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May 2020

Opera and poem by Richard Wagner
First performed on 26th July, 1882 in Bayreuth
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 21. October, 2012

Recommended from 15 years on

In German language with German and English surtitles

5 hrs 30 mins / 2 intervals

Program and cast

Conductor: Donald Runnicles

Stage Production: Philipp Stölzl

Co-Regie: Mara Kurotschka

Stage-Design: Conrad Moritz Reinhardt, Philipp Stölzl

Costume-Design: Kathi Maurer

Light-Design: Ulrich Niepel

Chorus Master: Jeremy Bines

Children's Chorus: Christian Lindhorst

Amfortas: Simon Keenlyside

Titurel Andrew Harris

Gurnemanz: Günther Groissböck

Parsifal: Klaus Florian Vogt

Klingsor: Derek Welton

Kundry: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

First Knight of the Grail: Clemens Bieber

Second Knight of the Grail: Byung Gil Kim

First Squire: Alexandra Hutton

Second Squire: Annika Schlicht

Third Squire: Andrei Danilov

Fourth Squire: Robert Watson

Klingsor´s Flower Maiden: Flurina Stucki, Alexandra Hutton, Irene Roberts, Meechot Marrero, Annika Schlicht

A Voice: Annika Schlicht

Chorus: Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Dance: Opernballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg—the "richest town of Prussia"—according to plans designed by Heinrich Seeling from 1911. It opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter. After the incorporation of Charlottenburg by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.

Deutsches Opernhaus, 1912
With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, the opera was under control of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to Deutsches Opernhaus, competing with the Berlin State Opera in Mitte controlled by his rival, the Prussian minister-president Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098. Carl Ebert, the pre-World War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather than endorse the Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the Glyndebourne opera festival in England. He was replaced by Max von Schillings, who acceded to enact works of "unalloyed German character". Several artists, like the conductor Fritz Stiedry or the singer Alexander Kipnis followed Ebert into emigration. The opera house was destroyed by a RAF air raid on 23 November 1943. Performances continued at the Admiralspalast in Mitte until 1945. Ebert returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the opera house was rebuilt. The sober design by Fritz Bornemann was completed on 24 September 1961. The opening production was Mozart's Don Giovanni. The new building opened with the current name.

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© © 2012 // Matthias Baus
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© © 2012 // Matthias Baus
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