End of season concert
at the Waldbühne on 24 June

Romanticism, opera and magical sounds

The Berliner Philharmoniker at the Waldbühne
(Photo: Stephan Rabold)

Glorious heroes and eerie forests: The Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Andris Nelsons close the season at the Waldbühne on 24 June 2023 with Romantic opera. They will be joined by star tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, who is at home on the world’s great stages – from the Bayreuth Festival to the New York Met. This guest appearance, which includes his signature role as Wagner’s Lohengrin, marks his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

There is no need for a hydraulic stage or a sophisticated set: when arias like “Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen” (Der Freischütz) or “In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten” (Lohengrin) are sung, as the Waldbühne Berlin with its dense rows of trees provides a perfect backdrop. Look forward to an atmospheric evening with magical, eerie and funny stories.

We start with the overture and an aria from Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Der Freischütz, which premiered in Berlin in 1821 and is based on a story from August Apel’s horror anthology, the Gespensterbuch.

In order to be able to marry his adored Agathe, Max has to prove his marksmanship in a shooting trial. But since he has had little luck shooting lately, he enters into a diabolical pact with the black hunter Samiel.

This is followed by arias from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin: “Mein lieber Schwan” (My dear swan) is widely used in Germany as a poetic expression of surprise. But when Lohengrin sings farewell to his beloved Elsa in the eponymous aria, he is probably not the only one who will be “infinitely sad” (Wagner’s stage direction). So have a handkerchief ready!

The third part of the programme will then cheer you up with works by the magician of sound, Richard Strauss, including Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and a selection of orchestral lieder. The finale is the Suite op. 59 from Der Rosenkavalier – put simply, a best-of from Strauss’ most famous opera.

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2023, the Berliner Philharmoniker will be sending a signal of solidarity with refugees in June and especially at the concert at the Waldbühne. On site, we are calling for donations for international refugee protection. You too can support refugees all over the world!

Event information

Allowed are:

  • Food and drinks for own use (per person 1 drink in 0,5L reusable PET bottle), please pack brought food transparent (e.g. in a flight bag)
  • Picnic bag up to a size of 40cm x 40cm x 35cm
  • small handbag, fanny pack, jute bag up to max. DIN A4 (21 x 29,7cm)
  • Wooden or plastic cutlery
  • Small umbrellas
  • Blankets (Attention! There are no seats inside the auditorium, so we recommend that you bring a blanket)

Unfortunately, safety regulations do not allow beverage and food containers made of glass and / or aluminium. For the sake of the environment, please avoid disposable plastic tableware and cutlery and use environmentally friendly alternatives made of paper or wood and reusable PET bottles instead.

Please leave at home:

  • Stick umbrellas
  • bulky, dangerous items,
  • glass in any form,
  • drink cans,
  • picnic bags, larger than 40cm x 40cm x 35 mm backpacks and bags larger than DIN A4.

Please inform yourself about the current rules for this date in advance of your visit to the event at www.concert-concept.de. These will be adapted to the currently valid regulations in each case.

Live broadcasts of the concert

You can follow the Berlin Philhamoniker’s Waldbühne concert live in the media:


  • Live on rbbFernsehen
    Start of broadcast: 20:15
  • Das Erste broadcasts a recording of the concert later
    Start of broadcast: 22:05

On the radio

  • Radio broadcast on rbbKultur
    Start of broadcast: 20:15