1. La bohème (Puccini) | 2. La traviata (Verdi) | 3. Carmen (Bizet) | 4. Tosca (Puccini) | 5. Madama Butterfly (Puccini) | Source: Bachtrack
Descriptions of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim tend toward the superlative. The celebrated maestro is also a public relations mastermind who puts music in the service of a higher goal.
With symphony orchestras and three opera houses, Berlin considers itself Europe's music capital. The exciting changes lacking in German politics can be found in the city's music scene, says DW columnist Gero Schliess.
After closing for renovations in 2010, the new and improved Staatsoper is finally re-opening. Here are some things about this historic venue you may not have known.
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