Deutsche Oper Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin

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The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is also home to the Berlin State Ballet.


The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg on Bismarckstraße from 1911 and opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter.After the incorporation of Charlottenburg into Greater Berlin, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera House) in 1925. With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 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 in Mitte under the control of his rival Minister President Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten 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 Glyndebourne opera festival in England. The opera house was destroyed by an air raid on November 23, 1943. Ebert later returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the reconstruction of the opera house, soberly designed by Fritz Bornemann, was...
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