Watch & Listen
Jugendclub on stage © Stephan Bögel
Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. We know where we want to go and still choose a roundabout route to get there. Yet the road less travelled is often more exciting and every adventure is a door to new worlds! But we don’t always know the way, and that’s when we need companions to give us direction. But where do we want to end up anyway? How do we know when we’re there? And what happens after that?
In the 2015/2016 season the Young Opera section of the Deutsche Oper Berlin will be telling stories about being on the move. The musical theatre production THE WANDERINGS OF ODYSSEUS presents us with a life journey with all its highs and lows. In our ODYSSEY INTO THEATRE audio walk we send school classes out on expeditions in the city. In the WHERE ARE YOU GOING? music lab held during the winter holidays 50 children go out collecting sounds associated with travel. And in the major NEULAND youth project refugees meet Berlin teenagers and work on building a common utopia.
We leave the opera house and head out into the city, into schools, kindergartens, prisons and youth centres. There are projects and other initiatives to suit everyone; on offer are workshops, courses of further training for teachers, play clubs and two mobile musical-theatre productions involving children’s day-care centres.
We look forward to a fascinating journey with you all during the 2015/2016 season and can’t wait to see where this adventure will take us.
Musical Theatre / Concerts for Children
Musical Theatre / Concerts for Children
For ChildrenA Piece of Heaven / PremiereMusical theatre by Ania Michaelis / read more
19., 20., 22., 23., 24., 26., 27. Mar. 2016 (2 – 4 years)
Kuckuck im KofferMusical theatre by Matthias Kaul / read more
7., 8., 9., 10., 11., 14., 15., 16., 17., 18. Sep.; 23., 24. [2×], 25., 26. [2×], 27. Nov. 2015; 18., 19., 20., 21., 22. Jan.; 22. [2×], 23., 24. [2×], 25., 26. Feb.; 18., 19., 20., 21. [2×], 22., 25., 26. Apr. 2016 (3 – 6 years)
GoldMusical theatre by Leonard Evers / read more
6., 10., 11., 12., 13., 16., 17., 18. Nov. 2015 (ab 4 and over)Can you whistle, JohannaMusical theatre by Gordon Kampe / read more
13., 14., 15., 20., 21. Feb. 2016 (ab 6 and over)The Wanderings of Odysseus / PremiereMusical theatre by Ole Hübner / read more
2., 3., 5., 6., 7., 8., 9., 11., 12., 13., 14. Oct.;
2., 3., 4., 6. Dec. 2015 (aged 10 and over)Baby concertChamber Music for tots / read more
20., 21. Oct. 2015; 18., 19. Feb. 2016 /. 10.30h, 15h, 17h (0 – 2 years)Concert for KidsTo eavesdrop and participate / read more
9., 10. June 2016 / 10.30h, 15h, 17h (3 – 4 years)Singing at AdventAdvent stories and Yuletide evergreens / read more
5., 19. Dec. 2015 (aged 4 and over)Ritter Rost und der SchrottkönigThe BigBand in concert / read more
15. Nov. 2015, (ab 6 and over)Always on the goRadio show featuring Berlin children and teenagers / read more
7. Feb. 2016 (aged 8 and over)Big SurpriseThe Children’s Chorus in concert / read more
9. June 2016 (aged 8 and over)
For TeenagersNeuland / PremiereMusiktheaterprojekt mit jugendlichen Flüchtlingen und Berlinern / read more
16. (Premiere), 17., 19. April 2016 (aged 14 and over)Chemo BrotherA production by glanz & krawall / read more
30. (premiere) April; 2., 3. (2×) May 2016 (aged 14 and over)Private ViewMusical theatre by Annelies Van Parys / read more
29. (Premiere), 30., 31. October 2015 (aged 16 and over)Sensor / First performanceMusical theatre by Konrad Boehmer / read more
23. (Premiere), 26., 27., 28., 29. January 2016 (aged 16 and over)Underline / PremiereMusical theatre by Deville Cohen / read more
16. (Premiere), 18., 19., 23., 24. June 2016 (aged 16 and over)Concert by Landesjugendensemble Neue MusikChamber music at theTischlerei / read more
14. November 2015 (aged 12 and over)Youth Club „on stage“A club for fans of musical theatre / read more
2., 3. July 2016 (aged 12 and over)1st Tischlerei concert: „Paris!“A French evening / read more
21. September 2015 (aged 12 and over)2nd Tischlerei concert: „Spotlights“Musicians play their favourite pieces / read more
9. November 2015 (aged 12 and over)3rd Tischlerei concert: EulenspiegeleienAn evening of Strauss / read more
12. January 2016 (aged 12 and over)4th Tischlerei concert: The philosopher’s stoneOn death and immortality / read more
7. March 2016 (aged 12 and over)5th Tischlerei concert: Academy ConcertOrchestra Academy graduates request the pleasure / read more
9. May 2016 (aged 12 and over)6th Tischlerei concert: Bona noxA different way to hear Mozart / read more
6. June 2016 (aged 12 and over) /Opera LoungeMusical theatre for late-night culture enthusiasts / read more
3. Nov. 2015; 15. Jan. 2016 (aged 18 and over)
Das schlaue Füchslein © Bettina Stöß
This project gives children the opportunity to prepare for their visit to the opera by experiencing a work of musical theatre in the company of a parent or grandparent. In a series of exercises and acted-out scenes the participants will familiarize themselves with the storyline of the piece and can enjoy getting to grips with the music.
