Komische Oper Berlin 2018-19 Season To Feature Anne Sofie Von Otter & Scott Hendricks

By Logan Martell

The Komische Oper has announced its 2018-19 season featuring a seven new productions and a number of unique rarely performed works.

Here is a look at what the season will offer.


Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” featuring Ales Briscein, Sara Jakubiak, and Gunter Papendell. Robert Carsen directs the rarely performed classic.

Performance Dates: Sept 30; October 6, 14, 31; November 18, 28; December 14, 25, 2018. June 28, 2019

The rarely performed opera  “Der Zauberer von Oz” by Pierangelo Valtinoni will get a new production. Featuring a composition that draws upon jazz as well as grand opera, this production will whisk away the audience to the land of Oz for a re-telling of the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz. The cast includes Alma Sade and Talya Lieberman sharing the role of Dorothy as well as Christoph Spath, Tom Erik Lie, Carsten Sabrowski, Mirka Wagner, and Christiane Oertel

Performance Dates: October 28; November 4, 18, 29; December 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 23, 26, 2018

In celebration of Bernstein’s 100th “Candide” will get a new production by Barrie Kosky featuring two casts. Allan Clayton and Johannes Dunz share the title role with Nicole Chevalier and Nora Friedrichs alternating Cunegonde. Franz Hawlata, and  Anne Sofie von Otter will round out the cast.

Performance Dates: November 24; December 1, 12, 21, 31, 2018. January 10, 25; February 3; March 27; April 3; June 30, 2019

Paul Abraham’s “Viktoria und ihr Husar” in a production that is set to feature Johannes Dunz and Vera-Lotte Bocker. Stefan Soltesz conducts.

Performance Dates: December 23, 30, 2018

Barrie Kosky directs a new production of Puccini’s timeless classic “La Boheme” starring Nadja Mchantaf and Heather Engebretson alternating Mimi. Liparit Avetisyan is Rodolfo while Gunter Papendell and Huw Montague Rendall share the role of Marcello and Vera-Lotte Bocker and Hyesang Park alternate Musetta. Jordan de Souza conducts.

Performance Dates: January 27; February 2, 8, 14; March 17, 22, 30; April 4, 19, 28; May 15; June 29, 2019

Harry Kupfer directs Handel’s “Poros” with Dominik Koninger in the title role. Ruzan Mantashyan, Philipp Meierhofer, and Eric Jurenas also star.

Performance Dates: March 16, 29; April 13, 20; May 4, Jun 25, 2019

Moritz Eggert’s “M: Eine Stadt sucht einen Morder” will get a world premiere. The one-act operatic adaption of Fritz Lang’s classic film “M,” set to a libretto by Barrie Kosky and Ulrich Lenz will star Scott Hendricks in the title role.

Performance Dates: May 5, 11, 24; June 9, 22, 26, 2019

Christoph Marti and Johannes Dunz will star in Paul Abraham’s “Roxy und ihr Wunderteam.” Barrie Kosky directs a new production with Ainārs Rubiķis conducting.

Performance Dates: May 31; June 7, 13, 15, 19, 27, 2019

Repertory Productions

Nadja Mchantaf headlines a revival of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” with Doris Lamprect, Karolina Gumos, Nora Friedrichs, and Werner van Mechelen.

Performance Dates: November 2, 1, 16, 30; December 7, 19, 28, 2018.

Koen Schoots conducts Jerry Bock’s “Anatevka” A.K.A. “Fiddler on the Roof.” The work will star Max Hopp, Markus John, Dagmar Manzel, Talya Lieberman, Alma Sade, Maria Fiselier, Jens Larsen, and Carsten Sabrowski

Performance Dates: September 15, 21; October 7, 26; November 9, 26, 27; December 11, 15, 20, 26, 2018. January 6, 18, 30; February 7, 2019

Under the direction of Koen Schoots, Bernstein’s musical “West Side Story” will be making a return this season, with choreography by Otto Pichler. Alma Sade and Jasmina Sakr will share the role of Maria while Tansel Akzeybek and Johannes Dunz will alternate Tony.

Performance Dates: February 10, 16, 20, 23, 24, 27, 28; March 9, 20, 23; April 5, 18, 26, 27; May 18, 2019

Mussorgsky’s “Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi” rarely staged opera will be revived in Barrie Kosky’s production. Jens Larsen, Agnieszka Rehlis, Mirka Wagner, and Tom Erik Lie star.

Performance Dates: May 9, 16, 23, 26; June 12, 2019

Paul Abraham’s “Ball im Savoy” which tells a hectic tale of a newlywed couple whose fidelity is put to the test, featuring music with Berlin, Hungarian, Viennese, and Yiddish influences will be revived in Barrie Kosky’s production. Christoph Spath, Dagmar Manzel, and Helmut Baumann star with Adam Benzwi conducting.

Performance Dates: March 21, 28; April 6, 22; May 12, 19; June 2, 16, 2019


Strauss’ work on love and the passage of time “Der Rosenkavalier” will be conducted by Ainars Rubikis, newly-appointed to the position of Komische Oper’s General Music Director. Johanni van Oostrum leads the cast that  includes Jens Larsen, Karolina Gumos, and Vera-Lotte Bocker

Performance Dates: June 8, 10, 18, 23, 2019

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” is set to star Vera-Lotte Bocker, Tansel Akzeybek, Emil Tawecki, Adrian Strooper, Nora Friedrichs, Aleksandra Olczyk, Andreas Bauer, Tijl Faveyts, Jens Larsen, Dominik Koninger, Tom Erik Lie, and Philipp Meierhofer. The classic Barrie Kosky production will be conducted by Ainārs Rubiķis.

