Among the major European capitals, Berlin is undoubtedly the city which thrives with the most events and great appointments throughout the season. In perpetual motion, Berlin’s cultural life has been enriched by the return of a flagship theater, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Closed for too long, Germany’s historic opera has not only regained its former glory, but has modernized to welcome spectators in perfect acoustics.
Attending a show at the Staatsoper is one of the greatest moments for a music lover, especially in this 2018-2019 season for which you should book your opera tickets as soon as possible. The reasons to visit Berlin are many, for example to see Daniel Barenboim lead the famous orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin. The illustrious pianist and conductor pursues a perfect artistic policy as Musical Director of the noble institution. He continues his Debussy cycle by proposing the Pelléas et Mélisande of Ruth Berghaus directed by Maxime Pascal with three great artists on the bill, the unexpected Rolando Villazón, the revelation Marianne Crebassa and the perfect Luca Pisaroni who reclaims a role he is very fond of.
In concert at both the Berlin Philharmonie and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Daniel Barenboim directs Daphnis and Chloé by Ravel and Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with young artist Kian Soltani. At the opera, he again directs Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and offers a golden role to the great soprano Sonya Yoncheva. In the Medea Cherubini, she appears together with partners Charles Castronovo and Elsa Dreisig.
The distribution of Verdi’s Falstaff, also conducted by Barenboim is remarkable (Michael Volle, Maria Agresta, Daniela Barcellona, Nadine Sierra …). But the highlight is probably Macbeth with Plácido Domingo, Ekaterina Semenchuk and René Pape. Daniel Barenboim had the great idea to schedule a special series for Easter. During the Festtagge , you must book your opera tickets as soon as possible to attend one of the most anticipated shows this season 2018-2019. The hilarious Prokofiev opera Betrothal in a Monastery with Aída Garifullina, Violeta Urmana and Stephan Rügamer is staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov, always surprising.
The other show on the bill is Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Wolfgang Koch, Burkhard Fritz and Julia Kleiter. Superstar Anna Netrebko is at the Philharmonie to sing Verdi’s opera arias. Another festival called Barocktage shows the great Baroque leaders such as Christophe Rousset, Jordi Savall or Marc Minkowski who, together with his Musicians of the Louvre, proposes the imaginary symphony of Rameau. The big Baroque event of the season is also a nice surprise because the immense Simon Rattle, conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, directs the production of Hippolyte and Aricie by Rameau signed by Aletta Collins with the Freiburger Barockorchester and an ideal distribution (Reinoud Van Mechelen, Anna Prohaska, Magdalena Kozená, Gyula Orendt, Elsa Dreisig).
Do not forget the highlights of dance with the Staatsballett Berlin, which offers masterpieces like La Bayadère by Marius Petipa or Onegin by John Cranko. With productions such as Der Freischütz by Weber directed by Marc Minkowski, Le Nozze di Figaro with Dorothea Röschmann, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and Anna Prohaska, Rigoletto with Christopher Maltman, Nadine Sierra and Michael Fabiano, Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Georg Nigl, Freiburger Barockorchester and a choreography by Sasha Waltz or L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Roberta Mameli and Max Emanuel Cencic, it is urgent to order your seats for the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden.