Berlin State Opera is looking for a successor for Barenboim
Created: 01/08/2023 09:33
General Music Director Daniel Barenboim stands in the hall of the renovated State Opera in Berlin.
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The Staatsoper Unter den Linden needs a new musical top.
After Barenboim's resignation as general music director, nothing points to easy solutions.
At the concert there is cheering - and wrong notes.
Berlin - After Daniel Barenboim announced his resignation, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has to find a successor for the outgoing general music director.
The further procedure is initially in the hands of Berlin's Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer (left) as Council Chairman of the Berlin Opera Foundation, State Opera Director Matthias Schulz and his designated successor Elisabeth Sobotka.
The director of the Bregenz Festival will take over the management in Berlin in 2024.
After a long absence, Barenboim announced on Friday that he would not be able to hold the post due to illness and asked for his contract to be terminated at the end of January.
The 80-year-old had been in the post since 1992 and was elected principal conductor for life by the Staatskapelle in autumn 2000.
A successor for Barenboim will not be easy to find.
Hardly any other personality has shaped the world of classical music as actively as he has in recent decades.
The conductor and pianist is one of the musical geniuses of the present.
The Konzerthaus, a few hundred meters away, opted for a clear cut in a similar situation.
There, 36-year-old Joana Mallwitz will succeed 82-year-old Christoph Eschenbach as chief conductor this year.
Christian Thielemann is considered a possible Barenboim successor.
The 63-year-old had already stepped in for the new production of Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" at the State Opera.
Thielemann also represented Barenboim during the Asian tour with the Staatskapelle.
However, he has recently repeatedly referred to his contract with the Staatskapelle in Dresden, which runs until 2024.
After announcing his resignation, Barenboim received a standing ovation for a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic on Friday evening.
He first conducted Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto, while Barenboim's longtime musical accompanist Martha Argerich sat at the piano.
Then there was the second symphony by Johannes Brahms.
Much applause erupted when Argerich and Barenboim sat together at the grand piano for an encore four-handed.
Just like a week earlier with the Staatskapelle, the still ailing Barenboim was able to build on the many years of interaction with the Philharmoniker.
From the orchestra one could hear little rehearsal work and inaccurate cues at the concert.
Accordingly, in the last Brahms movement, with the exception of one instrument, the orchestra completely ignored a premature indication by Barenboim and intoned together only at the musically correct time.
Barenboim, who has been ill for a long time, wrote on Friday that his health had deteriorated significantly.
"I can no longer provide the performance that is rightly demanded of a general music director." He was ready "to continue to work as a conductor in the future, also and especially with the Staatskapelle Berlin".
At the beginning of October, the conductor announced that he now had to concentrate as much as possible on his physical well-being.
Recently, Barenboim had failed several times.
In February he underwent surgery on his spine.