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The Orchestra:
Welcome to the 2019/20 season!
As people who commute to work at an opera house, our day job consists of channelling our energies and enthusiasm into using music and drama to tell stories. But in addition to this we all nurture a secondary passion – a desire to simply play music straight, to enjoy it for its own sake without the costumes and stage set. This can be in the form of jazz, kunstlieder, chamber music or the full-bodied sound of the orchestra delivering a symphony. The Deutsche Oper Berlin provides a space for all these initiatives, material that includes chamber music concerts in the Tischlerei, the “Songs and Poets” and “Jazz & Lyrics” programmes, and concerts on the main stage given by our orchestra and the BigBand.

We look forwards to seeing you! Your Dietmar Schwarz

concerts and recitals

Meechot Marreo
Favourites ... with Camerata Deutsche Oper Berlin
With the "Symphonett" by Allan Stephenson (*1949) we would like to recommend a chamber music rarity to you. The players are Jochen Hoffmann, Juan Pechuan Ramirez, Chloé Payot, Pierre Azzuro, Lionel Speciale, Paul-Gregor Straka, Holger Simon, Friederike Roth, Matthias Höfele.


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Favourites ... with our percussionists
Arranged by Benedikt Leithner, six percussionists of our orchestra interpret a suite from Benjamin Britten's DEATH IN VENICE.Experience Benedikt Leithner, Rüdiger Ruppert, Björn Matthiessen, Lukas Zeuner, Thomas Döringer and Ralf Gröling.


Coming soon as DVD in stores
Zemlinsky: DER ZWERG
Recording from March 2019; with David Butt Philip, Mick Morris Mehnert, Elena Tsallagova, Emiliy Magee, Philipp Jekal and others; conducted by Donald Runnicles; staged by Tobias Kratzer.

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To the performance

As CD now available in stores
Glanert: OCEANE
Recording of the world premiere production from May 2019; with Maria Bengtsson, Nikolai Schukoff, Christoph Pohl and Doris Soffel; Under the baton of Donald Runnicles

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To the performance

The orchestra is looking for ...

concert masters, violins, violas, double basses, clarinet, harp (academy) et al.



To the job vacancies
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
1:1 Concerts... By distance! ...The smallest concert format.
1 Musician, 1 listener, 2 meters distance - the 1:1 CONCERTS defy the corona crisis, create artistic places of power and raise donations for the solidarity support of musicians in need.
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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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The Symphony Concerts
Great conductors such as Bruno Walter and Lorin Maazel shaped the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin not only in the pit, but also on the concert podium. Donald Runnicles and the musicians* demonstrate their stylistic versatility with summit works of the Romantic symphony, with gala evenings, children's concerts and a joint programme with our BigBand.

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 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