For decades media announced the “death of classical music”, the overaging or even the extinction of the opera and concert audience. These prophecies have not been fulfilled, even not by constant repetition. On the contrary: Current audience figures and reports on attendance records show that opera and concert are more popular than ever.

Summer 2014: Berlin Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel at Festvial MV (C) Geert Maciejewski
Summer 2014: Berlin Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel at Festvial MV (C) Geert Maciejewski

Thus the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation for the year 2014 reported in the Great Hall a capacity utilization in the sold seats of 94%; overall utilization was 97%. In Chamber Music Hall there were 71% utilization in the sold seats, the overall utilization was 75%.

The Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin continues the upward trend for 2014: the average utilization of the events continued to rise, up 2.4% to 82.6%.

The Berlin State Opera achieved in 2014 a record load of 89% (2011: 82% 2012: 88% 2013: 88%). A total of 254,000 visitors came to the performances and concerts, of which 185,000 visitors to 332 events in Berlin, 27.000 visitors to the international guest concerts of the Staatskapelle Berlin, Barcelona, Dresden, Helsinki, Cologne, Madrid, Paris, Vienna, Wiesbaden and Yerevan and 42.000 visitors to the open-air concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin under the motto “State Opera for All” at Bebelplatz.

More than 80.000 people attended the 2014 some 150 events at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and also benefitted from the festival a record year. The New Year concerts attracted over 700 visitors to Ulrichshusen Castle. The Spring Festival Rügen in March drew 4,400 fans to chamber music Germany’s largest island and thus registered a record attendance as well as the summer season. The 127 summer events were attended by more than 73.000 people. Around 2.500 visitors attended the 2014 musical finish at the pre-Christmas concerts in Ulrichshusen and Stolpe.