"A victory of peace, a human triumph" - the opening on September 4th 1955
After three years of construction the Staatsoper opened again on September 4th 1955. The ceremony began at 11:00 in the morning with a ceremonial act of the GDR government in the presence of President Wilhelm Pieck. In addition to well-known representatives of political and cultural life, 250 "Heroes of Labor" were invited. In his speech the Minister of Culture Johannes R. Becher called the reconstruction a "victory of peace, a human triumph". At 17:30 the gala performance of Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" began (staging: Max Burghardt, musical director: Franz Konwitschny). Afterwards the Theater Manager Max Burghardt held a reception in the Apollo hall of the Staatsoper inviting a large number of guests of honor. Among them were Wilhelm Pieck, the Deputy Prime Minister Walter Ulbricht, the President of the People's Chamber Johannes Dieckmann as well as the members of the Diplomatic Corps and many others.
Kleine Baugeschichte der Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Frank Schmitz