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Dear Opera Lovers,

When you think of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, most of you inevitably think first of the main stage with its unforgettable Wagner, Verdi and Puccini performances. But there is much more to discover with us: Next to the Tischlerei, we have established our Parkdeck as an open-air venue for balmy late summer nights for the past two years. Mark-Anthony Turnage's GREEK was the starting signal for the beginning of a season in which we not only play the Parkdeck and the Tischlerei until the end of October, but also explore other places in the city beyond our main stage. At the Tempodrom and the Philharmonie, at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and the Konzerthaus, we present a varied programme ranging from jazz to concert opera and staged premieres. There is a very practical reason why we are not performing on the main stage during this period: our orchestra pit has to be renovated and extended. From the beginning of November we will be back on the main stage. - We look forward to seeing you, your Dietmar Schwarz
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Semiramide (semi-staged)
20, 22 October 2022 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Semiramide (semi-staged)

Rossini's title character is entangled in deep power intrigues and family conflicts, which open up the composer's possibilities for abysmal scenes of madness, richly ornamented oaths of love and fiery revenge arias. The result is "the last opera of the great Baroque tradition, the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most perfect; but also - irretrievably - the last" (Rodolfo Celetti) ... Conductor: Yi-Chen Lin; With Salome Jicia (in place of Vasilisa Berzhanskaya), Beth Taylor, Riccardo Fassi, Levy Sekgapane a. o.
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Rigoletto
Back on the Main Stage - 5, 9, 24 November 2022

Rigoletto

In his opera about the hunchbacked court jester, Verdi took the tension between the improbabilities of the plot and the emotional overwhelming power of musical theatre to extremes. Jan Bosse's production tells the tragedy of a man who fails to separate private life and public action ... Conductor: Dominic Limburg; Director: Jan Bosse; With Attilio Glaser, Markus Brück, Elena Tsallagova a. o.
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Carmen
6, 12, 19 November 2022

Carmen

Bizet described his opera as an "operetta with a bad ending" - and rightly so, because what is unique about CARMEN is the mixture of romantic opera, realistic drama and Offenbach operetta. Ole Anders Tandberg's production tells the story in powerful images that constantly alternate between shock, grotesqueness and great emotion ... Conductor: Yi-Chen Lin; Director: Ole Anders Tandberg; With Anna Goryachova, Maria Motolygina, Tomislav Muzek, Samuel Dale Johnson a. o.
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Fidelio
Premiere on 25 November 2022

Fidelio

This opera is a monolith: it is considered the freedom opera par excellence and is probably the first-ever specifically German opera in its fusion of rescue opera, humanist oratorio and melodrama. David Hermann focuses on the manipulation mechanisms of power and powerlessness ... Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: David Hermann; With Thomas Lehman, Markus Brück, Robert Watson, Ingela Brimberg, Tobias Kehrer a. o.
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Nabucco
26 November; 1, 6 December 2022

Nabucco

Keith Warner's production of Verdi's first successful opera emphasises the basic idea of reconciliation with which the work concludes: Under the wise King Nabucco, the Hebrew people of the Scriptures and the Babylonian warriors may hope for a peaceful future ... Conductor: Carlo Montanaro; Director: Keith Warner; With Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Patrick Cook, Byung Gil Kim, Saioa Hernández, Karis Tucker a. o.
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Don Quichotte
4, 7, 10, 21 December 2022

Don Quichotte

Few fictional characters are as celebrated as the »Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance«. And nowhere is the Man of La Mancha as gloomy as he is in Massenet’s work. Jakop Ahlbom’s production presents a collision between the eponymous hero’s fantasy world and the harsh reality of life – and also pulls off astonishing tricks to generate some enchanting moments of musical theatre ... Conductor: Daniel Carter; Director: Jakop Ahlbom; With Patrick Guetti, Misha Kiria, Irene Roberts a. o.
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Tristan und Isolde
13, 20, 27 November 2022

Tristan und Isolde

Musically highly romantic and crossing the threshold to modernity, Wagner lets his couple run with existential inexorability into a hopeless dilemma. Disturbing and fascinating in its uncompromising portrayal of obsessive love, this work - based on a myth - has become a myth itself ... Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Director: Graham Vick; With Clay Hilley, Franz-Josef Selig, Nina Stemme, Jordan Shanahan, Irene Roberts a. o.
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Ambushed from Behind: Orchestral karaoke
13 November 2022 / Tischlerei

Ambushed from Behind: Orchestral karaoke

Special guests on stage this time, besides familiar faces from six years of HINTERHALT and singers from our ensemble, are you, dear audience! The greatest hits from the opera repertoire, from pop, rock and jazz - from Wagner to the Beatles, from Puccini to Bilderbuch - will be sung to specially written orchestral arrangements.
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Charles Mingus: Epitaph
Listen to it on rbb Kultur

