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Opera Lab Berlin believes in a multifaceted approach to contemporary musical theatre, producing large scale works, organising co-operative projects with other artists, and most recently launching the experimental drama series IM FELD (IN THE FIELD). IM FELD brings together a composer, a director and a small ensemble in Berlin’s Acker Stadt Palast for one week of rehearsals and performances, providing an open space for the creation of new experimental musical theatre where artistic creativity can meet open-minded, curious audiences in an intimate setting. Meanwhile, annual larger scale productions at Ballhaus Ost have already been planned for the coming years.
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Wir Aus Glas

The everyday life: countless small routines, which unpredictably unwind again and again. From the morning tooth brushing and toilet visit through to bed-time mode at night, we move inevitably through each and every day. But what becomes of our rituals if we put them under the lens? In WIR AUS GLAS, such routines are emphasised and distorted by the composer Yasutaki Inamori through instrumental soundscapes. The everyday lives of different people are subjected to microscopic examination: we follow six inhabitants of a city over a period of one week, considering their consistent daily activities, and enlarging through observation all their peculiarities; what changes, what stops, what gets out of step, and what indeed cannot get out of step. This results in a mosaic of diverse little excerpts of life; a reflection on relationship between the public and the private, and the difficulty of finding a balance between the two. Inamori was born in Tokyo in 1978, studied composition first at the Gakugei University in Tokyo, and then the Kölner Musikhochschule with Johannes Schöllhorn and Michael Beil. He currently lives in Detmold having finished his studies in Cologne in 2011, winning in the same year the prestigious Bernd Alois Zimmermann scholarship.

Premiere: 02.06.2018

Munich, Muffathalle

Further performances: 03., 04., 05.06.18

Premiere in the Tischlerei of Deutsche Oper Berlin:


Further performances: 19., 21., 22., 23., 24.06.2018


Composer: Yasutaki Inamori

Libretto: Gerhild Steinbuch

Director: David Hermann

Stage Design: Jo Schramm

Costume: You-Jin Seo

Dramaturgy: Dorothea Hartmann

Musical Director: Elda Laro


Alexandra Hutton: Soprano

Michelle Daly: Mezzosoprano

Clemens Bieber: Tenor

Thomas Florio: Baritone


Louise Leverd: 'Cello

Mia Bodet: Violin

Florian Bensch: Bassoon

Callum G'Froerer: Trumpet

Kelsey Maiorano: Oboe

Jack Adler-McKean: Trombone/Tuba


“Rollbergidyll,” is a new music theater piece from Opera Lab Berlin, in which performers from the ensemble seek real life. In keeping with the long-forgotten genre of the Idyll, the bourgeois bohemian enters the community house of the Rollberg district and meets the residents of the community at a buffet. 

As the performance unfolds, an idyllic representation of real life is presented through the playful arrangement of several pieces of contemporary music from composers such as Elena Rykova, Georges Aperghis, Florian Mattil and Sivan Cohen Elias, and classical song from composers including Franz Schubert, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Performance: June 23th 2018

(2-6pm performance associated with the "Buffet of the Nations", final music theatre performance from 6pm)

Venue: Community House Morus14 / Morusstraße 14, 12053 Berlin

Tickets: Small donation for the buffet

Director: Michael Höppner

Musical Director: Antoine Daurat

Stage and Costume Designer: Martin Miotk

Artistic Director: Evan Gardner

Soprano: Nina Guo

Piano: Alba Gentili-Tedeschi

Clarinet: Jone B. Nunez

Performance: Martin Miotk

In cooperation with Kontraklang, Morus14 e.V. and „48 Stunden Neukölln“

Sponsored by the Mayor of Berlin and the Bezirksamt Neukölln

Collaboration with the Staatsoper Berlin as part of the festival "Infektion! 2018"

Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo

from Salvatore Sciarrino

For the German Premiere of the newest work by Salvatore Sciarrino, "Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo" Opera Lab Berlin collaborates on - and off stage with the Staatskapelle Berlin in the intricate Concertino/Orchestras system of the composition. As critic Renato Verga describes: "three are the orchestras engaged in this work: in addition to the one in the pit, on stage there is a concertino and, hidden in stage-boxes, are others ready to supply more sounds to a score that is often on the verge of perceptiveness and that rarely grows up to big sound levels."

Premiere: 7th July 2018, 6pm

Further performances: 9th, 11th, 13th July 2018, 7:30pm

Derniere: 15th July 2018, 8pm

at the "BAM!" festival by "Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin"

Lonely Hearts Bus Tour

sponsored by Hauptstadtkulturfonds

On a music-theatrical bus ride in the center of Berlin, the audience becomes a carpool and experiences the city and contemporary Berlin music theater in an unusual way: singers and instrumentalists of Opera Lab Berlin perform on the bus and the vehicle becomes a music theater stage. 

Evan Gardner, artistic director of the ensemble, composes "Lonely Hearts Bus Tour"; Michael Höppner, chief director of the ensemble, stages the world premiere for the “BAM!” festival. The journey into the lonely heart of the city explores a city of lonely hearts…

September 20th - 23rd 2018

Composer: Evan Gardner

Director: Michael Höppner

Musical Director: David Eggert


With: Gina May Walter (Soprano), Alba Gentili-Tedeschi (Keyboards), David Eggert (Cello), Evdoxia Filippou (Percussion) and others