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11 reasons why we are looking forward to the new concert season

Exciting premieres, new conductors and lots of Beethoven

Konzerthaus Berlin - Großer Saal
© Uwe Arens

Finally the summer break of the big concert halls and stages is over and the new season begins - often with special concert highlights or festivals.
With Kirill Petrenko and Christoph Eschenbach two great conductors will set new accents. The orchestras will celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday with numerous concerts and festivals. So there are many reasons to look forward to the coming season. We have put together our personal Top 11 tips for you.

Tip 1: Kirill Petrenko becomes new Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Philharmonie am Kulturforum
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Kirill Petrenko has taken over the baton from Sir Simon Rattle The Philharmonic has elected him as its new principal conductor. On August 23 he will give his inaugural concert in the (sold out) Philharmonie. And one day later, the drumbeat to get him started: for the first time, the Philharmonic will give on August 24 a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate and play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" - the perfect start to a new exciting era.

When: from 23 August
Where: Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Tiergarten

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Tip 2:  A new era at the Konzerthaus begins

Konzerthaus Berlin, Außenansicht
© Gutscherra/Osthoff

The Konzerthausorchester also heralds a new era: Christoph Eschenbach becomes the new Chief Conductor of the Konzerthaus. He is delighted to return to Europe after 25 years in the USA and now to lead the Konzerthausorchester. Among the highlights planned for the coming season are the Iceland Festival in November, performances of the works of Sofia Gubaidulina, the homage to Gideon Kremer and concerts by the artist in residence Víkingur Ólafsson.
The Konzerthaus welcomes its new chief conductor with a welcome day on 1 September, when you can get to know Christoph Eschenbach at a public rehearsal and in dialogue.

When: 1 September
Where: Konzerthaus, Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte

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Tip 3: 2020 is the year of celebrating Beethoven

Sunset at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Sunset at the Brandenburg Gate © Getty Images, Foto: I just try to tell my emotions and take you around the world

BTHVN2020 is next year's motto: "There will be even more Beethoven at many houses in the coming season, after all we are celebrating his 250th birthday. In April, the Beethoven Marathon will take place in the Philharmonie. And the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin plays works by other composers who deal with his oeuvre. And there are numerous opportunities to hear the wonderful "Ode to Joy" - for example at the Brandenburg Gate.

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Tip 4: Happy Birthday Staatskapelle

Staatskapelle der Staatsoper Berlin
© Foto: Monika Ritterhaus

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden starts the season with a glamourous opening party on 31 August. You are invited to take a look behind the scenes of the magnificent opera house, listen to music or play yourself and rehearse the opera "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" together with the orchestra. The opera will premiere on 3 October. Other highlights of the season are the premieres of "Samson et Dalila", "Der Rosenkavalier", and the world premiere of the music theatre performance "Love, you son of a bitch".

And in 2020 we all sing "Happy Birthday Staatskapelle":  The orchestra looks back on a proud 450 years of playing time and celebrates this with numerous specials and offers.

When: Opening Ceremony on 31 August
Where: State Opera Unter den Linden 7, Unter den Linden, Mitte

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Tip 5: Anna Netrebko sings at Deutschen Oper Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin © Leo Seidel

To kick off the new season, the Deutsche Oper Berlin is showing Mozart's "Don Giovanni" on 30 August and 1 September - and the best thing is: All tickets, regardless of seat, cost 25 euros. So, have fun with Leporello's register aria and Don Giovanni's journey to hell. In September it's "Viva Italia", when an entire month is dedicated to Italian opera and immortal masterpieces such as "La Traviata" and "Nabucco" or "La Forza del Destino" are heard. And world star Anna Netrebko will sing the "Adriana Lecouvreur" in its premiere on 4 September.

When: from 30 August
Where: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bismarckstraße 35, Charlottenburg

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Tip 6: The Komische Oper is in high spirits

Komische Oper Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Barrie Kosky has made a name for himself at the Komische Oper with his lively productions and the rediscoveries of operetta, and has stirred up the world of classical music in Berlin. He dedicates this season to Dionyos, the god of ecstasy as the unifying embodiment of the power of music. The opera ensemble will be showing nine premieres, including two world premieres and 14 revivals.

When: from 22 August
Where: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstraße 55 - 57, Mitte

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Tip 7:  Fresh wind blows in the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Symphony Orchestra on stage
Classical Music © Getty Images, Foto: DeshaCAM

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin enters the new season with over 30 concerts. It is the second for chief conductor Robin Ticciati to bring a breath of fresh air to Berlin. Three great masters on the podium, honorary conductors Kent Nagano, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Tugan Sokhiev, have also been invited. The season kicks off with the Music Festival 2019 with Dvořáks "Rusalka" in the Philharmonie on 19 September.

When: from 19 September
Where: Philharmonie and other venues

More information about the Deutsched Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Tip 8: Das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin crosses borders

Concert hall of the Philharmonie in Berlin - Concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle
Philharmonie: Concert hall © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis
Berlin, Tiergarten, Konzert der Philharmoniker unter der Leitung von Dirigent Sir Simon Rattle in der Philharmonie, 30.12.2005

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin have put the coming season under the motto "boundless". Crossing borders in music, dissolving borders between dream and reality, life and death - in many facets the concerts will approach the motto and challenge us to overcome our own borders. Let's start with the "Frau ohne Schatten" in the Philharmonie on 1 September.

When: from 1 September
Where: Philharmonie and other venues

Mehr Informationen über das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Tip 9: Sasha Waltz choreographs a new ballet

Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin
Staatsoper Unter den Linden © Foto: Max Lautenschläger

World premiere at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden: Look forward to the latest work by the famous choreographer. Sasha Waltz created the ballet Sym-phonie MMXX together with the composer Georg Friedrich Haas for the Staatsballet Berlin. Choreography and music form a fascinating symbiosis.

When: Premiere on 25th Apirl 2020
Where: State Opera Unter den Linden 7, Unter den Linden, Mitte

More information about Sym-phonie MMXX

Tip 10:  The Neuköllner Oper celebrates Clara Schumann

Neuköllner Oper Berlin
Neuköllner Oper Berlin © Caterina Rancho

The smallest of Berlin's opera houses, the Neuköllner Oper, is also on board with a lot of momentum. On the programme in August and September is the music theatre play "Casting Clara" - a flower wreath for Clara Schumann on her 200th birthday. Happy*Day Clara will be the name of the game on 13 September for the big Clara party to which you are warmly invited.

When: from 15 August
Where: Neuköllner Opera, Karl-Marx-Straße 131/133, Neukölln

More information about the Neuköllner Oper

Tip 11: Music also plays in the Berlin churches

© Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Foto: Wolfgang Bittner

Great concerts can be enjoyed not only in the concert halls and opera houses, but also in the churches of the city. There is not only organ music, but also classical music and jazz, choirs and world music. Take a look at the popular Noon Songs in the Hohenzollernkirche in Wilmersdorf. A look at the calendars of the Gedächtniskirche, the Berliner Dom and the other churches is definitely worthwhile.

More information about Berlin's churches


Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.


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