On the occasion of the reopening of the State Opera Unter den Linden, there will be a cooperation with the Festival of Lights for the very first time. Thereby, the façade of the State Opera will be illuminated by an elaborately animated 3D-videoprojection, which leads within 5 minutes throughout the rich, 275 years old history of the house, illustrating the transformation of the Opera from 1742 until today in spectacular images. The considerable media- and light artist, Andreas Hauslaib, could be gained with his team for the realization. The bow stretches from the idea of King Friedrich II., to establish an Opera house at the new forum Fridericianum, over the exemplary historical milestones such as the modifications in the 19th and early 20th centenary, until the present day. Thereby, destructions of the building by fire and war impact will be depicted, as well as reconstructions and modernisations, which will find their last chapter in the reopening. Companions of this historical journey are iconic Opera figures, such as the queen of the night from “Zauberflöte” or Count Almaviva from the legendary State Opera “Barbiere”, which are brought to life on the façade.
For the first time, the projection will be presented during the pre-program of the Festival of Lights on 30thSeptember at 7 pm after the “State Opera for everybody” concert and furthermore on 3rd October following to the opening premiere “Zum Augenblicke sagen: Verweile doch!” with Robert Schumanns “scenes from Goethes Faus”. In addition, on the 4th October following to the first symphony concert of the Staatskapelle back in the Opera house. Both events will be transmitted live from the great hall on the Bebelplatz outside the building. From 6th until 15th October, the videomapping will be presented daily, on each evening, within the scope of the Festival.
The reopening of the State Opera Unter den Linden is beginning with a PRÄLUDIUM from 30th September until 08th October. The starting point of the nine-day PRÄLUDIUM forms the “State Opera for everybody” concert on 30th September at 5.00pm with Beethovens 9th symphony, performed by the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Maestro Daniel Barenboim, with the soloists Diana Damrau, Okka von der Damerau, Burkhard Fritz and René Pape and the State Opera chorus. As always under free sky on the Bebelplatz and free of charge – thanks to BMW Berlin.
The core element of the reopening is the premiere “Zum Augenblicke sagen: Verweile doch!” with Robert Schumanns “scenes from Goethes Faus” on 3rd October, which is as common new production from the Intendant Jürgen Flimm and chief musical director Daniel Barenboim (second presentation on 6th October). On 4th October, the Staatskapelle Berlin will perform their first subscription concert under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim in the Opera building Unter den Linden with works from Widmann, Schumann and Debussy. As soloist of the evening, the pianist Maurizio Pollini will perform. The program can be enjoyed again on 5th October in the Philharmonie.
On 7th of October at midday, the State Opera Unter den Linden and the Senator of culture, Dr. Klaus Lederer, will invite to a CONCERT FOR BERLIN, with free access. Tickets for this concert, a thank you to all Berlin citizens, will be raffled by the State Opera and awarded in cooperation with “KulturLeben Berlin – Key to the Kultur association”. In order to participate in the State Opera prize draw, you can send an Email with your full contact details (name and address) and the subject KONZERT FÜR BERLIN to firstname.lastname@example.org until 1st October. The winners will be informed until 4th October accordingly.
On the evening of the 7th October, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, will be guest in the State Opera Unter den Linden with music of Brahms, Haydn and Bartók.
On 8th October, the “new repair shop” with “Rivale”, will be a opened. A premiere from Lucia Ronchetti as commissioned work of the State Opera. (following performances: 11., 14., 15., 17., 19., 20. und 22. October).
All events of the PRÄLUDIUM will be transmitted live from the great hall on the Bebelplatz, located directly beside the State Opera. The program can also be experienced online or via television: on www.staatskapelle-berlin.de and www.staatsoper-berlin.de and “arte Concert” and “ARTE”. The opening premiere on 3rd October will be transmitted live from “rbb Hörfunk” and “kulturradio UKW 92,4”.