The Deutsche Oper am Rhein works closely together with the orchestras of both its home cities: the contributions of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and the Duisburger Philharmoniker in the orchestra pit are a substantial ingredient in the artistic success of its opera and ballet productions.

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

They perform at the Tonhalle and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, they make guest appearances in cities across Europe and Asia, they are brilliant at large-scale symphonies with a subtle ensemble sound, they play for children and young people and are strong supporters of generations to come: the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker are the very heart of music in Düsseldorf and a global ambassador for the city.

Concert tours in recent years have taken the orchestra to Spain and Japan, and there have been guest performances at venues in Moscow, Budapest, at the Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. A new Spanish tour is currently planned for the 2021/2022 season.

Since 2015 the Symphoniker have been led by their Principal Conductor Adam Fischer. Their recording of the collected symphonic works of Gustav Mahler under Fischer’s direction for the AVI label in co-operation with Deutschlandfunk was completed in March 2020. Two CDs from this cycle won awards in 2019, with their recordings of the First Symphony winning the BBC Music Award and the Third Symphony winning an Opus Klassik Award. For the 2021/2022 season there will be a change in the role of Principal Guest Conductor: after five years, Alexandre Bloch passes on the baton to Alpesh Chauhan.


Duisburger Philharmoniker

The Duisburger Philharmoniker are one of the leading institutions in the cultural landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia. Within the German orchestral scene, they enjoy an excellent reputation nationwide as an accomplished ensemble that delivers strong performances both on the concert podium and in the orchestra pit of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. This is reflected not only in its star casting but also in breadth of the repertoire the orchestra offers. The Duisburger Philharmoniker have already helped to launch numerous contemporary compositions, and in each season their stylistic critiques illuminate works from the baroque and early classical periods. Leading figures on the international piano scene, world-class violinists and star cellists are regular guests here. In addition to this, for each concert season the Duisburger Philharmoniker invite a high-profile current musician to be their “Artist in Residence”: this season’s Artist in Residence is the pianist Anna Malikova.

With crossover projects, open air concerts and guest performances, the Duisburger Philharmoniker can be seen in several of Duisburg’s neighbouring cities. They regard themselves as an innovative, cosmopolitan orchestra that reaches new groups of listeners through international tours, an original outreach programme accompanying their own concerts, appearances at major music festivals and performances beyond established venues.

The results of their outstanding sound are also available on CDs for the Acousence label and live DVD recordings.

Founded in 1877 as the “New Civic Capella”, the Duisburger Philharmoniker celebrated their 140th anniversary in 2017. Axel Kober has been General Music Director of the Duisburger Philharmoniker since the 2019/20 concert season.