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Ensemble Adapter

Adapter is a German-Icelandic new music ensemble based in Berlin. The core of the group is a quartet of flute, clarinet, harp and percussion. Together with permanently selected instrumentalists, chamber music ensembles with up to 10 players emerge from this core. In addition to numerous world premieres, Adapter devotes himself to an individual and international repertoire of contemporary music in concerts and in the studio. In its own projects and co-productions, the ensemble also tests cross-border working methods in various genres. In workshops, acquired knowledge about composition, study and performance of contemporary music is shared with composers, instrumentalists and other creative people worldwide. With a progressive and powerful style, the Ensemble Adapter strives to make an authentic contribution to current developments in the cultural scene.

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Der Schuss 2.6.1967

Der Schuss 2.6.1967

June 2, 1967. An evening in Berlin. The city in uproar. A couple amidst the turmoil. He’s carrying a banner under his arm, she’s carrying a child in her belly. He wants to stay just a little while longer. She goes home and waits for her husband all night…World Premiere June 14, 2017

Premiere on 02. June 2017.
To 08. July 2017.

Moritz Eggert

Moritz Eggert (*1965, Heidelberg) is considered one of the most versatile and adventurous voices in contemporary music. Born in Heidelberg and raised in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Frankfurt am Main, he began playing keyboards in various rock and jazz ensembles while still in school, followed by academic studies, first as a pianist, then as a composer. These studies later took him to London and Munich (where he now lives with his wife, the writer Andrea Heuser, and his two children). From the beginning he has worked in all musical genres – his catalog of works, now numbering more than 275, includes not only 16 full-length operas, but also several ballets and works for dance and musical theater, orchestral music, chamber and ensemble music, vocal and choral music (with a strong focus on song), church music, experimental and electronic music, instrumental concerts, music for children and young people, film and radio music, as well as radio plays and open-air performances. An experienced and much sought-after pianist of both classical and modern music, he has performed numerous world premieres of his own and other works both at home and abroad. In recent years he has also been increasingly working as a conductor, actor and singer with numerous appearances in operas and theater productions.

Together with Sandeep Bhagwati he founded the “ADEvantgarde-Festival” for young composers in Munich while still a student, which still exists today. He participates actively and critically in German cultural life and was on the board of the German Composers Association for 3 years. In addition to his many articles for national and international print and online media, he regularly writes for the “Bad Blog of Musick”, which he founded and is the most widely read contemporary music blog in Germany, for which he writes much-discussed satirical and provocative articles on a wide range of topics about contemporary culture and cultural politics. He is considered an advocate of a necessary change in new music and is regarded as a critic of ivory tower attitudes and worldliness. This also makes him a passionate supporter of the younger generation of composers, to whom he also devotes himself as a professor of composition at the Munich University of Music and Drama.

Moritz Eggert’s music is performed all over the world, and his cycle for piano solo “Hämmerklavier”, among others, is particularly well known and is one of the most performed piano works of the present day. His music has also often been the focus of media attention: he wrote a “soccer oratorio” as well as the music for the opening ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, which was watched by over a billion people. The German tabloid press labeled him a “porno composer” for his opera “The Snail,” and his opera “Freax” generated a staging scandal. An eccentric collage of all Mozart operas aroused tempers at the Salzburg Festival, as did the “Foot Ballet,” which was perceived by conservative audiences as a “desecration” of the Vienna Opera Ball (and was the first contemporary piece of music ever performed there). With his works, he always writes against the public image of the “well-behaved classical composer”, as well as through genre-bending concerts, such as with the electropop duo “2raumwohnung” or Harald Schmidt. Moritz Eggert is currently working on a major project for the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn for the Beethoven Year (together with Axel Brüggemann) as well as a new opera for Bonn. Furthermore, orchestral concerts for percussion (Konstantin Napolov) and violin/viola (Elisabeth Kufferath) are in planning. (as of January 2020)

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Markus Syperek

studied conducting, piano, and singing in Lübeck and Karlsruhe. 2003-2006 he worked as a solo répétiteur and Kapellmeister at the Volkstheater Rostock with numerous with numerous rehearsals in musical theater, conducting in concert and opera. Since 2006 he has worked in Berlin, Baden-Baden, Rostock, Hamburg and Kiel as well as at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Festival European Weeks Passau. He has musically productions in recent years include the German première of the German premiere of 13 – A New Musical, Der kleine Horrorladen, Tonight: Lola Horrorladen, Tonight: Lola Blau, The Last Five Years, Die Fledermaus, Hänsel und Gretel, and most recently at the Neuköllner Oper Die Weise von Liebe and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke (Viktor Ullmann). His career as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist has taken him to numerous international stages. He also plays regularly as pianist for the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Markus Syperek was as Musical Director of the Brothers Grimm Festival Hanau from 2014 to
2018, he was responsible for all musical productions of the festival. In addition, since 2018, he has held a teaching position in classical voice at the UdK Berlin and works as a composer and arranger for various theater and music publishers.