- Family-Workshop: The Wanderings of OdysseusMusical theatre by Ole Hübner / read more
27. Sep. 2015, 15.00h (recommended aged 9 and over)Family-Workshop: The Marriage of FigaroCommedia per musica by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / read more
25. Okt. 2015, 15.00h (recommended aged 11 and over)Family-Workshop: The Cunning Little VixenOpera by Leos Janacek / read more
13. Dec. 2015, 11.00h (recommended aged 8 and over)Family-Workshop: The Cunning Little VixenOpera by Leos Janacek / read more
20. Dec. 2015, 15.00h (recommended aged 8 and over)Family-Workshop: Peter GrimesOpera by Benjamin Britten / read more
31. Jan. 2016, 15.00h (recommended aged 12 and over)Family-Workshop: Kannst du pfeifen, JohannaMusical theatre by Gordon Kampe / read more
14. Feb. 2016, 11.00h (recommended aged 6 and over)Family-Workshop: A Piece of HeavenMusical theatre by Hanna Eimermacher / read more
13. Mar. 2016, 15.30h (recommended aged 2 and over)Family-Workshop: The Magic FluteOpera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / read more
8. May 2016, 11.00h (recommended aged 8 and over)Family-Workshop: CarmenOpera by Georges Bizet / read more
26. June 2016, 11.00h (recommended aged 11 and over)
Der Barbier von Sevilla © Marcus Lieberenz
We offer families the possibility of attending performances during the 2015/2016 Season at especially favorable rates: all Family Day tickets for Under 18s cost € 10,– [in advance and on the door].
- The Marriage of Figarorecommended aged 15 and over / 30. Oct. 2015 / 19.00h/ read moreLa Bohèmerecommended aged 14 and over / 13. Dec. 2015 / 15.00h / read moreThe Cunning Little Vixenrecommended aged 10 and over / 17. Dec. 2015 / 19.30h / read moreThe Cunning Little Vixenrecommended aged 10 and over / 19. Dec. 2015 / 19.30h / read moreThe Cunning Little Vixenrecommended aged 10 and over / 23. Dec. 2015 / 19.30h / read moreThe Cunning Little Vixenrecommended aged 10 and over / 27. Dec. 2015 / 14.00h / read moreThe Cunning Little Vixenrecommended aged 10 and over / 27. Dec. 2015 / 18.00h / read moreThe Magic Fluterecommended aged 10 and over / 29. Dec. 2015 / 19.30h / read moreThe Barber of Sevillerecommended aged 12 and over / 3. Jan. 2016 / 18.00h / read morePeter Grimesrecommended aged 15 and over / 7. Feb. 2016 / 18.00h / read moreThe Barber of Sevillerecommended aged 12 and over / 13. Feb. 2016 / 19.30h / read moreRienzi, The Last of the Tribunesrecommended aged 17 and over / 26. Feb. 2016 / 19.30h / read moreThe Elixir of Loverecommended aged 13 and over / 6. Mar. 2016 / 18.00h / read moreManon Lescautrecommended aged 15 and over / 13. Mar. 2016 / 18.00h / read moreThe Magic Fluterecommended aged 10 and over / 15. May 2016 / 18.00h / read moreCarmenrecommended aged 13 and over / 2. July 2016 / 19.30h / read more
Our tours through the auditorium, props store and across the stages afford a fascinating insight into the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the everyday goings-on behind the scenes. What thinking went into the architectural complex concealed behind the long, exposed-aggregate concrete façade on Bismarckstraße? What goes into designing a stage set? What happens at rehearsals? How and where are the precious costumes administered? Visitors will also learn some lesser-known details of the eventful history of the opera house, which, with its new, modern productions and its repertoire of early treasures, provides a cross-section of more than 40 years of productions and performances.
- Family toursfrom 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. / read more
12., 26. Sep.; 10. Oct.; 21. Nov.; 12., 19. Dec. 2015;
23. Jan.; 13., 27. Feb.; 12. Mar.; 23. Apr.; 14. May; 4., 25. Jun. 2016
If you are planning a special occasion for the family, e.g. a birthday party for a child, and would like to book a tour tailored precisely to your areas of interest, please contact: email@example.com
Get involved! Workshops & Clubs
Winter-holidays project: “Wohin gehst Du...
Winter-holidays project: “Wohin gehst Du?”
Foto © 2015, Thomas Aurin
Registration and infofrom 15th December 2015
Period1st to 7th February 2016 (winter holidays)
PresentationAlways on the goRadio show / [ [read more]
Sunday 7th February 2016, 4pm
Radio show on “Kakadu”, Deutschlandradio Kultur [89.6 UKW]
Always on the gowould be announced
Everyone is always on the road, going to and from school, commuting to work and back, sometimes travelling thousands of miles. And as soon as you’ve got where you’re going, you have to head off again immediately – into thoughts and dreams. Where are you going?
