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The Komische Oper Berlin is an opera company in Berlin, Germany, which specializes in German-language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. Since 2004, it is operated by the Berliner Opernstiftung. Its home base is the Komische Oper in Behrenstraße, just a few steps from the Unter den Linden boulevard. An opera house is a building where opera and other forms of performing arts are performed. ... Berlin (pronounced: , German ) is the capital of Germany and its largest city, with 3,426,000 inhabitants (as of January 2005); down from 4. ... German (called Deutsch in German; in German the term germanisch is equivalent to English Germanic), is a member of the western group of Germanic languages and is one of the worlds major languages. ... This article is about opera as an art form. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ... Unter den Linden (Under the Limes – named for its linden trees which line the grassed pedestrian mall between the two carriageways) is one of Berlins splendid boulevards. ...


History of the theatre building

The theatre was built 1891-1892 by Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer for a private society, and opened on September 24, 1892 as Theater Unter den Linden with Adolf Ferron's operetta Daphne and Gaul and Haßreiter's ballet Die Welt in Bild und Tanz. Subsequently the theatre was mainly as an operetta theatre and for various events and balls. The theatre had circa 800 seats in the stalls and circa 1700 seats in balconies and various en-suite dinner rooms. It closed 1896 after the directors went bankrupt. 1891 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

Komische Oper Berlin

On September 3, 1898 the theatre was reopened as Metropol-Theater with Julius Freund's revue Paradies der Frauen. Subsequently it became one of Berlin's most famous and succesful variety theatres. With the decline of variety and music hall entertainment, the theatre closed in 1933. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


In 1934, the theatre was nationalized and renamed Staatliches Operettentheater. Subsequently, it was operated as part of the Nazi Kraft durch Freude entertainment and leisure programmes. In World War II, the stagehouse was damaged by Allied bombing on May 7, 1944. The façade, entrance hall, and auditorium ceiling painting were destroyed by bombs on March 9, 1945. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


After repair works and provisional rebuildings, the theatre re-opened on December 23, 1947, as the Komische Oper with Johann Strauß's operetta Die Fledermaus. After various alterations and extensions in the 1950s, the theatre was completely rebuilt in 1965-1966 by Architektenkollektiv Kunz Nierade, adding functional extensions and giving the theatre a completely new exterior appearance. It reopened on December 4, 1966, with Mozart's Don Giovanni. The auditorium (still more or less in its 1892 state) was restored in 1986; in 1989 the stage technology was modernized. Today, the theatre has 1270 seats. December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... 1947 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Johann Strauss I Johann Strauss I (also known as Johann Strauss Snr. ... Scene from the 1984 version. ... December 4 is the 338th day (339th on leap years) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was one of the most significant and influential of all composers of Western classical music. ... Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. ...

The names mentioned should not be confused with similar names of other theatres in Berlin. The theatre is not identical to the "Theater unter den Linden" that operated from 1933 to 1945 in the former "Kleines Theater" at Unter den Linden 44; nor to the "Staatsoper Unter den Linden", the Berlin State Opera. Neither is it identical to the "Metropol-Theater" that operated in the former Admiralspalast from 1955 into the 1990s. Furthermore, today's "Komische Oper" has no connection to the "Komische Oper (an der Weidendammer Brücke)" that operated from 1905 into the 1920s as an opera theater, later as an operetta theatre, and finally as a revue theatre.

Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 2003 Berlin State Opera (in German: Staatsoper Unter den Linden) is a prominent German opera company. ...

The Komische Oper company

The resident opera company, the Komische Oper, was founded and directed by Walter Felsenstein until his death in 1975. It specializes in German-language productions of opera, operetta and musicals.


From 1966 to 2004, the theatre was also home to a resident ballet company (first as "Tanztheater der Komischen Oper", from 1999 as "BerlinBallett - Komische Oper").


External links

  • Komische Oper Berlin website (http://www.komische-oper-berlin.de/) (in German)
  • Komische Oper on postcards (http://www.andreas-praefcke.de/carthalia/germany/berlin_komischeoper.htm)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Oper in Berlin (102 words)
Derived from the French ‘opera comique’, the name ‘Komische Oper’ indicates modern musical theatre, in which music and plot are treated with equal attention.
This is why, since the opening of the Komische Oper Berlin in 1947, all performances have been given in German.
Directors such as Konwitschny, Neuenfels, Bieito, Decker, and Kosky have influenced the style of the Komische Oper Berlin.
Komische Oper Berlin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (556 words)
The theatre is not identical to the "Theater unter den Linden" which operated from 1933 to 1945 in the former "Kleines Theater" at Unter den Linden 44; nor to the "Staatsoper Unter den Linden", the Berlin State Opera.
Furthermore, today's "Komische Oper" has no connection to the "Komische Oper (an der Weidendammer Brücke)" which operated from 1905 into the 1920s as an opera theater, later as an operetta theatre, and finally as a revue theatre.
The resident opera company, the Komische Oper, was founded and directed by Walter Felsenstein until his death in 1975.
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