The Barenboim-Said Akademie and the Pierre Boulez Saal host several literary, historical and musicological lectures throughout the 2018-19 season.

Lecture Series

"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

"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

Canceled: 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 register by email at

Edward W. Said Days: On Counterpoint

Edward W. Said saw music as a way of embracing the contradictions of everyday life. It was central to his work as a scholar, and he used it as a way to describe the non-musical. For him, counterpoint—the combination of two or more musical voices that are harmonically interdependent, yet melodically and rhythmically independent—was a fundamental metaphor for describing life’s complexities. Join the Barenboim-Said Akademie in its yearly celebration of Said’s life and work: an interwoven exploration of counterpoint through lecture, concert, and discussion, curated by the Dean of the Akademie, Prof. Dr. Mena Mark Hanna.

Lecture Concerts