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Programme for the 2023/24 season at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

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The Staatsoper Unter den Linden presents the programme for the 2023/24 season, to which the catchword “speechless” has been added. Being speechless or becoming speechless – these are ambivalent states. Not being able to put something into words or explain it verbally, for example in moments of shock or astonishment, is something everyone has experienced, with very different thoughts and feelings. And like so many phenomena, speechlessness also has several sides that only come together to form a whole when viewed as a whole. The coming season offers the opportunity to experience various of these perspectives – they are reflected in the five premieres on the Main Stage as well as in the programme as a whole.

Abb. oben: Staatsoper Unter den Linden – Interior view, Photo: Marcus Ebener

Special Accents will be set in the 2023/24 season:

  • One world premiere and four further premieres in the Großes Haus (see section Premieres).
  • The LINDEN 21 format with two world premieres and one revival (see section LINDEN 21).
  • The BAROCKTAGE (17 to 26 November 2023), with three different works revolving around the subject of “Medea”: In addition to the premiere of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s French tragédie en musique MÉDÉE from the late 17th century (ML: Simon Rattle, R: Peter Sellars, stage: Frank O. Gehry), there will be a re-encounter with Luigi Cherubini’s MEDEA directed by Andrea Breth (performed for the first time by an “early music” ensemble), as well as a melodrama by Mozart contemporary Georg Anton Benda. Mozart’s MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO and numerous concerts will also be performed.
  • The FESTTAGE (18 March to 1 April 2024) with the revival of Wagner’s “Ring” tetralogy directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, conducted for the first time by Philippe Jordan at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, complemented by concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Opera Children’s Orchestra.
  • 28 revived music theatre works – including Peter Eötvösʼ SLEEPLESS and Beat Furrer’s VIOLETTER SCHNEE, which together with the premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s MELANCHOLIE DES WIDERSTANDS form a “trilogy of world premieres” of recent years.
  • In addition, there will be around 100 concerts in Berlin, including 16 major symphony concerts (with eight programmes) and other special concerts by the Staatskapelle Berlin. In addition, a Canada and USA tour of the Staatskapelle Berlin under the direction of Daniel Barenboim (25 November to 6 December 2023) will take the orchestra to five major music centres.
  • The concert programme for the 2023/24 season will focus on the composer Antonín Dvořák in both the symphony and chamber concerts. But several works by Anton Bruckner, whose 200th birthday will be celebrated in 2024, are also represented in the Staatskapelle’s symphony concerts, as are Gustav Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 5 and 7. Works by the South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who lives in Berlin, will be heard in two subscription concerts, as will the two violin concertos by Béla Bartók.
  • All in all, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden will present over 320 events in 2023/24, STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE in July 2024 with an open-air concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Christian Thielemann, as well as numerous projects by the Junge Staatsoper, including performances by the Opera Children’s Orchestra and the Children’s Opera House Unter den Linden.
  • In total, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden will present over 320 events in 2023/24, STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE in July 2024 with an open-air concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Christian Thielemann, as well as numerous projects by the Junge Staatsoper, including performances by the Opera Children’s Orchestra and the Children’s Opera House Unter den Linden.
  • The Staatsoper is also devoting special attention to the theme of sustainability with a special concert project by the Orchestra of Change of the Staatskapelle Berlin at Kraftwerk Mitte and the SUSTAINABLE LISTENING series.
  • Conductors who can be experienced for the first time at the Staatsoper and with the Staatskapelle Berlin: Elim Chan, Pierre Dumoussand, Iván Fischer, Marie Jacquot, Nicola Luisotti, Joana Mallwitz, Rafael Payare, Giedré Šlekytė (debut concert), Robin Ticciati, Jaap van Zweden.
  • Directed new productions: Calixto Bieito, Silvia Costa (house debut), Claus Guth, Julia Lwowski (house debut), David Marton (house debut), Kornél Mundruczó, Peter Sellars (house debut).
  • Role debuts (selection):
    Marina Rebeka – Aida (AIDA) / Médée (MEDEA).
    Christiane Karg – Rusalka (RUSALKA)
    Sally Matthews – Leonore (FIDELIO)
    Siyabonga Maqungo – Mitridate (MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO)
    Elsa Dreisig – Sifare (MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO)
    Andrés Moreno García – Rodolfo (LA BOHÈME)
    Rosie Aldridge – The Sexton Buryjovka (JENŮFA)
    Mika Kares – Ivan Khovansky (CHOVANSHCHINA)
    Marina Prudenskaya – Ortrud (LOHENGRIN) / Marfa (CHOWANSCHTSCHINA)
    Wolfgang Koch – Jack Rance (LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST)
  • Dani Juris will be the new choral director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for the 2023/24 season.
  • The new season will kick off with an opening party on 9 September 2023.


