Lecture Series at the Barenboim-Said Akademie

Starting in October 2018, the Barenboim-Said Akademie and the Pierre Boulez Saal will host several literary, historical and musicological lectures, two of which will be accompanied by a musical programme, which will be presented by students of the Akademie, singers and soloists.

"The First World War"

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Michael Naumann, Rector of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, presents a series of seven lectures on the political, social, and cultural origins and consequences of the war.

Mondays, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Mozart Auditorium

  • October 22, 2018
  • November 5 & 19, 2018
  • December 3 & 17, 2018
  • January 14 & 28, 2019

In English. Free admission, limited seating. Please register by email at [email protected]

pic Unter den Linden, Announcement by an officer of the Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment of the state of imminent danger of war on the afternoon of 31 July 1914.

Wasmuth Lecture with Stephen Greenblatt

Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard professor, and Shakespeare researcher Stephen Greenblatt will give this year's Wasmuth Lecture on "What William Shakespeare can tell us about the traps of tyranny and how one can avoid them". Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie and tenor/speaker Paul McNamara will musically frame the evening with Arnold Schönberg's Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte conducted by Thomas Guggeis.

Saturday, October 27 at 7 pm, at the Pierre Boulez Saal

In English with simultaneous translation. Tickets €10 available online or +49 30 4799 7411.

"Insight into the world of opera"

The history of opera explained by a professional voice: Jürgen Flimm has been working for the opera for over 40 years - among others at the Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Berlin State Opera, the Zurich Opera as well as the Vienna and Hamburg State Operas. He has taught at Harvard University, New York University and the University of Hamburg.

Mozart Auditorium, at 6 pm

  • Monday 29 October: „Wo man singt…“
  • Tuesday 13 November: „Was macht ein Opernregisseur eigentlich?“
  • Monday 26 November: „Wie entsteht eine Aufführung?“

In German. Free admission, limited seating capacity. Please by email at [email protected]

pic Le Nozze di Figaro, November 2015, Inszenierung: Jürgen Flimm © Hermann und Clärchen Baus

Lecture & Music: Letters from World War I

“When the horrors of the First World War came to an end and the noise of battle faded 100 years ago, officer cadet Karl Varges, aged 18, was dead. He had marched off into those battles not long before – at first, as if he were going on a vacation camp, on a cheerful journey. But in the moving letters he wrote home, that picture increasingly turned into a horrible nightmare. My grandfather, the historian Prof. Willi Varges, collected my uncle Karl’s letters. I would like to read excerpts from them for you.” — Jürgen Flimm

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 7:30 pm / Pierre Boulez Saal

Jürgen Flimm, acclaimed stage director and former intendant of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, brings an intensely personal project to the Pierre Boulez Saal, framed with songs by Gustav Mahler, Robert Schumann, Alban Berg.

Tickets €35-15 available online or +49 30 4799 7411.

pic Karl Varges © N.N.