Berlin in New York
There are many things that unite these two great cities, and this month, there will be one bond more. Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker will leave the German audiences behind for the capital’s most dismal weather month. After a stint in Paris and Vienna, the celebrated orchestra will bring Beethoven’s symphonies to New York’s Carnegie Hall in two mid-November performances.
New York in Berlin
And in a tit-for-tat moment, Berlin gets a taste of New York, in the form of Leonard Bernstein’s epic musical, West Side Story. Can’t imagine hearing the tragic American interpretation of Romeo and Juliet performed in German? Judging by the critics’ reactions, it is worth opening your mind and ears for this edgy production at Komische Oper Berlin, which rethinks (and re-choreographs) the 1950’s original.
Naples in Paris
Star Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez brings music from warmer climes to the stunning Grande Salle of the Philharmonie de Paris. With mandolin hero Avi Avital, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, and pianist Vincenzo Scalera, Flórez gives a program that joins standard opera favorites like Rossini to traditional Neapolitan hits. If this program doesn’t take the edge off the autumn chill, what will?
Paris in Amsterdam
In November, the Concertgebouw Orchestra will cede its brilliant hall to visiting productions while it tours the Far East. William Christie brings his legendary Parisian Early Music ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw for a performance of Händel’s oratorio, “Theodora”. The stellar cast includes countertenor extraordinaire, Philippe Jaroussky, and Katherine Watson in the title role.