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Komische Oper Berlin: the Merry Month of May with Mozart

The month of May is widely known as the month of love. The Komische Oper opera house celebrates the month of romance with Mozart. The renowned opera house has been dedicating the month of May to one of the greatest composers of all time for years and affectionately calls this time “Mozart-May”. Perhaps because Mozart spent his only time in the German capital in May?

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This year Mozart aficionados can look forward to an exquisite opera and concert schedule. As usual, the unconventional stamp of the smallest opera house in Berlin – in the tradition of the French opera comique – will be highly visible. The Komische Oper Berlin is widely known for imbuing old masterpieces with a modern twist. A diverse ensemble of singer-actors and directors of world renown with widely different artistic approaches such as Calixto Bieito, Peter Konwitschny, Barrie Kosky and Hans Neuenfels guarantee a musical indulgence of the highest artistic level. All operas will be performed in German, a further fact that makes the Komische Oper unique in the international opera scene.

Mozart-May 2014 – a Treat for Musical Gourmets

A symphonic concert and a concert-performance of “Il re pastore”, an opera Mozart composed at the age of 19, are on the schedule. Mozart lovers can look forward to a new production of the opera “Castor et Pollux” by Jean-Philippe Rameau, which also inspired Mozart in his day through the influence Christoph Willibald Gluck had on the contemporary art scene.

Undoubtedly, however, three opera classics will be the highlight of “Mozart-May”: “Così fan tutte”, “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute”, which sent the audience raving last season.

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The new production of “Così fan tutte” by the visionary Latvian director Alvis Hermanis plays with putting contemporary furniture and rococo paintings on stage, creating an interesting interaction of different periods. The director uses this as the backdrop for his critical take on deception in love.

The different nuances of emotion are also centre-stage in “The Marriage of Figaro”, in the humorous, lush and sanguine production by director Barrie Kosky. And finally “The Magic Flute”, a co-operation between the British troupe 1927 and Barrie Kosky that will ensure open eyes and mouths in the audience with its bizarre scenes.

For further information about “Mozart-May” at the Komische Oper opera house in Berlin, please go to www.komische-oper-berlin.de

The Magic Flute - Komische Oper Berlin in May

The Magic Flute - Komische Oper Berlin in May

Peter Sonn as Tamino Photo: Iko Freese / drama-berlin.de