After seven years of renovation work, Berlin's State Opera has finally re-opened. To mark the occasion, general music director Daniel Barenboim conducted a series of special concerts.
Two centuries after her birth, the composer, critic, impresario, pianist, celebrity, mother and Robert Schumann's wife — and not necessarily in that order — is recognized as a 19th century power woman.
Four years ago, Kirill Petrenko was elected principal conductor of the orchestra, one steeped in tradition. At his first official concert in that function, the Russian-born maestro gave a sample of what is in store.
Described as a ray of light in a politically and socially torn country, the George Enescu Festival is also giving its first-ever guest performance in Berlin this season.
A young conductor on the way up, and yet another musician from the small country of Finland to rock the world of classical music: Santtu-Matias Rouvali just had his first performance with the Berlin Philharmonic.
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