Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, Lisette Oropesa & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Wiener Staatsoper’s 2021-22 SeasonBy Dejan Vukosavljevic
The Wiener Staatsoper has announced its 2021-22 season which will spotlight some of the world’s greatest performers and five new productions.
Here is the full slate.
Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” will showcase Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva, Marianne Crebassa as Rosina, Davide Luciano in the role of Figaro, Paolo Bordogna as Bartolo, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Basilio. Michele Mariotti conducts the production by Herbert Fritsch.
Performance Dates: Sept. 28 – Oct. 14, 2021
Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” spotlights Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Donna Anna, Kate Lindsey as Donna Elvira, Philippe Sly as Leporello, and Kyle Ketelsen in the title role. The cast also includes Ain Anger, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Patricia Nolz, and Peter Kellner. Philippe Jordan conducts the production by Barrie Kosky.
Performance dates: Dec. 5 – 20, 2021
Berg’s “Wozzeck” stars Anja Kampe as Marie, Christina Bock as Margret, and Christian Gerhaher in the title role. The cast will be rounded out by Sean Panikkar, Jörg Schneider, Dmitry Belosselskiy, Josh Lovell, Peter Kellner, Stefan Astakhov, and Thomas Ebenstein. Philippe Jordan conducts the production by Simon Stone.
Performance Dates: March 21 – April 3, 2022
Wagner’s masterpiece “Tristan und Isolde” will get a new look in the production by Calixto Bieito starring Andreas Schager and Martina Serafin in the title roles. The opera also stars René Pape as König Marke and Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne as well as Iain Paterson, Clemens Unterreiner, Josh Lovell, Martin Häßler, and Daniel Jenz. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Performance Dates: April 14 – May 1, 2021
Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” spotlights Georg Nigl, Slávka Zámečníková, Kate Lindsey, Christina Bock, and Andrea Mastroni. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the production by Tom Morris.
Performance Dates: June 11 – 18, 2022
Carmen Giannattasio, Saioa Hernández, and Elena Stikhina share the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca.” Fabio Sartori, Francesco Meli, and Vittorio Grigolo will perform Mario Cavaradossi, while Erwin Schrott, Gevorg Hakobyan, and Roberto Frontali will appear as Scarpia. Axel Kober, Marco Armiliato, and Pier Giorgio Morandi conduct the production by Margarethe Wallmann.
Performance dates: Sep. 3, 2021 – March 5, 2022
Verdi’s “Falstaff” showcases Boris Pinkhasovich, Frédéric Antoun, Josh Lovell, Eleonora Buratto, Slávka Zámečníková, Vera-Lotte Boecker, Monika Bohinec, Virginie Verrez, Margaret Plummer, and Gerald Finley and Wolfgang Koch in the title role. Nicola Luisotti and Giampaolo Bisanti conduct the production by Marco Arturo Marelli.
Performance Dates: Sept. 4, 2021 – June 24, 2022
Pretty Yende will star as Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Frédéric Antoun will perform Alfredo Germont, while Ludovic Tézier portrays Giorgio Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts the production by Simon Stone.
Performance Dates: Sept. 5 – 18, 2021
Hans Werner Henze’s “Das Verratene Meer” will star Vera-Lotte Boecker, Josh Lovell, Bo Skovhus, Erik Van Heyningen, Kangmin Justin Kim, Stefan Astakhov, and Martin Häßler. Simone Young conducts the production by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito.
Performance Dates: Sept. 19 – 27, 2021
Verdi’s “Otello” stars Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Desdemona, Ludovic Tézier as Iago, Freddie De Tommaso as Cassio, and Gregory Kunde in the title role. Bertrand de Billy conducts the production by Adrian Noble.
Performance Dates: Sep. 22 – Oct. 3, 2021
Mozart’s operatic masterpiece “Le Nozze di Figaro” will star Andrè Schuen and Michael Nagy as Count Almaviva, Maria Bengtsson as Countess Almaviva, Regula Mühlemann as Susanna, Patricia Nolz and Virginie Verrez in the role of Cherubino, and Philippe Sly and Peter Kellner in the title role. Antonello Manacorda and Adam Fischer conduct the production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.
Performance Dates: Sept. 30, 2021 – May 16, 2022
Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” stars Virginie Verrez, Xavier Sabata, Christina Bock, Sir Willard White, Vera-Lotte Boecker, and Slávka Zámečníková in the title role. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the production by Jan Lauwers.
Performance Dates: Oct. 6 – 13, 2021
Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” will spotlight Nicole Car as Tatyana, Bogdan Volkov as Lensky, and Andrè Schuen in the title role. The cast also includes Helene Schneiderman, Anna Goryachova, Larissa Diadkova, Dimitry Ivashchenko, and Dan Paul Dumitrescu. Tomáš Hanus conducts the production by Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Performance Dates: Oct. 15 – 26, 2021
Ermonela Jaho star in the title role of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur“ with Brian Jagde as Maurizio, Nicola Alaimo as Michonnet, and Elīna Garanča as Princess di Bouillon. Omer Meir Wellber conducts the production by Sir David McVicar.
