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The season launches with a reprise of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera GREEK, our hit production from last summer. This is the first of a number of events that will be staged not only on the parking deck and in the Tischlerei but also at other venues across the city until the end of October. This booklet gives you the facts on our varied programme of events in the Tempodrom, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus and Haus der Berliner Festspiele, events that range from jazz to opera as a staged premiere or concertante version.
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Premieres, world premieres, repertoire, children's music theatre, concerts and more

The 2022/23 season is now online

The Deutsche Oper Card entitles you to purchase up to two tickets per performance at a 25% discount for performances in price categories A, B, C, D, E and S (excluding third-party, Tischlerei and Foyer performances). The Deutsche Oper Card costs € 75.00 once and is valid for the 22/23 season.
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For your safety

There is no mask requirement in our venues. However, we still recommend that you wear a medical or FFP2 mask with the request that you maintain mutual respect when doing so. If you experience symptoms that may indicate an infection with Covid-19, please stay at home! Of course we will cancel your tickets in this case. To do so, please contact our ticket service on +49 (30) 343 84 343. Please be aware of your responsibility.
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Ambushed from Behind: 8 July 2022, 8 p.m. / Tischlerei

Orchestral karaoke and farewell procession

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. Afterwards, we will look back on six years of HINTERHALT in a festive farewell procession and carry the hand, the iconic symbol of the power of the arts, into the city.
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Performances
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27, 30 June; 3, 7 July 2022

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

With his opera, Offenbach created a lasting monument to the enthusiasm for the poet E. T. A. Hoffmann. As the protagonist of his own stories, the poet pursues the excesses of his imagination between alcohol and the pain of love, singing puppets and visions of horror. Laurent Pelly's production combines magical stage effects with nuanced direction of the characters ... Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume; Director: Laurent Pelly; With Robert Watson, Heather Engebretson, Byung Gil Kim, Jana Kurucová a. o.
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5, 8 July 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: Dominic Limburg; Director: Ole Anders Tandberg; With Irene Roberts, Valeriia Savinskaia, Matthew Newlin, Joel Allison a. o.
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27, 28, 31 August; 1 September 2022

Greek / Open-Air on the parking deck

With GREEK, the great ancient myth of King Oedipus arrives in the present: As an opera on the parking deck, an open-air spectacle between whimsical wit and tragic force ... Conductor: Yi-Chen Lin; Director: Pınar Karabulut; With Dean Murphy, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Seth Carico, Heidi Stober
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5 September 2022 / Konzerthaus

A Florentine Tragedy [Concert version]

Marc Albrecht has conducted Korngold's WUNDER DER HELIANE and Schreker's DER SCHATZGRÄBER in recent years. Right at the beginning of the season he returns with Zemlinsky's one-act opera EINE FLORENTINISCHE TRAGÖDIE, flanked by Korngold's Suite to "Viel Lärmen um Nichts" and Berg's "Sieben frühe Lieder" ... Conductor: Marc Albrecht; With AJ Glueckert, Wolfgang Koch, Jennifer Holloway
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22, 23, 24 September 2022 / Tempodrom

The Stuttgart Ballet: Pure Bliss

Experience three ballets as different as the art form: BLISS is inspired by Keith Jarrett's legendary "Köln Concert" - OUT OF BREATH explores the fine line between life and death - AURORA'S NAP finally bridges the gap between classical ballet and modern dance ... Choreographies: Johan Inger; With soloists and corps de ballet of the Stuttgart Ballet
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7 September 2022 / Philharmonie

Symphony concert as part of the Musikfest Berlin

Mahler's "Resurrection" is the most popular of his symphonies, in which the existential questions of humanity are negotiated in solos and choruses ... Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles; Chorus Director: Jeremy Bines; With Heidi Stober, Karen Cargill
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19, 21 October 2022 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Experimentum Mundi

With 16 artisans on stage, Giorgio Battistelli created one of the epochal works of contemporary music in 1981. The performance is also a foretaste of the premiere of TEOREMA in June 2023 ... Conductor: Giorgio Battistelli; Speaker: Beppe Servilio
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in THE MAGIC FLUTE on 8 June 2022

Clemens Bieber ... Farewell? Please don't!

