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 www.staatsoperberlin.de.
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 www.staatsoperberlin.de, by phone on +49 30 20 35 45 55 and at the box office of Staatsoper im Schiller Theater.
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