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Wolfskinder

Wolfskinder

An evening of music theater about the loss of home and the sense of belonging; a story about identity and growing up.

Premiere on 16. January 2020.
To 23. February 2020.

Die Fleisch

Die Fleisch

New arrangement of the drama of the girl Ayamé who is forced to work as a prostitute to pay off the debts of her dead father. All efforts of her bridegroom to free her from the bordello fail and the young couple is left with only one other way out, a traditional Japanese one.

Premiere on 01. August 2020.
To 16. August 2020.

LILI

LILI

From the perspective of the last hour of the composer Lili Boulanger, LILI shows episodes, small moments, deep feelings and tense relationships of the important musician – interwoven with her music and the cantata “Faust et Hélène”.

Premiere on 21. April 2022.
To 19. May 2022.

Marc Sambola

Originally from Barcelona, Marc Sambola is a composer, musical director and stage director.
He has composed numerous works for different theaters in Spain and worldwide such as musical “El Projecte Dels Bojos, Una Utopia Musical” for La Barni Teatre, “Si Quieres Dulce No Pidas Calamares” and “Campamentos” for Microteatro in Madrid and Mimitea3 in Barcelona. Furthermore, he composed for Lazzigag’s Pruduccions, for Jumping Ducks, for Aules, for Agv and for Los Angeles Rock Opera. He also arranged the musicas “Ojos Verdes Miguel de Molina In Memoriam” and “Le Llaman COPLA” for the Barni Teatre, “CINC” for the Versus Teatre, “Soundtrack” by Roger Berruezo, the show “Asufre” by Dei Furbi, the themes for “A Grup Vocal” and the studio album “Punto de Rocío” by Daniel Anglès.
His directorial works include “Ojos Verdes Miguel de Molina In Memoriam,” “El Projecte dels Bojos, Una Utopia Musical” and “Le Llaman COPLA” for the Barni Teatre, “Midsummer, A Play With Songs” for Tantarantana Teatre, Albena Pruduccions and Tanttaka Teatroa, “El Partit”, “Polski”, “Per si no ens tornem a veure”, “Artaban, la llegenda des quart Rei Mag”, “Tom Sawzer Detectiu”.
As a director of the finalists of the Spanish television format “Oh Happy Day” and as a coach of the third season of this show, he achieved national attention.

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Marc Sambola (c) Marina Castells

Johannes Müller

Studied directing at HfM Hanns Eisler and has since worked regularly with Cordula Däuper. Together with Philine Rinnert he realizes research-based music theater, which is shown nationally and internationally. Among others, this resulted in “Reading Salomé” (jury prize Festival Favoriten) or “White Limozeen” (invited to the Festival Impulse 2019).  He is currently working on a music theater excavation for Sophiensaele Berlin and on “Sing out”, a performative history of the singing voice, for Staatsoper Stuttgart and Opera Ballet Vlaand

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Casting Clara

Casting Clara

Wunderkind, piano virtuoso, composer, wife of Robert Schumann, mother of eight children, professor and working almost until her death at the age of 76 – Clara Schumann. Who was this power woman of the 19th century?

Premiere on 15. August 2019.
To 20. September 2019.

Wolfgang Böhmer

Born 1959 in Westphalia. After studying to be a teacher, he first appeared in the cultural underground as a composer and actor in the political cabaret “FORTSCHROTT”, fields of work were the street, the demonstration, the cultural festival, Brokdorf, Startbahn West – you can read about it in the history books.
Then composer and actor in the legendary Berlin underground musical troupe “COLLEGE OF HEARTS”. With our performances we were style-setting for the development of a “New German Musical”, cheeky, fast, cabaret-like and mobile (biggest successes: KING KURT and BLUTIGER HONIG).
Parallel to this, work at the public theaters: Deutsches Theater, Berliner Ensemble, Maxim-Gorki-Theater, Komödie am Kudamm in Berlin and numerous theaters in the German-speaking area.center of activity then became the NEUKÖLLNER OPER in Berlin. Together with the author and director Peter Lund, a series of very successful musicals were created, which are less indebted to the American musical and more to the European musical comedy or operetta. 

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Elfie

Elfie

The whole city is talking about Elfie. But she really doesn’t care. Because it’s not true, because no one understands, because no one is interested in what drives and what suffocates her about these people and this city.

Premiere on 31. January 2019.
To 03. March 2019.

Drachenherz

Drachenherz

Do the good ones still have to die because the mean ones just can’t bear to be so small in spirit? DRACHENHERZ wants to pursue this question and has borrowed the great story of the Siegfried Saga in order to retell it in the here and now and above all with today’s means of the musical.

Premiere on 20. November 2019.
To 02. January 2020.

