« The singing this evening, from a cast of young International singers, was solid to stellar, a reminder that it is possible to enjoy an evening at the opera where genuine attention is paid not to the director’s concept but to the quality of musical performance. Ako Imamura, Bachtrack, October 2015 »
looking back at the 2015-16 season
Political intrigues in exotic settings lie at the heart of three new productions at Deutsche Oper next season, headed by a rare outing for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in its original version, as left by the composer, under the title Vasco de Gama.
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Strauss R.: Salome
Jeffrey Tate; Claus Guth; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Muriel Gerstner; Catherine Naglestad; Manuela Uhl
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Daniel Cohen; Roland Schwab; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Piero Vinciguerra; Renée Listerdal; Davide Luciano; Laura Aikin
Paolo Arrivabeni; Keith Warner; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Tilo Steffens; Julia Müer; Dalibor Jenis; Liudmyla Monastyrska
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People who claim that opera is nothing more than a glorified pantomime would have their prejudices confirmed at Deutsche Oper Berlin's Un ballo in maschera. This is, however, high praise. It’s an evening of camp entertainment, not a philosophy lesson.
Meyerbeer's little performed work is given an enthusiastic rendering, with star singing from a big cast led by Flórez, Ciofi and Jerkunica. David Alden's quality Personenregie makes up for some unconvincing setting choices.
Deutsche Oper Berlin's revival of Parsifal features a brilliant musical performances to override the production's focus on the dark side of religion.