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Berlin: Staatsoper Berlin (State Opera)

Of the three opera houses in Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden (home of the Berlin State Opera) is the oldest. It was first established as the Court Opera (Hofoper) in 1742 and it is respected as much for its architectural beauty as it is for the reputation of its artists - from conductors Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss to the Ballets Russes. 

During the division of the city, Staatsoper Unter den Linden served as the opera house of East Berlin. After reunification, Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim became the music director and talk of merging Berlin’s opera houses later ensued. But the Staatsoper’s future seems secure. The State of Berlin, the federal government and the organization, the Circle of Friends of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, have all committed millions toward renovation.

Added to that, there are exciting plans afoot for future seasons. In 2009, the world’s best-known tenor, Placido Domingo, will become a baritone, singing the lead role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the opera house.

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