In a range of audio workshops 50 participants will be addressing this issue – as raised by the 2nd winter-holiday music lab – and coming up with their own responses. At the end of the project the results will be presented in the Tischlerei.
In cooperation with the Charlottenburg Haus der Jugend, Der rote Faden – Gesellschaft für familiäre Hilfen and Kakadu – the children’s programme of Deutschlandradio Kultur.
Registration from December 2015.
Rolando Villazón bei der Mäuse-Versammlung © Stephan Bögel
Children's opera for 6-10 year-olds.
The Opernmäuse ('opera mice') are back and they're taking over the opera house! Looking, listening, learning..., they're peeking behind the scenes, taking tours and workshops, being asked for their impressions at rehearsals of our children's productions and generally peering and probing into every nook and cranny of the Opera. All we can say is: Go for it!
Opernmäuse membership covers a whole season. Mäuse meetings are held around once a month, on different weekdays, from September 2015 onwards.
Teilnahmegebühr one-off fee of € 20,- [Places are limited.]
Registrations from 15th June 2015 via
Ticket Service of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Tel.: +49  343 84 343
Last year's mice are this year's old hands; they can take part in a variety of events - sitting in, for example, on rehearsals of children's productions. Registrations are through the Young Opera office.
Foto © Dorothea Tuch
Recommended for children and teenagers aged 8 to 12.
From January 2016 we want to hold a weekly session of improvisation, singing and acting, all under professional guidance, and give a public performance at the end. You will get a hands-on taste of musical theatre. No previous experience required. The exact rehearsal dates will be published from Summer 2015 onwards.
Fee: € 20 [per season]
Participants must attend all sessions.
Song in a bottle (Präsentation 2014) © 2014, Marcus Lieberenz
A club for fans of musical theatre
This season the Youth Club is organizing its active group, a musical theatre lab for rehearsing, testing ideas out and researching. Young people get an insight into how a musical theatre project evolves and at the end present their finished product on the big stage. This is the club for all those who have an urge to act!
Registration fee: € 20,– .
Workshops 17th to 23rd October 2015; 19th to 24th March 2016
Final Rehearsals & Presentations 24th June to 3rd July 2016
Coaches Leonie Arnhold, Christian Lindhorst
For youngsters aged 13 and over
People who have caught the opera bug tend to pass the bug on to others. In the course of regular meetings, rehearsals and attendances at opera performances you will become Deutsche Oper Berlin insiders. You will meet artists, be given exclusive glimpses into the world of opera and join our group of junior experts. You will place information materials at selected locations on your school premises and be available as a contact person for questions. In return you will receive discounted tickets and a heap of insider knowledge. Everyone aged 13 and over can get involved. So get registering!
From October 2015
Work experience at the Opera
Work experience at the Opera
For teenagers aged 14 and over
Doing work experience at the Opera is exciting! At the Deutsche Oper Berlin we offer placements and many opportunities to sit on on one activity or another. At the Young Opera teenagers from Class 9 upwards can also get their first taste of an occupation as part of a school placement. For pupils interested in manual or technical fields there are placements available in the workshops and ateliers of the Stage Department of the Oper in Berlin Foundation. As a general rule, any musical-theatre institution will be made up of many departments covering a wide range of activities.
So before you apply for a placement at an opera house, you should have an idea of what department you want to be part of. On the website of the Deutscher Bühnenverein there is a detailed description of occupations connected with the theatre. With long placements in particular you should also bear in mind that people on work experience in theatres do not get paid. An overview of the various fields in which placements are available at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Berlin Stage Department, the requirements for acceptance and the names and details of contact persons are all available for download here. Download-PDF in German language.
Casting for „Neuland“
Casting for „Neuland“
For young adults aged between 15 and 20
Develop a play with other kids your own age, rehearse and discuss it with like-minded people, take your lead from theatre professionals and perform the finished product on stage with artists of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. We are looking for young people aged between 15 and 20 who are interested in being part of NEULAND. Rehearsals will be held between January and April 2016 on isolated weekends and evenings during the winter and Easter holidays. Performances will be on 16th, 17th and 19th April 2016 in the Tischlerei.
Please register on or before 31st October 2015, giving your name, age, address, telephone number and previous experience: firstname.lastname@example.org
Families supporting opera
Families supporting opera
There is something for every taste in the world of opera – regardless of age! With our recent addition of family memberships in Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V. the whole family can now support our opera work and learn about the workings of the opera at the same time.
Kontakt Silke Alsweiler-Lösch
Tel.: +49  343 84 240
Singing in the Chorus
Singing in the Chorus
Carmen © 2014, Bettina Stöß
The Children's Chorus as member in operasCarmenGeorges Bizet (1838 – 1875) / read more
16., 22., 24. April; 2., 7. July 2016The Cunning Little VixenLeos Janacek (1854 – 1928) / read more
17., 19., 23., 27. [2×] December 2015PagliacciRuggero Leoncavallo (1857 – 1919) / read more
13., 18. September 2015; 23., 26. March 2016La BohèmeGiacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) / weiterlesen
4., 9., 11., 13. [2×]., 28., 31. [2×] December 2015ToscaGiacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) / read more
21. Nov.; 20. Dec. 2015; 6., 10. Jan.; 28. Mar.; 14. May; 9., 15. June 2016TurandotGiacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) / read more
12., 20., 25., 27. September; 24., 27. November 2015Der RosenkavalierRichard Strauss (1864 – 1949) / read more
10., 14., 17. April 2016
The Deutsche Oper Berlin offers budding singers a wealth of opportunities to take part in operas and concerts. Chorus master Christian Lindhorst is your contact person for queries and registration.