With the role of Tamino, Clemens Bieber said goodbye towards his so-called retirement on 8 June. But even after reaching the official age limit, Clemens Bieber will fortunately remain connected to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, for example just four days after THE MAGIC FLUTE as Ulrich Eißlinger in the premiere of DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG. Read an appreciation by Curt A. Roesler in the blog.
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Deeply impressed we say: thank you!

In solidarity with the people of Ukraine

Our heartfelt thanks go to you, dear audience. Your contributions to fundraising at our performances as well as your ticket purchases for the benefit matinée on 13 March 2022 have so far resulted in around Euro 100.000.- which we have been able to transfer to the Ukraine Hilfe association. An overwhelming amount of donations of goods was also collected on the initiative of our orchestra on the second weekend in March: four van loads could be handed over directly at the Polish-Ukrainian border.
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24 March 1948 - 17 June 2022

In memory of Kammersänger Peter Maus

In a conversation that took place in 2013, Peter Maus revealed the motto of his singing life: "Don't overestimate yourself, then others will appreciate you". In the course of his astonishingly long career, Peter Maus has not only remained true to this sentence, but has also been able to experience that its second part has come true. Even more: Peter Maus was not only appreciated by colleagues and audiences alike, he was perceived by all as an indispensable part of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Now Peter Maus has passed away after a short, serious illness. The Deutsche Oper Berlin mourns the loss of a formative singer-actor and wonderful colleague.
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Our video recommendations

Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, from 2 March 2023
video - 02:11 min.

Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, from 2 ...

Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, from 2 March 2023
Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini, from 19 May 2023
video - 02:28 min.

Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini, from 19 May ...

Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini, from 19 May 2023
Langgaard: Antikrist, from 10 February 2023
video - 02:21 min.

Langgaard: Antikrist, from 10 February 2023 ...

Langgaard: Antikrist, from 10 February 2023
Glanert: Oceane, from 6 January 2023
video - 02:10 min.

Glanert: Oceane, from 6 January 2023

Glanert: Oceane, from 6 January 2023

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DIE MEISTERSINGER ..., from 12 June

Johan Reuter takes you on a cycling tour of Copenhagen

"My roles, the music, the opera, it's all far away when I'm on the bike. The meaning of cycling for me is to step out of my everyday life with body and mind." Johan Reuter finds distance from everyday life on his bicycle tours through Copenhagen - and along the way he keeps rediscovering his home city. Now he is discovering new facets in Wagner's MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, where he interprets the role of Hans Sachs.
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DIE MEISTERSINGER, from 12 June

Questions for ... Heidi Stober

Perhaps best known to you as Susanna, Pamina or Elvira, as Adina, Nannetta, Oscar, Gretel and Micaëla: now Heidi Stober sings the part of Eva for the first time in the new production of the MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG. In conversation, she explains what she, as an American, thinks of this very German opera ...
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DIE MEISTERSINGER ..., from 12 June

Power. Abuse. Music.

Art and the artistic life, rules and ruptures, tradition, innovation, old versus new, a young genius finding a mentor who’s set on shaping and guiding him. THE MASTER SINGERS OF NUREMBERG is also an opera about singing as a profession, so it has our own business as its subject matter, depicting the drill and the discipline, the pressure not to mess up and the fear and depression that that brings with it. This opera tells of power and the abuse of power in the world of classical music. Director Jossi Wieler explains why he and his team have chosen a music school as the setting for Wagner’s opera.
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5 September 2022 / Konzerthaus

When violence makes a man sexy

In A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY it’s the survival of the fittest. And anything goes – including murder. And the girl? She thinks it’s great. Conductor Marc Albrecht peers into the abyss ... In the evening at the Konzerthaus, Marc Albrecht conducts Alexander von Zemlinsky's one-act opera, Alban Berg's "Seven Early Songs" and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's suite of music to Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".
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A Florentine Tragedy
19 September 2022 / Philharmonie

Half jazz, half classical, half monster: »Epitaph« was meant to be Charles Mingus's magnum opus.

