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Singing in the Chorus

There are many ways at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for budding singers to get actively involved in opera and concerts. With a roll of approx. 150 active singers, the Children’s and Youth Chorus is an important constituent of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Chorus master Christian Lindhorst is the contact person for queries and registrations.

Contact: lindhorst@deutscheoperberlin.de / +49 [30]-343 84 479

The Children’s Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is sponsored by Berliner Volksbank and Dobolino e. V. [the support association for the Children’s Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin]

  • Mini Chorus (6 – 10)

    For children aged 6 to 10

    This is the place for singing fans to have fun learning how to use their voice. They will learn simple pieces of song for short performances, e.g. as part of the annual Christmas carol singing, and be sensitively introduced to opera literature designed for children’s choruses.

  • Children's Chorus (8 – 13)

    Working with the younger generation

    With approximately 150 singers, the Children’s and Youth Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin forms a well-integrated part of the opera house ensemble. Children and teenagers receive solid musical and vocal training in choral groups, working alongside youngsters of the same age. The aim is for them to appear onstage alongside opera professionals and show what they are capable of in concert performances. In the 2018/19 season the children’s chorus will once again feature in a raft of productions including WOZZECK, TOSCA, THE NUTCRACKER, THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, CARMEN, BORIS GODUNOV, PARSIFAL and OTELLO.

    Aside from the opera performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, all the choral groups also appear at other venues in Berlin and further afield. Our youngest budding singers in the Mini Chorus focus for example on rehearsing carols in the run-up to Christmas. The Children’s Chorus, the Concert Chorus, the Voice-Changers (our company of young male singers) and the Youth Chorus cover a repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to contemporary music. In July 2018 the Concert Chorus will travel to Tshwane, South Africa, for the World Choir Games.

    A special concert is scheduled for 26th March 2019. This season the Children’s Chorus celebrates its tenth anniversary and the Youth Chorus its fifth! We’ll be making a noise to mark the occasion.

    Further information is available on the web pages of the Friends of the Children’s and Youth Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin: www.dobolino.de



    Head of Children’s Chorus: Christian Lindhorst

    Head of Voice-Changers: Rosemarie Arzt

    Vocal development: Tanja Ammon, Rosemarie Arzt, Natali Buck, Kristina Häger, Ines Schweizer-Perk, Olga Vilenskaia and Christian Lindhorst

    Child care: Burkkart Liewehr, Tanja Wagner



    The Children’s and Youth Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is sponsored by Berliner Volksbank and Dobolino e.V..
    • Carmen
    • Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    • Carmen
    • Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    • Carmen
    • Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    • Carmen
    • Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    • Carmen
    • Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    • Turandot
    • Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    • Turandot
    • Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    • Turandot
    • Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    • Turandot
    • Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    • Turandot
    • Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    • Turandot
    • Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    • Otello
    • Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
    • Otello
    • Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
    • Carmen
    • Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    • Otello
    • Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
  • The Voice-Changers

    For boys aged 13 and over

    If boys’ voices are breaking, they are ripe for the “Voice Changers”. Under the guidance of Rosemarie Arzt a voice in the process of breaking is seen as a period of discovery for the voice rather than an impediment to singing. These discoveries are worked into brand-new pieces which are performed by the group in public at regular intervals, accompanied by small, choreographed elements.

  • Youth Chorus (16+)

    For teenagers aged 13 to 18

    If you’re too old for the Children’s Chorus but not quite an adult, then you need an alternative to Mum’s church choir or Dad’s male voice chorus. If you would like to get involved in the Youth Chorus, you should bring with you some experience of choir singing and be available for Thursday rehearsals starting at 18.00.