extended version: The Flying Dutchman

An Ambush from Behind Festival to THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

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World premieres by Babelfis, Steve Mekoudja, Magdalena Mitterhofer, Shade Théret, Olga Hohmann and Jan Koslowski as well as performances and concerts by Xzavier Stone, Larissa Sirah Herden, Vicky Krieps, Samuel Schneider, Stéphane Peeps Moun, Thomias Ludovic Radin, Anna Schoeck and Michael Bakhtadze on 11 November 2023 in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Tickets can be purchased separately for each of the three parts of extended version: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN. For a truly extended enjoyment of the arts, however, we recommend the festival ticket for the entire event with a reduced price compared to the single ticket.

10 hours / intermissions

Part 1: from 0 years / Part 2: from 12 years / Part 3: from 18 years
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About the performance

extended version: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN - Part 1

from 0 years

Invitation to "Captain's Tea"
Sailor stories and sea tales read by Vicky Krieps and Samuel Schneider

If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day
Songs and Stories with Larissa Sirah Herden

extended version: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN - Part 2

from 12 years

Performance by Magdalena Mitterhofer and Shade Théret

Meryem's Ballad: The Odyssey of a "Guest Worker"
A storytelling performance by Babelfis & visuals by Mert Akbal

Concert performance by Steve Mekoudja and band

extended version: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN - part 3

from 18 years

Swan Song
Performance lecture with singing by Olga Hohmann

I FLY ON YOU (world premiere)
A Singspiel by Jan Koslowski

Oversea Riddim
Dance, words and song with Stéphane Peeps Moun and Thomias Ludovic Radin

Concert by Xzaxier Stone

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER is Richard Wagner's shortest opera and accordingly there is much that does not appear in the play: stories, songs, music, dances, texts. Author and director Jan Koslowski has made it his task to bring all this to the stage. In continuation of the successful series AUS DEM HINTERHALT, he has invited numerous artists from genres beyond the world of opera to join singers and musicians from the ensembles of the Deutsche Oper in taking a close look at Wagner's most popular opera, to work on material from it, to question it critically, to draw inspiration from it and to rewrite it from today's perspective - in order to bring to the stage everything that is not experienced in the original.

The result is an "extended version" of ten hours duration, divided into three parts:

At 4.00 pm, the whole family is invited to "Captain's Tea" with cakes, biscuits and hot drinks. There will be sailor stories, songs and a reading of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" with Vicky Krieps and Samuel Schneider in the warm Tischlerei.

From 5 p.m., the motto is "If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick every day". In an afternoon late-night special, Larissa Sirah Herden tells and sings about great longing, eternal love, homesickness and wanderlust, storms and lulls and the windward and leeward side of life.

From 6 pm, the two performance artists Magdalena Mitterhofer and Shade Théret will perform, followed by two concerts by this year's Tischlerei scholarship holders of the Musicboard Berlin. With their storytelling performance "Meryem's Ballad", the German-Turkish band Babelfis, together with soprano Anna Schoeck, juxtapose one of the best-known pieces from Wagner's opera, the Senta Ballad, with a completely different female fate and thus an alternative concept of femininity. Afterwards, the programme "Freedom" by the Cameroonian-born Berlin musician Steve Mekoudja can be experienced - with a ten-piece band, dancers and a background choir.

At the centre of the late programme from 10.15 pm is the world premiere of Jan Koslowski's new piece I FLY ON YOU, a Singspiel based on Wagner's original libretto. It will be sung by baritone Michael Bachtadze from the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, with performances by Olga Hohmann, Samuel Schneider, Malick Bauer, Victor Nicholaus, Farman Hussein, Bastian Belrose and live tattoo artist Alec Ross. Before that, Olga Hohmann's lecture performance SCHWANENGESANG can be experienced, and after the witching hour Stéphane Peeps Moun and Thomias Radin will take to the stage with their programme OVERSEA RIDDIM, before the Swiss Xzavier Stone closes the evening.


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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.

Conductor Marc Albrecht; Staging Christof Loy; Set design Johannes Leiacker; Costume design Barbara Drosihn; With Tuomas Pursio, Doke Pauwels, Clemens Bieber, Michael Adams, Joel Allison, Michael Laurenz, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Seth Carico, Daniel Johansson, Gideon Poppe, Stephen Bronk, Elisabet Strid, Patrick Cook, Tyler Zimmerman a. o.; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Closing date: 2 December 2023, the winners will be informed by email on 4 December 2023. The DVDs will then be sent by post. Legal recourse is excluded.