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Editorial 2016/2017

Dear opera lovers,

With his Flying Dutchman Richard Wagner created the incarnation of the outsider in opera. The solitary figure of the “doomed man of the seas” appears on stage and in less than ten minutes Wagner has managed to present us with all the conflicting feelings associated with the Dutchman’s life as an outsider: loneliness and alienation, despair and hatred, but also hope, defiance and even pride.

Opera has repeatedly explored the theme of outsider-ness in all its aspects and given the condition a voice: from the Medea of baroque opera and Verdi’s Rigoletto to Berg’s Wozzeck and Britten’s Peter Grimes, opera has adopted the position of protagonists who, as well as being marginalized, often feel an uneasy alienation within their very selves.

This outsider existence is fully apparent in four of our new productions this season. Aside from THE FLYING DUTCHMAN we also present EDWARD II, the new opera by Swiss composer Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini based on Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy about the allegedly homosexual English king, Benjamin Britten’s last opera, DEATH IN VENICE, after Thomas Mann’s novella, and Giacomo Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS, in which an entire section of the population is pigeonholed as beyond the pale on account of religious differences.

Is it not the case, though, that the four young people at the centre of Mozart’s and Lorenzo da Ponte’s operatic experiment COSI FAN TUTTE are also subjected to an alienation process that puts increasing distance between them and their community? And can it not be said that feelings of guilt and the much-vaunted “loneliness at the top” trigger a similar process of marginalisation in Mussorgsky’s Boris Gudonov? And is fashion czar Gianni Versace, the subject of our first major new production in the Tischlerei this season, not perhaps another of these outsiders trapped in a gilded cage?

These questions are not so much challenges to the production teams as an invitation to you to view our upcoming offerings of musical theatre through this prism, just as last season’s focus lay on the presentation of political processes.

And just as the world of politics is always on the look-out for new symbols, the characteristics associated with people existing on the fringe of society are always changing, mirroring the shifting fault lines along which the chasms separating individual from crowd open up. Which is why we have chosen to engage directors who we believe are particularly sympathetic to the topicality of their respective material. You will already be familiar with Christof Loy, Graham Vick, David Alden and Christian Spuck following their riveting productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In addition, we have enlisted the services of Richard Jones from Britain and the young theatre director Robert Borgmann, who will be mounting his first work of opera on our premises.

In the pictures of Japanese artist Satoshi Fujiwara we have discerned the ability, shared by the creators of fine musical theatre, to present a magnified view of the individual, almost as though he were sitting amongst us. Fujiwara’s artfully composed but deceptively naturalistic close-up images will adorn the Deutsche Oper Berlin this season and a number of them also appear in this preview. The photos of people in the S-Bahn in extreme close-up make them appear disturbingly alien, yet at the same time we can sense that this suggestion of foreignness is not due to any substantive difference but solely down to the unusual camera perspective.

In addition to the aforementioned works, audiences this season can expect the usual panoply of material reflecting the vibrant world of musical theatre. It includes our repertoire of 28 productions on the main stage, our packed Young Opera programme aimed at children and teenagers, our premiered works in the Tischlerei, our chamber and symphony concerts, lieder evenings, the grand opening gala and much more besides.

We look forward to seeing you at the Deutsche Oper Berlin!

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  • Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) / read more
    25. September 2016
    Les Huguenots
    Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864) / read more
    13. November 2016
    Edward II. / World Premiere
    Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini (*1971) / read more
    19. February 2017
    Death in Venice
    Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) / read more
    19. March 2017
    The Flying Dutchman
    Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883) / read more
    7. May 2017
    Boris Godunov / (Urfassung)
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881) / read more
    17. June 2017

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  • Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869)


    Roméo et Juliette / read more
    2., 4., 5., 6. September 2016


    Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    Carmen / read more
    9., 11., 17. September; 2. October; 3., 29. December 2016


    Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
    Death in Venice / Premiere / read more
    19., 22., 25. March; 23., 28. April 2017
    Billy Budd / read more
    24., 26. May; 2. June 2017


    Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)
    The Elixir of Love / read more
    3., 6. October 2016; 23., 27. May 2017


    Umberto Giordano (1867 – 1948)
    Andrea Chénier / read more
    13., 17., 21., 25. May 2017


    Charles Gounod (1818 – 1893)
    Faust / read more
    23. February; 2., 5., 10. March 2017


    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 – 1921)
    Hansel and Gretel / read more
    18. [2×], 19., 23. [2×] December 2016; 1. January 2017


    Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)
    Les Huguenots / Premiere / read more
    13., 17., 20., 23., 26., 29. November 2016; 29. January; 4. February 2017


