Eva-Maria Westbroek & Atalla Ayan Highlight Staatsoper Stuttgart’s 2019-20 season

By Francisco Salazar

The Staatsoper Stuttgart has partially announced its 2019-20 season. While the full line up of revivals, dates, and cast has not been announced, the company revealed six intriguing new productions and a number of stars making role debut and house debuts.

Here is a first look before the full reveal.

The first new production of the season will be a five-act “Don Carlo” in French. The Verdi masterwork sees Cornelius Meister conducting Lotte de Beer’s new production.

Massimo Giordano will sing the title role with Björn Bürger making his role debut as Posa and Olga Busuioc singing her first Elisabeth of Valois. Goran Jurić will take on the role of Filippo, while Falk Struckmann will sing the Grand Inquisitor.

Premiere Date: Oct. 27, 2019

Christiane Pohle will direct a new production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Roland Kluttig conducting an ensemble of rising stars.

Michael Nagl and Andrew Bogard share the title role, while Esther Dierkes and Josefin Feiler alternate as Susanna. Johannes Kammler and Jarrett Ott will alternate as Count Almaviva and Mandy Fredrich will sing the Countess, sharing the role with Olga Busuioc. Diana Haller and Ida Ränzlöv round out the cast as Cherubino.

Premiere Date: Dec. 1, 2019

At the opening of the second spring festival, the curtain will rise for the new production “Boris.” The artistic team will interweave Modest Mussorgsky’s musical folk drama “Boris Godunov” in this new production with the world premiere of Sergei Newskis “Secondhand-Zeit,” commissioned by the Stuttgart State Opera.

The production stars Adam Palka in the role of  Boris Godunov and KS Matthias Klink as Prince Vasilij.

Premiere Date: Feb. 2, 2020

Schubert’s “Winterreise” will get a new production by Hans Zender. The new interpretation will feature tenor and a small orchestra.

The evening will also include Zender’s “Don Quijote de la Mancha.” Ks. Matthias Klink will perform the Winterreise with Stefan Schreiber conductng.

Premiere Date: March 1, 2020

Antonio Vivaldi’s oratorio “Juditha triumphans” will be staged with the company for the first time.

Stefano Montanari will conduct the production by Silvia Costa with Rachael Wilson and Stine Marie Fischer starring.

Premiere Date: March 22, 2020

Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Salvatore Sciarrino’s chamber opera “Luci mie traditrici” will be featured in a new double bill with a new production by Barbara Frey.

General Music Director Cornelius Meister conducts the orchestra with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza and Arnold Rutkowski as Turiddu. Ks. Helene Schneiderman sings Lucia while Dimitris Tiliakos sings the role of Alfio.

In Sciarrino’s work, Rachael Wilson debuts the role of La Malaspina and Elmar Gilbertsson is a servant.

Premiere Date: June 28, 2020


Because the complete season will not be announced until May 23, here is a rundown of some of the stars making big headlines.

Cornelius Meister will conduct Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” with Daniel Behle in the title role, Simone Schneider as Elsa and Okka von der Damerau as Ortrud. He will also conduct the composer’s “Tristan and Isolde” with Catherine Naglestad as Isolde and Daniel Brenna as  Tristan.

Meister will also lead Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” with Mingjie Lei as Tamino, Josefin Feiler as Pamina, Björn Bürger as Papageno, and Beate Ritter as the Queen of the Night. Meister will also conduct “Elektra” by Strauss with Marjorie Owens, Simone Schneider as Chrysothemis, and Shigeo Ishino as Orestes.

Verdi’s “La Traviata” also returns with Friedrich Haider conducting Elena Tsallagova in her house debut and Pavel Valuzhin as Alfredo.

Prokofiev’s “The Love for Three Oranges” will get a revival as well as Weber’s “Der Freischütz” with Matthias Klink, Laura Wilde, and Josefin Feiler.

Boito’s “Mefistofele” will see Adam Palka in the title role, while Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” will bring Atalla Ayan to the title role with Daniele Rustioni conducting.