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The season launches with a reprise of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera GREEK, our hit production from last summer. This is the first of a number of events that will be staged not only on the parking deck and in the Tischlerei but also at other venues across the city until the end of October. This booklet gives you the facts on our varied programme of events in the Tempodrom, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus and Haus der Berliner Festspiele, events that range from jazz to opera as a staged premiere or concertante version.
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Léo Delibes: Lakmé (concert version)
27 September 2022 / Philharmonie

Léo Delibes: Lakmé (concert version)

The story of the young Hindu priestess who falls in love with an English colonial officer and eventually goes to her death is great opera cinema and is still able to go to the heart today ... Conductor: Daniela Candillari; Choirs: Jeremy Bines; With Josh Lovell, Dean Murphy, Aigul Khismatullina (© Daniil Rabovsky), Karis Tucker a. o.
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Semiramide (semi-staged)
20, 22 October 2022 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Semiramide (semi-staged)

Rossini's title character is entangled in deep power intrigues and family conflicts, which open up the composer's possibilities for abysmal scenes of madness, richly ornamented oaths of love and fiery revenge arias. The result is "the last opera of the great Baroque tradition, the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most perfect; but also - irretrievably - the last" (Rodolfo Celetti) ... Conductor: Yi-Chen Lin; With Salome Jicia (in place of Vasilisa Berzhanskaya), Beth Taylor, Riccardo Fassi, Levy Sekgapane a. o.
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Rigoletto
Back on the Main Stage - 5, 9, 24 November 2022

Rigoletto

In his opera about the hunchbacked court jester, Verdi took the tension between the improbabilities of the plot and the emotional overwhelming power of musical theatre to extremes. Jan Bosse's production tells the tragedy of a man who fails to separate private life and public action ... Conductor: Dominic Limburg; Director: Jan Bosse; With Attilio Glaser, Markus Brück, Elena Tsallagova a. o.
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Carmen
6, 12, 19 November 2022

Carmen

Bizet described his opera as an "operetta with a bad ending" - and rightly so, because what is unique about CARMEN is the mixture of romantic opera, realistic drama and Offenbach operetta. Ole Anders Tandberg's production tells the story in powerful images that constantly alternate between shock, grotesqueness and great emotion ... Conductor: Yi-Chen Lin; Director: Ole Anders Tandberg; With Anna Goryachova, Maria Motolygina, Tomislav Muzek, Samuel Dale Johnson a. o.
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Fidelio
Premiere on 25 November 2022

Fidelio

This opera is a monolith: it is considered the freedom opera par excellence and is probably the first-ever specifically German opera in its fusion of rescue opera, humanist oratorio and melodrama. David Hermann focuses on the manipulation mechanisms of power and powerlessness ... Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: David Hermann; With Thomas Lehman, Markus Brück, Robert Watson, Ingela Brimberg, Tobias Kehrer a. o.
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Nabucco
26 November; 1, 6 December 2022

Nabucco

Keith Warner's production of Verdi's first successful opera emphasises the basic idea of reconciliation with which the work concludes: Under the wise King Nabucco, the Hebrew people of the Scriptures and the Babylonian warriors may hope for a peaceful future ... Conductor: Carlo Montanaro; Director: Keith Warner; With Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Patrick Cook, Byung Gil Kim, Saioa Hernández, Karis Tucker a. o.
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Tristan und Isolde
13, 20, 27 November 2022

Tristan und Isolde

Musically highly romantic and crossing the threshold to modernity, Wagner lets his couple run with existential inexorability into a hopeless dilemma. Disturbing and fascinating in its uncompromising portrayal of obsessive love, this work - based on a myth - has become a myth itself ... Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: Graham Vick; With Clay Hilley, Franz-Josef Selig, Nina Stemme, Jordan Shanahan, Irene Roberts a. o.
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Charles Mingus: Epitaph
Listen to it on rbb Kultur

Charles Mingus: Epitaph

"Epitaph" is Charles Mingus' "opus summum", a full-length monumental work with two big bands and other orchestral instruments. It was not premiered until ten years after his death in 1989 - and has since been regarded as a key work of the so-called "Third Way", which fuses elements of jazz from gospel and Dixie to hardbob and free jazz with influences of classical modernism. The rarely performed work will be performed on the centenary of Charles Mingus' birth. Listen to Rüdiger Ruppert, Titus Engel, Wolfgang Köhler and Sebastian Hanusa in the trailer ... or the whole concert on rbbKultur.
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In memoriam of Torge Møller
1972 – 2022

