Deutsche Oper Berlin
On September 24, 1961 the Opernhaus that had been inaugurated in 1912 and
destroyed during the War was reopened as Deutsche Oper Berlin. Ever since it has
been Berlin´s largest and Germany´s second largest music theatre, featuring among
the most modern institutions in Europe. The straightforward and elegant building that
was realized by architect Fritz Bornemann (he also conceived the America Memorial
Library and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, a. o.) seats 1.865 and guarantees a
maximum viewing and hearing experience for every visitor.
From its beginnings, the opera house in Bismarckstraße was designed for the
production of the major works of the 19th and early 20th century - Wagner, Verdi,
Puccini, Strauss and many others. Soloists of international repute, famous directors
and conductors and an excellent ensemble made up of singers, chorus and
musicians have established the Deutsche Oper Berlin as one of the great opera
houses of the world. 112 world premieres in almost a century have enshrined its
reputation as a venue for the showcasing of new works. Important principal
conductors have included Bruno Walter in the 1920s, Lorin Maazel in the 1960s and
Christian Thielemann in the 1990s. As Intendant and Director, Götz Friedrich, a
student of the legendary director Walter Felsenstein, was highly influential during his
spell at the Deutsche Oper Berlin between 1981 and 2000, and his presence
continues to be felt to this day.
New personalities for a new chapter: Since the beginning of the 2006/7 season,
director Kirsten Harms, in her capacity as Intendant, has been in charge of the
artistic programme and responsible for a root-and-branch 'changing of the guard'.
New Musical Director in the Bismarckstraße since August 2009 has been the
Wagner and Strauss expert Donald Runnicles. The Deutsche Oper has a carefully
nurtured repertoire of approximately 70 opera productions, each bearing the
individual stamp of their respective directors - a repertoire rivalled in Europe only by
Vienna and Munich. In 2012, Dietmar Schwarz took over from Kirsten Harms as the
Artistic Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Deutsche Oper Berlin
10627 Berlin [ Charlottenburg ]
Tel.: +49 30 34384343
Fax.: +49 30 34384246