Marlis Petersen, Max Emanuel Cencic & Christophe Dumaux Headline Theater An Der Wien’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Theater an der Wien has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring numerous operas by Weber, Handel, and Tchaikovsky.

The season will include a number of productions, concert performances, recitals and chamber operas.


Marlis Petersen, David Hansen, Mirella Hagen, Katarina Bradić, Rainer Trost, Florian Köfler, and Tölzer Sängerknabe star in a production of Handel’s “Alcina.” Stefan Gottfried conducts Tatjana Gürbaca’s production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 15-26, 2018

Torsten Fischer’s directs a new production of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” with John Osborn, Christoph Pohl, and Jane Archibald starring. Diego Matheuz conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 13-27, 2018

René Jacobs conducts a production of Handel’s “Teseo” by Moshe Lesier and Patrice Caurier. Gaëlle Arquez and Christophe Dumaux star.

Performance Dates: Nov. 14-25, 2018

Weber’s “Euryanthe” gets a new production by Christof Loy with Jacquelyn Wagner, Norman Reinhardt, and Andrew Foster-Williams.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12-31, 2018

Purcell’s “King Arthur” is set to star Robin Johannsen, Rodrigo Sosa Dal Pozzo, Jörg Gudzuhn, and Michael Rotschopf.

Performance Dates: Jan. 17-30, 2019
Christian Gerhaher stars in Mendelssohn’s “Elias” in a production by Calixto Bieto. Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the oratorio.
Performance Dates: Feb. 16-27, 2019

Tchaikovsky’s “The Maid of Orleans” is set to star Oksana Volkova with Willard White and Dmitry Golovnin. Lotte de Beer directs a production by Oksana Lyniv.

Performance Dates: March 16-27, 2019
Claus Guth directs a new production of Handel’s “Orlando” starring Christophe Dumaux, Anna Prohaska, Florian Boesch, and Giulia Semenzato. Giovanni Antonini conducts.
Performance Dates: April 14-28, 2019

The season concludes with Weber’s “Oberon” starring Annette Dasch, Mauro Peter, and Vincent Wolfsteiner. Nikolaus Habjan directs while Thomas Guggeis conducts.

Performance Dates: May 13-19, 2019
Concert Opera

Vinci’s “Gismondo, re di Polonia” gets a rare performance with Max Emanuel Cencic starring. Yuriy Mynenko, Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk, Dilyara Idrisova, and Sophie Juncker also star. Martyna Pastuszka conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 25, 2018

Franco Fagioli stars in the title role of Handel’s “Serse” alongside Vivica Genaux, Francesca Aspromonte, Inga Kalna, and Delphine Galou. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts il pomo d’oro.

Performance Dates: Oct. 22, 2018

Salieri’s “Tarare” gets one performance with Jean-Sébastien Bou, Karine Deshayes, Cyrille Dubois, and Tassis Christoyannis. Christophe Rousset conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov 24, 2018
Julia Doyle, Hilary Summers, Joshua Ellicott, and David Wilson-Johnson star in Handel’s “Messiah.” Robert King conducts The King’s Consort.
Performance Dates: Dec. 16, 2018

Weber’s “Peter Schmoll” takes the stage with Roberto Paternostro conducting the rare work. Paul Armin Edelmann takes on the title role with Thorsten Grümbel, Jenna Siladie, and Sebastian Kohlhepp.

Performance Dates: Jan. 23, 2019

Aleksei Isayev takes the title role in Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa” with Olga Tolkmit and Igor Morozov. Eugeny Brazhnik conducts Orchester und Chor der Helikon Oper Moskau.

Performance Dates: Feb. 21, 2019

Elena Mikhailenko takes the title role in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and “Undine.”  Eugeny Brazhnik conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 22, 2019

Tuomas Katajala and Johanni van Oostrum star in Weber’s “Der Freischütz” with Laurence Equilbey conducting the Insula Orchestra.

Performance Dates: March 22, 2019

Max Emanuel Cencic, Ruxandra Donose, Julia Lezhneva, and Pavel Kudinov star in Handel’s “Orlando Furioso.” George Petrou conducts.

Performance Dates: March 26, 2019

Filippo Mineccia sings the title role in Handel’s “Rinaldo” with Dara Savinova, Ekaterina Bakanova, Eric Jurenas, and Riccardo Novaro.

Performance Dates: April 27, 2019


Elizabeth Kulman performs a recital with music by Georges Bizet, Cole Porter, Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert, W. A. Mozart, Richard Wagner, Kurt Weill, Giuseppe Verdi, and Richard Strauss.


The season will also include a number of chamber operas including “Die Zauberinsel,” “Krieg und Frieden,” “Candide,” “Don Carlos,” and “L’Enfant/Olympia.”