Erwin Schrott, Catherine Foster & Gabriela Scherer Highlight Staatstheater Wiesbaden’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
Credit: Uwe Arens/Dario Acosta/Tatyana Vlasova

The Staatstheater Wiesbaden has announced its 2020-21 season featuring eight new productions, the Ring Cycle and a number of important revivals.

Here is a look.


Konrad Junghänel conducts a new production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Tilo Nest directing. Ioan Hotea and  Antonio Garés share the role of the count while Silvia Hauer is Rosina and Christopher Bolduc, Benjamin Russell, and Mario Cassi share the title role. Thomas de Vries, José Fardilha, and Young Doo Park round out the cast.

Performance Dates: Sept. 5, 2020-May 21, 2021

Konrad Junghänel conducts a new production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Uwe Eric Laufenberg directing. Benjamin Russell, Christopher Bolduc, and Florian Boesch share the role of the Count, Slávka Zámečníková and Cristina Pasaroiu alternate as the countess, Anna El-Khashem as Susanna, and Konstantin Krimmel, Matias Tosi, and Erwin Schrott, and Heather Engebretson and Silvia Hauer as Cherubino.

Performance Dates: Sept. 6, 2020-May 23, 2021

Alexander Joel conducts Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” in a production by Philipp M.Krenn. The cast includes Aluda Todua, Cristiana Oliveira, Vesselina Kasarova, Jordanka Milkova, Aldo di Toro, Aaron Cawley, and Young Doo Park.

Performance Dates: Sept. 19, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” gets a new production by Evgeny Titov with Patrick Lange conducting. Cornelia Beskow stars in the title role with Andrey Valentiy, Rouwen Huther, Aaron Cawley, Michelle Ryan, Erik Biegel, Timo Riihonen, and Fleuranne Brockway.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2, 2020-April 25, 2021

Strauss’s “Der Zigeunerbaron” is set to get a new production by Marco Štorman. Philipp Pointner conducts the famed operetta with with a cast that includes Benjamin Russell, Klaus Krückemeyer, Marco Jentzsch, Shavleg Armasi, Stella An, Annette Luig, Julian Habermann, Romina Boscolo, and Narine Yeghiyan.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28, 2020-April 23, 2021

Uwe Eric Laufenberg directs a new production of “Il Trittico” with Alexander Joel and Albert Horne conducting.”Il Tabarro” will star Daniel Luis de Vicente as Michele, Aaron Cawley as Luigi, Olesya Golovneva as Giorgetta, and Romina Boscolo as La Frugola.

Golovneva and Boscolo will also star in “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.” De Vicente will also take on the title role of Gianni Schicchi and Ioan Hotea will sing Rinuccio.

Performance Dates: March 13-July 15, 2021

Leo McFall conducts a new production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Matthew Wild directing.

Gabriela Scherer sings the role of Lady Macbeth with Aluda Todua in the title role. Young Doo Park, Ioan Hotea, and Aaron Cawley round out the cast.

Performance Dates: March 28-June 20, 2021

Jörg Widmann’s “Babylon” will receive its premiere in Wiesbaden conducted by Albert Horne and directed by Daniela Kerck. Gloria Rehm, Michelle Ryan, Daniel Jenz, Claudio Otelli, Otto Katzameier, Marina Prudenskaya, Philipp Mathmann, and Thomas Peters star.

Performance Dates: May 1-July 17, 2021




Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” is set to be conducted by Christoph Stiller with Björn Breckheimer, Nyassa Alberta, Dionne Wudu, Manuel Dengler, Frank Bettinger, Tobias Falk, Rainer Maaß, Timo Stacey, and Uwe Kraus.

Performance Dates: Sept. 10, 2020-June 24, 2021

Christoph Stiller conducts Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Sumi Hwang starring in the title role, Andrei Danilov and Aaron Cawley as Rodolfo, Shira Patchornik and Michelle Ryan as Musetta, Christopher Bolduc as Marcello, Benjamin Russell as Schaunard, and Young Doo Park as Colline.

Performance Dates: Oct. 4-Dec. 25, 2020

Kálmán’s “Gräfin Mariza” is set to return to the stage with Christoph Stiller conducting and Betsy Horne, Sabina Cvilak, Thomas Blondelle, Marco Jentzsch, Erik Biegel, and Shira Patchornik.

Performance Dates: Oct. 11, 2020-July 18, 2021

Christoph Stiller and Christina Domnick conduct Humperdinck’s beloved “Hansel and Gretel” with a cast that stars Johannes Martin Kränzle, Thomas de Vries, Sharon Kempton, Fleuranne Brockway, Silvia Hauer, Anna El-Khashem, and Rouwen Huther.

Performance Dates: Dec. 3-31, 2020

Christoph Stiller and Antonello Allemandi share the pit in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Heather Engebretson, Aleksandra Olczyk, and Zuzana Marková as Violetta, Gerard Schneider, Ioan Hotea, and Rame Lahaj, and Jordan Shanahan, Aluda Todua, and Vladislav Sulimsky as Germont.

Performance Dates: Jan. 15-May 2, 2021

Silvia Hauer and Lena Belkina star in Bizet’s “Carmen” alongside Sébastien Guèze as Don José, Frederic Mörth as Escamillo, and Sumi Hwang as Micaëla. Patrick Lange and Christina Domnick conduct.

Performance Dates: March 6-March 27, 2021

Konrad Junghänel conducts Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” with Thomas Blondelle in the title role, Adina Aaron, Anna El-Khashem, Silvia Hauer, Lena Haselmann, and Young Doo Park.

Performance Dates: April 11-July 14, 2021

Verdi’s “Rigoletto” will is set to be conducted by Will Humburg and will star Andrei Danilov, Aluda Todua, Jordan Shanahan, Heather Engebretson, Aleksandra Olczyk, Young Doo Park, Silvia Hauer, and Thomas de Vries.

Performance Dates: June 3-July 16, 2021

Patrick Lange conducts Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” starring Sabina Cvilak, Fleuranne Brockway, Aaron Cawley, and Benjamin Russell.

Performance Dates: June 23-July 3, 2021

Der Ring Des Nibelungen

Patrick Lange conducts the Ring Cycle which is set to feature Derrick Ballard as Wotan, Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, Tilmann Unger, Lance Ryan, and Andreas Schager as Siegfried, Betsy Horne as Sieglinde, and Aaron Cawley, Tilmann Unger, and Klaus Florian Vogt as Siegmund.

The production will also feature Thomas de Vries, Margarete Joswig, Aaron Cawley, Benjamin Russell, Thomas Blondelle, Timo Riihonen, Albert Pesendorfer, Young Doo Park, Paul Kaufmann, Helena Köhne, Young Doo Park, and Albert Pesendorfer.

Ring Cycle 1: Feb. 2-7,2020

Ring Cycle 2: Feb. 14-March 6, 2021

Ring Cycle 3: March 31-April 5 2021

Ring Cycle 4: May 19-24, 2021


The season will also include concerts starring Silvia Hauer, Olga Bezsmertna, Peter Berger, and Young Doo Park.