Five Exciting Debuts Of the Wiener Staatsoper’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

One of the most exciting aspects of a new season is the fact that audiences will get an opportunity to encounter new artists for the very first time. 

This is also the case at the Wiener Staatsoper, which will feature a plethora of debuts in numerous major productions. Here is a look at five stars set to make headlines as they make their first appearances with the renowned company.  Vienna debuts.  

Ausrine Stundyte

The Lithuanian soprano continues to grow her status in the opera world as she brings her acclaimed “Salome” to the Vienna stage after garnering raves in Italy and Berlin. The soprano has quickly been building recognition for her dramatic performances in the operas of Puccini, Strauss, Prokofiev, Boito, and Wagner, among others.

Regula Mühlemann

For years the Swiss coloratura soprano has been making headlines around the world in baroque, bel canto and classical repertoire. Now, for the first time, the soprano will grace the Vienna stage in a new role. She will graduate from Giannetta in “L’Elisir d’Amore” to the lead role of Adina, which she sings in the classic Otto Schenk production.

Brian Jagde

The American tenor will continue to show his promise as he makes yet another major house debut. This season alone he is set to make debuts in Paris, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. After singing throughout Europe and the U.S., he will bring his powerful voice to Vienna audiences for the first time in one of his signature roles, Cavaradossi in “Tosca.”

Michelle Bradley

The American soprano makes her house debut in Vienna building on major successes in Germany, the Metropolitan Opera, and numerous U.S. houses. She also continues to build her Verdi repertoire as she makes her role debut as Leonora in “Il Trovatore,” one of the most challenging and coveted roles in the soprano repertoire.

Christine Goerke

For many it might come as a shock that the dramatic soprano has never sung on the historic Vienna stage. Goerke has become a favorite of the Metropolitan Opera and the Canadian Opera Company and has successfully performed at the Royal Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera, among others. The soprano who has now conquered Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Strauss’ demanding music will bring her acclaimed “Elektra” to Austria for the first time. After singing the role around the world, this is an event not to miss.


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