Sara Jakubiak's view of the world

At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she sings courageous women – first Heliane, now the title role in FRANCESCA DI RIMINI.

Love and passion   When I sang the heroine in DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE, she taught me something about love. She knows that she cannot escape her unhappy relationship with the tyrant ruler – even if she refuses him physically. One day she meets a stranger, and an emotion she has never felt before descends upon her. A selfless, pure, extreme love, to which she is immediately willing to sacrifice everything – a transcendental experience. Heliane has the ability to abandon herself completely. I hope to know such an intense form of love in my own life.  Nudity and courage   As Heliane, I am totally naked in one scene. This happens much less frequently in opera than in theatre – and if anyone bares all, it tends to be dancers rather than singers exposing their bodies. When the director Christof Loy asked me at the time whether I would be willing, I immediately agreed. As a singer, I expose myself far more on stage through my voice: my high C – that is naked; it is my pianissimo that makes me vulnerable, far more than my body. Perhaps we should question our notions of nudity in general. Honesty is naked. Tenderness is naked. To stand on stage without clothes is just a job.  Freedom and courage   Francesca and Heliane are courageous women. They resist the reigning order which has forced them to live without freedom. They ask themselves: do we want to be victims or liberate ourselves? And they choose freedom. They overcome their fears, they walk dark paths, they even risk their lives – because they want to change things. That is why they are role models to me, even heroines. They provide orientation when we are confronted with our own fears. I am often confronted with them: every time I go on stage I have to bear up to my vulnerability, to give myself. It takes courage, every time. Music and colours   When I have overcome those feelings and walk on stage, I am rewarded: with intense colours. I have always perceived tones and notes as colours. That effect is particularly powerful when I sing on stage with a large cast and orchestra. That is why I am looking forward so much to finally performing Francesca live for an audience – to hear her colours gleam even more brightly.


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On 1 December, it's that time again. Our already traditional Advent calendar welcomes you with free admission. Members of the Deutsche Oper Berlin ensembles look forward to shortening the days until Christmas Eve with personalised musical programmes in which you will hear Christmas classics as well as absolute rarities, perhaps never heard before. Just come by and experience our artists up close.

Our Advent Foyer Programme
Enjoy our chamber concerts from Monday to Friday, from 5.00 p.m. to approx. 5.25 p.m., in the rank foyer on the right. Should there be any deviations in the venue or time, you will find a note in the overview. Admission is free.

1 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Dietmar Schwarz reads "The Snow Queen"

2 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
The Little Chorus of the Children's Chorus sings Christmas carols

5 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Old Russian Romances with Maria Motolygina

6 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
Father Christmas comes to visit - together with Elisa Verzier

7 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
"Ding Dong! Merrily on High" - A concert with the VoiceChangers

8 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
Caroling together with the brass band

9 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Beyond the Snow Queen" - Songs by Samuel Penderbayne and others
with Alexandra Ionis, Attilio Glaser and Henriette Zahn

12 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Songs and Arias with Sua Jo and Kyle Miller

13 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Daniel Nicholson sings and presents

14 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The House of Life"
with Dean Murphy and Elda Laro

15 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Four Hands" - Piano Music
with John Parr and Christopher White

16 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
South American Songs with Jorge Puerta

19 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
English and Polish Songs
with Maire Therese Carmack, Artur Garbas and Manon Gerhardt

20 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Christmas Carols for Two Tenors”
with Kieran Carrel and Thomas Cilluffo

21 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Chamber music with members of the orchestra

22 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"L'ange et l'enfant" - On the occasion of César Franck's 200th birthday
with Andrea Schwarzbach and Christian Zacker

23 December 2022 | 4.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Brahms songs with Arianna Manganello
Please note the earlier start: 4.00 p.m.

All further information in the respective daily door on our homepage

Raffles at the weekends
Because an Advent calendar is of course also filled at weekends and on Christmas Eve, you will find online raffles on our homepage on Saturdays and Sundays as well as on 24 December. We would like to take this opportunity to thank cooperation partners such as NAXOS and the Yorck cinema group.