Plácido Domingo, Marina Rebeka & Kate Lindsey Among Stars Featured At Wiener Staatsoper’s 2019-20 Season

By David Salazar

The Vienna State Opera has announced its 2019-20 season, which includes six new productions and a whopping 58 operas overall. There are also a plethora of concert performances as well featuring some of the greatest opera stars on the planet.

New Productions 

The new season kicks off with a new production of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Directed by Irina Brook and conducted by Simone Young, the opera will feature Erin Morley, Lawrence Zazzo, Théo Touvet, Peter Keller, and Peter Rose, among others.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2-21, 2019

Kate Lindsey and Fiona Shaw will headline a new production of Catherine Filloux and Olga Neuwirth’s new work “Orlando.” Karline Gruber will direct and Matthias Pintscher will conduct.

Performance Dates:  Dec. 8-20, 2019

“Persinette,” an opera by composer Albin Fries and librettist Miriam Mollard will be directed by Matthias von Stegmann. Olga Bezsmertna will star in the title role with the cast also including Jinxu Xiahou, and Regine Hangler, among others.

Performance Dates: Dec. 21-29, 2019

Two different versions of “Fidelio” will be showcased at the company this season with the original version getting a new production directed by Amélie Niermeyer. Conducted by Tomás Netopil, the cast includes Jennifer Davis, Benjamin Bruns, Tobias Kehrer, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Jörg Schneider, and Chen Reiss.

Performances of the standard version of the opera will feature Tomasz Konieczny, Andreas Schager, Simone Schneider, and Günther Groissböck.

Performance Dates (Original Version):  Feb. 1-14, 2020

Performance Dates (Standard Version): April 22-May 2, 2020

Marianne Crebassa, Alessio Arduini, Julie Fuchs, Genia Kühmeier, and Marco Filippo Romano star in a new production of “Così Fan Tutte.” Chiara Muti directs while her father Riccardo Muti conducts the Mozart masterpiece.

Performance Dates: May 22-28, 2020

Josef Ernst Köpplinger directs a new production of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” that will be conducted by Michele Mariotti. Francesco Meli stars with Ludovic Tézier, Krassimira Stoyanova, and Monika Bohinec.

Performance Dates: June 15-29, 2020

Revivals (In Alphabetical Order)

Ekaterina Gubanova, Sondra Radvanovsky, Yusif Eyvazov, and Ambrogio Maestri star in Verdi’s “Aida.” Marco Armiliato conducts.

Performance Dates: June 9-16, 2020

Strauss’ “Arabella” gets a showcase featuring Camilla Nylund, Christiane Karg, Tomasz Konieczny, Michael Schade, and Wolfgang Bankl. Cornelius Meister conducts.

Performance Dates: May 23-31, 2020

Kate Lindsey, Adrianne Pieczonka, Stephen Gould, and Hila Fahima star in “Ariadne Auf Naxos,” which will be conducted by Peter Schneider.

Performance Dates: Oct. 6-11, 2019

Handel’s “Ariodante” gets a revival with Chen Reiss, Stephanie Houtzeel, Josh Lovell, and Hila Fahima headlining the cast. The David McVicar production will be conducted by Christophe Rousset.

Performance Dates: Nov. 8-15, 2019

René Barbera, Paolo Rumetz, Svetlina Stoyanova, Samuel Hasselhorn, and Sorin Coliban will star in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” A second cast will star Pavel Kolgatin, Wolfgang Bankl, Tara Erraught, Jongmin Park, and Adam Plachetka. Graeme Jenkins and Guillermo García Calvo conduct.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19, 24, 2019; Jan. 7,10, 2020

Anita Hartig and Aida Garifullina will star in “La Bohème” with Saimir Pirgu and Jinxu Xiahou as Rodolfo. Marco Caria and Adrian Eröd will be Marcello with Mariam Battistelli and Valentina Nafornita rotating as Musetta. Louis Langrée and Marco Armiliato take turns at the podium.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 7; Dec. 19-25, 2019

Hindemith and Lion’s “Cardillac” gets a revival with Wolfgang Bankl, Angela Denoke, Tomasz Koniecny, and Stephanie Houtzeel. Michael Boder conducts.

Performance Dates: April 2-8, 2020

“La Cenerentola” will star Antonino Siragusa, Margarita Gritskova, Roberto Tagliavini, and Alessandro Corbelli. A second cast will include Elena Maximova, Michele Pertusi, Orhan Yildiz, Josh Lovell, and Renato Girolami. Evelino Pidò conducts both runs.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18-25; March 21, 25, 2020

Yosep Kang will star as the title character in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” with Gaëlle Arquez as his muse / Nicklausse. Luca Pisaroni takes on the three villains with Olga Peretyatko as the three heroines. Frédéric Chaslin conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 5-15, 2019

René Pape, Anja Harteros, Simon Keenlyside, Elena Zhidkova, and Fabio Sartori star in “Don Carlo.” Jonathan Darlington conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 6-12, 2019

Carlos Alvarez and Ludovic Tézier alternate the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni” with Irina Lungu and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Donna Anna. Federica Lombardi and Dinara Alieva will be Donna Elvira with Erwin Schrott and Peter Kellner as Leporello. Jinxu Xiahou and Dmitry Korchak will be Don Ottavio. Michael Güttler and Adam Fischer will conduct.

