In December, the Deutsche Oper invites you to a special kind of Advent calendar, in which “little windows open” on different days in the foyer of the Deutsche Oper. In these small events, the so-called little windows, the Deutsche Oper takes a look at Christmas traditions and customs of famous composers and invites to chamber music, recitations and conversations with free admission.
Image above: DIE SCHNEEKÖNIGIN, Director: Brigitte Dethier, world premiere November 22, 2019 Tischlerei der Deutschen Oper Berlin, copyright: Thomas Aurin
The Advent calendar is already a tradition. From Monday to Friday, between December 1 and 23, there is singing, music and also talking about art and music in the Rang foyer or on Götz-Friedrich-Platz. The concerts begin at 5 p.m. and are free of charge. Members of the ensembles of the Deutsche Oper Berlin – singers and scholarship holders, choral soloists and musicians – will be joined by guests who, like Reinhard Naumann, have close ties to the house. The foyers of the Deutsche Oper Berlin thus become places where younger and older generations, opera lovers and opera newcomers meet. On weekends and on Christmas Eve, online raffles will be held on the website’s homepage.
For generations, it has been impossible to imagine children’s rooms without Hans Christian Andersen’s art fairy tale – and it has inspired authors and composers. Now, in November and December, the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin will be transformed into the icy-cold world of the Snow Queen. Composer Samuel Penderbayne, librettist Christian Schönfelder and director Brigitte Dethier take an actress, three singers and five musicians on Gerda’s journey. Gerda and Kay are best friends. But when Kay gets a splinter in his eye, suddenly everything is different. Childish, well-behaved and stupid, he finds Gerda and his other friends and follows the enticing voice of the ice-beautiful Snow Queen. Now Gerda sets off – and while she searches for her Kay, she finds herself: In the eerily beautiful realm of the Flower Queen, in the boring-golden court of the Princess, in the dangerously dark cave of the Robber Queen, she learns to stand up for herself and her friends. In the end, with the help of crow and reindeer, she finds her way to the cold north of Lapland and with the true power of friendship – laughter – she is able to free her Kay from the clutches of the Snow Queen. The creators and protagonists tell a road movie with wit and chills: music-making flowers, a croaking clarinet, a tuba reindeer and the eerily beautiful synthesizer world of the Snow Queen are just some of the ingredients for this musical theater in which children are up close and personal with the action. Dates suitable for children during the day in December 2021 > Termine
Highlights in December
The great mezzo-soprano Doris Soffel, who most recently thrilled audiences at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the award-winning world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s OCEANE, will give a concert recital of songs from Gustav Mahler to Kurt Weill in the Foyer on December 2.
Just two days later, on December 4, another outstanding soloist will follow on the big stage, when Anja Harteros will present a selected Wagner program together with the orchestra conducted by the Slovakian Juraj Valcuha. Anja Harteros made her debut as Isolde at the Bavarian State Opera as recently as the summer of 2021 and now returns to Bismarckstrasse with the finale of this role, with “Isolde’s Liebestod.” She also interprets Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder”.
In December, two of Verdi’s great operas are finally back on the schedule: DON CARLO and UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, both with outstanding casts. Director Marcuro Arturo Marelli tells Verdi’s drama about power, the Inquisition and a tragic father-son conflict within a labyrinth of walls inspired by the Escorial. Alex Esposito is on stage in the role of Philip, Robert Watson as Don Carlo, Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigo and Albert Pesendorfer as Grand Inquisitor – Nicole Car creates Elizabeth of Valois and Yulia Matochkina Princess Eboli. Musical direction is in the hands of James Gaffigan. Performances are on 5, 9, 15 and December.
And on December 20, 22, and 29, Götz Friedrich’s 1993 production of UN BALLO IN MASCHERA returns to the repertory, directed by Michelangelo Mazza. With Yusif Eyvazov, who debuts in the role of Gustav III, Carlos Álvarez (Count René Anckarström), Angela Meade (Amelia), Judit Kutasi (Ulrika), Meechot Marrero (Oscar) and others.
During the performance on December 20, Kammersängerin Julia Varady will be awarded honorary membership of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Julia Varady herself appeared on stage as Amelia in Götz Friedrich’s production at the start of the 1994/95 season and was celebrated by the press and the audience for her convincing embodiment. Her great services to this house are now once again honored with the award of honorary membership.
Audiences can expect another outstanding cast in the form of Aigul Akhmetshina in Rossini’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA – the young Russian mezzo-soprano has already thrilled audiences at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Carmen. Performances will take place on December 30 and January 2.
In addition, ensemble member Mané Galoyan has just won 2nd place in the 2021 Operalia Competition at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Congratulations!
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