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  • 09 April 2017 | FESTTAGE 2018: Back Unter den Linden, Daniel Barenboim presents the Staatsoper Berlin’s 23rd FESTTAGE, showcasing a new production of Verdi's »Falstaff«, a revival of Wagner’s »Parsifal« and a concert program featuring the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Wiener Philharmoniker

    An outlook on one of upcoming season's highlights: From 24 March to 2 April 2018, Daniel Barenboim invites to the 23rd edition of the FESTTAGE festival. After seven years at the Schiller Theater the FESTTAGE return to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where they were founded by Maestro Barenboim in 1996 and since then draw a large audience from all over the world to Berlin each year. Five opera performances, two symphony concerts and a duo recital will be presented – all either conducted by Daniel Barenboim or featuring him as a piano soloist. The concert program presents the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Wiener Philharmoniker as guest orchestra as well as pianist Martha Argerich, singers Anna Prohaska, Marianne Crebassa, Anna Lapkovskaja and actress Maria Furtwängler.

    The FESTTAGE premiere on 25 March will be a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's »Falstaff«, staged by Italian film and theatre director Mario Martone and with Michael Volle in the title role. The soloists further include Simone Piazzola (Ford), Maria Agresta (Mrs. Alice Ford), Nadine Sierra (Nannetta), Francesco Demuro (Fenton), Daniela Barcellona (Mrs. Quickly), Katharina Kammerloher (Mrs. Meg Page), Jürgen Sacher (Dr. Cajus), Stephan Rügamer (Bardolfo), and Jan Martiník (Pistola). Further performance dates: 28 March and 1 April.

    Richard Wagner's »Parsifal«, in the successful production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, will be performed again on 30 March and 2 April – among others with Andreas Schager in the title role, Nina Stemme as Kundry and René Pape as Gurnemanz. The Staatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor will appear in both opera productions.

    The concert program focuses on Gustav Mahler and Claude Debussy, both pioneers of the modern era.
    The FESTTAGE will be opened on 24 March by the Wiener Philharmoniker who are invited to Berlin for the fifth time running – this time they will be performing Mahler's Seventh Symphony. Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Debussy, the Staatskapelle Berlin along with its Musical Director will dedicate a concert solely to the works of this composer (29 March). Next to his »Fantaisie« for piano and orchestra with Martha Argerich as a soloist, the program presents his monumental opus »Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien«, a ‘Five-act mystery play’ with a text written by Gabriele D’Annunzio. The ensemble features Anna Prohaska (soprano), Marianne Crebassa (mezzosoprano), Anna Lapkovskaja (alto) and Maria Furtwängler as the speaker as well as the Staatsopernchor.
    On 31 March the final FESTTAGE concert will be a duo recital dedicated to Debussy and performed by Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim. On this occasion his original piano compositions »Six épigraphes antiques«, »En blanc et noir«, »Lindaraja« and alternative versions of the orchestral works »Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune« and »La mer« for piano four-hands or for two pianos will be performed. The afternoon program will begin with the overture of Richard Wagner's »The Flying Dutchman« which Claude Debussy transcribed in 1890.

    FESTTAGE 2018: 24 March to 2 April
    Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Philharmonie Berlin

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  • 30 November 2016 | January 2017: Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin will perform the complete Bruckner cycle in New York's Carnegie Hall for the first time in North American musical history

    From 19 to 29 January 2017, Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim make their return to Carnegie Hall after an absence of eight years, to present all nine Bruckner symphonies for the first time in North American musical history, over a mere eleven days.

    In their 175th season as a symphony orchestra, over 120 musicians will travel to New York to take part in this »musical marathon«.

    »I was fascinated by the Bruckner universe, which gave me the feeling that he’d traveled over several centuries. The form is really Baroque, classical Baroque; the musical language is post-Romantic, post-Wagnerian. And so I felt that in the Bruckner symphonies there was a huge journey through the history of mankind. One often talks about the architecture of the music. But with Bruckner symphonies, sometimes I have the feeling that it goes deeper and deeper, more like an archeological expedition rather than an architectural building.«, states Daniel Barenboim in explaining his fascination with the Austrian composer.

    Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, adds: »We’re thrilled to welcome Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. We can’t imagine artists more ideal to take our concertgoers on this extraordinary musical journey«.

    The program will be completed by Mozart's piano concerto Nos. 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 together with his Sinfonia Concertante KV 297b for four wind instruments and the Sinfonia Concertante KV 364 for violin and viola, and will feature soloists Gregor Witt (oboe), Matthias Glander (clarinet), Ignacio García (horn), Mathias Baier (bassoon), Wolfram Brandl (violin) and Yulia Deyneka (viola).

