STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN: SINGING THE PRAISES OF NEXT GEN WASHBASINS FOR OPERA
The Staatsoper on Berlin's famous Unter den Linden has been undergoing extensive renovation since 2009. Along with its director’s building and also its rehearsal center, efforts to revive the opera house are conducted under the careful direction of esteemed architecture firm, HG Merz.
“The Staatsoper is one of the most notable examples of architecture from the rebuilding phase of the GDR. It is an important witness of German post-war history,” explained Merz.
Daniel Barenboim, the general music director of the Staatsoper, had a more performance-related goal: to improve the auditorium’s acoustics. By raising the ceiling and adding a reverberation gallery, reverb time has been increased from 1.1 to 1.6 seconds. The modernization of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is delicate a process of physical as well as sonic improvement, and the buildings' revisions don't stop there.