Berlin gets new opera chief

Berlin gets new opera chief


norman lebrecht

February 06, 2023

The Deutsche Oper has chosen Aviel Cahn, General Manager of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, to succeed Dietmar Schwarz in 2025.

Cahn, 48, has a varied background.

He has worked with the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Stadttheater Bern and Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp.


  • Go says:

    Good for them

  • Clem says:

    He did a great job in Opera Flanders (Antwerp / Ghent). It was a provincial house when he started and presented award-winning productions and attracted great directors during the last years of his term. The Deutsche Opera Berlin is a wonderful place but it needs a creative shake-up. Cahn might be the right person to do that.

    • RW2013 says:

      A few highlights –
      „Not only sex is fun, opera goes deeper“
      “younger, more diverse, more cross-sectoral and more political”
      I’m missing Dietmar already.

  • AB says:

    Very interesting, what would be Mr. Cahn’s plan.
    DOB needs reform and new profile. A new face and new profile of the music director is necessary.
    Cahn was always faithful to his artistic vision but also adapted to the needs of the city – in Antwerp as well as in Geneva.
    Berlin is challenging and not a self-runner. DOB is not a brand anymore. So, it is super interesting, what Cahn has to offer.

  • Rosa says:

    Any chance of him bringing a new GMD? Seems like the even more important change!

    • AB says:

      He will have too: Runnickles had been appointed for the period till 2027. So if I do the math right, Cahn and Runnickles have only one season together.

    • Alan says:

      Is Runnicles so unpopular?

      • Rosa says:

        The orchestra sounds pretty bland when he conducts. In my memory it wasn’t this bad when he started, but the Wagner and Beethoven I heard him in as of late weren’t anything to write home about. Many people I know personally have also noticed it, in addition many critics have mentioned it as well recently.

  • Kati says:

    We are sorry to lose him, but « onwards and upwards », so we wish him good luck And au revoir ( and NOT good bye!!)