Staatsoper Berlin Shuts Down Until May 2021

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Staatsoper unter der Linden official website)

UPDATE: The Staatsoper unter der Linden will live stream Mozart’s opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” on April 1, 2021. The live stream will be available at 5 p.m. CET on the company’s official website, as well as MEZZO TV.

The Staatsoper Berlin has announced that it will cancel all performances until at least May 1, 2021.

According to the official statement on the company’s website, the decision was made “after consultation of the artistic directors with the responsible Senate Administration.”

Among the canceled performances are productions of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Wagner’s “Parsifal,” which were supposed to be presented during FestTage 2021. Rehearsals for these productions were already underway.

“Le Nozze di Figaro” was supposed to star Elsa Dreisig in the role of Countess Almaviva, Gyula Orendt as Count Almaviva, Nadine Sierra in the role of Susanna, Emily D’Angelo as Cherubino, and Riccardo Fassi in the title role. The cast also includes Katharina Kammerloher, Stephan Rügamer, Siegfried Jerusalem, Maurizio Muraro, David Oštrek, and Liubov Medvedeva. Daniel Barenboim was set to conduct the production by Vincent Huguet.

“Parsifal” was supposed to showcase René Pape in the role of Gurnemanz, Falk Struckmann as Klingsor, Marina Prudenskaya in the role of Kundry, Sir John Tomlinson as Titurel, and Andreas Schager in the title role. Daniel Barenboim was also supposed to conduct the production by Dmitri Tcherniakov.

The opera house has not announced whether it intends to livestream these operas.