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…

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 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,…

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…

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…

Last Chance: “Turn of the Screw” at Staatsoper TONIGHT

Tonight is the final performance of Claus Guth’s powerful new production of Benjamin  Britten’s gothic chamber opera “The Turn of the Screw.” The second premiere of the Staatsoper’s 2014-15 season, it stands head and shoulders above the lackluster season-opener of “Tosca,” dully directed by Alvis Hermanis. Guth’s staging features a frequently rotating set to reveal the unnatural…

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…

Serse (Xerxes)

This 2012 production of Handel’s tuneful opera is one of the KOB’s recent blockbusters. Stefan Herheim, the Norwegian-born director who has left his distinctive stamp on many European stages in a mere few years, makes Serse stand head and shoulders above the houses’ previous forays into baroque opera. Herheim shows a keen wit and sharp intelligence that…