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  • 26 March 2015 | FESTTAGE solo recital: Michael Wendeberg plays Pierre Boulez' complete piano works

    FESTTAGE solo recital: Michael Wendeberg plays Pierre Boulez' complete piano works

    As part of the FESTTAGE festival of Berliner Staatsoper, the pianist and composer Michael Wendeberg will be performing the complete piano works by Pierre Boulez in a solo recital on 30 March. For the first time in Germany a pianist sets out to perform on one single evening the complete piano works by Boulez which are very challenging and multi-faceted in terms of playing technique and arrangement. »Mastering this can indeed be compared with climbing an eight-thousander,« says Michael Wendeberg, who has been preparing for this concert for one year now. Pierre Boulez himself had wished for his former student to tackle this task. From 2000 to 2005 Michael Wendeberg was a pianist in the Ensemble InterContemporain where he intensively worked with Pierre Boulez, as he did for Berliner Staatsoper, where he was Boulez' associate conductor and performed part of his work on the piano. The concert in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater is part of the major FESTTAGE homage to the composer Pierre Boulez who turns 90 today.

    The works, which stand out by their enormous virtuosity and a wide variety of formal arrange­ments, concepts and sound qualities, are performed in the order in which they were written: First the Douze Notations pour Piano from 1945, one of the very first works by Boulez, then the three piano sonatas which were written and/or reworked between 1946 and 1957 and which are completely different in their concepts, and finally the virtuosic Incises composed in 2001. The program is completed by Une page d’éphéméride, Boulez’ last piano work written in 2005.

    Michael Wendeberg was born in 1974 in Ebingen/Schwäbische Alb. As a pianist he won several prizes in national and international piano competitions. As a composer he worked with Staatskapelle Berlin, Musikfabrik Köln, Klangforum Wien and Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, to name just a few. At present Wendeberg is the musical director of the Ensemble Contre­champs (Geneva) and a regular guest conductor of the state opera of Yerevan.

    Michael Wendeber
    Monday, 30 March 2015, 20:00
    Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    Introduction to the concert 45 minutes before

    On Saturday, 28 March from 12:00 to 14:00 Michael Wendeberg will be participating in the Pierre Boulez panel discussion in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater hosted by Daniel Barenboim and Jörg Widmann

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  • 05 March 2015 | FESTTAGE festival held by the Staatsoper Berlin pays homage to Pierre Boulez on the occasion of his 90th birthday

    The concert program of this year's FESTTAGE festival (27 March to 6 April) pays tribute to Pierre Boulez, the great composer and honorary conductor of the Staatskapelle Berlin who will be 90 years old on 26 March of this year. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, three different orchestras (Wiener Philharmoniker, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Staatskapelle Berlin) will be performing a selection of his works, dating from the beginning of his career right up to the very present: "Livre pour cordes" for string orchestra, »Mémoriale« and »Originel« (from »...explosante fixe...«) for flute and orchestra and electronics, »Le visage nuptial" for soprano, alto, female choir and orchestra, »Anthèmes 2" for violin and live electronics, piano parts from »Notations« I to IV and VII together with the orchestra versions, as well as »Dérive 2« for an ensemble of 11 instruments. In addition, there will be a piano soiree with Boulez' three sonatas, his 12 early »Notations« and »Incises«, performed by Michael Wendeberg who closely cooperated with Pierre Boulez for several years. The homage will be rounded off by a panel discussion on the influential work of the French composer, conductor, essayist and organizer on 28 March, hosted by Daniel Barenboim and Jörg Widmann.

    For many years now, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez have been companions both personally and musically. They have frequently performed and enjoyed working together – for the first time more than half a century ago in 1964, when performing Bartók's 1st piano concerto. To them, the classical repertoire has been as important as contemporary music. Pierre Boulez conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin for the first time on 21 May 1993 with performances of Gustav Mahler’s Todtenfeier and Arnold Schönberg's Die Jakobsleiter. The ten-piece Mahler cycle which Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim rehearsed and conducted together for the 2007 FESTTAGE – each of them conducting five concerts – was recognized as an international highlight. Compositions by Pierre Boulez have been performed on a regular basis. In the years 2005 and 2010, several concert programs were performed on the occasion of his 80th and 85th birthdays. His last performance with the Staatskapelle Berlin up until today in June 2011 included Franz Liszt's piano concertos No. 1 and No. 2 (with Daniel Barenboim on the piano) and Richard Wagner's Faust-Ouvertüre and Siegfried-Idyll.


    Friday, 17 March 2015, 8pm, Philharmonie Berlin

    Saturday, 28 March 2015, 12 noon, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    Sunday, 29 March 2015, 12 noon, Philharmonie Berlin

    Monday, 30 March 2015, 8pm, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 4:30pm, Philharmonie Berlin

    Introduction to the concerts 45 minutes before

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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
    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
    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



  • 2014/2015 season press releases

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

  • 2013/2014 season press releases

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

    07 May 2014
    June 1st: Experience Daniel Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin and violinist Lisa Batiashvili live on the web

    28 April 2014
    Jürgen Flimm and Daniel Barenboim introduce programme for the 2014/15 season of Staatsoper im Schiller Theater


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

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

    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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