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Classical music in times of crisis

Livestream offers in Berlin

© Marco Borggreve

The prelude was the livestream of the Carmen performance from the empty Staatsoper Unter den Linden. 160,000 people in Berlin, Germany and the whole world watched. Although all Berlin concert halls have to remain closed until further notice to contain the corona virus, cultural life in the capital continues - albeit from home. Make yourself comfortable on the couch and enjoy these classical music tips and live streams in the coming weeks.

Livestream of Carmen on YouTube

rbb and Staatsoper: "Culture in Times of Corona"

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
© Gordon Welters
The Staatsoper Unter den Linden is the first opera house and the most important cultural and historical theatre in Berlin. It is located in the historical centre of the boulevard Unter den Linden.

Following the success of Carmen, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is continuing its livestream offer with a daily online schedule from 16 March to 29 April. Streaming will be live on the websites of rbb and Staatsoper, freely under the motto "Culture in times of Corona". Classical music fans can also listen to the live broadcast on rbb. At the end of this blog you will find an overview of the entire programme of the Berlin Staatsoper.*

More information about the livestream of Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Konzerthaus: "We play for you"

Konzerthaus Berlin - Großer Saal
© Uwe Arens

In addition to the Staatsoper, the Konzerthaus also agreed to the cooperation with rbb at short notice. Following the success of Carmen, the live broadcast of "Wir spielen für euch" (We play for you) from the Konzerthaus will follow on 18 March with Lang Lang, Daniel Hope and Jacques Ammon, Max Raabe and Christoph Israel and Avi Avital. The recordings are of course still available afterwards. There will also be broadcasts on Radio Berlin Brandenburg and on television, as well as individual interviews with the artists. You can watch the recording of "Wir spielen für euch" on 22 March on rbb television.

Livestream of rbb

Berlin Libraries: Free access to classic

If you've really got a taste for it while browsing through the offers of rbb, Staatsoper and Konzerthaus, then why not get out your library card again? All holders of a library card from the Berlin Public Library Network can log on to for free. The portal is considered the largest online catalogue for classical music videos. You just have to enter your library card number and your password. 

Philharmonie: Digital Concert Hall

Concert hall of the Philharmonie in Berlin - Concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle
Philharmonie: Concert hall © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis
Berlin, Tiergarten, Konzert der Philharmoniker unter der Leitung von Dirigent Sir Simon Rattle in der Philharmonie, 30.12.2005

Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado or Herbert von Karajan? In addition to the four great chief conductors of the Berliner Philharmoniker, you can also stream the concerts of numerous guest conductors in the Digital Concert Hall. The recordings date back to 1966. In the course of the Corona crisis, you can use the code BERLINPHIL to access the offer for 30 days free of charge. The latest date to redeem the code is Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

Philharmonie: Digital Concert Hall

Igor Levit: #nofear

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. #nofear” writes Igor Levit in his biography on Twitter. Since March 15, the star pianist has been interpreting well-known and less well-known pieces in the context of the Corona crisis and streaming them live on Twitter and Instagram. No matter if he is streaming from an empty concert hall or at a house concert he tells a little bit about his personal mood and the piece he has chosen, it is simply wonderful. Thanks Igor Levit! Your music makes staying at home a bit easier.

Hier spielt Igor Levit live auf Twitter

Certainly it is tempting to invite friends and acquaintances to a classical evening at home, please behave responsibly, limit your social contacts and avoid them altogether if ...

  • you have been in contact with people who have been infected with COVID-19
  • you yourself have COVID-19
  • you were recently in a high-risk area.

Here you can find an overview of the current situation in Berlin.

*And here is the program of the planned transmissions of the Staatsoper

  • 24. März: Schwanensee
  • 25. März: Falstaff
  • 26. März: Hippolyte et Aricie
  • 27. März: Carmen
  • 28. März: Macbeth
  • 29.  März: Manon
  • 30. März: Die Zarenbraut
  • 31. März: Der Nussknacker (Staatballett Berlin)
  • 1. April: Il Tovatore
  • 2. April: Schwanensee
  • 3. April: Le nozze di Figaro
  • 4. April: Brahms-Sinfonien Nr. 1-2
  • 5. April: Così fan tute
  • 6. April: Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg
  • 7. April Brahms-Sinfonien Nr. 3-4
  • 8. April: Tristan und Isolde
  • 9. April: Bruckner Sinfonien Nr. 4-9
  • 10. April: Parsifal
  • 11. April: Beethoven Klavierkonzerte Nr. 1-5
  • 12. April: Bruckner Sinfonien Nr. 4-9
  • 13. April: Parsifal
  • 14. April: Violetter Schnee
  • 15. April: Die Verlobung im Kloster
  • 16. April: Der Rosenkavalier
  • 17. April: Der Spieler
  • 18. April: Beethoven Klaviersonaten 2005
  • 19. April: Manon
Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.


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