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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Berlin

Berlin thrives with all types of events: here you can find performances hosted at the newly reopened Staatsoper Unter den Linden, chamber music and symphonic concerts held at the enygmatic Philharmonie and attend pictoresque opera productions at the Komische Oper.You can find concerts or opera performances using our Berlin Concert Calendar or the search bar.

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BerlinMitglieder der Wiener Philharmoniker

Wolf, Berg, Schubert
Mitglieder der Wiener Philharmoniker; Denis Kozhukhin

BerlinWest Side Story

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Bernstein: West Side Story
Koen Schoots; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Otto Pichler; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinRigoletto

Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Stephan Zilias; Jan Bosse; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Nicholas Carter; Stéphane Laimé; Kathrin Plath; Markus Brück

BerlinLa bohèmeNew production

Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Puccini: La bohème
Jordan De Souza; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Nadja Mchantaf; Vera-Lotte Böcker

BerlinStreichquartett der Staatskapelle Berlin – Brahms

Mozart, Brahms, Webern
Streichquartett der Staatskapelle Berlin; Wolfram Brandl; Krzysztof Specjal; Yulia Deyneka
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Deutsche Oper revives Stölzl's Rienzi staging

Torsten Kerl (Rienzi) © Bettina Stöß
Staging the story of the Italian political figure Rienzi as that of a dictator in 20th-century Germany was an inspired idea. This revival was a rare occasion to experience Wagner's early opera. 
***11
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Einspringer save the day in a joyous Staatsoper Meistersinger

Die Meistersinger at the Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
There's little to like in Andrea Moses' production, but a fine cast and glorious playing and conducting make for an enthralling performance of Wagner's grand comedy.  
****1
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Champagne without the fizz: Tcherniakov's Betrothal in a Monastery

Lauri Vasar, Goran Jurić, Violeta Urmana, Aida Garifullina (Luisa) und Bogdan Volkov © Ruth and Martin Walz
The Russian director's role play production of Prokofiev's comedy falls flat at the Staatsoper.
***11
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Zemlinsky takes centre stage in Deutsche Oper’s Der Zwerg

Mick Morris Mehnert and David Butt Philip (Der Zwerg) © Monika Ritterhaus
The Austrian composer’s rarely heard one-acter proves triumphant in an intelligent, moving staging.
*****
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Master craftsmen: Lachenmann's My Melodies

Helmut Lachenmann © Stephan Rabold
The most recent work by the elder statesman of contemporary music in Germany is given a performance in Berlin's Philharmonie.
*****
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