The Berlin State Opera comprises a number of institutions and ensembles, which together ensure great artistic diversity. Here, we present just a few of the most important groups:
The State Opera
The State Opera, or die Staatsoper, is the official name of the main ensemble of the Linden Opera. It is led by the director and General Music Director. The ensemble features a number of conductors, musicians, singers, actors, set designers and costume designers who perform at more than 300 cultural events and several festivals during an average season – and this doesn’t even include the performances of the youth ensemble.
The Youth State Opera
The youth ensemble, or die Junge Staatsoper, focuses its programme towards children and young adults. The goal is to expose young people to music at an early age, and to encourage their participation and experimentation. For this reason, performances are not limited to children-friendly operas like Engelbert Humperdinck’s Snow White. Children and young adults can take part in both of the youth clubs and bring their own musical theatre productions to the stage.
The State Orchestra
The State Orchestra, or Staatskapelle, forms the main orchestra of the Berlin State Opera. Not only do they provide the instrumental soundtracks for opera performances, but they are also the stars of their own many concert performances. These include major symphony performances, as well as smaller chamber concerts and exciting collaborations – like their work with famous jazz trumpeter Till Brönner. The State Orchestra also often travels to other opera houses around the world, including Paris, Beijing and Sydney.