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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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BerlinIl barbiere di Siviglia

Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Nikolas Nägele; Katharina Thalbach; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Momme Röhrbein; Guido Maria Kretschmer; Vasilisa Berzhanskaya; Irene Roberts

BerlinTristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Donald Runnicles; Graham Vick; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Paul Brown; Ricarda Merbeth; Peter Seiffert

BerlinDie Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Suzanne Andrade; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinMuseum Concert I

Elsa Dreisig; Jiyoon Lee; Andreas Jentzsch; Joost Keizer

BerlinArabic Music Days - Abschlusskonzert Naseer Quartett

Naseer Shamma; Naseer Shamma Quartet
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Guth's FroSch arrives at Unter den Linden

Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Guth's incisive staging of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's grandest opera proves a moving and detailed experience at its transfer to the reopened Staatsoper. 
****1
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Berlin: Beyond contemporary Ballet

Staatsballett Berlin in Celis' Your Passion is Pure Joy © Jubal Battisti
To reassure the sceptics, the break from tradition of Stijn Celis’ Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me, and Sharon Eyal’s and Gai Behar’s Half Life made for a great start to the Staatsballett Berlin’s new season.
****1
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Tanztheater Wuppertal: Stepping into the unknown without Pina

Tanztheater Wuppertal in Neues Stuck II © Mats Backer
A dance-marathon with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Alan Lucien Øyen’s New Piece II for Tanz im August at the Volksbühne in Berlin.
****1
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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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