Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča & Plácido Domingo Highlight Wiener Staatsoper’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Wiener Staatsoper has announced its massive 2020-21 season. Here is a rundown.


Philippe Jordan conducts Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed production. The production from 2005 arrived in Vienna with Asmik Grigorian in the title role, Virginie Verrez, Freddie De Tommaso, and Boris Pinkhasovich.

In January, Grigorian is joined by Noa Beinart and Marcelo Puente. A third cast is assembled for the Spring with Joana Mallwitz conducting and Hui He and Roberto Alagna starring in the lead roles.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7-16, 2020 & Jan. 7-16, 2021 & March 28-April 9, 2021

Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail is set to be directed by Hans Neuenfels. The production will be conducted by Antonello Manacorda and will star Christian Nickel, Lisette Oropesa, Regula Mühlemann, Goran Juric, Daniel Behle, and Michael Laurenz. In June, Brenda Rae sings the role of Kostanze.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-26, 2020 & June 12-18, 2021

Tamuna Gochashvili, Anna Goryachova, Andrè Schuen, Bogdan Volkov, and Dimitry Ivashchenko star in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.” Tomáš Hanus conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25-Nov. 6, 2020

Vera-Lotte Boecker, Josh Lovell and Bo Skovhus star in Hans Werner Henze’s “Das Verratene Meer.” The new production is directed by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito with Simone Young conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 13-21, 2020

Calixto Bieto brings his acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen to Vienna starring Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, Charles Castronovo as Don José, Erwin Schrott and Sergey Kaydalov as Esamillo, and Olga Kulchynska as Micaëla. The production will be conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

A second cast will also perform the production later in the season headlined by Michèle Losier, Dmytro Popov, and Vera-Lotte Boecker.

Performance Dates: Feb. 6-June 9, 2021

Pretty Yende, Frédéric Antoun, and Igor Golovatenko bring Simon Stone’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata to life. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts the masterpiece.

Performance Dates: March 4-20, 2021

Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal in a new production by Kirill Serebrennikov. Philippe Jordan conducts an all star cast that includes Elīna Garanča in her first Kundry, Wolfgang Koch as Klingsor, Ludovic Tézier as Amfortas, and Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz.

Performance Dates: April 1-11, 2021

Bertrand de Billy conducts a new production of Gounod’s Faust by Frank Castorf. Juan Diego Flórez makes his role debut in the title role alongside Nicole Car, Adam Palka, Boris Prygl, and Virginie Verrez.

Performance Dates: April 23-May 2, 2021

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea” with Jan Lauwers directing. The cast includes Kate Lindsey, Slávka Zámečniková, Xavier Sabata, Christina Bock, Willard White, Vera-Lotte Boecker, Amme Thomas Ebenstein, and Ileana Tonca.

Performance Dates: May 22-June 8, 2021

The final new production of the season will be Verdi’s “Macbeth” in a new production by Barrie Kosky. The production is set to star Luca Salsi in the title role, Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, Roberto Tagliavini, and Freddie De Tommaso. Martina Serafin also stars as Lady Macbeth and Philippe Jordan conducts.

Performance Dates: June 10-28, 2021




Franz Welser-Möst conducts R. Strauss’ Elektra with Doris Soffel, Ricarda Merbeth in the title role, Camilla Nylund, Jörg Schneider, and Derek Welton. The second cast will include Michaela Schuster and Ausrine Stundyte in the title role.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8-22, 2020 & June 22-29, 2021

Plácido Domingo sings the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with Günther Groissböck, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, and Hibla Gerzmava. Evelino Pidò conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 9-18, 2021

Three casts highlight Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.” First Pretty Yende, Liparit Avetisyan, Sergey Kaydalov, and Nicola Alaimo star in the comic gem with Giacomo Sagripanti conducting and then Rosa Feola, Frédéric Antoun, Clemens Unterreiner, and Paolo Rumetz star with Gianluca Capuano conducting.