Performance Dates: Oct. 22 – Nov. 5, 2021
Stephen Costello, Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Adam Palka, and Étienne Dupuis star in Gounod’s “Faust.” Bertrand de Billy conducts the production by Frank Castorf.
Performance Dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 11, 2021
Verdi’s “Nabucco” showcases Anna Netrebko as Abigaille, and Enkhbat Amartuvshin and Plácido Domingo in the title role. The cast also includes Alessandro Liberatore, Roberto Tagliavini, and Szilvia Vörös. Paolo Carignani conducts the production by Günter Krämer.
Performance Dates: Nov. 1 – 12, 2021
Bizet’s masterwork “Carmen” will star Freddie De Tommaso and Vittorio Grigolo as Don José, Erwin Schrott and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo, Vera-Lotte Boecker and Tamuna Gochashvili as Micaëla, and Clémentine Margaine and Anna Goryachova in the title role. Omer Meir Wellber and Alejo Pérez conduct the production by Calixto Bieito.
Performance Dates: Nov. 8, 2021 – April 12, 2022
Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” stars Franz-Josef Selig, Anja Kampe, Eric Cutler, Noa Beinart, Josh Lovell, and Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role. Bertrand de Billy conducts the production by Christine Mielitz.
Performance Dates: Nov. 17 – Dec. 2, 2021
Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore” spotlights Nina Minasyan and Olga Kulchynska as Adina, Juan Diego Flórez, Stephen Costello, and Josh Lovell as Nemorino; Clemens Unterreiner and Sergey Kaydalov as Belcore; and Erwin Schrott and Misha Kiria as Dulcamara. Riccardo Frizza and Marco Armiliato conduct the production by Otto Schenk.
Performance Dates: Nov. 26, 2021 – March 6, 2022
Nicola Alaimo, Ambrogio Maestri, Cyrille Dubois, Sergey Kaydalov, Kristina Mkhitaryan and Slávka Zámečníková star in Irina Brook’s production of “Don Pasquale.” Giacomo Sagripanti and Evelino Pidò conduct.
Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 2021 – May 2, 2022
Wagner’s “Parsifal” will star Wolfgang Koch in the roles of Amfortas and Klingsor, René Pape as Gurnemanz, Anja Kampe as Kundry, and Brandon Jovanovich in the title role. Philippe Jordan conducts the production by Kirill Serebrennikov.
Performance Dates: Dec. 12 – 26, 2021
The Italian version of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” spotlights Ain Anger as Philippo II, Boris Pinkhasovich as Rodrigo, Dmitry Ulyanov as Der Großinquisitor, Asmik Grigorian as Elisabetta di Valois, Anita Rachvelishvili as Eboli, and Fabio Sartori in the title role. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the production by Daniele Abbado.
Performance dates: Dec. 16 – 25, 2021
Johann Strauss’ operetta “Die Fledermaus” gets traditional performances for the New year. The famed operetta here stars Andreas Schager as Gabriel von Eisenstein, and Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Rosalinde. The cast also includes Wolfgang Bankl, Christina Bock, Jörg Schneider, Clemens Unterreiner, Vera-Lotte Boecker, and Peter Simonischek. Bertrand de Billy conducts the production by Otto Schenk.
Performance dates: Dec. 31, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022
Benjamin Bernheim, Nicole Car, Clemens Unterreiner, Étienne Dupuis, Vera-Lotte Boecker, and Slávka Zámečníková star in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Eun Sun Kim conducts.
Performance dates: Jan. 2 – 16, 2022
Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” showcases Lawrence Brownlee, Vito Priante, Paolo Bordogna, Anna Goryachova, and Erwin Schrott. Gianluca Capuano conducts the production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf.
Performance dates: Jan. 8 – 17, 2022
Massenet’s “Werther” stars Juan Diego Flórez, Étienne Dupuis, Julie Boulianne, and Slávka Zámečníková. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts the production by Andrei Serban.
Performance Dates: Jan. 15 – 20, 2022
Luca Salsi, Roberto Tagliavini, Martina Serafin, and Freddie De Tommaso star in Barrie Kosky’s production of “Macbeth.” Giampaolo Bisanti conducts.
Performance Dates: Jan. 19 – 25, 2022
Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” showcases Dmitry Golovnin, Alexey Markov, Boris Pinkhasovich, Olga Borodina, and Elena Guseva. Valery Gergiev conducts the production by Vera Nemirova.
Performance Dates: Jan. 21 – 30, 2022
Jonas Kaufmann, Lise Davidsen, and Sir Bryn Terfel star in Christine Mielitz’s production of Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” Simone Young conducts.
Performance Dates: Jan. 26 – Feb. 8, 2022
Asmik Grigorian sings the title role in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” with Brian Jagde as Chevalier René Des Grieux and Boris Pinkhasovich as Lescaut. Nicola Luisotti conducts the production by Robert Carsen.
Performance Dates: Feb. 1 – 13, 2022
Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” showcases Klaus Florian Vogt, Vida Miknevičiūtė, Adrian Eröd, and Monika Bohinec. Thomas Guggeis conducts the production by Willy Decker.
