Barenboim marks 25 years at Berlin Staatsoper

Barenboim marks 25 years at Berlin Staatsoper


norman lebrecht

October 25, 2017

The company has published a history to mark his quarter-century, which began with Parsifal on October 24, 1992.

He has been an exemplary music director, committed and connected.

And he has done so much else besides.

Reflective article here (in German).


  • Ungeheuer says:


  • Olassus says:

    He has also hogged the Little Staatsoper’s casting budget, leaving lower-quality options for guest conductors.

    • MacroV says:

      No idea if that’s right, but hardly a surprise that the music director would lead the best-prepared, best-cast productions; as leader of the institution he has to make sure that when he’s conducting, the house is showing itself at its best. And a figure like Barenboim is going to attract the A-list singers, directors, designers, anyway.

      • Stefan Treddel says:

        Macrov! If only he would lead the bes prepared and best cast productions. Have you see any of the shipwrecks (Pêcheurs, Faust-Szenen…) he led recently?

  • Antony says:

    Of course he does the big things. A lesser Music Director would be there less often. HE NEVER STOPS. Things will change subtly artistically from next season with the new Intendant who is NEITHER a Director nor a Conductor, and only just over half Barenboim’s age.. But the possibilities of the new/old theatre are almost limitless.