Vera-Lotte Boecker

Soloist - soprano
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
»I knew straight away: this is it! This is what I want, this is where I belong!«
In the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2017.

ORIGINALLY FROM
Brühl bei Köln

STUDIES
Hochschule für Musik »Hanns Eisler« Berlin, and Universität der Künste Berlin

PRIZES
Gesangswettbewerb »Vokal genial« der Konzertgesellschaft München und des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Stipendiatin des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbes und des Richard-Wagner-Verbandes Mannheim, Theaterpreis der Stadt Detmold, Nominierung Nachwuchssängerin des Jahres 2014 der Zeitschrift Opernwelt

MASTERCLASSES WITH
Siegfried Jerusalem, Mirella Freni

IMPORTANT DIRECTORS
Katie Mitchell, Calixto Bieito, Frank Hilbrich, Nicola Raab, Achim Freyer, Peter Konwitschny

IMPORTANT CONDUCTORS
Bertrand de Billy, Frank Ollu, Dan Ettinger, Rubén Dubrovsky, Rossen Gergov, Alexander Soddy and Erich Wächter

PERMANENT POSITIONS
Opernstudio des Royal Danish Theatre Kopenhagen, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Landestheater Detmold

IMPORTANT PARTS ELSEWHERE
Eudoxie (La Juive), Agnès (Written on Skin), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Micaëla (Carmen), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Jenny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Musetta (La Bohème), Iris (Esame die Mezzanotte), Ismene (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Autonoe (Die Bassariden)

IMPORTANT PARTS AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Micaela (Carmen), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Hermia (Blaubart)

THIS SEASON
Musetta (La Bohème), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Viktoria (Viktoria und ihr Husar), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Hermia (Blaubart)
While she was singing along to her family’s Cats records as a little girl, Vera-Lotte Böcker could never have dreamt that one day she would be standing on the stage as a professional singer.
 
An enthusiastic reader, she moved to the capital after graduating from high school to study literature and philosophy and get to the heart of things, investigating the question of how the world is held together at the most profound level. But Berlin has so much to offer, so she used every free minute to explore the theatre landscape. Productions like Calixto Bieito’s scandalous Abduction from the Seraglio and Barrie Kosky’s Rigoletto left a particular impression, and had an almost magical appeal for her. »At some point I realised that I was going to the opera more often than to my lectures; I was (and still am) totally addicted to music and singing.«
 
In the end, her desire to make theatre herself won out. Encouraged by her singing teacher to try to make a living as a professional singer, she passed the entrance examinations for the Universität der Künste and the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler Berlin. For a while, she studied simultaneously at both institutions, and spent a year in the opera studio in Copenhagen. But she longed for the stage, so she auditioned for a permanent position at the Landestheater Detmold while she was still studying. Standing on the stage in her first role, with the orchestra and the whole shebang, suddenly, all her questions and doubts disappeared: “I knew straight away: this is it! This is what I want, this is where I belong!”
 
Regardless of whether it’s Copenhagen, Detmold, Bolzano, Mannheim, Munich, Moscow or Berlin: the fact that everyone comes together, the interplay of all the different sources of energy in the theatre, from the technical set-up to the make-up, the feeling that all hands are on deck to create a unique evening, that’s what Vera-Lotte Böcker loves about her profession. Something she views as a collective task. Without a trace of the preciousness of a diva.
 
She has maintained her love of reading, and after long days of rehearsals, a book provides some distance from the turbulent life of the theatre. A secret “vice” of hers is science fiction literature, in which – not unlike in the opera – it is possible to indulge in the exploration of other worlds.
 
The fact that she now gets to sing at the place where she discovered her passion for opera as a student, well, that’s a really personal dream that has now come true.

Her performances ...

Thu17.10.19:00The Bassarids
Sun20.10.18:00The Bassarids
Sat02.11.19:00The Bassarids
Tue05.11.19:00The Bassarids
Sun10.11.18:00The Bassarids
Sat23.11.19:30The Magic Flute
Sat07.12.19:30La traviata
Tue17.12.19:30La traviata
Thu26.12.19:30The Magic Flute
Sat25.01.19:00Spring Storms
Wed29.01.19:30Spring Storms
Sun02.02.18:00The Magic Flute
Sat08.02.19:30Spring Storms
Sat15.02.19:30The Magic Flute
Fri21.02.19:30The Magic Flute
Sun23.02.18:00Spring Storms
Sun01.03.19:00Spring Storms
Tue31.03.19:30Spring Storms
Thu30.04.19:30La Bohème
Sun03.05.19:00La Bohème
Sat09.05.19:30La Bohème
Sun14.06.18:00The Rake’s Progress
Thu18.06.19:30The Rake’s Progress
Sun21.06.19:00The Rake’s Progress
Wed24.06.19:30Spring Storms
Fri26.06.19:00The Bassarids
Sat27.06.19:30The Rake’s Progress
Tue30.06.19:30Spring Storms
Thu02.07.19:30The Rake’s Progress