This might look like an odd place for an international company to stage an opera, but it's where the Deutsche Oper Berlin will be showing their first premiere of the 2014-15 season.
From mid-summer until late November their main house is undergoing renovations. A variety of substitute venues will be commandeered - these include the Philharmonie, the Berlin Festpiele House, and, as you see above, the car park behind the Deutsche Oper.
Following the general trend this year for seat-filling favourites, there's not much to get excited about, although the Xenakis should not be missed, and Evelyn Herlitzius in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk could be exciting. The star quotient is mostly to be found in revivals, and remains on a par with previous years,
The premieres are:
- Oresteia by Xenakis - in the Deutsche Oper car park
- The Rape of Lucretia - c.Nicholas Carter d. Fiona Shaw - the Glyndebourne production will be shown in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele
- Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk c.Donald Runnicles d.Ole Anders Tandberg, with Evelyn Herlitzius and Sir John Tomlinson
- La rondine c. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli d. Rolando Villazon - yes, that one
- Roméo et Juliette c. Donald Runnicles d.Sasha Waltz
- Faust c. Marco Armiliato d.Philipp Stölzl, with Teodor Ilincai, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Krassimira Stoyanova
Top of the revivals list has to be Lohengrin. Kasper Holten's production was not well received on its first outing, but the cast - Vogt, Harteros, Meier - is pretty much unbeatable. Harteros turns up in Tosca and a single concert Ariadne auf Naxos as well.
On top of his directorial duties, Rolando Villazon is taking on the role of Don Carlo. Elina Garanca perks up the Rosenkavalier casting, and Lyudmila Monastyrka takes on Abigaille in her inimitable fashion.