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Chorus - Deutsche Oper Berlin

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


The sum of our voices

Part of a larger whole

“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 (on the photo) or TURANDOT without chorus singers? Impossible.” So ran a tribute by Albrecht Thiemann to the operatic chorus in “Opernwelt” ...
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Diesen redaktionellen Beitrag illustriert ein Foto aus AIDA: In Benedikt von Peters Inszenierung sitzen die Sänger*innen des Chores im Saal. Wenn die Chöre beginnen, erheben sich die Interpret*innen und drehen sich ins Publikum. Hier bei einer Probe mit Arbeitslicht.
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.
Duett ... With Jeremy Bines


Premiere on 22 June 2024

Nixon in China

Two of the most powerful men in the world shake hands - and the world watches: with their opera about the state visit of American President Richard Nixon to Mao Tse-tung in 1972, composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman brought contemporary history to the stage ... Conductor: Daniel Carter; Production: Hauen und Stechen; With Kyle Miller, Thomas Lehman, Ya-Chung Huang, Heidi Stober, Hye-Young Moon and others.
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Auf dem Foto ein Mann in einem Greenroom, illustrierend die Frage: Wer macht die Wirklichkeit? Das Motiv begleitet die Kampagne zu NIXON IN CHINA.
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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in La Bohème
Eine der ganz großen Opern für Kinderchor ist LA BOHÈME. Hier eine Impression aus dem zweiten Bild, dem Weihnachtsmarkt im Pariser Quartier Latin mit Chor und Kinderchor auf der Bühne.
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.
Chorus Soloists sing Liebeslieder Waltzes
3, 11, 18, 24 February 2024

La Gioconda ... Historical perspective painting frames the operatic rarity

LA GIOCONDA has been on the programme at regular intervals since 1974. Apart from the famous waltz of the hours and arias such as "Cielo e mar" or "Suicidio", what makes this work so fascinating is above all the historical stage design: on various forays through Italian stage workshops, director Filippo Sanjust came across the old Venice paintings. The costume designs were also preserved and so Sanjust set about reconstructing the historical production for the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In old Italian perspective painting, the Doge's Palace, the Ca' d'Oro and the Giudecca on the Orfano Canal appear on stage and unfold their very special charm.
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In historischen Kostümen (Samt und Seide) stehen die Damen des Chores. Vor die Augen halten sie Stabmasken.
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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