A Kapellmeister raises her baton in Berlin

A Kapellmeister raises her baton in Berlin


norman lebrecht

August 27, 2021

Last October, without much fuss, the Deutsche Oper Berlin appointed Yi-Chen Lin as its first Kapellmeister.

Covid has prevented her debut month after month but tonight she is stepping onto the parking deck of the opera house to conduct a new production of a British opera, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s anti-establishment ‘Greek’.

Born in Taiwan, raised in Vienna, Lin was mentored by Alberto Zedda at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro.

Interview here.



  • Hans-Dieter Glaubke says:

    Wenn schon, denn schon: “Meisterin”

  • RW2013 says:

    Nothing to fuss about here.

  • BigSir says:

    Is that her high school year book picture or am I getting old?

  • Anne Midgette says:

    Actually, “Greek” had its world premiere in Germany in 1988 – it was commissioned by the City of Munich for the first iteration of Hans Werner Henze’s Munich Biennale of new music theater. Turnage was young and little-known, and the opera was something of a sensation.

  • John Miller says:

    Great music by Turnage. The work of the young writer and director Jonathan Moore on adapting the libretto and shaping the opera as director of the World Premiere at Munich (and later the BBCTV Film with Peter Maniura) in ’88 was invaluable and absolutely brilliant. No other production has come close. It was a landmark. It lingers in the memory to this day, and made me fall in love with opera as an art form.