Classical music


Die schöne Hélèna. Photo by Iko Frees

It’s a good time to be an opera fan in Berlin. Here’s a look at the revitalised scene. Three operas – "Die schöne Hélèna", "Pelléas et Mélisande" and "Le Prophète" – offer fans and newbies alike something to sing about. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:10 PM Theatre & Dance

Whether old, new or way-out, orchestral and contemporary music fans will get an earful this month with both Musikfest (Aug 31-Sep 18) and Contemporary Music Month (all of Sep). more

Aug 28, 2017 12:00 PM Concerts & Parties

TONIGHT! The UdK's Crescendo Festival opens with a 75-minute condensed version of Wagner's Ring Cycle, accompanied by a new video work that brings the contentious composer's ideas and motifs out of the past. We talked to its creator. more

May 5, 2017 1:00 PM Concerts & Parties

The beat goes on at this year's Musikfest. For 19 days the classical music festival gives the drummer some love. Check it out Sep 2-20 at various venues across the city. more

Sep 1, 2016 11:00 AM Concerts & Parties

Happy New Year... now get back to work! Our first issue of 2016 is all about how Berliners get by, whether "working black", cleaning toilets or selling their sperm. Plus, an interview with Anonymous/Lulzsec hacker Mustafa Al-Bassam and much more! more

Jan 5, 2016 12:00 PM Features

INTERVIEW. Musikfest has been underway for a week already. If you haven't been, Paris-based composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher brings his own composition Mar’eh, a must-see, to the Philharmonie on Sep 12. more

Sep 8, 2015 3:00 PM Concerts & Parties

Time to beef up your classical music knowledge! Staging over 70 pieces by 30-odd orchestras from Sep 2 through 20, Musikfest has taken up the task this year to open a dialogue between Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schönberg. more

Aug 31, 2015 3:30 PM Concerts & Parties

INTERVIEW: Though primarily involved in classical composition these days, Craig Leon was there at the start of the Max’s/CBGB’s scene as an A&R man and producer for the Ramones, Blondie and Suicide. He’ll be performing on Thu, Jan 29 at HAU1. more

Jan 27, 2015 3:45 PM Concerts & Parties

Go play in the dark! In "Now I Lay Me Down", director Sabrina Hölzer of the formidable ensemble Kaleidoskop allows us to enter into a very intimate experience with music – in complete blackness. On at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Jan 8-11, 15-18. more

Jan 7, 2015 3:00 PM , Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW. Wanna raise those brows to high? Berlin offers nearly three weeks of orchestral bliss all over the city with Musikfest (Sep 2-22). Star composer Rihm brings the horns in the German premiere of his new concerto, Sep 6, 7, 11 and 17. more

Sep 3, 2014 1:00 PM Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW. Open your mouth and sing! Michael Betzner-Brandt's I-Can't-Sing-Choir makes singers out of non-musicians, even you, as part of the Chor@Berlin festival, taking place February 13-16. more

Feb 10, 2014 12:30 PM Theatre & Dance

Musikfest welcomes 20 top orchestras to celebrate three Eastern European composers and two 100th birthdays at the Berliner Festspiele’s annual classical festival on through Sep 18. Summer Banks has your highlights. more

Sep 4, 2013 11:22 AM Concerts & Parties

INTERVIEW. The curtains were drawn back on Aug 30 for Berlin's classical Musikfest and batons will keep waving through Sep 19. Highlights include Uzbek pianist Yefim Bronfman, performing Wed, Sep 4 at the Philharmonie. more

Sep 2, 2013 12:30 PM Theatre & Dance

Jürgen R. Weber is the director and composer of the upcoming zombie opera What the Fuck. The Hamburg-born Berliner will shoot his first feature film Open Wound in spring 2014, God and crowdfunding willing. more

Jul 8, 2013 12:00 PM Interviews & Portraits

INTERVIEW: John Adams. After a 25 year wait, Adams' first opera, Nixon in China, finally receives it's Berlin premiere. Capitalism and communism clash in the unlikely opera subject of a US president traveling abroad. more

Sep 6, 2012 11:00 AM Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW: Max Richter. The Berlin-based Brit composer remixed Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to create the newest edition of Deutsche Grammaphon's Recomposed series: Vivaldi: Recomposed. Berghain Sept 4 more

Sep 2, 2012 12:00 PM Theatre & Dance

Shakespeare im Park, this year endowed with grants and hindsight with the success and missteps of last year's production, puts on a varied and entertaining production of Utopia TM – Where all is True. Don't miss! more

Aug 16, 2012 4:00 PM Theatre & Dance 3 Comments

You thrive in the echoing halls of museums and feel at home in the plush seats of concert halls. You love architecture, from Schinkel to Le Corbusier. Here’s where to find real culture that will enrich your mind but not deplete your wallet. more

Aug 8, 2012 11:00 AM What's On

Hosting youth orchestras from around the globe, Young Euro Classic has fought off funding issues to become a part of Berlin’s summer festival circuit. Kicks off July 26. more

Jul 23, 2012 1:00 PM Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW. Kristjan Järvi, heads up the Baltic Youth Philharmonic and hits up the Young Euro Classic in Berlin this year, where the young conductor leads young musicians. more

Jul 23, 2012 12:00 PM Theatre & Dance

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