Live concert with Daniel Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin, as well as Anne Sophie Mutter, Julia Kleiter, Waltraud Meier, Andreas Schager, René Pape and the Staatsoper Choir.
On Sunday, BMW and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden hosted this year’s edition of Staatsoper for All. Not only did they celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, but also the 450th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Berlin. With 2000 guests, Staatsoper for All was especially dedicated this year as a thank you to all those who make a fundamental contribution to society through their work during the COVID-19 crisis.
Due to the COVID-19-related edition for major events, this year’s Staatsoper for All took place with a reduced audience of 2000 people. The open-air concert was an important indication of the return of culture and at the same time a gesture of thanks to those who significantly support society through their work in system-relevant areas – from healthcare, to retail, to logistics. The entire ticket contingent was sold out within a few minutes. Thanks to BMW Berlin, admission was free as always.
The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, has taken over the patronage of Staatsoper for All. High-profile representatives from politics and business, such as the virologist Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, the actress Iris Berben, and the author Katja Eichinger took part in the concert. The event was moderated this year by the ZDFkultur presenter Lisa Ruhfus.
In honor of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the Staatskapelle Berlin played the two violin romances with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist, the “Egmont” overture and the 9th symphony, the “Ode to the Joy” with Julia Kleiter, Waltraud Meier, Andreas Schager, and René Pape as vocal soloists, and the Staatsoper Choir. The concert will be broadcast on ZDF on September 13th at 4:15 p.m. EST.
“It was a wonderful experience to play in front of 2000 people on Bebelplatz and finally to feel the energy of the audience again! To be part of this open-air concert, which was especially dedicated as a thank you to those who have made a significant contribution to society over the past few months, was particularly important to me,” said Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Matthias Schulz, Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden: “We’re back – and how! It was important for the whole house to set this sign of the return of great symphonic music, above all with singing with our Staatsoper Choir. I am extremely grateful to our partners BMW and ZDF that we have stuck together in this project, despite the most difficult omens. For the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, all of Berlin and beyond, these emotional signs of solidarity and the shared experience of culture are needed.”
“In 2007 BMW Berlin and the State Opera Unter den Linden launched the open-air concert series Staatsoper for All here in the historic center of the capital. Since then we have welcomed over half a million spectators to this wonderful event on Bebelplatz. Yesterday there were visibly fewer guests in front of this impressive backdrop, because unfortunately only 2000 spectators were allowed to attend due to COVID-19. We are all the more pleased that this year’s concert was able to take place like this at all. In these uncertain times, it is music that powerfully reminds us of the accomplishments humanity is capable of. Staatsoper for All, with the “Ode to Joy,” was hopefully an inspiring symbol during these challenging times. It was a special honor for us to be able to welcome many of the helpers to this extraordinary evening, who significantly support our society through their work in system-relevant areas and their commitment. Thank you very much for your tireless efforts,” said Sebastian Mackensen, Head of Market Germany BMW Group.
In 2020 the Staatskapelle Berlin will look back on its 450th anniversary. With its tradition dating back to 1570, it is one of the oldest orchestras ever. The start of the 2020-2021 season is all about this special anniversary: After Staatsoper for All, the gala concert “450 Years of the Staatskapelle Berlin” is on the program on September 11, also conducted by General Music Director Daniel Barenboim. On September 12th, a birthday party for the orchestra will follow, which has been adapted to the applicable security measures. On this special “Day for the Staatskapelle Berlin,” the musicians will be experienced in changing formations with free admission. Counting cards can now be booked. The anniversary will be flanked through an exhibition on “450 Years of the Staatskapelle Berlin.”
Partnership between the State Opera Unter den Linden and BMW:
Staatsoper for All has delighted more than half a million visitors since 2007 and has been the key foundation of the long-term partnership between BMW and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for over a decade. Since the 2018-2019 season, the BMW Group has been sponsoring the Staatsoper Unter den Linden as an official and global main partner, and is further expanding its joint cooperation with the exclusive digital partnership BMW Opera Next. With new social media series, selfie spots in front of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden that encourage interaction, and the expansion of the streaming offer and an increased presence on social media, a wide variety of formats are being created into the exciting and diverse world of opera and behind the scenes, with the help of formats newly developed by the Staatsoper and BMW. In 2019 Daniel Barenboim conducted for the first time with a body camera and created new perspectives and insights for the audience on the square and in the live stream.
BMW is the exclusive partner of State Opera for Everyone.