the berlin state opera

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This is another Postcrossing.com official card {with ID#: DE-1426396}, which I got earlier this month. This is the Berlin State Opera, or more commonly known locally as the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, is a German opera company that has its permanent home at the opera house on the Unter den Linden Boulevard, located in the Berlin Mitte district.

Here are a few trivia about this place:

  • construction work on what would be the Berlin State Opera began on July 1741, commissioned by   newly-crowned King Frederick II of Prussia
  • it premieres Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1812 + Otto Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor in 1849
  • the Opera was renamed Staatsoper unter den Linden in 1918
  • In 1992,  Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim was elected Musical conductor. In 2000, he was elected “Conductor for life”

I simply love the elegant, classic + romantic look of this building. + I also love the message that was written on the back:

postcrossing.com, postcards, Germany

Anyway, thought I’d share those beautiful windows with:

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