Joseph Calleja, Kristine Opolais & Ramón Vargas Highlight Hamburg State Opera’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Hamburg State Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring a number of international singers and six new productions.

Here is a look at what’s in store for operalovers.

New Productions 

The Hamburg State Opera’s first new production of the season will be “Così fan tutte” with Maria Bengtsson, Stephanie Lauricella, Kartal Karagedik, Dovlet Nurgeldiyev, Oleksiy Palchykov, Sylvia Schwartz, and Pietro Spagnoli. Herbert Fritsch directs the new production, which is set to be conducted by Sébastien Rouland.

Performance Dates: Sept. 16-29, 2018

Achim Freyer directs a new production of Schumann’s “Szenen aus Goethes Faust” with Kent Nagano conducting. Elbenita Kajtazi, Christina Gansch Gretchen, Katja Pieweck,  Norbert Ernst, Christian Gerhaher, Alexander Roslavets, and Liang Li star in the rarely performed work.

Performance Dates: Nov. 3-17, 2018

Dmitry Korchak and Maxim Mironov alternate the role of Orphée in a new production of Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice.” Andriana Chuchman and Elbenita Kajtazi also star in John Neumeier’s production, which originally opened at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Los Angeles Opera. Alessandro De Marchi conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9-19, 2019 & June 23, 2019

Dimitri Platanias takes on the title role in Verdi’s “Nabucco” with Oksana Dyka and Alexander Vinogradov rounding out the stellar cast. Paolo Carignani conducts the new production by Kirill Serebrennikov.

Performance Dates: March 17-April 5, 2019

Katie Mitchell directs George Benjamin’s “Lessons in Love and Violence” with Kent Nagano conducting. Philippe Sly, Georgia Jarman, Gyula Orendt, Peter Hoare, and Sam Boden star.

Performance Dates: April 13-20, 2019

Philipp Maintz’s “Thérèse” opens in a new production by Georges Delnon. Nicolas André conducts that stars Marisol Montalvo, Otto Katzameier, Renate Behle, and Tim Severloh.

Performance Dates: May 19-22, 2019

The Ring Cycle 

Lise Lindstrom, Andreas Schager, Stephen Milling, John Lundgren, Robert Dean Smith and Doris Soffel lead an international cast in Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. Kent Nagano conducts Claus Guth’s production.

Das Rheingold: Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 2018 

Die Walküre: Nov. 11-16, 2018

Siegfried: Nov. 18-23, 2018

Götterdämmerung: Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 2018


Nino Machaidze reprises the title role in Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” in a production she created a few years ago. Joseph Calleja is Rodolfo while Roberto Frontali takes on the role of Miller. Vitalij Kowaljow rounds out the cast, which is set to be conducted by Alexander Joel.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 11, 2018

Agneta Eichenholz sings the title role in Handel’s “Alcina” with Franco Fagioli, Sonia Prina, Julia Lezhneva, Narea Son, Ziad Nehme, and  Alin Anca. Riccardo Minasi conducts the revival. 

Performance Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2018

Allison Oakes headlines a revival of Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” with Klaus Florian Vogt and Charles Workman alternating the role of Paul. Roland Kluttig conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2-13, 2018

Rossini’s comedy “Il Turco in Italia” gets an all-star cast led by coloratura soprano Albina Shagimiratova, Paolo Bordogna, operalia winner Levy Sekgapane, and Tigran Martirossian. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-23, 2018

Peter Ruzicka’s rarely performed work “Benjamin” gets a revival conducted by the composer himself. Lini Gong, Dorottya Láng, Andreas Conrad, Dietrich Henschel, Tigran Martirossian, Marta Świderska, and Günter Schaupp star.

Performance Dates: Oct. 14-19, 2018

Maria José Siri and Kristine Opolais share the title role in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut.” Jorge de León is Des Grieux while Kartal Karagedik and Dalibor Jenis alternate Lescaut.

Performance Dates: Nov. 13-29, 2018 & March 21-29, 2019

Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Puccini’s “Tosca” with Kristin Lewis in the title role, Marcelo Puente, and Roberto Frontali.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 15, 2018

Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” gets a revival with two separate casts. Christoph Gedschold conducts Nadezhda Karyazina, Alexey Bogdanchikov, and Oleksiy Palchykov in the first cast. In March, Antonino Siragusa, Julia Lezhneva, and Franco Vassallo takeover with Diego Fasolis at the pit.

