Siemens Arts Program – Music

Recording of the Rehearsals of a Yellow Lounge event at "Alte Münze”, Berlin. Magdalena Hoffmann is playing the harp.

Classical music has featured prominently in our work since the program's inception. At the same time, we are also committed to supporting productions that feature contemporary forms of musical expression. Against this background we initiate dance performances and sound experiments as well as musical productions and classical concerts.

 

An important aim of our activities is to nurture the next generation of creative talent around the world. We do this through our own competitions for aspiring artists (e.g. Siemens Opera Contest) and by forging links between new talents and established international cultural institutions (Carnegie Hall New York, Opera Garnier Paris, Bavarian State Opera, Salzburg Festival).

Projects

First Opera of Namibia

"Chief Hijangua"

The origin and the plot

With courage, heart, and a lot of energy artists from Namibia and Germany develop the first Namibian opera. The idea and realization come from the Namibian composer Eslon Hindundu and the German director Kim Mira Meyer. Author Nikolaus Frei wrote the libretto for the opera.

 

The opera will be performed bilingually in Otjiherero, one of Namibia's national languages, and in German. In the story, a young love-sick Namibian prince who has left his home meets a group of German missionaries who initially take him in. When the young man returns to his family, the story takes a tragic turn. 

The curtain rises

The premiere of the opera is scheduled for September 8, 2022, at the National Theatre of Namibia.

 

We are very proud to be a partner of this transnational opera project, where artists* and collaborators from Namibia, Germany and South Africa are working together.

Siemens Conductors Scholarship for the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

October 2021: Conductors Competition at Philharmonie Berlin

In collaboration with the Karajan Academy, we are organizing a 3-day-competition at Philharmonie Berlin from October 22-24 of this year. The winner will receive a scholarship as part of the 2-year academy training. This includes assisting the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker Kirill Petrenko, as well as conducting his or her own portrait concert with the chamber orchestra of the Karajan Academy in the Chamber Music Hall of Philharmonie Berlin.