Piotr Buszewski, Christiane Libor & Tomasz Konieczny Lead Oper Leipzig’s 2023-24 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Germany’s Oper Leipzig has announced its 2023-24 season featuring five new productions.


Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Majesty and Madness” will be presented in a production by Marlene Hahn. Samuel Emanuel conducts a cast that includes Marie-Luise Dreßen and Franz Xaver Schlecht.

Performance Dates: Sept. 21-24, 2023

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” will be conducted by Jonathan Darlington, Ivan Repušić, Christoph Gedschold, and Matthias Foremny. Matthias Davids directs the new production which will star Randall Jakobsh, Yorck Felix Speer, David Fischer, Matthias Stier, Sven Hjörleifsson, Julia Sitkovetsky, Gloria Rehm, Samantha Gaul, Olena Tokar, Jonathan Michie, and Franz Xaver Schlecht.

Performance Dates: Oct. 28, 2023-March 16, 2024

Thea Musgrave’s “Mary, Queen of Scots” will star Nicole Chevalier, Franz Xaver Schlecht, Sven Hjörleifsson, Rupert Charlesworth, Sejong Chang, Randall Jakobsh, Guido Jentjens, Richard Morrison, and Dan Karlström. Matthias Foremny conducts the production by Ilaria Lanzino.

Performance Dates: Dec. 16, 2023-Feb. 11, 2024

Solen Mainguené, Tobias Schabel, Mathias Hausmann, and Olga Jelínková star in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.” Christoph Gedschold conducts the new production by Michael Schulz.

Performance Dates: March 30-May 12, 2024

Christoph Gedschold conducts Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” in a new production by Francisco Negrin. Randall Jakobsh, Matthias Stier, Annemarie Kremer, and Brenden Gunnel star.

Performance Dates: May 25-June 8, 2024


Romy Sarakacianis leads “Clara and Fanny” with a cast that includes Fanny Sandra Maxheimer and Romy Sarakacianis.

Performance Dates: Sept. 5, 2023-Feb. 25, 2024

Christina Geißler conducts Amadeus Musikus. Friedrich Praetorius and Franz Xaver Schlecht star.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8, 2023-March 19, 2024

Britten’s “Peter Grimes” will star Brenden Gunnell, Orford Martina Welschenbach, Tuomas Pursio, and Mathias Hausmann.  Matthias Foremny conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 11-29, 2023

Christiane Libor, Ulrike Schneider, Daniel Frank, Marke Egils Silins, and Mathias Hausmann star in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.” Christoph Gedschold conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-Feb. 10, 2024

Sarah Traubel, Olga Jelínková, and Ainhoa Garmendia lead Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Giampaolo Bisanti, Fabrizio Ventura, Stephan Zilias, Johannes Debus, Constantin Trinks, and Christoph Gedschold conducting. Matthias Stier, Eduardo Aladrén, Ovidiu Purcel, Franz Xaver Schlecht, and Mathias Hausmann round out the principal cast.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10-Dec. 2 2023

Leonard Evers’ “Gold” will star Nora Steuerwald, Dirk Richter, Sebastian Linz, and Levin Fischer. Christina Geißler conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 12, 2023

Solen Mainguené and Olena Tokar share the lead role in Puccini’s “La Boheme.” They will perform alongside Samantha Gaul, Matthias Stier, Jonathan Michie, Tuomas Pursio, Peter Dolinšek, and Martin Busen.

Performance Dates: Dec. 2, 2023-Feb. 25, 2024

Christoph Gedschold conducts the Silver Gala.

Performance Dates: Dec. 30 & 31, 2023

“Die Walküre” is set to star Sabine Hogrefe, Simone Schneider, Kathrin Göring, Yorck Felix Speer, and Tomasz Konieczny. Ulf Schirmer conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan 7-21, 2024

Karine Babajanyan and Dinara Alieva sing the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca.” The cast will also include Andrea Shin, Gaston Rivero, Tuomas Pursio, and Ólafur Sigurdarson.

Performance Dates: Jan. 10-Feb. 23, 2024

Jonathan Darlington, Matthias Foremny, and Christoph Gedschold conduct Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” The work will be presented with two casts led by Jonathan Michie, Tuomas Pursio, Sebastian Pilgrim, Randall Jakobsh, Olga Jelínková, Anna Princeva, Josh Lovell, Joshua Whitener, Kathrin Göring, Barbara Senator, Sejong Chang, Peter Dolinšek, Žilvinas Miškinis, and Samantha Gaul.

Performance Dates: Feb. 17-May 17, 2024

David Reiland conducts Donizett’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

Performance Dates: Feb. 24-April 26, 2024

Sarah Traubel, Piotr Buszewski, Daniel de Vicente, and Ólafur Sigurdarson star in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Anna Skryleva conducts Verd’s masterpiece.

Performance Dates: March 15-June 15, 2024

Karin Lovelius, Christiane Libor, and Jennifer Holloway headline Strauss’ “Elektra” with Christoph Gedschold conducting. Dan Karlström and Yorck Felix Speer round out the cast.

Performance Dates: April 27-May 5, 2024

Yajie Zhang leads Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with Patrick Kabongo, Jonathan Michie, Yorck Felix Speer, and Sejong Chang. Anna Skryleva conducts.

Performance Dates: March 31-June 16, 2024

Christoph Gedschold leads the Lauschkonzert.

Performance Dates: June 7-12, 2024


Brenden Gunnell performs Lieder by Britten, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff alongside Hendrik Axel Heilmann.

Performance Date: Jan. 26, 2024