The Staatsoper Berlin is back from summer break

“450 years of the Staatskapelle Berlin” and September 6th’s “Staatsoper for All”

Back from the summer break, the 2020/21 season begins with the 450th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Berlin: The Beethoven cycle originally planned for the FESTTAGE 2020 (Symphonies No. 1 – 8) under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim is coming on August 31st, as well as on September 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. On Saturday, August 29th, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin will perform in the Philharmonie as part of Musikfest Berlin.

On September 6th, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and its long-term partner BMW Berlin invite you to Staatsoper for All with the Staatskapelle Berlin on Bebelplatz. Due to the COVID-19 related requirements for major events, Staatsoper for All will take place this year with a limited capacity of around 2,000 people. As a big “thank you,” the concert this year is primarily dedicated to those people who significantly support society through their work in systemically relevant areas – from healthcare to retail and logistics. A contingent of tickets was already made available to this group of people. The remaining tickets could be booked online starting yesterday, and are already sold out. Access is only possible with admission tickets, and thanks to BMW Berlin, entry is free.

Please note that due to the applicable regulations, there is only a limited number of press tickets available this year for radio journalists, photographers, and camera teams, who must obtain accreditation in advance. Please send your accreditation requests to pressoffice@staatsoper-berlin.de. You will receive your acceptance or rejection by August 31st.

On the occasion of the 450th birthday of the Staatskapelle Berlin, and the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, the two violin romances with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist, the “Egmont” overture and the 9th symphony, the “Ode to Joy”, will be included. Soloists Julia Kleiter, Waltraud Meier, Andreas Schager, and René Pape, and the State Opera Choir can all be heard. The concert will be recorded by ZDF and broadcasted on September 13 at 4:15 p.m. EST. It will also be available on the day itself via live stream on www.staatskapelle-berlin.de and www.staatsoper-berlin.de starting at 2 p.m. EST.

We are very happy that Anne-Sophie Mutter has agreed to appear as a soloist in Staatsoper for All. Lang Lang was very much looking forward to celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with Daniel Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin, and the German audience, but due to the advancing global infection rate in connection with the coronavirus, international travel is associated with considerable health risks. For this reason, Lang Lang has cancelled his appearance with a heavy heart. He wishes everyone involved and the audience a nice concert and is looking forward to playing in Germany again as soon as possible.

The gala concert “450 Years of the Staatskapelle Berlin” will take place on September 11th, also conducted by General Music Director Daniel Barenboim. The program includes works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Strauss, Pierre Boulez, and Ludwig van Beethoven. In addition, the program will include the premiere of Jörg Widmann’s “Time Leaps – 450 Bars for Orchestra”, a commissioned work for the occasion of the anniversary. This will all be followed by a birthday party for the orchestra, adapted to the applicable security measures, on September 12th. On this “Day for the Staatskapelle Berlin,” experience the musicians in changing chamber music formations and small orchestras with free admission in the Great Hall. There will also be a program in the inner courtyard of the artistic director’s building. Counting cards are required and will be issued at the end of August. The anniversary is flanked by further offers in the house as well as by an exhibition on “450 Years of the Staatskapelle Berlin” in the Apollosaal.

Taking into account the applicable COVID-19 security measures, there will be a reduced capacity of around 370 seats in the Great Hall and around 20 in the Old Orchestra Rehearsal Hall during August and September. There is a hygienic system for every performance, as well as for the respective entry, exit and intermission. The system has been developed in consultation with the responsible authorities. Visitors are informed about the protective measures when buying tickets, on our homepage and before the performance visit by email. Tickets for August and September can be booked online at www.staatsoper-berlin.de and by phone at +49 (0) 30 20 35 45 55. The box office in the theater foyer Unter den Linden remains closed for the time being. Since the official regulations to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are in motion and we have to react flexibly to developments, there is currently a binding reservation option for all events on the schedule from October 1, 2020 until the end of the season.

We are happy to receive your press ticket requests for August and September at pressoffice@staatsoper-berlin.de. Please understand that we have also had to reduce the press ticket contingent due to the very limited space available and therefore collect all inquiries and allocate them from next week onwards depending on availability. We also ask for your understanding that we can only reserve a press ticket (not an accompanying ticket).

STAATSOPER FOR ALL

Sunday, September 6th, beginning at 2 p.m. EST

Open air concert on Bebelplatz

Staatskapelle Berlin

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim

With: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Julia Kleiter, soprano; Waltraud Meier, alto; Andreas Schager, tenor; René Pape, bass; State Opera Choir

Rehearsal: Martin Wright

Program: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Overture to “Egmont” op. 84, Violin Romance No. 1 in G major, op.40, Violin Romance No. 2 in F major, op.50, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Free entry. Tickets required.

BMW is the exclusive partner of State Opera for All.

The State Opera would like to thank the friends and supporters of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and its main partners BMW and Hilti Foundation for their support.

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