Concert archive

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  • Simon Rattle conducts “Parsifal”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Parsifal”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, which once again deals with Wagner’s metaphysical lifelong theme of redemption, is characterised by scintillating, almost narcotic music of unparalleled allure. In 2018, Simon Rattle conducted the work in a performance with a top-class ensemble including Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme. The audience reacted enthusiastically, and the press also praised this “shimmering, iridescent, and lustrous Parsifal for the 21st century”.

    08 Apr 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stuart Skelton, Nina Stemme, Franz-Josef Selig, Evgeny Nikitin, Reinhard Hagen, Gerald Finley

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal Act 1

      Stuart Skelton tenor (Parsifal), Nina Stemme soprano (Kundry), Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone (Klingsor), Reinhard Hagen bass (Titurel), Gerald Finley bass baritone (Amfortas), Iwona Sobotka soprano (Flowermaiden), Kiandra Howarth soprano (Flowermaiden), Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano (Flowermaiden), Mari Eriksmoen soprano (Flowermaiden), Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano (Flowermaiden), Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano (Flowermaiden), Neal Cooper tenor (Esquire 3, Grail Knight 1), Guido Jentjens bass (Grail Knight 2), Iurie Ciobanu tenor (Esquire 4), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal Act 2

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal Act 3

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Simon Rattle conducts “Parsifal” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Photo: Peter Adamik

    In 2017, the audience in the Philharmonie rewarded Simon Rattle’s interpretation of Puccini’s operatic thriller Tosca with standing ovations. In particular, the tonal splendour and vibrant tension of the concert performance received special praise. The Berliner Zeitung wrote: “Equally outstanding was the Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, whose voice soars above the orchestra with fascinating lightness and at the same time gives Tosca the necessary dramatic weight.”

    22 Apr 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Kristine Opolais, Stefano La Colla, Evgeny Nikitin

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Tosca (concert performance)

      Kristine Opolais Soprano (Floria Tosca), Stefano La Colla Tenor (Mario Cavaradossi), Evgeny Nikitin Bass Baritone (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk Bass (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Tantsits Tenor (Spoletta), Douglas Williams Bass (Sciarrone), Maurizio Muraro Bass (Sacristan), Walter Fink Bass (Jailer), Giuseppe Mantello Boy Soprano (Shepherd Boy), Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Vinzenz Weissenburger Chorus Master, Rundfunkchor Berlin, David Jones Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      2017 Live Lounge from the Easter Festival Baden-Baden

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle sounds enigmatic and dark. This is a spectral psychological drama, clad in an impressionist music rich in allusions. The vocal soloists at this performance with Simon Rattle are Rinat Shaham and Gábor Bretz. As a counterpoint there is – with Emanuel Ax as soloist – a new piano concerto by HK Gruber, whose style is characterised by subtle wit and jazzy swing.

    18 Mar 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax, Rinat Shaham, Gábor Bretz

    • HK Gruber
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (German première)

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • free

      Béla Bartók
      Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz 48 (concert performance)

      Rinat Shaham Mezzo-Soprano, Gábor Bretz Bass, Ulrich Noethen Speaker

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      Interview
      HK Gruber in conversation with Knut Weber

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle” Go to concert
  • Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    György Ligeti had a good sense of humour. The best proof of that is his ludicrous opera Le Grand Macabre, which Sir Simon Rattle performed in 2017 with an illustrious ensemble of singers. The work is a grotesque parable about war, enriched with elements from the theatre of the absurd, the mediaeval dance of death and a wild carnival. As for earlier operatic projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Peter Sellars was enlisted as the director.

