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Classical music in times of crisis

Livestream offers in Berlin

Young Euro Classic 2010 in Berlin - Baltic Youth Philharmonic
Young Euro Classic in Berlin © © MUTESOUVENIR | KAI BIENERT

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 end of the season 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.

Philharmonie: Digital Concert Hall

Philharmonie am Kulturforum
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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.

Philharmonie: Digital Concert Hall

Live: The rbbKultur radio concert

Lichthof im Haus des Rundfunks in Berlin
Haus des Rundfunks Lichthof, rbb Berlin © rbb, Foto: Hanna Lippmann

The Berlin orchestras are playing live again - and you can listen live: A series of concerts with small line-ups of the large orchestras will be broadcast by rbbKultur Radio every Saturday and Sunday at 8:04 pm. Among others, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, the and the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin will play.

More information about the radio concerts

Konzerthaus Berlin #konzertZUhaus

Konzerthaus Berlin
©, Foto: Jürgen Hohmuth

The Konzerthaus is currently taking you on a musical journey through Berlin. Every Friday, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin sets a piece of the city to music and thus weaves its very own sound carpet, a soundtrack for Berlin. There is already a homage to the Currywurst, Tempelhofes Feld, the zoo or the Berlin S- and U-Bahn. Further highlights are the playlists on Idagio, which are released on Mondays, the MachMitMusik for children on Wednesdays, with songs, rhythms and craft ideas, and the Friday tour by Technical Director Peter Laduch, where you can take a look behind the scenes of the Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt. 

Konzerthaus Berlin

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. 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.

More information about Staatsoper Unter den Linden

DSO Streaming

© visitBerlin, Foto: Uwe Steinert

The Deutsches Symphonie Orchester also continues to play, although not live. On the website of the DSO you will always find a concert in rotation. Until 1 May you have the chance to listen to the inaugural concert of Robin Ticciati, chief conductor of the DSO. This will be followed by a Salome production and a concert with Tugan Sokhiev.

Deutsches Symphonie Orchester

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Symphony Orchestra on stage
Classical Music © Getty Images, Foto: DeshaCAM

Chief conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the musicians of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin are also in the home office. You can watch them at work on the RSB website and on social media, either individually or together as in the first movement of Beethoven's "Pastorale".

 RSB website

Prison instead of dungeon - Fidelio from the JVA Tegel

GEFÄNGNISTHEATER aufBruch © Foto: Thomas Aurin

rbb culture is showing a very special production of Beethoven's "Fidelio". On the occasion of Beethoven's 250th birthday, the prison theatre "aufBruch" has selected the only opera by the great composer. The linguistically modernized libretto version was brought to stage together with the education program of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. 

When: Video stream on 18 April from 7 pm, television premiere on rbb on 26 April at 11.45 pm

Fidelio from prison

Berlin Libraries: Free access to classic music

Mann mit Kopfhörern
© Getty Images, Foto: 10000 Hours

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.

Igor Levit: #nofear

Orania.Berlin Bühne/Klavier
Orania.Berlin Bühne/Klavier © Orania.Berlin

“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 always tells a little bit about his personal mood and the piece he has chosen,

Hier spielt Igor Levit live auf Twitter

Hope@Home: Hauskonzerte mit Daniel Hope

junge Frau mit Kopfhörern
© Getty Images, Foto: 10000 Hours

The name says it all: the famous violinist Daniel Hope has turned his living room into a concert hall. Every day he invites a guest to music and conversations to sin home.
You can see and hear him and his friends on ARTE Concert until 3 May.

Hope@Home at Arte

Musical tour through the spring landscape

Cherry blossoms at Gardens of the World
Cherry blossoms at Gardens of the World © visitBerlin, Foto: Maxi-Lena Schuleit

Music and shows in the open air are always big highlights in the parks of Grün Berlin. Since these events are also cancelled for the time being, the "Orchestra of Change" of the Staatskapelle Berlin will take you on a virtual musical tour through the spring landscapes.

Park TV of Gärten der Welt

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

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doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.


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