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…

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…

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…

Full Range and Scope of Operatic Diversity Characterize 2015-6 Season in Berlin

With this morning’s Jahrespressekonferenz at the Schiller Theater, Berlin’s operatic program during the 2015-16 season is complete. Starting in the fall, Berlin’s three full-time opera houses will present a combined total of 22 new productions and 64 repertory works, ranging from 1689’s Dido and Aeneas at the Staatsoper (in Sasha Waltz’s transcendent production) to the world premiere of Elens Kats-Chernin’s Snow…

Simon Rattle Announced as Music Director of the LSO starting 2017

Sir Simon is homesick, that much is clear. After 13 years helming the Berliner Philharmoniker, who can blame him for getting the Berlin blues? So the announcement earlier today that Sir Simon will become the London Symphony Orchestra’s music director starting September 2017 is very good news indeed. The Brits have wanted him back since he left…

Barrie Kosky Talks About Bringing Weimar Operetta Back to Berlin

originally published in the Jewish Daily Forward. On a freezing January evening, a large crowd gathered to watch as three stolpersteine were hammered into the sidewalk outside the Komische Oper Berlin. These brass stones commemorate victims — mostly, but not all, Jewish — of Nazi persecution. The plaques laid in front of the opera commemorated Jews…

Anja Harteros is ‘Tosca’ at the Deutsche Oper

Pretty much the only redeeming thing Alvis Hermanis’ disappointing “Tosca,” which opened the Staatsoper season several months back, was a remarkable and assured debut by Anja Kampe in the title role. Head over to the Deutsche Oper next week for that company’s classic Boleslaw Barlog production. The main draw is star soprano Anja Harteros, a…

The Deutsche Oper is Back!

This autumn in Berlin, the opera scene has been less overstuffed than usual, owing to the three month closure of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, due to badly-needed renovations. This season, the company was supposed to have moved down the road (literarily) into the Schiller Theater, which was intended as the the Staatsoper’s temporary home from…

Bayreuth 2014 Cast Lists & General Dress Rehearsal Dates

Somewhat disappointingly, this year’s Bayreuth program is virtually the same as the festival’s 2013 installment. It would have been nice to see Stefan Herheim’s Parsifal given one final revival before the hotly-awaited Jonathan Meese staging that will premiere in 2016. Oh well, we can always hope for next season. Here are the recently-announced general rehearsal dates. Tannhäuser…

Parsifal on Easter Monday (Deutsche Oper Berlin)

Philipp Stölzl’s production of Parsifal seemed more of a failure during the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s recent revival, which played its final performance Easter Monday. Stölzl, who previous provided the company’s thrilling WWII-themed Rienzi (as well as the Staatsoper’s superlative mise en abyme Holländer) finds no compelling way to critically engage with Wagner’s profound, infuriating and…