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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.

A recommended age for all our productions on the main stage and in the Tischlerei [studio] can be found here as [PDF-Document].

Contact: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de
+49 [30]-343 84 474


Back-stage tours

A glimpse behind the scenes

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.

Dates: by arrangement

Duration: max. 90 mins

Tours excluding attendance at a performance: € 3 per person.

Contact: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de


Preparing for the performance visit

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.

Dates: by arrangement

Duration: approx. 2 school hours.

A recommended age for all our productions on the main stage and in the Tischlerei [studio] can be found here as [PDF-Document].

Cost: free,
excludes attendance at performance [€ 8 / ticket]

Contactt: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de

Four wins!


Introduction to instruments "The Orchestra"

What do a snail, a frog and a horse have to do with a violin? Four orchestral musicians present their instruments, give tastings from well-known operas and invite children to try them out for themselves.

Dates: 20 February; 6/18/19 March 2020

Duration: 90 mins

Years 3-7

Costs: € 3,–

Contactt: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de



All about "Drums"

Percussionists in the orchestra play very different instruments - from the triangle to the xylophone to the wind machine. 1st solo timpanist Benedikt Leithner invites primary school classes into the world of percussion.

Dates: 5/6 [2×] September 2019; 5/6 [2×] May 2020

Duration: 75 mins

Years 1-6

Costs: € 3,–

Contact: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de

Fairy tales in the footlights

The Artistic Director requests the pleasure

Artistic Director Dietmar Schwarz links up with the 30th edition of Fairy Tale Days of Berlin to invite primary school groups to a “gather-round, kids” session. He’ll be reading from “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen.


Date: 21 November 2019, 10.30

Years 3-6 / free admission

Registration: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de


Class sponsorships

A ring-side seat in the build-up to opening nights

A school class watches from the sidelines as a production takes shape. Our young visitors will be experts on the relevant work once they’ve watched a rehearsal, talked with the artists, taken a workshop and attended a performance.

Three or four encounters held either at the opera house or in their school.

Cost: free,
excludes attendance at performance [€ 8 / ticket]

Registation: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de


[November, December 2019], Year 3 onwards

[January 2020], Year 8 onwards

[March to May 2020], Year 7 onwards

[May, June 2020], Year 7 onwards

Partner schools

TUSCH – Theatre and school

We maintain close links to a number of schools, among them the Max Beckmann School. With the Peter Ustinov School we are part of a »TUSCH Plus« initiative and are going to the next level, helping the school to enhance its cultural profile.


Project leader (TUSCH Plus): Sofie Hüsler

Contact: stang@deutscheoperberlin.de

Schoolwork within the program TUSCH © Stephan Bögel

Music/Theatre Day: "The Rhinegold"

School classes at the opera house!

In a fringe event to accompany the premiere of Richard Wagner’s THE RHINEGOLD orchestra musicians and dramaturg Jörg Königsdorf give final-year pupils the chance to learn about RING preparations from a variety of perspectives.

Date: 27 May 2020; 8.30-14.30

Years 10-13 / free admission

Registration: jungedeutscheoper@deutscheoperberlin.de

Rhapsody goes Opera

Artists in school

In a joint initiative with »Rhapsody in School« well-known soloists present themselves and their instruments to children on the school premises. Afterwards the pupils see the artist in action at a rehearsal in the opera house.


Klaus Florian Vogt [Tenor]: September 2019

Piotr Beczała [Tenor]: September 2019

Annika Schlicht [mezzo-soprano]: Autumn 2019 (to be confirmed)

Benedikt Leithner [percussion]: February 2020

Philipp Jekal [Bariton]: May 2020


Cost: free; excludes attendance at performance [€ 8 / ticket]

Years 7 and onwards

Contact: hm@rhapsody-in-school.de


Here you can read a short report about the opening of our initiative with Donald Runnicles and Annika Schlicht in September 2018.

Donald Runnicles and Annika Schlicht © Stefanie Kulisch

Orchestra workshop

Fly-on-the-wall rehearsal sit-ins for music-oriented classes

School groups sit in on orchestra rehearsals and obtain first-hand insights into the work of professional musicians. Pupils will have a chance to question musicians on details of their job and the challenges posed.


Chamber Music I: FEMINAE: October 2019

Chamber Music II: AGAINST FORGETFULNESS: January 2020

HANSEL AND GRETEL: December 2019


PIQUE DAME: April 2020

Further dates planned

Cost: free; excludes attendance at performance [€ 8 / ticket]

Classes: For music-oriented groups, Year 7 and onwards

Contact: stang@deutscheoperberlin.de