“Without a powerful chorus, the power of the feelings will not be conveyed to the desired effect”, judged Albrecht Thiemann in the magazine “Opernwelt” (Opera World). In reality, the opera chorus is among the defining elements of a successful performance. Evening after evening, the singers need to prove that they are well up in the most varied styles, genres and – not least – languages. The chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin has proven this very scope in recent years to an ever growing extent: The chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin corroborated its competence for the musical theatre of the 20th and 21st century with productions such as Britten’s PETER GRIMES and BILLY BUDD, Schostakowitsch’s LADY MACBETH VON MZENSK and Helmut Lachenman’ns DAS MÄDCHEN MIT DEN SCHWEFELHÖLZERN to earn their international reputation as a acclaimed ensemble for the operas of Wagner and Verdi.
Renowned chorus masters and conductors have influenced the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, one of the biggest theatre choruses in the world: In addition to Walter Hagen-Groll, who formed and set up the chorus almost 50 years back, Marcus Creed and Karl Kamper also need a mention here. From 2007 to 2016, William Spaulding was the first chorus master and lent the chorus an unmistakable and special sound; he was honoured thrice with the “Opera Chorus of the Year” and achieved triumphant success with the public and press in the past year on the occasion of his guest performance at the London Prom with TANNHÄUSER. In this season, the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin will be temporarily directed by Raymond Hughes. From the season 2017/2018, the Briton Jeremy Bines, Chorus Master of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus until know, will helm the ensemble.