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,…

Preparing for a Glorious Week of Opera

Yes, yes. When it comes to opera, Berlin is indeed an embarrassment of riches. And while the opera season in the US has been over for the past month, and the summer festival season is still a month and change off, Berlin’s three opera houses are still going strong through mid-July. The coming week features one…

A Glittery Cast for “Tristan” Wishes Matti Salminen “Auf Wiedersehen!”

At 70, Matti Salminen is making his final appearance at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Finnish bass’ longtime Stammhaus this coming Saturday. There are still plenty of tickets available for what promises to be an exciting performance of Tristan und Isolde. Graham Vick’s 2011 production ain’t much to look at, but the evening’s cast is hard to top. Nina…

Staatsoper unter den Linden to Reopen in 2017

According to a DPA report, the Berlin Staatsoper intendant Jürgen Flimm said a reopening of the Staatsoper unter den Linden on October 3, 2017 is 99% certain. The company has been in exile at the Schiller Theater since the 2010-11 season. The extensive restoration of the house, projected to last four season, has dragged on…

Tchernaikov’s “Tsar’s Bride” Returns!

Two and a half years after it opened the 2013-14 season with a BANG, Dmitri Tcherniakov’s magnificent production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride returns to the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. The cast is somewhat less glittery than it was at the time of the premiere, but with a staging this good its hardly a reason to complain. Here’s…