Tristan und Isolde

In 2018, when this production was new, director / designer Dmitri Tcherniakov’s deceptively simple “Tristan” showcased the splendid Staatskapelle, the building’s newly improved acoustics and the company’s knack for putting together Wagner dream casts that could make Bayreuth green with envy. The Russian director, previously seen here with Parsifal and responsible for the company’s new…

Tosca

To kick off the 2014-15 season, Latvian director Alvis Hermanis delivered a lukewarm staging of “Tosca” with few good ideas to supplant Carl Riha’s 38-year-old traditional warhorse. Going along with a confusing and clueless staging of “Vissi d’arte” where Tosca unbuttoned Scarpia’s shirt, there was little indication that Hermanis had actually read the libretto. Then again,…

Pelléas et Mélisande

In May 2018, Pelléas et Mélisande returned to Berlin Staatsoper for the first time in a decade in time for the Claude Debussy centenary. Ruth Berghaus’ richly symbolic production from 1991 numbered among a handful of technically complex stagings unable to transfer to the Schiller Theater, the opera company’s home between 2010-2017. Berghaus’ production is…