Staatsoper Berlin reopens its doors
7 October, 2017
After seven years of construction works and renovations that cost €400m, Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin has finally reopened its doors, DPA reported. Daniel Barenboim, the opera’s music director, conducted the first concert in the renovated hall on 3 October, Germany’s national reunification holiday. A production of Robert Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust (Szenen aus Goethes Faust) staged by Jurgen Flimm sounded in the opera house. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier were in the audience.
Several more concerts are scheduled for the rest of the week, including one by the Vienna Philharmonic under the conduction of Zubin Mehta. Performances will then be suspended for two months, so technicians can master the new computer-controlled stage equipment. Regular shows will resume in December when Staatsoper is set to celebrate its 275th anniversary.
The stage equipment in the main theatre has been completely updated, while the roof is now 5m higher for the purposes of better acoustics.