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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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BerlinMaria Stuarda

© Rebecca Fay Erato
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Francesco Ivan Ciampa; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Diana Damrau; Jana Kurucová; Javier Camarena; Nicolas Testé

BerlinTchaikovsky's Fifth

Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Garzia, Shor, Tchaikovsky
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Sergey Smbatyan; Ingolf Wunder; David Aaron Carpenter

BerlinDie FledermausNew Production

© Bettina Stöß
Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
Donald Runnicles; Rolando Villazón; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Johannes Leiacker; Thibault Vancraenenbroeck; Thomas Blondelle; Annette Dasch

BerlinCarmenNew production

© Dario Acosta
Bizet: Carmen
Ivan Repušić; Ole Anders Tandberg; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Erlend Birkeland; Maria Geber; Clémentine Margaine; Charles Castronovo

BerlinMy Fair Lady

© Iko Freese | Drama Berlin
Loewe: My Fair Lady
Peter Christian Feigel; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Mechthild Seipel

BerlinSemeleNew Production

Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Handel: Semele
Konrad Junghänel; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Natacha Le Guen de Kerneizon; Carla Teti; Nicole Chevalier; Katarina Bradić
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Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Anja Harteros (Elisabetta) © Bernd Uhlig (2013)
Anja Harteros takes a while to hit her stride in a Don Carlo that doesn't quite gel.
***11
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Paradise Regained: Schumann’s secular oratorio in Berlin

Mikko Franck © Abramowitz | Radio France
Berliner Philharmoniker’s interpretation of Das Paradies und die Peri reaches for the heavens. 
***11
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Polina and Friends gala wins Berlin balletomanes

Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel © Yan Revazov
Organised by Berlin State Ballet audience’s darling, the principal dancer Polina Semionova, the gala Polina & Friends and its stellar cast literally left the house roaring from enthusiasm.
*****
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Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

Marko Mimica (Ferrando) © Bettina Stöß
In a dated production by Hans Neuenfels, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti leads a musically successful Trovatore, where Angela Meade and Anita Rachvelishvili show their vocal brilliance.
****1
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Thunder and lightning put an end to love in Komische Oper’s Semele

Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Handel’s Semele is presented as a flashback at the Komische Oper in Berlin. 
****1
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Brilliance and grandeur from Petrenko and the Berlin Phi

Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Yuja Wang brings brilliance to Prokofiev at the Philharmonie, but Petrenko's conducting of rarities by Dukas and Schmidt also prove richly rewarding.
****1
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