Deutsche Oper Berlin Has One of the Largest Opera Repertoires in the World:
The Deutsche Oper Berlin is the largest of the three Berlin opera houses and it also the second largest opera house in Germany. When it comes to opera, Berlin holds the distinction of having three opera houses in a city that’s less than half the size of London.
Brief History of Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin’s history goes back to the days of the Deutsches Operhaus, which was inaugurated in 1912. It was located in Charlottenburg, an independent city and one of the richest in
Prussia at the time. Under the Greater Berlin Act 1920, Charlottenburg and six other towns were incorporated into the expanded Berlin. Deutsches Operhaus was renamed Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.
During the period of Nazi Germany, the opera house was renamed Deutsches Operhaus by Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda. This period saw the defection of the general manager of the Deutsches Operhaus and several artists who emigrated rather than endorse the Nazi view of ‘German only’ music. The opera house was destroyed during an air raid in November 1943.
Rebuilt Deutsche Oper Berlin
Rebuilt in 1961, the 1,854-seat Berlin Opera House is minimalistic in architecture and described as an “an ornate-decor-free-zone”. Its inauguration took place at a time of political and social unrest as just six weeks earlier, the Berlin Wall was erected, separating the Deutsche Oper Berlin from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Komische Opera.
Today, the Deutsche Oper Berlin has one of the largest repertoires of any opera house in the world and it is also home to the Berlin State Ballet. It attracts world-class artists performing grand repertoires of Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and others.
The box office of the Oper Berlin on Bismarckstraße is barrier-free for wheelchair users. There are four disable-parking spaces near the main entrance at the corner of Bismarckstraße and Richard-Wagner-Straße. There are lifts to transport wheelchair-bound visitors to the desired hall and foyer levels.
Deutsche Oper Berlin
How to Get There:
By Train – The Deutsche Oper Berlin is most easily reached by taking the underground:
- Line U2 – will take you directly to the stop ‘Deutsche Oper’ from the direction of Ruhleben or Pankow.
- Line U7 – the stop ‘Bismarckstraße’ of line U7 is also very close by (there are lifts to the street level at this stop)
By Bus – Catch bus routes 101 and 109
Hotels Near the Deutsche Oper
The Deutsche Oper is easy to get to on the underground, but if you want to stay closer to the opera house, there is a huge range of hotels in the Charlottenburg district. Search and book your Berlin hotels Here.Your Turn: Do you have any advice you would like to share? What tips would you like to add? Please comment below.