Welcome to our orchestra 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

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Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony
Symphony Concert - 8 April 2024

Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony

After the celebrated performances of the Second, Third and Fifth Symphonies, among others, it is now Mahler's turn to sing his farewell to the great symphonic form with his Ninth.
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The orchestra of tomorrow

The orchestra of tomorrow

The Orchestra Academy offers young talents the opportunity to get to know an extraordinarily large repertoire in the practice of everyday opera. Now the young talent programme is celebrating its 40th birthday: with a symphony concert on 18 March 2024 and a chamber concert on 13 March 2024. In 40 years the Orchestra Academy has become a model of success: In the meantime, there are sixteen positions instead of the initial six - also thanks to the financial support of the Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin - and there are an average of 100 applications for each of the two-year positions. This is also due to the fact that the Academy's original offer has been expanded and now includes not only the introduction to everyday opera life, but also mental preparation for auditions for permanent positions. Today, Academy graduates play not only in the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, but also in other top orchestras from Zurich to Hamburg. For the jubilee concert on 18 March, as many as possible are to be reunited on the podium.
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Tischlereikonzerte
Chamber music in the Tischlerei

Tischlereikonzerte

The selection of works and the dramaturgical conception of the Tischlereikonzerte are in the hands of the musicians of the orchestra. They are inspired by the new productions or revivals of the opera programme to create stimulating themes and unusual programmes that are unparalleled in their musical range in Berlin. From solo violin to songs to percussion ensembles, from Josquin Desprez to Mozart's "Ein musikalischer Spaß", Dvořák's American String Quartet to Shostakovich, Cage and Xenakis, everything is heard in the special atmosphere of the Tischlerei.
Walking the tightrope
Chamber Music I - 23 October 2023

Walking the tightrope

The first Tischlerei concert of the 23/24 season is dedicated to composing in the system between conformity and artistic freedom and features works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Hanns Eisler, Witold Lutosławski, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Asgatowna Gubaidulina and György Ligeti.
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Spotlights
Chamber Music II - 20 November 2023

Spotlights

Traditionally, this one chamber concert each season focuses on favourite works by our orchestral musicians. The exact programme will be published soon.
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Luck, coincidence...?
Chamber Music III - 19 February 2024

Luck, coincidence...?

With reference to our premiere of Tchaikovsky's PIQUE DAME, this chamber music evening is dedicated to works by Josquin des Préz, Witold Lutosławski, Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and John Cage, among others.
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40 Years Orchestra Academy
Chamber Music IV - 13 March 2024

40 Years Orchestra Academy

The musicians of our Orchestra Academy perform one chamber concert per season. The programme for this concert will be published at the beginning of the 23/24 season.
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This is a joke
Chamber Music V - 29 April 2024

This is a joke

In view of our premiere of Richard Strauss' "Bourgeois Comedy" INTERMEZZO, the musicians of the orchestra will play works that make us laugh ... Among them Hindemith's Overture to the FLYING DUTCHMAN, as played by a bad spa band at the fountain at 7 a.m. for string quartet.
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From the New World
Chamber Music VI - 4 June 2024

From the New World

The last premiere of the 23/24 season is John Adam's NIXON IN CHINA. With works by Antonín Dvořák, Béla Bartók, Luciano Berio and Leonard Bernstein, the musicians of the orchestra embark on a journey to America.
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Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

The Big Band of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and its "little sister", the JazzCombo, have long since established their own tradition at the house. In addition to the established Jazz & Lyrics series and two large concerts on the main stage, the fourth festival will take place in spring.
To the Jazz Festival from 17 to 22 April 2024
It’s Croonertime
BigBand Concert - 27 November 2023

It’s Croonertime

The invention of the microphone made the soft, intimate voices of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Marvin Gay and Miles Davis possible in the first place. The Big Band has invited Max Mutzke as vocalist for this homage to the "crooners of jazz".
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Swingin` 24
BigBand Concert - 1 January 2024

Swingin` 24

A New Year's Jazz Gala "Best of Berlin" with the BigBand of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and renowned guests from Berlin's cultural and jazz scene: including Pat Appleton, Uschi Brüning, Irmgard Knef, Atrin Madani, Katharine Mehrling (on the photo), Marc Secara.
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Händel´s Journey to Jazz
Jazz & Lyrics / Tischlerei - 7, 8 September 2023

Händel´s Journey to Jazz

Handel's music, characterised by a baroque joie de vivre, meets the rhythmic sensuality of South America and the sparkling joy of a rousing jazz ensemble led by Rolf Zielke (photo), Rolo Rodriguez and Guilherme Castro, among others.
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Loveletters
Jazz & Lyrics / Tischlerei - 18, 19 November 2023

Loveletters

Famous declarations of love from theatre, opera and literature with music by Wolfgang Köhler, Marc Secara and Peter Weniger.
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Philosophy meets Music
Jazz & Lyrics / Tischlerei - 5, 6 March 2024

Philosophy meets Music

The Berlin audience of Bar jeder Vernunft knows and loves songs like "Heidegger" and "God is dead" and knows that philosophy can be rapped and sung. But there is much more to discover.
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Children's concerts in the hall and in the Tischlerei

Children's concerts in the hall and in the Tischlerei

This year we are travelling to Great Britain with our children's concerts in the Great Hall and the Tischlerei. The programme includes Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and a jazz setting of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost.
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Children's Concert [6+] - 18, 19 March 2024

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

When all the instruments play at the same time in concert, they are often difficult for untrained ears to distinguish. In Benjamin Britten's masterpiece, on the other hand, the individual orchestral groups are introduced one by one and their different sounds are explored. At the end, the entire orchestra comes together in a complex fugue.
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The Canterville Ghost
A Jazz Storytelling Concert [6+] - 21, 22 April 2024

The Canterville Ghost

A very special jazz format for school classes and the whole family is available in the form of a storytelling concert in which the story of "The Canterville Ghost" is presented in a jazzy way with the Wild Jazz Orchestra and narrator Christian Brückner.
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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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