Welcome to the season 2024/25

“How beautiful music can be—but how beautiful it is when it’s over!” At the end of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), these are the words that Sir Morosus sings after all the musical performances that he found so unsettling. We would like to adopt these words as our motto for the coming seasons at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, presenting music in its endless variety and beauty and allowing it to resonate with you enduringly, dear audience, over and over again. Whether it is the shared silence after the last tone sounds in the hall or a personal memory of a performance: the emotional worlds we discover through the unique art of music often remain with us for a long time after leaving the opera house. A particularly complex art form, opera can frequently surprise and overwhelm us. It has fascinated audiences for centuries and has been renewed, questioned, and celebrated across history. We seek to preserve the unique tradition at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and lead it into the future, in collaboration with all those who work here.

Richard Strauss composed Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman) in the 1930s based on a libretto by Stefan Zweig, despite the animosity directed against the Jewish writer. The beautiful, very artful and yet inscrutable music of this composer and former general music director at the Staatsoper has influenced the institution for over one hundred years now and will be featured during the coming season in several concerts performed by the Staatskapelle Berlin.
The fascinating beauty that contemporary music can reveal is shown by two works that will be performed in Berlin for the very first time: György Kurtág’s Fin de partie based on the play by Samuel Beckett, an opera by one of the most important composers in recent decades, which premiered just a few years ago, and Bernard Foccroulle’s very topical treatment of the myth of Cassandra, which also explores how humanity treats our planet. These two operas and several new productions of operas from past centuries allow us to engage with relevant issues of our time in a gripping and inspiring way. New this season: a few days before each premiere, we offer the opportunity to briefly visit a rehearsal in the early evening and learn about the conceptual ideas behind the production.
In their presumably first encounter with the art form, we would like to instill in many young people a sense of amazement and fascination for opera as a sophisticated art form. As part of the program Junge Staatsoper (Young State Opera), which has been an important part of our work for many years now, this season we will offer young people the opportunity to experience a contemporary version of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz, created especially for them, in the unique historic ambience of the main hall. The performance of the Kinderopernhaus will also deal with Weber’s music and be held in the generous space of Probebühne 1. Young people are also welcome to attend the final rehearsal of select concerts of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
The following pages of this season preview offer insights on the star-studded productions of our extensive repertoire, our manifold and rich concert program, several special events, and extensive information all about attending a performance. We hope you enjoy browsing through it and finding the performances you would like to attend. As the new team at the helm of the Staatsoper, we look forward to welcoming you to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden!



Giuseppe Verdi

Musical direction: Bertrand de Billy
Direction: Emma Dante
With: Luca Salsi, Anna Netrebko / Anastasia Bartoli, Ivan Magrì, Marina Prudenskaya, René Pape u. a.

Premiere at 2. october 2024

To the production

Roméo et Juliette

Charles Gounod

Musical direction: Stefano Montanari / Giuseppe Mentuccia
Direction: Mariame Clément
With: Aida Garifullina / Nino Machaidze, Marina Prudenskaya / Katharina Kammerloher, Johan Krogius, Amitai Pati / Long Long / Juan Diego Flórez, Ema Nikolovska / Corinna Scheurle u. a.

Premiere at 10. november 2024

To the production

Fin de partie

György Kurtág

Musical direction: Alexander Soddy
Direction: Johannes Erath
With: Stephan Rügamer, Dalia Schaechter, Laurent Naouri, Bo Skovhus

Premiere at 12. january 2025

To the production

Der Freischütz für Kinder

Carl Maria von Weber

Musical direction: Elias Corrinth
Direction: Kai Anne Schuhmacher
With: Sonja Herranen, Serafina Starke, Andrés Moreno García u. a.

Premiere at 14. february 2025

To the production

Die Ausflüge des Herrn Brouček

Leoš Janáček

Musical direction: Simon Rattle
Direction: Robert Carsen
With: Peter Hoare, Aleš Briscein, Gyula Orendt, Lucy Crowe u. a.

Premiere at 11. march 2025

To the production


Vincenzo Bellini

Musical direction: Francesco Lanzillotta
Direction: Vasily Barkhatov
With: Rachel Willis-Sørensen / Irina Lungu, Dmitry Korchak, Riccardo Fassi u. a.

Premiere at 13. april 2025

To the production


Bernard Foccroulle

Musical direction: Anja Bihlmaier
Direction: Marie-Eve Signeyrole
With: Katarina Bradić, Jessica Niles, Susan Bickley, Sarah Defrise u. a.

German premiere
Premiere at 20. june 2025

To the production

Die schweigsame Frau

Richard Strauss

Musical direction: Christian Thielemann
Direction: Jan Philipp Gloger
With: Peter Rose, Brenda Rae, Siyabonga Maqungo, Iris Vermillion, Samuel Hasselhorn u. a.

Premiere at 19. july 2025

To the production

Pictures: Flaka Haliti, I See a Face. Do You See a Face., 2014



Operas and concerts: for the Staatskapelle Berlin, these are two sides of the same coin, and, in their performances, the ensemble repeatedly demonstrates the reasons for its outstanding reputation as a symphony orchestra. The roster of general music directors who have shaped the specific sound of the Staatskapelle and its technical expertise over its history is equally impressive. Christian Thielemann, who will take this position at the start of the 2024/25 season, will continue this unique tradition, leading it into the future. We offer him a heartfelt welcome and look forward to many artistically satisfying, delightful performances.

He will be conducting at several subscription concerts and special events this season and many outstanding musicians of various generations and backgrounds will fill out the program. In addition to concerts featuring major symphonies from the classical, romantic, and modern periods, the season will also feature additional works from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. We will also be presenting a wide selection of chamber music, with a broad range of styles in performances that allow for a communicative proximity between the performers and the audience, generating a special atmosphere.

Staatskapelle Berlin

With: Susanna Mälkki, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Eric Cutler & Verneri Pohjola, Christian Thielemann & Igor Levit, Daniel Barenboim, Thomas Guggeis, Julia Kleiter & Simon Keenlyside, Paavo Järvi & María Dueñas, Petr Popelka & Emanuel Ax, Christian Thielemann & Erin Morley
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Public rehearsal for all U30

To the Abonnementkonzert II under the direction of the new
Generalmusikdirektor Christian Thielemann
For people under 30 years
5. october 2024, 19.00 Großer Saal

Konzerte zum Jahreswechsel

With: Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Berlin
31. december 2024, 17.00 Großer Saal
1. january 2025, 16.00 Philharmonie

Liederabende im Großen Saal

With: Sonya Yoncheva, Camilla Nylund, Joyce DiDonato und Elīna Garanča

Festtage 2025

from 11. to 21. april

find out more

Liederabend Joyce DiDonato

Franz Schubert: Winterreise D 911
Piano: Maxim Emelyanychev

11. april 2025, ​​19.30 Großer Saal


Music from Richard Wagner
Musical direction: Philippe Jordan
Direction: Dmitri Tcherniakov
With: Andreas Schager, Elīna Garanča, René Pape e.a.
Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin

12. 15. 18. 20. april 2025
Großer Saal


Music from Vincenzo Bellini
Musical direction: Francesco Lanzillotta
Direction: Vasily Barkhatov
With: Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Dmitry Korchak, Elmina Hasan u.a.
Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin

Premiere at 13. april 2025
16. 21. 26. 29. april 2025
Großer Saal

Festtage-Konzert Staatskapelle Berlin

Works from Alban Berg, Pierre Boulez und Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Simone Young
Violine: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Sopran: Jeanine De Bique

19. april 2025, 20.00 Philharmonie

To the repertoire of the season 2024/25 

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