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Initiatives for school classes

We facilitate the introduction of school children to opera and ensure that every visit to the opera is a seminal experience for your pupils. The collaborations on offer are our way of giving advice, providing you with teaching tools and strategies, familiarising you with the opera house as an alternative place of learning and helping your pupils. Contact: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de / +49 [30]-343 84 474

  • Donald Runnicles bei „Rhapsody in School“

    Donald Runnicles, our General Music Director, opted for some hands-on involvement with this project, visiting the John F. Kennedy School on 6th September to offer pupils from the 11th and 12th grade some insights into rehearsal work and to work on Alban Berg’s WOZZECK. The pupils were then invited to observe a rehearsal at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and later attend a performance of the finished product.



    Rhapsody in School mit Donald Runnicles und Annika Schlicht © Stefanie Kulisch
    Rhapsody in School mit Donald Runnicles und Annika Schlicht © Stefanie Kulisch
    Rhapsody in School mit Donald Runnicles und Annika Schlicht © Stefanie Kulisch
    Rhapsody in School mit Donald Runnicles und Annika Schlicht © Stefanie Kulisch
    Rhapsody in School mit Donald Runnicles © Stefanie Kulisch
  • Classes as Sponsors

    A sponsored class is given the opportunity to witness the genesis of a stage production and be its first audience and sounding board. In the course of attending rehearsals, talking with people involved in the production, taking part in the workshop and studying aspects of the piece at school, the pupils acquire a level of expertise in the relevant work. A minimum of four sessions, at the opera house and the school.


    Our projects

    Nacht bis Acht / Tischlerei / read more
    September / October 2018, class level 1 – 3

    Wozzeck / Premiere / read more
    September / October 2018, class level 9 – 13

    Les Contes d’Hoffmann / Premiere / read more
    November / December 2018, class level 8 – 13

    Don Quichotte / Premiere / read more
    April / May 2019, class level 7 – 11

  • MusicTheatreDay: Lessons at the opera house!

    During the 2018/19 academic year we will be using the new production of OCEANE by Detlev Glanert to explore important themes encountered in the music curriculum at senior level of secondary school .

    From their individual perspectives, drama consultant Jörg Königsdorf, musicians of the orchestra and other people involved in the production provide exclusive insights into the piece, their working methods and many issues relevant to music teaching.

    Date: 10 April 2019, 8.30am to 4.30pm
    Class levels 10 - 13 The event is free of charge.
    For registrations, please contact

  • Echte Träume! Klangkunst-Rechercheprojekt mit einer Grundschulklasse

    In the autumn of 2018 pupils associated with our ‘school class sponsor’ project, i.e. Classes 1 and 2 from Lietzensee Primary School, were involved in the musical-theatre production NACHT BIS ACHT. Everyday objects were transformed into absurd characters, weird and wonderful spatial entities and acoustic gadgets. They then put the objects on display at their school in mid-October 2018 and in the Deutsche Oper Berlin as part of the NACHT BIS ACHT performances.


  • Orchestra workshop – school children interested in music sit in on rehearsals

    Symphony concerts

    Pupils get a glimpse of professional musicians rehearsing a piece in the orchestra’s daily practising space: the school children get an insight into the workings of the orchestra under the guidance of General Music Director Donald Runnicles.

    27 March 2019, 10.00h [Concert on 29 March, 20.00h]*
    Works by Glanert, Strauss and Beethoven

    7 May 2019, 10.00h [Concert on 8 May, 20.00h]
    Gustav Mahler [Symphony No 6]


    Chamber music

    In a series of facilitated rehearsals in intimate, small-scale settings chamber musicians give school children an idea of how they go about working on a concert programme.

    21 January 2019, 11.00h [Concert on 28 January 2019, 20.00h]*
    „Nacht und Träume“

    1 March 2019, 10.00h [Concert on 4 March 2019, 20.00h]*
    „Pierrot Lunaire“

    20 May 2019, 11.00h [Concert on 22 May 2019, 20.00h]



    Before the opening night of an opera much rehearsing goes on involving different groups of cast members. School classes are invited to watch the orchestra – at close quarters – during an OA [“Orchestra Alone rehearsal”] before the singers arrive and join in.

    18 September 2018, 10.00h*

    14 December 2018, 10.00h
    Das schlaue Füchslein

    16 May 2019, 10.00h
    Don Quichotte

    29 May 2019, 10.00h


    *) Performances on dates marked with an asterisk are held in partnership with the Rhapsody in School initiative.


    What is Rhapsody in School?

    Some of the rehearsal visits are organised in cooperation with Rhapsody in School, an initiative that was awarded the 2015 ECHO Classic for the fostering of young musical talent. The concert soloist also visits the pupils in their school and talks about his or her instrument.

    The initiative is free of charge except for the concert itself, for which tickets cost € 8.00.
    All programmes are aimed at musically inclined school classes or music courses from Level 7 upwards
    Registration: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de


  • Opera Workshops

    We offer workshops on practically every production, bookable in conjunction with an attendance at an opera. In the run-up to the performance school groups not only learn the storyline of the relevant work but also get to grips in a fun way with the language of theatre, the production and the music. Workshops are held in the opera house or at your school.

    Duration: approx. 2 school hours.

  • Tour through the Opera House

    What does a stage manager do? What does a stage set look like from the rear? Why does an orchestra play in a pit? Pupils will be able to answer these questions themselves after a tour backstage at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
    Size of group: 10 - 30 persons aged 4 and over.

    Tours excluding attendance at a performance: € 3 per person.
    Duration: 30 – 90 mins [depending on theme of tour and ages of participants]

  • Fontane writing workshop – a literature project based on OCEANE

    He was a compulsive collector of ideas, recorded everything he saw and drew on the material to weave sentences, characters and stories. 200 years after the birth of Theodor Fontane it’s the turn of school children to collect material, pluck texts from Theodor Fontane’s body of work and his novella fragment “Oceane von Parceval” and come up with their own offerings, which will be presented in a public reading at the end of the project. The workshop will take place in school, at the Literaturhaus Berlin and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


    Date: Spring 2019
    For German or music courses from Level 10 upwards
    Information: schmidt@deutscheoperberlin.de

    In planning / A collaboration with Junges Literaturhaus Berlin

  • Work Experience at the Opera

    For teenagers aged 15 and over

    Doing work experience at the Opera is exciting! At the Deutsche Oper Berlin we offer placements and many opportunities to sit on on one activity or another. At the Young Opera teenagers from Class 9 upwards can also get their first taste of an occupation as part of a school placement. For pupils interested in manual or technical fields there are placements available in the workshops and ateliers of the Stage Department of the Oper in Berlin Foundation. As a general rule, any musical-theatre institution will be made up of many departments covering a wide range of activities.

    So before you apply for a placement at an opera house, you should have an idea of what department you want to be part of. On the website of the Deutscher Bühnenverein there is a detailed description of occupations connected with the theatre. With long placements in particular you should also bear in mind that people on work experience in theatres do not get paid. An overview of the various fields in which placements are available at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Berlin Stage Department, the requirements for acceptance and the names and details of contact persons are all available for download here. Download-PDF in German language.

  • Tusch – Theater und Schule