Performance Dates: Feb. 6 – 14, 2022
Diana Damrau performs the title role in Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” alongside Erwin Schrott as Enrico VIII and Ekaterina Semenchuk who portrays Giovanna Seymour. The cast also includes Pene Pati and Virginie Verrez. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts the production by Eric Génovèse.
Performance Dates: Feb. 12 – 19, 2022
Richard Strauss’ “Salome” spotlights Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Claudia Mahnke, John Lundgren, Daniel Jenz, and Jennifer Holloway in the title role. Thomas Guggeis conducts the production by Boleslaw Barlog.
Performance Dates: March 7 – 16, 2022
Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” features Christian Nickel, Lisette Oropesa, Regula Mühlemann, Goran Jurić, Daniel Behle, and Michael Laurenz. Antonello Manacorda conducts the production by Hans Neuenfels.
Performance Dates: March 12 – 22, 2022
Verdi’s “Rigoletto” stars Francesco Demuro as Duca di Mantua, Vera-Lotte Boecker as Gilda, Evgeny Solodovnikov as Sparafucile, Monika Bohinec as Maddalena, and Ludovic Tézier in the title role. Marco Armiliato conducts the production by Pierre Audi.
Performance Dates: March 20 – 30, 2022
Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” will star Maria Bengtsson as Die Feldmarschallin, and Christina Bock as Octavian. The cast also includes Günther Groissböck, Adrian Eröd, Louise Alder, and Josh Lovell. Philippe Jordan conducts the production by Otto Schenk.
Performance Dates: April 7 – 17, 2022
George Petean, Lisette Oropesa, Benjamin Bernheim, Josh Lovell, and Roberto Tagliavini star in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Evelino Pidò conducts the production by Laurent Pelly.
Performance Dates: April 16 – 29, 2022
Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” will spotlight Margaret Plummer, Tamuna Gochashvili, Thomas Ebenstein, Vitalij Kowaljow, Dmitry Golovnin, and Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Sebastian Weigle conducts the production by Yannis Kokkos.
Performance Dates: May 11 – 27, 2022
Bellini’s “I Puritani” stars Roberto Tagliavini, John Osborn, Igor Golovatenko, and Pretty Yende. Francesco Lanzillotta conducts the production by John Dew.
Performance Dates: May 20 – June 2, 2022
Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” will star Ante Jerkunica as Sarastro, Saimir Pirgu as Tamino, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Pamina. The cast also includes Clemens Unterreiner, Ileana Tonca, and Georg Nigl. Ivor Bolton conducts the production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.
Performance Dates: June 19 – 25, 2022
Richard Strauss’ “Capriccio” spotlights Maria Bengtsson, Adrian Eröd, Daniel Behle, Andrè Schuen, Christof Fischesser, and Michaela Schuster. Philippe Jordan conducts the production by Marco Arturo Marelli.
Performance Dates: June 20 – 30, 2022
“La Cenerentola” gets another special performance with Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco guest orchestra. Cecilia Bartoli, Edgardo Rocha, Nicola Alaimo, Carlos Chausson, José Coca Loza, Rebeca Olvera, and Rosa Bove star. Gianluca Capuano conducts the production by Claudia Blersch.
Performance Date: June 28, 2022
“Il Turco in Italia” features Ildar Abdrazakov, Cecilia Bartoli, Nicola Alaimo, Barry Banks, Giovanni Romeo, Maria José Lo Monaco, and David Astorga. Gianluca Capuano conducts Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco in the production by Jean-Louis Grinda.
Performance Dates: July 3 – 7, 2022
“Rossini-Gala” will spotlight Cecilia Bartoli, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Rolando Villazón, Ildar Abdrazakov, Levy Sekgapane, Alessandro Corbelli, Nicola Alaimo, and Edgardo Rocha. Gianluca Capuano conducts Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco.
Performance date: July 8, 2022
Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” will be performed this season, featuring some of the greatest Wagnerian singers. Axel Kober conducts the production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf.
“Das Rheingold” will spotlight John Lundgren as Wotan, Daniel Behle, Szilvia Vörös, Regine Hangler, Noa Beinart, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Jörg Schneider, Artyom Wasnetsov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy.
Performance Date: May 4-21, 2022
“Die Walküre” stars Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, John Lundgren as Wotan, Lise Davidsen as Sieglinde, and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde. The cast also includes Dmitry Belosselskiy and Szilvia Vörös.
Performance Date: May 8-22, 2022
“Siegfried” showcases Nina Stemme, John Lundgren, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Noa Beinart, Jörg Schneider, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Michael Weinius in the title role.
Performance Date: May 14-26, 2022
Finally, “Götterdämmerung” stars Michael Weinius, Clemens Unterreiner, Dmitry Belosselskiy, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Nina Stemme, Regine Hangler, and Szilvia Vörös.
Performance Date: May 19-29, 2022
Lisette Oropesa, Erwin Schrott, Piotr Beczała, and René Pape will perform concerts in the new season. José Carreras will present a special AbschiedsGala concert.