Staatsoper Unter den Linden Children’s Choir
(Berlin State Opera)
In recent years, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Children’s Choir has made a name for itself as an ensemble on the opera stage and in concert appearances in Germany and abroad. Repeated invitations to guest tours (to Dresden, Hamburg, Italy, France, Luxemburg, Poland, the Baltic States, and to Vietnam, China, and the U.S.) and prizes at several competitions (including the gold medal at the international competition Siauliai Cantat in Lithuania, First Prize, Landeschorwettbewerb Berlin 2013, first prize at Deutscher Chorwettbewerb in Weimar 2014 and two gold medals at the international Choral Competition in Hoi An/Vietnam 2015) attest to the growing artistic quality of the choir, which has been under the direction of Vinzenz Weissenburger since 2007. For some time now, the musical repertoire and the public presence of the chorus has been constantly expanding. Central are the chorus’ regular appearances on the stage at the Staatsoper in operas such as “La Bohème”, “Un ballo in maschera”, “Tosca”, “Turandot”, “Boris Godunov”, “Pique Dame”, “Der Rosenkavalier”, “Carmen” and in the production “Der gestiefelte Kater”, which was shown over one-hundred times in the studio of Schiller Theater. In addition, the chorus also appears in its own concerts, with a cappella programs and a concert with the Staatskapelle Berlin once every season. The choir has also shown its impressive abilities in collaboration with orchestras like the Berliner Philharmoniker or Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. In 2012, the young singers participated in a concert performance and a CD production of Bizet’s “Carmen” with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. The Children’s Choir also appeared in the run-up program for “Staatsoper for all” in 2014 at Berlin’s Bebelplatz. In June 2015, the ensemble sang in performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony under Zubin Mehta with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the women of the Staatsopernchor. The chorus meets twice a week for rehearsal, and offers a thorough basic musical training for its young singers. Vocal training takes place with several experienced vocal teachers, who together with the choir conductor and his assistants work at improving the artistic standards. Recent concert tours have taken the chorus to China, where it appeared in seven major cities, to the U.S. with concerts in San Diego and Los Angeles, and to Argentina with stops in Buenos Aires, Mendoza und Cordoba.
The Staatsoper Unter den Linden Children’s Choir is funded by the Living Bauhaus Kunststiftung and the Sarias Stiftung.