Tristan, Tannhäuser and Lohengrin

The Wagner series during the 2011-12 season

Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin will be continuing the ten-part Wagner cycle series with "Lohengrin" on November 12, 2011, "Tristan und Isolde" on March 27 and "Tannhäuser" on May 5, 2012.

The concert performances, to be held at the Philharmonie Berlin, are to feature top-notch Wagnerian singers such as Nina Stemme (Isolde and Elisabeth), Christopher Ventris (Lohengrin and Tannhäuser), Stephen Gould (Tristan), Günter Groissböck (Heinrich), Albert Dohmen (Hermann), Christian Gerhaher (Wolfram von Eschenbach) and Kwangchul Youn (Marke).

The Wagner cycle series, being held under the aegis of the President of the German Bundestag Nobert Lammert, also showcases the Rundfunkchor Berlin, one of the best choirs in the world and Grammy award recipient.

In his presentation of Richard Wagner, Marek Janowski directs sole focus to the music itself. His musical interpretations of Wagner's music allow listeners to visualize the plotline in their own internalized way, leaving the pictorial operatic elements to the listener's imagination.

During the season now underway, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra is dedicating its efforts to the operas "The Flying Dutchman", "Parsifal" and "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg". The opera tetralogy "The Ring of the Nibelung", to be performed on the occasion of Richard Wagner's 200th birthday during the 2012-13 season, will make up the high point in the Wagner performance series.

Janowski's 1980s studio recording of Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen" with the Staatskapelle Dresden remains one of the bestselling standard recordings still today. Janowski has been chief conductor of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the oldest German broadcast orchestra, since 2002. The history of the orchestra's founding traces all the way back to the very first musical broadcast, which hit the waves in October 1923.

Ticket sales begin: June 1.




Marit Magister