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Dear Opera Lovers!

Opera and theatre not only give us precious hours to forget our everyday worries, they also offer us a chance to explore the meaning of our life, the fragility of our notions of happiness and our longing for a better world. The diverse new productions we offer you this season reflect this. Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, Beethoven’s FIDELIO and Verdi’s SIMON BOCCANEGRA are confessional works, each in its own way. And just as Richard Strauss’ ARABELLA questioned one hundred years ago how we should live in a world which has lost its moral compass, today the composer Giorgio Battistelli asks how social change is possible in IL TEOREMA DI PASOLINI. Good musical theatre must ask questions. Every viewer, however, must find their own answers, for an evening at the opera leaves each of us with different feelings and thoughts. – We look forward to seeing you, your Dietmar Schwarz
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Performances
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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 / Anna Smirnova, Karis Tucker a. o.
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Les Contes d'Hoffmann
16, 19, 25, 29 December 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: Markus Stenz / Dominic Limburg; Director: Laurent Pelly; With Robert Watson / Oreste Cosimo, Kathryn Lewek, Byung Gil Kim, Stephanie Lauricella 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, Maire Therese Carmack a. o.
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Die Fledermaus
17, 22, 31 [14.00 and 19.30] December 2022

Die Fledermaus

Villazón stages this perfect operetta between cork popping waltz bliss and relentless social satire as a whimsical walk through the ages: The boulevard theatre of the 19th century is as much the inspiration as Billy Wilder and the world of science fiction according to the motto "there is always love and deception" ... Conductor: Yi-Chen Lin; Director: Rolando Villazón; With Thomas Blondelle / Burkhard Ulrich, Flurina Stucki / Hulkar Sabirova, Karis Tucker / Annika Schlicht, Jorge Puerta / Attilio Glaser, Philipp Jekal / Thomas Lehman, Katerina von Bennigsen / Meechot Marrero, Ingo Paulick a. o.
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The Magic Flute
11, 28 December 2022; 1 January; 2, 11 February; 4 March; 15, 21 April; 27 May 2023

The Magic Flute

In its mixture of Viennese folk theatre, Masonic mystery and fairy tale, this opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is probably the most performed in the German-speaking world and, in Günter Krämer's colourful, highly visual production, a favourite of our audience ...
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Tatjana Doll: Check In
Foyer exhibition until 2023

Tatjana Doll: Check In

For her “Check In” exhibition Berlin artist Tatjana Doll has selected a striking series of 40 pictures, which she has labelled “Dummy_Akku-Akku”. Ranging in size from large to very large, the pictures present the mystical stone figures of Easter Island, the moai, as powerful self-portrayals. Doll’s artworks were produced between 2014 and 2022. For our blog she spoke to Jörg Königsdorf about the Akku-Akkus and her foyer exhibition.
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LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN - 16, 19, 25, 29 December

Sim Sala Oper

Man, machine, doll? Olympia rises up as if by magic in Laurent Pelly’s production of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN ... Opera brings to the stage characters and ideas that dispense with all pretence of rationality. Why does that rivet us so? Dramaturg Sebastian Hanusa on the fabulous and wondrous machine that is opera.
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"The Ring of the Nibelung" as DVD or Blu ray box set
From 11 November 2022

"The Ring of the Nibelung" as DVD or Blu ray box set

At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sir Donald Runnicles and Stefan Herheim have now taken on the task of translating the world of thought of Wagner's tetralogy into the 21st century. True to Schiller's dictum that man is only fully human where he plays, Herheim develops the beginning of the tetralogy from the act of playing. Through the playful execution of the myth, society finds itself and its values, which are, of course, only valid as long as the play lasts and therefore have to be found anew again and again. Elisabeth Teige, Iain Paterson, Brandon Jovanovich, Nina Stemme, Clay Hilley, Albert Pesendorfer and others sing and play.
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Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini, from 19 May 2023
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Langgaard: Antikrist, from 10 February 2023
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Topics