Performance Dates: September 8, 23, 28; October 21; November 4, 2018

Stefan Herheim’s production of Offenbach’s “Blaubart” will be revived with Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Peter Renz, Christiane Oertel, Vera-Lotte Bocker, and Tom Erik Lie starring.

Performance Dates: October 3, 11, 19, 30; November 3, 10; December 2, 9, 2018

Dagmar Manzel headlines  Straus’ “Die Perlen der Cleopatra” with Stefan Sevenich also starring. Adam Benzwi conducts a cast that also includes Dominik Koninger, Johannes Dunz, and Peter Renz.

Performance Dates: December 6, 13, 22, 27, 2018. January 4, 11, 20, 2019

Tobias Ribitzki production of Attila Kadri Sendil’s “Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten” will be revived with Casten Sabrowski, Carina Schmieger, Christiane Oertel, and Christian Tschelebiew.

Performance Dates: February 20, 21, 24; March 10, 22; April 1, 2, 2019

Prokofiev’s “Die Lebe zu drei Orangen” reknown work is set to feature Svetlana Sozdateleva, Philipp Meierhofer, Jens Larsen, and Johannes Dunz in what should be a delightful evening.

Performance Dates: October 13, 20, 27; November 17; December 8, 16, 2018

Oscar Straus’ “Eine Frau, die weib, was sie will!” will also be featured in a production that will see Dagmar Manzel and Max Hopp sharing twenty roles between the two of them in what will no doubt be a night of operatic comedy.

Performance Dates: January 13; February 17; March 8, 31, 2019

Celebrating over 60 years since the premiere of Lerner and Loewe’s touching rags-to-riches musical “My Fair Lady” will feature a cast that includes Max Hopp and Katharine Mehrling.

Performance Dates: January 5, 12, 19, 26, 31; March 24; April 2; May 1, 2019

A unique double bill will get a revival. The evening will feature Stravinsky’s “Petruschka” and Maurice Ravel’s  “L’Enfant et les Sortileges.” Tiago Alexandre Fonseca, Pauliina Rasanen, Slava Volkov, Emily Edmonds, Katarzyna Wlodarczyk, and Caren van Oijen star. Gabriel Feltz conducts.

Performance Dates: April 10, 21; May 3, 6, 17, 25, 29; June 11, 17, 20, 2019


Ainars Rubikis and Martin Grubinger

This will be Ainars Ribikis’ concert debut at the Komische Oper Berlin, with famed percussionist Martin Grubinger, performing Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”

Performance Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Ainars Rubikis and Fazil Say

Rubikis will be joined by conductor and pianist Fazil Say to perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety” and Anton Bruckner’s “7th Symphony.”

Performance Date: Friday, November 23, 2018

Ainars Rubikis and Daniel Lozakovich

Rubikis will be joined by 17-year-old violin virtuoso Daniel Lozakovich to perform Ludwig von Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61.”

Performance Dates: Friday, February 1, 2019

Hermann Baumer and Midori

General Music Director of the Staatstheater Mainz, Hermann Baumer, will be joined by Japanese violin virtuoso Midori, who made her debut at the age of 11 at Avery Fisher Hall. The program features Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 5 Op. 82,” and Robert Schumann’s “Concert for Violin and Orchestra in D minor.”

Performance Date: Friday, February 22, 2019

Jose Luis Gomez and Gabriela Montero

Piano virtuoso Gabriela Montero is sure to dazzle audiences with her talent for improvisation as she plays Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 14,” and Shostakovich’s 1st “Concerto for Piano.”

Performance Date: Friday, April 12, 2019

Kristiina Poska and Tine Thing Helseth

ECHO Klassik Award-winning trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth will be performing Joseph Haydn’s “Concert for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat Major,” and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4 in E Minor Op. 98.”

Performance Date: Friday, May 10, 2019

Rudolf Buchbinder

Renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4,” Mozart’s “Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 9 in E Major,” and more.

Performance Date: Friday June 21, 2019

New Year’s Concert: Dance!

Featuring selections from Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances” in addition to opera favorites such as “Se vuol ballare” from “The Marriage of Figaro,” and “Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen.”

Performance Date: January 1, 2019

Surprise Concert

Performance Date: March 31, 2019. 11 UHR

Chamber Concerts

Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du soldat”

Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Stravinsky’s work.

Performance Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Around Bernstein

Featuring the music of Ives, Copland, William Schuman, and Cole Porter.

Performance Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018

Mendelssohn – Schumann – Brahms

Works for cello and piano.

Performance Date: Monday, February 11, 2019

Spatromantisch or “Late Romantic”

Featuring works by Strauss, Zemlinsky, and Schreker.

Performance Date: Friday, March 15, 2019

Curtain Up!

The young artists of the orchestra’s academy will perform a concert. Program TBA.

Performance Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019

A Musical Joke!

With works from Mozart, Shostakovich, and Hindemith.

Performance Date: Monday, June 24, 2019

Mazel Tov!

Featuring the saxophone quartet of Berlin.

Performance Date: Friday, October 26, 2018

One Touch of Genius!

Featuring the song of Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Weill performed by mezzo-soprano Fredrika Brillembourg and pianist Frank Schulte.

Performance Date: Friday, November 23, 2018

Songs and Ballads

Honoring the 150th anniversary of Carl Loewe’s death, with Jens Larsen on bass and Norbert Biermann on piano.

Performance Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019


Works by Moritz Eggert, Michael Beil, and Christoph Breidler, with mezzo-soprano Ursula Hesse, and baritone Dominik Koninger.

Performance Date: Friday, May 10, 2019