The start of the 2023/24 season at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is all about Verdi with revivals of MACBETH and DON CARLO in September, before the season opening premiere with AIDA on 3 October, directed by Calixto Bieito (whose production of Wagner’s LOHENGRIN also returns to the repertoire). Nicola Luisotti will be the musical director. The proven Verdi expert is appearing for the first time with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsoper Chorus. In his production, Bieito focuses on the chamber-play-like moments in AIDA as well as the tense relationship between the political events of the time when the piece was written and our present. With Marina Rebeka (title role / role debut), Elīna Garanča, Yusif Eyvazov and René Pape, among others.

On 19 November 2023, the BAROCKTAGE premiere will be Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s MÉDÉE, conducted by Simon Rattle and directed by Peter Sellars, who is thus working on an opera at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for the first time. The stage design is by Frank O. Gehry. With, among others, Magdalena Kožená (in the title role), Reinoud Van Mechelen (Jason), Luca Tittoto, Carolyn Sampson, Angela Hicks, Gyula Orendt and the State Opera Chorus. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will play.
The Medea theme is the focus of the BAROCKTAGE, which will take place in 2023 from 17 to 26 November: The premiere of Charpentier’s version of the mythical character and story will be juxtaposed with Luigi Cherubini’s MEDEA directed by Andrea Breth, conducted by Christophe Rousset, performed for the first time by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. The focus is supplemented by Georg Anton Benda’s melodrama MEDEA, also with the Akademie für Alte Musik and Meike Droste and Max Urlacher as speakers in the Pierre Boulez Hall. The programme of the ten-day festival also includes the revival of Mozart’s MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO, in which ensemble member Siyabonga Maqungo will make his role debut in the title role, concerts all about Charpentier and his contemporaries, a round table and offerings for children, such as the mobile opera THESEUS’ JOURNEY TO THE UNDERGROUND.

With Antonín Dvořák’s RUSALKA (premiere: 4 February 2024), Kornél Mundruczó returns to the Staatsoper after his production of Eötvösʼ SLEEPLESS, named “World Premiere of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine in 2021. The new production will be conducted by Robin Ticciati, who will be conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin for the first time. Christiane Karg makes her role debut in the title role. In his reading, Mundruczó emphasises the topicality of the material: it is the psychological drama of a woman and at the same time a modern fairy tale that raises questions about identity and physicality. In addition to the premiere, Mundruczó’s production of SLEEPLESS will also be seen again in 2023/24, as part of the “premiere trilogy” (MELANCHOLIE DES WIDERSTANDS, VIOLET SNOW, SLEEPLESS). Musically, Dvořák will not only be highlighted in the opera programme: the Staatskapelle Berlin will devote special attention to this composer in 2023/24 in both the symphony and chamber concerts.

On 2 June 2024, Modest Mussorgsky’s CHOWANSCHCHINA celebrates its premiere, directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Simone Young (who is also the musical director of the revival of Puccini’s LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST).
In the years between 1682 and 1687, Moscow becomes the scene of chaotic political conditions, the outcome of which sees the energetic Tsarevich Peter (later known as Tsar “the Great”) take power. The most diverse parties fight brutal battles for the throne: fanatical sectarians, so-called “Old Believers”, the Strelitzes – the tsars’ bodyguard -, anarchist lone wolves and convinced supporters of Peter. But the real protagonist of the opera is the people. In the draft for his five-act opera “Khovanshchina” (“The Khovansky Affair”), Modest Mussorgsky was not concerned with reproducing political events and brutal power games in detail, but rather with depicting “the past in the present” in a massive collage of historical documents – a kind of meditation on history with the means of opera. Claus Guth, as a director interested in a contoured drawing of the characters in their respective lives, will take on Mussorgsky’s unfinished stage work. The version by Dmitri Shostakovich with the finale by Igor Stravinsky will be performed.
Alongside this premiere, Guth’s production of VIOLET SNOW will also be seen again in 2023/24.

