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Our afternoon, weekend and holiday offerings give children, teenagers and families an opportunity to try stuff out and pursue their own creative ideas. We provide you with almost boundless scope to discover new skills, develop existing talents, probe new realms of self-identity and find a platform from which to express your own art! In our workshops artists and drama teachers go about the task of reinventing, with you, the world of musical theatre. The resulting performances make up an important part of our calendar. Everyone is welcome and all are invited!

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The Participative Youth Production (13+)


You want to make music? Write lyrics and make videos? We invite young people from 13 years old to develop their own music concert together with professionals. It's your stage.


30 January - 12 February 2022

A participative winter holiday project


What makes a city? The people, the buildings, the weather, the animals ...? How do we relate to each other? How do we express our feelings and thoughts about them? And how do we give a voice to all the elements that have no voice, like buildings, plants? Wanderlust" gives you the opportunity to rediscover Berlin's urban spaces and ecosystems and to set your sights on the city of Berlin.


The project consists of intensive workshops and rehearsals where the participants make music together with the professionals, write lyrics and music, shoot videos - all with the aim of developing a new kind of concert based on their thoughts, feelings and ideas. The winter holidays are used for a fortnight of intensive rehearsals to develop a concert from the material, which is then presented to the audience.


The composers Evelyn Saylor and Felicity Mangan will work together with the authors Elisa Aseva and Kuku Schrapnell, the architecture collective Constructlab (Licia Soldavini, Mascha Fehse) and the young participants to create the concert. The young people will be given artistic tips to express their perspectives and ideas about their life in the city and their relationship to all elements and aspects of the city of Berlin.


Here is our video feature on Loud! 2020


Register now! Participation in the project is free of charge.

We are looking for young people aged 13 and over who want to make music, write lyrics and contribute their ideas. It doesn't matter if you have a lot of previous experience or want to try yourself out on stage for the first time. Everything you bring with you, you can also bring in. The only condition is that you reliably attend rehearsals.

If you would like to take part, send an email to

Participation in the project is free of charge.


Music workshops Evelyn Saylor, Felicity Mangan

Sci-Fi Writing workshops Elisa Aseva, Kuku Schrapnell

Constructlab, Guided tour Licia Soldavini, Mascha Fehse

Dramaturge Carolin Müller-Dohle

Concept Evi Nakou, Katja Wischwiewski

With 25 youngsters



Workshop days 30, 31 January; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 February 2022
all day, 11.00 to 17.00 hrs

Rehearsals 7, 8, 9 February 2022, 17.00 to 20.00 hrs

Dress rehearsal 10 February 2022, from 5 pm



11, 12 February 2022


"Wanderlust" is funded by "Zur Bühne" the support programme of the German Stage Association within the framework of "Kultur macht stark. Alliances for Education". Wanderlust is a cooperation project between the Junge Deutsche Oper, WeTeK and the Jugendclubring Berlin.

People at the Opera

»The stage set had a haunted house. It was dark and had torn, grey material hanging in the windows, which I think were meant to be old curtains. It was all pretty scary! There was a huge space above our heads with ropes and spotlights. But the rehearsals were the best. The singers were rehearsing a scene from HANSEL AND GRETEL. I couldn’t make out what they were singing at first, even though it was in German! But the second time round I got what they were saying. Afterwards me and my mum watched the whole thing for real and when they got to that scene I remembered it immediately.«
Hanife Arpaci, 9, is one of our Opera Mice and goes to the Deutsche Oper Berlin once a month and sat in on a rehearsal of HANSEL AND GRETEL.

»Deutsche Oper Berlin! The words sounded kind of powerful and important and I was very curious. There were Afghans like me there and the rest came from England, Morocco, Russia and Germany. We ended up giving a performance in the Tischlerei. Everyone was dancing and partying and I played three songs on the guitar. There were so many people there! I wasn’t expecting that. I had stage fright, big time. We have a similar word in Persian: تتب عصبی – meaning ›feverish fright‹. It’s pronounced ›tabe asabi‹.«
Farhad Ahmadi is 17 and a member of the ensemble of Young Opera and made his debut in the Tischlerei in 2019. This year he’s back again with LOUD!


Opera Mice (6+)


A year of discovering opera

With the "Opera Mice" programme, children from the age of 6 can give free rein to their curiosity and discover opera for themselves. Some secrets are revealed during rehearsal visits and guided tours behind the scenes. Encounters with artists and staff from the opera's various trades offer an exciting insight into the microcosm of the opera.

Dates from spring 2022 / Costs € 20,00 for the whole season

Us & Now ... This was the performance of the Children's Club and Youth Club 2020/21

Who do you belong to, who is close to you? Who is your WE, right now in this moment? Who was it yesterday, who should it remain in the future?

We are always part of groups: school classes, clubs, families, neighbourhoods, circles of friends, states. But not every one of these groups is a WE.

