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  • 15 February 2015 | Berliner Staatsoper holds »Berg festival« from 6 to 15 March: Alban Berg's operas and symphonies performed by Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin

    Celebrating Berg: From 6 to 15 March Berliner Staatsoper will be honoring the 130th birthday of one
    of the classic composers of modernism - Alban Berg (1885 – 1935). On two compact weekends his
    two operas Wozzeck and Lulu, staged by Andrea Breth, and a large part of his orchestral work will be
    staged in the Schiller Theater or in Philharmonie Berlin. All works will be performed by Staatskapelle
    Berlin and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The singers will be, among others, Mojca Erdmann
    (Lulu), Marina Prudenskaya (Marie), Deborah Polaski (countess Geschwitz), Michael Volle (Wozzeck
    and Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper) and Graham Clark (captain and the prince) as well as Anna Prohaska
    (concerto aria »Der Wein«) and Thomas Hampson (»Seven Early Songs«). Pinchas Zukerman (violin
    concert) and Yefim Bronfman with Pinchas Zukerman (chamber concert for piano and violin with
    13 wind instruments) will be performing as soloists.


    Alban Berg is one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. His works combine apparent
    contradictions: They comprise formal rigidity and expressive passionateness, change from nostalgia to
    utopia, and reminiscences of the later romantic school come along with a radically modern and very
    forceful tonal language. Berg's two operas - the soldier drama Wozzeck and the Fin de siècle tragedy
    Lulu - have had a strong influence on the musical theatre of his time. Even his early songs and
    chamber music stand out by their high degree of originality and expressiveness. His »Three Pieces for
    Orchestra, Op. 6«, inspired by Gustav Mahler's music, broke new ground, as did his »Lyric Suite«
    where he uses the twelve-tone technique for the first time. One of the most touching pieces in the
    concert repertoire is his last completed composition, the violin concerto »to the memory of an angel«.
    For the first time now all of Alban Berg's central works will be performed in Berlin with Daniel
    Barenboim as the conductor.


    Alban Berg cycle I
    WOZZECK Friday, 6 March 2015, 19:30
    LULU Saturday, 7 March 2015, 19:30
    SPECIAL CONCERT ALBAN BERG I
    starring Anna Prohaska and Thomas Hampson, Sunday, 8 March 2015, 16:00

    Alban Berg cycle II
    LULU Friday, 13 March 2015, 19:30
    WOZZECK Saturday, 14 March 2015, 19:30
    SPECIAL CONCERT ALBAN BERG II
    starring Yefim Bronfman and Pinchas Zukerman, Sunday, 15 March 2015, 16:00

    Introduction to the works and concerts 45 minutes before

    You will benefit from a 30% discount when booking the Alban Berg cycles I or II -
    For tickets and further information please contact us on +49 30 20354-555 or online at
    www.staatsoper-berlin.de

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  • 05 December 2014 | Outlook spring 2015: Daniel Barenboim and Staatsoper Berlin will be presenting an Alban Berg cycle and paying homage to Pierre Boulez

    This spring Daniel Barenboim and Staatsoper Berlin will be dedicating major parts of their programme to two great composers. Starting on 21 February, in honour of Alban Berg's 130th birthday, seven evenings of opera and two special concerts will be focussing on his work. From 27 March onwards, the concert programme of the FESTTAGE 2015 festival will be honouring Pierre Boulez, who turns 90 the day before.

    The programme will feature Alban Berg's operas Wozzeck and Lulu, which were produced by Andrea Breth for the FESTTAGE earlier in 2011 and 2012, in Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. Here we have another big anniversary: 90 years ago Wozzeck, conducted by Erich Kleiber, premiered in Berliner Staatsoper. Two special concerts in Philharmonie Berlin will highlight Berg's orchestral work - his three orchestra pieces op. 6, his chamber concert for piano and violin with 13 wind instruments (with Yefim Bronfman and Pinchas Zukerman as soloists) and his violin concerto (with Pinchas Zukerman). In addition, lieder and chamber music by Alban Berg will be performed - »Seven Early Songs« (with Thomas Hampson), the concerto aria »Der Wein« (with Anna Prohaska) and three movements from the famous »Lyric Suite« which Berg himself composed for a string orchestra. All operas and concerts will be performed by Staatskapelle Berlin and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

