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Daniel Barenboim plays at the Pierre Boulez Saal © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Conviction and courage: Barenboim kicks off his Beethoven cycle at the Pierre Boulez Saal

By , 26 October 2018
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Sonya Yoncheva (Médée) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Smoke without fire: Cherubini's Medée fails to ignite at the Staatsoper

By , 07 October 2018
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Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 43: Between two worlds with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

By , 14 August 2018
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Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

By , 21 June 2018
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Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich © Thomas Bartilla
Berlin

Debussy rarities with Barenboim and Argerich at the Berlin Festtage

By , 29 March 2018
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Michael Volle (Sir John Falstaff) © Matthias Baus
Berlin

Falstaff at the Festtage: Verdi's masterpiece in a new production at the Berlin Staatsoper

By , 25 March 2018
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Andreas Schager (Tristan) and Anja Kampe (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Modified rapture: Tcherniakov's new Tristan und Isolde at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 11 February 2018
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Daniel Barenboim at Unter den Linden © Christian Mang
Berlin

Happy 275th birthday, Staatsoper Unter den Linden!

By , 07 December 2017
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Kian Soltani, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra © Mark Allan | Royal Festival Hall
London

Orchestral tales: Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan

By , 28 October 2017
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Sven-Eric Bechtolf (Mephistopheles), Katharina Kammerloher (Sorge) und Roman Trekel (Faust) © Hermann und Clärchen Baus
Berlin

Disturbing scenes: Staatsoper reopens with a messy Faustian hybrid

By , 03 October 2017
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Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 4: Great Birtwistle and Elgar from Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

By , 16 July 2017
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Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 2: A love letter from Berlin as Barenboim and the Staatskapelle make Elgar their own

By , 15 July 2017
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Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Daring and grandeur in the final concert in Barenboim's Schubert cycle

By , 26 June 2017
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Olga Peretyatko (Leïla) © Donata Wenders
Berlin

Wim Wenders successful dive into opera: Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 24 June 2017
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Daniel Barenboim © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Orchestral fireworks: Staatskapelle Berlin at the Philharmonie

By , 05 June 2017
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Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Barenboim's Schubert symphony cycle continues in joyous fashion

By , 25 May 2017
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The Vienna Philharmonic plays Má vlast © Ivan Malý
Prague

A crashing disappointment to open Prague Spring

By , 12 May 2017
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Daniel Barenboim conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra © Jan-Olav Wedin
Stockholm

Strauss' Don Quixote shines alongside a peace message in Stockholm

By , 28 April 2017
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Daniel Barenboim © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Youth and beauty: Barenboim and the Staatskapelle start their Schubert cycle in joyous fashion

By , 22 April 2017
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René Pape (Gurnemanz), Anja Kampe (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal) © Ruth Walz (2015)
Berlin

The Staatsoper's remarkable Parsifal remains as moving as ever

By , 08 April 2017
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Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic © Thomas Bartilla
Berlin

Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic offer style and substance in Mozart and Schoenberg

By , 07 April 2017
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Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © Steve J Sherman
New York City

Sixty years on: Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall

By , 19 January 2017
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Martha Argerich © Silvia Lelli
Milan

Argerich and Barenboim open the season at the Filarmonica della Scala

By , 07 November 2016
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Cecilia Bartoli, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © Thomas Bartilla
Berlin

Cecilia Bartoli and Daniel Barenboim in Berlin Mozart-fest

By , 30 October 2016
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra) and Michael Volle (Orest) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Chéreau's Elektra arrives in Berlin

By , 23 October 2016
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Falk Struckmann (Don Pizarro), Camilla Nylund (Leonore) und Andreas Schager (Florestan) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Harry Kupfer’s Fidelio confuses at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 09 October 2016
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Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 70: Sassy Bruckner from Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

By , 06 September 2016
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Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 69: A ‘Romantic’ encounter with Bruckner from Berlin

By , 05 September 2016
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Encore: Argerich and Barenboim performing Schubert's Rondo in A © BBC / Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 43: Amazingly intimate Liszt from Argerich, precision from Barenboim

By , 17 August 2016
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Iréne Theorin (Buünnhilde) © Monika Rittershaus (2013)
Berlin

Götterdämmerung a musical success at Staatsoper Berlin

By , 19 June 2016
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and Lance Ryan (Siegfried) © Monika Rittershaus (2012)
Berlin

Andreas Schager a sensational Siegfried at Staatsoper Berlin

By , 15 June 2016
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde), Simon O'Neill (Siegmund) and Anja Kampe (Sieglinde) © Monika Rittershaus (2011)
Berlin

A stunning musical achievement: Die Walküre in Berlin

By , 12 June 2016
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Stephan Rügamer (Loge) and Dancers of the Eastman Company © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Berlin

Staatsoper Berlin's Ring revival begins with musically satisfying Rheingold

By , 11 June 2016
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Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman
Berlin

“That I am stuck in music": Martha Argerich’s birthday concert in Berlin

By , 05 June 2016
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Rolando Villazón (Michel) and Magdalena Kožená (Juliette) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

A dream team at Staatsoper Berlin for Martinů's Juliette

By , 28 May 2016
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Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin © Prague Spring Festival 2016 | Ivan Malý
Prague

At Prague Spring, new sounds from an old friend

By , 15 May 2016
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Daniel Barenboim © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Musical opiates: intoxicating Dutilleux in Berlin

By , 09 May 2016
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Plácido Domingo as Simon Boccanegra © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Starry singing, but an underdirected Simon Boccanegra at Staatsoper Berlin

By , 08 May 2016
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Daniel Barenboim and Gustavo Dudamel at the RFH © Southbank Centre / Belinda Lawley
London

“Beer and beard”: Barenboim’s ruminative Brahms with the Bolívars

By , 17 January 2016
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Nina Stemme © Neda Navaee
Vienna

Stemme and Barenboim rapturously received in Musikverein recital

By , 08 November 2015
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Die Meistersinger Act III © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Tradition and transformation of a culture: Staatsoper Berlin's Die Meistersinger

By , 11 October 2015
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Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 44: Barenboim as Bottom? A dream of an evening with the West-Eastern Divan

By , 18 August 2015
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Daniel Barenboim © Silvia Lelli
London

Barenboim in London: Superb Schubert from an Old Master

By , 29 May 2015
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Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © Belinda Lawley
London

“Spirit of delight”: Staggering Elgar from Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

By , 21 April 2015
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Martha Argerich © Belinda Lawley
London

Argerich returns to the adulation of London; Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle impress

By , 20 April 2015
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Lyudmila Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth) and Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) © Mara Eggert | Staatsoper Berlin
Berlin

Monastyrska and Domingo sizzle in Berlin’s Macbeth

By , 07 February 2015
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Anja Kampe (Leonore) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | La Scala
Milan

Warner's electrifying Fidelio starts the season and ends an era at La Scala

By , 13 December 2014
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Waltraud Meier (Isolde, 2000) © Monika Ritterhaus
Berlin

Shattering Tristan und Isolde in Berlin almost unbearably intense

By , 11 October 2014
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Michael Volle (Scarpia) and Anja Kampe (Tosca) © Hermann & Clärchen Baus
Berlin

A bewildering Tosca at Berlin's Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

By , 03 October 2014
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