Thursday, April 27, 2006

Berlin State Opera's 2006-07 Season To Celebrate European Music Drama From Monteverdi To Robert Wilson, Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, And Chen Shi-Zhen

"The Berlin State Opera's 2006-07 season will include a new work by the "virtual rock band" Gorillaz, a double bill from director Robert Wilson, and new productions of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Busoni's Doktor Faust, Massenet's Manon, and Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, as well as a pairing of Monteverdi's scena Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and his Marian Vespers.

The season opens on September 2 with Wilson's production of Schoenberg's Ewartung, preceded by a scene from his 1970 theater work Deafman Glance, restaged as The Murder From "Deafman Glance." Soprano Anja Silja and Wilson himself will appear in the scene. Music director Daniel Barenboim will conduct Ewartung.

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the musician and animator who create Gorillaz's animated rock videos, will collaborate with director Chen Shi-Zheng on Money Journey to the West, based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Xi You Ji ("Journey to the West") by Wu Cheng'en. The production comes to Berlin late July 2007 after premiering at the Manchester International Festival.

Manon, a co-production with Los Angeles Opera, will star soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazón as Manon and Des Grieux; choreographer Vincent Paterson will direct. The Monteverdi double bill will be staged by Luk Perceval and conducted by René Jacobs.

Revivals include Parsifal with René Pape and Plácido Domingo; Pape also sings Phillip II in Don Carlo and the title role of Boris Godunov . Waltrand Meier appears as Isolde and Aida." ...

Ben Mattison "Berlin State Opera Announces 2006-07 Season" Apr 26 2006

Demonstration am 1.Mai 1949 Unter den Linden Berlin 1949

The Berlin State Opera, in partial ruins, is on the left-center background of the image.

Photo credit: Archives of the German Historical Museum [DHM]. With thanks.


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