Contact Christian Lindhorst, Chorus Director
Telephone +49 -343 84 479
Mini Chorus – for children aged 6 to 10
This is the place for singing fans to have fun learning how to use their voice. They will learn simple pieces of song for short performances, e.g. as part of the annual Christmas carol singing, and be sensitively introduced to opera literature designed for children’s choruses.
Children’s Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin – for children aged 8 to 13
Children’s Chorus members meet at least twice a week. Since its creation in 2008 the Chorus has taken the children’s chorus role in almost all our opera productions and also appears on stage in concerts both ‘home’ and ‘away’ and in contemporary works of musical theatre held in the Tischlerei. Would you like to take your place on the main stage, performing alongside the great stars of opera and sing at the Paris Christmas market in LA BOHEME or dance in Seville’s marketplace in CARMEN? Do you have a good voice and the pluck to perform on stage? Then sign up for a casting session.
Voice coaches: Rosemarie Arzt, Saskia Klumpp, Natali Buck, Andrea Schwarzbach, Christian Lindhorst
Carers / supervisors: Juliane Menzel, Tanja Wagner, Helga Müller-Hau
The Children’s Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is supported by the Deutsche Oper Berlin Children’s Chorus support association Dobolino e. V., the Berliner Volksbank and the Berliner Morgenpost.
The Voice Changers – For boys aged 12 to 15
If boys’ voices are breaking, they are ripe for the “Voice Changers”. Under the guidance of Rosemarie Arzt a voice in the process of breaking is seen as a period of discovery for the voice rather than an impediment to singing. These discoveries are worked into brand-new pieces which are performed by the group in public at regular intervals, accompanied by small, choreographed elements.
Youth Chorus – for teenagers aged 13 to 18
If you’re too old for the Children’s Chorus but not quite an adult, then you need an alternative to Mum’s church choir or Dad’s male voice chorus. If you would like to get involved in the Youth Chorus, you should bring with you some experience of choir singing and be available for Thursday rehearsals starting at 18.00.
Opera & School
Projects and other events for day-care c...
Projects and other events for day-care centres
TUKI – Theatre and day-care centre
In collaboration with the Berlin network for culture and early learning, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Evangelical day-care centre will co-host regular musical-theatre encounters and journeys of discovery.
Workshop leader: Sören Schrader
Nursery-school teachers: Conny Wenig, Dorota Szarkowicz
Mobile musical theatre
We will be touring our new mobile production, A CUCKOO IN MY SUITCASE, to educational establishments in and around Berlin, providing children aged 3 and over with their first taste of musical theatre in a familiar environment. You can book a performance for a maximum of 40 children for a flat fee of € 100: email@example.com; +49 -343 84 343
Further information and dates are available here
In the day-care centre or the opera house we introduce kids to language, music, sounds and movement in an atmosphere of playful fun. With A PIECE OF HEAVEN [for kids aged 2 and over] or GOLD [for kids aged 4 and over] as a point of departure, the children enjoy getting to know the relevant work. Workshops are hosted in partnership with the UdK Berlin.
Sitting in on rehearsals
Groups of children from day-care centres can witness the process of rehearsing A PIECE OF HEAVEN in February and March 2016. We hope our target audience will take an active part in the artistic process!
Initiatives for school classes
Initiatives for school classes
Führung © Bettina Stöß
We offer workshops on practically every production, bookable in conjunction with an attendance at an opera. In the run-up to the performance school groups not only learn the storyline of the relevant work but also get to grips in a fun way with the language of theatre, the production and the music. Workshops are held in the opera house or at your school. Duration: approx. 2 school hours.
Pre- or post-performance talks
For pupils who want to ask questions relating to the production and are keen to meet the artists. In a pre- or post-performance talk pupils think about the rehearsal or fully-fledged performance that they have just seen or are about to see. They hone their ability to take in what they are seeing and learn how to discuss aesthetic assessments. Talks are held in the opera house or at your school. Duration: 1-2 school hours.
Tour through the opera house
What does a stage manager do? What does a stage set look like from the rear? Why does an orchestra play in a pit? Pupils will be able to answer these questions themselves after a tour backstage at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Size of group: 10 - 30 persons aged 4 and over.
Tours excluding attendance at a performance: € 3 per person.
Duration: 30 – 90 mins [depending on theme of tour and ages of participants]
Sitting in on a rehearsal
Even the professionals don’t always get it right first time. Every premiere is the result of many weeks of disciplined rehearsals and false starts. School classes get a sneak peek at a conductor or director at work during this exciting phase of a production. Duration: 10 – 60 mins [depending on theme and structure of rehearsal and age of participants].
