Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra


The Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin has played a central role in the culture of Berlin since the establishment of the Opera House in 1912. The distinguished conductors who have served as general music directors range from Bruno Walter to Leo Blech, Ferenc Fricsay, Lorin Maazel, Jesús López Cobos, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Christian Thielemann, and to Donald Runnicles, who has led the ensemble since the 2009–10 season. Guest conductors such as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Eugen Jochum, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Simon Rattle and Alberto Zedda have enhanced the orchestra’s international reputation.

The orchestra, which gives more than 200 performances each year, has performed in almost all the major European cities, as well as in Israel, Japan, Korea, China and the US. A large number of albums and DVDs featuring operas, ballets, orchestral concerts and chamber music document the artistic diversity of an ensemble that is regarded as one of the world’s leading opera orchestras.

Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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