White Shirt Monday: Shirts of Berlin

[Marijana Mijanovic as Disinganno in Handel’s “Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno”, Zurich 2003. – Photo Credit: via Berliner Staatsoper]

Last week, the announcement for the exiled Berliner Staatsoper’s 2011/12 program came out and there are a few solid reasons to visit the German capital come 2011/12.

Since the 2003 Zurich production and last year’s Beaune concert version with Romina Basso, we know that Handel’s oratorio “Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno” comes with contralto and mezzo lore well worth checking out. The old Zurich production (Berlin is poor, and renovating the Staatsoper costs, too) staged by Jürgen Flimm is bound for Berlin in January 2012, bringing along original conductor Marc Minkowski. Sadly, Mijanovic isn’t included in the package, but the replacement is Delphine Galou. I’d call that Enchantment rather than Disinganno, but I’m in.

Performance dates are Jan. 15th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 27th and 29th, 2012.

Other production of interest include a new “Lulu” staged by Andrea Breth, whose interpretation of the other Berg classic, “Wozzeck”, just came out weeks ago with the Staatsoper – a somber, desolate reading with great insight. Another reason to look forward to “Lulu”, which stars Mojca Erdmann (sensational in last year’s “Dionysos” from Salzburg) as Lulu and Deborah Polaski as Countess Geschwitz (as long as nobody sets Polaski off with the trigger phrase “Ich habe keine guten Nächte”, Jack will survive the night). Barenboim conducts, performance dates are March 31st and April 4th, 9th, 11th and 14th, 2012.

The annual René Jacobs Baroque Event will be de’ Cavalieri’s “Rappresentazione di Animo et di Corpo”, often touted as the first oratorio ever, with Marie-Claude Chappuis on the mezzo side. Achim Freyer stages, Jacobs conducts, and Baroque fans can look forward to another Berlin feast on June 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th, 2012.

In perhaps even more exciting Baroque news, on Jan. 26th and 28th, 2012, there will be a concert version of Carl Heinrich Graun’s (not Vivaldi’s, hence the different spelling) “Montezuma” with Vesselina Kasarova and Pavol Breslik in the lead roles. Have a guess who of those two sings the part of the Aztec king… Michael Hofstetter conducts.

Other notables:

  • In a coproduction with the Scala, Robert Carsen’s “Don Giovanni” reading will stop by at Schillerttheater (June 24th, 27th and 30th, July 3rd and 6th, 2012) with Christopher Maltman as Giovanni and Dorothea Röschmann as Elvira. Also aboard: Anna Netrebko as Donna Anna.
  • Back in the repertory: Chabrier’s “L’étoile”, once more with the stellar Magdalena Kožená in the trouser role of Lazuli (Dec. 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 19th and 22nd, 2011).
  • Also “in coproduction with La Scala”, Federico Tiezzi’s “Some Boccanegra” is back, starring Placido Domingo in the title role and – with special regards to tha dieu – Anja Harteros as Amelia on May 26th, 28th and 31st, 2012.

[Photo Credit: Berliner Staatsoper]

The full season info is at Staatsoper im Schillertheater, here.

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