Donald Runnicles (photo: Simon Pauly)

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Berliner Philharmoniker

Donald Runnicles conductor

Simon McBurney stage direction

Gerard McBurney dramaturgy

Will Duke video design

Anna Fleischle production design

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Paul Hindemith

Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen (Murderer, Hope of Women), opera in one act, op.12

Kurt Weill

The Berlin Requiem

Kurt Weill

The Seven Deadly Sins

A coproduction of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony

Dates and Tickets

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Thu, 18 Feb 2021, 20:00


Serie I

Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 20:00


Serie L


Actor, director and author Simon McBurney is an artistic multitalent. For concert stages in Berlin, Los Angeles and San Francisco he directs a programme that leads us deep into the abysses of the 1920s, particularly in Hindemith’s operatic shocker Murderer, Hope of Women, which is based on a drama by Oskar Kokoschka. It is about sex and dark desires, brutality and murder. McBurney and his artistic team work with techniques such as video projections, thus creating an atmosphere which makes the social and political climate in the time of the Weimar Republic come alive.

Donald Runnicles (photo: Simon Pauly)