As well as being an Opera theater in Berlin's center is the Staatsoper Unter den Linden simultaneously a high quality artistic institution of international renown. Musical theatre finds here its home alongside one of the world's best Orchestras; the Staatskapelle Berlin, lead by the General Musical Director Daniel Barenboim. The history of the Staatsoper and the Staatskapelle however, encompasses much more with its profound roots.This success story continues until today.
The Austrian Otmar Suitner is appointed musical director; a position he occupies until 1990. The Staatsoper is managed by Hans Pischner who together with his team, realizes a well-balanced program comprising classics from the repertoire (especially Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Strauss) and contemporary composers (e.g. works by Dessau, Shostakovich, Penderecki).
Daniel Barenboim makes his debut in Berlin by playing Bartók's piano concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Pierre Boulez.
The first opera premiere conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is Wagner's »Parsifal«. René Jacobs, an acknowledged Baroque repertoire specialist is recruited, and with him as the director, an opera production in "historically correct musical style" is performed in almost all the seasons.
The FESTTAGE festival held every year at Easter and featuring opera and concert performances with well-known musicians is launched by Daniel Barenboim. The first performance of the entire cycle of the new »Ring« production is the focus.
The Staatskapelle Berlin is elected »Orchestra of the Year« by the »Opernwelt« periodical. Great symphonic cycles are presented in Berlin as well as in international centers of the music world (e.g. in Vienna, London and New York). The Staatskapelle musicians name Daniel Barenboim their »conductor for life«.
Daniel Barenboim becomes the musical director of La Scala in Milan (until 2014). The new production of »Wozzeck« is the beginning of a systematic development of the musical theatre and orchestra works by Alban Berg. In the Wiener Musikverein, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle perform a cycle featuring all symphonies by Anton Bruckner.
The production »AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen« featuring music by Henry Purcell and Helmut Oehring (staging: Claus Guth) is premiered combining early music with new music. The new Ring production which since 2010 has been under development in co-operation with La Scala in Milan, is performed as a cycle for the first time during the FESTTAGE festival. The orchestra celebrates great success with a concert performance of Wagner's »Ring« tetralogy on the occasion of the London »Proms«.