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
    Così fan tutte / Premiere / read more
    25., 28. September; 1., 8., 11., 14. October 2016; 25. February; 3., 11. March 2017
    Don Giovanni / read more
    15., 21., 26. January 2017
    The Abduction from the Seraglio / read more
    24., 30. November; 6. December 2016
    The Magic Flute / read more
    27. October; 16. November; 13. December 2016; 7. January; 24. March; 22. April; 8. July 2017


    Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881)
    Boris Godunov (First version) / Premiere / read more
    17., 23., 27. June; 1., 4., 7. July 2017


    Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    La Bohème / read more
    25., 27. December 2016; 3., 6. January 2017
    Madame Butterfly / read more
    13., 18. February 2017
    La Rondine / read more
    29. April; 1., 6. May 2017
    Tosca / read more
    8., 15. November; 10., 14. December 2016; 28. May 2017
    Turandot / read more
    3., 9., 22. June 2017


    Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
    The Barber of Seville / read more
    10., 18. September; 31. [2×] December 2016; 8. January 2017


    Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini (*1971)
    Edward II. / World Premiere / read more
    19., 24. February; 1., 4., 9. March 2017


    Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
    Salome / read more
    18., 22. November; 2. December 2016; 13., 20. January 2017


    Pjotr I. Tschaikowskij (1840 – 1893)
    Eugene Onegin / read more
    12., 15., 20. December 2016


    Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
    Aida / read more
    16., 21., 26. December 2016; 4. January 2017
    Don Carlo / read more
    24., 29. June; 2., 6. July 2017
    A Masked Ball / read more
    16., 21., 24. September; 19., 25. November 2016
    Nabucco / read more
    12., 14., 25., 28. January; 8., 11. June 2017
    Rigoletto / read more
    21., 23., 29. October; 12. November 2016
    La Traviata / read more
    15., 20. October 2016; 21., 30. April 2017


    Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
    The Flying Dutchman / Premiere / read more
    7., 11., 16., 20. May; 4., 10. June 2017
    Lohengrin / read more
    4., 11., 17. December 2016; 2., 5. February 2017
    Parsifal / read more
    16., 22., 30. October 2016
    Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg / read more
    27. January; 12. February; 12., 18. March 2017
    The Ring of the Nibelung - Rhinegold / read more
    1., 13. April 2017
    The Ring of the Nibelung - The Valkyrie / read more
    2., 14. April 2017
    The Ring of the Nibelung - Siegfried / read more
    5., 15. April 2017
    The Ring of the Nibelung - Twilight of the Gods / read more
    9., 17. April 2017

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Concert Season 2016/2017

  • Dear music lovers,
    “A fascinating procession of inflected sounds,” ran the notice in the Tagespiegel in response to the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra’s rendition of Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony last December. Reviews like this naturally gladden the heart of any orchestra and conductor, but for us they are also confirmation that the dedication and enthusiasm we bring to the planning, rehearsing and delivery of each concert have come across to our audience. That night in December I was again reminded that the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin possesses its own, singular voice on the concert stage, too - not simply in terms of its sound but also because the musicians are used to telling a story with every note and because they see every tune as having its own dramatic dimension.

    It is a quality that enhances the performance of works that are explicitly personal in nature, such as Shostakovitch’s Cello Concerto No.1, played by our solo cellist Arthur Hornig. But more than that, it is expressed in works whose composers were also great conductors of opera and took inspiration from the concert stage when writing their music: Mahler and Strauss. The concerts this season thus include works by both composers: Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Strauss’s “Thus spake Zarathustra”.

    Whereas the symphonies of Mahler and the symphonic poems of Strauss possess a dramatic dimension, the operas of Wagner have a symphonic soundscape that comes across best when the orchestra is positioned onstage. For this reason I am particularly delighted that we will be performing the first act of THE VALKYRIE in the Philharmonie during the Musikfest Berlin, the third year in a row that we have been invited to perform at the festival.

    It also goes without saying that we will be continuing with other beloved concert series. These include performances at the AIDS gala and the Lions benefit gala and also evenings of chamber music and jazz concerts in the Tischlerei.
    We look forward to seeing you.
    Donald Runnicles

  • Symphony Concerts


    Special Concert / Musikfest Berlin
    7. September 2016 (Philharmonie) / read more
    Symphony Concert (Schostakowitsch, Mahler)
    30. September 2016 / read more
    Sinfoniekonzert (Bernstein, Ellington, Honetschläger)
    18. October 2016 / read more
    23. Grand Opera Gala in aid of the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung
    5. November 2016 / read more
    Special Concert: Diana Damrau (Meyerbeer)
    19. May 2017 / read more
    Symphony Concert (Strauss)
    28. Juny 2017 / read more


    Jazz-Concerts
    Symphony Concert (Bernstein, Ellington, Honetschläger)
    18. October 2016 / read more
    BigBand-Concert (Piazzolla, Jobim)
    23. January 2017 / read more


