Regina Lux-Hahn (Kinderopernhaus Berlin)
Kinderopernhaus Berlin is a three-stage cultural education project sponsored by Berlin State Opera. It provides primary school children between the ages of eight and thirteen with low-threshold access to classical music and offers them a variety of opportunities to learn about, create and perform musical theatre works. Through its decentralised structure – thirteen children’s opera groups and five children’s opera houses have now been established in six Berlin districts – the music education project also promotes social exchange in the children’s immediate living environment.
In her keynote address, Regina Lux-Hahn discusses the challenges and successes of this ambitious project, which goes far beyond conventional forms of institutional integration at an opera house.
About the #BAJMT Spotlight Series:
In this online series, the #BAJMT (Federal Academy for Young Music Theatre) presents professionals from all over the world who share their expertise on conceptual, institutional and artistic approaches to music theatre for and with young people. The featured projects, institutions, and outreach programs serve as inspirational examples, providing new insights into the field of young music theatre from different local and cultural perspectives.
On a weekly basis, our Spotlight Series features presentations and invites discussion on the following aims and challenges:
The invited experts are involved in artistic practice, music theatre education and outreach from a wide array of backgrounds, ranging from institutions to the independent scene and featuring permanent as well as temporary programs and projects.
Here are our dates and experts at one glance:
June 7, 7 p.m.: Barbara Minghetti (Teatro Sociale di Como) – Opera Without Borders
June 14, 7 p.m.: Ann-Kristin Sofroniou & Michalis Moschoutis (Greek National Opera) – CoOPERAtive: An Intercultural and Collaborative Opera Hub for Young People
June 21, 7 p.m.: Madré Loubser (Cape Town Opera) – The Route of the Solution: Towards Equitable Music Theatre Education
July 5, 7 p.m.: Regina Lux-Hahn (Kinderopernhaus Berlin) – Decentralised Music Theatre Education Within Institutional Frameworks
Personen mit beruflichem und persönlichen Interesse an Gedanken- und Wissensaustausch zu Musiktheater und seiner Vermittlung
People with a professional and personal interest in the exchange of ideas and knowledge about music theater and its mediation
Die Teilnahme ist kostenfrei
Participation is free of charge
Die Online-Serie wird in englischer Sprache durchgeführt.
Der Workshop findet online statt. Es wird das Programm »Zoom« verwendet. Wir empfehlen, dass die Teilnehmer*innen das Programm vor Kursbeginn installieren und testen. www.zoom.us/test
The online series will be held in English.
The workshop takes place online, zoom will be used. We recommend that participants install and test the program before the course begins. www.zoom.us/test
In 2010, Regina Lux-Hahn, former regional manager at the Berlin Caritas Association, initiated a children’s opera project in a children’s and youth leisure centre in the district of Lichtenberg and brought it to the stage with the participation of the Junge Staatsoper (Unter den Linden). Primary school children, regardless of their background or level of education, were given the opportunity to explore the diversity of musical theatre, to understand artistic processes and to create their own perspectives in the performed pieces. In 2014, she set up children’s opera groups at three primary schools in Lichtenberg as a precursor to the first children’s opera house. Due to great demand and continued success, Regina Lux-Hahn has further consolidated the children’s opera as a cultural education project: She expanded the Children’s Opera House Berlin, established in 2018 at the State Opera, into a cooperative project with partners in six Berlin districts. Today, there are 13 children’s opera groups at primary schools and four children’s opera houses, with the fifth opening in Neukölln in 2023. Various federal prizes, including the renowned Opus Klassik, have been awarded to the Kinderopernhaus Berlin.