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…

Tchernaikov’s “Tsar’s Bride” Returns!

Two and a half years after it opened the 2013-14 season with a BANG, Dmitri Tcherniakov’s magnificent production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride returns to the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. The cast is somewhat less glittery than it was at the time of the premiere, but with a staging this good its hardly a reason to complain. Here’s…

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…

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…

Daily Tip: Vin Herbé at Deutsche Staatsoper

Katie Mitchell’s staging of Frank Martin’s “secular oratorio” Le Vin Herbé, which was one of last season’s highlights at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater returns to the house for two more performances (Thurs. & Sat.) Martin, a distinctive and unjustly neglected Swiss composer, wrote this 100-minute work in 1941, to a libretto based on Joseph…

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…

Daily Recommendation: Sasha Waltz does Sacre at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

The Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz, one of the most exciting choreographers working today (and since Pina Bausch’s death a contender for the title of greatest living choreographer) celebrates the 20th anniversary of her troupe “Sasha Waltz & Guests” this year. Not surprisingly, she has secured a number of important commissions to celebrate the milestone, including…

Revival of Note: Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Staatsoper

Get thee to this Don Giovanni! The first revival of Claus Guth’s dark forest-bound staging at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater –  a transplant from the Salzburg Festival – is nearly as intoxicatingly great as it was when it premiered in  2012. As we wrote then, Guth is one of the best opera directors today and…

TKTS still available for Star-Studded Don Giovanni

Dear Readers : I just wanted to bring to your attention that there are still a few tickets available for the October 27 and November 3 performances of Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. I myself am attending tonight’s sold-out performance and will post my impressions tomorrow. My expectations, however, are running high…

Today: Free Staatsoper Mini-Fest at Dussmann

Step right up ladies and Germans for another fun-filled Einkaufssonntag, the much-loved “shopping Sundays” that the consumerism-starved Teutonics have instituted to make up for the bank holidays up which shops are shuttered. Seriously, it’s quite a sight to behold: all these stampeding Germans tearing down Ku’damm like they’ve never seen a Zara before. Well, if…