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We congratulate our general music director from the bottom of our hearts

Sir Donald!

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is pleased to announce that General Music Director Donald Runnicles has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. In doing so, the Queen honours the services that Sir Donald has rendered for the world of international music. This honour has thus been bestowed upon one of the most in-demand British conductors of his generation, who – as General Musical Director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin – has been one of the central figures in the German cultural scene for the past eleven years. ...

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Regarding our plans for the 2020/21 season

Currently the programme is published until the beginning of January 2021, with the start of advance ticket sales for November / December on Monday, 5 October 2020, 12.00 hrs. As soon as a normal performance and rehearsal schedule is foreseeable, the performances of the 2020/21 season will be scheduled - if possible according to the original schedule. Until then, the programme can only be adapted to the existing possibilities and published with less advance notice. We ask for your understanding.

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Our Favourites with ...

Listen to the "Intermezzo sinfonico" from Puccini's MANON LESCAUT, on the piano: Maxime Perrin.

Favourites ... with Vikentios Gionanidis

Listen to the "Méditation" from Massenet's THAIS, accompanied on the grand piano by Maxime Perrin

Favourites ... with Elisabeth Glass

Listen to the aria of Polina "Da, vspomnila ... Podrugi milie", on the grand piano Donald Runnicles

Favourites ... with Annika Schlicht

Listen to the Dutchman's aria "Die Frist ist um", on the piano John Parr

Favourites ... with Noel Bouley

A concert film with musicians from the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra

Men, Myths, Fairy Tales

The works of Schumann ("Auf dem Rheine", "Belsazar"), Szymanowsky ("Mythen") and Telemann ("12 Marches heroiques") touch on various themes and motifs, all of which are of central importance to Wagner's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN. The programme's conclusion is a direct homage to Wagner: a "Rheingold phantasmagoria" arranged by Douglas Brown for chamber ensemble and narrator, in which Wagner's letters are interwoven with passages from RHEINGOLD.


From 2 October 2020 in our Tischlerei

Waldesruh. A campsite without trees – with Morton Feldman

The austere Tischlerei will morph into an imaginary wood, Romantic choral music and sylvan song material will be delivered in a campsite ambience and the audience will gain insights into fungal structures and the communications systems of trees. The evening will culminate in a presentation of Morton Feldman‘s »Triadic Memories« … A production by Anna-Sophie Mahler; With Michael Wilhelmi, Stefan Wirth, Rebecca Pedersen, Philipp Jekal, the youth chorus and Thomas Douglas.

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Opus Klassik 2020 ...

We are delighted that Detlev Glanert (photo) has been awarded in the category "Composer of the Year" for his opera OCEANE. In the category "Opera Recording 20th/21st Century", the DVD of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE, produced by Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Naxos label, will be honoured as the best recording of the year. The award ceremonies will take place on 18 October 2020 in the Konzerthaus Berlin. We congratulate the prize winners warmly!
Libretto & Co

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An essay by Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach on Herheim's RING

Wand’rers and other refugees

We searchers on an endless quest! The RING tells the eternal tale of the waxing and waning of our ideas and world views. The message is as relevant today as it was 150 years ago: the game may be finished, but it’s never over.

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A visit to the office of the opera director

Just keep going

Back onstage at last! But before that can happen, opera director Christophe Seuferle has spent months emailing, phoning, rescheduling, placating patrons and ensemble. A conversation about the fine art of planning ... and our October programme.

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Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach and Jörg Königsdorf

The Valkyrie: An introduction

The whole ring is about the powerlessness of love and the lovelessness of power. Wotan wants to rule with laws to achieve power and love. What he does to his children, however, is marked by suffering and brutality. Dramaturgs Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach and Jörg Königsdorf give an overview of the central themes and motifs in THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG and especially in THE VALKYRIE as well as of Richard Wagner's creative process.


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Your host in foyer and restaurant rdo

Martin Hattenbach is looking forward to your visit

During the performances from 27 September 2020, there will be refreshments during intervals again - naturally within the rules of hygiene and distance: You can enjoy your orders at tables and bar tables in the foyers. We kindly ask you to reserve your seats in advance at www.rdo-berlin.de or by phone +49 (0)30 343 84 670.

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Lise Davidsen in our Blog ... THE VALYRIE from 27 Sept.

Eight questions for ... Lise Davidsen

In Wagner’s THE VALKYRIE Lise Davidsen sings Sieglinde, a young woman in extremis. We put eight questions to the Norwegian soprano

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