The 2018/19 Season at Wiener Staatsoper

The busiest opera house on earth (a fact, not an opinion) just announced its 2018/19 season, the second-to-last under the successful intendanz of Dominique Meyer. Among the 50 operas that will light up the stage of the Ringoper, a new production of Richard Strauss’ masterpiece “Die Frau ohne Schatten” is perhaps the highlight. The performances…

Komische Oper’s 2018-19 Season: Metropolis as Metaphor

Weeks after the Lindenoper announced its most exciting season lineup in a long while, the Komische Oper Berlin revealed its ambitious plans for the 2018/19 season at Tuesday’s press conference. The operatic imaginary applied to Paris, Bruges, Lisbon, Berlin, Westphalia and Pakistan. “Metropolis as Metaphor” seems an appropriate slogan for the coming season, Barrie Kosky’s…

A Mouthwatering New Season at the Lindenoper

When the Metropolitan Opera announced its 2018-19 season several weeks ago, groans were heard throughout the opera-loving world. It had been a long while since anyone had managed to put together such a dull, boring season. Yesterday’s announcement of the coming season at the newly-renovated Staatsoper unter den Linden should have opera-goers everywhere leaping for…

BERLIN UNDIVIDED in March Issue of “Opera News”

My once-in-a-decade big schmear on Berlin’s vibrant classical and opera scene – with a candid interview with Daniel Barenboim – can be found in the March edition of Opera News. I feel extremely privileged to have lived in this city during what has arguably been its most musically dynamic and exciting decade. Barenboim’s impressions of…

Berlin Staatsoper’s Homecoming

The first thing to notice is the snazzy new logo for the Berlin Staatsoper, set to move back into its historic home on Unter den Linden in October, four seasons behind schedule. Make that four and a quarter, since the opera company won’t be 100% settled in by October 3, the traditional start of the…

First Look at Vienna’s New Parsifal

Tonight is the premiere of Alvis Hermanis’ star-studded staging of “Parsifal” at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera). Ahead of opening night (5:30pm), the Staatsoper has released production stills to whet our appetite. I must confess that I’ve never been much of a Hermanis fan (his Berlin “Tosca” is one of the dullest things I’ve…

From Handel to Glass: Komische Oper Berlin’s 2017/18 Season

Published in conjunction with Arcades Daily SMLXL By now Barrie Kosky’s electrifying effect on the Komische Oper is now longer news – or rather, it never ceases to be news. Berlin’s most famous intendant has unveiled his plans for his sixth season at the house on Behrenstrasse, and they are nothing short of mouth-watering. First off, 2017-18 is going to be…

Tannhäuser vs. Tannhäuser

A.J. Goldmann | Originally posted at Arcades Daily   A single subway station separates the Deutsche Oper Berlin from the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, the long-running “temporary home” for Berlin’s oldest opera company, which is expected to transfer back to Unter den Linden in October. (I, for one, am not holding my breath). For a while now, it’s…

Last Chance for Staatsoper’s Sumptuous “Trionfo”

Handel was a 22-year-old wunderkind sojourning in Rome when he wrote “Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno” in 1707. It was a work he was to revisit at several stages in his career. The final version, revised 50 years later, was translated to English under the title The Triumph of Time and Truth. In…

Waltz’s “Roméo” Opens Berlin Opera Season

Sasha Waltz’s sleek staging of Berlioz’s “symphonie dramatique” Roméo et Juliette at the Deutsche Oper Berlin opens a heady opera season in the German capital, with only four performances between Friday, 2 September and Tuesday 6 September. Waltz has a strong claim to being Germany’s most influential living choreographer and her 2007 production, seen previously in Paris…

Tonight: Last Chance for the KOB’s Hoffmann

Barrie Kosky’s impressive production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, which opened the 2015-6 season, is returning tonight for one last hurrah during the ongoing Komische Oper Festival. The fantastical and phantasmagoric aspects of Hoffmann have long exerted a fascination on directors. Given his zany sensibilities, Kosky shows unexpected severity and restraint, opting for a largely monochromatic and…

Last Minute Recommendation: ELEKTRA

Consider this a PSA. The Deutsche Oper Berlin has only managed to sell half the house for tonight’s performance of Strauss’ “Elektra” (curtain at 8pm). It’s got a killer cast, headed by Nina Stemme and Waltraud Meier as opera’s most cuddly mother-daughter duo.Manuela Uhl, Burkhard Ulrich, Tobias Kehrer, Seth Carico round out the promising cast,…