    18 Feb 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • György Ligeti
      Le Grand Macabre (revised 1996 version)

      Pavlo Hunka Baritone (Nekrotzar), Peter Hoare Tenor (Piet the Pot), Anthony Roth Costanzo Countertenor (Prince Go-Go), Anna Prohaska Soprano (Amanda), Ronnita Miller Mezzo-Soprano (Amando), Heidi Melton Soprano (Mescalina), Frode Olsen Bass (Astradamors), Audrey Luna Soprano (Venus and Gepopo), Joshua Bloom Bass (Black-Party Minister), Peter Tantsits Tenor (White-Party Minister), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars on Ligeti's “Le Grand Macabre”

    Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton

    “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton

    No greater love is conceivable than that between Tristan and Isolde. But although Richard Wagner conveys yearning and ecstasy in unparalleled intensity in his opera, what’s lacking is any of the effortlessness of happiness – the tragic end is woven into the music right from the outset. After performances at the 2016 Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Sir Simon Rattle presented the complex work with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton in the Berlin Philharmonie.

    03 Apr 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stuart Skelton

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 (concert performance)

      Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Isolde), Stuart Skelton Tenor (Tristan), Sarah Connolly Mezzo-Soprano (Brangäne), Michael Nagy Bass-Baritone (Kurwenal), Stephen Milling Bass (König Marke), Roman Sadnik Tenor (Melot), Simon Stricker Baritone (Steersman), Thomas Ebenstein Tenor (Shepherd, Sailor), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Act 2 (concert performance)

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Act 3 (concert performance)

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”

    “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton Go to concert
  • “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená

    “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Thriller, chamber play, romantic drama: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande is all of this and much more. The New York Times wrote about this performance with Simon Rattle: “The result surpasses even the expectations raised by the Bach Passions . Mr. Sellars’s staging completely captures the human essence of Maurice Maeterlinck’s play. The singers are as fine as one could wish for.”

    20 Dec 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená, Bernarda Fink, Christian Gerhaher, Franz-Josef Selig, Gerald Finley, Elias Mädler, Peter Sellars

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      Claude Debussy
      Pelléas et Mélisande (semi-staged performance)

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Mélisande), Bernarda Fink Contralto (Geneviève), Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pelléas), Franz-Josef Selig Bass Baritone (Arkel), Gerald Finley Bass Baritone (Golaud), Elias Mädler Boy Soprano, Soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor (Yniold), Jörg Schneider Bass (Doctor), Sascha Glintenkamp Bass-Baritone (Shepherd), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Nicolas Fink Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

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      Interview
      Peter Sellars in conversation with Sarah Willis

    “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená Go to concert
  • “La Damnation de Faust” with Simon Rattle, Joyce DiDonato and Charles Castronovo

    “La Damnation de Faust” with Simon Rattle, Joyce DiDonato and Charles Castronovo

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    La Damnation de Faust is less about the philosophical dimension of the material than about passion, conflicts, and of course the protagonist’s dramatic damnation. With this work, the magician of sound Hector Berlioz created an evocative, imaginary opera, interpreted in our concert by Simon Rattle and two outstanding American singers: Joyce DiDonato as Marguerite and Charles Castronovo as Faust. The role of Mephisto is sung by Ludovic Tézier.

    11 Apr 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Joyce DiDonato, Florian Boesch, Charles Castronovo, Ludovic Tézier

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Damnation de Faust, Dramatic Legend, op. 24

      Joyce DiDonato Mezzo-Soprano (Marguerite), Florian Boesch Bass, Charles Castronovo Tenor (Faust), Ludovic Tézier Bass (Méphistophélès), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

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      Interview
      Joyce DiDonato in conversation with Tobias Möller

    “La Damnation de Faust” with Simon Rattle, Joyce DiDonato and Charles Castronovo Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut”

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    Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut is a shocking tale, told in softly melting vocal lines and seductive orchestral colours. Following staged performances at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, the audience of the Philharmonie had the opportunity to enjoy a concert version in April 2014. Sir Simon Rattle conducts an illustrious ensemble of singers with the magnificent Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role.

    26 Apr 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Massimo Giordano, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Lester Lynch, Bogdan Mihai

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Part 1 (concert performance)

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li (Bass) Geronte de Ravoir, Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Part 2 (concert performance)

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li (Bass) Geronte de Ravoir, Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master

    Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut” at the Easter Festival

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The eponymous heroine of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut shifts constantly between true love and her lust for luxury, and inspired the composer to create music full of passion and drama, ravishing melodies and seductive instrumental colours. This highlight of the second Easter Festival in Baden-Baden is conducted by Simon Rattle with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role in a production by Sir Richard Eyre.

