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.