Opera productions

The Opera Studio’s own stagings

(c) Frank Heller(c) Frank Heller
Besides being involved in the daily repertoire of of Deutsche Oper am Rhein through studying and performing rôles of various sizes in scheduled productions of the main company, once a year the singers of the Opera Studio prepare a production of their own.

Both batches of Opera Studio performers have already followed this practice by recently bringing out Maurice Ravel’s “L’enfant et les sortilèges” (2009), Domenico Cimarosa’s “Il matrimonio segreto” (2011) and, as a German première, Albert Roussel’s operetta “Aunt Caroline’s Testament” to the satisfaction of Press and public alike.

For these productions by the young singers, venues separate from the two main houses were intentionally chosen: the Opera Studio was already guest twice in the sorting-hall of the former “Old Parcels Office” at Düsseldorf Station, and then as yet once in the small auditorium of Düsseldorf’s Schauspielhaus. In this way they brought opera to places which were unaccustomed and new for the public also and they could explore the novelty together.




On the 50th anniversary of the death of Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963) the opera studio has chosen as its own production Hartmann’s cycle of five chamber operas which he called his “Wachsfigurenkabinett". Musically Hartmann found his inspiration for these works in the mainstream of popular musical forms of his time such as jazz or the music for silent films. His librettist Erich Bormann, who was strongly influenced by the world of Berlin and Munich cabaret, wrote five whimsical miniatures which capture the beginning of the 20th century in momentary scenes similar in character to a wax figure exhibition, from the murder of Rasputin “”Life and Death of a Holy Devil”) through the anxious fears of capitalists ((“The Man Resurrected from the Dead”) and the consumer and entertainment scene in America (“Chaplin-Ford Trot”) to the daily life of the petit-bourgeois (“That so?”) and the brutalization of human feelings in times of economic need (“The Widow of Ephesus”).

The Opera Studio of Deutsche Oper am Rhein will be guests in "maxhaus", Düsseldorf.



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