For more than 25 years now, FREUNDE UND FÖRDERER DER STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN have been providing financial and non-material support to the Staatsoper. The roughly 1,600 members of the sponsors' and supporters' association are an avid public and an active community, making the motto "Art needs joy" come to life. Their contributions and donations benefit the Junge Staatsoper, new opera and concert performances and the Staatskapelle Berlin. As a sign of gratitude the friends can benefit from an exclusive ticket service and have a particularly close link to Staatsoper and its artists.