Charles Mingus: Epitaph

"Epitaph" is Charles Mingus' "opus summum", a full-length monumental work with two big bands and other orchestral instruments. It was not premiered until ten years after his death in 1989 - and has since been regarded as a key work of the so-called "Third Way", which fuses elements of jazz from gospel and Dixie to hardbob and free jazz with influences of classical modernism. The rarely performed work will be performed on the centenary of Charles Mingus' birth. Listen to Rüdiger Ruppert, Titus Engel, Wolfgang Köhler and Sebastian Hanusa in the trailer ... or the whole concert on rbbKultur.
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In memoriam of Torge Møller
1972 – 2022

In memoriam of Torge Møller

We were saddened to hear of the sudden death of video artist Torge Møller. The fact that today cinematic means are taken for granted as an independent narrative category is due not least to the persuasive power of his work. At the Deutsche Oper, two important Wagner productions stand for this: RIENZI and DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN. Now, at the age of 50, Torge Møller has been torn from the midst of the many projects with which he wanted to develop his work. Our thoughts are with his wife and three children and we will honour his memory.
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The sound of an Italian village in the morning
19, 21 October 2022 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele

The sound of an Italian village in the morning

The sound of an egg breaking, followed by another. Crack. A stirrer makes contact with a work surface. A pastaio beats a mixture of flour and eggs. Then the shoe makers get going. EXPERIMENTUM MUNDI, Giorgio Battistelli's music theatre piece, begins with this sequence: the opera consists of the working sounds of a total of 16 workers and artisans, supported by a women's chorus, a percussionist and the recitation of an actor. The idea of having tradesmen from his native village appearing on an opera stage made the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli famous around the world – and now in Berlin.
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Experimentum Mundi
Tightrope acrobatics for the voice
20, 22 October 2022 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Tightrope acrobatics for the voice

Rossini's title character is entangled in deep power intrigues and family conflicts, which gave the composer the opportunity for abysmal madness scenes, richly ornamented oaths of love and fiery revenge arias. The result was "the last opera of the great Baroque tradition, the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most perfect; but also - irretrievably - the last" (Rodolfo Celetti) ... Yi-Chen Lin, Riccardo Fassi and Beth Taylor talk about their relationship to this work.
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Semiramide
No Beethoven without Wagner
FIDELIO, from 25 November 2022

No Beethoven without Wagner

»I refuse to accept boundaries between symphonic music and musical theatre. Every orchestra, every piece of music sings – whether there is a singer involved or not. Music breathes, the audience breathes with us, and I always try to make the orchestra sing. In his Ninth Symphony, Beethoven opened symphonic music to human voices, an epochal decision. FIDELIO is equally ground-breaking. It is the story of a liberation, one we have to keep telling as long as people suffer imprisonment. Not only in his music, but also in content, Beethoven is more topical than ever.«
Donald Runnicles in the blog
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World premiere in the Tischlerei: Negar
29, 31 October; 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 November 2022

World premiere in the Tischlerei: Negar

Tehran 2022: French director Marie-Ève Signeyrole and Iranian-French composer Keyvan Chemirani immerse themselves in a world full of ambiguities and write a work about a love in the underground, a love as an act of resistance against the regime and the prevailing morality ... Directed by Marie-Ève Signeyrole; With Katarina Bradić, Arianna Manganello, Dean Murphy, Golnar Shahyar, Julian Arsenault, Keyvan Chemirani and friends
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Love and fear in a world of the dictatorship
NEGAR, World premiere on 29 October 2022

Love and fear in a world of the dictatorship

Starting with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, NEGAR examines what happens when you turn around and return to your past. How do you shape your identity in a place full of prohibitions? Do you need others to become yourself? Signeyrole’s work resembles journalistic research, a mix of documentary and fiction, although the story itself is fictional. ... Keyvan Chemirani has extensively worked with jazz and baroque musicians, but writing for lyrical voices in NEGAR was a welcome challenge.
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Between Teheran, Paris and Berlin
NEGAR, as of 29 October 2022

Between Teheran, Paris and Berlin

NEGAR is the story of a woman, Shirin, who, after many years spent living in Paris, returns to Iran and realises that her home has changed. She falls in love with a man and a woman, and the love triangle has dramatic repercussions.
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"That's not a Man!" - Women in Disguise
Chamber Concert II on 7 November 2022

"That's not a Man!" - Women in Disguise

Why were and are the works of female composers so much less visible than those of their male colleagues? How women artists have reacted to social boundaries will be shown in works by Ethel Smyth, Emilie Mayer, Louise Farrenc, Sofia Gubaidulina and others.
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