German orchestra founded in 1570 as court orchestra by Prince-Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg. The Staatskapelle Berlin is the orchestra of the Berlin State Opera (Opernhaus Unter den Linden).
Founded as the "Kurfürstliche Hofkapelle" (Electoral Court Ensemble), it became the "Königliche Kapelle" (Royal Ensemble) in 1701, the (State Opera Orchestra) in 1919, the (State Orchestra) in 1934, the (Prussian State Orchestra) in 1944, and finally the "Staatskapelle Berlin" from 1945. It was the leading orchestra in East Berlin, firmly under German Democratic Republic government rule. In 1989, the members of the orchestra presented to the government a petition demanding the reorganization of the Staatskapelle as an independent, democratically run organization. This became part of the widespread public pressure that within months caused the collapse of the German communist state and the reunification of Germany.
(1775-1794 - Hofkapellmeister)
Joseph Sucher (1888-1899 - conductor of Hofkapelle and Lindenoper)
(1898-1913 - Principal Hofkapellmeister; continued to conduct symphonic concerts until 1920)
(1906-1913 -... Read More|
... Hofkapellmeister; 1913-1920 - Generalmusikdirektor)
(1923-1934 - Generalmusikdirektor)
(1935-1936 - Generalmusikdirektor)
(1938-1945 - Generalmusikdirektor)