Upper Austria, the home and domain of important artists and scientists like Johannes Kepler, Adalbert Stifter, Anton Bruckner, Alfred Kubin and Thomas Bernhard, has developed over the last few decades to become an exceptional land of culture. During its year as the cultural capital in 2009, the state capital of Linz already demonstrated that it is more than just a city of steel on the Danube. Since 2013, Linz has had a new cultural symbol: the Musiktheater am Volksgarten, Europe’s most modern opera house, which is home to operas, operettas, musicals and ballets of the Landestheater Linz as well as to the Bruckner Orchestra Linz under the direction of chief musical director Dennis Russell Davies. The new building combines the utmost quality in acoustics, ultimate comfort for the audience and state-of-the-art stagecraft. Located but a few minutes’ walk from Linz’s Hauptplatz (main square) on the Promenade, you can find two more stages of the Landestheater Linz: the current Schauspielhaus, which looks back on 200 years of theatre history, and the Kammerspiele. In addition to focusing on plays, they also offer productions from other fields of the arts. A couple of steps further along the Landstraße high street is where u\hof:, the theatre for young audiences, has its main stage in the OÖ Kulturquartier.
More than 800 people from 40 countries work at the Landestheater Linz both in front of and behind the scenes. Over 340,000 visitors swarmed to the Landestheater Linz during the 2013/2014 season. Under the artistic direction of Rainer Mennicken and the business management of Uwe Schmitz- Gielsdorf, up to 40 premieres and almost 900 performances are offered annually to visitors of all ages at the various venues.