What’s cookin’ in Berlin this week?

The Deutsche Oper is continuing its 19th-century opera marathon with performances of Rossini’s Semiramide (today), Verdi’s La Traviata (Thursday), Léo Delibes’ ballet Sylvia (Friday), the Verismo-potpourri Cavalleria rusticana | Pagliacci by Mascagni and Leoncavallo (Saturday), and on Sunday Weber’s Freischütz.

The Staatsoper is still worshipping Anna N. with performances of Manon on Thursday and Sunday (this picture says it all). Additionally, they will stage Salome and La Forza del Destino on Friday and Saturday.

Like always, the best place for opera is the Komische Oper this week. They’ll be giving Don Giovanni in a staging by Peter Konwitschny on Friday, a charming staging of Hoffmanns Erzählungen on Saturday, and Gluck’s Iphigenie auf Tauris on Sunday.

In the Philharmonie you can hear the Spectrum Concerts Berlin with Schumann, Hindemith, and Ernst Toch on Thursday.

The Konzerthaus has chamber music (Weber, op. 34 and Schubert, D. 803) on Friday and a concert with an interesting program on Saturday and Sunday:

  • Haydn: Symphony No. 88, G-Major Hob I:88
  • Lachenmann’s Air for orchestra and percussion solo.
  • Anton Bruckner: Adagio from the String Quintet in F-Major (orchestra version)
  • Richard Strauss: Don Juan, op. 20

The DSO is doing Dukas and Williams on Saturday, while the RSB will present works by Zemlinsky and Sibelius on Friday.

All in all, not a bad week for Berlin.


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