Libretto #2 (2022)

Backstage with …Johannes Schütz

Johannes Schütz covers the stage in clay for FIDELIO. The stage set is a reflection on the systemic nature of the prison environment

For me, the central question is: What elements make up the essential core of a prison camp? I ask this because, as I see it, the state penitentiary of 18th-century Spain prefigures the concentration camps, the gulags, the death camps of the 20th and 21st centuries. Beethoven was a visionary in the distinction he made between common criminals and political prisoners. We knew from the outset that we wouldn’t be building a mock-up prison from papier maché; that would be naïve and would play down the concept of the camp as a polis of collapsing societies. I’m trying to find a physical form in which to express on stage the system of repression. Our stage consists largely of clay, which, over the course of the play, rubs off on the bodies and clothes of the inmates. No one who enters the prison camp will escape its inexorable logic – suppression always leaves traces.


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Adventskalender im Foyer: Das 7. Fensterchen

Today in the foyer: "Now Christmas is here again"
with the small choir of the children's chorus, Rosemarie Arzt and Jisu Park
5.00 p.m. / Parquet foyer
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission

Before joining the large children's and youth chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the basics of choral singing must be learnt from the ground up. That's why there's the small chorus in the children's chorus. Here, under the expert direction of Rosemarie Arzt, children between the ages of 6 and 10 practise and learn to sing. Today you can experience the smallest of the little ones with their Advent and Christmas programme and songs such as "Jetzt ist wieder Weihnacht da" or "Lied von den Schneeflocken".

Around 150 active singers make up our children's chorus, which is an important and heavily involved ensemble partner in numerous operas. The members come together at least twice a week to make music under the direction of Christian Lindhorst. Over the course of the 2023/24 season, the children and young people aged between 9 and 16 have performed in CARMEN, PAGLIACCI, LA BOHÈME, MATTHÄUS-PASSION, HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, PARSIFAL, PIQUE DAME, TOSCA and TURANDOT. Since last season, choral soloists from the children's and youth choir have also sung the part of the three boys in performances of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. In external performances and concerts at venues such as the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie, the children's chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin covers a range from baroque to modern. On 17 December 2023, the chorus will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" together with the Kammersymphonie Berlin at the Apostel-Paulus-Kirche in Schöneberg. Two solo sopranos - Erik Kellner and Klara Gothe - are cast from the choir's own ranks!

The children's chorus is sponsored by Dobolino e.V.