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

    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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  • 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: www.staatsoper-berlin.de – 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.

    STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE – LIVE STREAM
    www.staatsoper-berlin.de
    Sunday, 1st of June 2014, 1pm

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

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  • 2013/2014 season press releases

    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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