Premieres, Operas, Concerts
Dear opera lovers,
With his Flying Dutchman Richard Wagner created the incarnation of the outsider in opera. The solitary figure of the “doomed man of the seas” appears on stage and in less than ten minutes Wagner has managed to present us with all the conflicting feelings associated with the Dutchman’s life as an outsider: loneliness and alienation, despair and hatred, but also hope, defiance and even pride.
Opera has repeatedly explored the theme of outsider-ness in all its aspects and given the condition a voice: from the Medea of baroque opera and Verdi’s Rigoletto to Berg’s Wozzeck and Britten’s Peter Grimes, opera has adopted the position of protagonists who, as well as being marginalized, often feel an uneasy alienation within their very selves.
This outsider existence is fully apparent in four of our new productions this season. Aside from THE FLYING DUTCHMAN we also present EDWARD II, the new opera by Swiss composer Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini based on Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy about the allegedly homosexual English king, Benjamin Britten’s last opera, DEATH IN VENICE, after Thomas Mann’s novella, and Giacomo Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS, in which an entire section of the population is pigeonholed as beyond the pale on account of religious differences.
Is it not the case, though, that the four young people at the centre of Mozart’s and Lorenzo da Ponte’s operatic experiment COSI FAN TUTTE are also subjected to an alienation process that puts increasing distance between them and their community? And can it not be said that feelings of guilt and the much-vaunted “loneliness at the top” trigger a similar process of marginalisation in Mussorgsky’s Boris Gudonov? And is fashion czar Gianni Versace, the subject of our first major new production in the Tischlerei this season, not perhaps another of these outsiders trapped in a gilded cage?
These questions are not so much challenges to the production teams as an invitation to you to view our upcoming offerings of musical theatre through this prism, just as last season’s focus lay on the presentation of political processes.
And just as the world of politics is always on the look-out for new symbols, the characteristics associated with people existing on the fringe of society are always changing, mirroring the shifting fault lines along which the chasms separating individual from crowd open up. Which is why we have chosen to engage directors who we believe are particularly sympathetic to the topicality of their respective material. You will already be familiar with Christof Loy, Graham Vick, David Alden and Christian Spuck following their riveting productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In addition, we have enlisted the services of Richard Jones from Britain and the young theatre director Robert Borgmann, who will be mounting his first work of opera on our premises.
In the pictures of Japanese artist Satoshi Fujiwara we have discerned the ability, shared by the creators of fine musical theatre, to present a magnified view of the individual, almost as though he were sitting amongst us. Fujiwara’s artfully composed but deceptively naturalistic close-up images will adorn the Deutsche Oper Berlin this season and a number of them also appear in this preview. The photos of people in the S-Bahn in extreme close-up make them appear disturbingly alien, yet at the same time we can sense that this suggestion of foreignness is not due to any substantive difference but solely down to the unusual camera perspective.
In addition to the aforementioned works, audiences this season can expect the usual panoply of material reflecting the vibrant world of musical theatre. It includes our repertoire of 28 productions on the main stage, our packed Young Opera programme aimed at children and teenagers, our premiered works in the Tischlerei, our chamber and symphony concerts, lieder evenings, the grand opening gala and much more besides.
We look forward to seeing you at the Deutsche Oper Berlin!
- Così fan tutteWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) / read more
25. September 2016Les HuguenotsGiacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864) / read more
13. November 2016Edward II. / World PremiereAndrea Lorenzo Scartazzini (*1971) / read more
19. February 2017Death in VeniceBenjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) / read more
19. March 2017The Flying DutchmanRichard Wagner (1813 – 1883) / read more
7. May 2017Boris Godunov / (Urfassung)Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881) / read more
17. June 2017
Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869)Roméo et Juliette / read more2., 4., 5., 6. September 2016
Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)Carmen / read more9., 11., 17. September; 2. October; 3., 29. December 2016
Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)Death in Venice / Premiere / read more19., 22., 25. March; 23., 28. April 2017Billy Budd / read more24., 26. May; 2. June 2017
Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)The Elixir of Love / read more3., 6. October 2016; 23., 27. May 2017
Umberto Giordano (1867 – 1948)Andrea Chénier / read more13., 17., 21., 25. May 2017
Charles Gounod (1818 – 1893)Faust / read more23. February; 2., 5., 10. March 2017
Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 – 1921)Hansel and Gretel / read more18. [2×], 19., 23. [2×] December 2016; 1. January 2017
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)Les Huguenots / Premiere / read more13., 17., 20., 23., 26., 29. November 2016; 29. January; 4. February 2017
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)Così fan tutte / Premiere / read more25., 28. September; 1., 8., 11., 14. October 2016; 25. February; 3., 11. March 2017Don Giovanni / read more15., 21., 26. January 2017The Abduction from the Seraglio / read more24., 30. November; 6. December 2016The Magic Flute / read more27. October; 16. November; 13. December 2016; 7. January; 24. March; 22. April; 8. July 2017
Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881)Boris Godunov (First version) / Premiere / read more17., 23., 27. June; 1., 4., 7. July 2017
Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)La Bohème / read more25., 27. December 2016; 3., 6. January 2017Madame Butterfly / read more13., 18. February 2017La Rondine / read more29. April; 1., 6. May 2017Tosca / read more8., 15. November; 10., 14. December 2016; 28. May 2017Turandot / read more3., 9., 22. June 2017
Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868)The Barber of Seville / read more10., 18. September; 31. [2×] December 2016; 8. January 2017
Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini (*1971)Edward II. / World Premiere / read more19., 24. February; 1., 4., 9. March 2017
Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)Salome / read more18., 22. November; 2. December 2016; 13., 20. January 2017
Pjotr I. Tschaikowskij (1840 – 1893)Eugene Onegin / read more12., 15., 20. December 2016
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)Aida / read more16., 21., 26. December 2016; 4. January 2017Don Carlo / read more24., 29. June; 2., 6. July 2017A Masked Ball / read more16., 21., 24. September; 19., 25. November 2016Nabucco / read more12., 14., 25., 28. January; 8., 11. June 2017Rigoletto / read more21., 23., 29. October; 12. November 2016La Traviata / read more15., 20. October 2016; 21., 30. April 2017
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)The Flying Dutchman / Premiere / read more7., 11., 16., 20. May; 4., 10. June 2017Lohengrin / read more4., 11., 17. December 2016; 2., 5. February 2017Parsifal / read more16., 22., 30. October 2016Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg / read more27. January; 12. February; 12., 18. March 2017The Ring of the Nibelung - Rhinegold / read more1., 13. April 2017The Ring of the Nibelung - The Valkyrie / read more2., 14. April 2017The Ring of the Nibelung - Siegfried / read more5., 15. April 2017The Ring of the Nibelung - Twilight of the Gods / read more9., 17. April 2017
Concert Season 2016/2017
Concert Season 2016/2017
Dear music lovers,
“A fascinating procession of inflected sounds,” ran the notice in the Tagespiegel in response to the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra’s rendition of Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony last December. Reviews like this naturally gladden the heart of any orchestra and conductor, but for us they are also confirmation that the dedication and enthusiasm we bring to the planning, rehearsing and delivery of each concert have come across to our audience. That night in December I was again reminded that the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin possesses its own, singular voice on the concert stage, too - not simply in terms of its sound but also because the musicians are used to telling a story with every note and because they see every tune as having its own dramatic dimension.
It is a quality that enhances the performance of works that are explicitly personal in nature, such as Shostakovitch’s Cello Concerto No.1, played by our solo cellist Arthur Hornig. But more than that, it is expressed in works whose composers were also great conductors of opera and took inspiration from the concert stage when writing their music: Mahler and Strauss. The concerts this season thus include works by both composers: Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Strauss’s “Thus spake Zarathustra”.
Whereas the symphonies of Mahler and the symphonic poems of Strauss possess a dramatic dimension, the operas of Wagner have a symphonic soundscape that comes across best when the orchestra is positioned onstage. For this reason I am particularly delighted that we will be performing the first act of THE VALKYRIE in the Philharmonie during the Musikfest Berlin, the third year in a row that we have been invited to perform at the festival.
It also goes without saying that we will be continuing with other beloved concert series. These include performances at the AIDS gala and the Lions benefit gala and also evenings of chamber music and jazz concerts in the Tischlerei.
We look forward to seeing you.
