites its guests to a journey that appeals to all the senses, back to the age of Woodstock and Flower Power, of “Make Love not War” and “I Have a Dream”. For two nights in February, the Opera House will turn into a whimsical festival venue, exuding the atmosphere of hippie culture and the colourful and freedom-loving spirit of the “Summer of Love”. This era’s musical variety will inspire both the evening’s creative programme and its soundtrack. “Be sure to Wear some Flowers in your Hair!“

Not only the motto is a first this year: The Hanover State Opera also introduces lower-priced Late Night Tickets for night owls who would like to attend the ball from 23.00h. There will also be concession prices for people with disabilities, although the Opera House is unfortunately still not barrier-free. The traditional opening of the ball, presented by Tanzschule Bothe, will also be updated this year and integrated into the multicoloured overall concept. Another new highlight: An outfit competition.


Following the festive opening ceremony of the ball, featuring the State Orchestra of Lower Saxony, members of the opera company and Tanzschule Bothe’s young dance pupils, there will be dancing all over the Opera House. From classic waltzes to the fashionable dances of the 1960s – no wishes will remain unanswered! The State Orchestra and the Thilo Wolf Big Band will invite you to dance in the Great Ballroom, while the Lavesfoyer will be dedicated to the rhythm & blues of the era. Friends of classic rock 'n' roll or 1960s twist will have a chance dance to their favourites, and at a later hour, the Marschnersaal will turn into a club for all those who want to dance the night away.

The Hanover State Ballet will contribute some of the show highlights presented on stage and there will be entertainment everywhere throughout the Opera House: Whether our guests would like to take selfies at various photo stations or try out their own stage talents together with drag queen Gisela Kloppke, there are plenty of opportunities to make entertaining discoveries.


This year’s ball will focus on our guests’ sense of style and their relish for travelling back in time, fashion-wise: Everyone is welcome to join the outfit competition and win attractive prizes. Whether it’s an elegant boho evening gown, casual hippie-style or a flower-power suit – the most creative outfit ideas will be awarded with prizes in our Midnight Show. You can find plenty of inspiration in our published trailer.

All culinary desires will be fulfilled by the Opernhaus-caterers vomfeinsten, who will indulge our guests with a wide range of delicacies at various restaurants and food stations.

Musikalische Programmgestaltung James Hendry
Künstlerische Programmgestaltung, Regie Felix Schrödinger
Musikalische Leitung James Hendry / Stephan Zilias
Dramaturgie Regine Palmai

Opera goes Woodstock Fabio Dorizzi / Daniel Eggert / Ensemble der Staatsoper Hannover / Beatriz Miranda / Frank Schneiders / Yannick Spanier / Nina van Essen
DJ DJ Fett
Moderation Denise M'Baye
Moderatorion Talent Stage Gisela Kloppke
Moderation KISS-IN Sophia Gustorff
Unplugged The Speedos

Staatsballett Hannover,
Statisterie der Staatsoper Hannover,
The Overtures,
Black & White mit Menoosha,

Special conditions for ticket exchange apply for the Opera Ball. Tickets may be exchanged or returned for a fee of € 10 until 26 January 2024.

Promenade Tickets
Lower-priced promenade tickets without a guaranteed seat will once again be available for the 2024 Opera Ball. Guests aged 29 and younger may purchase reduced U30-promenade tickets.

New: Late Night Tickets
For the first time, there will be lower-priced Late Night Tickets for night owls who would like to attend the Ball after 23:00h. These Late Night Tickets may be purchased from 23:00h to midnight at the Box Office at the Opera House; afterwards, they can be bought from the service staff.

Opera Ball Menu
You can look forward to a high-end selection of foods: There will be finger food at the reception at 19:00h, a Great Dinner Buffet from 21:00h, Midnight Snacks from 01:00h, including a selection of beverages. This applies in combination with a ticket for the 2024 Opera Ball.