"At the State Opera House "Unter den Linden"" Staatsoper - Opera Tip by Nemorino

Staatsoper - Opera, Berlin: 7 reviews and 11 photos

  Café in the basement of the State Opera House
by Nemorino

On my most recent visit to the State Opera Unter den Linden I saw the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835).

This is a bel canto opera, and the singing really is beautiful but the plot is often criticized. It takes place in ancient Gaul under the Roman occupation, and you keep expecting Asterix and Obelix to pop up from behind the bushes at any minute. Norma is the head priestess of the Gauls, but she is secretly in love with the Roman governor and has even borne him two children. (We are asked to believe that nobody in the small Gallic village has noticed this.)

I found the Berlin production quite moving, though, because they stressed the one aspect of the plot that is (unfortunately) timeless, namely the plight of an older woman whose lover (and father of her children) decides to leave her for a younger woman (in this case a younger priestess at the same temple).

Update: As I have mentioned elsewhere, the State Opera House is currently a construction site because they are doing some badly needed restoration and repair work on it. During this time the State Opera Company is performing in the old Schiller Theater in the Bismarckstraße, in the (West) Berlin district of Charlottenburg.

Address: Unter den Linden 7
Directions: Bus 100 or 200
Phone: +49 - 30 - 20 35 44 38
Website: http://www.staatsoper-berlin.org/en/intro.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2014
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