The Staatsoper Berlin is the oldest opera theatre in the German capital. Although it was surpassed in international esteem during the period of the Cold War by the city’s other major house, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, it remains one of the leading opera houses of Europe, with a mainly traditional operatic repertoire.
The stunning Staatsoper opera house is major sight on the magnificent Unter den Linden boulevard. This incredible building has just been completely renovated – work that also involved installing new stage equipment and refurbishing the auditorium to meet today’s  modern standards. Berlin’s opulent state opera was commissioned as the royal opera house by Frederick the Great and designed by his friend and master architect Georg Wenzelslaus von Knobelsdorff. It has graced Bebelplatz since 1742 and risen from the ashes three times.
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The original building was a neo-classical opera house, which resembled an ancient temple,  it was Germany’s first free-standing opera house and the largest in Europe at the time. In a disastrous fire in 1843, the opera house was nearly burnt to the ground. Architect Carl Ferdinand Langhans was then entrusted with the task of rebuilding the opera house on the same site. During the Second World War, the building suffered extensive and severe damage. In the 1950s, the East German government then launched a scheme to rebuild the opera house following Knobelsdorff’s original plan. Now after seven years of construction, the Staatsoper has  finally  reopened its doors on the historic Boulevard Unter den Linden to great applause and critical acclaim just in time for it’s 275th anniversary in 2017.
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Staatsoper Unter den Linden whilst under construction in 2017 photo by Marek Sliwecki

Programme for Summer 2020.

L’elisir d’amore

A blend of French opéra comique and Italian opera buffa, “L’Elisir d’Amore” alternates the lightest of music with dazzling melodies. The full art of bel canto can be found in the virtuosity of the arias, duets and trios of this masterpiece by Gaetano Donizetti.

Dates: 1, 3 (both at 19.00h) 28, 30 ( both at 19.30h) May 2020, 1 ( 19.00h) Jun 2020.

Tosca

Set in the period of the Napoleonic wars, Tosca is based on true events which unfolded in Rome during a period of great turmoil. Puccini put his heart and soul into this story of political intrigue and doomed love. The three principal characters, Tosca, a famous singer, Cavaradossi, an artist and her lover, and Baron Scarpia, head of the secret police who is one of the most evil of operatic villains, are all finely drawn in Puccini’s sublime score. Fantastic Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu stars in the title role.

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Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca photo by Madamabutterfly

Dates: 14(19.30h) 17(18.00h) 22( 19.30h) 31(18.00h) May 2020, 3(19.30h) Jun 2020.

Don Giovanni

Mozart’s  dazzling tragicomic opera is a wonderful to behold! It follows the adventures of the roguish, womanising Giovanni, mixing comedy, tragedy and drama with the supernatural. Based on the legend of Don Juan, Mozart’s dramatic work expertly mixes stark tragedy, high comedy, and a dash of philosophy. The unscrupulous exploits of the dangerous and manipulative Giovanni come to a head when he commits an unforgivable crime.

Dates: 10(18.00h) 16, 20, 23, 29 (all at 19.00h)May 2020 6(9.00h) Jun 2020.

Khovanshchina

Modest Mussorgsky’s opera was written between 1872 and 1880 and upon his death in 1881, Mussorgsky left it unfinished. Rimsky-Korsakov completed, revised, and scored the work, though in years later other composers, such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel, have made their own arrangements. Mussorgsky mined episodes from 17th-century Russian history for a brooding work of both wide scope and disquieting intimacy. The nation’s future is in play, and the characters represent the warring factions vying for authority.

Dates: 7(18.00h) 12( 19.00h) 14, 21 (both at 18.00h) 27, 30(both at 19.00h) Jun 2020

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Staatsoper Unter Den Linden in 2019 photo. by Yair Haklai

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman is a one-act opera (though sometimes split into three) composed by Richard Wagner telling a scary story of a sailor and his daughter caught in a storm on the sea. It takes place off the coast of Norway during the 18th century. Matthias Goerne stars as Der Holländer.

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Matthias Goerne photo by Alexander Böhm

Dates: 18, 20, 23, 26 (all at 19.00h) Jun 2020, 2, 4(both at 19.00h) Jul 2020

The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro is an opera classic; a work, which despite on the surface appearing to be a frothy farce, is deep down one of the most complete commentaries on the human condition ever to be performed on the stage. The opera is based on Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro. Lauri Vasar stars as Figaro.

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Lauri Vasar performing in Lear photo by r Brinkhoff-Moegenburg,

Dates: 28 (18.00h) Jun 2020, 1, 3( both at 19.00h) 5(18.00h) Jul 2020.

Of course tickets to these highly sought after events are very hard to come by, however we are privileged enough to have availability via local sources to some of these amazing performances at this magical venue.

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Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 2018 photo by Marek Sliwecki
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