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The KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN is a German opera company based in Berlin
Berlin
. The company produces opera , operetta and musicals .

The opera house is located on Behrenstraße, just a few steps from Unter den Linden . Since 2004, the Komische Oper Berlin, along with the Berlin
Berlin
State Opera
Opera
, the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Berlin
, the Berlin
Berlin
State Ballet , and the Bühnenservice Berlin
Berlin
(Stage and Costume Design), has been a member of the Berlin
Berlin
Opera
Opera
Foundation.

CONTENTS

* 1 History of the building

* 2 The Komische Oper company

* 2.1 General Music Directors

* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY OF THE BUILDING

Interior of Komische Oper Berlin
Berlin
Stage of Komische Oper Berlin
Berlin

The theatre was built between 1891 and 1892 by architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer for a private society. It first opened on 24 September 1892 as "Theater Unter den Linden" with Adolf Ferron's operetta Daphne and Gaul and Haßreiter's ballet Die Welt
Die Welt
in Bild und Tanz.

The theatre was primarily a vehicle for operetta , but was also used for various other events and balls. Around 800 people could be seated in the stalls, and the balconies and various en-suite dinner rooms housed about a further 1,700 seats. Its directors went bankrupt in 1896 and the theatre was forced to close its doors.

On 3 September 1898 the theatre was reopened as Metropol-Theater with Julius Freund's revue Paradies der Frauen. It then grew to become one of Berlin's most famous and successful variety theatres. During the 1920s and early 1930s, it was leased by the brothers

In 1947, Walter Felsenstein founded and led the resident opera company, the Komische Oper, until his death in 1975. Götz Friedrich was an assistant to Felsenstein at the company. Joachim Herz became general director after Felsenstein's death and served until 1981. Subsequently, Harry Kupfer directed the company for 21 seasons, until 2002. The company specializes in German language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. In 2007 the company won, jointly with Oper Bremen, the " Opera
Opera
house of the year " award by the German magazine Opernwelt
Opernwelt
. Since 2002, the company's chief director and Intendant has been Andreas Homoki. He is scheduled to step down from those posts on 31 July 2012. In June 2008, the company announced the appointment of Barrie Kosky to succeed Homoki as its next Intendant, as of the 2012/2013 season. In October 2014, his contract with the company was extended through 2022. Since 2005, the company's managing director has been Susanne Moser.

From 1966 to 2004, the theatre was also home to a resident ballet company – first as the "Tanztheater der Komischen Oper", and then from 1999 as "BerlinBallett – Komische Oper". In 2004, due to budgetary problems, the separate ballet companies of Berlin's three opera houses were merged into a single company called the Staatsballett Berlin
Berlin
.

Past General Music Directors (GMD) of the company have included Kurt Masur , Rolf Reuter, Yakov Kreizberg , Kirill Petrenko , Carl St.Clair , and Patrick Lange. Since 2012, the GMD of the company is Henrik Nánási. Nánási is scheduled to conclude his tenure at the end of the 2017-2018 season. In May 2017, the company announced the appointment of Ainārs Rubiķis as its next GMD, effective with the 2018-2019 season, with an initial contract of 3 seasons.

GENERAL MUSIC DIRECTORS

* Kurt Masur
Kurt Masur
(1960–1964) * Géza Oberfrank (hu) (1973–1976) * Rolf Reuter (de) (1981–1993) * Yakov Kreizberg (1994–2001) * Kirill Petrenko (2002–2007) * Carl St. Clair (2008–2010) * Patrick Lange (de) (2010–2012) * Henrik Nánási (de) (2012–present)

SEE ALSO

* Music in Berlin
Berlin

REFERENCES

* ^ 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" 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
Berlin
State Opera
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)" which operated from 1905 into the 1920s as an opera theater, later as an operetta theatre, and finally as a revue theatre. * ^ "East Berlin