27. Grand Opera Gala in aid of the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung

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approx. 1 hour 45 minutes / no interval

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Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) will record the opera gala. It can be experienced on 5 November at 8:03 pm on rbbKultur radio as well as on 2 December 2023 at 10:10 pm on 3Sat television and on 5 December 2023 at 11:45 pm on rbb television.

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Richard Wagner [1813 – 1883]
„Einzug der Gäste“
Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Gaetano Donizetti [1797 – 1848]
„Caro elisir, sei mio… Esulti pur la barbara“ – Duet Adina, Nemorino
Elena Tsallagova, Soprano
Rolando Villazón, Tenor

Giacomo Puccini [1858 – 1924]
„O mio babbino caro“ – Aria Lauretta
Lilit Davtyan, Soprano

Henry Purcell [1659 – 1695]
„What power art thou“
Nils Wanderer, Countertenor

Gioacchino Rossini [1792 – 1868]
„Largo al factotum“ – Aria Figaro
Andrzej Filończyk, Baritone

Umberto Giordano [1867 – 1948]
„La mamma morta“ – Aria Maddalena
Saioa Hernandez, Soprano

Georges Bizet [1838 – 1875]
„Les voici! Voici la quadrille“
Chorus and Children's Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Gioacchino Rossini [1792 – 1868]
„Nacqui all’affanno … Non più mesta“ – Aria Don Magnifico
Misha Kiria, Baritone

„Nacqui all’affanno … Non più mesta“ – Aria Cenerentola
Maria Kataeva, Mezzosoprano

„Faded Love“

Giuseppe Verdi [1813 – 1901]
„È strano …. Sempre libera“– Aria Violetta Valéry
Adela Zaharia, Soprano

Giacomo Puccini [1858 – 1924]
„Nessun dorma“ – Aria Calaf
SeokJong Baeck, Tenor

Gaetano Donizetti [1797 – 1848]
„Ah! Mes amis“ – Aria Tonio (Concert version)
Josh Lovell, Antonio Madrillo, Anton Rositskiy, Tenor

Sergei Rachmaninow [1873 – 1943]
Hila Fahima, Sopran

Gioacchino Rossini [1792 – 1868]
Gran pezzo concertato per 14 voci
Hye Young Moon, Soprano (Contessa di Folleville)
Elena Tsallagova, Soprano (Corinna)
Hulkar Sabirova, Soprano (Madama Cortese)
Maria Kataeva, Mezzosoprano (Marchesa Melibea)
Davia Bouley, Mezzosoprano (Delia)
Oleksandra Diachenko, Mezzosoprano (Modestina)
Josh Lovell, Tenor (Il Conte di Libenskof)
Andrei Danilov, Tenor (Cavalier Belfiore)
Kangyoon Shine Lee, Tenor (Zeffirino)
Artur Garbas, Baritone (Don Profondo)
Joel Allison, Baritone (Lord Sidney)
Dean Murphy, Baritone (Don Alvaro)
Philipp Jekal, Baritone (Baron Trombonok)
Padraic Rowan, Bass (Don Prudenzio)

On 4 November 2023, after a three-year break, the Deutsche Oper Berlin will once again open its doors for the 27th Festive Opera Gala in aid of the German AIDS Foundation. As one of the most important charity events in the German capital, the Festive Opera Gala has become an indispensable part of Berlin's cultural life, both artistically and socially.

Experience opera enjoyment at the highest level, in glamorous conviviality and hosted by the celebrated opera star Rolando Villazón. Together with the chorus, children's chorus and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, top-class interpreters - including Saioa Hernández, Misha Kiria, Maria Kataeva, SeokJong Baek and Nils Wanderer - under the musical direction of Andrea Sanguineti will offer versatile and moving insights into the world of opera. The ticket price includes drinks and a delicious after-show menu in the foyers. The stage will even be open for the after-show party, with star DJ Felix Jaehn.

From the proceeds of the gala concert, the German AIDS Foundation supports projects in Berlin, Germany and around the world.

Tickets can also be ordered through the agency NvG.event GmbH, which offers table tickets as well as sponsor packages in addition to opera tickets: Please contact Nadine von Gumppenberg, +49 (172) 4266485 or operngala@nvg-event.de.

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Advents-Verlosung: Das 2. Fensterchen

In today's Advent calendar window, we are giving away 3 DVDs of "Der Schatzgräber" - an opera in a prelude, four acts and a postlude by Franz Schreker. If you would like to win one of the three DVDs, please send an e-mail today with the subject "The 2nd window" to advent@deutscheoperberlin.de.

DER SCHATZGRÄBER (THE TREASURE HUNTER) by Franz Schreker was a triumph at its world premiere in Frankfurt in 1920 and went on to play 44 times at assorted venues over the next five years. It then fell victim to a shifting zeitgeist and slipped from opera-house programmes, with a National Socialist ban on performances sealing its demise. Even after 1945 the Schreker revival was a long time coming – and THE TREASURE HUNTER has not featured prominently in the renaissance.

As with the vast majority of Schreker’s libretti, the story of Els and Elis explores the relationship between fantasy and reality, between art and life. Soulmates in the sense that they are both at the mercy of the king’s disposition, Els and Elis set off in search of different treasures. Elis, the minstrel, uses his magic lute to locate a stash of jewels and do humanity a good turn. Els, an innkeeper’s daughter who has grown up motherless in a tough, male-chauvinist world, becomes a liar, cheat and murderess in pursuit of her goal, tasking her suitors to steal the queen’s jewels and then having them killed once they have returned with the haul of treasure. Yet even with the gold in their possession, the pair are not content, and so, true to form, Schreker turns his attention to the theme of yearning per se, which is the actual “treasure” that the composer is interested in, “a dream of happiness and redemption”. Elis and Els are caught up in a swirl of dreams, memories, premonitions, songs and music. Their stories take on a dreamlike quality in a world beset by greed, murder and emotional inconstancy. For Franz Schreker the path to redemption could only be via art. Composed during the turmoil of the First World War, the TREASURE HUNTER score amounts to Schreker’s personal confession of artistic faith, executed in florid strokes of late-Romantic musical colour.

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