Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazán & Rene Pape Headline Staatsoper Berlin’s 2017-18 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Berlin Staatsoper has announced its 2017-18 season with a lineup of superstars.

New Productions

The opera with a new production of Schumann’s oratorio “Szenen aus Goethes Faust” directed by Jürgen Flimm. Daniel Barenboim conducts the production which is set to star Roman Trekel and Rene Pape.

The company will then present the chamber opera “Rivale” followed by the kinderoper “Der Unglaubliche Spota.”

Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” will get a new production by Achim Freyer. Roman Trekel and Marina Prudenskaya will star alongside Katrin Wundsam and Elsa Dreisig.

Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” will get a new production by Eva-Maria Höckmayr with Max Emanuel Cencic and Anna Prohaska starring the lead roles.

In February Andreas Schager and Anja Kampe star in a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Dmitri Tcherniakov directing the production. Daniel Barenboim conducts one of his signature pieces.

Strauss’ “Salome” opens in March with Ausrine Stundyte in the title role. Hans Neuenfels directs the production, which will be conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Verdi’s “Falstaff” will also get a new production with Michael Volle in the title role and Maria Agresta as Alice Ford. Mario Martone directs with Daniel Barenboim in the pit. Francesco Demuro and Nadine Sierra round out the cast.

Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko reunite for a new production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Harry Kupfer directing. Daniel Barenboim conducts the production which is slated for June.


The Staatsoper will revive Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczala, Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” with Anna Prohaska, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Christopher Maltman and Dorothea Röschmann and Strauss’ “Ariadne Auf Naxos” with Anna Samuil, Roberto Sacca and Brenda Rae.

Elsa Dreisig and Ailyn Pérez will share the title role in Verdi’s “La Traviata” while Nina Stemme, Rene Pap, and Andreas Schager will revive Wagner’s “Parsifal.”

Britten’s ‘The Turn of the Screw” returns with Anna Samuil as well as Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Dmitry Korchak and Tarra Erraught. Debussy’s ‘Pelléas et Mélisande” also gets a revival with Rolando Villazón, Marianne Crebassa and Michael Volle.

Puccini’s “Tosca” returns with Yusif Eyvazov, Adrianne Pieczonka and Luca Salsi. The company will also present Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Eurdice” starring Elsa Dreisig to conclude the season.