Special Concert / Musikfest Berlin7. September 2016 (Philharmonie) / read moreSymphony Concert (Schostakowitsch, Mahler)30. September 2016 / read moreSinfoniekonzert (Bernstein, Ellington, Honetschläger)18. October 2016 / read more23. Grand Opera Gala in aid of the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung5. November 2016 / read moreSpecial Concert: Diana Damrau (Meyerbeer)19. May 2017 / read moreSymphony Concert (Strauss)28. Juny 2017 / read more
Jazz-ConcertsSymphony Concert (Bernstein, Ellington, Honetschläger)18. October 2016 / read moreBigBand-Concert (Piazzolla, Jobim)23. January 2017 / read more
Vienna – genius loci10. October 2016 / read moreJugendstil in the Music7. November 2016 / read moreSpotlights30. January 2017 / read moreThomas Mann’s „Doktor Faustus“13. March 2017 / read moreGeistermusik24. April 2017 / read moreAcademy Concert29. May 2017 / read more
Song recitals in the foyer
Song recital I: Clémentine Margaine15. September 2016 / read moreSong recital II: Elena Tsallagova, Markus Brück2. November 2016 / read moreSong recital III: Ronnita Miller, Matthew Newlin, Seth Carico8. February 2017 / read moreSong recital IV: Adriana Ferfezka, Annika Schlicht, Attilio Glaser15. May 2017 / read more
Jazz & Lyrics
New Orleans18. September 2016 / read moreSeasons8. January 2017 / read moreBebop, Scat and Dada12. February 2017 / read moreHymn to Freedom1. May 2017 / read moreA Midsummer Night’s Dream3. July 2017 / read more
Jazz & Breakfast
A christmas-trip to Brazil4. December 2016 / read moreWagemann meets Wagemann5. February 2017 / read moreStruttin’ with some Breakfast5. March 2017 / read moreBessie’s Blues2. April 2017 / read moreCole Porter Brunch7. May 2017 / read more
„Ambushed from Behind” is the name of a brand new series of unusual evenings of musical theatre in the Tischlerei, although the title would serve equally well as the motto of the venue as a whole. Since 2012 the Deutsche Oper Berlin has operated a second stage at the rear of the building, a showcase for new and fresh forms of production. This is the place for the airing of new, independent material or experiments linked in some way to the operatic tradition. DIDO, too, is a production that adopts a new approach to old material. Berlin composer Michael Hirsch has rearranged the music in Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS and presents it in juxtaposition to his own musical language.
Parallel to this, the Tischlerei is airing works that have another take on the opera genre. For the Berlin band Brandt Brauer Frick, musical theatre means collaborating with artists from a range of fields: GIANNI promises a new coupling of music and theatre consisting of opera songs, club music and vogueing-ball elements. Young composers who took part in the NEUE SZENEN III competition and won commissions to produce a 30-minute work are developing new ideas for opera in the 21st century. And now the Staatsballett has launched its own “Dance/Ruption” project and is sponsoring young choreographers to come up with short, experimental routines for presentation at the Tischlerei.
Musical theatre for young audiences continues to form a major part of the Tischlerei programme: Annechien Koerselman, familiar to Tischlerei audiences for her stagings of KANNST DU PFEIFEN, JOHANNA and GOLD, is working on a new piece for primary school children. And needless to say, the Deutsche Oper’s Young Opera programme is once again packed with workshops, holiday labs, concerts for babies and kids and much more …all in the Tischlerei.
We look forward to seeing you!
Tischlerei-Premieres 2016/2017Gianni / World PremiereMusical theatre by Brandt Brauer Frick / read more
1. [World Premiere], 2., 6., 7., 8., 13., 14., 15. October 2016The Secret of the Blue Deer / World PremiereMusical theatre by Annechien Koerselman / read more
4. [World Premiere]. 6., 9., 10., 11., 12., 13. November 2016Dido / PremiereMucical Theatre by Michael Hirsch and Henry Purcell / read more
28., 29., 31. January; 6., 7., 10., 11. February 2017Tryout: Dance///Ruption / World PremiereChoreographers‘ Lab 2016/2017 / read more
4. [World Premiere], 5. March 2017New Scenes III / World PremiereMusical theatre by Malte Giesen, Irene Galindo Quero und Thierry Tidrow / read more
28. [World Premiere], 29. April, 8., 9. May 2017Ambushed from Behind / PremiereLate Night-Performances / read more
22. October; 19. November 2016; 25. February; 6. May; 24. June 2017
Tischlerei-Repertoire 2016/2017The Wanderings of OdysseusMusical theatre by Ole Hübner (aged 10 and over) / read more
1. [2×], 2., 3., 4., 5. [2×] December 2016GoldMusical theatre by Leonard Evers (aged 4 and over) / read more
9. [2×], 11. [2×], 12., 13. [2×], 14. December 2016A Piece of HeavenMusical theatre by Nuria Nunez Hierro (aged 2 to 4) / read more
9. [2×], 10. [2×], 11., 12., 14., 15., 16. [2×] March 2017CHEMO BROTHERMusical theatre by Eleftherios Veniadis (aged 14 and over) / read more
16. [2×], 17., 19., 20., 21. June 2017
The Barber of Seville
10. September 2016: Levy Sekgapane will be singing the part of Almaviva.
18. September 2016: Sunnyboy Dladla will be singing the part of Almaviva.
3., 6. October 2016: Noel Bouley will be singing the part of Dulcamara.
23., 27. May 2017: Thomas Lehman will be singing the part of Belcore.
4., 11., 17. December 2016: Axel Kober will be conducting.
10., 14. December 2016: Hui He will be singing the part of Tosca.
1., 13. April 2017: Derek Welton will be singing the part of Wotan.