An outlook on one of the upcoming season's highlights: In 2017, Daniel Barenboim invites to the 22nd edition of the FESTTAGE festival, which has been drawing opera and music lovers from all over the world to Berlin ever since its foundation in 1996. From 7 to 16 April five operas and four concerts will be presented in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and in the Philharmonie Berlin. The festival holds performances by the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Wiener Philharmoniker as well as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Radu Lupu and Martha Argerich as soloists. Daniel Barenboim is to conduct Wagner's »Parsifal« as well as three symphony concerts. Furthermore he will appear as pianist in a duo recital with Martha Argerich. FESTTAGE cycle tickets are available as of now. Individual tickets for the FESTTAGE will go on sale on 12 November.
Two mythical narratives and great musical theater works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are the focus of the opera programme. The grand FESTTAGE premiere on 9 April will be Richard Strauss’ »Die Frau ohne Schatten«, staged by Claus Guth. The Staatskapelle Berlin will be conducted by Zubin Mehta, the orchestra’s honorary conductor and long time friend and musical colleague of Daniel Barenboim. Among others, Camilla Nylund, Iréne Theorin, Michaela Schuster, Johan Botha, Wolfgang Koch, Roman Trekel and the Staatsopernchor will be singing. Further performances: 13 and 16 April 2017.
Richard Wagner's »Parsifal«, in the highly acclaimed production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, will be restaged and can be experienced on 8 and 14 April. Andreas Schager will be singing the title role – he is joined by Anna Larsson (Kundry), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Tómas Tómasson (Klingsor) and Matthias Hölle (Titurel) among others. The long-standing Wagner tradition of the Berliner Staatsoper, which has consistently picked up new impulses from the very start of the FESTTAGE, will be continued and reexamined next year by the juxtaposition with the exceptional work by the Wagner enthusiast Richard Strauss.
The FESTTAGE will be opened on 7 April 2017 with a concert by the Wiener Philharmoniker who will be following the invitation to Berlin for the fourth time in a row, this time with a Mozart-Schönberg programme. Following on are two concerts by the Staatskapelle Berlin featuring the soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter (11 April) and Radu Lupu (12 April). Anne-Sophie Mutter is to perform Ludwig van Beethoven's only violin concerto – a highlight of the repertoire. The concert will be completed with Claude Debussy's »La Mer« and Alban Berg's three orchestral pieces op. 6. One night later Radu Lupu will appear as the soloist for Ludwig van Beethoven's piano concerto No. 5 – in an evening spanning the range
from Beethoven, Brahms to Schönberg, from Viennese Classic to Viennese Modernism.
A duo recital given by two of the best known pianists worldwide, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim on 15 April will conclude the 2017 FESTTAGE concerts. Whereas during the symphony concert on 12 April the programme includes Johannes Brahm's »Haydn Variations« op. 56 for orchestra as well as Arnold Schönberg's »Five Orchestral Pieces« op. 16, in the final concert the two pianists are to present these very same works in another tonal version transcribed for two pianos, by Brahms himself as well as by Schönberg's disciple Anton Webern. Franz Liszt's virtuoso »Concerto
pathétique« and the Mozart homage »Réminiscences de Don Juan« round off the duo recital’s programme.
7 to 16 April
Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and Philharmonie Berlin