    A number of FESTTAGE concerts in the Philharmonie will highlight the multi-faceted oeuvre of Pierre Boulez, who has been one of Daniel Barenboim’s musical companions for more than 50 years and a guest performer in Berliner Staatsoper and in Staatskapelle concerts. In fact threeorchestras will be paying tribute to the honorary conductor of Staatskapelle – the Wiener Philharmoniker, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Staatskapelle Berlin – all conducted by Daniel Barenboim. A piano recital arranged by the Boulez disciple Michael Wendeberg rounds off the homage.

     

    LULU  21 February and 1, 7 und 13 March 2015
    WOZZECK  27 February and 6 and 14 March 2015
    SPECIAL CONCERT ALBAN BERG I  8 March
    SPECIAL CONCERT ALBAN BERG II  15 March 2015

    WIENER PHILHARMONIKER  27 March 2015
    STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN  29 March 2015
    PIANO RECITAL MICHEAL WENDEBERG  30 March 2015
    WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA  4 April 2015

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  • 07 November 2014 | FESTTAGE 2015: Tomorrow single tickets for Parsifal, Tannhäuser and the concert programme go on sale!

    On Saturday, 8 November single tickets go on sale for the Berlin Staatsoper’s FESTTAGE 2015, taking place from 27 March until 6 April in the Schiller Theater and Philharmonie Berlin. Daniel Barenboim, the festival’s leading figure and founder in 1996, will be conducting the Wagner operas Parsifal and Tannhäuser as well as three symphony concerts.

    The motto of the FESTTAGE concert programme is »Hommage à Pierre Boulez«. On 26 March 2015 the great French composer and conductor will celebrate his 90th birthday. As many as three orchestras will honour the honorary conductor of Staatskapelle - Wiener Philharmoniker (27 March), the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (4 April) and Staatskapelle Berlin (29 March). A piano recital arranged by the Boulez disciple Michael Wendeberg (30 March) and a duo recital with Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich (1 April) will complete the programme.

    A new production of Richard Wagner's Parsifal staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Daniel Barenboim is the grand FESTTAGE premiere on 28 March 2015. The singers will be, among others, Anja Kampe, René Pape, Andreas Schager and Wolfgang Koch. Another performance will be the restaging of Tannhäuser, directed by Sasha Waltz, starring Peter Seiffert, Adrianne Pieczonka, Marina Prudenskaya, Christian Gerhaher and Kwangchul Youn, among others (2 and 5 April).

    FESTTAGE 2015
    27 March to 6 April 2015
    Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and Philharmonie Berlin

    The complete FESTTAGE 2015 programme, tickets and further information can be found under: +49 (0) 30 20 35 45 55 and www.staatsoper-berlin.de

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  • 2013/2014 season press releases

    07 May 2014
    June 1st: Experience Daniel Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin and violinist Lisa Batiashvili live on the web
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    28 April 2014 | Jürgen Flimm and Daniel Barenboim introduce programme for the 2014/15 season of Staatsoper im Schiller Theater
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    14 April 2014 | FESTTAGE 2015: Dmitri Tcherniakov stages »Parsifal« / Homage to Pierre Boulez to celebrate his 90th birthday / Restaging of »Tannhäuser« by Sasha Waltz
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    31 March 2014 | FESTTAGE premiere on 12 April: Richard Wagner's »Tannhäuser« with Daniel Barenboim and Sasha Waltz
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    18 November 2013
    FESTTAGE 2014: Single tickets are now on sale for »Tannhäuser«, »Simon Boccanegra« and the concert programme

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  • 2012/2013 season press releases

    04-03-2013
    FESTTAGE 2014: Sasha Waltz stages a new »Tannhäuser« / Plácido Domingo sings Simon Boccanegra / Vienna Philharmonic debut at the festival
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    21-01-2013
    Premiere of Richard Wagner's »Götterdämmerung« on 3 March: Daniel Barenboim and an outstanding ensemble of singers present the »Ring« finale at Staatsoper Berlin
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    10-01-2013
    Staatsoper Berlin: 2012 visitor numbers hit top notes
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