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Patrons - Deutsche Oper Berlin

Dear friends of opera!


With its very diverse and wonderful members who feel closely connected to the house, the Friends of Deutsche Oper Berlin have been supporting Berlin's largest and most modern opera house for decades. Bringing these "fans" of the house together across the generations is an exciting and honourable task, with the aim of strengthening Deutsche Oper Berlin for the future as one of the leading international houses in music theatre. It is a great pleasure to see what an integrative force the association can unleash through our members and our managing director Silke Alsweiler-Lösch. Join us!

Sincerely, Heike Maria von Joest,
Chairwoman of Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e.V.


Rendez Vous À Genève - A Visit to Switzerland

The Supporters' Circle of the Deutsche Oper Berlin enjoyed a very varied programme in Switzerland. After a brilliant LUSTIGEN WITWE (Franz Lehár) in a production by Barrie Kosky, the 32 supporters then attended the premiere of IDOMENEO (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) in Geneva, staged by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. On the occasion of this new production, the members met the designated artistic director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dr Aviel Cahn, who spoke with the members about initial ideas and visions for his time in Berlin. The trip to Switzerland was inspiring and eventful for everyone. See you again! Why don't you travel with us too - we look forward to seeing you!
Rendez Vous À Genève - A Visit to Switzerland
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"Un bel di vedremo" - The Stage Festival 2023

After a four-year break, the Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin celebrates a glittering party and raises more than €34,000 for the promotion of young talent.
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In ausgelassener Stimmung tanzen die Mitglieder des Förderkreises bei ihrem jährlichen Bühnendinner.
Experiencing more together

"A beautiful one was ..."

A wonderful Patrons' Journey to Garsington Opera Festival and Grange Park Opera in the picturesque South of England
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Ein Gruppenbild der Teilnehmer*innen der Förderkreis-Reise zum Garsington Opera Festival und zur Grange Park Opera im malerischen Südengland. Hier auf dem Rasen des Garsington Opera Festival .
Together for the future

"Scenes from a marriage": At the mountain festival for "Intermezzo"

More than 120 guests enjoyed this first exclusive preview of INTERMEZZO (premiere on 25 April 2024) - and enjoyed a lively exchange with those involved in the production - directors, costume designers and singers - and took a curious and enthusiastic look at the first excerpts from the production. The interviews with director Tobias Kratzer and set and costume designer Rainer Sellmaier, conducted by dramaturge Jörg Königsdorf, revealed the comedic power and topicality of the work's subject matter and how exciting it is musically too. Many of the guests are looking forward to the première.
"Scenes from a marriage": At the mountain festival for "Intermezzo"
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Together for the future

A special kind of get-to-know-you concert

To kick off the 2022 / 2023 season, some of the new scholarship holders introduced themselves to the members of the Talent Circle. In keeping with this commitment of a "musical" family, the Circle met privately for music and a French aperitif. In this way, supporters and recipients got to know each other personally. The Talent Circle currently supports six scholarship holders plus, for the first time, a répétiteur who also supports the young singers as a scholarship holder. In addition, the Talent Circle has now taken over the sponsorship of 15 academy students.
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Albert Mena, Arianna Manganello, Maria Motolygina, Joel Allison, Sua Jo und Artur Garbas: Die Stipendiat*innen des Talent Circles der Saison 22/23 beim Kennenlernkonzert. Den Hintergrund bildet der Salon einer privaten Villa.
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The Förderkreis at Landpartie

For the start of the 2022 / 2023 season, the Friends and Patrons of the Deutsche Oper Berlin invited everyone to a tour of the most beautiful private gardens on the banks of the Havel. More than 60 members took up the invitation and enjoyed the reunion after the summer break and let Intendant Dietmar Schwarz put them in the mood for the new season - among others, Dr. Klaus von Krosigk, former Director of Horticulture at the Berlin State Monuments Office, who guided them through the gardens, Intendant Dietmar Schwarz and Dr. Kilian Jay von Seldeneck, André Schmitz and Dr. Heike Maria von Joest from the board of the Friends.
The Förderkreis at Landpartie
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Three cycles from 11 May to 2 June 2024

Der Ring des Nibelungen

A group of people meet a grand piano on an empty stage, a note is struck, and slowly a world of fantasy, longing and intoxication unfolds, captivating everyone and fusing them into a community. This is how DAS RHEINGOLD, directed by Stefan Herheim, begins, true to Wagner's core idea of creating a modern equivalent to the community-building power of Greek theatre. On the four evenings, Herheim creates an arc that leads through stations in the performance history and finally into the foyer of the Deutsche Oper with its cloud sculpture.
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Auf dem Foto eine Szenenimpression aus SIEGFRIED. Mime steht rechts im Bild in einer Schmiedeschürze und mit schweren Stiefeln. Aus dem Flügel, der als ein Requisit alle Teile des RINGs durchzieht, steigen wehend Notenblätter auf. Die Szenerie wird bestimmt durch dichten roten Nebel. Die Bühnenbegrenzung nach hinten bilden die Stapel an Koffern, die ebenfalls als durchziehendes Bühnenbildteil alle vier Werke des RINGs prägen.
Podcast of the Förderkreis ... Episode #18

Duet ... with Dr Kilian Jay von Seldeneck

Looking into the future together in order to understand the influence of Corona, war and the energy crisis on culture and in particular on an opera house like the Deutsche Oper Berlin is the central task of the coming years. The Förderkreis is also trying to find answers to the question of how funding and keeping a group of supporters together can succeed in the future. In this episode of the Förderkreis Podcast, the new chairman of the Förderkreis, Dr. Kilian Jay von Seldeneck, and the managing director, Silke Alsweiler-Lösch, discuss the issue.
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Duet ... with Dr Kilian Jay von Seldeneck
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Silke Alsweiler-Lösch

