Anna Netrebko, Klaus-Florian Vogt & Emily Magee Headline Semperoper Dresden’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Semperoper Dresden has announced its slate for 2019-20, which will include seven new productions to go along with 23 revivals.

New Productions 

Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims” is directed by Laura Scozzi with a cast that includes Elena Gorshunova, Maria Kataeva, Tuuli Takala, Iulia Maria Dan, Taylor Stayton, Edgardo Rocha, Georg Zeppenfeld, Maurizio Muraro, Martin-Jan Nijhof, Christoph Pohl, Tilmann Rönnebeck, Beomjin Kim, Roxana Incontrera, Christiane Hossfeld, and Gerald Hupach. Francesco Lanzillotta conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 28-Nov. 11, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber conducts a new production of Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” directed by Calixto Bieito. Hila Baggio, Katerina von Bennigsen, Christina Bock, Christopher Ainslie, Michael Hauenstein, Sabine Brohm, Gerhard Siegel, Markus Marquardt, Aaron Pegram, and Matthias Henneberg star in the production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 3-29, 2019

Georg Zeppenfeld headlines a a new production “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” with Christian Thielemann conducting. Klaus-Florian Vogt sings Walther in a new production by Jens-Daniel Herzog.

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 16, 2020

Offenbachs’ “Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein” gets a new production with Anne Schwanewilms, Daniel Prohaska, Maximilian Mayer, Katerina von Bennigsen, and Martin Winkler. Josef E. Köpplinger directs the new production with Jonathan Darlington conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 29-March 26, 2020 & July 1 & 7, 2020

Amon Miyamoto directs a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Hrachuhí Bassénz taking on the title role. Christa Mayer, Freddie de Tommaso, and Christoph Pohl round out the cast with Lorenzo Viotti conducting.

Performance Dates: April 26-May 31, 2020

Anna Netrebko makes her role debut as Elisabetta in a new production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo.” Vera Nemirova directs the new production, which is set to star Yusif Eyvazov, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ildar Abdrzakov and Georg Zeppenfeld. Christian Thielemann conducts the star-studded cast.

Performance Dates: May 23-June 1, 2020

Torsten Rasch’s “Die Andere Frau” gets a new production with a cast that includes Markus Marquardt, Evelyn Herlitzius, Stepanka Pucalkova, and Sussan Deyhim. Immo Karaman directs the new production with Roland Kluttig conducting.

Performance Dates: June 3-24, 2020


Sarah Maria Sun, Tahnee Niboro, Grace Durham, Karen Bandelow Stepanka Pucalkova, and Carolin Löffler headline Philip Venables’ “4.48 Psychose.” Max Renne conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7-15, 2019

Rachel Willis-Sørensen sings the title role in Handel’s “Alcina” alongside Christina Bock, Tuuli Takala, Delphine Galou, Simeon Esper, Sebastian Wartig, and Mitglied des Tölzer Knabenchor. Ottavio Dantone conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: March 29-April 2, 2020

“Cabaret” returns to the company with Max Renne conducting a cast that includes Aaron Pegram, Julia Gámez Martín, Simeon Esper, Sabine Brohm, Gerald Hupach, Rüdiger Hauffe, and Manja Stein.

Performance Dates: Jan. 15-29, 2020

Iulia Maria Dan, Christina Bock, Ute Selbig, Joseph Dennis, Lawson Anderson, and Martin-Jan Nijhof star in a revival of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” with Jonathan Darlington conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 15-Feb. 24, 2020

Christoph Gedschold conducts a revival of Weber’s “Der Freischutz” with Sebastian Wartig, Bernd Zettisch, Mandy Fredrich, Katerina von Bennigsen, Matthias Henneberg, Tomislav Mužek, and Tilmann Rönnebeck.

Performance Dates: Dec. 19, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020

Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Emily Magee alternate the role of the Marschallin in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” with Christina Bock as Octavian and Nikola Hillebrand as Sophie. Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conducts a cast that also includes Albert Pesendorfer as Baron Ochs.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-31, 2019

“Die Entführung aus dem Serail” returns with Hulkar Sabirova, Katerina von Bennigsen, Joseph Dennis, Aaron Pegram, Dimitry Ivashchenko, and Jaron Löwenberg in the lead roles. Kristiina Poska conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: Sept. 6-Oct. 7, 2019

In time for the holiday season, Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” will get a revival with Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Mandy Fredrich, Christa Mayer, Katerina von Bennigsen, and Sebastian Wartig. John Fiore conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 20, 2019-Jan. 11, 2020

Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” stars Iulia Maria Dan, Pavol Breslik, Tilmann Rönnebeck, Simeon Esper, and Matthias Henneberg with Srba Dinić conducting.

Performance Dates: May 30-June 6, 2020

“Die Zauberflöte” will get a plethora of performances with Joseph Dennis, Klaus-Florian Vog, and Tomislav Muzek as Tamino. Olga Pudova, Rocio Pérez, and Christina Poulitsi star as the Queen of the night while Tuuli Takala and Evelin Novak alternate as Pamina. Tilmann Rönnebeck and Georg Zeppenfeld will appear as Sarastro with conductors at the helm.

