Adela Zaharia & Liana Aleksanyan Headline Deutsche Oper Am Rhein 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Deutsche Oper Am Rhein has announced its new season featuring 29 productions including 10 new productions, and a full Ring Cycle.

New Productions 

Two casts highlight Gound’s “Roméo et Juliette” in a new production by Philipp Westerbarkei. Luiza Fatyol and Sylvia Hamvasi share the role of Juliette, while Ovidiu Purcel and Gustavo de Gennaro alternate as Roméo.

David Crescenzi and Marie Jacquot conduct.

Performance Dates: Sept. 15, 2019- May 14, 2020

Director Erik Petersen takes on the world premiere of James Reynolds’ “Geisterritter” with David Fischer, Cornel Frey, Monika Rydz, Susan Maclean, David Jerusalem,  Luke Stoker, Bernhard Landauer, Dmitri Vargin, Luis Fernando Piedra, Lisa Griffith, Johannes Preissinger, Peter Nikolaus Kante, and Romana Noack. The opera will be conducted by Patrick Francis Chestnut.

Performance Dates: Sept. 20, 2019-Jan. 3, 2020

Sergej Khomov sings the role of Hermann in a new production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades.” The production by Lydia Steier will also star Stefan Heidemann, Jorge Espino, Hanna Schwarz,  Renée Morloc, Sarah Ferede, Maria Kataeva, and Anna Harvey. Aziz Shokhakimov conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 28-Dec. 8, 20219

Ramona Zaharia and Michael Weinius sing the title role in Saint-Saën’s “Samson et Dalila” with Simon Neal as the high priest. Joan Anton Rechi directs the new production with Axel Kober and Marie Jacquot conducting.

Performance Dates: Oct. 18-Dec. 1, 2019

Philipp Westerbarkei directs a new production of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Liana Aleksanyan and Luiza Fatyol share the role of Mimì while Lavinia Dames is Musetta. Ovidiu Purcel takes on Rodolfo while Bogdan Baciu and Christopher Bolduc are Marcello. The cast is rounded out by Richard Šveda and Beniamin Pop while Jonathan Brandani, Antonino Fogliani, and Andrea Sanguineti alternate in the pit.

Performance Dates: Nov. 8, 2019-May 13, 2020

Adela Zaharia sings the lead role in Bellini’s “I Puritani” with Ioan, Hotea, Bogdan Taloş, Adrian Sâmpetrean, and Jorge Espino. The new production will be directed by legendary tenor Rolando Villazón and conductor Antonino Fogliani will lead at the podium.

Performance Dates: Ded. 18, 2019 –  Jan.  31, 2020

Two casts headline “Die Fledermaus,” which is set to celebrate the holiday season. Norbert Ernst and Cornel Frey trade-off as Eisenstein while Anke Krabbe and Anna Princeva portray Rosalinde. Kimberley Boettger-Soller and Maria Boiko alternate Orlofsky and Heidi Elisabeth Meier and Lavinia Dames alternate Adele.

Performance Dates: Dec. 22, 2019-April 1, 2020 

Jacquelyn Wagner, Maria Kataeva, Elena Sancho Pereg, Wallis Giunta, Ibrahim Yesilay, Beniamin Pop, and Maria Carla Pino Cury star in a new production of Handel’s “Alcina.” The new production will be directed by Lotte de Beer with Axel Kobver conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 14-March 1, 2020 

Esther Mertel and Ilaria Lanzino direct a double bill of Handel’s oratorio “The Triumph of Time and Truth” and Viktor Ullmann’s “Der Kaiser von Atlantis” with Jason Tran and Jesse Wong conducting.

The operas will star Heidi Elisabeth Meier, Sarah Ferede, Fiorella Hincapié, and Andrés Sulbarán in the Handel piece and Emmett O’Hanlon, Thorsten Grümbel, Luke Stoker, David Fischer, Sergej Khomov, Anke Krabbe, and Kimberley Boettger-Soller in the Ullmann.

Performance Dates: April 19-May 8, 2020

Axel Kober conducts Michael Thalheimer’s new production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Liana Aleksanyan and Boris Statsenko as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. They are joined by Bogdan Talos and Ovidiu Purcel.

Performance Dates: May 29-June 27, 2020

The Ring Cycle 

Simon Neal and James Rutherford share the role of Wotan in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” with Norbert Ernst and Raymond Very as Loge, Renée Morloc and Katarzyna Kuncio as Fricka, Susan Maclean and Ramona Zaharia as Erda, and Michael Kraus and Stefan Heidemann as Alberich.

Performance Dates: Nov. 12, 2019-April 7, 2020

Linda Watson leads “Die Walküre” with Michael Weinius and Daniel Frank as Siegmund, Sami Luttinen as Hunding, Simon Neal and James Rutherford as Wotan and Sarah Ferede and Elisabet Strid as Sieglinde. The cast is rounded out by Renée Morloc and Katarzyna Kuncio as Fricka.

Performance Dates: Nov. 13, 2019-April 14, 2020

Corby Welch and Torsten Kerl share the title role in Wagner’s “Siegfried” with Cornel Frey as Mime, James Rutherford and Simon Neal as the Wanderer, Stefan Heidemann and Michael Kraus as Alberich, Lukasz Konieczny and Thorsten Grümbel as Fafner, Renée Morloc and Susan Maclean as Erda and Linda Watson as Brunnhilde. Julia Sitkovetsky rounds out the cast as the Wood Bird.

