Staatsoper Berlin - Reopening on the Day of German Unity

3 October 2017

How does an opera hall come to sound?

On October 3rd, 2017, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin was reopened  with the performance of "Faust fragments" by Robert Schumann. How the acoustics would turn out in this refurbished room is an important question and is closely monitored.

For good acoustics, intensive collaboration between architects, musicians and acoustics is important from the beginning of the design untill the completion.

From the beginning of the design, mid 2010, the architectural firm Hg Merz and Peutz worked closely together. The complex objectives of the assignment include: more comfort for visitors, optimized teater logistics and a clear improvement in acoustics for the listener and the musicians. The design takes into account maintaining the original plans of the 18th century architect Knobelsdorff, as well as maintaining the Paulick implementation of the fifties as much as possible.

The acoustics in a hall are closely related to the volume, as this directly affects reverberation and loudness. The volume was increased by raising the ceiling. By expanding this increased volume above the hallways on the 3rd floor, a 'reverberation gallery' is created. The volume was increased by about 45% and the reverberation time is extended from 1.1 s to 1.6 s.
In the implementation phase, the quality of various building elements, such as the grid construction of the reverberation gallery, the wall coverings and seats, has been verified and optimized in the acoustic laboratory of Peutz.

The rehearsals before the opening already provide a first image. The unanimous opinion of the musicians: incomparable good acoustics.

Main Conductor Daniel Barenboim praises the acoustics of the new Opera Hall designed by Peutz. He is astonished because everything sounded excellent and he describes the hall as an acoustic ideal.


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