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The Orchestra:
Dear Readers,
Maybe you noticed the warm, cantabile sound of our orchestra during its presentation of Bruckner’s 7th Symphony in January 2018. Reviewers were effusive in their praise. For me the event demonstrated once again that experience of Wagner’s musical language turns out to be the perfect key to interpreting classical Romantic symphonies. No one strikes a surer balance between songfulness and dramatic expression than Wagner. No composer has a better feel for the spatial dimension and the sweeping set piece. In my view these moments are your loveliest guarantee of similarly delightful concerts awaiting you this season. In Beethoven’s “Eroica” and Mahler’s 6th Symphony we have selected two works whose dramatic dimensions are well matched to our performative aspirations. I look forward to seeing you. Sincerely, Donald Runnicles.

concerts and recitals

With Rebecca Jo Loeb – 4 March 2019
Pierrot Lunaire
The title alone is a puzzle. Who or what is Schönberg’s “Pierrot lunaire”? A clown in the moonlight? Or a fantasist after all, a melancholic dreamer, someone affected by the lunar pull? And then there are the three blocks of seven poems themselves, selected by the composer for his Opus 21, with perspectives, characters and narrators overlapping and interweaving in the moonlight: the dandy, Columbine, the Madonna as Our Lady of Sorrows, Pierrot…

The chamber concert

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At the Konzerthaus – 24 March 2019
In Unison for Diversity – Concert for an Open Society
Marie Jacquot will conduct the concert; actor Matthias Brandt will serve as host. The musical programme reflects the diversity of the orchestra members, with compositions from Turkey, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and other countries, with works ranging from Brahms’s “Hungarian Dances” to Dukas’s “La Péri” and Piazzolla’s “Libertango” to Takemitsu’s “Signals from Heaven” and Erkin’s “Köçekçe” Suite.

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29 March 2019
Symphony concert: Works by Glanert, Strauss and Beethoven
Conductor: Donald Runnicles Solo Oboe: Juan Pechuan Ramirez

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8 May 2019
Symphony concert: Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 6
Conductor: Donald Runnicles

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The orchestra is looking for ...

concert masters, 1st/2nd violin, viola, solo & deputy solo double bass, double bass, 2nd/3rd/4th clarinet, 2nd/3rd/4th bassoon with double bassoon, a 3rd horn with 5th/7th horn and Wagner tuba et al.



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The Orchestra Academy

Musicians aged 26 and under have the chance to learn important repertory works in our orchestra and get a taste of life as a pro.

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About us

It began with Furtwängler and Walter. Then came Sinopoli, Mehta, Thielemann and Runnicles. The orchestra is one of the top addresses in the world of opera.

History of the orchestra
15 and 17 February 2019 – on the main stage
“Strong Voices”: A Children’s Concert
It soars aloft and plunges to the depths, can be shrill and loud, soft and delicate, can coo and hum, murmur and hoot. The voice is versatile and always to hand! Deutsche Oper singers show how it can be used to express feelings, create characters and have fun. And it goes without saying that orchestra musicians under the baton of Nikolas Maximilian Nägele will be doing what they can to assist.
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Since 2009 our General Music Director
Donald Runnicles

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The musicians are together the
The orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

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Symphony Concerts
The Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is known for a warm, cantabile sound that betrays its daily contact with the world’s best singers. Sometimes it’s as if the musicians had conjured song from their instruments. Savour a symphony concert with works by Glanert, Strauss and Beethoven, Mahler’s 6th Symphony and the concert conducted by Stéphane Denève (photo) featuring works by Berlioz, Wagner and Dvorák.

Our symphony concerts

Chamber Music
The atmosphere of the Tischlerei concerts is uniquely intimate, up-beat and workshoppy. Inspired by the premieres or revivals taking place on the main stage, their brief is to present singers giving their personal take on works close to their heart. The evenings of lieder in the foyer centre on our ensemble soloists but are also interspersed with poetry in collaboration with the Haus für Poesie.

Chamber music


Jazz Concerts
Works of swing and funk, performed in a new way and with consummate virtuosity – this is what the BigBand and guests like Tom Gaebel and Katherine Mehrling (photo) are all about. The opera house reverberates to the sound of jazz standards by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin or Frank Sinatra. These evenings offer “Take the A Train” instead of Puccini, “Night and Day” in place of Verdi, and so on. The concerts are sell-out events and never fail to delight.

Our Jazz season