Watch our video

Mine, Yours, Ours


You want to make music? Play music and theatre? We invite young people from 13 to 18 years old to develop their own musical theatre piece together with professionals and perform it on stage. Your plays will premiere in July 2022 in the Tischlerei. It's your stage.


January to July 2022


What is mine? What is yours? When are you ready to share? Through improvisation, play, discussion, through music, text and circus, we explore how these questions are transformed into a piece of musical theatre presented on stage by you who are enthusiastic about the Children's Club and the Youth Club of the Deutsche Oper.


The children's club is for everyone between the ages of 9 and 12, the youth club for everyone between the ages of 13 and 18 who wants to be on stage and has the time and desire to develop a musical theatre piece together! Previous experience is not required, but regular attendance at rehearsals is necessary. The registration period has already begun.



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Participation in the project is free of charge.


Music workshops Sophia Baltatzi, Evi Nakou

Theatre & Puppetry Workshops Cornelia Fleck, Suse Wächter 



Children's Club every Tuesday 16.30-18.30
and on rehearsal weekends

Youth Club every Monday 17.00 -19.00
and on rehearsal weekends


Performances at the Tischlerei

1 and 2 July 2022


"Mein, Dein, Unser" is funded by "Zur Bühne" the support programme of the German Stage Association within the framework of "Kultur macht stark. Alliances for Education". Wanderlust is a cooperation project between the Junge Deutsche Oper, Cabuwazi and Ulme35, Raum für Kunst, Kultur & Begegnung.


Opera Families

Junge Deutsche Oper Berlin cordially invites you and your family to discover the world of music. In our opera family project, your children accompanied by you have the opportunity to experience rehearsal visits, musical workshops and musical productions for children free of charge. In cooperation with your family centre, you will get to know opera for children in front of and behind the stage.

The programme is addressed to
Families with children aged 3-6 years

Project Management Carolin Eichhorst

Project Management Assistant Hannah Mulac

Kindly supported by Heinz und Heide Dürr Stiftung


Project partners: Familienzentrum Kastanienallee, Familienzentrum Jungfernheide, Interkulturelles Zentrum Ulme35, Geflüchteten-Unterkunft Eschenallee, Haus der Familie, Interkulturelles Zentrum Divan, Musikschule Charlottenburg


Do you want to be part of it?
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People at the Opera

»I start off my workshops with a jam session. On one occasion a girl was listening to a cello and she suddenly went ›That sounds like a lion!‹ At which point a splurge of creativity was unleashed and we all started comparing the sounds of individual instruments to animal utterances. The cajón, a type of box drum, became a cheetah, the clarinet a blue whale, the triangle a spider, the piano a boy. They then came up with the story of a boy saving animals from a cheetah. So the kids were showing me how to make music together without knowing anything about musical notes. There were situations cropping up in my workshops where I and the kids were learning from each other.«
Alaa Zouiten is a musician and music teacher. He was head of COMMON SOUND and has run workshops with children and school projects.

»I try to think up something different for each group. With children, for instance, I take out my smartphone backstage and play the ›Ride of the Valkyries‹ from Wagner’s THE VALKYRIE and ask them where they’ve heard that tune before. Nine out of ten say: Star Wars! Then I play the ›Imperial March‹ from the Star Wars saga, and we can hear the difference – and suddenly we’re analysing music. Opera is like craft. It’s an art form where the product is the result of many pairs of hands working together – and I’m one of those pairs of hands. One of my aims on these tours is to convey the craft and leave behind my modest fingerprints in the process.«
Tillmann Triest is studying for a PhD and has been conducting children, teenagers and adults on tours of the opera house for seven years.


Spooky! (8+)


Songs and Poets for children / Tischlerei

For children aged 8 and over

The end of October is the time of the year when it starts trying to stay gloomy all day. And this concert is an ode to the spooky. Singers deliver songs of eerie beauty, an author reads scary poems for kids, and children read dark poetry that they’ve written themselves.

Concept John Parr, Tamara Schmidt, Karla Montasser [Haus für Poesie] With Arne Rautenberg [author and graphic artist], singers and musicians of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and children from the autumn-holiday workshop

Duration 60 minutes / no interval

Songs and poets for children.
An evening of poems and songs for children aged 8 and over.
31 October 2021, Tischlerei


Unheimlich! is part of the Children's Culture Month 2021



Autumn-holiday project with the Haus für Poesie

For children aged 8 to 12

During the autumn holiday we celebrate spooky stuff. In a project organised jointly with the Haus für Poesie we invite children to come up with their own monsters and other scary characters. The resulting poetry will then be performed during the »Spooky« concert alongside offerings by a poet and singers of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Guidance Bas Böttcher, Karla Montasser

Autumn holiday 2020


The event is a collaboration with the Haus für Poesie. Children are invited to write their own gothic poems over the autumn holiday and present them in the course of the concert.



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