Dear chorus and opera fans,

The chorus is the beating heart of any opera company’s onstage presence, and none more so than the Chor der Deutschen Oper. One of the busiest choruses of their calibre anywhere in the world, they can be seen and heard night after night devoting heart and soul to a vast range of works; equally at home in new productions and in their enormous repertoire, the Chor der Deutschen Oper performs around 35 titles over the course of the season, from the great Wagner operas such as LOHENGRIN and TANNHÄUSER for which they are particularly renowned, to world premières such as Detlev Glanert’s recent International Opera Award-winning OCEANE.

Sincerely yours, Jeremy Bines, Chorus Director

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“Often they garner a bare nod en passant despite being difficult to miss onstage. And hardly anyone in the stalls has the first idea what their names are - not that it would ever occur to anyone to question their importance for the production. The critics, too, rarely devote more than a couple of sentences to them, even though opera would be a shadow of itself without them. LOHENGRIN, AIDA or TURANDOT without chorus singers? Impossible.” So ran a tribute by Albrecht Thiemann to the operatic chorus in “Opernwelt” ...
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Duett ... With Jeremy Bines
Podcast of our Patrons' Circle ... Episode #12

Duett ... With Jeremy Bines

As a wonderful body of sound, the multi-award-winning Chorus of the Deutsche Oper has suffered particularly as a collective from the Corona pandemic. What this demands of a chorus director, how a chorus sings when it cannot be live on stage - as in the new production of FRANCESACA DA RIMINI - is what chorus director Jeremy Bines tells Silke Alsweiler-Lösch.
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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 / Philipp Jekal, Markus Brück / Jordan Shanahan, Robert Watson / Klaus Florian Vogt, Ingela Brimberg / Flurina Stucki, Tobias Kehrer / Ante Jerkunica and others.
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The Children’s and Youth Chorus
A fully-fledged part of our ensemble since 2008

The Children’s and Youth Chorus

The singers in the children’s chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin may be young in years but they already have their sights set on the same goal as their professional colleagues in the ‘grown-up’ chorus: they want to thrill the audience. They want to triumph alongside the rest of the company.
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Carmen ... Of blazing passion in a mercilessly cruel world
5, 8 July; 6, 12, 19 November 2022

Carmen ... Of blazing passion in a mercilessly cruel world

Carmen is seductive and the self-confident antithesis of the romantic female ideal of fidelity and sacrifice. For the farmer's son and soldier Don José, she can only become the wrong woman. Out of love for her and the unconditional will to possess and keep her, he drives deeper and deeper into the maelstrom of crime. For director Ole Anders Tandberg, the bloody, colourful scenery of Andalusia, with its torero song and habanera, becomes the cipher of a cruel world in which only the law of the strongest applies and the inferior is killed.
Carmen
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Chorus Soloists sing Liebeslieder Waltzes
Our digital chamber music series

Chorus Soloists sing Liebeslieder Waltzes

"By the way, I would risk being called an ass if our love songs did not give pleasure to some people", Johannes Brahms wrote about his 18 miniatures for four-hand piano and vocal soloists. Listen to five of these love song waltzes (op. 52) in a special edition of our "Favourite Pieces" series, sung by members of our chorus.
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Va', pensiero, sull'ali dorate

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The candle is lit, the singers are ready… In Verdi’s NABUCCO the chorus is one of the main protagonists – and not just because of the famous “Va, pensiero” sung by the ‘Chorus of Slaves’. Eighty voices united as one – this is the challenge to be tackled by every director of the work.

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Advent Calendar in the Foyer: The 1st Door

Today in the Foyer: "The Snow Queen
A reading with Dietmar Schwarz and Katharina Schrade
5 p.m. / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission


Little Gerda sets out to find her best friend Kay, who has changed completely from one day to the next and then disappeared. In the end, with the help of crow and reindeer, she finds her way to the cold north of Lapland and, with the true power of friendship - laughter - is able to free her Kay from the clutches of the Snow Queen. Intendant Dietmar Schwarz reads from Hans Christian Andersen's touching and world-famous fairy tale THE SNOW QUEEN. A must for everyone who loves fairy tales!