Daniel Barenboim will conduct the Staatskapelle Berlin in three concerts in November, the Sydney Opera House announced today. The news that Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin were performing in Sydney as part of an international tour was broken by the orchestra last month, but the Sydney Opera House has now confirmed that the legendary maestro will be conducting a complete Brahms Symphony cycle as well as Beethoven’s Eroica and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony across three nights.

Daniel BarenboimDaniel Barenboim. Photo © Holger Kettner

This will be the first time Barenboim has brought the Staatskapelle Berlin to Australia, and the first time he has performed here since 1970, when he toured with his then-wife, the cellist Jacqueline Du Pré.

“We are so proud that in its 45th year the Opera House continues to bring the world’s greatest orchestral music to its stages,” said Sydney Opera House Executive Director, Performing Arts, Kate Dundas. “Our World Orchestra Program has showcased globally-renowned international orchestras in the Concert Hall including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the hands of Maestro Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin’s exceptional sound and their considered repertoire from the Greats of the Romantic era is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both old and new admirers of exquisite classical music.”

Barenboim will perform Brahms’ First and Second Symphonies on November 25, Brahms’ Third and Fourth on November 26 and Beethoven’s Symphony No 3, Eroica, and Schubert’s Symphony No 8, Unfinished, on November 27. Barenboim’s complete Brahms Symphony cycle recorded with the Staatskapelle Berlin will be released on Deutsche Grammophon in time for the tour.


Sydney Opera House pre-sale commences April 18 at 9am. Tickets are on sale to the general public May 7 at 9am.

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