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  • During last week’s press conference at the Berlin Staatsoper, Artistic Director Jürgen Flimm and General Music Director Daniel Barenboim revealed the programme for 2013/2014, the forth season of the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. Nine musical theatre premieres are the focus – one being a world premiere. In addition the season features six new productions in the Werkstatt, the studio theatre. Besides that, 24 operas from the repertoire, more than 70 concerts, the annual FESTTAGE festival at Easter, the fourth presentation of the festival for new musical theatre INFEKTION! and numerous projects by the Junge Staatsoper. Altogether the Staatsoper is offering more than 300 events.

    Please download 2013/2014 season guide › here.

    For the season kick-off on 3 October 2013 we will be presenting Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov‘s opera The Tsar’s Bride, a piece that is rarely seen in Germany, staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. In honour of the 100th anniversary of its premiere, Sasha Waltz will be staging Igor Stravinsky‘s Le Sacre du printemps, and for the FESTTAGE, Tannhäuser, her first Wagner opera, both under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. Philipp Stölzl will be directing Giuseppe Verdi‘s Il trovatore starring Plácido Domingo as Count di Luna and Anna Netrebko as Leonora, again featuring Daniel Barenboim. Further premieres will be Leoš Janácek‘s Katja Kabanowa (Simon Rattle / Andrea Breth), Kurt Weill‘s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Wayne Marshall / Vincent Boussard), the double evening with Morton Feldman‘s Neither and Samuel Beckett‘s Footfalls (François Xavier Roth / Katie Mitchell) as well as Salvatore Sciarrino‘s Macbeth in a production by Jürgen Flimm. Stage director Nicolas Stemann will make his Staatsoper debut, putting on the dramatic Wagner essay Rein Gold by Nobel laureate for literature Elfriede Jelinek, conducted by Markus Poschner.

    Among the outstanding singers appearing during the next season are Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Rolando Villazón, René Pape, Peter Seiffert, Bejun Mehta, Peter Mattei, Anna Prohaska, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Christine Schäfer, Anja Harteros, Waltraud Meier, Camilla Nylund, Olga Peretyatko, Deborah Polaski, Dorothea Röschmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Pavol Breslik, Pavel Cernoch, Albert Dohmen, Christopher Maltman to name a few.

    In her 172nd season of subscription concerts the Staatskapelle Berlin will give eight major symphony concerts in the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus; Daniel Barenboim will conduct five of them and perform in one as a pianist. Other renown pianists playing in these concerts are: Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Maurizio Pollini and András Schiff, who as a soloist and musical director, will be arranging a programme with six piano concerts by Johann Sebastian Bach. Further conductors and solists for the concert programme are Zubin Mehta, Michael Gielen, Dorothea Röschmann, Bernarda Fink and Guy Braunstein. Moreover, the season features a charity concert starring Lang Lang which will be in aid of the Staatsoper renovations, the traditional turn of the year concerts, this season conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, and the concerts for the FESTTAGE 2014, in which the Vienna Philharmonic will perform a Mozart programme and will be part of the annual Easter festival for the first time. What is more, Plácido Domingo will perform with Staatskapelle Berlin, and there will be a duo piano recital with Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim.

    The Barenboim Cycle with four concerts during the 2013/2014 season, features a song matinee with Anna Prohaska, two chamber music programmes with members of the Staatskapelle as well as a piano recital with pianist Piotr Anderszewski. During this season the series of chamber music concerts in Berlin’s town hall Rotes Rathaus and in the Bode museum reflect on the orchestra’s rich history, which was mentioned for the first time 444 years ago, in 1570, under the title of kurbrandenburgische Hofkapelle. Two charity concerts by the Stiftung Naturton, an inniative founded by musicians of the Staatskapelle, will take place in unusual venues: the Lokhalle at the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände as well as the Telegrafenberg Potsdam.

    The Werkstatt hosts contemporary and experimental musical theatre and “classical modern” pieces: Ernst Krenek’s Vertrauenssache, Lucia Ronchetti’s Lezione di tenebra, Paul-Heinz Dittrich’s Die Verwandlung / Die Blinden, Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lohengrin. The Junge Staatsoper programme presents a new production of Georges Aperghis´ Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood) as well as restagings of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Aschenputtel (Cinderella) andDmitri Schostakowitsch’s Moskau Tscherjomuschki.

    For the first time, Staatsoper Berlin will celebrate the start of the new season with an opening festivity for young and old on 15 September. Under the motto Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome we invite you to celebrate the new season together with us, so please note the date!

    Advance tickets for all performances in the 2013/2014 season go on sale on 11 May 2013. Subscriptions and Cycle tickets for the FESTTAGE 2014 are available now.

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

    On the 1st of June 2014 the free open-air event »Staatsoper für alle« promises to be a highlight of the Berlin cultural summer: Daniel Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the State Opera Choir and Lisa Batiashvili as soloist will be performing Wagner, Beethoven and Strawinsky on the historical Bebelplatz right in the heart of the city.

    For the first time the Staatsoper Berlin will offer a free live stream of this concert on their website starting at 1pm: – taking the claim »Staatsoper für alle« (»State Opera for everybody«) a step further and making this unique event (inter-)nationally accessible for a broader audience.

    The concert programme features Richard Wagner’s »Einzug der Gäste« from Tannhäuser, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major with violinist Lisa Batiashvili and Igor Strawinsky’s »Le sacre du printemps«.

    Thanks to BMW Berlin around 300.000 music lovers could enjoy »Staatsoper für alle« live in Berlin since 2007.

