Press Releases

  • 14 April 2014 | FESTTAGE 2015: Dmitri Tcherniakov stages »Parsifal« / Homage to Pierre Boulez to celebrate his 90th birthday / Restaging of »Tannhäuser« by Sasha Waltz

    Outlook on one of next season's highlights: Today Daniel Barenboim presented the programme of the FESTTAGE 2015 festival at a press conference in the Schiller Theater. Six operas and five concerts will be performed from 27 March to 6 April. Richard Wagner and Pierre Boulez are the focus of this programme. Daniel Barenboim will be conducting the Wagner operas Parsifal and Tannhäuser in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and three orchestra concerts in the Philharmonie. Advance tickets go on sale today, Monday, 14 April.

    A new production of Richard Wagner's Parsifal staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Daniel Barenboim will be 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, stagedby Sasha Waltz, starring Peter Seiffert, Adrianne Pieczonka, Marina Prudenskaya, Christian Gerhaher and Kwangchul Youn, among others.

    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. In the past decades he has been a major stimulus and inspiration in music. A number of concerts will depict the many facets of his work. As many as three orchestras will honour the honorary conductor of Staatskapelle - 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 retrospective. In addition to Boulez' music, two important symphonies by Schubert and Berlioz and a duo recital with Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich, performing works by Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Ludwig van Beethoven for violin and piano, will complete our programme.

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

    Ticket sales for the FESTTAGE cycles start on this Monday, 14 April 2014. Individual tickets for FESTTAGE will be available as of 8 November 2014. For details of the complete programme and the dates please refer to

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  • 31 March 2014 | FESTTAGE premiere on 12 April: Richard Wagner's »Tannhäuser« with Daniel Barenboim and Sasha Waltz

    Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser is the central work of this year's FESTTAGE festival held by Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. For the first time, stage director and choreographer Sasha Waltz is working in collaboration with Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin and Staatsopernchor to present this opera premiere. After Purcell's Dido & Aeneas and the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's Matsukaze in Staatsoper, this staging will be Waltz’s first opera written in the German romantic period. It is the Dresden version which will be performed, including the "Bacchanale" (1st act, 1st scene) from the Paris version (1861).

    Sasha Waltz's staging sets the singing competition in the 1950s, and it becomes the yardstick for the different ideas of love and how they can establish themselves in a society dominated by rigid social conventions. The stage by Pia Maier Schriever and the costumes designed by Bernd Skodzig, emphasise the connection between the close temporal proximity of the events unfolding on stage and the architecture of the auditorium in Schiller Theater.

    Peter Seiffert is performing the title role in the opera; some of those appearing with him are René Pape (Landgrave), Peter Mattei (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Ann Petersen (Elisabeth), Marina Prudenskaya (Venus) and Peter Sonn (Walther von der Vogelweide). 18 male and female dancers from Sasha Waltz & Guests complement the cast.

    TANNHÄUSER und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg
    Grand romantic opera in three acts by Richard Wagner | Text by Richard Wagner | Dresden version including the »Bacchanale« (1st act, 1st scene) from the Paris version (1861).

    Premiere on Saturday, 12 April 2014, at 16:00
    Other performances on 16, 20 and 27 April
    Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    Introductory lecture on 6 April at 11:00 am

    Introduction to the opera starting 45 minutes before the beginning of each performance

    For further information please contact us on +49 30 20354 555 or online at www.staatsoper


  • Further 2013/2014 season press releases

    18 November 2013
    FESTTAGE 2014: Single tickets are now on sale for »Tannhäuser«, »Simon Boccanegra« and the concert programme


  • 2012/2013 season press releases

    FESTTAGE 2014: Sasha Waltz stages a new »Tannhäuser« / Plácido Domingo sings Simon Boccanegra / Vienna Philharmonic debut at the festival
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    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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    Staatsoper Berlin: 2012 visitor numbers hit top notes
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