Juan Diego Flórez, Anna Netrebko & Nina Stemme To Be Featured In Vienna State Opera’s 2018-19 Season

By David Salazar

The Vienna State Opera has announced the 2018-19 season, which is incidentally the company’s 150-anniversary year.  The season will include six new productions, including a world premiere production. Here is a breakdown of what’s to come.

New Productions (In Order of Opening)

Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” will be the first new production, starting on Oct. 14, 2018. David McVicar directs while Alain Altinoglu conducts an ensemble that includes Brandon Jovanovich, Adam Plachetka, Anna Caterina Antonacci, and Joyce DiDonato.

Performance Dates: Oct. 14 – Nov. 4, 2018

The world premiere of “Die Weiden” is set to follow. The work, by Johannes Maria Staud and libretto by Durs Grunbein, will star Tomasz Konieczny, Rachel Frenkel, Herbert Lippert, Thomas Ebenstein, and Andrea Carroll. Ingo Metzmacher conducts while Andrea Moses directs.

Performance Dates: Dec. 8- 20, 2018

The company will also showcase “Was Is Los Bei Den Enakos?, a children’s opera that will be making its world premiere.

Performance Dates:  Jan. 26, 2019

Olga Peretyakto-Mariotti will headline a new production of “Lucia Di Lammermoor” with Laurent Pelly directing and Evelino Pidò conducting. Juan Diego Flórez stars as Edgardo, George Petean takes on Enrico, and Jongmin Park appears as Raimondo.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9-21, 2019

“Orest” by Manfred Trojabn makes its premiere at the Vienna State Opera with Thomas Johannes Mayer in the title role alongside Evelyn Herlitzius, Audrey Luna, Thomas Ebenstein, Daniel Johansson, and Laura Aikin. Michael Boder conducts and Marco Arturo Marelli directs and set designs the production.

Performance Dates: March 31-April 13, 2019

Stephen Gould, Camilla Nylund, Evelyn Herlitzius, Wolfgang Koch and Nina Stemme star in “Die Frau Ohne Schatten,” which will be directed by Vincent Huguet and conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Performance Dates: May 25-June 10, 2019

Aleksandrs Antonenko brings his signature role “Otello” to the company alongside Olga Bezsmertna and Vladislav Sulimsky in a new production by Adrian Noble. Myung-Whun Chung conducts.

Performance Dates: June 20-30, 2019

Repertory (In Alphabetical Order)

Verdi’s ”Aida” gets four performances starring Gregory Kunde, Elena Guseva, Simone Piazzola, and Ekaterina Gubanova. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Performance Dates: June 19- 29, 2019

In May, Anna Netrebko stars in “Andrea Chénier” alongside husband Yusif Eyvazov and Marco Vratogna under Marco Armiliato. Gregory Kunde, Luca Salsi, and Tatiana Serjan headline an earlier run of the showcase that will be conducted by Frédéric Chaslin.

Performance Dates: Jan. 6- 15, 2019; May 20-31, 2019

Emily Magee stars in Strauss’s “Arabella” opposite Tomasz Konieczny. Axel Kober conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 2-8, 2019

Stephen Gould, Adrianna Pieczonka, Daniela Fally, and Sophie Koch lead the cast for “Ariadne Auf Naxos,” under conductor Patrick Lange.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7-13, 2018

“Un Ballo in Maschera” returns to the Vienna stage with Ramón Vargas, Roberto Frontali, and Elena Pankratova. Giampaolo Bisanti conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 3, 2018

Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” gets a run starring Jinxu Xiahou, Daniela Fally and Adrian Erod in October. In January, the work returns with Ryan Speedo Green, Pavel Kolgatin, and Adam Plachetka while Juan Diego Flórez returns to his signature role alongside Alessio Arduini and Margarita Gritskova in May. Evelino Pidò, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, and Michael Guttler conduct.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-4, 2018; Jan. 7-13, 2019;  May 18- 21, 2019

Bryan Hymel and Benjamin Bernheim alternate the role of Rodolfo in “La Bohème,” while Marina Rebeka and Olga Bezsmertna appear as Mimì, Speranza Scappucci conducts both runs of the Zeffirelli production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 23-29, 2018; April 4-15, 2019

Bizet’s “Carmen” will showcase Clémentine Margaine and Marcelo Alvarez alongside Anita Hartig and Erwin Schrott.

Performance Dates: Sept. 6-12, 2018

The famed “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” double bill graces the stage with the likes of Elina Garanca, Yonghoon Lee, Marina Rebeka, and Fabio Sartori.

Performance Dates: March 11-23, 2019

Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” gets a showcase with Michael Spyres, Alessio Arduini, Elena Maximova, Adam Plachetka, and Pietro Spagnoli.

Performance Dates: Jan. 28-Feb. 6, 2019

“Dantons Tod” gets another revival with Tomasz Konieczny in the title role. Michael Boder conducts.

Performance Dates: May 22-29, 2019

Lise Lindstrom takes on the title role of “Elektra” with Anna Gabler, Herbert Lippert, René Pape, and Iris Vermillion rounding out the cast. Waltraud Meier is also set to star as Klytemnestra for two performances.

Performance Dates: Oct. 16-25, 2018

Aida Garifullina and Andrea Carroll rotate the role of Adina while Benjamin Bernheim, Saimir Pirgu, and Francesco Meli play Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Speranza Scappucci conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 31-Nov. 8, 2018; Feb. 24-March 5, 2019; June 17-25, 2019

Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” gets a revival with Olga Bezsmertna as Tatiana and Alexey Markov as Onegin. Dmitry Korchak stars as Lenski.

