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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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  • 01 June 2015 | June 21st: Experience Daniel Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Berlin State Opera Choir and violinist Lisa Batiashvili live on the web

    Thanks to BMW Berlin on the 21st of June 2015 the free open-air event »Staatsoper für alle« yet again 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, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven on the historical Bebelplatz right in the heart of the city.

    For the second 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 all«) a step further and making this unique event internationally accessible for a broader audience. In 2014 the first live stream reached an online audience of over 29.000 viewers from all over the world – e.g. Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Japan and the USA.

    For the first time ARTE Concert will also broadcast the event on their online platform:

    This year’s concert programme features Richard Wagner’s »Einzug der Gäste« from Tannhäuser, Peter Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major with violinist Lisa Batiashvili and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor.

    Since 2007 around 350.000 music lovers could enjoy »Staatsoper für alle« thanks to BMW Berlin.

    and on ARTE Concert
    Sunday, 21st of June 2015, 1pm

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



  • 27 April 2015 | Jürgen Flimm and Daniel Barenboim introduce the program for the 2015/16 season of Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    At today's Berlin Staatsoper press conference, Jürgen Flimm and Daniel Barenboim revealed the program for 2015/2016, the sixth season of the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. To begin with, they expressed their praise and gratitude to the Staatsoper audience – they have been filling the Schiller Theater to 90% capacity so far in the running season.

    Special highlights in the program for the next season are the eight premieres on the major stage as well as seven more premieres on the studio theatre stage. Furthermore, the program features 24 opera works from the repertoire, 85 concerts, the annual FESTTAGE festival at Easter and the sixth edition of the festival for new musical theatre INFEKTION!. You can look forward to a total of 305 events plus a large number of projects undertaken by the Junge Staatsoper.

    The new production of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg will kick off the season on 3rd October (1st act 20:30 | 2nd act 23:00) and on 4th October (3rd act 12:00), directed by Andrea Moses who makes her Staatsoper debut with this work. For Daniel Barenboim this premiere marks an anniversary: It will be the 20th Wagner production that he conducts in the Staatsoper. Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, directed by Jürgen Flimm, will be the grand FESTTAGE premiere – with architect Frank Gehry as the stage designer and Daniel Barenboim on the rostrum of the Staatskapelle Berlin. Furthermore, in the 2015/2016 season Jürgen Flimm will be staging two new productions – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and Salvatore Sciarrino's Luci mie traditrici with David Robert Coleman as the musical director. Agostino Steffani's Amor vien dal destinocontinues the series of Staatsoper rediscoveries: The work premiered in 1709 in Germany’s Düsseldorf, and René Jacobs and Ingo Kerkhof will be staging its first scenic performance for more than 300 years. Juliette (Daniel Barenboim) is the first work by Bohuslav Martinu to be performed by the Berlin Staatsoper since 1993. Claus Guth will be staging it, and the title role will be sung by Magdalena Kožená. Furthermore, there will be a production entitled Mord an Mozart – eine Relativitätstheorie, combining Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart und Salieri with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dmitri Shostakovich and texts by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Max Renne / Elisabeth Stöppler). Dieter Dorn will provide a new interpretation of Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, with Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta Valéry. The musical director will be Daniel Barenboim, who will be conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin in four new productions next season as well as in Parsifal, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra and the Ring cycle.

    Among the outstanding singers appearing during the next season are Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, René Pape, Waltraud Meier, Sonya Yoncheva, Bejun Mehta, Magdalena Kožená, Rolando Villazón, Kwangchul Youn, Wolfgang Koch, Klaus Florian Vogt, Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Prohaska, Dolora Zajick, Andreas Schager, Camilla Nylund, Krassimira Stoyanova, Jonas Kaufmann, Michael Volle, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Falk Struckmann, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Vittorio Grigolo, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Matti Salminen, Christopher Maltman, Pavol Breslik, Iréne Theorin, Maria Bengtsson, Fabio Sartori and Anja Kampe.

    The Staatskapelle Berlin will again be performing eight major symphony concerts in the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus. Half of them will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim; in one performance he will combine the roles of conductor and pianist. Three excellent conductors from the younger generation, Gustavo Dudamel, David Afkham and Pablo Heras-Casado, will be taking over the other four concerts; additionally, Antonio Pappano will come back to the Staatskapelle for a symphony concert. As soloists you will be hearing Martha Argerich, Daniil Trifonov and András Schiff (piano), Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Renaud Capuçon (violin) as well as Sennu Laine (violoncello). As last season, the Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim will be performing the opening concert of the Musikfest Berlin. A special concert will be performed to honor the 80th birthday of the honorary conductor Zubin Mehta, who will be conducting with Daniel Barenboim performing as the piano soloist. The FESTTAGE concerts comprise performances of the Wiener Philharmoniker (with Mahler's 9th symphony), the Staatskapelle Berlin (two concerts, among others the two symphonies by Elgar and starring the soloists Yo-Yo Ma and Jonas Kaufmann), a recital with Yo-Yo Ma who will be performing all violoncello suites by Bach, and a duo recital with the pianists Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim. The Schiller Theater will be hosting three special vocal music concerts - with the countertenor Bejun Mehta and the Akademie für Alte Musik, the Kinderchor der Staatsoper and the Staatskapelle performing a spring concert and a concert at Whitsun with the Staatsopernchor. The Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim will be giving guest performances in Vienna, Luxembourg, at the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn and in February they will be going on a tour of several weeks through Japan, including the performance of all Bruckner symphonies at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

    The Barenboim cycle comprises seven concerts: Two vocal programs (starring Michael Volle and Nina Stemme) and two chamber music concerts (starring Lisa Batiashvili, among others). This series includes a three-part cycle with the piano sonatas by Sergei Prokofiev, played by Yefim Bronfman. Furthermore, as in previous years, chamber concerts will be held with members of the Staatskapelle and their guests in the Rotes Rathaus, in the Bode-Museum and in the Gläsernes Foyer of the Schiller Theater. Moreover, the Gläsernes Foyer will house a series of song recitals with Staatsoper soloists and a series of newly launched children's concerts.

