On December 7, 2017, Staatsoper Berlin will be celebrating its 275th anniversary in the newly re-opened opera house.
The past seven years have seen a number of renovations for the Staatsoper, allowing the organization to add new stage technology and improve the acoustic atmosphere of the historic building while preserving its beauty. A special concert will be held to mark its anniversary and re-opening, performed by the Staatskapelle Berlin, under General Music Director Daniel Barenboim. This concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Strauss, and Boulez, who themselves conducted performances at the Staatsoper many years ago. On the 8th the company will premiere Humperdinck’s “Hansel und Gretel” directed by Achim Freyer and conducted by Sebastian Weigle; on the 9th there will be a premiere Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” directed by Eva-Maria Hockmayr and conducted by Diego Fasolis.
Other highlights in the season include premieres of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” Strauss’ “Salome,” and Verdi’s “Macbeth” which will star Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo.
Built at the command of King Frederick II, the Staatsoper Berlin was once distinguished as Europe’s largest opera house; this historic venue will once again allow audiences to experience its beauty firsthand as it houses production of works both old and new.