Performance Dates: Oct. 5-13, 2018

Carlos Alvarez appears as “Falstaff” alongside Simon Keenlyside, Olga Bezsmertna, and Jinxu Xiahou. James Conlon conducts

Performance Dates: Jan. 23-30, 2019

Brandon Jovanovich appears as Florestan alongside Anne Schwanewilms’ Leonore in Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Adam Fischer conducts.

Performance Dates: April 23-May2, 2019

Four separate casts take on “Die Fledermaus” with the likes of Annette Dasch, Olga Bezsmertna, Daniela Fally, and Ramón Vargas starring throughout the run.

Performance Dates: Dec. 31-Jan. 5, 2019

“Der Freischütz” gets a run of performances with Anna Gabler, Tomasz Konieczny, and Falk Struckmann leading the way. Sebastian Weigle conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8-14, 2018

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” gets a few performances with two different casts. Markus Werba and Peter Mattei take on the title role while Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, Rolando Villazón, and Adam Plachetka are among the other singers to appear in the production.

Performance Dates: Nov.14-18, 2018; March 10-17, 2019

Donna Ellen and Margaret Plummer star in “Hansel und Gretel” with Axel Kober conducting.  

Performance Dates: Dec. 13-23, 2018

“Idomeneo” gets a revival with Valentina Nafornita, Bernard Richter, Rachel Frenkel, and Marina Rebeka. Tomás Netopil conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 16-22, 2019

Andreas Schager stars as “Lohengrin” alongside Elza van den Heever, Evgeny Nikitin, and Petra Lang. Simone Young conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 23-Nov. 7, 2018

Tatiana Serjan, George Petean, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Jinxu Xiahou star in Verdi’s “Macbeth” with James Conlon conducting.

Performance Dates: May 5- 14, 2019

Ana Maria Martinez and Lianna Haroutounian alternate the title role in “Madama Butterfly” with Teodor Ilincai and Andrea Carè as Pinkerton. Gabriel Bermúdez will play Sharpless throughout the run.

Performance Dates: Nov. 6-11, 2018; Dec. 1-7, 2018

Nino Machaidze and Juan Diego Flórez star in “Manon” with Frédéric Chaslin conducting.

Performance Dates: June 1-13, 2019

Luca Salsi and Liudmyla Monastyrka headline Verdi’s “Nabucco” with Paolo Carignani conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 6-12, 2018

Two cast make up Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Erwin Schrott, Alessio Arduini, Golda Schultz, Olga Bezsmertna, and Valentina Nafornita all star in the runs.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-18, 2018; March 4-9, 2019

Simon O’Neill takes on the title role of Wagner’s “Parsifal” with René Pape, Matthias Goerne, and Elena Zhidkova. Valery Gergiev conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: April 18-24, 2019

Ambrogio Maestri leads the cast in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” with Andrea Carroll and Rene Barbera. Michele Pertusi, Irina Lungu, and Dmitry Korchak lead the second cast.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2018; June 8-14, 2019

Joseph Calleja, Christopher Maltman, and Aida Garifullina make up an all-star cast for Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”

Performance Dates: May 1-16, 2019

Camilla Nylund sings the title role in Dvorak’s “Rusalka” with Brandon Jovanovich,  Nadia Krasteva, and Jongmin Park.

Performance Dates: Nov. 15-22, 2018

Gun-Brit Barkmin sings her signature “Salome” in Strauss’ early work based on Oscar Wilde’s play.

Performance Dates: April 22-28, 2019

Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” returns with Plácido Domingo in the title role, Francesco Meli, and Eleonora Buratto. Philippe Auguin conducts.

Performance Dates: March 22-April 1, 2019

Kristine Opolais, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Nina Stemme take turns in the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca.” They are joined by Piotr Beczala and Vittorio Grigolo, alternating Cavaradossi and Carlo Alvarez, Thomas Hampson, and Marco Vratogna sharing Scarpia.

Performance Dates: Jan. 14-18, 2019; Feb. 7-17, 2019; June 15-23, 2019

Albina Shagimuratova and Ekaterina Siurina alternate Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” They are joined by Saimir Pirgu, Pavol Breslik, Simon Keenlyside, and Ludovic Tezier. Marco Armiliato and Evelino Pidò share conducting duties.

Performance Dates: Sept. 16-23; Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2019

Anna Smirnova takes on the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot” with Alfred Kim and Dinara Alieva.  Domingo Hindoyan conducts. 

Performance Dates: April 6-16, 2019

Dmitry Korchak and Sophie Koch lead the cast of Massenet’s “Werther” with Frédéric Chaslin conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22-28, 2018

René Pape, Benjamin Bernheim, Valentina Nafornita, and Hila Fahima star in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 15-30, 2018

The Ring Cycle

The Vienna State Opera will revive its production of Wagner’s epic tetralogy “The Ring Cycle.” Tomasz Konieczny leads the cast as Wotan with Evelyn Herlitzius taking on her signature Brünnhilde and Stephen Gould as the heroic Siegfried. The cast will also include Sophie Koch, Catherine Naglestad, Christopher Ventris, Waltraud Meier, and Falk Struckmann.

Das Rheingold: Jan. 8, 2019

Die Walkure: Jan. 12, 2019

Siegfried: Jan. 16, 2019

Gotterdammerung: Jan. 20, 2019