Performance Dates: Dec. 1-11, 2018 & March 22-30, 2019

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” will be revived starring Alexander Roslavets and Andrea Mastroni alternating Sarastro, Jessica Pratt as the Queen of the Night, Oleksiy Palchykov and Dovlet Nurgeldiyev sharing the role of Tamino, and Elbenita Kajtazi as Pamina.

Performance Dates: Dec. 21, 2018-Jan. 4, 2019

Kent Nagano leads an all-star vocal team in Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten.” Eric Cutler, Lise Lindstrom, Emily Magee, Linda Watson, and Wolfgang Koch take on the lead roles.

Performance Dates: Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 9, 2019

Maria Bengtsson, Nadezhda Karyazina, Dmytro Popov, and Gábor Bretz lead Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with Paolo Arrivabeni in the pit. Calixto Bieto’s production returns to the stage.

Performance Dates: Jan. 8-18, 2019

Christophe Dumaux, Kurt Streit, and Sara Mingardo star in Monteverdi’s “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” 

Performance Dates: Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2019

Nadezhda Karyazina sings the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen” with Marco Berti and Martin Muehle alternating the role of Don José. Alexander Vinogradov and Gábor Bretz sing Escamillo, while Ruzan Mantashyan is Micaëla. Jonas Kaufmann and Clémentine Margaine sing one performance in April, while Lorenzo Viotti and Pier Giorgio Morandi alternate at the pit.

Performance Dates: Feb. 7-22, 2019 & April 11-16, 2019

Arturo Chacón-Cruz adds star power to Verdi’s “Rigoletto”  with rising star Kristina Mkhitaryan and Markus Brück in the title role. Carlo Rizzari conducts the Verdi masterpiece.

Performance Dates: March 12-15, 2019

Verdi’s “La Traviata” comes back with an all-star cast that includes Irina Lungu in the lead role, Stephen Costello, and Simone Piazzola. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: March 14-19, 2019

Kartal Karagedik, Nadine Koutcher, Elbenita Kajtazi, Georg Nigl, and Lilly Jørstad take on the lead roles in Mozart’s masterful comedy “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Volker Krafft conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 23-March 5, 2019

Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” gets a revival with Carmen Giannattasio and Ramón Vargas in the lead roles. Kartal Karagedik, Judit Kutasi, and Katharina Konradi round out the cast, which will be conducted by Stefan Ranzani.

Performance Dates: March 24-April 6, 2019

Simone Schneider headlines Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio,” alongside Eric Cutler as Florestan and Kent Nagano at the pit.

Performance Dates: April 9-24, 2019

“Parsifal” gets revived with Robert Dean Smith in the title role, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Kwangchul Youn, Vladimir Baykov, and Egils Silins as the other leading figures of this musica drama. Kent Nagano conducts Wagner’s final opera.

Performance Dates: April 19-May 12, 2019

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Dovlet Nurgeldiyev star in Donizetti’s comic gem “L’ Elisir d’Amore.” Alexey Bogdanchikov and Alexander Roslavets round out the cast.

 Performance Dates: April 23-May 3 2019

Anja Kampe, Marco Berti, and Claudio Sgura star in Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” with Josep Caballé-Domenech conducting Vincent Boussard’s production.

Performance Dates: March 7-19, 2019

Kate Aldrich takes on the lead role in Offenbach’s “La Belle Hélène” alongside Max Emanuel Cencic. Nathan Brock conducts.

Performance Dates: May 14-24, 2019

“Don Carlos” is set to star Gábor Bretz, Pavel Cernoch, Alexey Bogdanchikov, Luigi De Donato, Lianna Haroutounian, and Elena Zhidkova.

Performance Dates: May 26-June 9, 2019

Christiane Karg takes on the title role in Strauss’ rarely performed “Daphne” alongside Zoran Todorovich and Michael Schade. Christof Prick conducts Christof Loy’s production.

Performance Dates: May 31-June 12, 2019

Bo Skovhus takes the title role in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” with Ruzan Mantashyan and Elena Guseva alternating the role of Tatiana. Paata Burchuladze and Oleksiy Palchykov round out the cast with Nathan Brock conducting.

Performance Dates: June 5-13, 2019