To close the season, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden will present the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s opera MELANCHOLIE DES WIDERSTANDS, a work commissioned by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The musical direction will be taken over by conductor Marie Jacquot, born in Paris in 1990, who will become Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra from the 2023/24 season and Chief Conductor of the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen from the 2024/25 season. The world premiere will be staged by David Marton, who is working at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for the first time. The Hungarian-born theatre and opera director and trained pianist and conductor began his career as a theatre musician for directors such as Christoph Marthaler and Frank Castorf. He has directed at independent venues such as the Sophiensaele in Berlin as well as at the Schaubühne Berlin, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Burgtheater Vienna, the Königliches Schauspielhaus in Copenhagen, the Staatsschauspiel Stuttgart, at the MC93 in Paris and at the Munich Kammerspiele, where he founded the “Opernhaus der Kammerspiele”. Opera work has taken him to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Opéra National de Lyon and the La Monnaie Opera House in Brussels, among others.
The premiere, with a libretto by Guillaume Métayer, is based on the novel of the same name by the Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai, who, as a narrative master of the apocalypse, has created a black parable on the current situation in Eastern Europe with his novel. The French composer Marc-André Dalbavie is considered a representative of spectral music. His works mark the opening of contemporary music to different musical sound languages. Characteristic of his orchestral works is the importance of timbres as well as the sensual experience that is at the centre of his works. The premiere will take place on 30 June 2024.

FOCUS ON PRIMIERE PERFORMANCES: Apocalyptic, dystopian, utopian: Three major and impressive world premieres in the form of commissioned works by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden have been created for the big stage between 2019 and 2024: VIOLETTER SCHNEE by Beat Furrer, 2019 (director: Claus Guth), SLEEPLESS by Peter Eötvös, awarded “World Premiere of the Year 2021” (director: Kornél Mundruczó), and MELANCHOLIE DES WIDERSTANDS by Marc-André Dalbavie (director: David Marton), with which Matthias Schulz bids farewell to the Staatsoper as artistic director and at the same time sends a signal towards the future. Promoting contemporary music in the form of commissioned works means taking seriously the task of opera houses to continue their commitment as “commissioners” and to create spaces for new works alongside established works from different epochs, which are questioned as to their topicality, in order to leave their mark on the present and to help shape the renewal of the repertoire. All three contemporary operas will be on the programme in the 2023/24 season.

The LINDEN 21 format includes play developments as well as productions and projects from the repertoire that explore the diverse forms of contemporary music theatre. In 2023/24, two world premieres and one revival are on the programme:

With the world premiere of DON’T YOU NOMI?, director Julia Lwowski, who was nominated for the German theatre prize DER FAUST with the music theatre collective Hauen und Stechen 2022, and her team are developing a tribute to the exceptional artist and pioneer of crossover Klaus Nomi. The premiere will take place on 7 October 2023, just a few weeks after the 40th anniversary of Nomi’s death (6 August 1983). Roman Lemberg will be the musical director. Nomi will be impersonated by countertenor Nils Wanderer, among others.
Misjudged as a singer, Klaus Nomi, who comes from the Allgäu, was drawn to New York. The visionary German countertenor transcended borders and genres. With his crossover of opera, pop and new wave, he was ahead of his time and became an underground attraction with his extraordinary appearance as a retro-futuristic art figure. David Bowie was inspired by Nomi and hired him for an appearance on the NBC show “Saturday Night Live”, thus helping him to achieve his breakthrough. Even before he could experience his unswervingly pursued artistic path to becoming a valued artist, financed as a seat attendant and pastry chef, Nomi tragically died in poverty and loneliness in a New York hospital as one of the first prominent AIDS victims.

In the world premiere THE TIMELESS MOMENT, also a piece development, the Italian director, performer and set designer Silvia Costa (staging, set design, costumes) and Alain Franco (musical concept, piano) invite you to a sensual, installative listening experience with sound worlds of Claude Debussy and Tristan Murail in the Old Orchestra Rehearsal Hall. The encounter between the two composers addresses the question of what we perceive when we listen. The audience is immersed in the world of darkness and experiences the music with all their senses. Sounds become visual landscapes that move beyond the preconceptions of sight into an inner world. First performance on 6 January 2024.

