In the 2021-2022 season, the Mozart Da Ponte trilogy, which director Vincent Huguet and conductor Daniel Barenboim are working on together, will have its (public) premiere: The season’s opening premiere will be on October 3, 2021 with COSÌ FAN TUTTE. The cast includes Federica Lombardi (Fiordiligi), Marina Viotti (Dorabella, role debut), Paolo Fanale (Ferrando), Gyula Orendt (Guglielmo), Barbara Frittoli (Despina, role debut) and Lucio Gallo (Don Alfonso).
The Mozart Da Ponte cycle starts in September with performances of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, for the first time live in front of an audience in 2021-2022. The trilogy will be completed with the premiere of DON GIOVANNI (April 2, 2022). The ensemble of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO includes, among others, Federica Lombardi (Countess Almaviva), Gerald Finley (Count Almaviva), Anna Prohaska (Susanna), Corinna Scheurle (Cherubino) and Ricardo Fassi (Figaro). Michael Volle can be seen in the title role of DON GIOVANNI, alongside Slávka Zámečníková (Donna Anna, role debut), Elsa Dreisig (Donna Elvira, role debut), Serena Sáenz (Zerlina, role debut), Riccardo Fassi (Leporello, role debut), Bogdan Volková (Don Ottavio), David Oštrek (Masetto) and Peter Rose (Komtur), as well as the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor. During FESTTAGE 2022, the three-part cycle can be fully experienced twice.
In addition to the Mozart premieres and the FESTTAGE cycles, Daniel Barenboim will perform at the FESTTAGE concerts in 2022 as a conductor and pianist with the Vienna Philharmonic and with the Staatskapelle Berlin, in the latter concert with Martha Argerich, and as pianist in a recital alongside Cecilia Bartoli. He will also be the musical director of the resumption of Saint-Saëns’s SAMSON ET DALILA and Strauss’s ELEKTRA, four subscription concerts for the Staatskapelle Berlin, and the open-air concerts as part of STAATSOPER FOR ALL on the Bebelplatz. He is also at the podium of the Staatskapelle Berlin at the festivals in Lucerne, Athens, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt.
The world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s SLEEPLESS, conducted by the composer himself and by Maxime Pascal, will be on November 28, 2021. The work, which was commissioned by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, with a libretto by Mari Mezei, is based on the story “Schlaflos” from “Trilogie” by the Norwegian author Jon Fosse: A young couple, Alida and Asle, are wandering through a Norwegian coastal town. It’s cold and Alida is heavily pregnant. With them they have nothing but two bundles and a box containing a violin, an heirloom from his father. Nobody wants to take them in until they finally cannot be turned away. The story is a kind of modern Christmas story with “Bonnie and Clyde” motifs, and delves deep into the challenges and abysses of being human.
The two main roles Alida and Asle are sung by Victoria Randem and Linard Vrielink, both former members of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The Staatskapelle Berlin is playing. The world premiere will be staged by Kornél Mundruczó, the award-winning director of Hungarian film, theater, and opera. He is making his house debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. He has been invited to festivals around the world with his work, as well as to direct at theaters and opera houses in German-speaking and European countries. He made his English-language film debut in 2020 with the drama PIECES OF A WOMAN, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and can currently be seen on Netflix. The leading actress Vanessa Kirby received Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations.
With the premiere of DIE SACHE MAKROPULOS on February 13, 2022, Simon Rattle continues his exploration of central works by Leoš Janáček. The new production will be staged by Claus Guth. The cast includes Marlis Petersen (Emilia Marty, role debut), Nicky Spence (Albert Gregor), Peter Hoare (Vítek) and Bo Skovhus (Jaroslav Prus). The Staatskapelle Berlin is playing.
Along with this new Janáček production comes the public premiere of JENŮFA with Asmik Grigorian in the title role (house debut), the LINDEN-21 production IM NEBEL EIN LICHT – EIN JANÁČEK-STRAUSS-ABEND, concerts, and a Janáček chamber music festival with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
In addition to the premiere of DIE SACHE MAKROPULOS, Simon Rattle will conduct the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra as part of BAROCKTAGE during the resumption of Rameau’s HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE in the 2021-2022 season and, together with Emmanuelle Haïm, will conduct the anniversary concert of Le Concert d’Astrée. In addition, Simon Rattle will organize the fourth subscription concert of the Staatskapelle Berlin with Robert Schumann’s “Das Paradies und die Peri,” with two concerts in Berlin and a guest performance in Hamburg.
