Since it was founded, the Komische Oper Berlin has been the place where both parts of the term »musical theatre« receive equal attention. We perform the sort of theatre that has a proud tradition here, namely productions in which the various art forms do not vie for supremacy, but instead justify each other; productions in which all the participating artists combine their talents and work towards a common aim - to provide vital, contemporary, exciting theatre each and every night. In 2007 and 2013, the Komische Oper Berlin was voted »Opera House of the Year«, and its choir soloists received the title of »Opera Choir of the Year« in 2007 and 2015. These awards confirm that the Komische Oper Berlin has developed into one of the highest-profile opera houses in the German-speaking world. Our »high profile« is not in the sense of representative routines, however, but of a distinctive, strongly individual, and unique artistic institute. Here, opera is not merely a culinary spectacle, but instead a predominantly theatrical event. Making this profile visible and palpable during every performance and during the daily work of all departments in front of, on, and behind the stage is the most important aim of our work. Each time we want to show the magic of musical theatre anew; we want to show that, because of the music, it is the only art form which can communicate concrete contents in a way which is palpable on an immediate emotional level. It is our opinion that musical theatre's main aim is to move people.
When he is appointed Artistic Director Barrie Kosky maintains the tradition of his predecessors but also recalls the history of the theatre in Behrenstrasse before 1945. Works which had been suppressed or forgotten are once more on the programme, pieces which have seldom or never been heard – especially by composers who vanished from sight under the Nazis and are in many cases unjustly forgotten even today. Under Kosky the Berlin jazz operetta demonstrates its biting wit, while some works reveal themselves in a completely different light when liberated from 1950s kitsch. The Komische Oper Berlin re-emerges as the legitimate heir to the Metropol Theatre.
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