Complementing the world premiere of MELANCHOLIE DES WIDERSTANDS on the big stage, Thom Luz’s play development WERCKMEISTER HARMONIEN returns to the Apollosaal (July 2024). Both productions take up the principles of well-tempered piano tuning formulated in 1682 by musician and music theorist Andreas Werckmeister. WERCKMEISTER HARMONIEN focuses on the profession of the piano tuner, which is usually ignored by the public. The latter is searching for perfect tuning, just as the musician and music theorist Andreas Werckmeister tried to find a new order of pitches and relationships and fixed the foundations for the equal-tempered piano tuning that is common today. The music theatre performance thematises the human striving for systems of order and perfection.


  • Revival of the RING cycle at FESTTAGEN 2024, conducted by Philippe Jordan.
  • Strauss’s ELEKTRA, staged by Patrice Chéreau, with Ricarda Merbeth in the title role and Waltraud Meier as Clytemnestra, who will be giving her stage farewell (October 2023).
  • Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE in the production by Yuval Sharon, conducted by Kristiina Poska and Giuseppe Mentuccia (November / December 2023 and January / April / May 2024).
  • Strauss’ DER ROSENKAVALIER conducted by Joana Mallwitz who makes her debut at the house. With Julia Kleiter as the Field Marshal, Golda Schultz as Sophie and Günther Groissböck, as in the premiere series, as Baron Ochs (December 2023 / January 2024).
  • Speranza Scappucci conducts Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA with Pretty Yende as Violetta Valéry (January 2024). There will be a Verdi focus at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 2023/24 with the premiere of AIDA and revivals of LA TRAVIATA, MACBETH, DON CARLO, and RIGOLETTO (with Pene Pati as the Duke of Mantua).
  • Puccini’s LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST returns in June and July 2024, staged by Lydia Steier and conducted by Simone Young, who can also be seen conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin in the premiere of Mussorgsky’s CHOWANSCHTSCHINA. Other Puccini operas to be seen in the 2023/24 season include TURANDOT (conducted by Rafael Payare and with Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role), LA BOHÈME (with Valentina Naforniţa and Evelin Novak as Mimi, Victoria Randem / Maria Kokareva as Musetta and Freddie De Tommaso / Andrés Moreno García as Rodolfo). TOSCA (with Maria Agresta / Aleksandra Kurzak / Sonya Yoncheva in the title role and Michael Fabiano / Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi) and MADAMA BUTTERFLY (with Sonya Yoncheva / Anna Princeva as Cio-Cio San).
  • With Mozart’s IDOMENEO (conducted by Pierre Dumoussaud, house debut) and MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO (with ensemble member Siyabonga Maqungo making his role debut in the title role and conducted by Marc Minkowski, who also conducts LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and DON GIOVANNI), as well as Strauss’s DAPHNE, three new productions that premiered in the 2022/23 season will return to the stage.


In 2023/24, the Staatskapelle Berlin will perform concerts ranging from Viennese classical to contemporary music, including works by Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Bruckner, Unsuk Chin, Antonín Dvořák, Gustav Mahler, Camille Saint-Saëns, Sergei Rachmaninov and Kurt Weill.
Accompanying the premiere of RUSALKA, the concert programme for the 2023/24 season will focus on the composer Antonín Dvořák in both the symphony and chamber concerts. Anton Bruckner, whose 200th birthday will be celebrated in 2024, is represented several times in the Staatskapelle’s symphony concerts, as is Gustav Mahler, for whom Bruckner’s symphonic music was exemplary in many ways. Works by the South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who lives in Berlin, will be performed at Subscription Concert I and IV.

The Staatskapelle Berlin will perform 16 major symphony concerts with eight programmes in Berlin in the 2023/24 season – at the opera house Unter den Linden as well as at the Philharmonie Berlin. The subscription concerts will be conducted by Rafael Payare (house debut), Philippe Jordan, Christian Thielemann, Elim Chan (house debut), Manfred Honeck (house debut), Iván Fischer (house debut), Lorenzo Viotti and Simon Rattle. Soloists in the subscription concerts are Alisa Weilerstein (violoncello), Gidon Kremer, Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Igor Levit, Lang Lang (piano), and the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená. The first subscription concert in September 2023 will take place in cooperation with the Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin.

