… suitable for the 10th birthday of the first children’s opera house in Lichtenberg.
The anniversary production FATTO MATTO AMADÉ will celebrate its premiere on November 6th in the Theater an der Parkaue.
On Sunday evening, the Berlin Children’s Opera House was awarded the prize for promoting young talent at the Opus Klassik award ceremony. The children’s opera house, along with the children’s opera orchestra, began in Lichtenberg and has since been expanded to six districts across Berlin. It is at the heart of the reorganized education program of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Artistic Director Matthias Schulz says, “For 10 years now, elementary school children from Lichtenberg have been learning about the world of opera in a playful way and experiencing the great joy of musical theater by singing and playing together. Being on stage with our opera soloists promotes their self-confidence, creativity and social skills. With the establishment of the Berlin Children’s Opera House in six districts, the sustainable and important networking of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with cultural and educational institutions could be expanded in the best possible way. I would like to thank Regina Lux-Hahn, all cooperation partners and sponsors who make it possible for hundreds of children to do operas in their neighborhood, the jury of the OPUS Prize for this wonderful award, and, last but not least, the many children who are happy to be there!”
“I am very happy about this award, which is also an appreciation of the commitment of many Berlin children, the drive of the artistic-educational teams, and the cooperation with six Berlin districts. Their financial and non-material gifts, together with support from the Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education and other sponsors have been fundamental to our concern to make high-quality and sustainable cultural education available to many children,” said Regina Lux-Hahn, director of the children’s opera house.
In 2010, the Lichtenberg Children’s Opera House was founded by Regina Lux-Hahn as a cooperation between the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Lichtenberg District, and the Caritas Association for the Archdiocese of Berlin. For ten years now, it has offered elementary school children ages 8 to 13, regardless of origin or educational background, the opportunity to create musical theatrical works and perform them in front of an audience. To date, over 500 Lichtenberg children have been involved in the children’s opera house’s productions and the project has developed a great reputation beyond the district as a highly successful and award-winning cultural education project. In 2018, the Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education took over the funding of the children’s opera house as a structure-building project. Thereupon, on the initiative of Artistic Director Matthias Schulz, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden firmly anchored the project to the house and expanded it to the “Children’s Opera House Berlin” with partners in six districts (Reinickendorf, Mitte, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Treptow-Köpenick, Lichtenberg, Marzahn-Hellersdorf) and 17 cooperative partners, including elementary schools, local music schools, and the Berlin Caritas Association. There are now a total of four children’s opera houses in Berlin – in addition to Lichtenberg also in Marzahn, Reinickendorf and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden – as well as eleven children’s opera groups at cooperating primary schools, which are financially supported by the districts involved.
On November 6th, the Lichtenberg Children’s Opera House celebrates its 10th birthday with the premiere of the anniversary production FATTO MATTO AMADÉ in the Theater an der Parkaue, under the patronage of District Mayor Michael Grunst and with greetings from Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senate Department Culture & Europe, and Matthias Schulz, Artistic Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.