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Let’s make opera

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!

Latest announcements, dates, activities/events and recommendations are all posted up on our website or Instagram and published in our monthly »Familie« (family) und »Jugend« (youth) newsletters (Sign up via Mail). Stay informed! 

Opera Mice (6+)


A year of discovering opera

The Opernmäuse ('opera mice') are back and they're taking over the opera house! Looking, listening, learning..., they're peeking behind the scenes, taking tours and workshops, being asked for their impressions at rehearsals of our children's productions and generally peering and probing into every nook and cranny of the Opera. All we can say is: Go for it!

Dates from autumn 2020 / Costs € 20,00 for the whole season

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!


Us & Now ... Children’s Club and Youth Club (9 – 12 und 14 – 18)


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. In the real WE, everyone has to be part of it so that it becomes a whole, no one is interchangeable.

In the two clubs, we want to work on what makes this WE. We will explore the magic of the special moment that happens when we share it with just the right others. We & Now. We improvise with music and theatre, invent texts and scenes, collect ideas and build a joint musical theatre production out of all this, which will be performed in the Tischlerei.

Whether we can rehearse for real in the opera from the beginning or first in another form, we will still see. In any case, the following always applies: Your health is important to us, so all rehearsals will take place according to the current hygiene rules for pandemic control.


Cooperation partner
Laughing Hearts e.V. and WeTeK gGmbH


Children's Club

Who can participate?
Everyone between 9 and 13 years,
no previous experience necessary

Rehearsals from 11 February 2021 always on Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.
(except during holidays), and on individual weekends

Performances 26, 27 June 2021

Stage directors Friederike Dunger, Nina Rotner

Registration as of now to



Youth club

Who can participate?
Everyone between 14 and 18 years,
no previous experience necessary

Rehearsals from 8 February 2021 every Monday, 5-8 p.m.
(except during holidays), and on individual weekends

Performances 26, 27 Juni 2021

Stage director Kristina Stang

Registration as of now to


Have a look here at the video project of the season 2019/20

LOUD! A participatory production for young people (13+)

For teenagers aged 13 and over

Wann wirst du laut? Wofür erhebst du deine Stimme? Was hast du zu sagen? Mit When do you shout out loud? In what situations do you raise your voice? What do you have to say? Who do you argue with? Who doesn’t get listened to? Be LOUD! Our big new youth production, featuring 20 performers aged 14+, gets its world premiere in the Tischlerei in late October. Assisted by professionals, the youngsters have been writing music, texts and scenes and making videos.

Director Jonas Egloff Music coach Misha Cvijovic Video Kalma Sets Cleo Niemeyer Vocal coaching Ganna Gryniva Dramaturgy Jörg Königsdorf, Tamara Schmidt With 20 teenagers

Duration 60 minutes / no interval

LAUT! receives assistance from »Zur Bühne«, the funding programme of the Deutscher Bühnenverein as part of the »Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung« programme.




LAUT! is a music theatre piece developed by young people between 14 and 18 years of age from different backgrounds. The rehearsals have already started in spring 2020 and will be resumed in autumn. We are still looking for new people who want to take part!


Here is our video feature for the project 2019 

Here is our video feature for the project LOUD! 2020 

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.



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