Pretty Yende, Diana Damrau & Russell Thomas Headline Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

( Photo credit: Manfred Brückels)

The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced its 2018-19 season featuring seven new productions and numerous revivals. The season will also include some of today’s biggest stars as well numerous ensemble members.

Here is a look!

New Productions 

Johan Reuter takes on the title role in Berg’s “Wozzeck” in a new production by Ole Anders Tanberg’s new production. Elena Zhidkova takes on the role of Marie while Burkhard Ulrich is Hauptmann. Donald Runnicles conducts the new production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 5-Nov. 15, 2018

Laurent Pelly directs a new production of Offenbach’s classic “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” with Daniel Johannson and Robert Watson sharing the title role. Kathryn Lewek takes on all four heroines alongside Heather Engebretson. Alex Esposito rounds out the cast with Enrique Mazzola conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 1, 2018-Jan. 12, 2019 

Pretty Yende and Venera Gimadieva headline a new production of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” with Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito directing. Diego Fasolis conducts a cast that will also include Lawrence Brownlee and Rene Barbera.

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-May 25, 2019

Emily Magee leads Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg” in a new production by Tobias Kratzer. David Butt Philip stars in the title role with Donald Runnicles conducting.

Performance Dates: March 24-April 12, 2019

Glanert’s “Oceane” gets a new production directed by  Robert Carsen. Donald Runnicles and Stephan Zilias share the pit with Maria Bengtsson taking on the title role and Nicolai Schukoff. Doris Soffel and Christoph Pohl round out the cast.

Performance Dates: April 28-May  24, 2019

Alex Esposito takes on the title role in Massenet’s “Don Quichotte” with Clémentine Margaine and Irene Robert sharing the role of Dulcinee. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the rarely performed work and Jakop Ahlbom directs a new production.

Performance Dates: May 30-June 18, 2019

Diana Damrau and Florian Sempey lead concert performances of Thomas‘ “Hamlet.” Yves Abel conducts the opera which is also set to star Nicola Teste and Philippe Talbot.

Performance Dates: June 24-29, 2019

Repertoire (In order of composer)

Klaus Florian Vogt leads Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust” with Irene Roberts and Roberto Tagliavini. Donald Runnicles leads the revival.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-20, 2018

Ronnita Miller and Thomas Blondelle lead Berlioz’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Thomas Sonndergard conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept.6-10, 2018

Irene Roberts and Stephanie d’Oustrac sing the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen.” Three tenors take on the role of Don Jose including Brian Jagde, Robert Watson, and Joseph Calleja. Stephan Zilias and Jacques Lacombe alternate conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 6-June 22, 2019

Rocio Perez and Svetlana Moskalenko take on the title role in Donizetti’s tragic “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Joseph Calleja and Rene Barbera alternate Edgardo with Derek Welton and Noel Bouley rounding out the cast.

Performance Dates: Feb. 4-15, 2019

Roberto Alagna and María Jose Siri lead Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier” with Roman Burdenko rounding out the cast. Giampaolo Maria Bisanti conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 5, 2018

Janacek’s “Vec Makropulos” gets a revival with Evelyn Herlitzius singing the role of Emilia Marty and Marko Letonja conducting.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10-22, 2018

Moritz Gnann leads Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” which comes in time for the holiday season.

Performance Dates: Dec. 22, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019

Samuel Dale Johnson sings the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Seth Carico, Flurina Stucki, Matthew Newlin, and Jana Kurucova. Daniel Cohen conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2018

Two casts highlight Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” Rocio Perez and Daniela Cappiello headline as the Queen of the Night with Heidi Stober, Elena Tsallagova, Matthew Newlin, and Attilio Glaser also starring.

Performance Dates: August 25,2018-June 1, 2019

Bryn Terfel takes on the title role of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” with Kirill Karabits conducting. Robert Watson and Burkhard Ulrich also star.

Performance Dates: Jan. 31-March 9, 2019

María Jose Siri and Jorge de Leon take on the tragic roles in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut.” Sir Simon Rattle conducts the ever-popular score.