Classes as sponsors
A class that sponsors a particular work has a chance to be in on the development of a production and to be the first group of people to see a piece performed and voice their own ideas about it. By attending a rehearsal, talking with people involved in the production, taking part in a workshop and studying certain aspects of the work in class, pupils become junior experts in the relevant piece. A minimum of four interactions, held at the opera house or in your school.
Classes as sponsors -ProjectsHübner The Wanderings of Odysseus / Tischlerei / read more
September / October 2015, grades 5 – 7Strauss Salome / read more
December 2015 / January 2016, grades 10 – 12Haas Morning and Evening / read more
March 2016, grades 10 – 12Mozart The Abduction from the Seraglio / read more
May 2016, grades 11 – 12
We want to ease you into the world of opera and ensure that every attendance at an opera performance makes a positive and lasting impression on your pupils. Our programmes are designed to provide you with advice and tips on teaching music and drama to children, introduce you to the opera house as an external place of learning and, by encouraging active involvement with musical theatre, help your children become inquisitive audience members. We look forward to working with you!
Telephone +49 -343 84 474
Opera performances on stage
from class 5Mozart The Magic Flute / read moreJanacek The Cunning Little Vixen / read more
from class 7Rossini The Barber of Seville / read moreDonizetti The Elixir of Love / read more
from class 8Bizet Carmen / read more
from class 9Verdi Nabucco / read morePuccini Tosca / read morePuccini La Bohème / read moreVerdi La Traviata / read more
from class 10Mascagni / Leoncavallo Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci / read moreBerlioz Roméo and Juliette / read moreMozart The Marriage of Figaro / read moreVerdi Aida / read moreBritten Peter Grimes / read morePuccini Turandot / read morePuccini Manon Lescaut / read moreVerdi Rigoletto / read moreVerdi The Troubadour / read more
from class 11Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor / read moreMozart Don Giovanni / read moreStrauss Salome / read moreJanacek The Makropulos Affair / read moreStrauss The Love of Danae / read moreStrauss Elektra / read moreStrauss The Knight of the Rose / read moreHaas Morning and Evening / read moreDebussy Pelléas and Mélisande / read moreMeyerbeerVasco da Gama / read moreBellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi (concert version) / read moreStrauss The Egyptian Helen / read moreMozart The Abduction from the Seraglio / read more
from class 12Wagner Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg / read moreDonizetti La Favorite (concert version) / read moreBellini Norma (concert version) / read moreWagner Rienzi, The Last of the Tribunes / read moreWagner Tristan and Isolde / read moreopen
Projects with schools: Editorialclose
Projects with schools: Editorial
Workshop „Gilgamesh“ © Thomas Aurin
Projects with schools: Editorial
We work with a number of Berlin schools on a variety of projects and in a variety of contexts. Our interaction with teaching staff and school principals spawns ideas for special initiatives and projects. We are always open to new partnerships.
Contact: Tamara Schmidt [Head of Young Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin]
firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 -343 84 534
Our projects in 2015/2016On the trail of Benno Ohnesorg [planned] / read moreA research-based video walk with school childrenOdyssey into theatre [planned] / read moreAn audio walk through Berlin to accompany „The Wanderings of Odysseus“ with pupilsDream women and real men / read moreA costume project with young people as an accompaniment to „Aida“Beating the system [planned] / read moreA musical project with young prisoners to accompany „Salome“An end and a new start / read moreAn art project with Berlin school classes
Projects with schools: On the trail of B...close
Projects with schools: On the trail of Benno Ohnesorg
A research-based video walk with school children
Who was Benno Ohnesorg? Political activist, culture vulture or iconic figure? What happened at the demonstration on the day of his murder on 2nd June 1967 in Krumme Straße, not far from the Deutsche Oper Berlin? Pupils will get to be criminologists and biographers. They reconstruct Benno Ohnesorg’s last movements, talk with people of his generation and eyewitnesses, record videos at the scene of the crime and develop musical drama scenes. Under the guidance of radio broadcaster and musician Norbert Lang pupils will present the results of their research as a video walk as part of the “15-10-15 / Who was Benno Ohnesorg?” project in and around the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Organised in partnership with “Spirale” youth and cultural centre
July to October 2015
Presentation: 15th October 2015open
Projects with schools: Odyssey into thea...close
Projects with schools: Odyssey into theatre
An audio walk through Berlin to accompany THE WANDERINGS OF ODYSSEUS with pupils in the 5th grade and higher.
Every adventure throws up new experiences, every quest opens up new worlds, every instance of wandering sharpens one’s perception of one’s environment. Where and when do we wander, what gives us direction and what detours do we take on the way to our destination? We take our odyssey literally and dispatch school classes on a trek through Berlin in preparation for their attendance at a performance in the Tischlerei. Based on the various adventures had by Odysseus and his companions, a school class will create its own version of his journey, drawing inspiration from sensory experts. The class will meet blind and deaf individuals and people with dementia and use its findings and understandings to produce an audio walk, which can be booked from December 2015 onwards.
