Deutsche Oper Berlin Announces Next Indendant

By David Salazar

The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced that Aviel Cahn will be the company’s next Intendant.

Cahn, who is the current director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, is set to commence his tenure on August 1, 2026. He will succeed Dietmar Schwarz, whose contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin ends in 2025; in between the two tenures, the company will seek out an interim director.

Born in Zürich in 1973, Cahn has worked with such organizations as the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Stadttheater Bern, and Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp.

Cahn’s general philosophy is to bring opera closer to our times, rejuvenating it in the process. He has championed the work of such modern artists as Christoph Waltz, Marina Abramovic, and Dario Fo.