Berlin is certainly one of the most dynamic, alternative and surprising cities in the world. This capital with a thousand faces will sweep you up in a unique whirlwind in any season. Climb to the top of the television tower on Alexanderplatz (368m) to take the full, 360° pulse of this intoxicating city. The Feuerle Collection is an incredible private art collection displayed in a former Second World War bunker; it exhibits works from China and South-East Asia, as well as contemporary art. In February, we can’t miss a trip to the astounding Postdamer Platz: that is where the famous Berlinale – Berlin’s International Film Festival – is held, with stars of the seventh art parading on the red carpet right before our eyes!
Boasting a magnificent history, the prestigious Berlin Staatsoper offers a magnificent musical weekend. On Friday, delve into the intense Médée by Cherubini in the company of red-hot Sonya Yoncheva. On Saturday, surrender to the Viennese magic of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by the formidable Zubin Mehta. On Sunday, legendary Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboïm present an impressive Ravel-Stravinsky programme, crowned by a beautiful Rite of Spring!
À 19h30, au Staatsoper Berlin :
MÉDÉE, by L. Cherubini
Orchestre Staatskapelle Berlin
Oksana Lyniv : Conductor
Andrea Breth : Director
Sonya Yoncheva : Médée
Francesco Demuro : Jason
Ian Paterson : Créon
Elsa Dreisig : Dircé
Marina Prudenskaya : Néris
Serena Sáenz : Confidente de Dircé
Brahms considered it “the apex of dramatic music”. A work spanning classicism and romanticism, Chérubini’s Médée (1797) is enjoying a brilliant resurrection. After her unforgettable Tosca and Traviata, Sonya Yoncheva once again takes up this overwhelmingly dramatic and expressive role. The Bulgarian soprano’s presence has already been compared with that of Maria Callas, another star to have performed the role! Moreover, the Berlin production relies on the original version in French and can count on the moving embodiments of Francesco Demuro as Jason, Iain Paterson as Créon, and the wonderful Elsa Dreisig as Dircé. All conducted by the great Daniel Barenboïm.
At 6 pm at the Staatsoper :
DER ROSENKAVALIER, by R. Strauss
Orchestre Staatskapelle Berlin
Zubin Mehta : Conductor
André Heller : Director
Camilla Nylund : The Marschallin
René Pape : Baron Ochs de Lerchenau
Michèle Losier : Octavian
Roman Trekel : Herr von Faninal
Nadine Sierra : Sophie von Faninal
Anna Samuil : Marianne Letmetzerin
Karl-Michael : Ebner Valzacchi
Katharina Kammerloher : Aninna
Erik Rosenius : A police inspector
Florian Hoffmann : Faninal’s Major-Domo
Frederic Jost : A notary
Andrés Moreno García : An innkeeper
Atalla Ayan : An Italian singer
Victoria Randem : A milliner
Linard Vrielink : A vendor of pets
Created in 1911 in Dresden, Der Rosenkavalier is the most delightful entertainment. The first collaboration between composer Richard Strauss and poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the work serves as a striking stylistic turnaround following the provocative scandals of Elektra and Salomé. With incomparable grace, the two artists portray a divine comedy on the passing of time. For this new production, the Staatsoper gathered together an explosive team with famous Austrian director André Heller (former situationist artist become circus manager and producer!) and the most dazzling cast: Camilla Nylund as the Marschallin, René Pape, Michèle Losier and Nadine Sierra… The legendary Indian conductor Zubin Mehta, trained in Vienna, completes the promise of an exceptional evening.
At 8pm at the Staatsoper :
Zubin Mehta : Direction musicale
Martha Argerich : Piano
– M. Ravel : « La Valse », concerto in G major
– I. Strawinsky : « Rite of Spring »
At around 1900, Symbolism exalted the pastel hues and fleeting nature of life. Ten years later, the change was brutal: the Russian Ballets brought a gust of energy and rhythms through a new generation of composers. In a little more than ten minutes, La Valse is an orchestral cataclysm from which no one will emerge unscathed. A few years later, Ravel injected an irresistible blast of piano jazz into his famous Concerto in G major. But it was undoubtedly Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring that truly established this new world. Assisted by the great Martha Argerich in Ravel’s concerto, Daniel Barenboïm conducts the sublime Staatskapelle Berlin in this moment of earthiness and vital force.