In partnership with the Theater an der Parkaue – Junges Staatstheater Berlin, from October 2015.open
Projects with schools: Dream women and r...close
Projects with schools: Dream women and real men
A costume project with young people as an accompaniment to AIDA
Are women delicate, sexy creatures and are men brave and tough? What preconceptions do we have and what kind of partners do we envisage ourselves ending up with? What tallies with reality and what are projections of our private dreams? A school class will discuss ideas of gender and the kinds of relationships the pupils hope to have? It will look at the opera AIDA and design its own costumes for the characters.
October / November 2015open
Projects with schools: Beating the syste...close
Projects with schools: Beating the system
A musical project with young prisoners to accompany SALOME
Opera meets prison, high culture meets youth culture, operatic singing meets hip hop beats. Salome hates the system and is set on breaking free, yet she is a part of the system and so cannot help responding in line with the rules of the very system she loathes. How is she to liberate herself from the constraints of her environment and find her own way? Young inmates look at SALOME and draw parallels between the opera and their own reality. Basing their work on the libretto and music, pupils create their own songs and lyrics in preparation for a performance in January 2016.
In partnership with Berlin Youth Correction Facility and no boundaries e.V.
November 2015 to January 2016 [closing presentation]open
Projects with schools: An end and a new...close
Projects with schools: An end and a new start
An art project with Berlin school classes.
The academic year is drawing to a close and the theatre will soon be in summer recess. Time for a look back over the year. A raft of productions found youngsters searching, wandering, discovering, sallying forth and arriving. What’s next? What will the coming academic year and the new season hold for us? Pupils in the 7th grade at Heinrich Schliemann Gymnasium spend a week previewing the first opera productions of the 2016/2017 season and working alongside artists using a variety of techniques and materials. The results will be presented to the public at the start of the 2016/2017 academic year.
Hosted in partnership with the Jugendkunstschule Pankow. Further information from www.juks-pankow.de
July 2016 / Autumn 2016 [presentation]open
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Projects with schools: TUSCH
TUSCH, a network for cultural education covering the areas of theatre and opera, unites under a single umbrella approx. 150 Berlin schools and 35 Berlin stages. This year we will again be pursuing a joint project with our partner school, the Peter-Ustinov-Schule in Charlottenburg. On the fringe of this project there will be a range of organised events, with pupils also attending performances at the opera house and sitting in on rehearsals, and artists visiting the school.
Coordination: Leonie Arnold
Presentation: Spring 2016 at the TUSCH festival [Podewil]open
Opernreporter © Junge Deutsche Oper
For young reporters aged 12 and over
Do you write regularly for your school magazine and are you on the lookout for exciting material for your articles? We can offer you glimpses behind the scenes, talks with experts, press tickets for performances and the chance to sit in on rehearsals. You'll publish your findings in your school magazines and send us a copy. We'll select a number of articles and post them on our blog. Interested?
If so, contact our press office!
Kontakt Kirsten Hehmeyer [Press office manager]
Tel.: +49  343 84 207
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Options for teachers
Liaising with you, our most important partners, is a central part of our work. What do schools need? What do theatres need? What are your preferred methods of conveying material and skills to your pupils? What theatre pieces are appropriate for your pupils?
Staff outing to the opera
The theatre is a place of interaction and encounter! We will organise an evening at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for your entire staff room, your department or your day-care centre team. Select a performance and we will organise cut-price tickets and give you an informal pep talk on the opera you’re about to see. We look forward to seeing you!
We will come to your staff briefing or conference and set out our opera programme, our initiatives for schools and day-care centres and our partnership options available.
In our newsletters for teachers and day-care centre staff we notify you every eight weeks of current offers relating to the programme and keep you informed of projects, initiatives and offers of interest. To register for the newsletters.
As an accompaniment to selected productions we put together extensive kits giving information on the opera concerned and the production and offering teaching suggestions, enabling teachers to focus with their group on important aspects of the production.
Materials folders (in German language)Die Liebe zu den drei OrangenOpera by Sergej Prokofjew Download (17MB)Die ZauberflöteOpera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Download (3,1 MB)Der Ring: Next GenerationCross-Culture-Project Download (5MB)RigolettoOpera by Giuseppe Verdi Download (4MB)Kannst du pfeifen, JohannaMusical theatre by Gordon Kampe Download (6 MB)Gilgamesh Must Die!Musical theatre by The bianca Story Download (3MB)GoldMusical theatre by Leonard Evers Download (1MB)
Sit in on our rehearsals and get an idea of what productions are in the pipeline, so that you can select suitable pieces for your pupils. In our pre- and post-performance talks we can make suggestions for your classwork and can advise on productions to see. For teachers, speakers and nursery-school teachers! Registration mandatory: email@example.com
DatesThe Wanderings of OdysseusMusical theatre by Ole Hübner / [read more]
29. September 2015AidaOpera by Giuseppe Verdi / [read more]
11. November 2015
Further training for teachers and nursery-school staffIn We give teacher training seminars and use specific productions to illustrate teaching methods. Where possible, we sit in on a rehearsal together. Aimed at all those interested in incorporating music and theatre into their instruction timetables or day-care centre programme! We also offer hermetic courses for entire teaching staffs, day-care centre teams and as a part of specialised seminars. Cost: € 30.