Prison as a private function
FIDELIO, from 25 November 2022

Prison as a private function

Director David Hermann explores the theme of imprisonment with his production of FIDELIO – and asks: What price freedom? ... Beethoven and his librettists display a finely tuned sensibility to the social structures of the prison, with its rules, its dynamics of dependency, its hierarchies and power disparities. David Hermann is interested in what this system does to the people associated with it for whatever reason, be it involuntarily as convicts or as warders and employees acting ostensibly as free agents.
David Hermann in the blog
Fidelio
Attilio Glaser … My private place of peace: The Spontan Coffee in the Moabit district of Berlin
In RIGOLETTO - 5, 9, 24 November 2022

Attilio Glaser … My private place of peace: The Spontan Coffee in the Moabit district of Berlin

Attilio Glaser finds peace in a Berlin café. With moderate background music and excellent coffee, the tenor prepares himself - for a season with Verdi (Duke of Mantua / RIGOLETTO, Gabriele Adorno / SIMON BOCCANEGRA), Wagner (title role in LOHENGRIN) and Mozart (Tamino / DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE).
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Rigoletto
No Wagner without Beethoven
FIDELIO, from 25 November 2022

No Wagner without Beethoven

»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
Fidelio
Seven questions for ... Ingela Brimberg
FIDELIO, from 25 November 2022

Seven questions for ... Ingela Brimberg

In FIDELIO soprano Ingela Brimberg interprets a heroine who is one of a kind in the world of opera: self-determining, courageous, free
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Fidelio
Dreamlands
PETER PAN, Premiere on 7 December 2022

Dreamlands

School children from the Kinder Ballett Kompanie Berlin are working on a ballet version of PETER PAN. We asked some of them what they’d like to be when they grow up. Recorded by Carla von Braha, who plays Captain Hook.
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Peter Pan
Backstage with …Johannes Schütz
FIDELIO, from 25 November 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
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Fidelio
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Newsletter

29
NOV

On 1 December, it's that time again. Our already traditional Advent calendar welcomes you with free admission. Members of the Deutsche Oper Berlin ensembles look forward to shortening the days until Christmas Eve with personalised musical programmes in which you will hear Christmas classics as well as absolute rarities, perhaps never heard before. Just come by and experience our artists up close.

Our Advent Foyer Programme
Enjoy our chamber concerts from Monday to Friday, from 5.00 p.m. to approx. 5.25 p.m., in the rank foyer on the right. Should there be any deviations in the venue or time, you will find a note in the overview. Admission is free.


1 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Dietmar Schwarz reads "The Snow Queen"

2 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
The Little Chorus of the Children's Chorus sings Christmas carols

5 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Old Russian Romances with Maria Motolygina

6 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
Father Christmas comes to visit - together with Elisa Verzier

7 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
"Ding Dong! Merrily on High" - A concert with the VoiceChangers

8 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
Caroling together with the brass band

9 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Beyond the Snow Queen" - Songs by Samuel Penderbayne and others
with Alexandra Ionis, Attilio Glaser and Henriette Zahn

12 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Songs and Arias with Sua Jo and Kyle Miller

13 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Daniel Nicholson sings and presents

14 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The House of Life"
with Dean Murphy and Elda Laro

15 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Four Hands" - Piano Music
with John Parr and Christopher White

16 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
South American Songs with Jorge Puerta

19 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
English and Polish Songs
with Maire Therese Carmack, Artur Garbas and Manon Gerhardt

20 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Christmas Carols for Two Tenors”
with Kieran Carrel and Thomas Cilluffo

21 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Chamber music with members of the orchestra

22 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"L'ange et l'enfant" - On the occasion of César Franck's 200th birthday
with Andrea Schwarzbach and Christian Zacker

23 December 2022 | 4.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Brahms songs with Arianna Manganello
Please note the earlier start: 4.00 p.m.


All further information in the respective daily door on our homepage

Raffles at the weekends
Because an Advent calendar is of course also filled at weekends and on Christmas Eve, you will find online raffles on our homepage on Saturdays and Sundays as well as on 24 December. We would like to take this opportunity to thank cooperation partners such as NAXOS and the Yorck cinema group.