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Best of Meyerbeer

Enrique Mazzola has rediscovered Giacomo Meyerbeer, the great master of grand opera, for the people of Berlin.


Giacomo Meyerbeer was the perfect immigrant. Born Jakob Meyer Beer in the Margraviate of Brandenburg, he went to Italy, and it is fascinating how quickly he adapted to his surroundings. He thus touches on a very topical subject: how does one integrate as an outsider? In Italy he learned bel canto, the virtuosic warbling as an expression of extreme emotions, and became one of the best in the genre. More Italian than the Italians! In Paris as well: he wrote the best grand operas of his time, set standards and became a true Frenchman. Other composers did not have this adaptability. Meyerbeer really dove into other cultures.

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Mass murder in the Lord’s name
Giacomo Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS depicts, in operatic form, one of the most dreadful massacres in the history of Europe. What really happened in Paris on St. Bartholomew’s Day?

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Les Huguenots

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A theatre of fervour and hysteria
Meyerbeer’s LE PROPHETE revisits one of the most spectacular chapters in the history of the Reformation – the period of Anabaptist rule in Münster. But what really happened back then?

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Le Prophète

Concert version on 4. [premiere], 7. March 2020
Dinorah ou Le Pardon de Ploërmel
To most opera enthusiasts, Giacomo Meyerbeer's DINORAH was long known from one single recording. It was the interpretation of the aria of mania "Ombre légère" by Maria Callas, who identified the title heroine of this work as the sister of other great women of opera such as Donizetti's Lucia, Amina from Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, or Ophelia from Ambroise Thomas's HAMLET. All of these tender heroines fled a world that they no longer understood, into mania, murder, sleepwalking, or dancing like Dinorah ...
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2., 9. February; 1.,8. March 2020
Les Huguenots
Grand Opéra by Giacomo Meyerbeer; Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov; Director: David Alden; With Liv Redpath, Seth Carico / Derek Welton, Dimitris Tiliakos, Olesya Golovneva, Irene Roberts, Anton Rositskiy, Andrew Harris / Ante Jerkunica et al

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23., 29. February; 6. March 2020
Le Prophète
Grand Opéra by Giacomo Meyerbeer; Conductor: Enrique Mazzola; Director: Olivier Py; With Gregory Kunde, Clémentine Margaine, Elena Tsallagova, Derek Welton, Gideon Poppe, Thomas Lehman, Seth Carico et al.

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Jörg Königsdorf on the bel canto sub-genre
Bel canto – ‘beautiful singing’
… but does this description not apply to all types of operatic singing? On the baroque opulence of bel canto, its inception, its development and its key characteristics.

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Dinorah et al.

2., 9. February; 1.,8. March 2020
Les Huguenots
In its linking of the fate of the two lovers Raoul and Valentine with the major historical event that was the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre, LES HUGUENOTS became the archetypal work of the new grand opéra sub-genre and one of the most influential operas in history.

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Les Huguenots

23., 29. February; 6. March 2020
Le Prophète
Meyerbeer’s grand opéra depicting the real-life Anabaptist ‘king’ Jean de Leyde is at once meticulously thought-through theatre of ideas and an historical panorama wise to the psychology of crowds, a tale of political radicalisation as private and public catastrophe.

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Le Prophète