    Sunday, 1st of June 2014, 1pm

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
    Violinist: Lisa Batiashvili
    Staatskapelle Berlin | State Opera Choir


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

    At today's Berlin Staatsoper press conference, Artistic Director Jürgen Flimm and General Music Director Daniel Barenboim revealed the programme for 2014/2015, the fifth season of the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. To begin with, they expressed their thanks to the Staatsoper audience for the fact that in the ongoing season, an excellent 93.4% of all seats had been sold.

    Special highlights of the Staatsoper Berlin’s programme are nine premieres on the big stage as well as six more premieres on the Werkstatt (studio theatre) stage including one world premiere. In addition, the programme features 21 operas from the repertoire, more than 80 concerts, the annual FESTTAGE festival at Easter, the fifth presentation of the festival for new musical theatre INFEKTION! and numerous projects by the Junge Staatsoper. Altogether the Staatsoper is offering 309 events.

    Even before the traditional opening, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater will kick the 2014/2015 season off on 2 September 2014 with Christoph Marthaler's project Letzte Tage. Ein Vorabend dedicated to Jewish composers from Czech Republic, Poland and Vienna – with Uli Fussenegger as the musical director.The first major premiere will be Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, on 3 October 2014. After 38 years, Staatsoper will now perform a restaging of this work by Alvis Hermanis. For the first time, Staatsoper will be showing a Benjamin Britten opera. Claus Guth will stage the chamber opera The Turn of the Screw with Ivor Bolton as the musical director. Following Nikolai RimskyKorsakov's Die Zarenbraut, Dmitri Tcherniakov and Daniel Barenboim will again be cooperating in the production of Richard Wagner's Parsifal as part of the FESTTAGE 2015 programme.
    Further premieres will be Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz (Sebastian Weigle / Michael Thalheimer), Georg Philipp Telemann's Emma und Eginhard (René Jacobs / EvaMaria Höckmayr), Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Ingo Metzmacher / Hans Neuenfels) and the production of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Furthermore, Edita Gruberova will be performing in two concert performances of Vincenzo Bellini's La straniera.

    Among the outstanding singers appearing during the next season are Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Rolando Villazón, Waltraud Meier, Deborah Polaski, Edita Gruberova, Anna Prohaska, Peter Seiffert, Maria Bengtsson, Dorothea Röschmann, Camilla Nylund, René Pape, Mojca Erdmann, Thomas Hampson, Pavol Breslik, Burkhard Fritz, Michael Volle, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Anja Kampe, Adrianne Pieczonka, Wolfgang Koch, Stephen Milling, Samir Pirgu, Christian Gerhaher, Kwangchul Youn, Falk Struckmann, Richard Croft and Andreas Schager.

    Staatskapelle Berlin will give eight major symphony concerts in the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus. Daniel Barenboim will conduct three of them and perform as a pianist in the fourth. Other conductors and soloists in these symphony concerts are: Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Pablo HerasCasado, David Afkham, Maria João Pires, Sol Gabetta, Lisa Batiashvili, Saleem Ashkar, Gidon Kremer and Okka von der Damerau. Furthermore, these will be the season’s highlights: a charity concert to benefit the reconstruction of the Staatsoper, starring Anna Netrebko; the opening concert of the Musikfest Berlin 2014 performed by Staatskapelle Berlin for the first time; a concert with Plácido Domingo as the conductor and Rolando Villazón as the soloist as well as two special concerts with Daniel Barenboim as the musical director of works by Alban Berg. In 2014/2015, the traditional concerts at the turn of the year, conducted by Daniel Barenboim and with Rolando Villazón as a guest performer, will revolve around the general repertoire of the Argentinian tango. As part of the FESTTAGE 2015 concert programme, Staatsoper will be honouring the 90th birthday of the great composer Pierre Boulez with three symphony concerts performed by Wiener Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin and the WestEastern Divan Orchestra, with Daniel Barenboim as the conductor. A piano recital arranged by Michael Wendeberg and a duo recital with Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich will round off the FESTTAGE 2015 programme.

    The Barenboim cycle comprises seven concerts, including two piano recitals with András Schiff, and one chamber concert with Pinchas Zukerman and Yefim Bronfman. In smaller formations, the musicians of Staatskapelle Berlin will be bringing you concerts in the Rotes Rathaus, in the Bode Museum, in the Schiller Theater and on our construction site Unter den Linden.

    The Werkstatt stage, which has become a constant of Neues Musiktheater (new musical theatre) in Berlin, will be presenting works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Leoš Janácek, Francis Poulenc, Marc Neikrug and Ernst Krenek as well as the premiere of Robert David Coleman's new children's opera Hans im Glück. The motto of the INFEKTION! festival at the end of the season is »Fluxus reloaded«, which refers to an art genre from the 1960s, which has been influencing art up to the very present. Karlheinz Stockhausen's Originale will be the focus of this programme.

    Staatsoper Berlin will again celebrate the start of the new season with an opening festival for young and old on 21 September. We would like to invite you this event, so please note the date!

    For details of the complete programme for 2014/2015 and more information on the new season please refer to

    Advance tickets for all performances in the 2014/2015 season go on sale on 17 May 2014.
    Subscriptions are available from 3 May 2014 on. Tickets for the complete FESTTAGE 2015 cycles are already on sale. Friends of the Staatsoper, subscribers and holders of a StaatsopernCard can exercise their preemption right for all performances from 10 May 2014.

    Tickets are available at, by phone on +49 30 20 35 45 55 and at the box office of Staatsoper im Schiller Theater.

    NEW  as of today, the blog of Staatsoper Berlin is online.
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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

    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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  • 2013/2014 season press releases

    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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