Berlin Opera celebrates the return of culture with distinguished guests - BZ Berlin

Thousands of spectators rolled a red carpet and sold rows of seats. Staatsoper Unter den Linden celebrated a magical start to the new season on Saturday evening.

Written by Marieke Drunkler

The anticipation for star conductor Daniel Barenboim and the new production of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” has been great. So big that even bad weather can not affect the good mood on the red carpet.

Janina Ossi smiles at Bebelplatz (Photo: Charles Yunk)
Janina Ossi smiles at Bebelplatz (Photo: Charles Yunk)

Veronica Ferris was also happy that she was finally able to experience the culture again: “It’s really great after such a long time. I am very excited about this production.”

Model Celine Bethmann in front of the State Opera (Photo: Charles Yunck)
Model Celine Bethmann in front of the State Opera (Photo: Charles Yunck)

At the start of the season, Bebelplatz was transformed into one of the city’s largest concert venues. Opera director Matthias Schulz: “Culture is back. And we are back. It’s a wonderful moment for all of us.” After a year and a half of not having a single live show, this evening is something very special. “Without experience, opera is only worth half,” Schultz explained.

Actress Lea Drenda (Photo: Charles Yunck)
Actress Lea Drenda (Photo: Charles Yunck)

Already on Sunday Berliners can look forward to another open-air concert, when the State Opera Choir and Staatskapelle Berlin will turn the Bebelplatz into a concert hall again from 1pm.

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