The new production of Puccini’s opera “La Fanciulla del West” at Staatsoper Berlin is giving us some real Wild Wild West vibes. What a piece to start the season with after this endless lockdown! The premiere on Sunday, June 13th, is actually already sold out, but because the demand was expected to be high after such a long time with closed stages, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden together with their long-term sponsor BMW came up with the idea of creating a drive-in cinema experience where viewers can enjoy a live stream of the premiere from the comfort of their car. As a special treat, we are giving away 5 tickets for the spectacle!

When you read the synopsis of “La Fanciulla del West” you probably ask yourself, wait, how is this supposed to be an Italian opera from the one and only Puccini? It goes a little something like that: “California, at the heyday of the Gold Rush: the place of people’s dreams turns out to be an inexorable wasteland, governed by the law of the jungle. Minnie’s bar is the only place where people live in peaceful coexistence. It is revered by gold seekers and fiercely presided over by the gruff Sheriff Rance. But when Minnie falls in love with a stranger who turns out to be the notorious bandit Johnson, the fragile community is turned upside down.”


With a plotline of an American Wild West movie, the opera has always been a bit of an outcast in Puccini’s catalog with other pieces like “Madame Butterfly” and “La Boheme” always getting all the attention. So it comes to no surprise that after over 100 years since its original premiere it is only the first time this opera is performed at Staatsoper Berlin. But as they say in Germany: better late than never. And we’re here for it!

This unique pop-up drive-in cinema will happen at Tempelhof Airport and it’s going to be quite the happening! Expect some Wild West magic and of course a bar with drinks and snacks to sweeten your drive-in opera experience. Tickets go for 38 EUR per car and if you don’t have your own car you can also book a discount code for a Share Now car when buying your ticket.



As a special collaboration with Staatsoper Berlin, we are giving away 5 tickets to our iHeartBerlin readers. All 5 winners will also get a little snack bag with their win and since some of you might not have their own car, we are throwing in Share Now vouchers for 3 of the winners. What do you have to do to win? Just leave a comment below until June 8th 2021 and let us know what your favorite Puccini opera is. Please also let us know in the comments, if you would like to win a Share Now voucher or come with your own car by adding “Share Now” or “Own Car” to the end of your comment. Please make sure to check your eMail to see if you won. We will notify the winners on the 9th. The iHeartBerlin team will also be at the screening and personally greet you with your snack bag. Good luck!


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on June 4th, 2021
updated on June 7th, 2021
in Theater