In solidarity with the people of Ukraine

 

Our heartfelt thanks go to you, dear audience, for the generous donations with which you support our commitment to Ukraine Hilfe Berlin e.V.!

Your contributions to fundraising at our performances as well as your ticket purchases for the benefit matinée on 13 March 2022 have so far resulted in around Euro 100.000.- which we have been able to transfer to the Ukraine Hilfe association. An overwhelming amount of donations of goods was also collected on the initiative of our orchestra on the second weekend in March: four van loads could be handed over directly at the Polish-Ukrainian border.

We say deeply impressed: thank you!

 

The Deutsche Oper Berlin and its staff and colleagues are shocked at the war that the Russian government is waging on Ukraine and its people. We stand in solidarity with all those for whom this useless conflict can only mean suffering, privation and an uncertain future. And we are fully supportive of all those who are being arrested and detained for expressing their desire for peace and democracy.

The invasion of Ukraine and all its political, diplomatic and economic repercussions will throw the lives of millions of people into disarray. The war not only affects a country; it is also an assault on the basic free and democratic order and on peaceful coexistence worldwide. All of us at the Deutsche Oper Berlin are hoping for a quick end to this war and a return to normal, peaceable relations, if that is possible.

The day-to-day workings of our opera house are inextricably tied to the collaboration and interaction of artists from around the globe. Our activities are wholly reliant on mutually respectful relations and unbiased, open-minded dialogue between all parties. Even though our art is of little direct use in confronting this aggression and anguish, we will continue to do what we do as our contribution to peace, democracy and openness. Our thoughts are especially with all the artists who are either afflicted by the war in Ukraine or are at risk of imprisonment in Russia and Belarus if they protest against the war.

The opera canon is filled with works depicting the effect of violent despotism on the lives of ordinary people and showing what war and the destruction of the fundamental liberal order means for different groups of people. The ongoing situation is a painful reminder that peace and humanism cannot be taken for granted but must be struggled for and defended on a daily basis. We appeal to the international artistic community to support all those people in Ukraine, Russia and other affected countries who are resisting this war.

 

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09
DEC

Today in the Foyer: "Beyond the Snow Queen"
with Alexandra Ionis, Oliver Boyd and Henriette Zahn
17.00 hrs / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission

Since its premiere in 2019, THE SNOW QUEEN has been delighting not only children in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This year, too, there are numerous performances on the programme. All the greater is the joy that Alexandra Ionis and Henriette Zahn from the cast of DIE SCHNEEKÖNIGIN have teamed up to create a little door of the Advent calendar. Together with Oliver Boyd, baritone in the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, they present a colourful programme. In addition to Brahms, Schönberg and Kurt Weill, songs by the composer of the SCHNEEKÖNIGIN, Samuel Penderbayne, and his teacher Moritz Eggert will be heard as a special highlight.

Alexandra Ionis from Berlin studied at the Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2016 she made her debut in Strauss' DIE ÄGYPTISCHE HELENA at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Other productions here at the house included DEATH IN VENICE, IL VIAGGIO A REIMS and IL TROVATORE. At the Staatsoper Unter den Linden she sang in Widmann's BABYLON, Reimann's GESPENSTERSONATE, the world premiere of Eötvös' SLEEPLESS, in DER ROSENKAVALIER and most recently in the new production of DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN as Schwertleite / DIE WALKÜRE.

Henriette Zahn is a pianist specialising in chamber music and song interpretation and studied in Munich, Lübeck and most recently in Wolfram Rieger's Lied class at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin. She has performed with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Karajan Academy, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra and the Goldmund Quartet, among others. Performances have taken her to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Bremen Theatre, the Salzburg Festival and the Allerheiligen Hofkirche in Munich. She has worked closely with the composer Samuel Penderbayne and the pianist Anna Buchberger.

Oliver Boyd studied at the Queensland Conservatorium with vocal coach Gregory Massingham and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Christine Schäfer. In September 2018, Oliver Boyd sang the lead role of Reverend Calloway in Paul Dean's opera DRY RIVER RUN. In 2017 he made his concert debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the role of Dancairo / CARMEN. As a soloist he has appeared in Handel's Messiah, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Haydn's Nelson and Paukenmesse, Mozart's Requiem, Vespers and Missa Brevis, and Schubert's Mass in G major. Oliver Boyd has won numerous prizes, including first prize in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition and Champion of Champions in the Queensland Eisteddfod. He was named as one of the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Young Artists. Since the 2021/22 season, Oliver Boyd has been a member of the 1st bass voice section in the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.