STEGREIF.orchester

The STEGREIF.orchestra is a symphony orchestra, which has the great classics
in its repertoire. However, what is unique about these thirty young international
musicians is that they open up completely new paths to classical music for themselves and the audience. Spiced with folklore, jazz, klezmer, blues and rock, they create impressive new interpretations of well-known repertoire with performative and also visual power. STEGREIF explores new worlds of sound and constantly tries out new musical genre fusions. In doing so, the ensemble always performs without sheet music, without a conductor and without chairs. The resulting freedom creates space for improvisation and movement. The concert hall, the
The concert hall, the auditorium, the stands, everything becomes a stage and allows the audience a unique concert experience. The ensemble is under the direction of Juri de Marco and since its debut concert at RADIALSYSTEM V in October 2015 has performed in a variety of projects on different stages in Germany (including Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival). The musicians belong to a generation of artists* who combine classical music, improvisation and jazz at the highest artistic level. Their inspiration lies in creating a new form of
their inspiration lies in developing a new performance practice that is not limited to reproduction alone, and in seeking new formats in the process.

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MOON MUSIC I: Abschied

MOON MUSIC I: Abschied

Music theater, meditation and new rituals: the first digital evening of the MOON MUSIC series with the STEGREIF.orchester and the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv.

Premiere on 17. January 2021.
To 18. January 2021.

Juri De Marco

Juri de Marco is the founder and artistic director of the genre-free STEGREIF.orchester in Berlin, which plays by heart and without a conductor, reinterpreting, arranging and improvising classical works. Passionate from an early age about changing the stagnant classical music scene, he studied classical horn in Berlin and jazz trumpet in Leipzig in his own unique way. Freelance, he works as a composer and presenter. Today, at the age of 28, he asks himself how music can sensitize the world for sustainability, inclusion and inner development.

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MOON MUSIC I: Abschied

MOON MUSIC I: Abschied

Music theater, meditation and new rituals: the first digital evening of the MOON MUSIC series with the STEGREIF.orchester and the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv.

Premiere on 17. January 2021.
To 18. January 2021.

Tobias Schwencke

Composer and pianist. Regular work at the Gorki Theater Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, among others. Productions under his musical direction and participation, among others, at the Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real Madrid, Munich State Opera. Collaboration with Herbert Fritsch, Leander Haußmann and others. Arrangement of musical works for experimental staging approaches to new concertante film music, among others for the Salzburg Festival. Recently a CD was released with his arrangement of Schubert’s Winterreise for actor Charly Hübner and the Ensemble Resonanz.

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Casting Clara

Casting Clara

Wunderkind, piano virtuoso, composer, wife of Robert Schumann, mother of eight children, professor and working almost until her death at the age of 76 – Clara Schumann. Who was this power woman of the 19th century?

Premiere on 15. August 2019.
To 20. September 2019.

Verworner-Krause-Kammerorchester

Claas Krause and Christopher Verworner
jointly conduct the Verworner-Krause-
chamber orchestra (VKKO), an 18-piece orchestra which
orchestra, which performs at international
festivals, heated clubs and established
and established concert halls, flamboyantly erodes audience
flamboyant: the VKKO won the D-Bü competition of the
2017 the D-Bü competition of the
German music academies in the category
“originality” category, in 2019 the Bavarian
Art Promotion Prize in 2019, and in 2020 the
VKKO is a fellow of the Kulturstiftung des
Federal Government.

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9 Tage wach

9 Tage wach

He had a relationship with her for years after the first failed childhood love. Growing up at the gates of Dresden, Eric Stehfest came into contact with the party drug Crystal Meth at the age of 14 in Neustadt…

Premiere on 11. April 2019.
To 19. May 2019.

Ist das Zukunft oder kann das Weg?

Ist das Zukunft oder kann das Weg?

We look back on a year with various digital prototypes, with which we explored the potential of digitization and AI for music theater in the oper.digital series according to the trial and error principle. In the last Lab in 2021, we ask ourselves together with musicians, developers and the audience: What is the artistic added […]

Premiere on 15. December 2021.

Carlotta Rabea Joachim

Carlotta Rabea Joachim was born in 1995 in the Ruhr area. At the age of
she received her first composition lessons from Prof. István Nagy.
with Prof. István Nagy. She completed her junior studies at the HfM
Detmold with Prof. Martin Christoph Redel, followed by her
bachelor studies at the Folkwang UdK Essen and her master studies
with Prof. Dieter Ammann (Lucerne) and Prof. Moritz Eggert
(Munich). She won, among others, the national prize at Jugend komponiert
and the Opus One Competition of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Her ensemble, orchestral and opera works have been premiered in
have been performed at home and abroad.

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Betterplazes

Betterplazes

What would the city be without a Google campus, and what would Kreuzberg be without a few people who have little sympathy for it?

Premiere on 14. February 2020.
To 19. May 2020.

The Present

The concept of the solo vocal ensemble THE PRESENT from Berlin is to interweave early and new music in order to make both the one and the other audible in a new way and to bring unexpected connections to sound. Curious about performative forms, the ensemble is made up of soloists, musical theater performers and experts in baroque and contemporary music, united by the joy of shared sound and an interest in experimentation. Particular attention is paid to the conceptual design of the concert programs.

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