Chamber Music II: "That's not a Man!" - Women in Disguise

Chamber music in the foyer

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approx. 2 hours / one interval

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About the performance

Why were and are the works of women composers so much less visible than those of their male colleagues? The programme brings together works by Liza Lehmann, the first president of the Society of Women Musicians, the women's rights activist and suffragette Ethel Smyth and Emilie Mayer, known as the "female Beethoven". The accompanying moderation outlines the circumstances of their lives and uses events and anecdotes to show how artistically creative women reacted to social boundaries.


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. This time the concert will take place in the open atmosphere of the foyer.

On the Programme

Liza Lehmann [1862 – 1918]
From: Bird Songs, Five songs for voice and piano
The Woodpigeon
The Yellowhammer
The Wren

Josephine Caroline Lang [1815 – 1880]
Schon wieder bin ich fortgerissen
Sie liebt mich
Auf dem See in tausend Sternen
Am Flusse

Emilie Mayer [1812 – 1883]
String Quartet No. 1 in G minor op. 14

Ethel Smyth [1858 – 1944]
Variations on „Bonny Sweet Robin“ for flute, viola, piano

Sofia Gubaidulina [*1931]
5 Etudes for harp, percussion, bass
I. Largo
II. Allegretto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro disperato
V. Andante

Louise Farrenc [1804 – 1875]
Sextet for piano and woodwind quintet in C minor, op. 40


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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.