The Semperoper Children’s Choir offers schoolkids of all ages the chance to take part in regular rehearsals as well as enjoying vocal tuition and dramatic coaching. The origin of the ensemble can be traced back to the 1950s. Since 2014 it has been run by local choir director Claudia Sebastian-Bertsch. In addition to its appearances in the opera house, the choir also takes part in performances in Semper Zwei as well as in concerts. In 2013 the Semperoper Children’s Choir was awarded the Prize of the Semperoper Foundation in recognition of its artistic achievements.
Duties and activities
Appearances in diverse productions on the Semperoper stage, singing and acting together with the adult colleagues of the State Opera Chorus, independent musical and scenic tasks, singing in foreign languages, small solo parts, performances in non-singing roles, as well as various concert appearances in and outside the opera house.
Regular musical training at weekly full-choir rehearsals as well as vocal group coaching and extra rehearsal sessions. Basic training in voice and music theory, staged rehearsals and full-scale dress rehearsals.
Interested girls and boys of school age who have a particular love of singing. A degree of musical aptitude is certainly desirable, as is some ability in reading scores and experience in playing an instrument. Other important requirements for every child are a good state of health, a high educational level in school and the discipline to sing in a choir.
Auditions for possible admission to the children’s choir take place in the months of May and June for the following season or the new school year.
Interested parents of schoolchildren of all ages should contact our administrative team at the Semperoper Dresden by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0351 49 11 621.
Sächsische Staatstheater – Semperoper Dresden
Director of the Children’s Choir Claudia Sebastian-Bertsch
Phone +49 351 49 11 621
Fax +49 351 4911 453
The Children’s Choir of the Semperoper Dresden has recorded its very own CD featuring the »Chorus of Urchins« from »Carmen«, the »Fairy Chorus« from »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«, the »Abendsegen« from »Hänsel und Gretel« as well as many other (children’s) choral works, contemporary compositions and international songs.