Anja Harteros, Catherine Foster & Andreas Schager lead Staatstheater Wiesbaden Mai Festspiele 2020

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

Staatstheater Wiesbaden has just announced its May Festival program, featuring seven operas and number of vocal works.


Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde” will spotlight Catherine Foster, Lance Ryan, Andreas Schager, René Pape, Tobias Kehrer, Thomas de Vries, Margarete Joswig, Andreas Karasiak, Julian Habermann, and Erik Biegel.

Ryan and Schager will alternate in the title role of Tristan, while Pape and Kehrer will alternate in the role of König Marke. Patrick Lange will conduct the production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Performance dates: May 1, 21 & 31, 2020

Strauss and von Hofmannsthal’s “Elektra” will feature Catherine Foster in the title role, as well as Dalia Schaechter, Johanni van Oostrum, Egils Siliņš, Aaron Cawley, Doheon Kim, Petra Urban, Ines Behrendt,  Julian Habermann, Leonid Firstov, and Sharon Kempton.

Marius Stieghorst will conduct the production by Magdalena Weingut.

Performance date: May 4, 2020

Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer” will be performed by Gabriela Scherer, Timo Riihonen, Thomas Blondelle, Romina Boscolo, Julian Habermann, and Michael Volle in the title role.

Patrick Lange is set to conduct the production by Michiel Dijkema.

Performance dates: May 20 & 23, 2020

“Carmen” will star Brandon Jovanovich, Alexey Markov, Sumi Hwang, Ralf Rachbauer, Julian Habermann, Philipp Mayer, Daniel Carison, Shira Patchornik, Silvia Hauer, and Annalisa Stroppa in the title role.

Kristiina Poska will conduct the production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Performance date: May 22, 2020

Strauss and von Hofmannsthal’s Der Rosenkavalier” will star Anja Harteros in the role of Marschallin. Karl-Heinz Lehner, Silvia Hauer, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Daniela Fally, Sharon Kempton, Rouwen Huther, Fleuranne Brockway, Benjamin Russell, Ralf Rachbauer, Erik Biegel, Ioan Hotea, Mick Morris Mehnert, and Lukas Schrenk round out the cast.

Patrick Lange is set to conduct the production by  Nicolas Brieger.

Performance date: May 24, 2020

Nupen and Dolgin’s ballet-opera “The Nose”  will present soloists of the Cape Town opera. Thuthuka Sibisi  and Roun Zieverink will conduct the two performances.

Performance dates: May 26 & 27, 2020

Famed German soprano Anja Harteros brings her highly acclaimed performance in the title role of Puccini, Giacosa and Illica’s “Tosca”. Harteros will be joined onstage by Massimo Giordano in the role of Mario Cavaradossi and Thomas de Vries in the role of Scarpia. The cast will be rounded out with Young Doo Park, Benjamin Russell, Erik Biegel, Daniel Carison, and Stella An.

Patrick Lange will conduct the production by Sandra Leupold.

Performance date: May 28, 2020

Concerts & Special Performances

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená will give a concert featuring popular songs.

Performance date: May 2, 2020

A concert performance of Britten’s “War Requiem” will spotlight soprano Natalia Ushakova, tenor Ian Bostridge and baritone Oliver Zwarg. Wolfgang Seeliger will conduct.

Performance date: May 8, 2020

A concert featuring works of Händel, Hasse, Porpora, and Vivaldi will star mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and countertenor Lawrence Zazzo. Wolfgang Katschner will conduct.

Performance date: May 10, 2020

“Portrait in Percussion,”  featuring works from Ludwig van Beethoven, will present soprano Katharina Heißenhuber, tenor Kyoung-Soon Kim and baritone Benjamin Russell.

Performance date: May 14, 2020

The concert “Con che soavità” will star soprano Dorothee Mields, who will sing solomadrigals and arias from Monteverdi, Cavalli, Scarlatti, and Händel.

Performance date: May 25, 2020