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The Orchestra:
Welcome to the 2019/20 season!
As people who commute to work at an opera house, our day job consists of channelling our energies and enthusiasm into using music and drama to tell stories. But in addition to this we all nurture a secondary passion – a desire to simply play music straight, to enjoy it for its own sake without the costumes and stage set. This can be in the form of jazz, kunstlieder, chamber music or the full-bodied sound of the orchestra delivering a symphony. The Deutsche Oper Berlin provides a space for all these initiatives, material that includes chamber music concerts in the Tischlerei, the “Songs and Poets” and “Jazz & Lyrics” programmes, and concerts on the main stage given by our orchestra and the BigBand.

We look forwards to seeing you! Your Dietmar Schwarz

concerts and recitals

Available now, also in the L&P Opera Shop in the foyer
Detlev Glanert: OCEANE
Detlev Glanert's opera OCEANE is now available on CD. It is a recording of the world premiere production produced by Deutschlandfunk Kultur in May 2019 and now released by the label OehmsClassics. It is sung by Maria Bengtsson, Nikolai Schukoff, Christoph Pohl and Doris Soffel in the leading roles. Donald Runnicles conducts the two recorded performances with choir and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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14 June 2020 in the Tischlerei
Jazz & Lyrics: Jazz with Jokes
Humour from jazz and verse. – In its new series of jazz events in the Tischlerei the Big Band of the Deutsche Oper Berlin presents five themed concerts featuring smaller formations of the Big Band and guests. The concerts focus on a particular subject or composer, amalgamating music and poetry.

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Children’s concerts – on 3 and 7 May 2020
"Wagner's Worlds"
Wagner’s music and the operatic worlds he created feature prominently in the calendar of main-stage events and are also the mainstay of this moderated children’s concert given with the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Parallel to the launch of the new production of the RING OF THE NIBELUNG General Music Director Donald Runnicles himself will be conducting the event. One date is designed for nursery and school groups [Years 1-4] and one Sunday for families.

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Chamber Music on 27 April 2020 in the Foyer
All over Beethoven
For the musicians of the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, their series of chamber-music sessions is a wish come true. Taking their inspiration from key operas on the programme, they put together concert programmes linked to works that they hold particularly dearly. – Chamber Music V: Highlights and Rarities from Ludwig van Beethoven's Œuvre

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The orchestra is looking for ...

concert masters, violins, violas, double basses, clarinet, harp (academy) et al.



To the job vacancies
The Orchestra Academy

Musicians aged 26 and under have the chance to learn important repertory works in our orchestra and get a taste of life as a pro.

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About us

It began with Furtwängler and Walter. Then came Sinopoli, Mehta, Thielemann and Runnicles. The orchestra is one of the top addresses in the world of opera.

History of the orchestra
24 June 2020
Symphony Concert: Bruch and Beethoven
On the programme are Max Bruch's 1st Violin Concerto in G minor, interpreted by soloist Augustin Hadelich, and Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony - the soloists are Flurina Stucki, Annika Schlicht, Attilio Glaser and Markus Brück. General Music Director Donald Runnicles will conduct.
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Since 2009 our General Music Director
Donald Runnicles

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The musicians are together the
The orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

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Symphony Concerts
The Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is known for a warm, cantabile sound that betrays its daily contact with the world’s best singers. Sometimes it’s as if the musicians had conjured song from their instruments. Savour symphony concerts with works by Berlioz, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Bruch or Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Juraj Valcuha (photo) will make his debut with the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Our symphony concerts

Chamber Music
The atmosphere of the Tischlerei concerts is uniquely intimate, up-beat and workshoppy. Inspired by the premieres or revivals taking place on the main stage, their brief is to present singers giving their personal take on works close to their heart. The evenings of lieder in the foyer centre on our ensemble soloists but are also interspersed with poetry in collaboration with the Haus für Poesie.

Chamber music


Jazz Concerts
Works of swing and funk, performed in a new way and with consummate virtuosity – this is what the BigBand and guests are all about. The opera house reverberates to the sound of jazz standards by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin or Frank Sinatra. These evenings offer “Take the A Train” instead of Puccini, “Night and Day” in place of Verdi, and so on. The concerts are sell-out events and never fail to delight.

Our Jazz season