On Saturday 27 May, Sir Simon Rattle will conduct Hector Berlioz’s Damnation De Faust in the Staatsoper Im Schiller Theatre, Berlin. This will be the Staatsoper’s first time presenting this particular production.
Simon will be joined by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená as Marguerite, alongside Charles Castronovo as Faust, Florian Boesch as Méphistophélès, and Jan Martinik as Brander.
This performance marks the beginning of an incredibly busy period for Simon. Following on from Damnation, he will revive Leoš Janáček’s Katja Kabanová from 14 to 25 June at the Staatsoper Berlin, with Simon O’Neill in the role of Boris. He then returns to the Philharmonie with the Berliner Philharmoniker for a run of concerts, including the premiere of Andrew Norman’s children’s opera The Moon and Back on the 17 & 18 June. This will be followed by a visit to the Pierre Boulez Saal on 29 June to perform a selection of chamber music, again joined by Magdalena Kožená. Simon will make a brief return to London shortly after, where he will take the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra for the first time since January to perform Haydn’s An Imaginary Orchestral Journey with pianist Lang Lang, at the Barbican Centre 11 & 12 July.
Further performances of Damnation de Faust take place on 1, 4, 9 and 11 June. More information and tickets can be found on the Staatsoper’s website.
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