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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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Berlin100 years Mandela

Beethoven, Stravinsky, Bernstein, Ward
MIAGI (Music is a great investment) Youth Orchestra; Duncan Ward

BerlinSchleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

Bernstein, Korngold
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra; Wayne Marshall; Charles Yang

BerlinDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Nikolas Nägele; Günter Krämer; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Stephan Zilias; Andreas Reinhardt; Siobhan Stagg

BerlinLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Stephan Zilias; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Donald Runnicles; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Elena Tsallagova

BerlinAlexander Melnikov

Debussy
Alexander Melnikov, Piano
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Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

Laura Aikin (Singer) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Jürgen Flimm bowed out of his role as Intendant of the Berlin State Opera with the German premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo.
***11
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Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare

Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
There’s no doubt that Mélisande endeavours to escape past troubles when she first appears in Barrie Kosky’s production of Debussy’s opera, yet Nadja Mchantaf is no reticent, wispy maiden. Every vocal and physical gesture – always precise and penetrating – displays an atypically forthright quest for vitality, something that Arkel’s chauvinistic world does not readily offer.
*****
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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Pappano conducts Britten's War Requiem in Berlin

Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Britten's War Requiem at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with Antonio Pappano conducting
****1
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Journey to nowhere: Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper

Il viaggio a Reims © Thomas Aurin
The Deutsche Oper's production of Rossini's sparkling occasion piece is big on gags but short on stardust.
***11
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