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.
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 www.staatsoper-berlin.de