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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”