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Chorus:
Liebe Chor- und Opernfans,
The success of an evening can be ascribed to a number of factors – not least the chorus. The sheer volume of sound conveys a power that sends feelings soaring. Add to that the high degree of artistry and professionalism embodied by our singers. We are fully versed in the styles, genres and languages of opera. Our chorus has long enjoyed a worldwide reputation as a supreme exponent of Wagner and Verdi. Productions such as WOZZECK and HELIANE’S MIRACLE have underscored our proficiency in the musical theatre of the 20th century. It is my pleasure to present the new season – and we have some treats in store.

Sincerely, Jeremy Bines, Chorus Master

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On 10 September 2021 at the Philharmonie
Britten: War Requiem
In music, too, post-war modernism was characterised by a radical new beginning and reflection on the past. Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" is one of the defining works of the time. With this performance of "War Requiem" as part of the Musikfest Berlin, Sir Donald Runnicles resumes his series of Britten works. And the chorus is back on stage for the first time in 16 months ... on 10 September 2021 at the Philharmonie

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Podcast of our Patrons' Circle ... Episode #12
Duett ... With Jeremy Bines
As a wonderful body of sound, the multi-award-winning chorus of the Deutsche Oper has suffered particularly as a collective from the Corona pandemic. What this demands of a chorus director, how a chorus sings when it cannot be live on stage - as in the new production of FRANCESACA DA RIMINI - is what Jeremy Bines, director of the chorus at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, has been telling Silke Alsweiler-Lösch since the 2017/18 season in what is already the 12th Duet .... In German language.

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The sum of our voices
Part of a larger whole
“Often they garner a bare nod en passant despite being difficult to miss onstage. And hardly anyone in the stalls has the first idea what their names are - not that it would ever occur to anyone to question their importance for the production. The critics, too, rarely devote more than a couple of sentences to them, even though opera would be a shadow of itself without them. LOHENGRIN, AIDA or TURANDOT without chorus singers? Impossible.” So ran a tribute by Albrecht Thiemann to the operatic chorus ...
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Why are we so attached to choral singing?
Hosanna in excelsis
When voices merge into a corpus, when eighty singers sing as one, the effect on some listeners can be almost physically overwhelming. Something happens – be it the welling up of tears or the gut feeling of surging emotion: something happens in the auditorium when a wave of united voices rolls over into the audience. And whatever it is, it is not something that can be measured.

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A fully-fledged part of our ensemble since 2008
The Children’s and Youth Chorus
The singers in the children’s chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin may be young in years but they already have their sights set on the same goal as their professional colleagues in the ‘grown-up’ chorus: they want to thrill the audience. They want to triumph alongside the rest of the company.

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New, now available as DVD in stores
Der Zwerg
Naxos recorded Zemlinsky's rarely performed opera DER ZWERG in March 2019, which met with great approval from the audience and press, not least because of Tobias Kratzer's brilliant directing debut in Berlin. David Butt Philip, Elena Tsallagova, Emily Magee and Mick Morris Mehnert appeared in the main roles. Donald Runnicles conducted the orchestra and chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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Our digital chamber music series
Chorus Soloists sing Liebeslieder Waltzes
"By the way, I would risk being called an ass if our love songs did not give pleasure to some people", Johannes Brahms wrote about his 18 miniatures for four-hand piano and vocal soloists. Listen to five of these love song waltzes (op. 52) in a special edition of our "Favourite Pieces" series, sung by members of our chorus.

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Va', pensiero, sull'ali dorate
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The candle is lit, the singers are ready… In Verdi’s NABUCCO the chorus is one of the main protagonists – and not just because of the famous “Va, pensiero” sung by the ‘Chorus of Slaves’. Eighty voices united as one – this is the challenge to be tackled by every director of the work.

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