Giacomo Puccini’s TURANDOT, staged by film and opera director Philipp Stölzl and conducted by Zubin Mehta, Honorary Conductor of the Staatskapelle Berlin, will be the last premiere of the season on June 18, 2022. The central starting point of Stölzl’s concept is Pang’s exclamation “Turandot does not exist!” – implemented in an oversized animated figure. Anna Netrebko can be seen in the title role (Elena Pankratova at the July dates). The ensemble also includes Yusif Eyvazov, Aida Garifullina (Olga Peretyatko at the July dates, who makes her role debut as Liù), René Pape, who makes his role debut as Timur (Grigory Shkarupa on July 1st), Graham Clark, Gyula Orendt, Siyabonga Maqungo, and Andrés Moreno García. The Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin and the children’s choir will also perform in the production. Giacomo Puccini’s TURANDOT will be complemented in the 2021-2022 program by the resumption of LA BOHÈME, TOSCA, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, and LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST.
IDOMÉNÉE, under the musical direction of Emmanuelle Haïm, is the premiere of BAROCKTAGE on November 5, 2021. This opera by André Campra, a central representative of the French baroque opera, will be seen and heard for the first time at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The tragédie lyrique – which, unlike Mozart’s version, has a tragic end – is staged by Àlex Ollé, one of the six artistic directors of the Barcelona-based theater collective La Fura dels Baus, who is directing the Staatsoper Berlin for the first time. Tassis Christoyannis can be seen in the title role. The cast also includes Chiara Skerath, Hélène Carpentier, Eva Zaïcik, Samuel Boden, and Yoann Dubruque. The orchestral and choral ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée, founded by Emmanuelle Haïm, is playing and is celebrating its 20th anniversary during the BAROCKTAGE in Berlin.
The BAROCKTAGE will take place November 5-14, 2021 and will focus on the rich musical culture of France. In addition to the premiere of Campra’s IDOMÉNÉE, the resumption of Rameau’s HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE is on the festival program, with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Staatsopernchor under the direction of Simon Rattle, and stage and lighting design by Ólafur Elíasson. BAROCKTAGE will also include Christoph Willibald Gluck’s ORFEO ED EURIDICE. In addition to the music theater, the program includes 14 concerts with a focus on French music, as well as the traveling children’s opera THESEUS’ JOURNEY INTO THE UNDERWORLD in cooperation with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. During BAROCKTAGE, the Staatskapelle Berlin will embark on a tour of Europe under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.
LINDEN-21 is comprised of productions and projects that trace the diverse forms of contemporary music theater:
Jürgen Flimm will develop a project under the title IM NEBEL EIN LICHT – EIN JANÁČEK-STRAUSS-ABEND with music by Leoš Janáček and texts by Botho Strauss. This world premiere will include Adrian Heger as musical director and, among others, Martina Gedeck, Meike Droste, Katharina Kammerloher and Roman Trekel as well as members of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
Christian Jost’s chamber opera DIE ARABISCHE NACHT (2007), based on the play of the same name by Roland Schimmelpfennig, will premiere on April 14, 2022 with members of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. This ensemble work tells the story of five lonely people on a sultry city night, and asks What is a dream, what is reality? The production is staged by Marcin Łakomicki and the musical director is Philipp Armbruster, with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin playing.
On May 24, 2022, Thom Luz’s piece WERCKMEISTER HARMONIEN, which was already planned for the 2019-2020 season and had to be postponed due to the pandemic, will premiere in Apollo Hall. Together with the musician and arranger Mathias Weibel, Luz has developed a theatrical language in recent years that combines silence, movement, text, and music into dense, atmospheric, spatial compositions. The basics for a well-tempered piano tuning formulated by the musician and music theorist Andreas Werckmeister in 1682 became the starting point for her first work at the Staatsoper. This production takes place in cooperation with the Theater Gessnerallee Zurich.
LINDEN-21 also features the public premiere of Lucia Ronchetti’s PINOCCHIOS ABENTEUER, staged by Swaantje Lena Kleff, on February 12, 2022 as well as a jazz lounge as part of the BAROCKTAGE on November 13, 2021.