Juan Diego Flórez, Marina Rebeka Among 5 Artists to Dominate Vienna State Opera 2018-19 Season

The Vienna State Opera has announced the 2018-19 season, which will feature many of opera’s great stars. There are a ton of ensemble artists that are due for big years, including Olga Bezsmertna who is slated for a whopping nine roles this season. But here is a look at five other artists who are poised to be the must-see performers of the 150th season in Vienna.

Juan Diego Flórez

The Peruvian tenor has a big slate coming up which includes a new production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” as well as his first-ever staged production of Massenet’s “Manon.” Also of interest is the tenor’s return to one of his signatures roles in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Should be interesting to see him return to an old warhorse after seeing his voice grow as much as it has.

Brandon Jovanovich

The heroic tenor has seen his profile grow steadily in recent years and he will get three juicy roles in 2018-19 at Vienna. First up is a new production of “Les Troyens” which will see him star opposite Joyce DiDonato. Then comes “Fidelio,” which will be followed up by “Rusalka.”

Tomasz Konieczny

The Polish baritone is slated for one of the most exciting seasons of his career in Vienna. First off, he gets to play Wotan in “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” That alone is a monster season for any baritone, but he gets to do the world premiere of “Die Weiden” before taking on roles in “Dantons Tod,” “Der Freischütz,” and “Arabella.” For those keeping track, that is a whopping seven operas in the year.

Marina Rebeka

The superstar Latvian soprano is going to explore some unique repertoire this season. It all starts with a foray into Puccini’s “La Bohème” as Mimì. She is also going to step into the role of Nedda in “Pagliacci” and will also showcase her talents in “Idomeneo” as Elettra. This is as versatile as it gets.

Nina Stemme

The Swedish soprano has been winding down a bit in recent years but this season in Vienna is certainly set to be exciting. Not only is she to appear in “Die Frau Ohne Schatten,” but she is set to take on the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca.”



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David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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