Projects & Partner

  • Kinderopernhaus Lichtenberg

    The cooperation between Staatsoper and the Caritas association for the archdiocese of Berlin was launched in 2009 with the Response project Sternzeit F:A:S. One year later the recital Mir träumte! followed, and in the children and youth centre Steinhaus in Lichtenberg, Thursday was declared the day of the Children's opera house. In the afternoon the rooms become a rehearsal stage, a music study, a stage decoration and media workshop. Here new productions are worked on in cooperation with artists of Staatsoper, continuing the past development which has brought about a new quality of community work in Lichtenberg. Parents and teachers, children and artists perform opera as if it was the most natural thing on earth.

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  • Dimicare

    A project of the Junge Staatsoper in collaboration with the Dimicare Anneliese Langner Foundation.

    The partnership of the Junge Staatsoper with the Dimicare Anneliese Langner Foundation is entering its second year. The Foundation wants to help people who have suffered abuse to feel no longer like victims. Through the medium of musical theatre, children can learn to step out of themselves and their problems into other roles and thereby to develop new attitudes and strategies for solution from the perspectives they have gained.

    During the first project (2012), the children engaged with »The Valiant Little Tailor« (Brothers Grimm), and examined how the little tailor manages to defeat his seemingly invincible enemy using cunning and audacity. The result was a radio play, which the children developed by speaking, singing and playing instruments. For the second year the children took to the stage with the question of whether »Little Red Riding Hood« was a victim of the wolf, and whether or how she could fight back.

  • Musikkindergarten

    Tours do not only weld an orchestra, but also generate ideas. During a gathering after a concerto on a concert trip through Southern Europe, Daniel Barenboim presented his idea of a musical kindergarten to some of his colleagues. The maestro's enthusiasm was contagious, and after a number of obstacles had been overcome, an "Action day" was held. Musicians of Staatskapelle made a tour of Berlin kindergartens with their instruments, and then an open air concert with more than 600 children was celebrated in bright sunshine in Kronprinzenpalais Unter den Linden. In autumn 2005 the ambitious project started: "Education by and with music" with a very committed supporting institution, highly qualified kindergarten teachers, close cooperation with Staatsoper and above all regular honorary visits of Staatskapelle musicians.

    It was quite a challenge for many of the professionals to present themselves to a gaggle of inquisitive and vivacious children. The children were very much interested, their eyes shining with enthusiasm, but the fast development of their musical competence was truly amazing. The musicians involved marvelled at how the children explained the instruments and the storyline of the opera to their parents when they visited a rehearsal in Staatsoper, and at how the children, based on ideas of the creative director, developed their own performances together with Staatskapelle. It is not in the least surprising that the model has been frequently copied. Perhaps some day the dream of a "revolution from below" outlined by Daniel Barenboim in the beginning will come true: Children claim the culture which threatens to get lost in their parents' generation.