Das war heute unsere letzte Vorstellung in diesem wunderschönen Theater in Berlin. So wie jetzt sehe ich es heute zum letzten Mal. Ab Mai nächsten Jahres wird ein neues gebaut und das Theater am Kurfürstendamm zwischenzeitlich ins Schillertheater ziehen. Adieu, Theater am Kudamm. Das war eine großartige Zeit.
VIDEO PROJECTION: Donata Wenders & Michael Schackwitz
LIGHT DESIGN: Olaf Freese
LEÏLA: Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti NADIR: Francesco Demuro ZURGA: Gyula Orendt NOURABAD: Wolfgang Schöne
Staatskapelle Berlin Staatsopernchor
Now to be honest the ONLY reason I’m here to see this production, is the involvement of Wim Wenders who is directing his first ever opera. Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers is no great opera masterpiece…..but I was expecting no less than theatre brilliance AND Daniel Barenboim AND GREAT singing of course. The theatre was packed to the rafters and has been for every performance. The opera its share of great arias and choir segments – only the problem is the fact that the libretto is so predictable and uninspiring. None of the characters are fleshed out in a way that makes the the audience care the least for any of them.. This is the Disney of Opera - pretty songs, perfect execution and a lack of real depth - and Wim Wenders does the only right thing by making the production sparse and cinematic with layers of beautiful projections and minimal, abstract landscapes. He reduces instead of amplifies. I absolutely loved the aesthetics of it all – especially the second act which was achingly beautiful. This was the last time the complete Staatskapelle Berlin performed in the Schiller theater before moving back to the restored Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Barenboim made an inspired speech about the 7 years that they had been housed in West Berlin and how it is now the time not to move “back to the east” but also that it's also time to consider Berlin a whole city.