Staatsoper brings free music to everyone!

One of Berlin’s most beloved events of spring each year is the free open air concert Staatsoper für alle. Held every year in mid to late June, the event is held in the shadow of the city’s opera house, on the historic Bebelplatz. For the 12th year running, Staatsoper für alle will present a live concert in the (hopefully) bright sunshine from midday on Saturday the 16th and at dusk on Sunday the 17th June.


Both concerts will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim, who is also the musical director of the Berlin State Opera and Staatskapelle Berlin. Saturday’s concert will commence at midday, where the Staatskapelle will perform “Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioachino Rossini and “Iberia” from “Images pour orchestre”  by Claude Debussy, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps”.

Daniel Barenboim © Staatsoper Berlin

Daniel Barenboim © Staatsoper Berlin

An event with a difference on Sunday will delight fans of Italian opera as a live broadcast of the premiere of Guiseppe Verdi’s Macbeth is streamed into Bebelplatz direct from the Staatsoper performance. Tickets to this performance, featuring Plácido Dómingo as Macbeth and Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth and conducted also by Daniel Barenboim, were sold out quickly upon release. This performance will kick off the Staatsoper’s summer season and there were many disappointed opera fans, having missed out on a seat in the newly refurbished historic opera house for what no doubt will be a mesmerising and spine tingling production. So, this opportunity to experience the performance under the stars, right next door on a giant LED screen, should not be missed – and its free!!!

Staatsoper © Staatsoper Berlin ®Ebener-4737-1
This is always an extremely popular event so plan ahead and get some advice form our concierge about the best way to get there. See here for useful information about access, transport options and road closures around the event.

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.