Performance Dates: June 9-15, 2019

Rolando Villazón’s production of Puccini’s “La Rondine” returns with Ermonela Jaho and Charles Castronovo as the leads. Stefano Ranzani conducts

Performance Dates: Feb. 12-23, 2019

Four major sopranos take on the iconic title role in Puccini’s “Tosca.” Anja Harteros, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Carmen Giannattasio star with four different tenors which include Marcelo Alvarez, Massimo Giordano, Fabio Sartori, and Jorge De Leon. Erwin Schrott, Zeljko Lucic, Lucio Gallo and Ivan Inverardi share the role of Scarpia.

Performance Dates: Sept. 30, 2018-April 20, 2019

Anna Smirnova takes on the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot” with Simon O’Neill and Stefano La Colla as Calaf. Andrea Battistoni and John Fiore share conducting duties.

Performance Dates: Feb. 22-May 23, 2019

Matthew Newlin, Philippe Talbot, Noel Bouley, Irene Roberts, and Davide Luciano lead Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

Performance Dates: August 31, 2018-May 20, 2019

Rolando Villazón’s production of Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” returns with three diverse casts that include Annette Dasch, Rachel Willis-Sorenson, Burkhard Ulrich, Robert Watson, and Meechot Marrero.

Performance Dates: Nov. 18, 2018-Jan. 3, 2019

Stefan Blunier conducts Strauss’ “Salome” with Allison Oakes taking on the demanding title role. Michael Volle and Robert Watson round out the cast.

Performance Dates: Feb. 24-March 2, 2019

Nicole Car leads the cast of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” Etienne Dupuis in the title role and Matthew Newlin as Lensky.

Performance Dates: March 7-23, 2019

Achim Freyer’s production of Verdi’s “Requiem” returns with Michelle Bradley, Robert Watson, Derek Welton, and Annika Schlicht. Benjamin Reiners conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 18-Nov. 9, 2018

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts Verdi’s “Nabucco,” which is set to star George Petean, Anna Smirnova, and Roberto Tagliavini.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8-Dec. 28, 2018

Russell Thomas, George Gagdnidze, and Guanqun Yu headline Verdi’s “Otello” with Paolo Arrivabeni conducting.

Performance Dates: June 8-20, 2019

Markus Bruck sings the title role in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Elena Tsallagova as Gilda and Attilio Glaser as the Duke.

Performance Dates: Feb. 6-April 30, 2019

Donald Runnicles and Stephan Zilias conduct Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Elena Tsallagova and Patrizia Ciofi sharing the role of Violetta. Pavol Breslik, Matthew Newlin, Marco Ciaponi, Markus Bruck, Dong-Hwan Lee, and Noel Bouley also star.

Performance Dates: August 30, 2018-Dec. 16, 2018 

Falk Struckmann leads Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Hollander” with Catherine Foster and Thomas Blondelle. Axel Kober conducts Christian Spuk’s production.

Performance Dates: May 1-9, 2019

Klaus Florian Vogt and Daniel Johannson alternate the title role in Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” Camilla Nylund and Anna Smirnova also star with Justin Brown and Donald Runnicles alternating in the pit.

Performance Dates: Oct. 28, 2018-May 12, 2019.

Donald Runnicles leads Wagner’s “Parsifal” with Brandon Jovanovich in the title role and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Kundry.

Performance Dates: April 14-21, 2019

Torsten Kerl sings the title role in Wagner’s “Rienzi” with Evan Rogister conducting the early work.

Performance Dates: April 5-May 10, 2019

Simon O’Neill and Peter Seiffert share the title role in Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.” Emma Bell sings both Venus and Elizabeth, alternating with Allison Oakes while Markus Bruk and Simon Keenlyside alternate Wolfram.

Performance Dates: Jan. 13-May 11, 2019

Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” returns to the stage with Peter Seiffert and Ricarda Merbeth as the two lovers.  Donald Runnicles conducts the Wagner masterpiece.

Performance Dates: Sept. 23-Oct. 3, 2018


The season will also showcase numerous concerts with leading artists such as Edita Gruberova and Deustche Oper ensemble members.