    In 2015/2016 the Werkstatt (our studio theatre stage), which has been firmly established as part of the New Music scene in Berlin, will feature works by Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti, Oscar Strasnoy, Stephen Oliver, Irini Amargianaki, Hèctor Parra and Matthias Hermann, covering the period from the early masters of the avant-garde to younger contemporary composers.

    Staatsoper Berlin will again celebrate the start of the new season with an opening festival for both young and old on 12 September 2015. The grand finale concert this year will be a musical gala with the Staatsopernchor and the Staatskapelle Berlin. We would love to see you at this event, so please note the date!

    For details of the complete program for 2015/2016 and more information on the new season please refer to

    Advance tickets for all performances in the 2015/2016 season go on sale on 17 May 2015. Subscriptions are available from 2 May 2015 onwards. Tickets for the complete FESTTAGE 2016 cycles are already on sale. Friends of the Staatsoper, subscribers and holders of a StaatsopernCard are entitled to buy tickets for all performances in advance, starting on 9 May 2015.

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



  • 30 March 2015 | FESTTAGE 2016: A new production of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice for the 20th anniversary - conducted by Daniel Barenboim, directed by Jürgen Flimm and stage design by architect Frank Gehry

    Next year Berliner Staatsoper and Staatskapelle Berlin will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the FESTTAGE festival founded by Daniel Barenboim in 1996. It has become an event of enormous appeal, drawing opera and music lovers from all over the world to Berlin. Today the program for the 2016 anniversary festival was released. Six opera performances and five concerts will be presented from 18 to 28 March. The program will feature the tenor Jonas Kaufmann and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma as guest soloists. Daniel Barenboim will be conducting Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Wagner's Parsifal in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater as well as three orchestra concerts in the Philharmonie. Furthermore he will appear as pianist in a duo recital with Martha Argerich. Advance tickets for the FESTTAGE cycle are on sale starting from now. The single ticket sales begin on 14 November 2015.

    A new production of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice will be our great FESTTAGE premiere on 18 March - with Daniel Barenboim (musical director), Jürgen Flimm (staging), architect Frank Gehry (stage design) and Florence von Gerkan (costumes). The cast features Bejun Mehta (Orfeo), Anna Prohaska (Euridice) and Nadine Sierra (Amore) and, of course, the Staatsopernchor. Another performance will be the revival of this year's Parsifal, stagedby Dmitri Tcherniakov. Among the performing artists will be Andreas Schager (Parsifal), Waltraud Meier (Kundry), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Wolfgang Koch (Amfortas), Tómas Tómasson (Klingsor) and Matthias Hölle (Titurel) as well as the Staatsopernchor.

    The FESTTAGE concert program covers the period from Bach to the great symphonies of late Romanticism. In two concerts in the Philharmonie, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin will be performing the two major symphonies by Edward Elgar. In addition the program will feature Gustav Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Jonas Kaufman and the violoncello concerto in B minor op. 104 by Antonín Dvorák with the acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who will furthermore perform the six famous solo suites by Johann Sebastian Bach in a recital. We are glad to welcome Wiener Philharmoniker as a guest orchestra for the third time in a row: Having performed Mozart and Schubert before, they will now be dedicating their program to another composer having worked in Vienna: Gustav Mahler, whose 9th Symphony – stylistically alternating between the later romantic school and 20th century classical music - will kick off the FESTTAGE concerts on 19 March. The last concert of the FESTTAGE will be a recital for two of the best-known pianists worldwide, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim.

    FESTTAGE 2016
    18 to 28 March 2016
    Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and Philharmonie Berlin

    Ticket sales for the FESTTAGE cycles start today, Monday, 30 March 2015. Individual tickets for FESTTAGE will be available as of 14 November 2015. For details of the complete program and the dates please refer to




  • 2014/2015 season press releases

    26 March 2015
    FESTTAGE solo recital: Michael Wendeberg plays Pierre Boulez' complete piano works

    31 March 2015
    FESTTAGE concert: In our duo recital tomorrow with Gidon Kremer, Denis Kozhukhin will replace Martha Argerich who fell ill

    05 March 2015  
    FESTTAGE festival held by the Staatsoper Berlin pays homage to Pierre Boulez on the occasion of his 90th birthday

    15 February 2015
    Berliner Staatsoper holds »Berg festival« from 6 to 15 March: Alban Berg's operas and symphonies performed by Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin

    05 December 2014
    Outlook spring 2015: Daniel Barenboim and Staatsoper Berlin will be presenting an Alban Berg cycle and paying homage to Pierre Boulez

  • 2013/2014 season press releases

    07 November 2014
    FESTTAGE 2015: Tomorrow single tickets for Parsifal, Tannhäuser and the concert programme go on sale!

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

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


    14 April 2014
    FESTTAGE 2015: Dmitri Tcherniakov stages »Parsifal« / Homage to Pierre Boulez to celebrate his 90th birthday / Restaging of »Tannhäuser« by Sasha Waltz

    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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