Today was a day we all were looking forward to. It was also a little bittersweet because it was our last full day of our two-week journey. We had a leisurely morning, which, for many of us, began at Nalu Diner, an American restaurant located just down the street from our apartments on Dunckerstrasse.
We had an appointment for a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Deutsche Berlin Oper. It was guided by Herr Joerg Riekert. This was an excellent and thorough tour, which emphasized that this opera house is not focused on “glitz and glamour,” and is void of the fancy gilding and elaborate decoration one may expect of a prestigious opera. In this way, the opera company ensures that the focus is set on the theatrics and visuals of the performances. On the tour, we were able to see the dressing rooms, the back stage, the main stage, the orchestra pit, and the stores which house thousands of scenery and props.
Later in the day, we met with Frau Marion Mair, who is a member of the marketing team for the opera. We sat in the open air and warm sunshine of the opera’s café, and discussed the strategies, tactics, and overall workflow of how the Deutsche Berlin Oper is successfully marketed and promoted.
That evening, we all returned to our apartments and prepared for our night at the opera. Everyone was dressed very professionally, but nothing over-the-top, in keeping with this particular opera’s standard. The performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute was wonderful. Though, at times, difficult to follow because of the language barrier, the visuals and story were very clear. Several of us had researched the story beforehand, so this helped to know which scenes were occurring at what time. Mozart’s Magic Flute was filled with Masonic imagery and lore and was a fairy tale- like story of love and humor, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Thursday, March 13th
- Gregory Kirstein