    16 Apr 2014
    From the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Massimo Giordano, Eva-Maria Westbroek

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 1

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 2

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 3

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 4

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Vienna Philharmonia Chorus, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

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      Interview
      Live Lounge from the 2014 Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut” at the Easter Festival Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

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    Mozart’s Magic Flute was the highlight of the first Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in April 2013. Following the festival, the musicians also gave a concert performance of the production in which the singers enchanted the audience with both their vocal and dramatic skills. Simon Rattle also revealed himself to be an excellent interpreter of Mozart, bringing out the whole transparency, tonal beauty and drama of the score.

    07 Apr 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Dimitry Ivashchenko, Kate Royal, Michael Nagy, Pavol Breslik

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      The Magic Flute, K. 620: Act 1 (concert performance)

      Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass Baritone (Sarastro), José van Dam, Andreas Schager Tenor (1st Priest), Jonathan Lemalu Bass Baritone (2nd Priest), Ana Durlovski Soprano (The Queen of the Night), Kate Royal Sopran (Pamina), Annick Massis Sopran (1st Lady), Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (2nd Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto (3rd Lady), Regula Mühlemann Soprano (Papagena), Michael Nagy Baritone (Papageno), Pavol Breslik Tenor (Tamino), James Elliott Tenor (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett Tenor (1st Armoured Man), David Jerusalem Bass Baritone (2nd Armoured Man), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      The Magic Flute, K 620: Act 2 (concert performance)

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

    Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s “Magic Flute” Go to concert
  • Mozart’s “Magic Flute” from Baden-Baden

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    With a memorable performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Sir Simon Rattle opened the first Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in March 2013. The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.”

    01 Apr 2013
    From the Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Dimitry Ivashchenko, Pavol Breslik, Kate Royal, Michael Nagy

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      The Magic Flute, K. 620

      Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass Baritone (Sarastro), Pavol Breslik Tenor (Tamino), José van Dam Baritone (Speaker), Andreas Schager Tenor (1st Priest), Jonathan Lemalu Bass (2nd Priest), Ana Durlovski Soprano (The Queen of Night), Kate Royal Soprano (Pamina), Annick Massis Soprano (1st Lady), Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (2nd Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto (3rd Lady), Regula Mühlemann Soprano (Papagena), Michael Nagy Baritone (Papageno), James Elliott Tenor (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett Tenor (1st Armoured Man), David Jerusalem Bassbariton (2nd Armoured Man), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Robert Carsen Director, Petra Reinhardt Costumes, Michael Levine Set Design, Peter van Praet Light Design

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      Interview
      Mozart's "Magic Flute": an introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

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      Interview
      Robert Carsen on his staging of »The Magic Flute«

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      Interview
      Mozart's »Magic Flute« in Baden-Baden: behind the scenes

    Mozart’s “Magic Flute” from Baden-Baden Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Porgy and Bess”

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    A love story as poignant as any Puccini opera, immortal melodies plus pulsating, swinging “street life”: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is the perfect fusion of musical and dramatic depth and entertainment. In what the reviews called an “exceptional event beyond compare”, Simon Rattle conducted the work in September 2012 with a first-class ensemble of singers headed by Willard White and Latonia Moore.

    17 Sep 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sir Willard White, Latonia Moore

    • George Gershwin
      Porgy and Bess (concert performance)

      Sir Willard White Bass-Baritone (Porgy), Andrea Baker Soprano (Serena, His Wife), Howard Haskin Tenor (Sportin' Life), Latonia Moore Soprano (Bess), John Fulton Tenor (Robbins, A Young Fisherman), Lester Lynch Baritone (Crown), Angel Blue Soprano (Clara, His Wife), Rodney Clarke Baritone (Jake, Fisherman), Michael Redding Baritone (Jim), Tichina Vaughn Mezzo-Soprano (Maria), Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation Chorus (Residents of Catfish Row), Albert Horne Chorus Master

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Willard White in conversation with Sarah Willis

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      Interview
      Behind the scenes of “Porgy and Bess”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Porgy and Bess” Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s “Die Walküre”

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    Die Walküre is undoubtedly the most popular part of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen – perhaps because the mighty gods here struggle with very human feelings. In 2012, Simon Rattle presented the work at the Philharmonie – full of “expressive power” and “overwhelmingly beautiful”, in the words of the critics. Also taking part are Evelyn Herlitzius as Brünnhilde, Terje Stensvold as Wotan, Christian Elsner as Siegmund and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde.