The 2024 FESTTAGE concert programme includes Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony with the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by its honorary conductor Zubin Mehta (29 March). March) and the now traditional concert of the Children’s Opera Orchestra, conducted by Giuseppe Mentuccia, also with works by Dvořák and the world premiere of a commissioned work by Marius Felix Lange (29 March as part of the FESTTAGE, 11 April and 1 May at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and on 10 April at the Nikolaisaal Potsdam).

The nine BAROCKTAGE concerts (17 to 26 November) in 2023 will focus on French baroque music, with Charpentier as the pivotal figure. Guests include Dorothee Oberlinger, Jordi Savall, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jean Rondeau, Meike Droste and Max Urlacher, as well as the vocal and instrumental ensembles Voces Suaves, Concerto de’ Cavalieri, Quatuor Nevermind, Ensemble 1700, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations and the Akademie für Alte Musik. For young audiences, the BAROCKTAGE will feature children’s concerts and the mobile children’s opera THESEUS’ JOURNEY TO THE UNDERGROUND. The BAROCKTAGE concerts will take place in the Apollo Hall, the Old Orchestra Rehearsal Hall and the Pierre Boulez Hall.

From 25 November to 6 December 2023, a GUEST PERFORMANCE TRIP of the Staatskapelle Berlin under the direction of Daniel Barenboim is planned to Canada and the USA. With stops in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Miami and the four symphonies by Johannes Brahms.

Die Konzerte zum Jahreswechsel in der Staatsoper Unter den Linden mit der Staatskapelle Berlin am 31. Dezember 2023 und 1. Januar 2024 werden von Jaap van Zweden dirigiert, der damit sein Debüt mit dem Orchester gibt. Auf dem Programm steht Beethovens 9. Sinfonie mit den Solist:innen Simone Schneider (Sopran), Marina Prudenskaya (Alt), Klaus Florian Vogt (Tenor), René Pape (Bass) sowie dem Staatsopernchor, einstudiert vom neuen Chordirektor Dani Juris. 
Im Rahmen von STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE dirigiert Christian Thielemann am 13. Juli 2024 auf dem Bebelplatz das Open-Air-Konzert der Staatskapelle Berlin mit Richard Strauss’ »Eine Alpensinfonie«. Wie immer bei freiem Eintritt – dank BMW.

The New Year’s concerts at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with the Staatskapelle Berlin on 31 December 2023 and 1 January 2024 will be conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will make his debut with the orchestra. The programme includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with soloists Simone Schneider (soprano), Marina Prudenskaya (alto), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor), René Pape (bass) and the Staatsoper Chorus, rehearsed by new choral director Dani Juris.
As part of STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE, Christian Thielemann will conduct the Open-Air Concert of the Staatskapelle Berlin with Richard Strauss’ “Eine Alpensinfonie” on 13 July 2024 on Bebelplatz. As always, free admission – thanks to BMW.

Two concerts will be held in collaboration with the Pierre Boulez Saal. The first concert on 10 November 2023 will be conducted by Giedrė Šlekytė, with Jiyoon Lee, 1st concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin, as soloist and with works by Antonín Dvořák, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the Lithuanian composer Raminta Šerkšnytė. The second concert will be conducted by Finnegan Downie Dear on 18 February 2024, with soprano Sarah Aristidou as soloist and works by Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen and George Benjamin.

In 2023/24, the chamber concerts with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin will focus on the chamber music works of Antonín Dvořák, flanking the premiere of RUSALKA and the symphony concerts.

The Climate Concert of the Orchestra of Change. For over ten years, the musicians of the Staatskapelle Berlin have been committed to climate and environmental protection. At the centre of their activities is an annual “Climate Concert”. This season, as part of this commitment, there will be a day at Kraftwerk Mitte on 9 May 2024 from 15.00, with a whole series of musical events. The topic of sustainability and artistic engagement with it is also at the centre of the SUSTAINABLE LISTENING (“Sustainable Listening”) event series, which is dedicated to climate and environmental issues in discourse and concert performances (1 November 2023 and 15 May 2024, Apollosaal). Partner of this event is German Zero.

Other concert formats include the Prussian Court Music concerts in the Apollo Hall, the Sunday matinees in the Bode Museum, choral concerts, the Advent concert of the children’s choir and children’s concerts for various age groups.

In 2023/24 there will be recitals in the Great Hall with Sonya Yoncheva and Joyce DiDonato, song recitals in the Apollo Hall with singers from the ensemble, and the evening SONGSCAPES with ensemble member Victoria Randem and pianist Eleonora Pertz.


