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 www.staatsoper-berlin.de.
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 www.staatsoper-berlin.de, 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.