At the Opera

October 24 – 27, 2024 | Philharmonie Berlin

This fifth project of the CHORAL CELEBRATIONS series at the Philharmonie Berlin is our very own version of the popular series “The Three Tenors”. The most significant changes are:
Four conductors instead of three tenors and 700 singers but no soloists!
12 popular opera choirs were selected for this premiere and will be spectacularly staged at the big hall of the Philharmonie Berlin with singers from around the world coming together for this unique performance.


Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino, Overture (Orchestra)
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth, “Patria oppressa” (Choir&Orchestra)
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore, “Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie” (Choir&Orchestra)
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, Intermezzo (Orchestra)
Pietro Mascagni: Cavallerina rusticana, “Gli aranci olezzano” (Choir&Orchestra)
Gioachino Rossini: Mosè in Egitto, “Dal tuo stellato soglio” (Choir&Orchestra)
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, Gloria all’Egitto mit Triumpfmarsch (Choir&Orchestra)
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser, “Einzug der Gäste” (Choir&Orchestra)
Otto Nikolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, “Mondchor” (Choir&Orchestra)
Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus, Overture (Orchestra)
Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus, Finale Act 2 “Brüderlein und Schwesterlein” (Choir&Orchestra)
Leonard Bernstein: Candide, Overture (Orchestra)
Aaron Copland: The Tender Land, “Stomp Your Foot” (Choir&Orchestra)
Richard Wagner: Lohengrin, Elsas Brautzug zum Münster “Gesegnet soll sie schreiten” (Choir&Orchestra)
Leonard Bernstein: Candide, “Make Our Garden Grow” (Choir&Orchestra)

Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco, “Va pensiero” (Choir&Orchestra)

Ensemble Crescere

The Ensemble Crescere is CHORALSPACE’s own orchestra for choral symphonic projects. The young ensemble made its debut at the Philharmonie Berlin in March 2022 with the Coronation Anthems conducted by Simon Carrington. In June 2023 the ensemble performed “Ein Deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms under the direction of Simon Halsey in the Philharmonie Berlin. This is the sixth project of the ensemble at the Philharmonie Berlin. Ensemble Crescere is led by Donka Miteva.

Donka Miteva

Donka Miteva is Artistic Director and Conductor of Collegium Musicum Berlin where she works with the four classical ensembles at the Free and Technical Universities Berlin. She is the winner for numerous awards with her Collegium Musicum Berlin Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra at prestigious competitions in Germany and over the world. She works with numerous ensembles in Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa, Panama, China a.o. and teaches Conducting since 2019 at the University of Arts in Berlin.

Matteo Valbusa

Matteo Valbusa leads renowned choirs such as Insieme Corale Ecclesia Nova, the Coro Maschile La Stele and the Coro Marc’Antonio Ingegneri. He has received awards at numerous national and international choir competitions. Matteo Valbusa conducted the choir of the Fondazione Arena di Verona in the opera choir concerts “Fuoco di Gioia” and in Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” at the Verona Philharmonic Theater. He directed the Coro Lirico Veneto and other choirs for opera productions at the Teatro Sociale in Rovigo, Teatro Verdi in Padua, Teatro Del Monaco in Treviso and Aleksander Hall in Cortina.

Vinzenz Weissenburger

The conductor and choral director Vinzenz Weissenburger works with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle and has conducted orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Lautten Compagney. Outside Europe, he has appeared as a conductor in Argentina, Vietnam, China, Qatar and the USA, among other places. He leads the Kinderchor of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the youth chamber choir Junges Consortium Berlin, the choir of the Junges Ensemble Berlin and teaches choir conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Anthony Blake Clark

Anthony Blake Clark is a leading voice among his generation of choral conductors. At Baltimore Choral Arts, he has served as Music Director since 2017. His work with BCAS has been recognized with an American Prize in Choral Conducting and a second nomination for best community ensemble, as well as the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award. After preparing three critically praised programs in 2022 and 2023, Music Director Fabio Luisi appointed Clark as Chorus Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Anthony Blake Clark is also the Artistic Director of Bach Vespers in New York City.

Schedule of the project

OCTOBER 24, 2024
14:00 – 16:00 Choir and Piano Rehearsal 1 (all participants)
16:30 – 18:30 Choir and Piano Rehearsal 2 (all participants)
21:00 – 22:00 Welcoming Concert (selected ensembles)

OCTOBER 25, 2024
14:00 – 16:00 Choir and Piano Rehearsal 3 (all participants)
17:00 – 20:00 Choir and Orchestra Rehearsal (all participants)

OCTOBER 26, 2024
14:00 – 17:00 Dress Rehearsal at the Philharmonie Berlin
20:00 – 22:00 Concert “Night of Choirs” (selected ensembles)

OCTOBER 27, 2024
14:00 Placement and acoustic check at the Philharmonie Berlin
15:00 Concert AT THE OPERA | Philharmonie Berlin

Overview of costs
for performers and friends

The participation fee for the four-day project and the concert is EUR 98.00 per participant. 12,00 EUR are added for the vocal score of the 12 choir pieces that will be sent as a PDF-file to all performers.
Non-performing accompanying persons are offered a reduced participation fee of EUR 55.00 per person that includes access to all rehearsals, to the concerts of the fringe program and a ticket in the best category for the concert at the Philharmonie Berlin.

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