Deutsche Oper Berlin

It was almost a small cultural revolution that Berlin's citizens dared to undertake when they founded the Deutsche Oper more than a hundred years ago in Charlottenburg, which was still independent at the time. An opera house of its own, explicitly dedicated to modern music theatre from Richard Wagner onwards - that was a clear counter-model to the venerable court opera on Unter den Linden. And what's more, the building on Bismarckstraße, with more than 2,000 seats, was not only larger than all the other theatres in the city, but with its renunciation of boxes, it implemented the ideal of a "democratic" opera house that offered a full view of the stage from all seats. The theatre has remained true to this tradition of a civic opera without pomp and plush in Fritz Bornemann's new building, which opened in 1961: To this day, the excellent sightlines and acoustics provide the setting for exceptional music theatre, which can be experienced by almost 2000 visitors every evening. And the spacious foyers, whose architectural elegance is now perceived anew, remain one of the capital's central cultural meeting places.

 Directors such as Götz Friedrich and Hans Neuenfels, conductors such as Ferenc Fricsay, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Christian Thielemann, but also singers of the century such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig and Julia Varady have helped write the history of this house and given the name of the Deutsche Oper an international sound. The house continues this tradition to the present day, with international singing stars appearing alongside the first-class ensemble in the rich repertoire of performances. Modern interpretations of the great classics from Mozart to Verdi and Wagner to Strauss and Puccini play just as important a role here as contemporary opera - e.g. Helmut Lachenmann's DAS MÄDCHEN MIT DEN SCHWEFELHÖLZERN, Iannis Xenakis' ORESTEIA, Aribert Reimann's L'INVISIBLE and Detlev Glanert's prize-winning OCEANE. Under its General Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles, the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra is one of the country's outstanding orchestras. In addition to opera evenings, it can be heard at the Musikfest Berlin in the Philharmonie, at gala concerts in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. The much-praised chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin has been voted " Chorus of the Year" several times for its excellent performances.

 The spectrum of productions ranges from a classically naturalistic TOSCA from 1969 to a directorial approach incorporating cinematic means in RIENZI (directed by Philipp Stölzl) to productions such as Ole Anders Tandberg's CARMEN and Claus Guth's SALOME, which reflect the more recent developments in theatre. With Benedikt von Peter's much discussed and enthusiastically acclaimed production of AIDA and the first musical theatre production by the Argentinean Rodrigo García: Mozart's DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, a young generation of directors is emerging at Deutsche Oper Berlin alongside distinguished masters such as Claus Guth, Christof Loy and Graham Vick. In winter 2021/22 the first three cycles of the new production DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN are on the programme, which Donald Runnicles has developed with Stefan Herheim, one of the most exciting music theatre directors of the moment, and which with its excellent cast will also be released on DVD by Naxos.

 The new venue TISCHLEREI (opened in November 2012) creates a perfect space for experiments with new forms of music theatre and world premieres such as the contemporary rewritings of historical works, the regular cooperation with the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music NEUE SZENEN, the children's operas and for projects of the youth programme, which are a special concern of artistic director Dietmar Schwarz.