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Festival: Komische Oper Festival

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At the end of the season, Komische Oper Berlin invites you to a week-long festival. Over seven consecutive days, the audience can look back at the new productions of the season. An accompanying musical and culinary programme awaits them each evening, as does an introductory lecture before the performance and an exciting discussion with those involved in the production afterwards. In the introductions, the dramaturgists of the Komische Oper Berlin will provide background information, put audiences in the mood for the production, and place the respective work within a wider context.

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Korngold's Dead City is not so dead in Berlin

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) and Aleš Briscein (Paul) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
In Robert Carsen's staging, the “dead city” is absent: the scenery showing a bourgeois room that one imagines overlooking a bright avenue in Vienna or Berlin rather than a dark alley in Bruges.
***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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BerlinOrpheus in der UnterweltNew production

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Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld)
Adrien Perruchon; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Otto Pichler; Franck Evin

BerlinKatya KabanovaNew production

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Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Giedrė Šlekytė; Jetske Mijnssen; Komische Oper Berlin; Julia Katharina Berndt; Dieuweke van Reij; Mark Vandenesse; Simon Berger

BerlinOedipeNew production

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Enescu: Oedipe
Ainārs Rubiķis; Evgeny Titov; Komische Oper Berlin; Johannes Schütz; Eva Dessecker; Ulrich Lenz; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinAufstieg und Fall der Stadt MahagonnyNew production

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Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Klaus Bruns; Anne Kuhn

BerlinLes BoréadesNew production

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Rameau: Les Boréades
Konrad Junghänel; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Otto Pichler; Maximilian Hagemeyer