Berlin’s largest opera house dates back to 1912 and the current concert hall was built in 1961. Since Reunification, however, it has been overshadowed by the more aesthetically pleasing Staatstoper. Regardless, a reputation for classic productions remains untouched. The house speciality is Wagner and Opera, of which principle conductor Christian Thielemann is an expert. More recently, contemporary works have been introduced, including masterpieces from 20th-century composers such as Bartok. All performances are given in their original language. Unsold tickets are available at a discount price before shows.