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11 reasons to look forward to in the upcoming season

Highlights for fall 2021

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
© Gordon Welters

Curtain up: Berlin's stages, operas and concert halls have a full program for the coming season. This fall, you can experience Herheim's production of the Ring at the Deutsche Oper. And the theaters that played for you outdoors over the summer will continue their programs seamlessly. Look forward to classics and exciting modern adaptations of novels. Our 11 highlights for this fall.

Please show responsibility, wear your masks and follow the hygiene rules of the organizers.

Tip 1: Deutsche Oper Berlin shows Herheim's production of the Ring

Deutsche Oper Berlin - Nabucco-
© Deutsche Oper, Foto: Bettina Stöß

To kick off the season, Deutsche Oper transforms the parking deck into a stage. The program includes "Best of: Carmen" and "Greek. Then, starting in November, you can experience three complete cycles of Stefan Herheim's modern production of the Ring.

When: Cycle 1 from November 9

Where: German Opera, Bismarckstrasse 35, Charlottenburg

Tip 2: The German Symphony Orchestra celebrates its birthday

Symphonie Orchester
©, Foto: cyano66

The German Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester), founded in 1946 by the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS), has been in existence for 75 years. For the anniversary concert, Robin Ticciati conducts orchestral pieces by Vaughan Williams, Strauss and Dvořák, but the program also includes improvisations on the past and the future.

When: Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, at 8 p.m.

Where: Philharmonie Berlin, Herberg-von-Karajan-Strasse 1, Tiergarten

Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester

Tip 3: The Philharmonie invites you to the Welcome Back Week

Philharmonie am Kulturforum
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

This year, the Berliner Philharmoniker is celebrating the start of the new season with a full week of programming. Look forward to an eclectic Welcome Back Week with jazz, chamber music and a concert with Kirill Petrenko at the famous Waldbühne Berlin.

When: August 21 - 26

Where: Philharmonie, Waldbühne and other venues

Tip 4: Cameron Carpenter plays with the Konzerthausorchester

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To open the season, the Konzerthausorchester will perform Bach, Brahms and Carl Maria von Weber's Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra. Joining them will be Martin Helmchen on piano and Cameron Carpenter on organ. Also on the program is XYLO for orchestra, a work commissioned by the Konzerthaus from Samir Odeh-Tamini. Immediately following the season opening is the large open-air concert on Saturday evening, August 28, at 6 pm on the Gendarmenmarkt. The program includes the Freischütz Overture, the Italian Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Poulenc.

When: August 26 and 27 at 7 pm

Where: Great Hall Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte

Tip 5: State Opera for All (Staatsoper für alle) on Bebelplatz

Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin
Staatsoper Unter den Linden © Foto: Max Lautenschläger

In addition to the large open-air concert of the Staatskapelle Berlin, this year's "Staatsoper für alle" will also include a live broadcast of the new production of "Le nozze die Figaoro" on Bebelplatz. At the same time, the opera will be performed in front of an audience in the great hall of the State Opera. Tickets are free and can be booked from the beginning of September.

When: September 18 and 19

Where: Bebelplatz, Mitte

Tip 6: Flashlight concert at the Waldbühne in Berlin

Konzert in der Waldbühne
Konzert in der Waldbühne © GettyImages, Bild: Sven Krobot/EyEm

For many families it's a tradition: the flashlight concert (Taschenlampenkonzert) with Rumpelstil at Berlin's Waldbühne. Pack your blankets, thermos flasks and flashlights to say goodbye to summer with the swinging, rocking band. And of course you can not only light up but also dance and sing along loudly!

When: Saturday, September 25 at 7 pm

Where: Waldbühne Berlin, Glockenturmstraße 1, Westend

Tip 7: The Friedrichstadt-Palast celebrates the power of love

© Friedrichstadt-Palast, Foto: Bernd Brundert

Friedrichstadt-Palast celebrates the new season with the new Grand Show ARISE - Love is stronger than time. This visually powerful hymn to the undying power of love tells the story of the photographer Cameron, who loses his muse. And yet, as he looks sadly at his pictures, they magically come back to life.

When: from August 10

Where: Friedrichstraße 107, Mitte

Tip 8: The Komische Oper Berlin presents eleven new productions

Komische Oper Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The Komische Oper starts the 2021/22 season with eleven new productions, eight symphony concerts and much more. In the Œdipe production by Russian director Evgeny Titov, you will experience British baritone Leigh Melrose, a specialist in 20th century opera. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is told in two versions at once, once as an Offenbach operetta and in the classical version by Christoph Willibald Gluck.

When: Advance tickets go on sale August 15

Where: Komische Oper, Behrenstrasse 55-57, Mitte

Tip 9: The Gorki Theater adapts novels & life stories

Exterior view of the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin
Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Kristin Buller

New productions are on the program at the Gorki Theater, such as Streulicht, a melancholy coming-of-age story based on the debut novel by Deniz Ohde, or the novel adaptation of 1000 Serpentines Angstby Olivia Wenzel, in which the protagonist - a young woman born in the GDR - jumps through time and space and the stage set changes as if flipping through an old photo album.

When: August and September

Where: Am Festungsgraben 2, Mitte

Tip 10: Deutsches Theater

Exterior view of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin
Deutsches Theater in Berlin © Arno Declair

Throughout the summer, the ensemble of the Deutsches Theater has performed open air on the forecourt and in the courtyard. And now it continues indoors, with a premiere of Sophocles' Oedipus, Strindberg's Miss Julie.

When: Advance tickets go on sale August 18th

Where: Schumannstraße 13A, Mitte

Deutsches Theater

Tip 11: Schaubühne

Exterior view of the Schaubühne in Berlin-Chalottenburg
Schaubühne Berlin © © Gianmarco Bresadola
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The Schaubühne has played through the entire summer break - and is moving seamlessly into the new season. This begins on September 4 with "Kein Weltuntergang" (No End of the World) and poses the question of whether the end of civilization can still be stopped. Equally current is the adaptation of the novel "Eurotrash" by Christian Kracht. And the Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik (FIND), which had to be cancelled twice, will finally take place in 2021!

When: from September 4

Where: Kurfürstendamm 153, Wilmersdorf-Charlottenburg

More tips on concerts, operas and theater performances can be found in our events calendar.


Josefine Köhn-Haskins


is originally from Munich and started out her career at one of Germanys largest daily news papers. Before finding her home in Berlin, she also reported as a correspondent and trend scout from the US. Today she is cruising Berlin's neighbourhoods, always on the lookout for good stories - with a focus on culture, music and ideas for the future of an innovative Berlin. All posts