April 2019 Opera Highlights

In the run-up to the world premiere of Detlef Glanert’s “Oceane,” which arrives on April 28, in what promises to be an atmospheric production by Robert Carsen, the Deutsche Oper Berlin alternates between Wagner, Verdi and Puccini. Carmen Giannattasio tackles the titular diva in Boreslaw Barlog’s warhorse production of “Tosca” (13.04 and 20.04), opposite Jorge de León as Mario and Zeljko Lucic’s magnificently menacing Scarpia. Early and late Wagner vie at the house with Philip Stölzl’s exciting production of “Rienzi” (04.18) and his dull and lifeless “Parsifal,” (19.04, 21.04) which both boast seasoned Wagnerian casts. Jan Bosse’s minimal and metatheatrical “Rigoletto” (27.04, 30.04) rounds out the offerings.

The Staatsoper unter den Linden kicks off its Easter Festival Days with Prokofiev’s “Betrothal in a Monastery,” (17.04, 22.04) ) a piece never before seen at the house, in a production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, who has become something of the company’s resident director of late. (He will direct the company’s new “Ring” beginning in 2022). The other Festtage offering is Andrea Moses’ problematic production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” back for the first time since it debuted during the festivities of the 25th anniversary of German Unification. Outside of the overpriced festival, the two other operatic offerings this month are both classic productions: Ruth Berghaus’ commeddia dell’arte take on “Il barbiere di Siviglia,” (25.04, 27.04) and August Everding’s beautiful “Die Zauberflöte,” (04.26, 04.28) whose return feels especially welcome after the fiasco of Yuval Sharon’s recent new production from February.

As usual these days, the Komische Oper Berlin wins for the most eclectic schedule. Alongside Barrie Kosky’s sensitive and moving new “Bohème,” (19.04, 28.04) the house is doing three more of the director’s acclaimed productions: Petruschka / L’Enfant et les Sortilèges,” (21.04), “Ball im Savoy” (22.04) and “West Side Story” (18.04, 26.04, 27.04). The KOB is also the only place to hear baroque opera this month, with former intendant Harry Kupfer making a return to the house after 15 years with Handel’s orientalist fantasy “Poros” (15.04).

 

 

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