12 APRIL 2012 | GUIDED TOUR: CONSTRUCTION SITE OPERA HOUSE UNTER DEN LINDEN
Together with the FRITZEN, participants of a series of events for young people by the Friends of the »Preußische Schlösser und Gärten«, the Apollos took part in a guided tour through the construction site of the opera house Unter den Linden.There we were provided with a lot of information about the refurbishment and the construction progress and were able visualize the enormous dimension of this construction project. Afterwards, the two young friends‘ associations were able to get to know each other while having a cup of coffee together.
04 DECEMBER 2012 | APOLLOS AT THE SEASON OPENING OF THE SCALA MILAN
On December 4th, 2012, the Apollos visited the »Anteprima« (special pre-premiere for young people) of the worldwide known season opening of the Scala Milano. Daniel Barenboim conducted Wagner‘s »Lohengrin«, staged by Claus Guth. The Young Friends were thrilled by the fantastic singers of the eveing: Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape and Annette Dasch, who stood in for AnjaHarteros at short notice, satisfied their audience completely.
25 MARCH 2012 | VISIT FROM THE YOUNG FRIENDS OF BAYREUTH
The partnership between the Apollos and the Young Friends of the Bayreuth Festival sees its 3rd anniversary this year. Some days before the Staatsoper’sFesttage, we were happy to welcome a small group from Bayreuth in Berlin, with whom we saw the complicated relationship between »Tristan and Isolde«. How complicated was also noticeable on the playbill: Unfortunately neither Waltraud Meier, nor René Pape or Roman Trekel sang. But Linda Watson, KwangchulYoun and Martin Gantner perfectly replaced the roles.
It is remarkable that there is a young audience for Wagner which is nationwide interested in performances. Even if the connection “Wagner-Barenboim” seems logical to us, it is not naturally that young people spare neither cost nor effort to fulfil their musical needs. The Apollo-membership contributes to support this and the exchange. This will happen again in summer, when a group of Apollos once more travels to the Green Hill. Then IréneTheorin and Robert Dean Smith will voice the love between Tristan and Isolde. They sure can count on the audience’s love of music.
02 OCTOBER 2011 | EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE FOR THE FRIENDS AND SPONSORS AND YOUNG OPERA LOVERS: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
At an exclusive anteprima-performance, Daniel Barenboim conducted for the first time Rossini’s »Il Barbiere di Siviglia« – 600 young opera lovers and our members were thrilled!
Following Daniel Barenboim's wish, the Friends and Sponsors made possible this special performance for the young audience, for which a generous contingent of tickets at the price of €7 could be offered to young opera fans under 35. Thus, they all could see Ruth Berghaus’ fascinating staging of 1968, the wonderful music and the fantastic young singers. The atmosphere in the audience was unparalleled. During the ardent final applause, AchimFreyer, who designed the terrific stage design in 1968, was brought on stage as an honoured guest by Daniel Barenboim.
After the performance, Daniel Barenboim, Jürgen Flimm and the artists came to a meet & greet at the foyer, where they welcomed the many young guests. Mrs. Ludes of the Friends and Sponsor's board also showed her joy over the successful performance. At the reception, we celebrated together the special event with whine and lemonade. We thank the Baikal Getränke GmbH for the "Wostok"-lemonades.
26 JUNE 2011 | »STAATSOPER FÜR ALLE« ON THE BEBELPLATZ
For one day, the Staatsoper returned to its home Unter den Linden: On June 26th, 2011, we celebrated for the fifth time “Staatsoper für alle” on the Bebelplatz. Daniel Barenboim, young pianist Yuja Wang and the Staatskapelle Berlin enchanted the audience with Beethoven’s piano concert no. 5 and his famous symphony no. 5. In the middle of 25.000 visitors, the Apollos made themselves comfortable and together enjoyed the fantastic music. The concert gave us an opportunity to get to know each other better and we really want to repeat that next year. The programme announced already heightens our excitement!
25 TO 27 FEBRUARY 2011 | INTERNATIONAL OPERA WEEKEND FOR YOUNG OPERA FRIENDS
Three days – three operas, and much more! From February 25th to February 27th, 2011, the Young Friends of the Staatsoper, together with the youth club of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, have arranged the 5th International Opera Weekend for young opera friends from all over Europe. To be the home of three opera houses of international reputation is a unique privilege of the city of Berlin, and so a rich cultural weekend was waiting for us. As a start, Patrick Lange, musical director of the KomischeOper, delivered us interesting insights into his work as well as an introduction the opera »Rigoletto«, which we could enjoy in the evening. On February 26th it was followed by »Otello« in the Deutsche Oper. Before, we were provided with exclusive insights behind the stage into the work of the opera house and the stage design. Furthermore, Donald Runnicles, musical director of the Deutsche Oper and one of the leading opera conductors of our time, graced us. Of course we didn’t want to miss Berlin’s nightlife, so we started the last day of the weekend a bit tired, but excited about what it had in store for us. After a city tour by bus, we could attend a workshop for »Die EntführungausdemSerail«, organized by the JungeStaatsoper. It was a special kind of introduction themed “Experience yourself”; and so we all chose a role of the opera, of whose actions, emotions and thoughts we were given an understanding by playing ourselves. The performance of this opera in the Staatsoperim Schiller Theater was also the parting event. To experience opera together is such a great fun, and so we all hope to see each other again in one year at the latest for the next International Opera Weekend!