The final cast is set to include Joanna Kedzior, Levy Sekgapane, and Ambrogio Maestri. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 14-21, 2020 & Feb. 18-21, 2021 & May 24, 2021

Jane Archibald sings the title role in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment with Javier Camarena in his signature role as Tonio, Carlos Álvarez, and Maria Happel. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 20-30, 2020

Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlos.” The French version is set to star Ildar Abdrazakov, Igor Golovatenko, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Malin Byström, and Eve-Maud Hubeaux. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 27-Oct. 11, 2020

Vida Mikneviciute sings the title role of R. Strauss’ Salome alongside Tomasz Konieczny, Vincent Wolfsteiner, and Marina Prudenskaya. Alexander Soddy conducts.

In the winter a second cast takes on the work with Jörg Schneider, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Malin Byström in her signature portrayal of the title role, and Evgeny Nikitin.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2-10, 2020 & Jan. 17-23, 2021

Erwin Schrott sings the title role in Donizetti’sDon Pasquale with Dmitry Korchak, Boris Pinkhasovich, and Slávka Zámečniková. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Evelino Pidò leads a second cast headlined by Rosa Feola, Michele Pertusi, and Sergey Kaydalov.

Performance Dates: Oct. 13-24, 2020 & March 13-26, 2021

Marco Armiliato conducts the double bill “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Pagliacci with Ambrogio Maestri in both works. Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” stars Eva-Maria Westbroek, Brian Jagde, and Mara Zampieri. Meanwhile, Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak star in Leoncavallo’s “Paglaicci.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2020

Lawrence Zazzo, Erin Morley, Théo Touvet, Josh Lovell, Benedict Nelson, Margaret Plummer, Slávka Zámečniková, and Matthew Rose star in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Simone Young conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4-13, 2020

Irina Lungu and Michael Spyres star in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette.” Evelino Pidò conducts the masterwork with Virginie Verrez, Sergey Kaydalov, and Dan Paul Dumitrescu rounding out the cast.

Performance Dates: Nov. 8-22, 2020

R.Strauss‘ “Ariadne auf Naxos is set to star Camilla Nylund, Stephen Gould, Jennifer Holloway, Erin Morley, Boaz Daniel, and Herbert Föttinger. Christian Thielemann conducts the first run.

In March, Bertrand de Billy conducts the work with Adrian Eröd, Angela Brower, Brandon Jovanovich, and Lise Davidsen.

Performance Dates: Nov. 15-25, 2020 & March 3-10, 2021

Sebastian Weigle conducts R. Strauss’ “Arabella” with Hanna-Elisabeth Müller in the title role. The cast also includes Wolfgang Bankl, Jane Archibald, Michael Volle, Michael Laurenz, and Daniela Fally. Bo Skovhus also sings a performance as Mandryka.

Performance Dates: Nov. 17-26, 2020

Piotr Beczala and Gaëlle Arquez star in Massenet’s Werther with Clemens Unterreiner and Daniela Fally. Bertrand de Billy star.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2020

Atalla Ayan, Ruzan Mantashyan, Andrè Schuen, Attila Mokus, Peter Kellner, and Slávka Zámečniková star in Puccini’s La Bohème with Eun Sun Kim conducting.

Performance Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 8, 2020

Anna Netrebko and Saioa Hernández alternate the title role in Puccini’s Tosca in the first run of performances. They are joined by Yusif Eyvazov and Wolfgang Koch.

Sonya Yoncheva headlines the second run with Roberto Alagna, and Alexey Markov and the third run will star Anja Harteros, Massimo Giordano, and Luca Salsi. Bertrand de Billy and Pier Giorgio Morandi alternate at the pit.

Performance Dates: Dec. 11-20, 2020 & Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2020 & May 3-14, 2021

Philippe Jordan conducts R. Strauss’Der Rosenkavalier with Krassimira Stoyanova, Günther Groissböck, Daniela Sindram, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Erin Morley, and Piotr Beczala.

The second run is set to star Martina Serafin, Albert Pesendorfer, Jennifer Holloway, Adrian Eröd, Louise Alder, and Freddie De Tommaso.

