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Deutsche Oper

A 1960s dé­cor-free box of acous­tic magic. Di­rec­tor and con­duc­tor Don­ald Run­ni­cles puts to­gether rich pro­grams with lots of Verdi, Rossini, and Mozart. 3, 6 Jan: La Bo­hème (Puc­cini). 4 Jan: Aida ( Verdi). 7 Jan: Die Zauber­flöte (Mozart). 8 Jan: Il Bar­biere di Siviglia (Rossini). 12, 25, 28 Jan: Nabucco ( Verdi). 15, 21, 26 Jan: Don Gio­vanni (Mozart). 27 Jan: Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wart­burg ( Wag­ner). 29 Jan: Die Hugenot­ten (Meyer­beer). T: 030.34384343. U Deutsche Oper. B3

Komis­che Oper

Young and dar­ing opera pro­duc­tions won this theater the ti­tle of Opera House of the Year 2013. Aus­tralian in­ten­dant Bar­rie Kosky is also the artis­tic di­rec­tor of some of the per­for­mances, with mes­mer­iz­ing re­sults. 1 Jan: New Year's Con­cert. 5, 7, 13, 15 Jan: My Fair Lady (Loewe). 6, 21, 29 Jan: Die Zauber­flöte (Mozart). 14, 22 Jan: Jew­geni One­gin ( Tchaikovsky). 20 Jan: Die Perlen der Cleopa­tra (Straus). 27 Jan: Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will (Straus). 28 Jan: Petr­uschka/L'en­fant et Les Sor­tilèges (Straw­in­sky/Ravel). www.komis­che- oper- ber­lin.de. Behrensstr. 55-57. T: 030.47997400. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Staats­bal­lett Staat­soper im Schiller Theater

plays Scar­latti, Ravel, Bach. 23 Jan: Hes­pe­rion XXI, Tem­be­mbe En­sam­ble Con­tinuo. 24 Jan: Art of Duo, jazz con­cert fea­tur­ing Paolo Fresu and oth­ers. 25 Jan: Or­ches­tra Academy of the Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker (cond. John Adams). 29 Jan: Phil­har­mo­nia Quar­tett per­forms Beethoven and Shostakovich. www.ber­liner- phil­har­moniker.de. Her­bert-von- Kara­jan-Str. 1. T: 030.254880. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Konz­erthaus

This charis­matic 1821 con­cert hall is the base theater of the Konz­erthau­sor­ch­ester, but other or­ches­tras and soloists grace its stage reg­u­larly. 1 Jan: New Year's Con­cert with the Konz­erthau­sor­chetser. 3 Jan: Don Kosaken, Chor Serge Jaroff. 7 Jan: Orff's Carmina Bu­rana and Beethoven's 9th Sym­phony; 10 Jan: Staatskapelle Ber­lin (cond. Baren­boim) per­forms Mozart and Bruck­ner. 13, 15 Jan: Konz­erthau­sor­ch­ester Ber­lin, Iván Fis­cher per­forms Mahler. 14 Jan: New Year's Swing; An­drej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Or­ches­tra; 17 Jan: Academy of St Martin in the Fields (cond. Joshua Bell) per­forms Beethoven and Men­delssohn. 21 Jan: Konz­erthau­sor­ch­ester Ber­lin (cond. Michal Nes­terow­icz) per­forms Dvo­rak and Shostakovich. 28 Jan: Konz­erthau­sor­ch­ester Ber­lin (cond. Ki­ta­jenko) per­forms Rach­mani­nov and Tchaikovsky. www. konz­erthaus.de. Gen­dar­men­markt. T: 030.203092101. U Hausvogteiplatz. E3 David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Depeche Mode recorded some of their great­est hits in Ber­lin. Ber­lin's bal­let com­pany cur­rently per­forms at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. 2 Jan: The Nutcracker ( Tchaikovsky) at Deutsche Oper. 2 Jan: The Lit­tle Prince at Staat­soper im Schiller Theater. 9 Jan: Mul­ti­plic­ity. Forms of Si­lence and Empti­ness (Na­cho Du­ato) at Komis­che Oper. 12 Jan: Her­rum­bre, Du­ato, at Staat­soper im Schiller Theater. 2 Jan: Mail­lot/Millepied at Deutsche Oper. www. staats­bal­lett- ber­lin.de. T: 030.34384140. U Deutsche Oper. B3 While its home on Un­ter den Lin­den gets re­vamped, the Staat­soper has tem­po­rar­ily moved all per­for­mances to the Schiller Theater. Daniel Baren­boim's per­fect pro­duc­tions range from Baroque op­eras to con­tem­po­rary pre­mieres. 1 Jan: Die Zauber­flöte (Mozart). 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23 Jan: King Arthur (Pur­cell). www.staat­soper- ber­lin.de. T: 030.34384140. U Deutsche Oper. B3

Phil­har­monie

The iconic con­cert venue is home to the ac­claimed Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker, cur­rently led by Sir Si­mon Rat­tle, but also hosts other en­sem­bles and soloists. Free lunchtime con­certs Tues­days 1pm. 1 Jan: Das Sin­fonie Orch­ester Ber­lin (cond. Stan­ley Dodds) per­forms Beethoven's 9th Sym­phony. 2 Jan: the Staatskapelle Ber­lin (cond. Daniel Baren­boim, vi­o­lin Lisa Ba­ti­ashvili) per­fomrs Tchaikovsky. 6 Jan: Donna Brown & Friends in con­cert. 9 Jan: Staatskapelle Ber­lin (cond. Baren­boim), Mozart and Bruck­ner. 12–15 Jan: the Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker (cond. Chailly) per­forms Verdi's Re­quiem. 19–21 Jan: The Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker (cond. Blom­st­edt, Sir An­drás Schiff Piano) play Bar­tok and Brahms. 26-28 Jan: The Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker (cond. Sir Si­mon Rat­tle). 22 Jan: The Rund­funk-Sin­fonieorch­ester Ber­lin (cond. Shani) plays Shostakovich and Stravin­sky. www. ber­liner- phil­har­moniker.de. Her­bert-von- Kara­janStr. 1. T: 030.254880. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Rund­funk-Sin­fonieorch­ester Ber­lin

In­ject­ing new ex­pres­sion into 19th- and 20th­cen­tury clas­si­cal works un­der the lead of Marek Janowski, the old­est Ger­man ra­dio or­ches­tra with its 103 mem­bers has won a place in the top tier of Euro­pean con­cert or­ches­tras. www.rsb- on­line.de. Tick­ets: 030.20298715.

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