The Komische Oper staged Hans Werner Henze’s Raft of the Medusa on a giant swimming pool stage in a disused hangar of Berlin’s Tempelhof airport—not coincidentally, adjacent to refugee housing since 2015.  (The New York Times, 9/14/23; Financial Times, 9/18/23)

The German Historical Museum in Berlin is honoring the 86-year-old singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann with a special exhibition, now through January 14, 2024.  (The New York Times, 7/7/23; The Guardian, 7/10/23)

Props to James Austin Smith, who presented “an unpredictably playful program of oboe music from the former East Germany” at a groovy performance space in Brooklyn.  (The New Yorker, 11/13/23)

“The art of music,” writes Jeremy Eichler, “possesses a unique and often underappreciated power to burn through history’s cold storage.” Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance reflects on the work of Schoenberg, Strauss, Britten, and Shostakovich as musical memorials.  (The New York Times, 9/2/23; Financial Times, 9/5/23; Here & Now, 10/13/23; Literary Review, 11/2023)

There’s a new recording of a Paul Dessau opera that was absent from stages for far too long: “Involving more than 30 solo singing roles, a nine-part chorus and a huge orchestra, as well as dancers and actors, Lanzelot was one of the most ambitious operas ever mounted in the GDR.”  (The Guardian, 1/12/23)