Sliding thru the Opera

A bizarre band of two trombonists and a pianist cope with losing a lead singer. The musicians desperately try to keep the show going. In the following dialogue between text and music they touch on simple but significant aspects of life. Underneath an overall entertaining facade one will detect allusions to canonical works of art. The piece overall questions the opera medium, pointing at the absurdity of its texts, its visual extravagance, histrionic dramatism, excessive budgets and the music-industry’s lack of appreciation for musicians, often treating them as replaceable pawns.

The result is a deconstruction of the opera genre, ravishingly funny, full of quiet melancholy and critical questions about the art world.

»How will you understand The Magic Flute without words, huh?« – »What? As if someone understands The Magic Flute?«


Lars Karlin, born in Sweden, is a trombonist and arranger who began his studies in Stockholm at the age of twelve. He continued his studies at the UdK Berlin, where he graduated with a Master’s degree. Lars has been awarded top prizes at numerous international competitions, among them the first prize at the 2011 Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. Since 2015, Lars holds a solo-trombone position at the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and in 2018 became a »Yamaha Artist «. 

He has performed with orchestras around the globe, such as the Norwegian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, the Polish National Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatsoper Hannover, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, DSO Berlin, RSB Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2007, Lars Karlin co-founded the award winning ensemble »Trombone Unit Hannover«.

Tomer Maschkowski was born into an Israeli family in Rotterdam in 1982. He studied at the Rotterdam University of the Arts and was later accepted into the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, where he worked under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Since 2012, he has performed as a trombonist with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He regularly makes guest appearances with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Maschkowski became a »Yamaha Artist« in 2018 and is a member of various wind ensembles such as the International Trombone Ensemble, the Berlin Trombone Quartet and the ensemble »Trombone Unit Hannover«, with which he won first prize at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in 2011. In addition, he makes regular appearances with the Brass Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Brass Ensemble.

Ohad Ben-Ari, Israeli-born pianist and composer. Ohad Ben-Ari’s career has begun when he was 12 years old with performances as a soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. The following year, Ohad was officially enrolled as a student at the Tel-Aviv University, where he studied piano and composition, and later also conducting and scoring. As a pianist, Ohad has won numerous top prizes at international competitions, among them the ARD Competition and the coveted Arthur Rubinstein Master Competition. As a result, he received many invitations to appear as a soloist with Orchestras and with chamber music ensembles all around the world.

Since 2010, Ohad Ben-Ari has been residing with his family in Berlin, where he continues his extensive work as a pianist and a composer. He partners frequently with violinists Guy Braunstein and Noah Bendix-Balgley, as well as with mandolinist Avi Avital. He also collaborates with other world-renown classical musicians such as Sol Gabetta, Andreas Ottensamer, Alisa Weilerstein, Emmanuel Pahud, Magdalena Kožená and Yuja Wang. In the years 2011-2016, Ben-Ari has served as the artistic director of the Rolandseck Chamber Music Festival. Ohad currently serves as the director of the “ID Festival Berlin”, which he founded with the support of the German government in 2014. That same year, a debut solo performance of H.W. Henze’s “Requiem” took place with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Ohad Ben-Ari’s compositions and transcriptions are performed world-wide by leading musicians. His first major original work, “Tips”, has seen its debut in 2013 with the Hamburg Symphony. In 2014, his “Concerto for Marimba” was premiered in Tokyo by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and “Violins of Hope” was commissioned and performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2015. His latest epic, “Messe di Requiem”, has premiered this season in Hamburg.

François Regis

German Version
Marcel Höfs

Artistic Consultancy
Ariel Nil Levy

Rossini, Mozart, Bizet, Wagner, Prokofiev and Quincy Jones

Tenor/Alto Trombones
Lars Karlin

Bass Trombone
Tomer Maschkowski

Ohad Ben-Ari

© Chris Day

Lars Karlin

© Susann Ziegler

Tomer Maschkowski

© Do Hyung Kim

Ohad Ben-Ari

free admission

Fri 24 April 18:30

radialsystem Halle

Free Admission

60 minutes, no intermission