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Performer: Staatsoper Berlin

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BerlinIl barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Julien Salemkour; Ruth Berghaus; Staatsoper Berlin; Achim Freyer; Marianne Crebassa; Maxim Mironov

BerlinDie Zauberflöte (Schinkel)

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Thomas Guggeis; August Everding; Staatsoper Berlin; Fred Berndt; Dorothée Uhrmacher; Peter Sonn; Evelin Novak

BerlinTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Domingo Hindoyan; Alvis Hermanis; Staatsoper Berlin; Kristīne Jurjāne; Sonya Yoncheva; Teodor Ilincăi

BerlinPelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Maxime Pascal; Ruth Berghaus; Staatsoper Berlin; Hartmut Meyer; Marianne Crebassa; Rolando Villazón

BerlinRigolettoNew production

Verdi: Rigoletto
Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Bartlett Sher; Staatsoper Berlin; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Christopher Maltman; Nadine Sierra
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Einspringer save the day in a joyous Staatsoper Meistersinger

Die Meistersinger at the Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
There's little to like in Andrea Moses' production, but a fine cast and glorious playing and conducting make for an enthralling performance of Wagner's grand comedy.  
****1
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Champagne without the fizz: Tcherniakov's Betrothal in a Monastery

Lauri Vasar, Goran Jurić, Violeta Urmana, Aida Garifullina (Luisa) und Bogdan Volkov © Ruth and Martin Walz
The Russian director's role play production of Prokofiev's comedy falls flat at the Staatsoper.
***11
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Jörg Widmann's Babylon revised for Staatsoper Berlin premiere

Charles Workman (Tammu) © Arno Declair
Widmann packs everything into Babylon – from classical arias to dissonant clusters, military marches, film music and a few chamber music moments.
****1
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Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus

The world is sinking in "Violet Snow", as the opera by Beat Furrer, directed by Claus Guth, is given its world premiere at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. 

****1
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Too many mirrors spoil the Staatsoper's Hippolyte et Aricie

Reinoud Van Mechelen (Hippolyte), Anna Prohaska (Aricie), Staatsopernchor © Karl and Monika Forster
Excellent musical performances are confounded by clumsy, unimaginative staging in Rameau's explosive first opera.
**111
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