Hitting the High Notes of History and Harmony

The Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, an international opera festival for young singers, was founded by composer Siegfried Matthus. Held every summer at the historic Schloss Rheinsberg in Brandenburg, Germany, this festival has been a cultural highlight since 1991. Located by Lake Grienerick, the festival attracts thousands of visitors with its opera productions and concerts. Since its inception, the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg has hosted 28 singing competitions with over 10,000 participants, awarded 900 prizes, produced 82 stagings, and welcomed 380,000 visitors to experience its performances both in Rheinsberg and on tour.

Nestled in the heart of Brandenburg, Germany, Rheinsberg is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cultural scene, this picturesque town offers something for every traveller. From the grandeur of Rheinsberg Palace, with its beautiful gardens and historical significance, to the serene Rheinsberg Lake District, perfect for boating, swimming, and hiking, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy.

Rheinsberg is not just about natural beauty; it’s also a hub of cultural events and festivals, including the renowned Rheinsberg Opera Festival, which draws classical music lovers from around the globe. Visitors can explore the Kurt Tucholsky Literary Museum, delve into the town’s literary heritage, or simply relax in one of the many quaint cafes and restaurants offering delicious local cuisine.
Whether you prefer a luxurious hotel stay with scenic lake views, a charming guesthouse in the town centre, or a more adventurous camping experience, Rheinsberg has accommodation to suit every taste. With easy access by train from Berlin and excellent local transport options, getting around is a breeze. For international visitors, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is the nearest major airport, offering convenient flights to Ireland with airlines such as Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
With Rheinsberg, you can experience music culture all year round with top-class concerts, operas, or entire festivals at various venues in the enchanting grounds of Rheinsberg Palace. Enjoy performances of old music, classical, or new music, as well as literature and drama in the Castle Theatre, part of the historic Cavalier House. Discover a diverse range of courses with master classes and advanced training for professional and amateur musicians, teachers, and enthusiasts. These cover music and instrumental education, theatre education, ensemble management, choir conducting, conferences, cultural work in rural areas, open stage events, and much more.

Musikkultur Rheinsberg gGmbH, the cultural beacon in northern Brandenburg, unites the Federal and State Academy of Music Rheinsberg, the International Festival of Young Opera Singers, the Chamber Opera at Rheinsberg Castle, and the Rheinsberg Castle Theatre. This institution is a hub for festivals, productions, events, and educational activities for professionals and amateurs of all ages, continuing the tradition of Prince Henry’s former court of the muses.
The castle complex, with its performance venues like the Castle Theatre, Hall of Mirrors, Castle Courtyard, and Hedge Theatre, has evolved into a vibrant cultural centre. Its picturesque location by the Grienericksee, alongside the diverse cultural events, makes Rheinsberg an outstanding destination for cultural tourism in Brandenburg. Combined with its variety of hotels and guest houses, Rheinsberg is perfect for a weekend getaway filled with cultural highlights.

An exciting highlight at this year’s Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg is the performance of “Venus and Adonis” and “Dido and Aeneas” by Ireland’s Opera Collective Ireland as part of Zeitgeist Irland 24, an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Germany. The premiere is on 9th August 2024, with additional shows on 10th and 11th August 2024 – book online here.

Zeitgeist Irland 24 is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Germany.


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