In memoriam of Torge Møller

We were saddened to hear of the sudden death of video artist Torge Møller. The fact that today cinematic means are taken for granted as an independent narrative category is due not least to the persuasive power of his work. At the Deutsche Oper, two important Wagner productions stand for this: RIENZI and DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN. Now, at the age of 50, Torge Møller has been torn from the midst of the many projects with which he wanted to develop his work. Our thoughts are with his wife and three children and we will honour his memory.
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Daniela Candillari on Léo Delibes' "Lakmé"
27 September 2022 / Philharmonie

Daniela Candillari on Léo Delibes' "Lakmé"

With the "The Bell Song" or the "Flower Duet", the tragic-romantic opera LAKMÉ by the French composer Léo Delibes has a firm place in the coloratura canon of musical theatre. In this preview teaser, the conductor of the evening, Daniela Candillari, talks about the narrative set in colonial India at the end of the 19th century as well as her personal musical approach to the work ... On 27 September 2022 at the Berlin Philharmonie, Josh Lovell, Dean Murphy, Aigul Khismatullina, Thomas Lehman, Mireille Lebel and others will sing and perform under the musical direction of Daniela Candillari.
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When Europe dreamed of the exotic
27 September 2022 / Philharmonie

When Europe dreamed of the exotic

Léo Delibes' LAKMÉ has accompanied Daniela Candillari since childhood. In Berlin, she is now conducting the opera for the first time, with the chorus and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie ... In the blog article she talks about her emotional connections to this work. Josh Lovell and Aigul Khismatullina also have their say.
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Lakmé
The sound of an Italian village in the morning
19, 21 October 2022 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele

The sound of an Italian village in the morning

The sound of an egg breaking, followed by another. Crack. A stirrer makes contact with a work surface. A pastaio beats a mixture of flour and eggs. Then the shoe makers get going. EXPERIMENTUM MUNDI, Giorgio Battistelli's music theatre piece, begins with this sequence: the opera consists of the working sounds of a total of 16 workers and artisans, supported by a women's chorus, a percussionist and the recitation of an actor. The idea of having tradesmen from his native village appearing on an opera stage made the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli famous around the world – and now in Berlin.
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Experimentum Mundi
Tightrope acrobatics for the voice
20, 22 October 2022 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Tightrope acrobatics for the voice

Rossini's title character is entangled in deep power intrigues and family conflicts, which gave the composer the opportunity for abysmal madness scenes, richly ornamented oaths of love and fiery revenge arias. The result was "the last opera of the great Baroque tradition, the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most perfect; but also - irretrievably - the last" (Rodolfo Celetti) ... Yi-Chen Lin, Riccardo Fassi and Beth Taylor talk about their relationship to this work.
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Semiramide
World premiere in the Tischlerei: Negar
29, 31 October; 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 November 2022

World premiere in the Tischlerei: Negar

Tehran 2022: French director Marie-Ève Signeyrole and Iranian-French composer Keyvan Chemirani immerse themselves in a world full of ambiguities and write a work about a love in the underground, a love as an act of resistance against the regime and the prevailing morality ... Directed by Marie-Ève Signeyrole; With Katarina Bradić, Arianna Manganello, Dean Murphy, Golnar Shahyar, Julian Arsenault, Keyvan Chemirani and friends
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Love and fear in a world of the dictatorship
NEGAR, World premiere on 29 October 2022

Love and fear in a world of the dictatorship

Starting with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, NEGAR examines what happens when you turn around and return to your past. How do you shape your identity in a place full of prohibitions? Do you need others to become yourself? Signeyrole’s work resembles journalistic research, a mix of documentary and fiction, although the story itself is fictional. ... Keyvan Chemirani has extensively worked with jazz and baroque musicians, but writing for lyrical voices in NEGAR was a welcome challenge.
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Between Teheran, Paris and Berlin
NEGAR, as of 29 October 2022

Between Teheran, Paris and Berlin

NEGAR is the story of a woman, Shirin, who, after many years spent living in Paris, returns to Iran and realises that her home has changed. She falls in love with a man and a woman, and the love triangle has dramatic repercussions.
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"That's not a Man!" - Women in Disguise
Chamber Concert II on 7 November 2022

"That's not a Man!" - Women in Disguise

Why were and are the works of female composers so much less visible than those of their male colleagues? How women artists have reacted to social boundaries will be shown in works by Ethel Smyth, Emilie Mayer, Louise Farrenc, Sofia Gubaidulina and others.
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