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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!

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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

Spooky! (8 – 12)

 

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

 

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.

Facilitators 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.
 

Just do it! (8 – 14)

Grand Finale of the Winter Holiday Music Lab / Tischlerei

For children aged 6 and over

What are you allowed to do – and what’s banned? And who checks up on you, anyway? Are you going to be the one who decides, from this day onwards? In this project, kids spend the winter holidays making music together, helped by artists. The children take the audience off to their own worlds, using any available instruments, or instruments they’ve made themselves, and using voice or electronic equipment and film, drama and creative writing.

With 60 children and artists

Duration 60 minutes / no interval

Winter Holiday Music Lab

For children and teenagers aged 8 to 12

In the Winter Holiday Music Lab children and artists spend a week together, acting, making music and experimenting with sounds and stories in a number of different groups. The results are performed in front of an audience at the end of the week.

Winter holiday 2021 /// Cost €45 / concessions €15

 

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)

 

Performances by the Children’s Club and Youth Club / Tischlerei

For children aged 9+ / For teens aged 14+

Who do you feel close to and why? What is your greatest wish? In our Children’s and Youth Clubs we celebrate community. Drama teachers and musicians work with a group of children and a group of teens and create two separate productions of musical theatre, to be performed in the Tischlerei.

With children, teenagers and artists

Duration 45 minutes / no interval / In planning

 

Get involved in the Children’s Club

For children and teenagers aged 9 to 12

You don’t need to be a professional to make musical theatre! You just need to have something to say, to have an ear for music and some ideas that you’d like to express onstage. With this raw material, and guided by a drama teacher and a musician, a group of youngsters meet regularly to create a work to be performed in the Tischlerei.

In planning

 

Get involved in the Youth Club

For teenagers aged 14 to 18

Do you like listening to, or making, music? Do you act, write your own texts or make videos? This is the place for anyone who likes the idea of meeting up regularly with other youngsters to create a work for the stage. With professional guidance, you will come up with a piece of musical theatre to be aired in two performances in the Tischlerei.

In planning

 

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 40 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 40 teenagers

Duration 90 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 

 

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.