Performance Dates: Sept. 5, 7 & Nov. 30 – Dec. 14 , 2019 & Jan. 24-Feb. 22 & March 5, 8 & April 12-May 15 & June 11-July 6, 2020


“Eugene Onegin” takes the stage with Christoph Pohl in the title role and Hrachuhi Bassénz as Tatiana. Pavol Breslik and Stepanka Pucalkova round out the cast. Omer Meir Wellber conducts.

Performance Dates: July 3-5, 2020

Fidelio” takes the stage with three Florestan interpreters, including Brukhard Fritz, Stephen Gould, and Klaus-Florian Vogt. Elisabeth Teige and Elena Pankratova alternate as Leonore while Georg Zeppenfeld and Falk Struckmann take on Rocco. John Fiore conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 11, 2019 & May 28-June 5, 2020

Hansel and Gretel” will feature Christina Bock and Iulia Maria Dan in the title roles. Srba Dinic conducts Humperdinck’s masterpiece.

Performance Dates: Dec. 13-21, 2019

Il Barbiere di Siviglia” takes the stage with a wide number of casts. Mert Süngu, Levy Sekgapane, and Taylor Stayton alternate the Conte d’Almaviva while Stepanka Pucalkova, Marina Viotti, and Jana Kurucová all assume the role of Rosina. Sebastian Wartig and Christoph Pohl alternate Figaro. Alessandro De Marchi and Ottavio Dantone both conduct separate performances of the Rossini comedy.

Performance Dates: April 19-28, 2020 & May 7-9, 2020 & June 12-30, 2020

Puccini’s “La Bohème” takes the stage with a cast that includes Liparit Avetisyan, Joseph Calleja, Stephen Costello, and Tomislav Muzek alternating as Rodolfo. The Mimì interpreters include Hrahuhi Bassénz, Iulia Maria Dan, and Maija Kavalevska. As Musetta, audiences will also see Iulia Maria Dan, Katerina von Bennigsen, and Julia Muzychenko. Pietro Rizzi, Antonino Fogliani, and Daniele Callegari, all conduct.

Verdi’s “La Traviata” will star Julia Maria Dan in the title role with Liparit Avetisyan as Alfredo. Christoph Pohl and Andrzej Dobber alternate as Germont. Stefano Ranzani conducts the production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 9-27, 2019

Christoph Pohl and Sebastian Wartig alternate as the Count Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro” which will also feature Julia Maria Dan and Hrachuhi Bassénz both sharing the role of the Countess. Carolina Lippo stars as Susanna and Lawson Anderson takes on Figaro. Omer Meir Wellber conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29, Oct. 10, 2019 & March 25-April 4, 2019

Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” will star Eric Cutler and Burkhard Fritz alternating the title role. As the three heroines, audiences will see Nina Minasyan and Julia Muzychenko as Olympia, while Hrachuhi Bassénz appears as Antonia. Ekaterina Morozova plays Giuletta. John Fiore conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 11, Dec. 01, 2019 & April 7-17, 2020

Meyebeer’s “Les Huguenots” gets a revival a revival with Venera Gimadieva as Marguerite di Valois. Other cast members include Hulkar Sabirova and Christoph Pohl. Stefan Soltesz conducts.

Performance Dates: March 15-21, 2020

Tuuli Takala stars in the title role of “Lucia di Lammermoor” with Pavol Breslik as Edgardo and Aleksei Isaev as Enrico. Stefano Ranzani conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 9, 18, 2019 & Jan. 2, 2020

Verdi’s “Nabucco” takes the stage with conductors Omer Meir Wellber and Daniele Callegari. Andrzej Dobber and Antonio Yang alternate the title role while Anna Smirnova takes on Abigaile.

Performance Dates: Nov. 8-Dec. 6, 2019

Rolando Villazón’s production of “Platée” gets a revival with Philippe Talbot in the title role. The remaining cast includes Sebastian Wartig, Mark Milhofer, and Julia Maria Dan.

Performance Date: April 8-23, 2020

Verdi’s “Rigoletto” will star Antonio Ynag, Andrzej Dobber, and Markus Marquardt in the title role. Pavol Breslik takes on the Duke and Erin Morley and Elena Gorshunova alternate as Gild. Antonio Fogliani conducts.

Performance Date: June 10-26, 2029

Puccini’s “Tosca” will star Kristine Opolais, Angela Gheorghiu, and Emily Magee alternating the title role. Andeka Gorrotzategi, Riccardo Massi, and Teodor Ilincai will also appear as Cavaradossi. As Scarpia, audiences will see Alexey Markov, Andrzej Dobber, and Markus Marquardt. Giampaolo Bisanti, Daniele Callegari, and Antonio Fogliani conduct.

Performance Dates: Sept. 12-21 & Nov. 1-14, 2019 & Feb. 12-March 7, 2020