Five Major Stars To Look Out For At The Wiener Staatsoper in 2019-20

By Francisco Salazar

The Wiener Staatsoper has announced its 2019-20 season featuring 58 operas and six new productions. It’s a season stacked with stars and a number of incredible productions. And within those productions a number of major artists will make major debuts, role debuts and will open high profile performances. For this list we have singled out five singers who will sing in multiple productions and are sure to make waves throughout the season.

Aida Garifullina

The young Russian’s diva power continues to rise next season as she takes her career to the next level. After making successful runs in smaller roles and singing a few scant lead roles, she is set to take on two of the most popular heroines and her biggest roles to date.

First, she takes on her first Mimì in Puccini’s “La Bohème” after major success as Musetta and then she makes her highly anticipated role debut as Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in summer.

Marina Rebeka

Marina Rebeka continues to make bold choices as she builds on her repertoire and impresses Vienna audiences with her stage presence and impeccable voice. After singing three new roles in the 2018-19 season, the soprano will reprise her Amelia in “Simon Boccanegra” and add the roles of Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin” and Leonora in “Il Trovatore” in 2019-20, demonstrating not only her dramatic strength but her technical prowess.

Plácido Domingo

He celebrated his 50th anniversary and sang his 4,000th performance with the company, but that doesn’t seem to be slowing the Domingo down. The singer will continue to break records by bringing two of his signature Verdi roles to the Vienna stage. First he will take on the title role of “Macbeth” followed by the title role in “Nabucco.” On top of that he will conduct performances of “La Traviata” and the ensemble gala concert.

Waltraud Meier

The legendary singer continues to impress audiences around the world and this season she will return to Vienna for her signature Waltraute in “Götterdämmerung” and Klytamnestra in “Elektra.” And to top it off she will add the role of Herodias in “Salome,” a juicy character that will likely show off her dramatic skills.

Maria Gritskova

The Russian mezzo-soprano has become one of the most prominent members of the young generation in the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera and next season she will participate in four productions with the company. She will bring her acclaimed interpretations of “La Cenerentola,” Olga in “Eugene Onegin,” Orlofsky in “Die Fledermaus,’ and Mascha in “Three Sisters.” The mezzo will also participate in a gala concert for ensemble members.


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