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Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Berlin

Ruth Berghaus’ timeless Barbiere still charms at Unter den Linden

By , 27 April 2019
***11
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Die Meistersinger at the Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Einspringer save the day in a joyous Staatsoper Meistersinger

By , 14 April 2019
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Lauri Vasar, Goran Jurić, Violeta Urmana, Aida Garifullina (Luisa) und Bogdan Volkov © Ruth and Martin Walz
Berlin

Champagne without the fizz: Tcherniakov's new Betrothal in a Monastery in Berlin

By , 13 April 2019
***11
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Charles Workman (Tammu) © Arno Declair
Berlin

Jörg Widmann's Babylon revised for Staatsoper Berlin premiere

By , 09 March 2019
****1
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Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 13 January 2019
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Reinoud Van Mechelen (Hippolyte), Anna Prohaska (Aricie), Staatsopernchor © Karl and Monika Forster
Berlin

Too many mirrors spoil the Staatsoper Berlin's Hippolyte et Aricie

By , 25 November 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
***11
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Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Berlin

A dream staging: Claus Guth's Frau ohne Schatten arrives at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

By , 16 September 2018
****1
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Laura Aikin (Singer) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Berlin

Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo: Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 13 July 2018
***11
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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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Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Berlin

Finely etched: Berghaus' Barbiere at the Staatsoper

By , 24 May 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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Ausrine Stundyte (Salome) and Christian Natter (Oscar Wilde) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

The silvery light of the moon: Neuenfels' bloodless Salome at the Berliner Staatsoper

By , 08 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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Max Emanuel Cenčić (Nerone) and Anna Prohaska (Poppea) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

A heavy crown: austere Monteverdi at the Staatsoper

By , 13 December 2017
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Katrin Wundsam (Hänsel) and Elsa Dreisig (Gretel) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Sweet nothings: a disappointing new Hänsel und Gretel at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 08 December 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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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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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Kát'a Kabanová) © Bernd Uhlig (2014)
Berlin

Cold discomfort: Andrea Breth's uncompromising Kát'a Kabanová at the Staatsoper

By , 14 June 2017
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Charles Castronovo (Faust), Magdalena Kožená (Marguerite) and Florian Boesch (Méphistophélès) © Matthias Baus
Berlin

The Third Reich Show: Terry Gilliam's Damnation de Faust reaches the Staatsoper

By , 27 May 2017
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Abdellah Lasri (Alfredo Germont) and Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Berlin

Cracked mirror: La traviata at Staatsoper Berlin

By , 27 April 2017
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Sarah Grether (Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Empress) © Hans Jörg Michel
Berlin

Fractures made whole: Claus Guth's shattering Frau ohne Schatten at the Berlin Staatsoper

By , 09 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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Michael Rotschopf (Arthur), Ferdinand Kraemer (Young Arthur) and Max Urlacher (Oswald) © Ruth Walz
Berlin

Magnificent music and opulent visuals: Purcell's King Arthur in Berlin

By , 21 January 2017
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Anna Nechaeva (Manon) © Matthias Baus
Berlin

Flimm's Hollywood Manon Lescaut is fleet-footed but effective in Berlin

By , 04 December 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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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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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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Plácido Domingo as Simon Boccanegra © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Starry singing, but an underdirected Simon Boccanegra at Staatsoper Berlin

By , 08 May 2016
***11
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Amor vien al destino: Ensemble © Thomas M. Jauk | Staatsoper Berlin
Berlin

Love comes from fate: René Jacobs conducts the first performance in 300 years

By , 23 April 2016
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Michael Volle (Scarpia) and Anja Kampe (Tosca) © Clarchen Baus 2014
Berlin

Two Toscas a century apart in Berlin

By , 13 October 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
****1
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Peter Moltzen (Samiel) and Anna Prohaska (Ännchen) © Katrin Ribbe
Berlin

A dud bullet: Thalheimer’s Der Freischütz fires blanks at Staatsoper Berlin

By , 06 October 2015
***11
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Berlin

Monastyrska and Domingo sizzle in Berlin’s Macbeth

By , 07 February 2015
****1
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Berlin

In Berlin Claus Guth's Screw turns differently

By , 15 November 2014
****1
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Berlin

Shattering Tristan und Isolde in Berlin almost unbearably intense

By , 11 October 2014
*****
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Berlin

A bewildering Tosca at Berlin's Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

By , 03 October 2014
***11
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Berlin

Candide lights up the stage of the Berlin State Opera

By , 21 September 2014
****1
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Berlin

Dark and dour Traviata disappoints at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 14 September 2014
**111
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Cooperstown

Ariadne in Naxos in New York update at Glimmerglass Festival

By , 22 July 2014
****1
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Berlin

A gorgeously sung and strangely staged Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Berlin Staatsoper

By , 07 June 2014
***11
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Berlin

The progress of a rake in Berlin: Krzysztof Warlikowski's production with the Staatsoper

By , 09 March 2013
***11
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Die Zauberflöte © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Keine museale Aufarbeitung, sondern lebendige Oper: Everdings Zauberflöte in Berlin

By , 28 April 2019
*****
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2016: Waltraud Meier (Klytämnestra) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Irre und traurig: Familiendrama Elektra an der Staatsoper Berlin

By , 27 January 2019
***11
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Abdellah Lasri (Alfredo Germont), Nadine Koutcher (Violetta), Dominic Barberi (Barone Douphol) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Berlin

Du holde Kunst: Elsa Dreisig zieht als Violetta in ihren Bann

By , 14 February 2018
*****
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Die Zarenbraut © Monika Rittershaus | Staatsoper Berlin
Berlin

Der Zaren-Bot schreitet und winkt, die Frauenseele leidet und singt: Die Zarenbraut in Berlin

By , 03 April 2016
*****
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