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Chorus:
Dear fans of the Chorus and opera,
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

Performances

Schedule
9, 12 May, 4, 7 June 2021
Return of the Miracle
Korngold’s HELIANE’S MIRACLE was the big rediscovery of recent years. Our long-awaited reprise of Christof Loy’s hit production is scheduled for May – with the celebrated Sara Jakubiak in the title role.

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Chorus Master since 2017
Jeremy Bines
Jeremy Bines assumed directorship of the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin at the start of the 2017/18 season after excelling in Copenhagen and at the annual Glyndebourne Festival in the south of England. Born in Belfast in 1977, he studied at Cambridge University and afterwards as répétiteur at the National Opera Studio in London. Prior to his move to Copenhagen he made regular guest appearances at the English National Opera and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden …

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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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Premiere on 25 April 2021
St Matthew Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach; Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi; Director: Benedikt von Peter; With Sebastian Kohlhepp, Mané Galoyan, Annika Schlicht, Michael Kim, Thomas Lehman, Padraic Rowan, Joel Allison

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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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Live music in residential care homes
Ope(r)n air
Our choir soloists Rosemarie Arzt, Senta Aue, Natalie Buck, Suzanne Fischer and Saskia Klumpp have been singing regularly in gardens of old people's homes or hospitals since mid-April, presenting an entertaining and varied programme, which contains both three-part folk song settings of well-known songs such as "Am Brunnen vor dem Tore" and "Geh aus mein Herz und suche Freud" as well as well-known hits, including "Pack die Badehose ein" or "Bei mir bist du scheen".

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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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