    27 May 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christian Elsner, Terje Stensvold, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Evelyn Herlitzius

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      Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Act 1 (concert performance)

      Christian Elsner Tenor (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko Bass (Hunding), Terje Stensvold Bass (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi Mezzo-Soprano (Fricka), Susan Foster Soprano (Helmwige), Joanna Porackova Soprano (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler Soprano (Ortlinde), Julianne Young Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute), Heike Grötzinger Mezzo-Soprano (Siegrune), Anette Bod Mezzo-Soprano (Rossweisse), Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano (Grimgerde), Andrea Baker Mezzo-Soprano (Schwertleite)

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      Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Act 2 (concert performance)

      Christian Elsner Tenor (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko Bass (Hunding), Terje Stensvold Bass (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi Mezzo-Soprano (Fricka), Susan Foster Soprano (Helmwige), Joanna Porackova Soprano (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler Soprano (Ortlinde), Julianne Young Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute), Heike Grötzinger Mezzo-Soprano (Siegrune), Anette Bod Mezzo-Soprano (Rossweisse), Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano (Grimgerde), Andrea Baker Mezzo-Soprano (Schwertleite)

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      Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Act 3 (concert performance)

      Christian Elsner Tenor (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko Bass (Hunding), Terje Stensvold Bass (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi Mezzo-Soprano (Fricka), Susan Foster Soprano (Helmwige), Joanna Porackova Soprano (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler Soprano (Ortlinde), Julianne Young Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute), Heike Grötzinger Mezzo-Soprano (Siegrune), Anette Bod Mezzo-Soprano (Rossweisse), Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano (Grimgerde), Andrea Baker Mezzo-Soprano (Schwertleite)

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 1

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 2

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s “Die Walküre” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Salome”

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    The oppressive, dark eroticism of Richard Strauss’s Salome has always delighted and disturbed opera fans. Often the wealth of nuance contained in the opera, from the finely balanced orchestration to the multifaceted character of the eponymous heroine is overshadowed. A masterpiece of atmospheric and dramatic intensity, Simon Rattle presented the work in the Philharmonie in 2011. The title role was sung by Emily Magee.

    28 Mar 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stig Andersen, Hanna Schwarz, Emily Magee, Iain Paterson, Pavol Breslik

    • Richard Strauss
      Salome (concert performance)

      Stig Andersen Tenor (Herod), Hanna Schwarz Mezzo-Soprano (Herodias), Emily Magee Soprano (Salome), Iain Paterson Bass Baritone (Jochanaan), Pavol Breslik Tenor (Narraboth), Rinat Shaham Mezzo-Soprano (Page), Burkhard Ulrich Tenor (First Jew), Bernhard Berchtold Tenor (Second Jew), Timothy Robinson Tenor (Third Jew), Marcel Beekman Tenor (Fourth Jew), Richard Wiegold Bass (Fifth Jew), Reinhard Hagen Bass (First Nazarene), Andrè Schuen Bass Baritone (Second Nazarene, Cappadocian), Gábor Bretz Bass (First Soldier), Wilhelm Schwinghammer Bass (Second Soldier)

    Simon Rattle conducts “Salome” Go to concert
  • Boulez meets Stravinsky

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    Pierre Boulez has set standards with his performances of the music of Stravinsky. In this concert from 2010, he pays double homage to his older colleague: firstly as the conductor of Stravinsky’s fairytale opera Le Rossignol, and secondly with his own composition ... explosante fixe ..., which he wrote in memory of Stravinsky. The evening’s soloists include flautist Emmanuel Pahud and the soprano Barbara Hannigan.

