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Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin

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Unter den Linden 7
Berlin, 10117 Germany
+49 30 20354555 https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/en
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In December the Staatsoper Unter den Linden celebrates its 275th anniversary – with a concert on the day of the jubilee (7th December) followed by two opera premieres in the recently re-opened and extensively restored opera house. To commemorate this special date, a book will be published at the beginning of December by Carl Hanser Verlag in Munich: »These precious moments. 275 years of Staatsoper Unter den Linden«, which provides insight into the long and rich history of the opera house Unter den Linden.

By command of King Frederick II, the »Königliche Hofoper (Royal Court Opera)« was opened in a festive ceremony on 7th December 1742 with a performance of Carl Heinrich Graun’s gala opera »Cleopatra e Cesare«, which had been composed specifically for this purpose. At that time the Opera was the largest opera house in Europe and the first detached building of its kind. This day also marked the beginning of more than 250 years of successful cooperation of Staatsoper and Staatskapelle whose roots date back to the 16th century. 275 years later Staatsoper Unter den Linden looks back on a chequered and very eventful history, moulded by different political and artistic phases. The opera moving back into its traditional domicile Unter den Linden in this anniversary year after seven years of profound re-building and refurbishment marks a new chapter in this history.

On 7th December, the very day when the Staatsoper Unter den Linden opened for the first time 275 years ago, a special concert programme is performed in the main hall – played by the Staatskapelle Berlin and conducted by General Musical Director Daniel Barenboim. Works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Pierre Boulez and Richard Strauss are featured – three composers who worked at the Staatsoper as general musical directors, permanent conductors and honorary conductors themselves. Immediately after the concert, on 8th and 9th December, two new productions will premiere: first Engelbert Humperdinck’s »Hänsel und Gretel« (Achim Freyer │ Sebastian Weigle), one of the classics of opera literature, and just one day later Claudio Monteverdi’s »L’incoronazione di Poppea« (Eva-Maria Höckmayr │ Diego Fasolis), one of the oldest known operas. Afterwards, Staatsoper starts its regular performances with works from the repertoire (among others »Die Zauberflöte«, »Don Giovanni« and »La Bohème«) and concerts.

Tickets are available at www.staatsoper-berlin.de, by phone on +49 (0)30 20 35 45 55 (Mon to Sat 10 am to 8pm | on Sundays and holidays noon to 8pm), by e-mail to tickets@staatsoper-berlin.de or personally from the Ticket Box to the left of the Staatsoper portico (every day 11:00 – 19:00 hours). The box office in the foyer of Staatsoper Unter den Linden will open at the end of November 2017.

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February 2018

Tristan und Isolde @Staatsoper Berlin

February 11 - March 18
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Unter den Linden 7
Berlin, 10117 Germany
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Although Tristan once beheaded her fiancé, the Irish royal daughter Isolde saves the life of the hostile king of Cornwall’s nephew and falls in love with him. Although Tristan secretly reciprocates Isolde’s love, he is now accompanying her to carry out her forced marriage with King Marke simply out of a sense of duty. Deeply humiliated, she wants to put an end to her life as well as his. Because he wants to escape his feelings for Isolde, they both…

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March 2018

Salome by Strauss @Staatsoper Berlin

March 4 - March 17
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Unter den Linden 7
Berlin, 10117 Germany
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Raised in an environment lacking in moderation and inhibition, the eccentric Princess Salome is fascinated by the otherness of the ethical and ascetic Prophet Jochanaan, whom her mother Herodias and her lecherous stepfather Herod keep imprisoned. When Jochanaan brusquely rejects Salome’s lustful approaches, she becomes downright obsessed with him and uses her stepfather’s lustfulness to enforce her will: Since Herod promises to fulfil her every wish for the erotic »Dance of The Seven Veils«, she demands Jochanaan’s head on a…

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Falstaff by Verdi @Staatsoper Berlin

March 25 - April 1
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Unter den Linden 7
Berlin, 10117 Germany
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The behaviour of the ageing Sir John Falstaff, a devious freeloader, rake and would-be ladykiller, causes an uproar in the petty-bourgeois household of the Windsor’s. Not only does he swindle his way through life, making others pay for his upkeep and filling his fat belly to his heart’s content; he also believes beyond a doubt that he is able to make advances on two women at the same time with identical love letters, hoping for romance along with some earnings…

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June 2018

Macbeth by Verdi @Staatsoper Berlin

June 17 - July 2
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Unter den Linden 7
Berlin, 10117 Germany
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After winning in battle, Commander Macbeth receives a prophesy that he will one day become King of Scotland. Influenced by the whisperings of his wife, he literally stops at nothing to fulfil the prophecy. But racked by guilt, the Macbeth's soon sink into delusions and become victims of their own thirst for power. In order to stay as faithful as possible to the admired Shakespearean play, Giuseppe Verdi’s »Macbeth« shattered the operatic conventions of the time and created one of…

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