The concert program focuses on a composer who seems to go particularly well with SLEEPLESS. The symphonies and instrumental concerts will be played with the Staatskapelle, and members of the Staatskapelle will also present chamber music works. There is also a focus on contemporary compositions with works by Peter Eötvös, Benjamin Attahir, and Luca Francesconi.

The Staatskapelle Berlin plays 16 large symphony concerts with eight programs in Berlin – in the opera house Unter den Linden and in the Philharmonie. There are four double appointments under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. The other subscription concerts will be conducted by Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, and Herbert Blomstedt. Soloists include Martha Argerich (piano), Kian Soltani (cello), Frank Peter Zimmermann and Renaud Capuçon (violin), and vocal soloists: Elza van den Heever, Lucy Crowe, Anna Prohaska, Siobhan Stagg, Miah Persson (soprano), Elīna Garanča, Anna Lapkovskaja (alto), Siyabonga Maqungo, Andrew Staples, Linard Vrielink, Peter Sonn (tenor), Florian Boesch (baritone) and David Oštrek (bass). The Staatsopernchor is also involved in three of these programs.

The 2022 FESTTAGE concert program will focus on two symphony concerts with Mozart works: on April 6 with the Vienna Philharmonic and on April 13 with the Staatskapelle Berlin – with Daniel Barenboim as conductor and pianist, and on April 13 with Martha Argerich as a soloist. At the concert with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the program is completed by Bruckner’s 4th Symphony. There is also a recital with Anne-Sophie Mutter as a soloist, with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Franck (April 8) as well as recitals with Renée Fleming, which can be experienced for the first time at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (April 13), as well Cecilia Bartoli, who will be accompanied as pianist by Daniel Barenboim on April 15. In addition, the Children’s Opera Orchestra will play a concert as part of the FESTTAGE under the direction of Giuseppe Mentuccia (April 16).

The 14 BAROCKTAGE concerts (November 5-14) are dedicated to newly-discovered French music with composers such as André Campra, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Baptiste Lully, François Couperin, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe or Jean Marais. The guests include Nikolaus Habjan, Ines Schüttengruber, Le Concert des Nations under Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset with Les Talens Lyriques, Dorothee Oberlinger and the Ensemble 1700 along with Hille Perl and François Lazarevich, Ottavio Dantone and the Accademia Bizantina, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jean Rondeau, the Academy for Early Music and the Ensemble {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna! under the direction of Martyna Pastuszka.

Together with Emmanuelle Haïm, Simon Rattle will be conducting the anniversary concert of Le Concert d’Astrée on November 8, 2021 – with Magdalena Kožená, Lea Desandre, and Sandrine Piau as soloists. As part of the BAROCKTAGE and LINDEN-21 there will be a jazz lounge with students from the Jazz Institute Berlin, and children’s concerts under the motto “From Orpheus and Eurydice” with members of the Academy for Early Music. The BAROCKTAGE concerts take place in the Apollo Hall, the Great Hall, the Old Orchestra Rehearsal Hall and the Pierre Boulez Hall.

GASTSPIELE will take the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim to the Lucerne Festival in August 2021 and on a concert tour to Athens, Milan, Geneva, Madrid, Vienna, and Zurich (October / November 2021). In January 2022, guest performances will follow to Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt. At the center of the tours are Robert Schumann’s and Johannes Brahms’s symphonies 1-4. The program is complemented by symphonic works by Beethoven and Schubert. In addition to the concert tours with its general music director, the Staatskapelle Berlin will give another guest performance in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in February 2022, with Robert Schumann’s “Das Paradies und die Peri” under the direction of Simon Rattle.


The SONDERKONZERTEN include the New Year concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin on December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022 under the musical direction of Andrés Orozco-Estrada and with Elsa Dreisig as soloist, featuring works by Richard Strauss. They also include a summer concert with works by Stravinsky, Debussy, and Ravel conducted by Alain Altinoglu in July 2022, the STAATSOPER FOR ALL concerts, and two programs in the Pierre Boulez Saal with James Gaffigan and András Schiff, who will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerts.

Under the musical direction of Ilan Volkov, the Staatskapelle Berlin will also stage the world premiere of the State Ballet by Georg Friedrich Haas, ”SYM-PHONIE 2020,” with choreography by Sasha Waltz (world premiere: March 13, 2022).

The chamber concerts, with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin, that flank the symphony concerts will focus on the chamber music work of Robert Schumann. There will also be a Janáček Chamber Music Festival with works by Leoš Janáček and other Czech composers.

Other concert formats include Prussian court music, Sunday matinees in the Bode Museum, recitals in the Apollo Hall with singers from the ensemble, the Advent concert of the children’s choir of the State Opera, other choir concerts, children’s concerts for different age groups, school and family concerts in the Great Hall, concerts and public masterclasses with the International Opera Studio and the orchestra academy at the Staatskapelle Berlin, a satellite concert for the world premiere of SLEEPLESS with works by Peter Eötvös, concerts by the Musicbanda Franui, the Mecklenburgische Wind Academy, and a CD release of Richard Strauss’s serenades and sonatinas for wind ensemble with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin.

There are five recitals on the program in the Great Hall with Sonya Yoncheva (December 6), Juan Diego Flórez (house debut, December 17), Lise Davidsen (January 6), Renée Fleming (house debut, FESTTAGE concert on December 13) and Cecilia Bartoli (FESTTAGE concert on April 15).

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