René Pape, Elīna Garanča & Karita Mattila Headline Staatsoper Berlin’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Staatsoper Berlin has announced its 2019-20 season, which will feature 10 new productions in addition to numerous revivals.

Production premieres

 It all starts with Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with Daniel Barenboim conducting and David Bösch.

René Pape will interpret the role of Falstaff with the remaining cast members including Michael Full, Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Pavol Breslik, Linard Vrielink, David Ostrek, Mandy Fredrich, Michaela Schuster, and Anna Prohaska.

Performance Dates: Oct. 3-19, 2019

The company will then showcase “Love, Son of a Bitch,” a “Scarlatti project” with a concept, staging, and video by Letizia Renzini. Soprano Lore Binon will star.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2019

Scarlatti’s “Il Primo Omicidio,” an oratorio on Cain’s murder of Abel, will then take place with a production directed by Romeo Castellucci. Kristina Hammarström appears as Caino while Olivia Vermeulen takes on the role of Abel. As Adam and Eve, audiences can expect to see Thomas Walker and Brigitte Christensen. Benno Schachtner will be the voice of God and Arttu Kataja will be the voice of Lucifer.

Performance Dates: Nov. 1-17, 2019

Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila” will get a new production directed by Damián Szifron, director of the famed movie “Wild Tales.” Daniel Barenboim will conduct a cast that includes Elīna Garanča and Brandon Jovanovich in the title roles.

Performance Dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 14, 2019

Zubin Mehta will lead an André Heller production of “Der Rosenkavalier” with Camilla Nylund, Michèle Losier, Nadine Sierra, René Pape, and Anna Samuil among the cast members.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9-29, 2020

David McVicar will direct “Idomeneo” with Andrew Staples in the title role. Magdalena Kozena will take on Idamante with Anna Prohaska as Ilia. Olga Peretyatko will interpret Elettra. Simon Rattle conducts.

Performance Dates: March 22-April 2, 2020

Elsa Dreisig, Marianne Crebassa, Paolo Fanale, Gyula Orendt, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Barbara Frittoli will perform in “Così Fan Tutte” with Daniel Barenboim conducting. Vincent Huguet directs a new production.

Performance Dates: April 5-11, 2020

La Piccola Cubana,” a vaudeville in five pictures will take the stage in a production by Pauline Beaulieu. Victoria Randem, Andrés Moreno García, Jaka Mihelac, and Isabel Karajan will performance.

Performance Dates: April 26-May 10, 2020

Mussorgsky’s “Khovanschina” will be conducted by Vladimir Jurovsky and directed by Claus Gut. Mika Kares, Sergey Skorokhodov, John Daszak, and Alexey Tikhomirov will be among the cast members for the work.

Performance Dates: June 7-30, 2020


Christopher Moulds opens the season conducting Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” with  Marie-Claude Chappuis and Nikolay Borchev in the title roles.

Performance Dates: August 18-Nov. 20, 2019

Michael Volle stars in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” alongside Roman Trekel, Simon O’Neill, Stephan Rügamer, Ekaterina Gubanova,  Anna Samuil, Anna Larsson, and  Jochen Schmeckenbecher. Daniel Barenboim conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7 & 21, 2019

The Ring Cycle continues with Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with Simon O’Neill, Anja Kampe, Falk Struckmann, Michael Volle, Iréne Theorin, and Ekaterina Gubanova. Daniel Barenboim conducts.

Performance Date: Sept. 8 & 22, 2019

Andreas Schager takes on the title role in Wagner’s “Siegfried” with Stephan Rügamer, Michael Volle, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Falk Struckmann, Anna Larsson, Iréne Theorin, and Serena Sáenz Molinero.

Performance Dates: Sept. 11 & 26, 2019

Andreas Schager and Iréne Theorin star in Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung.” The cast also includes Roman Trekel, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Falk Struckmann, Anna Samuil, and Waltraud Meier. Daniel Barenboim conducts. 

Performance Dates: Sept. 15 & 29, 2019

Jan Martiník, René Pape, Julian Prégardien, Evelin Novak, Anna Prohaska, Serena Sáenz Molinero, Florian Teichtmeister, Gyula Orendt, Arttu Kataja and Gloria Rehm star in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” Alondra de la Parra conducts Yuval Sharon’s production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 20-Dec. 27, 2018 

Pavlo Hunka, Simon O’Neill, Karita Mattila, Stephan Rügamer, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Florian Hoffmann, and Anna Lapkovskaja star in Janacek’s “Katya Kabanova” with Thomas Guggeis conducting Andrea Breth’s production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 10-27, 2019

Domingo Hindoyan conducts Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with a stunning cast that includes Francesco Demuro, Christopher Maltman, and Aida Garifullina.

Performance Dates: Oct. 17-26, 2019

Purcell’s “King Arthur” returns with a distinguished cast that includes Anett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen, Benno Schachtner, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Stephan Rügamer, Neal Davies, and Arttu Kataja. Rene Jacobs conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 2-8, 2019

The kinderoper “Schnee-Wittchen” takes the stage with Symeon Ioannidis conducting the work.

