Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in Berlin, Germany, in what was
formerly West Berlin.
Deutsche Oper Berlin
resident building, also called Deutsche Oper Berlin
is home to the Staatsballett Berlin.
company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus
built by the city of Charlottenburg (Bismarckstraße 34-37) from 1911 and opened on
November 7, 1912 with
a performance of Beethoven's
Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter.
incorporation of Charlottenburg into Greater Berlin the name of the resident building was changed to
Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera House) in 1925.
Deutsches Opernhaus, 1936
With the Nazi Machtergreifung
1933, the opera was under control of the Ministry of
Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to
Deutsches Opernhaus, competing the Berlin State
Opera under the control of his rival Minister President
the building was remodeled by Paul
and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098.
Carl Ebert, the pre-World
War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather
than endorse a Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the
opera festival in England.
The opera house was destroyed on
Ebert later returned as general manager after the war.
After the war, the company used the building of the Theater des Westens
until the new
building, designed by Fritz
, was completed on September
. The opening production was
. The new building opened with the current name.
Past General Music Directors have included Bruno Walter
, Lorin Maazel
, Gerd Albrecht
, Jesús López Cobos
, and Christian Thielemann
. In October 2005,
the Italian conductor Renato Palumbo
was appointed Generalmusikdirector
as of the 2006-2007
season. In October 2007, the Deutsche Oper announced the
appointment of Donald Runnicles
their next Generalmusikdirector
, effective August 2009,
for an initial contract of 5 years. Simultaneously, Palumbo and the
Deutsche Oper mutually agreed to terminate his contract, effective
Since 2004, the Deutsche Oper's Intendantin
In 1967, the opera house was the scene of the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg
, a student taking part in the
German student movement
had been protesting against the visit to Germany by the Shah of Iran
In April 2001, the Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli
died at the podium while
conducting Verdi's Aida, at the age of 54.
In September 2006, the opera house drew criticism after it
cancelled performances of Mozart's opera Idomeneo
because of fears that a scene in it featuring the severed heads of
would offend Muslims
, and that the opera house's security might
become under threat if violent protests took place. Critics of the
decision include German Ministers and the German Chancellor
from Muslims has been mixed — the leader of Germany's Islamic
Council welcomed the decision, whilst a leader of Germany's Turkish
community, criticising the decision, said:
"This is about art, not about politics ...
We should not make art dependent on religion — then we
are back in the Middle Ages."
At the end of October 2006 the opera house announced that
performances of Mozart
's opera Idomeneo
then proceed. On this subject, see also Idomeneo
Intendanten (General Managers)
Generalmusikdirektoren (Music Directors)
Music in Berlin