Komische Oper Berlin Announces Changes To 2020-21 Season

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
( Credit: Gunnar Geller)

The Komische Oper Berlin has announced that it will remain shut down until at least Easter 2021, due to continued concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

The opera house has officially stated that the productions of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Les Boréades,” George Enescu’ s “Œdipe,” and Jacques Offenbach’s opera “Orphée aux enfers” will be postponed until future seasons. The Komische Oper plans to stage the productions of Johan Strauss’ “Die Rache der Fledermaus,” Michael Endes’ “Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer,” and Johan Strauss’ operetta “Der Zigeunerbaron” for the resumption of performances in the 2020-21 season taking into account possible COVID-19 related restrictions.

Rameau’s “Les Boréades” was supposed to spotlight Anne-Catherine Gillet, Emmanuelle de Negri, Mathias Vidal, Tom Erik Lie, Philipp Meierhöfer, Mark Milhofer, and Evan Hughes. Konrad Junghänel was supposed to conduct the production by Barrie Kosky.

Enescu’ s “Œdipe” was set to showcase Leigh Melrose, Jens Larsen, Joachim Goltz, Vazgen Gazaryan, Carsten Sabrowski, Alexander Fedorov, Christoph Späth, Karolina Gumos, and Nadja Mchantaf. Ainārs Rubiķis was signed on to conduct the production by Evgeny Titov.

Offenbach’s opera “Orphée aux enfers” originally featured a cast including Tansel Akzeybek, Sydney Mancasola, Max Hopp, Jennifer Larmore, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Günter Papendell, Karolina Gumos, Alma Sadé, Maria Fiselier, Nadine Weissmann, and Peter Renz. Adrien Perruchon was supposed to conduct the production by Barrie Kosky.

Berlin’s opera houses have already decided to shut down until Easter 2021 as a result of the continued spread of pandemic.