Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Vienna State Opera season 2014-15

From the Albertina Roof, December 2012, when I was working at the Arnold Schoenberg Center

Besides the large number of repertoire performances, six opera premières, including an Austrian première (The Tempest), are scheduled for the 2014/2015 season:


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (5 October 2014 – C: Christoph Eschenbach;
D: Kasper Holten; with: Michael Schade, Margarita Gritskova, Maria Bengtsson, Chen Reiss);

Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (15 November 2014 – C: Semyon Bychkov; D: Lev
Dodin; with: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber; Ain Anger, Elisabeth Kulman, Norbert Ernst);

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (20 December 2014 – C: General Music Director
Franz Welser-Möst; D: Pierre Audi; with: Piotr Beczala, Simon Keenlyside, Valentina Naforniţă, Elena Maximova);

Richard Strauss: Elektra (29 March 2015; C: General Music Director Franz Welser-Möst;
D: Uwe Eric Laufenberg; with: Anna Larsson, Nina Stemme, Anne Schwanewilms, Falk Struckmann);

Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale (26 April 2015 – D: Jesús López-Cobos; R: Irina Brook; with: Michele Pertusi, Juan Diego Flórez, Alessio Arduini, Valentina Naforniţă);
Thomas Adès: The Tempest (Austrian première on 14 June 2015 – C: Thomas Adès;
D: Robert Lepage; with: Adrian Eröd, Audrey Luna, Stephanie Houtzeel, David Daniels).


The première of a children’s version of Albert Lortzing’s Undine is on the programme in the A1
children’s opera tent (18 April 2015 - C: Johannes Wildner; D: Alexander Medem).

The new season will also see the débuts of many artists, such as the conductors Thomas Adès, Tomáš Netopil, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the directors of all six new productions: Kasper Holten, Lev Dodin, Pierre Audi, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Irina Brook and Robert Lepage. The singers who will be performing for audiences at the Wiener Staatsoper for the first time in 2014/2015 will include Maria Bengtsson, Alice Coote, Elizabeth DeShong, Aida Garifullina, Kathryn Lewek, Audrey Luna, Erin Morley, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Carole Wilson, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Andreas Conrad, David Daniels, Ryan Speedo Green, David Pershall, Mikhail Petrenko, and Dmytro Popov.

Other attractions include Simon Rattle conducting the Ring, La Juive, Cardillac, The Cunning Little Vixen, Peter Mattei in the title role of Eugene Onegin, Christian Thielemann conducting Ariadne auf Naxos, and Kyrill Petrenko conducting Der Rosenkavalier.