Anja Harteros, Vesselina Kasarova & René Pape Headline Staatstheater Wiesbaden’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Sven Helge Czichy)

The Staatstheater Wiesbaden has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring seven new productions and a number of stars. Here is a look at what the season will offer.

New Production

Patrick Lange conducts a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen” by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Lena Belkina stars in the title role with tenors Sebastien Gueze, Aaron Cawley, and Brandon Jovanovich sharing the role of Don José.

The cast is rounded out by baritones Alexey Markov and Christopher Bolduc and sopranos Sumi Hwang and Shira Patchornick.

Performance Dates: Sept. 14, 2019 – May 22, 2020 

Christoph Stiller conudtcs a new production of Kalman’s “Gräfin Mariza” by Thomas Enzinger Mariza. Sabina Cvilak and Betsy Horne will sing the title role with a cast that also includes Thomas Blondelle and Marco Jentzsch.

Performance Dates: Oct. 5, 2019 – June 26, 2020

Nicola Beller Carbone, Johanni van Oostrum, and Anja Harteros take on the Marschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier” in a new production by Nicolas Brieger.

Patrick Lange conducts the production which also includes Karl Heinz Lehner, Silvia Hauer, Aleksandra Olzcyk and Daniela Fally.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10, 2019 – May 24, 2020

Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” will get a new production by Johanna Wehner. Julian Habermann, Konstantin Krimmel, Anna El-Khashem, Anna Alàs i Jové, Franziska Gottwald, Tilman Lichdi, Thomas Blondelle, and Wolf Matthias Friedrich star with Konrad Junghänel conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18 – April 10, 2020

Bernd Mottl directs a new production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Anna Nicole”  with Betsy Horne in the title role. Christopher Bolduc and Margarete Joswig also star in the work, which is set to be conducted by Albert Horne.

Performance Dates: Feb. 15 – March 19, 2020

Philipp M.Krenn directs a new production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with Aldo di Toro and Aaron Cawley  sharing the title role and Cristiana Oliveira as Leonora. Legendary mezzo Vesselina Kasarova makes her role debut as Azucena with Jordanka sharing the role and Aluda Todua as Luna.

Performance Dates: March 28 – July 3, 2020

Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde gets a new production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Patrick Lange conducts a superb cast that includes Lance Ryan and Andreas Schager in the role of Tristan, Catherine Foster as Isolde, René Pape, Tobias Kehrer, and Young Doo Park Jun as King Mark, Thomas de Vries as Kurwenal, and Margarete Joswig as Brangäne.

Performance Dates: May 1 – July 5, 2020


Young Doo Park, Martin Piskorski, Maximilian Mayer, Aleksandra Olzcyk, Aleksandra Jovanovic, Anna El-Khashem, Shira Patchornik, Johannes Martin Kränzle, and Benjamin Russell headline Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with Konrad Junghänel conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 20, 2019 – March 29, 2020

“My Fair Lady” returns to with Mira Benser, Michael Birnbaum, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, and Margit Schulte-Tigges. Christoph Stiller conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 16, 2019 – June 27, 2020

Silvia Hauer and Anna El-Khashem sing Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”  with Sharon Kempton, and Benjamin Russell, and Christina Domnick conducting. 

Performance Dates: Nov. 27 – Dec. 31, 2019

Adina Aaron, Elena O’Connor, and Anja Harteros share the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca” with Andreas Schager and Aaron Cawley as Cavaradossi. Thomas de Vries interprets Scarpia.

Performance Dates: Dec. 1, 2019 – May 28, 2020 

Massenet’s “Manon” returns with Cristina Pasaroiu and Ioan Hotea in the lead roles. Jochen Rieder conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 24 – March 6, 2020

Derrick Ballard, Michael Volle, Gabriela Scherer, Timo Riihonen, Thomas Blondelle, and Aaron Cawley star in Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” with Patrick Lange and Christoph Stiller conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 6 -May 23, 2020

Lance Ryan sings the title role in Britten’s masterpiece “Peter Grimes” with Johanni van Oostrum and Michaela Kaune sharing the role of Ellen Orford. Albert Horne conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 27 – June 17, 2020

Strauss’ “Elektra” returns with Maida Hundeling and Catherine Foster alternating the title role. Dalia Schaechter, Betsy Horne and Young Doo Park round out the cast conducted by Marius Stieghorst.

Performance Dates: April 9 -June 6, 2020

Heather Engebretson, Ioan Hotea, Christopher Bolduc, and Patrick Carfizzi star in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with  Nathan Brock conducting.

Performance Dates: June 25 – July 4, 2020