It was the year that was to change jazz. In autumn 1959, Charles Mingus' "Ah Um" was released, a masterpiece fusing gospel, blues, boogie and shuffle into a whole new sound. The album instantly gave Mingus, a double bass player, a seat at the top table of jazz greats. Doubling down on his boldness, he followed it immediately with a partly scored, partly improvised suite for orchestra – written for two big bands and other orchestra instruments, all playing together. »Epitaph« was intended as a »3rd-way« work blending jazz with modern classical music reminiscent of Bartók and Stravinsky and also to mark Mingus’s personal pinnacle of creativity. The conductor Titus Engel now presents it on the Berlin stage.
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Epitaph
27 September 2022 / Philharmonie

When Europe dreamed of the exotic

Léo Delibes' LAKMÉ has accompanied Daniela Candillari since childhood. In Berlin, she is now conducting the opera for the first time, with the chorus and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie ... In the blog article she talks about her emotional connections to this work. Josh Lovell and Aigul Khismatullina also have their say.
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Lakmé
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
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
3, 4 September 2022 / Parking deck

Does the voice have what it takes?

They come from all over the world and appear night after night on the stage of the Deutsche Oper Berlin: young singers who complement and complete the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper as scholarship holders. Opera director Christoph Seuferle on the art of recognising the singing stars of tomorrow ... Get to know the young artists at the OPERA LOUNGE on the parking deck.
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Opera Lounge
Dr Takt on Georges Bizet: “Carmen”, Prélude / bar 1
CARMEN, back on 5, 8 July 2022

Dr Takt on Georges Bizet: “Carmen”, Prélude / bar 1

When the prelude to CARMEN begins with the "March of the Toreadors", we hear one of the most famous uses of the triangle in existence. In after-striking eighths, the instrument emphasises the driving rhythm of the piece and adds a silvery sheen to the orchestra. Thirty years before CARMEN, Berlioz had warned in his teachings on instrumentation that no other instrument is "subjected to such regrettable abuse" ... Listen to Dr Takt's remarks on the topic in the video.
Carmen
In the ARD Media Library and on Marquee TV

The Ring of the Nibelung

As part of their collaboration, which has already been successful several times, Deutsche Oper and Naxos recorded the two cycles of the RING DES NIBELUNGEN audio visually in November 2021. Other production partners include Norwegian Television NRK, the online platform MarqueeTV and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. After post-production of the recording, the RING DES NIBELUNGEN will be available in Germany on the ARD Mediathek until 13 July 2022 and from now on internationally on MarqueeTV for a longer period. In autumn 2022, Naxos will release the RING cycle in a DVD or Blu-ray box set.
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ARD Mediathek Klassik
Now new on DVD and Blu ray

Francesca da Rimini

In March 2021, Christof Loy's production of Zandonai's FRANCESCA DA RIMINI with Sara Jakubiak in the title role had its premiere as an online stream. Before the production has its public premiere in 2022/23, the DVD produced by Naxos and Deutsche Oper Berlin in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk Kultur and takt1 has been released. The visual direction was by Götz Filenius, the musical direction by Carlo Rizzi. The main roles are played by Sara Jakubiak, Jonathan Tetelman, Ivan Inverardi and Charles Workman.
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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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Jazz Festival, 11, 12 September 2022

Oyez, oyez, in Sherwood Forest

Friar Tuck, Little John, Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Martin Auer and his wild jazz orchestra present: Robin Hood
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10 Sep. 2022 / Tischlerei and Scenery Magazine

Rave at the Opera House ... The Playground Band Festival

When Berlin and nightlife are mentioned in the same sentence, it's usually about techno. About the rush, about dancing and celebrating. This is part of the city's stellar reputation. At the mini-festival Playground, guests can spend one evening learning what electronic music in Berlin sounds like outside of the club.
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Playground
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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Negar

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