Wiener Staatsoper Director Dominique Meyer, Ballet Director Manuel Legris and Managing Director Thomas W. Platzer held a press conference, Wednesday 3 April 2019, at which they announced the programme for the forthcoming 2019/2020 season.

The programme for the 2019/2020 season at the Wiener Staatsoper offers a unique spectrum of 58 different works of opera (including children’s operas). These range from Handel’s Ariodante to Eötvös’s Tri Sestri, Trojahn’s Orest, Staud’s Die Weiden and the world premières of Albin Fries’s Persinette and Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando. And finally, there are also 21 different ballets (in ten fulllength compilations). Apart from these, there are also special children’s programmes as well as numerous concerts, matinées and special events.

There will be six opera premières:

 Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2 October 2019 – conductor: Simone Young; directed by: Irina Brook; with: Lawrence Zazzo, Erin Morley, Théo Touvet, Peter Kellner, Szilvia Vörös, Josh Lovell, Rafael Fingerlos, Rachel Frenkel, Olga Bezsmertna, Peter Rose, Benjamin Hulett);

 Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando (world première, Wiener Staatsoper commission; 8 December 2019 – conductor: Matthias Pintscher; directed by: Karoline Gruber; with: Kate Lindsey, Fiona Shaw, Eric Jurenas, Constance Hauman, Leigh Melrose, Vivian Bond, Agneta Eichenholz);

 Albin Fries’s Persinette (opera for children, Wiener Staatsoper commission; 21 December 2019 – conductor: Guillermo García Calvo, directed by: Matthias von Stegmann; with: Olga Bezsmertna, Jinxu Xiahou, Monika Bohinec, Regine Hangler, Samuel Hasselhorn, Sorin Coliban);

 Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio Urfassung (Leonore) (1 February 2020 – conductor: Tomáš Netopil; directed by: Amélie Niermeyer; with: Jennifer Davis, Benjamin Bruns, Tobias Kehrer, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Jörg Schneider, Chen Reiss);

 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte (22 May 2020 – conductor: Riccardo Muti; directed by: Chiara Muti; with: Genia Kühmeier, Marianne Crebassa, Alessio Arduini, Julie Fuchs, Marco Filippo Romano) and

 Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (15 June 2020 – conductor: Michele Mariotti; directed by: Josef Ernst Köpplinger; with: Francesco Meli, Ludovic Tézier, Krassimira Stoyanova, Monika Bohinec, Maria Nazarova).

Ballet Director Manuel Legris will be presenting three premières at the Wiener Staatsoper:

 George Balanchine’s Jewels with Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds (2 November 2019; conductor: Paul Connelly);

 the three-part performance of Lukács | Lidberg | Duato (4 March 2020 – conductor: Fayçal Karoui) with Movements to Stravinsky by András Lukács, Between Dogs and Wolves by Pontus Lidberg (world première) and White Darkness by Nacho Duato and the

 2020 Nureyev Gala (25 June 2020 – conductor: Kevin Rhodes).

To commemorate Beethoven Year, the Wiener Staatsoper will be performing not only Fidelio, but also a première production of the original version of this work (Leonore). The “Vienna Philharmonic Chamber Music” matinée series will be presenting a Beethoven cycle, and members of the Wiener Staatsoper ensemble will be performing all of Beethoven’s lieder in four concerts over a weekend in the Gustav Mahler Hall at the Vienna State Opera.

Apart from performances of the operas for children Cinderella and Pünktchen and Anton and the children’s concerts and educational programmes Peter and the Wolf, The Carnival of the Animals and That’s Opera!, the AGRANA STUDIO STAGE | WALFISCHGASSE will host a varied programme in the 2019/2020 season including artists in conversation with Staatsoper Director Dominique Meyer, amongst others, introductory musical events, master classes, concerts, readings, lectures on opera history and other topics, and events put on by the Opera School and Ballet Academy.

The new season will also see the débuts of many artists, such as the conductors Nicholas Carter, Hartmut Haenchen, Michele Mariotti, Matthias Pintscher and Alberto Veronesi and directors Amélie Niermayer and Chiara Muti. Singers performing for the Wiener Staatsoper audience for the first time in 2019/2020 will include Michelle Bradley, Emily D’Angelo, Christine Goerke, Frederica Lombardi, Regula Mühlemann, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Evgenia Muraveva, Marina Prudenskaya, Ausrine Stundyte, Atalla Ayan, Brian Jagde.

Besides the above mentioned conductors who will be debuting in 2019/2020, these maestros will be returning to the Wiener Staatsoper in the course of the coming season: Alain Altinoglu, Marco Armiliato, Pavel Baleff, Giampaolo Bisanti, Michael Boder, Semyon Bychkov, Paolo Carignani, Frédéric Chaslin, James Conlon, Jonathan Darlington, Dennis Russell Davies, Péter Eötvös, Adam Fischer, Mikko Franck, Valery Gergiev, Sascha Goetzel, Michael Güttler, Tomáš Hanus, Daniel Harding, Domingo Hindoyan, Graeme Jenkins, Axel Kober, Louis Langrée, Zubin Mehta, Cornelius Meister, Evelino Pidò, Christophe Rousset, Speranza Scappucci, Peter Schneider, JeanChristophe Spinosi, Jonathan Stockhammer, Ramón Tebar und Christian Thielemann.

Celebrated singers will give international role débuts at the Vienna State Opera in the 2019/2020 season: KS Waltraud Meier and Linda Watson as Herodias (Salome), Gaëlle Arquez as Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Max Emanuel Cenčić as Polinesso (Ariodante), Andreas Schager as Kaiser (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Genia Kühmeier as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Aida Garifullina as Violetta (La traviata) and Mimì (La Bohème), Marina Rebeka and Michelle Bradley as Leonora (Il trovatore), Tobias Kehrer as Rocco (Fidelio), Leigh Melrose as Alberich (Siegfried und Götterdämmerung), Olga Peretyatko as Mathilde (Guillaume Tell), Marina Prudenskaya as Kundry (Parsifal), Cornelia Beskow as Elsa (Lohengrin), Jennifer Davis as Leonore (Fidelio) and Regula Mühlemann as Adina (L’elisir d’amore).


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