Chamber Music I: Academists' Concert

Chamber music in an unconventional atmosphere

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The young musicians of the Deutsche Oper Berlin introduce themselves

approx. 2 hours / one interval

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This season, the Academists’ Concert will once again kick of the chamber music concert series in the Tischlerei. The young newcomers to the Orchestra Academy present themselves with a diverse programme. At the centre is the 1st movement from Schubert's String Quintet, about which the famous music critic Joachim Kaiser once said: "With words no human being can unravel the sounding mystery of this work". Written barely a hundred years later, Arnold Bax's Quintet for Harp and Strings transports us to the idyll of Irish landscapes and the myths hidden therein that captivated the English composer for the rest of his life.

From Giovanni Bottesini's "Gran Duo Concertante", in which violin and double bass enter into a virtuoso dialogue, to the solemn tones of Viktor Vladimirovich Ewald's wind quintet, the whole spectrum of chamber music timbres comes to the fore. Daniel Schnyder's "The Island" and Steven Verhelst's "Devil's Waltz" are two compositions from 2010 that show in very different ways how tonal music can be rewritten.


With their chamber music series, the musicians of the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra fulfil a wish: inspired by productions from the opera programme, they put together concert programmes with works that are close to their hearts. The concerts take place in the stage sets of the respective current Tischlerei production.

Arnold Bax [1883 - 1953]
Quintet for harp with strings

Daniel Schnyder [*1961]
from "Zoom in"
IV The Island

Franz Schubert [1797 - 1828]
String Quintet in C major op. post. 163, D 956
1st movement: Allegro ma non troppo

Giovanni Bottesini [1821 - 1889]
Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double bass and piano

Steven Verhelst [*1981]
Devil's Waltz

Victor Vladimirovich Ewald [1860 - 1935]
Brass Quintet No. 1 in B flat minor


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Today in the foyer: "St. Nicholas is coming
17.00 h / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission

The visit of Father Christmas is a cherished tradition at the Advent Calendar of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This time we encourage our younger guests to get active themselves and share with us their favourite experiences from the past year. While enchanting music plays and Father Christmas is sure to have a sweet or two in his luggage, we invite you to take part in a small interactive activity. This year, our Father Christmas will be accompanied by the young Italian soprano Elisa Verzier.

In 2016 she made her debut at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste in Mendelssohn's EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM and as Serpina in Paisiello's LA SERVA PADRONA. Her church music repertoire includes Mozart's "Coronation Mass", Handel's "Messiah", John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" and several pieces by Pergolesi, Schubert and Bach. Elisa Verzier has won numerous competitions. Her next engagements include Norina / DON PASQUALE in Trieste and La Contessa / LA SCUOLA DEI GELOSI in Turin. In the 2022/23 season she is engaged as a scholarship holder of the Förderkreis in the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will sing Pamina / DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Marzelline / FIDELIO, Frasquita / CARMEN, Musetta / LA BOHÈME and Zerlina / DON GIOVANNI, among others.