May 18, 2020: Community Service

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden Costume Department has sewn around 9,000 masks for the community

Since March 23, 30 employees in the costume department of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden have switched from sewing costumes to sewing masks during the COVID-19 interruption of the production season. Up to 200 masks are made each day in home offices or during shifts at the tailoring studio. In eight weeks, almost 9,000 masks were manufactured and delivered at cost price – including to the Unionhilfswerk, Caritas, and to institutions of the Joint Welfare Association.

“When the Berlin Senate asked for support, it was immediately clear that we wanted to help, and the entire department showed solidarity! We are glad that we were able to help so many institutions. Sewing continues until Ascension Day, after which we’ll start preparation for the next season,” says costume director Birgit Wentsch.

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden thanks the association of friends and sponsors of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and its main partners BMW and the Hilti Foundation for their support.

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