As winter cedes its way to spring, Berlin graces yet again the season of renewal with a refreshing variety of concerts and premieres. Springtime in Berlin is not merely a matter of routine departure from the gray but a welcoming of the new amongst the old — especially through revitalizing music. Across the most historical venues in the city, classical music and opera performances introduce a surge of energy to captivate and unite the masses this season. One of the many anticipated highlights includes the recently opened and internationally acclaimed concert hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, hosting intimate concerts in a mesmerizing oval architecture that are not to be missed.
Concerts in Historic Locations
Bursting with green space, West Berlin’s affluent Charlottenburg district starts off the month of April through a series of festive concerts at the historic Charlottenburg Palace. In the beautiful Great Orangery, the Colorful Spring Festival concerts celebrate spring with the Berlin Residence Orchestra performing various works by Beethoven, Schumann, and more, following a palace tour and dinner meal. Discover how Easter is embraced at the palace through the Traditional Easter Concerts, featuring also a tour, dinner meal, and an orchestral performance of selected works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi, and Bach with violinist Vladi Corda and vocalists.
More east to the Mitte district, music fills grand venues concentrated in the beautiful plaza of Gendarmenmarkt. Find here the historical Konzerthaus that was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1984, and the French Cathedral built by Huguenots who had helped Berlin thrive as a city in the 18th century. Right at the end of Unter den Linden, be sure to visit the Berliner Dom facing the Lustgarten by the Spree River, and walk directly to the Bode Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO World Hertitage site, for excellent concerts.
For a selection of Easter concerts, see the series of exciting Easter performances taking place.
Chamber Music Concerts
Hailed as “what the world needs” by the LA Times, the recently opened Pierre Boulez Saal has already established itself as a haven for music intimacy. Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim secured architect Frank Gehry, whose past works include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, to create the oval-shaped hall to honor the wish of legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. The desire was to create a reconfigurable salle without jeopardizing the acoustics, which was accomplished through the circumventing seating plan for 682 people evoking such a spirit of unity under the pristine acoustics achieved by Yasuisa Toyota.
During April and May, visit the concert hall to enjoy the masterworks of Schubert Lieder with Juliane Banse, Roman Trekel and Michael Volle taking you through love, death, and nature. Explore also the musical cultures of the Arab world in a series of special concerts with the oud and contemporary Arab chamber music from anticipated performances by Naseer Shamma and Kinan Azmeh with the Damascus Festival Players .
Long-Awaited Opera Premieres
The opera houses in Berlin offer new performances almost every day, but look out for these major premieres this spring season. See the new production of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman by choreographer and director Christian Spuck at the Deutsche Oper, or head to the Komische Oper for Mussorgsky’s The Fair at Sorochynstsi by Artistic Director Barrie Kosky. Aribert Reimann’s tragic opera Medea will also premiere at the Komische Oper in a production under Benedict Andrews. Be sure to make your way to see these new opera premieres before they sell out.