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The thinking ear is always curious

The thinking ear is always curious. That is why the Pierre Boulez Saal is open to the entire world of chamber music. We are interested in the programming and initiatives of other venues and festivals in Berlin and beyond, which we are featuring in this section at irregular intervals.


The Diaries of John Rabe

"The Diaries of John Rabe" is a touching piece of Chinese contemporary history. The opera stands for universal humanism and is an expression of deep gratitude for the rescue of hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians during the Japanese-Chinese War of 1937/38 by a small group of Nanking's international residents, above all German businessman John Rabe.

Tang Jianping's orchestral sound evokes associations with Romanticism as well as with classical film music; the voices follow great melodic lines. Librettist Zhou Ke tells touching individual stories in this anti-war opera, premiered in 2017 at the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, Nanjing Opera House, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the massacre in Nanjing.

The Diaries of John Rabe
Opera by Tang Jianping

Berlin – July 3 & 4 2019 – Staatsoper unter den Linden
Ticket Hotline +49 30 20 35 45 55

Hamburg – July 6 2019 – Elbphilharmonie (concert version)

Vienna – July 9 & 10 2019 – Ronacher
Ticket Hotline +43 1 58881 111

Visit the website: www.johnrabe.info