I saw 4 operas while I was there.
“Eugene Onegin” at Staatsoper Berlin.
“Lear” at Frankfurt Oper.
“Flying Dutchman” at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
“Magic Flute” also in Frankfurt.
For the most part it was evidence of stage directors and designers pushing the envelope and striving for new takes on some old stories. It definitely doesn’t all work – but the attempts are admirable. I love story as much as anyone, and sometimes these ‘concepts’ really seemed to get in the way of that, but I also wondered why we aren’t seeing this exciting level of experimentation on North American stages.