Performance Dates: Nov. 15. 2019-April 11, 2020

Torsten Kerl, Corby Welch, and Linda Watson lead Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” with Hans-Peter König and Sami Luttinen as Hagen and Michael Kraus and Stefan Heidemann as Alberich. Katarzyna Kuncio and  Sarah Ferede share the role of Waltraute.”

Performance Dates: Nov. 17. 2019-April 13, 2020

Axel Kober conducts the entire Ring.

Ring Cycle One Dates: Nov. 12-17, 2019 

Ring Cycle Two Dates: April 7-13, 2020 


Luiza Fatyol,  Adela Zaharia,  Olesya Golovneva, and Anna Princevas in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Matthew Newlin,  Ovidiu Purcel, and Rame Lahaj rotating as Alfredo.

Lucio Gallo and Laimonas Pautienius round out the cast as Germont with Antonino Fogliani, David Crescenzi, and Marie Jacquot conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7, 2019-June 4, 2020

Morenike Fadayomi sings the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca” with Eduardo Aladrén and Najmiddin Mavlyanov sharing the role of Cavaradossi.

The role of Scarpia will be sung by Lucio Gallo, Nikoloz Lagvilava, and James Rutherford with David Crescenzi, Antonino Fogliani, and Aziz Shokhakimov conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8, 2019-June 3, 2020

Antonino Fogliani and David Crescenzi conduct “La Cenerentola” Maria Kataeva and Miriam Albano singing the title role and Juan José de León and Leonardo Ferrando as Don Ramiro. Dmitri Vargin and Roman Hoza portray Dandini while Renato Girolami, Pablo Ruiz, and Paolo Bordogna sing Don Magnifico.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2, 2019-June 18, 2020

Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges” and Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” take the stage with a cast that includes Tiago Alexandre Fonseca, Pauliina Räsänen, Slava Volkov, Kimberley Boettger-Soller, Maria Kataeva, Anna Harvey, Franziska Orendi, Marta Márquez, Julia Sitkovetsky, Julia Giebel, Julia Sitkovetsky, and Julia Giebel.

Performance Dates: Oct. 13, 2019-May 22, 2020

Adrian Sâmpetrean, Emmett O’Hanlon, and Laimonas Pautienius alternate the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Olesya Golovneva, Sylvia Hamvasi, and Heidi Elisabeth Meier alternating as Don Anna.

The cast also includes Jussi Myllys and Christoph Strehl as Don Ottavio, Thorsten Grümbel, Sami Luttinen, and Timo Riihonen as the Commendatore, Luiza Fatyol and Brigitta Kele as Donna Elvira, Günes Gürle, Bogdan Talos, and Torben Jürgens as Leporello, and Miriam Albano and Lavinia Dames as Zerlina. Antonino Fogliani, David Crescenzi, and Marc Piollet alternate at the pit.

Performance Dates: Oct. 17, 2019-June 7, 2020

Christoph Stöcker and Marie Jacquot conduct a revival of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” in time for the holiday season. Katarzyna Kuncio,  Anna Harvey, Kimberley Boettger-Soller, and Lisa Wedekind alternate as Hansel while Heidi Elisabeth Meier, Lavinia Dames, and Anke Krabbe rotate as Gretel. Morenike Fadayomi, Cornel Frey, and Florian Simson round out the cast as the Witch.

Performance Dates: Nov. 8, 2019-Feb. 8, 2020

Richard Šveda, Sylvia Hamvasi, Paula Iancic, Torben Jürgens, and Miriam Albano star in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with David Crescenzi conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 4-May 21, 2020

Liana Aleksanyan her signature role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Eduardo Aladrén as Pinkerton and Richard Šveda and Bogdan Baciu as Sharpless. The opera will be conducted Antonino Fogliani.

Performance Dates: Jan. 15-March 19, 2020

Agneta Eichenholz sings the title role in Strauss’ “Salome” with Sergej Khomov, Renée Morloc, Alexander Krasnov, and Ibrahim Yesilay. Aziz Shokhakimov conducts.

Performance Dates: March 6-May 2, 2020

Wen-Pin Chien conducts Wagner’s “Lohengrin” with Corby Welch, Sylvia Hamvasi, Hans-Peter König, Stefan Heidemann, and Alexandra Petersamer.

Performance Dates: March 8-18, 2020

Elena Sancho Pereg takes on the title role in Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” with Ibrahim Yesilay and Ioan Hotea as Tonio. The cast is rounded out by Günes Gürle and Marta Márquez. David Crescenzi conducts Emilio Sagi’s production.

Performance Dates: March 27-April 30, 2020

Eduardo Aladrén sings the title role in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” with Liana Aleksanyan as Elisabetta,  Ramona Zaharia and Maria Kataeva as Eboli, Bogdan Talos as Filippo, Bogdan Baciu and Petr Sokolov Posa and Hans-Peter König as the Grand Inquisitor. Antonino Fogliani conducts.

Performance Dates: April 18-May 16, 2020

Arnecke’s “Ronja Raubertochter” gets a revival with Kimberley Boettger-Soller, Anke Krabbe, Torben Jürgens, Florian Simson, Marta Márquez, Lisa Griffith, and Stefan Wilkening. Christoph Stöcker conducts the production.

Performance Dates: May 12-June 23, 2020

Egils Silins and Jordan Shanahan lead Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” with Hans-Peter König, Thorsten Grümbel, Gabriela Scherer, and Corby Welch. Georg Fritzsch conduct.

Performance Dates: May 24-June 25, 2020

Verdi’s “Falstaff” concludes the season with Lucio Gallo, Jorge Espino, Ibrahim Yesilay, Sylvia Hamvasi, Lavinia Dames, and Renée Morloc. Marie Jacquot conducts.

Performance Dates: June 13-20, 2020