Would you like to become a member of the Förderkreis? Silke Alsweiler-Lösch will be happy to advise you and will find the most convenient form of membership together with you: be it friend, sponsor, patron or corporate partner ... Are you already a member of the Förderkreis and have suggestions, questions or wishes regarding your membership? Then please get in touch with us at the office of the Friends on +49 (0)30 343 84 240 or by e-mail.
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Ein Porträtbild von Silke Alsweiler-Lösch, Leiterin der Geschäftsstelle des Förderkreises.
Our Walter Sandvoss Scholarship Holder 23/24

Artur Garbas

The Polish-born baritone Artur Garbas studied at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden from 2015 and has won prizes at various international competitions. After first engagements at the Leipzig Opera, the Kleine Schauspielhaus Dresden and the Narodni Divadlo in Prague, he has been a scholarship holder of the Förderkreis since 2022/23. Here he can be seen as Papageno / DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Masetto / DON GIOVANNI, Fiorillo / IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Don Profondo / IL VIAGGIO A REIMS or Figaro / LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
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Ein Porträtbild von Artur Garbas, Stipendiat im Talent Circles des Förderkreises.
Opening night 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, Seth Carico, , Ya-Chung Huang, Heidi Stober, Hye-Young Moon a. o.
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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.
Talent Circle

Promoting young talent has been a top priority for the Förderkreis for decades

For years, its financial contributions have enabled young singers to launch their careers and help Deutsche Oper Berlin to maintain its first-class ensemble. With the newly founded Talent Circle project, the Förderkreis also wants to build up a circle of supporters who not only financially support young musical talent, but also become a circle of personal mentors. In addition to singers, the promotion of young talent will now also extend to a répétiteur position as well as instrumentalists.
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Auf dem Foto eine Gruppenszene aus DEATH IN VENICE, in der sehr viele junge Interpret*innen sind. Dieses Foto begleitet den Artikel zum Stipendiumsprogramms des Förderkreises.
Production funding

With the financial aid of the Förderkreis, ambitious productions can be realised.

The best examples of the Förderkreis's sustained commitment are outstanding opera productions such as A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Ted Huffman, DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN by Stefan Herheim, DER SCHATZGRÄBER by Christof Loy or now, for the season finale DIE MEISTERSINGER directed by Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito and Anna Viebrock. But also "perennial favourites" such as Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, which has been successfully performed in Günter Krämer's production season after season for over 20 years, were created with the kind support of Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.
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Eine Szenenimpression aus dem RING DES NIBELUNGEN, ein sehr ehrgeiziges Finanzierungsprojekt des Förderkreises, für den extra der RING Circle ins Leben gerufen wurde.
Götz Friedrich Prize

Promoting young talent is now even more important to the Förderkreis

For more than twenty years, the Götz Friedrich Prize has been one of the most important institutions for promoting outstanding talent in the field of musical theatre directing - prize-winners such as Stefan Herheim, Nadja Loschky and Sebastian Baumgarten may be mentioned here as representatives. For the 2022/23 season, the directing prize for the best production work, endowed with 5,000 euros, and a studio prize, endowed with 2,500 euros, will again be awarded. After being hosted by the German-speaking Opera Conference in previous years, the Götz Friedrich Prize now returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin, the main venue of its dedicatee. From now on, the Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin will provide organisational support for the organisation of the prize.
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Auf dem Foto die Götz-Friedrich-Preisträger*innen des Jahres 2021/22.


Former scholarship holder, now ensemble soloist

Favourites ... with Patrick Guetti

"Solche hergelaufne Laffen" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, sung by the bass-baritone and scholarship holder of the Förderkreis in the 2019/20 season Patrick Guetti, accompanied by Maxime Perrin. With the season 2020/21 Patrick Guetti changes to our ensemble.
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Former scholarship holder, now ensemble soloist

Favourites ... with Flurina Stucki

Welcome to "Klänge der Heimat" from Johann Strauss' operetta DIE FLEDERMAUS - with soprano Flurina Stucki, scholarship holder of the Förderkreis in the 2018/19 season, and John Parr on piano as well as a short introduction by Jörg Königsdorf.
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Former scholarship holder, now ensemble soloist

Favourites ... with Samuel Dale Johnson

Listen to ensemble soloist and baritone Samuel Dale Johnson with "Kogda bi zhizn" from Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky's EUGEN ONEGIN, accompanied by Tilman Wildt on the piano and with an introduction by dramaturg Lars Gebhardt.
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Whether annual stage dinner, mountain festival, joint trip and other events: The Förderkreis lives its community of cultural enthusiasts and opera fans.

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As an active member you will be able to provide financial and intangible assistance to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, for instance by supporting unique productions, promoting the development of young artists by means of stipends or helping to fund individual projects of exceptional value.
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The Board

At its last general meeting on 15 April 2024, Dr Heike Maria von Joest was elected Chair of the Förderkreis. The previous Chair of the Board, Dr Kilian Jay von Seldeneck, has taken over as Deputy Chair together with Dr Philipp Semmer. Klaus Siegers will once again take on the role of treasurer. The other members are Prof Dr Axel Fischer, Sophie Princess of Prussia, Theodora Schnauck-Betow and Dietmar Schwarz.
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Silke Alsweiler-Lösch (Head of Admin) Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Richard-Wagner-Straße 10, 10585 Berlin Tel.: +49 [0]30-343 84-240 / Fax -686 Bank details: IBAN DE64 1012 0100 1004 0720 59 BIC (SWIFT-CODE): WELADED1WBB
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