Julia Bullock, Corinne Winters & Aušrinė Stundytė Lead Oper Köln’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
The Oper Köln has announced its 2020-21 season featuring nine new productions and several revivals. 


The first new production of the season will be Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Michael Hampe directing. Christoph Gedschold, Alfred Eschwé, and Rainer Mühlbach alternate at the pit with Julien Behr as Tamino, Antonina Vesenina, and Emily Hindrichs as the Queen of the Night, Kathrin Zukowski and Aoife Miskelly sharing the role of Pamina, and Matthias Hoffmann and Miljenko Turk alternating as Papageno.

Performance Dates: Oct. 7-Nov. 8, 2020

Benjamin Lazar directs George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” with François-Xavier Roth conducting. The production stars Robin Adams, Jenny Daviet,  Cameron Shahbazi, Judith Thielsen, and Dino Lüthy.

Performance Dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 9, 2020

Burkhard Fritz, Aušrinė Stundytė, Kristiane Kaiser,  Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger, Miljenko Turk, Dalia Schaechter, and Regina Richter star in Korngold’s “Die Todt Stadt” with Tatjana Gürbaca directing the new production. Gabriel Feltz conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 4, 2020-Jan. 2, 2021

Jean Renshaw directs “Der Sturm.” 

Performance Dates: Feb. 21-March 16, 2021

Roderick Williams and Julia Bullock star in the Film Opera “Upload” conducted by Otto Tausk and directed by Michel van der Aa.

Performance Dates: April 16-24, 2021

George Petrou conducts a new production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Ruth Berghaus directing. The cast will include Jack Swanson and Alasdair Kent as Count Almaviva, Renato Girolami as Bartolo, Tara Erraught, and Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa as Rosina, Bjarni Thor Kristinsson as Basilio, and Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger as Figaro.

Performance Dates: May 2-24, 2021

Johannes Erath directs Gounod’s Faust with a cast that includes Anne-Catherine Gillet and Emily Hindrichs sharing the role of Marguerite, Regina Richter, and Samuel Youn. François-Xavier Roth and Arne Willimczik share the podium.

Performance Dates: May 23-June 26, 2021

Hindemith’s “Cardillac” will be directed by Mariusz Trelinski with Tim Murray conducting. Bo Skovhus sings the title role alongside, Ivana Rusko, Martin Koch, Lucas Singer, Young Woo Kim, Judith Thielsen, and Matthias Hoffmann.

Performance Dates: June 13-July 4, 2021

Christian von Götz directs “Mazeltov Rachel’e” featuring music by Goldfaden, Smulewitz, Doctor, Fall, Halévy, Krasznay-Krausz, Olshanetsky, Trilling, Meyerowitz, Offenbach, and Hahn. Dalia Schaechter, John Heuzenroeder, Matthias Hoffmann, and Stefan Hadžic´ star.

Performance Dates: June 4-22, 2021


Comedian Harmonists will be conducted by Rainer Mühlbach and star Dino Lüthy, John Heuzenroeder, Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger, Matthias Hoffmann, and Lucas Singer.

Performance Dates: Sept. 2020

“Heute Abend: Lola Blau” will Katrin Wundsam and pianist Rainer Mühlbach.

Performance Dates: Oct. 10-Nov. 3, 2020

Constantin Trinks and Arne Willimczik conduct Verdi’s La Traviata with Emily Hindrichs and Corinne Winters sharing the title role, Freddie de Tommaso, and Young Woo Kim alternating as Alfredo, and Insik Choi as Germont.

Performance Dates: Dec. 20, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Arne Willimczik conducts a revival of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro starring Insik Choi, Ivana Rusko, Kathrin Zukowski, Matthias Hoffmann, and Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir.

Performance Dates: Feb. 18-March 7, 2021

Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa, Young Woo Kim, David Butt Philip, Martin Muehle, Claudia Rohrbach, Ivana Rusko, Insik Choi, and Samuel Youn star in a revival of Bizet’sCarmen with Christoph Gedschold, Gabriel Feltz, and Arne Willimczik conducting.

Performance Dates: March 10-April 5, 2021

Roman Burdenko sings the title role in Verdi’sRigoletto with Gloria Rehm and Nina Minasyan Gilda, Ante Jerkunica, and Lucas Singer as Sparafucile and Alyona Abramova as Maddalena. Duncan Ward and Gabriel Feltz conduct the revival.

Performance Dates: March 21-April 11, 2021

The season will also include gala evenings, opera for children, and lieder concerts.