Dates for teachersAidaOpera by Giuseppe Verdi / [read more]
23. November 2015, 16.00 – 19.00
Dates for nursery-school teachersGoldMusical theatre by Leonard Evers / [read more]
2. November 2015, 16.00 – 19.00A Piece of HeavenMusical theatre by Hanna Eimermacher / [read more]
16. March 2016, 16.00 – 19.00
Dates for Hort staffOpera in the Hort - Hort in the opera12., 13. May 2016, 9.00 – 17.00DIY musical theatre with children26., 27. May 2016, je 9.00 – 17.00
Further-training courses for Hort staff are provided at the Berliner Institut für Frühpädagogik. Information, prices and registration on www.biff.eu
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Contact & Services
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Bismarckstr. 35, 10627 Berlin
Advanced Ticket Sales [Götz-Friedrich-Platz]
Monday – Saturday [incl. public holidays]: 11 am until 1,5 hours before the beginning of the performance. Open until 7 pm on days without performances. Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm
Box Office [Bismarckstraße 35]
Ticket sales for the evening of the performance begin one hour prior to curtain up.
By telephone: +49 [ 30 ] 343 84 343 [Mon. to Fri. 8 am to 6 pm, Sat., Sun. 11 am to 4 pm] In writing: Karten-Service der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Postfach 10 02 80, 10562 Berlin [Germany]
Fax: +49 [ 30 ] 343 84 246
Arrival / Garage
The Deutsche Oper Berlin is most easily reached by taking the underground line U12, which will bring you directly to the stop „Deutsche Oper“ from the direction of Ruhleben or Pankow. The stop „Bismarckstraße“ of line U7 is also very close by (there are lifts to the street level at this stop) as are the stops of the bus routes 101 and 109.
If you prefer arriving by car, the Parkhaus Deutsche Oper is at your disposal starting two hours before the beginning of the performance until 2 o’clock at a charge of € 3,–.
Restaurant Deutsche Oper
You may of course reserve places, whether for a visit to the Restaurant Deutsche Oper or for drinks and snacks during the interval of a performance.
Telephone: +49 (30) 343 84 670 / E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Junge Deutsche Oper (Young Opera)
Richard-Wagner-Straße 10, 10585 Berlin
Telefon: +49  343 84 534 / Fax: +49  343 84 686
Opera & School
Richard-Wagner-Straße 10, 10585 Berlin
Telefon: +49  343 84 474 / Fax: +49  343 84 686
Children's performances in the Tischlerei, in the Foyer or on stage concs.: € 8,–* / € 16,–
Opera workshop, tours, baby concerts, cushion concerts € 5,–
*) All those eligible to pay reduced prices (concessions) can claim the discount rate as soon as tickets go on general sale. If purchasing online, please select the "ermäßigt" 'sale type' in the dropdown menu under the hall chart, after choosing your seat(s). Ticket purchasers eligible for discounts should bring documentary evidence of their concession status for presentation to staff authorised to verify eligibility.
Family Day tickets [Termine / [read more] ] under 18s cost € 10,–
Performances over the Berlin/Brandenburg school holidays
Pupils (under 18) € 8,– at the Box Office (starting one hour prior to the beginning of the performance)
Discount rate as soon as tickets go on general sale: Upon presentation of a pass for the severely disabled, German code B, severely disabled persons are entitled to a free ticket in all price categories for the person accompanying them.
Starting one week prior to the beginning of the performance: Students, trainees, pensioners and retired persons and unemployed persons receive a 25%* discount on the box-office price, subject to availability. This discount* is also granted in general-admission and foyer events to all seats. A 50%* discount will be granted to schoolchildren [up to age 21] and to young people doing military or social service.
At the Box Office (starting one hour prior to the beginning of the performance): Children and teenagers, school children [up to age 21], students, trainees, the unemployed and persons doing military service or social service may purchase last minute tickets at the flat price of € 15,–.* Recipients of social welfare or ALG II unemployment benefit may purchase last minute tickets at the flat price of € 3,– for a limited number of tickets.*
Tickets for school classes
Pupils € 8,–. Please be as kind as to contact the Kartenservice / Deutsche Oper Berlin, Postfach 10 02 80, 10562 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30-343 84 343
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Jeanne d´Arc © Thomas Aurin
Krrrrrrrrrrraft!“, ruft Christian Lindhorst und lässt das R rollen. „Wir singen dieses Wort als hätte es zehn R.“„Krrrrrrrraft!“, die selben Stimmen, die noch kurz zuvor ein himmlisches „Alleluja“ in die Lüfte geschickt haben, klingen plötzlich geradezu bedrohlich. Das stimmt Chorleiter Lindhorst offenbar zufrieden, er nickt den konzentrierten Kindern im Halbkreis auf Holzstühlen nicht ohne Stolz zu.
