Sonya Yoncheva, Placido Domingo & Rolando Villazon Headline Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin has announced its 2018-19 Season, featuring numerous new productions and revivals featuring some of today’s most popular artists and conductors. Here is a look at what to expect next season.

New Productions (in alphabetical order by title)

Sonya Yoncheva headlines a new production of Cherubini’s “Medea” with Andrea Breth directing. Daniel Barenboim conducts the star-studded cast, which is set to include Charles Castronovo, Marina Prudenskaya, Elsa Dreisig, and Iain Paterson.

Performance Dates: Oct. 7-28, 2018

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” will get a new production with Yuval Sharon directing and Franz Welser-Moist conducting. Lawrence Brownlee, Anna Prohaska, and Kathryn Lewek headline the new production.

Performance Dates: Feb.17-March 16, 2019

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Rameau’s “Hippolyte et Aricie” in a new production by Aletta Collins. Anna Prohaska leads the production with Magdalena Kozena, Elsa Dreisig Peter Rose, and Roman Trekel.

Performance Dates: Nov. 25-Dec.8, 2018  

Claude Viver’s “Kopernikus” will get a new production by Wouter Van Looy with Errico Fresis conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18-30, 2019

Michael Fabiano, Nadine Sierra, and Christopher Maltman headline a new production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs the production with Andres Orozco-Estrada conducting the production.

Performance Dates: June 2-29, 2019

The 2016 Kinderoper “Schnee-Wittchen” comes to life in a new production by Constance Albert.

Performance Dates: March 13-April 7, 2019

Dmitri Tcherniakov directs a new production of Prokofiev’s “Die Verlobung Im Kloster” with Daniel Barenboim. Aida Garifullina and Violetta Urmana headline the cast alongside Roberto Scandiuzzi and Anna Goryachova.

Performance Dates: April 13-22, 2019

Revivals (in alphabetical order by title)

Mojca Erdmann and Marina Prudenskaya lead Widmann’s modern opera “Babylon.” Daniel Barenboim conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: March 9-24, 2019

Rossini’s comic masterpiece “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” returns with two starry casts. Michele Angelini and Annalisa Stroppa lead the first cast while Marianne Crebassa and Maxim Mironov follow. Alfredo Daza and Gyula Orendt alternate the title role.

Performance Date: Feb. 1-May 8, 2019

Markus Werba brings his acclaimed “Don Giovanni” interpretation to Mozart’s classic with Christiane Karg, Tarra Erraught, and Erwin Schrott. Lahav Shani conducts Claus Guth’s production.

Performance Dates: Jan 20-Feb. 12, 2019

Evelyn Herlitzius reprises her acclaimed interpretation of Strauss “Elektra” with Waltraud Meier, Franz Mazura, and Rene Pape. Daniel Barenboim conducts Patrice Chereau’s production.

Performance Dates: Jan. 27-Feb. 24, 2019

Daniel Barenboim leads Verdi’s final opera “Falstaff” with Michael Volle in the title role, Francesco Demuro, Nadine Sierra, Maria Agresta, Daniela Barcellona, and Simone Piazzolla.

Performance Dates: Dec. 20-Jan. 1, 2019

Klaus Florian Vogt, Rene Pape, Simone Schneider, Roman Trekel, and Falk Struckmann lead Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 7-19, 2018

Strauss’ “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” gets a revival with Simone Young conducting an international cast that includes Simon O’Neill, Camilla Nylund, Michaela Schuster, Micahel Volle and Elena Pankratova.

Performance Dates: Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 2018 

Anna Samuil, Anna Prohaska, and Peter Sonn lead Weber’s “Die Fresichutz” with Marc Minkowski conducting. Roman Trekel and Falk Struckmann round out the cast.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2018

The Berlin State Opera rings in the holiday season with Humperdink’s classic “Hansel and Gretel.” Roman Trekel, Anna Samuil, Marina Prudenskaya, Natalia Skrycka, Katrin Wundsam, Evelin Novak, and Adriane Queiroz headline the cast.

Performance Dates: Dec. 14-Jan. 12, 2019

Anna Prohaska and Florian Boesch headline “Himmelerde,” which features a compilation of music by Schumann, Mahler, Schubert, and Webern.

Performance Dates: Jan.17-April 7, 2019

Max Emanuel Cencic leads the cast in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” with Roberta Mameli, Xavier Sabata, and Franz-Josef Selig. Diego Fasolis conducts the baroque masterpiece.

Performance Dates: Nov. 24-Dec.1, 2018

Plácido Domingo, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Rene Pape, and Fabio Sartori headline Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Daniel Barenboim at the pit.

Performance Dates: May 23-30, 2019

Daniel Barenboim conducts Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg” with Wolfgang Koch taking on the role of Hans Sach, Julia Kleiter, Burkhard Fritz, and Kwangchul Youn.

Performance Dates: April 14-21, 2019

The season will also include “A Monteverdi Project” which is scheduled to showcase some of the composer’s renowned music.

Performance Dates: Nov. 20-30, 2018 

Anna Prohaska, Dorothea Roschmann, and Ildebrando d’Arcangelo lead an exceptional cast in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Alessandro De Marchi conducting the beloved work.

Performance Dates: Oct. 13-26, 2018

Leonardo Garcia Alarcon conducts Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” with Georg Nigl, Anna Lucia Richter, and Charlotte Hellekant headlining the season.

Performance Dates: Nov. 17-30, 2018

Rolando Villazón returns to the role of Pelleas in Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande.” Marianne Crebassa, Luca Pisaroni, and Wolfgang Schone round out the cast. Maxime Pascal conducts the production.

Performance Dates: May 25-June 7, 2019

Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed “Tosca” to the Berlin State Opera with Teodor Ilincai and Andrzej Dobber. Yoncheva’s husband Domingo Hindoyan conducts the heralded production by Alvis Hermanis.

Performance Dates: May 3-12, 2019

Eromela Jaho brings her acclaimed turn as “La Traviata” alongside Rame Lahaj and Alfredo Daza. Massimo Zanetti conducts the revival production.

Performance Dates: March 15-30, 2019

Daniel Barenboim leads Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Anja Kampe, Andreas Schager, Rene Pape, Violetta Urmana, and Boaz Daniel.

Performance Dates: June 15-28, 2019

Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” gets a revival with Eun Sun Kim conducting Liudmyla Monastryska, Violetta Urmana, George Gagnidze, and Fabio Sartori performing the leading the cast.

Performance Dates: Oct. 27-Nov. 11, 2018

The Chamber opera “Usher” composed of music by Claude Debussy and Annelies Van Parys will get a number of performances with David Ostrek leading the cast.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-30, 2018

Rene Pape headlines a revival of “Die Zauberflöte” in August Everding’s production. Peter Sonn, Evelin Novak, and Sonie Grane also star.


The season will also include a number of concerts featuring such artists as Anna Netrebko, Simon O’Neill, Waltraud Meier, Anita Rachvelishvili, Krassimira Stoyanova, Rolando Villazon, Thomas Quastoff, and many more.