Needless to go further, this is the world event of classical music 2017-2018! The re-opening of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin after so many years is much awaited which is why you should not wait too long to reserve tickets for the opera, ballet and concerts.
The historic hall was closed in 2010 for heavy renovation work which, as is often the case, took much longer than expected to finish and delayed, from season to season, the return of the great artists on this mythical stage. Before highlighting the highlights of the Berlin State Opera season, there are some prestigious concerts taking place at the Berlin Philharmonic, another iconic building.
The Staatskapelle Berlin is a very famous orchestra as well as its musical director, the great Daniel Barenboim, also pianist. He returns with his longtime accomplice Martha Argerich for a four-hand recital and Debussy evening where he directs the Fantasy and also the beautiful Martyrdom of San Sebastian. James Levine and Zubin Mehta are prestigious legendary conductors to be invited to a 2017-2018 season that shines with a thousand lights.
Back in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, a grand gala for the institution’s 275-year anniversary is scheduled for 7 December. Another event, the New Year, is celebrated as it should be with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. For the concerts, conductor Daniel Barenboim at the head of the Staatskapelle Berlin brings together great artists. Maurizio Pollini is invited to perform the Schumann Concerto while Nadine Sierra and Thomas Hampson are an ideal choice for the moving deutsches Requiem of Brahms. As tradition requests, Antonio Pappano brings together German, Russian and English singers to perform Britten’s War Requiem with magnificent singers! (Anna Nechaeva, Ian Bostridge and Matthias Goerne).
We also suggest dance and the performances of the Staatsballett Berlin, the great classic Giselle or Romeo and Juliet by Nacho Duato, and Jewels by Balanchine. But what remains at the heart of the programming of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden are the operas.
The 2017-2018 season promises a firework display. In the prelude, the reopening show features a stage direction by Jürgen Flimm of Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with Roman Trekel, Elsa Dreisig and René Pape, the ideal trio.
Daniel Barenboim conducts Verdi and Wagner plus an unexpected Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy with Rolando Villazón, Marianne Crebassa and Michael Volle. Macbeth is played by Plácido Domingo facing Anna Netrebko as an exceptional Lady Macbeth, an event for which it is urgent to reserve your seats. Parsifal, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, is also a highlight of the international season, bringing together Nina Stemme and Andreas Schager (found in Tristan und Isolde with Anja Kampe).
Other big stars are Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti in the Pearl Fishers, Elsa Dreisig in Mozart, Humperdinck and in Traviata as Ailyn Pérez on display also with La Bohème together with Vincenzo Costanzo, or Piotr Beczala and diva Angela Gheorghiu. Zubin Mehta directs Richard Strauss’ Salome. In the baroque repertoire there are three main titles: Orfeo ed Euridice with the superb Bejun Mehta and Elsa Dreisig, Purcell´s masterpiece King Arthur with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin directed by the great René Jacobs and L ‘Incoronazione di Poppea of Monteverdi. The malicious couple Poppée-Néron is embodied by the sexy Anna Prohaska and Max Emanuel Cencic.
As you can imagine, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is the opera where you need to be seen this 2017-2018 season!