Festtage 2010

The annual Easter Festtage are set to begin on Friday, March 26th with a long-awaited comeback by tenor Rolando Villazon, who recently returned to the stage after an unavoidable hiatus. Villazón sings in Achim Freyer's production of Eugene Onegin together with Anna Samuil, Katharina Kammerloher, René Pape, and others. Further performances will take place on March 31st and April 2nd.

On Saturday, March 27th, Federico Tiezzi's production of Simon Boccanegra returns to the Staatsoper, unfortunately without Placido Domingo, who sang the title role in a rare baritone performance when the opera celebrated its premiere in October 2009. He will be replaced by Andrzej Dobber for both Festtage performances (the opera will be repeated on March 30th).

It just wouldn't be the Festtage without gargantuan productions every day of the week, and this year is no exception. On Sunday, March 28th, Waltraud Meier, Peter Seiffert, and René Pape join Barenboim in Harry Kupfer's beloved production of Tristan und Isolde.

Fans of Russian song and Russian divas who were clever enough to book tickets months in can look forward to Monday, March 29th, when Barenboim accompanies Anna Netrebko in an evening of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov at the Philharmonie.

On Thursday, April 1rd, Barenboim steps aside for a moment to allow his friend and colleague Maurizio Pollini share in the Festtage festivities. Pollini will give a recital in the Philharmonie of works by Chopin, Debussy, and Boulez.

On Saturday, April 3rd, Barenboim returns to the piano himself to perform Schönberg’s Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Staatskapelle Berlin. They are joined by Christine Schäfer in a program that includes works of Berg and Schönberg.

On Sunday, April 4th, alto Hilary Summers, cellist Hassan Moataz, and several other members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will come together for an homage to Pierre Boulez, who turned 85 at the end of March.

The Festtage will conclude with a final performance of Tristan und Isolde with the cast mentioned above.

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