In a surprising turn of events, the intendant of Staatsoper Hannover, Laura Berman, will be concluding her contract earlier than anticipated, according to a statement released by the company. The announcement revealed that Berman's tenure as the director of the Hanover State Opera will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2024-25 season. After serving as the director for six years, Berman expressed her desire to explore new ventures, and the Supervisory Board respected her decision by granting her request.
Expressing her gratitude, Berman stated, "I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the supervisory board for their understanding in accepting my decision to depart from Staatsoper Hannover in the summer of 2025, and for granting me an early release from my contractual obligations. I take immense pride in our accomplishments thus far for the State Opera, which includes the remarkable State Orchestra and State Ballet. I eagerly anticipate the remaining two seasons, during which my team and I will continue to forge ahead on this path."
Interestingly, Berman had previously announced in July 2022 that she would be extending her initial contract until 2029. Her association with the company began during the 2019-20 season, following her role as the opera director at Theater Basel. The unexpected change in plans has left the opera community intrigued about what lies ahead for both Berman and the future leadership of Staatsoper Hannover.