We have set ourselves the goal of using the resources of our theatre to foster and expand cultural education for young children in the mid to long term. The encounters take place at the Deutsche Oper Berlin or in the kindergarten.

Our Kita newsletter is published regularly and provides you with all the dates and additional current information about our performances and concerts, offers to join in and recommendations for performances on the main stage and in the Tischlerei.

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A mobile music theatre for children from 3 to 6 years old

Children are a great audience: open, curious, enthusiastic. They don't miss the curtain or the orchestra pit and have no fixed idea of how an audience should behave.

Children are born explorers. Two musicians visit them in the nursery with their equipment and take them on a musical-theatrical journey of discovery. Together they ask themselves: How are sounds created? What is music made of? Who or what is this mysterious TIRILI?


Dates in day-care centres

We travel light, without an elaborate stage set, because we perform on location, in day-care centres in Berlin and Brandenburg.
20, 21, 22, 28 November 2023;
18 January; 11 June 2024

Requirements for bookings in Kitas in Berlin and the surrounding area. 

  • The event is designed for an audience of up to 40 children.
  • Large room, min. 30 m², length in one direction min. 8 m
  • A clean, free playing area of at least 4 x 3 m that can be used as a stage
  • At least 2 m distance between the stage area and the auditorium
  • The performance space is available for set-up and preparation 45 minutes before the start of the performance
  • In addition, another room will be made available as a dressing room for the musicians

If you are interested, please send us an E-Mai




Dates at the opera

Expedition TIRILI" is now also making a stop in the rank foyer of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for a few performance dates and invites you to experience the sounds on the sand-coloured carpet and on brightly coloured seat cushions.
24 February, 11.00 and 12.30 ( family performance )
5 March; 12, 13 June 2024, 10.00 a.m. each (children's performance)

Tickets can be booked in the webshop!

Direction and cast

Production Franziska Seeberg
Performance Cathrin Romeis / Nina Rotner/ Pauline Jacob / Lisa Florentine Schmalz
Stage management Madeleine Kandschur (FSJ Kultur of the JDO)
Musical advice and rehearsal direction Thomas Prestin
Stage, costumes Janina Janke
Collaboration in play development Julia Bihl
Participating day care centre PFH-Kita Kastanienallee
Premiere 17 January 2020


Take a look at the trailer!


In the run-up to the production, the kindergarten experimented with sounds and themes as part of "TUKI ForscherTheater". This process flowed into the development of this "TUKI Stage" production, which is now being performed in Berlin daycare centres. Expedition TIRILI was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


9 concerts 26, 27, 28 April 2024 / Tischlerei

To eavesdrop and participate

Two musicians guide the children and their adult companions through the world of sound of the instruments they have brought with them: A voice, a double bass, a tuba, a trombone and whatever else can surprisingly become an instrument. These sounds can also be experienced physically.

Duration 30 - 40 minutes
Suitable for children from 3 years

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Since autumn 2023, Junge Deutsche Oper has again had a partnership with a Berlin day-care centre. Together with our music theatre teacher, the children discover the world of sounds and music theatre. The nursery teachers are also involved and are given music theatre pedagogical methods to help them make further musical and theatrical discoveries with the children in the nursery.


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Advents-Verlosung: Das 2. Fensterchen

In today's Advent calendar window, we are giving away 3 DVDs of "Der Schatzgräber" - an opera in a prelude, four acts and a postlude by Franz Schreker. If you would like to win one of the three DVDs, please send an e-mail today with the subject "The 2nd window" to advent@deutscheoperberlin.de.

DER SCHATZGRÄBER (THE TREASURE HUNTER) by Franz Schreker was a triumph at its world premiere in Frankfurt in 1920 and went on to play 44 times at assorted venues over the next five years. It then fell victim to a shifting zeitgeist and slipped from opera-house programmes, with a National Socialist ban on performances sealing its demise. Even after 1945 the Schreker revival was a long time coming – and THE TREASURE HUNTER has not featured prominently in the renaissance.

As with the vast majority of Schreker’s libretti, the story of Els and Elis explores the relationship between fantasy and reality, between art and life. Soulmates in the sense that they are both at the mercy of the king’s disposition, Els and Elis set off in search of different treasures. Elis, the minstrel, uses his magic lute to locate a stash of jewels and do humanity a good turn. Els, an innkeeper’s daughter who has grown up motherless in a tough, male-chauvinist world, becomes a liar, cheat and murderess in pursuit of her goal, tasking her suitors to steal the queen’s jewels and then having them killed once they have returned with the haul of treasure. Yet even with the gold in their possession, the pair are not content, and so, true to form, Schreker turns his attention to the theme of yearning per se, which is the actual “treasure” that the composer is interested in, “a dream of happiness and redemption”. Elis and Els are caught up in a swirl of dreams, memories, premonitions, songs and music. Their stories take on a dreamlike quality in a world beset by greed, murder and emotional inconstancy. For Franz Schreker the path to redemption could only be via art. Composed during the turmoil of the First World War, the TREASURE HUNTER score amounts to Schreker’s personal confession of artistic faith, executed in florid strokes of late-Romantic musical colour.

Conductor Marc Albrecht; Staging Christof Loy; Set design Johannes Leiacker; Costume design Barbara Drosihn; With Tuomas Pursio, Doke Pauwels, Clemens Bieber, Michael Adams, Joel Allison, Michael Laurenz, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Seth Carico, Daniel Johansson, Gideon Poppe, Stephen Bronk, Elisabet Strid, Patrick Cook, Tyler Zimmerman a. o.; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Closing date: 2 December 2023, the winners will be informed by email on 4 December 2023. The DVDs will then be sent by post. Legal recourse is excluded.