    Tischlerei concert

    Vienna – genius loci
    10. October 2016 / read more
    Jugendstil in the Music
    7. November 2016 / read more
    Spotlights
    30. January 2017 / read more
    Thomas Mann’s „Doktor Faustus“
    13. March 2017 / read more
    Geistermusik
    24. April 2017 / read more
    Academy Concert
    29. May 2017 / read more


    Song recitals in the foyer

    Song recital I: Clémentine Margaine
    15. September 2016 / read more
    Song recital II: Elena Tsallagova, Markus Brück
    2. November 2016 / read more
    Song recital III: Ronnita Miller, Matthew Newlin, Seth Carico
    8. February 2017 / read more
    Song recital IV: Adriana Ferfezka, Annika Schlicht, Attilio Glaser
    15. May 2017 / read more


    Jazz & Lyrics

    New Orleans
    18. September 2016 / read more
    Seasons
    8. January 2017 / read more
    Bebop, Scat and Dada
    12. February 2017 / read more
    Hymn to Freedom
    1. May 2017 / read more
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    3. July 2017 / read more


    Jazz & Breakfast

    A christmas-trip to Brazil
    4. December 2016 / read more
    Wagemann meets Wagemann
    5. February 2017 / read more
    Struttin’ with some Breakfast
    5. March 2017 / read more
    Bessie’s Blues
    2. April 2017 / read more
    Cole Porter Brunch
    7. May 2017 / read more

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  • „Ambushed from Behind” is the name of a brand new series of unusual evenings of musical theatre in the Tischlerei, although the title would serve equally well as the motto of the venue as a whole. Since 2012 the Deutsche Oper Berlin has operated a second stage at the rear of the building, a showcase for new and fresh forms of production. This is the place for the airing of new, independent material or experiments linked in some way to the operatic tradition. DIDO, too, is a production that adopts a new approach to old material. Berlin composer Michael Hirsch has rearranged the music in Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS and presents it in juxtaposition to his own musical language.

    Parallel to this, the Tischlerei is airing works that have another take on the opera genre. For the Berlin band Brandt Brauer Frick, musical theatre means collaborating with artists from a range of fields: GIANNI promises a new coupling of music and theatre consisting of opera songs, club music and vogueing-ball elements. Young composers who took part in the NEUE SZENEN III competition and won commissions to produce a 30-minute work are developing new ideas for opera in the 21st century. And now the Staatsballett has launched its own “Dance/Ruption” project and is sponsoring young choreographers to come up with short, experimental routines for presentation at the Tischlerei.

    Musical theatre for young audiences continues to form a major part of the Tischlerei programme: Annechien Koerselman, familiar to Tischlerei audiences for her stagings of KANNST DU PFEIFEN, JOHANNA and GOLD, is working on a new piece for primary school children. And needless to say, the Deutsche Oper’s Young Opera programme is once again packed with workshops, holiday labs, concerts for babies and kids and much more …all in the Tischlerei.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Tischlerei-Premieres 2016/2017


    Gianni / World Premiere
    Musical theatre by Brandt Brauer Frick / read more
    1. [World Premiere], 2., 6., 7., 8., 13., 14., 15. October 2016
    A new play for children / World Premiere
    Musical theatre by Annechien Koerselman / read more
    4. [World Premiere]. 6., 9., 10., 11., 12., 13. November 2016
    Dido / Premiere
    Mucical Theatre by Michael Hirsch and Henry Purcell / read more
    28., 29., 31. January; 6., 7., 10., 11. February 2017
    Tryout: Dance///Ruption / World Premiere
    Choreographers‘ Lab 2016/2017 / read more
    4. [World Premiere], 5. March 2017
    New Scenes III / World Premiere
    Musical theatre by Malte Giesen, Irene Galindo Quero und Thierry Tidrow / read more
    28. [World Premiere], 29. April, 8., 9. May 2017
    Ambushed from Behind / Premiere
    Five works of banditry by Alexandra Holtsch / read more
    22. October; 19. November 2016; 25. February; 6. May; 24. June 2017


    Tischlerei-Repertoire 2016/2017
    The Wanderings of Odysseus
    Musical theatre by Ole Hübner (aged 10 and over) / read more
    1. [2×], 2., 3., 4., 5. [2×] December 2016
    Gold
    Musical theatre by Leonard Evers (aged 4 and over) / read more
    9. [2×], 11. [2×], 12., 13. [2×], 14. December 2016
    A Piece of Heaven
    Musical theatre by Nuria Nunez Hierro (aged 2 to 4) / read more
    9. [2×], 10. [2×], 11., 12., 14., 15., 16. [2×] March 2017
    CHEMO BROTHER
    Musical theatre by Eleftherios Veniadis (aged 14 and over) / read more
    16. [2×], 17., 18., 19., 20., 21. June 2017

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