    18 Sep 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Pierre Boulez

    Emmanuel Pahud, Barbara Hannigan

    • Pierre Boulez
      ... explosante-fixe ... for flute with live-electronics, two flutes and ensemble

      Emmanuel Pahud Flute, Marion Ralincourt Flute, Sophie Cherrier Flute, Members of IRCAM Paris Sound Direction

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) (concert performance)

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano (Nightingale), Stephanie Weiss Mezzo-Soprano (Cook), Julia Faylenbogen Mezzo-Soprano (Death), Edgaras Montvidas Tenor (Fisherman), Roman Trekel Baritone (Emperor of China), Georg Zeppenfeld Bass (Chamberlain), Peter Rose Bass (Bonze), Jan Remmers Tenor (Japanese Ambassador), Wolfram Tessmer Baritone (Japanese Ambassador), Rundfunkchor Berlin (Tenants), Simon Halsey Chorus Master

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      Interview
      Pierre Boulez in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Boulez meets Stravinsky Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Götterdämmerung” at the Aix-en-Provence Festival

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    Nothing less than the end of the world can be experienced in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung – although there are also subtly nuanced emotions in intimate scenes. Simon Rattle conducted the powerful work with an outstanding cast of singers at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2009. The Berliner Philharmoniker and their conductor earned particular acclaim: “One was overwhelmed by a feast of sound that saturated every pore” (Le Figaro).

    03 Jul 2009
    From the Aix-en-Provence Festival

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Ben Heppner, Katarina Dalayman, Anne Sofie von Otter

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act 1

      Ben Heppner Siegfried, Gerd Grochowski Gunther, Dale Duesing Alberich, Mikhail Petrenko Hagen, Katarina Dalayman Brünnhilde, Emma Vetter Gutrune, Anne Sofie von Otter Waltraute, Maria Radner First Norn, Lilli Paasikivi Second Norn, Miranda Keys Third Norn, Anna Siminska Woglinde, Eva Vogel Wellgunde, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Thibault Vancraenenbroeck Costumes, Marion Hewlett Lighting, Stéphane Braunschweig Stage Director and Set Design

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act 2

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act 3

    Simon Rattle conducts “Götterdämmerung” at the Aix-en-Provence Festival Go to concert
  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Haydn’s “Orlando paladino”

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    Nikolaus Harnoncourt called Haydn’s Orlando paladino a “totally mad, modern opera” and praised the “combination of pathos and irony, of real feelings and completely overwrought wooing”, which is “carried to extremes in Haydn’s inspired interpretation”. In this recording from 2009, Harnoncourt conducts the work with an outstanding ensemble of soloists, headed by Jane Archibald, Jonathan Lemalu, Kurt Streit and Michelle Breedt.

    22 Mar 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    • Joseph Haydn
      Orlando Paladino, Dramma eroicomico, Hob. XXVIII:I (concert performance)

      Jane Archibald Angelica, Mojca Erdmann Eurilla, Michelle Breedt Alcina, Kurt Streit Orlando, James Taylor Medoro, Markus Schäfer Pasquale, Paul O’Neill Licone, Jonathan Lemalu Rodomonte, Markus Butter Caronte

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      Interview
      Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Haydn’s “Orlando Paladino”

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Haydn’s “Orlando paladino” Go to concert
  • A magical Ravel concert with Simon Rattle

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    This Ravel concert from September 2008 takes listeners through fantastic magical realms. Sir Simon Rattle first conducts the ballet music Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose), a collection of delicate fairy tale scenes. The second part of the concert features the charming children’s opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Spells), interpreted by an outstanding ensemble of soloists, with Magdalena Kožená in the leading role.

    27 Sep 2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Maurice Ravel
      Ma Mère l’Oye, ballet

    • Maurice Ravel
      L’Enfant et les sortilèges, opera in one act

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Annick Massis Soprano, Mojca Erdmann Soprano, Sophie Koch Mezzo-Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Tenor, François Le Roux Baritone, José van Dam Bariton, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

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