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Renovated Berlin opera house finally opens - temporarily

The Staatsoper will be closed after one production for technicians to master its new computer-controlled stage equipment

The theatre's original ceiling has been raised, and the space above the highest balcony has been lined with a ceramic, acoustically transparent net that evenly distributes sound.

The opera house was erected in 1742 as part of a cultural forum under the Prussian King Friedrich II, but it was subsequently destroyed three times - by fire in the 19th century and twice during World War II.


AFTER seven years of construction, the Staatsoper is finally preparing to reopen its doors on the historic Boulevard Unter den Linden, at least temporarily. The work took much longer than expected - the company was originally scheduled to move back from its interim residence across...