Performance Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 15, 2019

Ausrine Stundyte brings her signature interpretation in Strauss’ “Salome” with Marina Prudenskaya, Vincent Wolfsteiner, and Thomas J. Mayer rounding out the cast. Thomas Guggeis conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 1-15, 2019

Prokofiev’s “Die Verlobung im Kloster” returns with Alexander Vitlin conducting Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production. Stephan Rügamer, Andrei Zhilikhovsky, Slávka Zámečníková, Violeta Urmana, Bogdan Volkov, and Anna Goryachova star.

Performance Dates: Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020

Eleonora Buratto, Elsa Dreisig, Benjamin Bernheim, and Alfredo Daza take the lead roles in Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 22, 2019-Jan. 8, 2020 

Furrer’s “Violetter Schnee” returns with Matthias Pintscher conducting Claus Guth’s production. Anna Prohaska, Elsa Dreisig, Gyula Orendt, and Georg Nigl star in the production. 

Performance Dates: Jan. 10 & 12, 2020

Zuzana Marková, Benjamin Bernheim, and Plácido Domingo star in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Thomas Guggeis conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 16 & 19, 2020

Marit Strindlund conducts the Chamber opera “Usher,” which stars David Oštrek.

Performance Dates: Jan. 16-26, 2020

Juan José de León sings Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Teresa Iervolino and Tara Erraught sharing the role of Rosina. Gyula Orendt sings the title role with Massimo Zanetti and Julien Salemkour in the pit.

Performance Dates: Jan. 25-april 24, 2020

Daniel Barenboim conducts Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Alfredo Daza, Francesco Demuro, Barbara Frittoli, Nadine Sierra, and Daniela Barcellona starring.

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 14, 2020

Sonya Yoncheva reprises her acclaimed turn in Cherubini’s “Medée” with Francesco Demuro, Iain Paterson, Elsa Dreisig, and Marina Prudenskaya starring and Oksana Lyniv conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 8-21, 2020

Daniel Barenboim conducts Bizet’s “Carmen” with Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, Michael Fabiano as Don Jose, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Escamillo and Christianne Karg as Michaela.

Performance Dates: March 7-21, 2020

August Everding’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” returns with René Pape, Jan Martiník,  Mauro Peter, Elsa Dreisig, Evelin Novak, Arttu Kataja, Roman Trekel, Gloria Rehm, and Sónia Grané. Oksana Lyniv conducts.

Performance Dates: April 13-30, 2020

Adela Zaharia, Atalla Ayan, Adam Kutny, and Grigory Shkarupa star in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Massimo Zanetti conducting.

Performance Dates: May 1-June 1, 2020

Michaela Kaune, Roman Trekel,  Wolfgang Koch, Simon O’Neill, Falk Struckmann, Narine Yeghiyan, and Florian Hoffmann star in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with Simone Young conducting.

Performance Dates: May 6-24, 2020

Gyula Orendt sings the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Joel Prieto, Evelin Novak, and Tara Erraught.

Pablo Heras-Casado and Massimo Zanetti conduct with Grigory Shkarupa, David Oštrek, Adam Kutny, and Serena Sáenz Molinero rounding out the cast.

Performance Dates: May 10-June 6, 2020

Angela Gheorghiu sings the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca” alongside star tenor Vittorio Grigolo and rising star Teodor Ilincăi. Lucio Gallo rounds out the cast as the villainous Scarpia and Eun Sun Kim conducts.

Performance Dates: May 14- June 3, 2020

Thomas Guggeis conducts Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” with Matthias Goerne in the title role, Peter Rose as Daland, Ricarda Merbeth as Senta and Stephan Rügamer and Andreas Schager sharing the role of Erik.

Performance Dates: June 18-July 4, 2020

Marc Minkowski conducts Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Miah Persson, Evelin Novak, Lauri Vasar, Marianne Crebassa, and Katharina Kammerloher starring.

Performance Dates: June 28-July 5, 2020


Elīna Garanča and Daniel Barenboim join forces for Elgar’s Sea Pictures. The concert also includes Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 and Debussy’s La Mer. 

Performance Dates: Dec. 16-17, 2020

Daniel Barenboim plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto KV 450 and conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Elena Stikhina, Marina Prudenskaya, Andreas Schager, and René Pape as soloists.

Performance Dates: Dec. 31, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020

Daniel Barenboim conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Elena Stikhina, Andreas Schager, and Wolfgang Koch as soloists. The concert will also include Symphony No. 2.

Performance Date: April 12, 2020


Angela Gheorghiu, Philippe Jaroussky, and Renée Fleming, Katharina Kammerloher, Roman Trekel, Elsa Dreisig, Anna Samuil, Stephan Rügamer, Roman Trekel, Adriane Queiroz, Evelin Novak, and Natalia Skrycka are set to offer recitals.