Es läuft gut beim Probieren von Jeanne d’Arc auf einer Probebühne der Deutschen Oper. Walter Braunfels’ Arbeiten gelten schließlich nicht unbedingt als leicht verdauliche Kost und die Partitur ist nicht auf den ersten Blick kinderfreundlich, doch die sechs- bis 15-jährigen Mädchen und Jungen des Chores bewältigen auch schwierige Intervallsprünge mit einer Leichtigkeit, als sängen sie gerade „Bruder Jakob“. Lindhorst hat in seiner Karriere auch mit Erwachsenen gearbeitet und stellt entscheidende Unterschiede fest: „Kinder sind gegenüber neuer Musik viel offener als Erwachsene und haben auch bei ungewöhnlicher Tonsprache eine sehr unbedarfte Herangehensweise – während Erwachsene Musik aus dem 20. Jahrhundert gleich als schwierig abstempeln.“
Seit diesem Sommer ist Christian Lindhorst der neue Leiter des Kinderchores und ist begeistert. Zusammen mit Katharina Mohr und Dorothea Hartmann bildet er einen wichtigen Teil im Kinder- und Jugendteam der Deutschen Oper. Manchmal verwechselt Lindhorst noch die Namen der rund 110 Mitglieder, doch die Kinder haben ihren neuen Chef wunderbar aufgenommen. „Ich war schon sehr nervös vor der ersten Probe“, gibt Lindhorst lachend zu. Inzwischen fühlt er sich zuhause in der Institution Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Die Schlingensief-Inszenierung „Jeanne d’Arc – Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna“ stellt die jungen Sängerinnen und Sänger nicht nur musikalisch vor eine Herausforderung, auch auf szenische Schwierigkeiten werden sie treffen. Während ihres Auftritts im Stück wird ein Tänzer unmittelbar vor dem Chor tanzen. Doch handelt es sich bei diesem Darsteller nicht um einen gewöhnlichen Künstler; der Tänzer ist Spastiker. Keine leichten Bedingungen für die Kleinen, aber die ganze Bühnensituation wird den Kindern mit Hilfe der Spielleitung im Detail erklärt. „Die Kinder können bei uns nicht nur musikalisch sehr viel mitnehmen, sondern auch menschliche Werte wie Toleranz erfahren“, so Lindhorst.
Halbjährlich werden Vorsingen abgehalten, bei denen die Castingshow-sozialisierten jungen Talente ein Lied ihrer Wahl vortragen dürfen. Dann wird mit den Bewerbern gearbeitet: Wie werden Regieanweisungen umgesetzt, ist musikalisches Talent vorhanden und ganz wichtig – wollen sie selbst? „Man merkt einem Kind sofort an, wenn die Initiative von den Eltern her kommt“, sagt Lindhorst. „Wenn das Kind nicht aus seinem eigenen Willen heraus zu uns kommen möchte, hat es einfach keinen Sinn. Das muss ich manchen Eltern dann auch klarmachen.“ Im Moment werden vor allem Sechs- bis Achtjährige gesucht, denn die Zeit im Kinderchor ist begrenzt – spätestens wenn bei den Jungen der Stimmbruch einsetzt, ist die Chorkarriere vorbei.
Niklas Wagner ist schon 13 und singt noch wie ein Engel – vier Jahre ist er bereits im Chor und wenn er groß ist, möchte er Popstar werden. Aber nicht so einer wie Justin Bieber, den kann er nämlich nicht leiden. Beinahe wäre Niklas sogar in einer TV-Talent-Show gelandet: „Meine Mutter hat mich davon abgehalten, aber ich hoffe, ich kann trotzdem eine ganz große Karriere als Sänger starten“, gibt er selbstbewusst zu Protokoll. Sein Freund Esteban Diego Cramer singt zwar genauso gerne wie Niklas, möchte aber später lieber Pilot werden; er stammt aus Peru, ist elf Jahre alt und seit zwei Jahren glückliches Chormitglied.
Immer wieder erwarten die Kinder auch spannende Highlights – bereits zwei Mal durften Niklas und Esteban für den Regierenden Bürgermeister singen. „Beim ersten Mal hat er uns aber gar nicht zugehört“, sagt Niklas und schüttelt den Kopf. „Aber es war trotzdem ein aufregendes Erlebnis“, findet Esteban. Nicht nur musikalisch lernen die Talente im wohl professionellsten Kinderchor Berlins eine Menge, auch Freundschaften bilden sich – auf Chor-Freizeiten oder an langen Probenwochenenden kann man sich prima anfreunden. Das Chorumfeld gibt den Kindern Selbstbewusstsein, stärkt den Teamgeist und das Singen fördert Durchlässigkeit, Körperbewusstsein und Präsenz, die ihnen auch in der Schule zugutekommen – etwa bei der Präsentation von Referaten.
Ob hier im Kinderchor Grundsteine für große musikalische Karrieren gelegt werden, wird sich zeigen. Könnte sich Niklas einen Zuschauer seiner Wahl aussuchen, wäre das jedenfalls „ein Plattenboss“, der ihn dann entdeckt und ganz groß raus bringt. Aber verbissen sieht der junge Sänger die Sache nicht: „Falls das nicht klappt, bin ich auch noch sehr Erdkundeinteressiert“, sagt er lächelnd, packt seine Noten zusammen und macht sich auf – zur nächsten Probe.