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…

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…

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…

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…

Daily Tip: La Belle Hélène at the Komische Oper

The Komische Oper is currently in the midst of an operetta festival that includes the premiere of Oscar Straus’ Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will, as well as several of the company’s recent forays into the operetta genre. (For the extremely interested, there’s even an international conference about operetta called “The Art of the Superficial: Between…

Last Chance: Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the KOB

Tomorrow is the final revival performance of the Komische Oper Berlin’s superb and inventive production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. The principal drawback is that the work is performed in German, as per the company’s longstanding tradition (which has been challenged in recent years by a spunky new intendant, Barrie Kosky). But if you can get used…

On the Horizon: Berlin Opera in February

As Berlin enters into its coldest month, we inaugurate a new feature, a monthly forecast of the operatic offerings in the Hauptstadt. If you’re not camping out at the Berlinale (or even if you are), we can guarantee that the place you most want to be in Berlin is inside a well-heated opera house for…

The Emperor’s New Clothes

For a decade now, the Komische Oper Berlin has been presenting high-quality productions of operas for children…but by no means only for children. The Emperor’s New Clothes, which premiered on Sunday in a deliriously silly production by Lydia Steier ranks among the best, along with Mikropolis and The Snow Queen . This was the world…

Looking Forward to the Berlin Opera 2013-14 Season

In the 2013-2014 seasons, Berlin’s three full-time opera houses will present a combined total of 23 new productions. For the second consecutive season, the Komische Oper Berlin, under Barrie Kosky’s leadership, has assembled the most adventurous, dare I say seductive, program. It includes premieres of Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cosi Fan Tutti, West Side…

Last Chance: Zauberflöte at the Komische

Tonight, for the final time this season, the Komische Oper presents its blockbuster new production of Mozart’s most popular opera, as part of the annual summer “Komische Oper Festival.” Not surprisingly, tonight’s performance is sold-out, but there may be remaining tickets at the evening box office. See the company website for more information. Read our…