Press Releases

  • 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




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

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

    As part of the FESTTAGE festival of Berliner Staatsoper, the pianist and composer Michael Wendeberg will be performing the complete piano works by Pierre Boulez in a solo recital on 30 March. For the first time in Germany a pianist sets out to perform on one single evening the complete piano works by Boulez which are very challenging and multi-faceted in terms of playing technique and arrangement. »Mastering this can indeed be compared with climbing an eight-thousander,« says Michael Wendeberg, who has been preparing for this concert for one year now. Pierre Boulez himself had wished for his former student to tackle this task. From 2000 to 2005 Michael Wendeberg was a pianist in the Ensemble InterContemporain where he intensively worked with Pierre Boulez, as he did for Berliner Staatsoper, where he was Boulez' associate conductor and performed part of his work on the piano. The concert in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater is part of the major FESTTAGE homage to the composer Pierre Boulez who turns 90 today.

    The works, which stand out by their enormous virtuosity and a wide variety of formal arrange­ments, concepts and sound qualities, are performed in the order in which they were written: First the Douze Notations pour Piano from 1945, one of the very first works by Boulez, then the three piano sonatas which were written and/or reworked between 1946 and 1957 and which are completely different in their concepts, and finally the virtuosic Incises composed in 2001. The program is completed by Une page d’éphéméride, Boulez’ last piano work written in 2005.

    Michael Wendeberg was born in 1974 in Ebingen/Schwäbische Alb. As a pianist he won several prizes in national and international piano competitions. As a composer he worked with Staatskapelle Berlin, Musikfabrik Köln, Klangforum Wien and Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, to name just a few. At present Wendeberg is the musical director of the Ensemble Contre­champs (Geneva) and a regular guest conductor of the state opera of Yerevan.

    Michael Wendeber
    Monday, 30 March 2015, 20:00
    Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    Introduction to the concert 45 minutes before

    On Saturday, 28 March from 12:00 to 14:00 Michael Wendeberg will be participating in the Pierre Boulez panel discussion in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater hosted by Daniel Barenboim and Jörg Widmann

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

    The concert program of this year's FESTTAGE festival (27 March to 6 April) pays tribute to Pierre Boulez, the great composer and honorary conductor of the Staatskapelle Berlin who will be 90 years old on 26 March of this year. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, three different orchestras (Wiener Philharmoniker, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Staatskapelle Berlin) will be performing a selection of his works, dating from the beginning of his career right up to the very present: "Livre pour cordes" for string orchestra, »Mémoriale« and »Originel« (from »...explosante fixe...«) for flute and orchestra and electronics, »Le visage nuptial" for soprano, alto, female choir and orchestra, »Anthèmes 2" for violin and live electronics, piano parts from »Notations« I to IV and VII together with the orchestra versions, as well as »Dérive 2« for an ensemble of 11 instruments. In addition, there will be a piano soiree with Boulez' three sonatas, his 12 early »Notations« and »Incises«, performed by Michael Wendeberg who closely cooperated with Pierre Boulez for several years. The homage will be rounded off by a panel discussion on the influential work of the French composer, conductor, essayist and organizer on 28 March, hosted by Daniel Barenboim and Jörg Widmann.

    For many years now, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez have been companions both personally and musically. They have frequently performed and enjoyed working together – for the first time more than half a century ago in 1964, when performing Bartók's 1st piano concerto. To them, the classical repertoire has been as important as contemporary music. Pierre Boulez conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin for the first time on 21 May 1993 with performances of Gustav Mahler’s Todtenfeier and Arnold Schönberg's Die Jakobsleiter. The ten-piece Mahler cycle which Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim rehearsed and conducted together for the 2007 FESTTAGE – each of them conducting five concerts – was recognized as an international highlight. Compositions by Pierre Boulez have been performed on a regular basis. In the years 2005 and 2010, several concert programs were performed on the occasion of his 80th and 85th birthdays. His last performance with the Staatskapelle Berlin up until today in June 2011 included Franz Liszt's piano concertos No. 1 and No. 2 (with Daniel Barenboim on the piano) and Richard Wagner's Faust-Ouvertüre and Siegfried-Idyll.


    Friday, 17 March 2015, 8pm, Philharmonie Berlin

    Saturday, 28 March 2015, 12 noon, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    Sunday, 29 March 2015, 12 noon, Philharmonie Berlin

    Monday, 30 March 2015, 8pm, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

    Saturday, 4 April 2015, 4:30pm, Philharmonie Berlin

    Introduction to the concerts 45 minutes before

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  • 2014/2015 season press releases

    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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