    For Daniel Barenboim, who will appear both as conductor and piano soloist, this concert tour which coincides with the year of his 60th stage anniversary at Carnegie Hall will be an especially momentous event.: »I am delighted to return to Carnegie Hall on this occasion, marking the 60th anniversary of my first concert in January 1957. I am particularly happy to do this with Mozart and Bruckner, two composers that have been very important for me in past programmes at Carnegie Hall with different orchestras. To now come with the Staatskapelle Berlin with whom I have done the cycle several times is a very special joy for me.«

    The concerts in New York are a continuation of the long-term, intensive engagement of the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim with Anton Bruckner and his works: After having been performed in Berlin in 2010, the complete cycle was first heard in the Wiener Musikverein in 2012. In February 2016, the cycle was performed in the Tokyo (Japan) Suntory Hall, and all nine Bruckner symphonies will be presented in the Philharmonie de Paris in three stages until September 2017. In January 2017, German publishers Deutsche Grammophon will release a CD edition with all nine Bruckner recordings - currently they are available in digital format on Daniel Barenboim's label Peral Music.



  • 02 November 2016 | On 12 November single tickets for Daniel Barenboim’s FESTTAGE 2017 go on sale! The program features »Die Frau ohne Schatten«, »Parsifal« and concerts starring Staatskapelle Berlin, the Wiener Philharmoniker, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Radu Lupu, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim

    Single tickets for the 22nd FESTTAGE by the Staatsoper Berlin will be available from 12 November at 10:00 am. The festival under the artistic direction of Daniel Barenboim will take place from 7 – 16 April 2017 in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and in the Philharmonie Berlin.

    Since its foundation in 1996 the FESTTAGE festival has been attracting a large number of opera and music lovers from all over the world to Berlin. Next year, the public can look forward to five world-class opera performances and four concerts. In addition to the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Wiener Philharmoniker will be performing; the guest soloists invited are Anne-Sophie Mutter, Radu Lupu and Martha Argerich. Daniel Barenboim will be conducting Wagner's opera »Parsifal« in Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and three symphony concerts in the Philharmonie. Furthermore he will appear as soloist in a duo recital with Martha Argerich.

    Two major musical theatre works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be heard on the stage of the Schiller Theater, both based on mythical narratives. The FESTTAGE opera premiere will be Richard Strauss’ »Die Frau ohne Schatten« on 9 April in the production by Claus Guth. The conductor of Staatskapelle Berlin will be the honorary conductor of the orchestra, Zubin Mehta – Daniel Barenboim’s long-term friend and musical companion. The singers will be, among others, Camilla Nylund, Iréne Theorin, Michaela Schuster, Wolfgang Koch, Roman Trekel and Staatsopernchor. Further performances: 13 and 16 April 2017.

    Richard Wagner's »Parsifal« in the highly acclaimed production by Dmitri Tcherniakov will be revived on 8 and 14 April – with Andreas Schager singing the title role and, among others, Anna Larsson (Kundry),René Pape (Gurnemanz), Lauri Vasar (Amfortas), Tómas Tómasson (Klingsor) and Matthias Hölle (Titurel). Thus the long and revered Wagner tradition in Berliner Staatsoper, which has been getting new impulses since the very start of the FESTTAGE festival, will be continued next year. Simultaneously it will be highlighted by being contrasted to the exceptional work by the Wagner enthusiast Richard Strauss.

    The FESTTAGE will be opened on 7 April 2017 by the Wiener Philharmoniker, who follow the invitation to Berlin for the fourth time running. They will be performing a Mozart/Schönberg program. The next performances will be two concerts of Staatskapelle Berlin with Anne-Sophie Mutter (11 April) and Radu Lupu (12 April) as the soloists. Anne-Sophie Mutter will be interpreting Ludwig van Beethoven's violin concerto – a true highlight of the repertoire –, along with Claude Debussy's »La Mer« and Alban Berg's »Drei Orchesterstücke op. 6«.
    Radu Lupu will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's piano concerto No. 5. The concert will be covering the period from Beethoven to Brahms and further to Schönberg – from the First Viennese School to the Viennese Modern Age. The last concert of the FESTTAGE will be a recital for two of the best-known pianists worldwide, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, on 15 April. Whereas the symphony concert on 12 April features Johannes Brahms’ »Haydn-Variationen« op. 56 for orchestra as well as Arnold Schönberg's »Fünf Orchesterstücke« op. 16, the two pianists will be performing these very works in adaptations for two pianos, written by Brahms himself and by the Schönberg disciple Anton Webern. The program of the duo recital will be completed by Franz Liszt's virtuosic »Concerto pathétique« and his highly original Mozart homage »Réminiscences de Don Juan«.

    2017 FESTTAGE: 7 – 16 April 
    Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and Philharmonie Berlin

    Advance single tickets will go on sale as early as on Saturday, 5 November from 10 am for the members of the friends of the Staatsoper, subscribers and holders of a StaatsopernCard.

    For the complete FESTTAGE program, tickets and further information please refer to phone +49 30 20 35 45 55 and online at


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    25.11.2015 | The most extensive concert tour in the history of the Staatskapelle Berlin is coming up: Five weeks in China and Japan from 23 January to 26 February 2016


    04.11.2015 | FESTTAGE 2016: On 14 November single tickets for >Orfeo ed Euridice<, >Parsifal< and the concert programme with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Wiener Philharmoniker, Yo-Yo Ma, Jonas Kaufmann, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim go on sale