"This furious interpretation by Barrie Kosky in the Komische Oper gives Bernstein’s old West Side Story back its toughness and explosive power," [Berliner Zeitung]. The new staging, which owes its captivating quality not least to Otto Pichler’s "truly modern choreography: raw, unadorned, virile and packed with testosterone" [Berliner Morgenpost], was the hit of last season at the Komische Oper, with over 20 performances completely sold out.
Bernstein's version of the Shakespearean romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, transformed into the here and now, displays all its many facets under the guidance of Koen Schoots: "Sensually aggressive and extreme, but also possessed of heartfelt melodic warmth". A musical which doesn't believe in the unlimited power of love but demands tolerance with every fibre of its being! "Unhappy end, rapturous applause at the premiere" [Der Tagesspiegel].