The Opera Children’s Orchestra, which has been in existence since 2018, is a cooperation with the twelve district music schools and supported by mentors from the Staatskapelle Berlin. On 29 March 2023, it will perform together with the children’s choir of the Staatsoper under the musical direction of Giuseppe Mentuccia and with the soprano Maria Kokareva as part of the FESTTAGE 2024. The young musicians, aged between 7 and 13, will perform a selection of Antonín Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dances” and “Sounds from Moravia” as well as Dvořák’s “Song to the Moon” from the opera RUSALKA as a bridge to the opera programme and concert focus 2023/24. Furthermore, a world premiere for children’s orchestra and voice by the composer Marius Felix Lange is on the programme for the first time. In addition, the Opera Children’s Orchestra can be experienced with the programme not only in the Great Hall of the State Opera, but also again in Brandenburg. Further dates: 11 April and 1 May 2024 (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) and on 10 April 2024 (Nikolaisaal Potsdam). The Opera Children’s Orchestra is supported by the Hilti Foundation, the Heinz and Heide Dürr Foundation, the Karl Schlecht Foundation, KPMG and the Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

The Children’s Opera House Berlin, which was awarded the OPUS KLASSIK in 2020 and is now firmly established in six Berlin districts, is one of the pillars of the education work at the State Opera, as is the Opera Children’s Orchestra. In the original district of Lichtenberg, where the cultural education project was launched over ten years ago, as well as in Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Reinickendorf, there are regional children’s opera houses that stage their own productions in the district. In September 2023, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden will open its fifth children’s opera house in cooperation with the district of Neukölln. School AGs have been initiated at a total of thirteen locations, while at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden the threads have been coming together since the 2018/19 season. In addition to the Staatsoper, 17 other cooperation partners are involved, including primary schools, music schools, the Caritas children’s and youth centre Steinhaus and the basketball club ALBA Berlin. All in all, hundreds of children from all Berlin districts are reached, some of whom come into contact with opera as an art form for the first time. The ensemble of the Children’s Opera House Unter den Linden will celebrate the premiere of their current production EINFACH MOZART at the Staatsoper on 26 April 2024. The Children’s Opera House Berlin is funded as a city-wide cultural education project by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family and co-financed by the participating districts. In addition, the Kinderopernhaus Berlin is supported by the Hilti Foundation and the Stiftung Berliner Sparkasse.

The Youth Choir of the State Opera celebrates its premiere with DÜNNES EIS in the Old Orchestra Rehearsal Hall on 7 June 2024 and invites you to a concert in the Apollo Hall on 4 December 2023.

For young audiences, the Staatsoper Berlin offers family and school performances as well as children’s concerts, which are also integrated into the BAROCKTAGE 2023 and as part of which they take place with members of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. In addition, the further offer includes workshops, rehearsal visits, the composition workshop, projects such as “Rhapsody goes Opera” or TUSCH – Theatre and School, the youth choir as well as the cooperation with the university course “Music Theatre Mediation” of the Junge Staatsoper in collaboration with the Mozarteum University Salzburg, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Institute for Scenic Interpretation of Music + Theatre (ISIM).

The main partner of the children’s and youth programme of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is the Hilti Foundation, Liechtenstein within the framework of its funding priority “Community Arts & Culture”.

Programmes such as the International Opera Studio, funded by the Liz Mohn Culture and Music Foundation, and the Orchestra Academy at the Staatskapelle Berlin support young professional singers and musicians at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.


FESTIVAL DAYS 2024 (RING cycles and concerts): Tuesday, 4 April 2023 at 12.00 pm.

Subscriptions 2023/24: Tuesday, 11 April 2023 at 12.00 pm.

All performances of the 2023/24 season: Saturday, 29 April 2023 at 12.00 pm.

PRE-SALE (for members of the Friends, subscribers and holders of a Staatsoper Card) for all performances of the 2023/24 season: Saturday, 22 April 2023 at 12.00 noon.

Since 2007, the BMW Group and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden have been linked by a partnership that is not only longstanding, but since the 2018/2019 season has been enriched by yet another joint collaboration: with BMW OPERA NEXT, the doors of the opera are opened in a new way with digital formats and a broad audience is inspired by changes in perspective between tradition and modernity. #BMWOPERANEXT


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