Performance Dates: Dec. 16-25, 2020 & June 13-20, 2021

Two casts celebrate the holiday season in Humperdinck’sHansel and Gretel.” The first is headlined Boaz Daniel, Regine Hangler, Szilvia Vörös, Vera-Lotte Boecker, Monika Bohinec while the second with Clemens Unterreiner, Stephanie Houtzeel, Virginie Verrez, Slávka Zámečniková, and Thomas Ebenstein. Cornelius Meister conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 26, 2020-Jan. 2, 2021

In time for the New Year’s Vienna celebrates with J. Strauss’ staple Die Fledermaus.” Cornelius Meister conducts the production which stars Jörg Schneider, Laura Aikin, Hans Peter Kammerer, Stephanie Houtzeel, Thomas Ebenstein, Clemens Unterreiner, Daniela Fally, and Peter Simonischek.

The second cast stars Georg Nigl, Camilla Nylund, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Christina Bock, Michael Laurenz, Martin Hässler, Regula Mühlemann, and Peter Simonischek.

Performance Dates: Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 5, 2021

Tomáš Hanus conducts Dvorak’s “Rusalka” with Kristine Opolais in the title role, Piotr Beczala, Elena Zhidkova, Evgeny Solodovnikov, and Monika Bohinec.

Performance Dates: Jan. 6-15, 2021

Plácido Domingo sings the title role in Verdi’s Nabucco with Freddie De Tommaso, Riccardo Zanellato, Anna Pirozzi, and Szilvia Vörös.

Enkhbat Amartuvshin also sings the title role and Paolo Carignani conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 11-28, 2021

Jendrik Springer conducts “Die Zauberflöte für Kinder.”

Performance Date: Feb. 12, 2021

Gianluca Capuano conducts Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Edgardo Rocha, Vito Priante, Renato Girolami, Marianne Crebassa, and Luca Pisaroni.

Performance Dates: Feb. 19-28, 2021

Evelino Pidò conducts Massenet’s Manon with Louise Alder in the title role, Michael Fabiano, Dan Paul Dumitrescu, and Adrian Eröd.

Performance Dates: March 14-25, 2021

Verdi’s Rigoletto returns with Paolo Carignani conducting a cast that includes Quinn Kelsey in the title role, Liparit Avetisyan as the Duke, Nina Minasyan as Gilda, Evgeny Solodovnikov as Sparafucile, and Monika Bohinec as Maddalena.

Performance Dates: March 21-30, 2021

Anna Pirozzi sings the title role in Puccini’s Turandot.” She is joined by Evgeny Solodovnikov, Fabio Sartori, and Tamuna Gochashvili with Giampaolo Bisanti conducting.

Performance Dates: April 12-19, 2021

Stefano Montanari conducts Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia starring Cyrille Dubois, Paolo Rumetz, Kate Lindsey, Boris Pinkhasovich, and Michele Pertusi.

Performance Dates: April 15-22, 2021

Andreas Schager, Mika Kares, Günther Groissböck, Camilla Nylund, Martina Serafin, and Okka von der Damerau star in Wagner’s Die Walküre with Adam Fischer conducting.

Performance Dates: April 18-28, 2021

Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is set to star René Pape, Long Long, Adrian Eröd, Sabine Devieilhe, Regula Mühlemann, and Andrè Schuen with Adam Fischer conducting.

Performance Dates: April 24-30, 2021

Axel Kober conducts Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Juan Diego Flórez singing the title role. He is joined by Michèle Losier as his muse, Erwin Schrott as the three villains and Sabine Devieilhe, Tamuna Gochashvili, and Louise Alder as the three heroines.

Performance Dates: May 9-25, 2021

Cornelius Meister conducts Wagner’s Lohengrin with Klaus Florian Vogt singing his signature interpretation in the title role. He is joined by Kwangchul Youn, Sara Jakubiak, Johan Reuter, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, and Adrian Eröd.

Performance Dates: June 19-30, 2021