At today’s Berlin Staatsoper press conference, General Music Director Daniel Barenboim and Artistic Director Jürgen Flimm introduced the 2014/15 season.
Highlights of next season’s program include nine new productions on the big stage as well as six more premieres on the Werkstatt (studio theatre) stage including one world premiere. In addition, the program features 21 operas from the repertoire, more than 80 concerts, the annual FESTTAGE festival at Easter, the fifth presentation of the festival for new musical theatre INFEKTION! and numerous projects by the Junge Staatsoper. Altogether the Staatsoper is offering 309 events.
In the 2014/15 season, Daniel Barenboim will lead a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca in a restaging by Alvia Hermanis. It is the first new production of Tosca at the Berlin house in 38 years. Following this season’s presentation of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Die Zarenbraut, Dmitri Tcherniakov and Daniel Barenboim will again be collaborating in the production of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal as part of the FESTTAGE 2015 program. Also as part of next year’s festival, Staatsoper Berlin will honor the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez with three symphony concerts performed by Wiener Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with Daniel Barenboim as the conductor.
Additionally, the Staatskapelle Berlin will give eight major symphony concerts in the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus. Daniel Barenboim will conduct three of them and perform as a pianist in the fourth. Other notable events include a charity concert to benefit the reconstruction of the Staatsoper, starring Anna Netrebko; the opening concert of the Musikfest Berlin 2014 performed by Staatskapelle Berlin for the first time; a concert with Plácido Domingo as the conductor and Rolando Villazón as the soloist as well as two special concerts with Daniel Barenboim leading works by Alban Berg.
The New Year’s concerts, conducted by Daniel Barenboim and with Rolando Villazón as a guest performer, will revolve around the general repertoire of the Argentinian tango.
The Barenboim cycle comprises seven concerts, including two piano recitals with András Schiff, and one chamber concert with Pinchas Zukerman and Yefim Bronfman.