Performance Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 4, 2019; May 21-29, 2020

Ramón Tebar and Pavel Baleff will conduct “Don Pasquale” with Ambrogio Maestri and Pietro Spagnoli alternating the title role. Dmitry Korchak, Orhan Yildiz, and Valentina Nafornita will headline the fall cast with Josh Lovell, Andrea Carroll, and Adam Plachetka in the spring performances.

Performance Dates: Oct. 30, Nov. 3, 2019; May 13, 16, 2020

Christine Goerke will reprise her signature role of “Elektra” with Waltraud Meier, Norbert Ernst, and Michael Volle rounding the cast. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 6-15, 2020

Pavel Petrov, Valentina Nafornita, Samuel Hasselhorn, and Paolo Rumetz will headline the fall performances of “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Jonathan Darlington conducting. In February, Evelino Pidò will take over with Jinxu Xiahou, Regula Mühlemann, Rafael Fingerlos, and Ambrogio Maestri. In March, Domingo Hindoyan will lead a cast that features Rosa Feola, Samuel Hasselhorn, Atalla Ayan, and Pietro Spagnoli.

Performance Dates: Sept 21, 24, 2019; Feb. 16, 23; March 24, 31, 2020

Marina Rebeka and Boris Pinkhasovich will star in “Eugene Onegin” with Ferruccio Furlanetto, Margarita Gritskova, and Pavol Breslik. Micael Güttler conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 21-26, 2019

Falstaff” returns with Ambrogio Maestri in his signature role. Simon Keenlyside, Yijie Shi, Olga Bezsmertna, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux round out the cast, conducted by Zubin Mehta and Daniel Harding. Chen Reiss and Hila Fahima alternate as Nanetta.

Performance Dates: March 13-19, June 30, 2020

Nicholas Carter directs two casts for “Die Fledermaus.” Adrian Eröd and Herbert Lippert alternate as Eisenstein with Laura Aikin and Regine Hangler as Rosalind. Margarita Gritskova and Zoryana Kushpler will be Orlofsky.

Performance Dates: Dec. 31-6, 2020

Andreas Schager, Camilla Nylund, Tomasz Konieczny, and Nina Stemme headline a starry cast for “Die Frau Ohne Schatten.” Christian Thielemann conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 10-18, 2019 

“Der Freischütz” will star Camilla Nylund, Tomasz Konieczny, Andreas Schager, and Hans Peter Kammerer. Axel Kober conducts.

Performance Dates: May 9-19, 2020

Christopher Maltman, Juan Diego Flórez, Olga Peretyatko, and Adam Plachetka star in “Guillaume Tell.” Michele Mariotti conducts.

Performance Dates: April 30-May 10, 2020

Boaz Daniel, Stephanie Houtzeel, Margaret Plummer, and Andrea Carroll star in “Hänsel und Gretel.” Tomas Hanus conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 27- Jan. 5, 2020

Maxim Mironov, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nicola Alaimo, and Paolo Rumetz star in Rossini’s “L’Italiana In Algeri.” Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts.

Performance Dates: April 17-26, 2020

Piotr Beczala stars in “Lohengrin” with Cornelia Beskow as Elsa. Valery Gergiev conducts a cast that also includes Linda Watson and Boaz Daniel.

Performance Dates: Jan. 9-19, 2020

Brenda Rae, George Petean, Michael Spyres, and Ryan Speedo Green star in “Lucia di Lammermoor” with Evelino Pidò conducting.

Performance Dates: June 4-11, 2020

Plácido Domingo stars in “Macbeth” with Tatiana Serjan, Ryan Speedo Green, and Jinxu Xiahou. Giampaolo Bisanti conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2019

Jonathan Darlington, Speranza Scappucci, Graeme Jenkins, conduct “Madama Butterfly” with Kristine Opolais, Sae Kyung Rim and Elena Guseva in the title role. Ivan Magri, Fabio Sartori and Raffaele Abete star as Pinkerton.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12, 15, 2019; Feb. 26-March 2; April 24-May 1, 2020

Ailyn Pérez and Jean-François Borras star in “Manon” with Frédéric Chaslin conducting the Massenet opera.

Performance Dates: Feb. 25-March 7, 2020

Plácido Domingo stars in “Nabucco” with Tatiana Serjan, Jinxu Xiahou, and Roberto Tagliavini rounding out the cast. Guillermo García Calvo conducts.

Performance Dates: June 14, 17, 2020

Speranza Scappucci and Sascha Goetzel conduct “Le Nozze di Figaro.” The casts will include Alessio Arduini, Olga Bezsmertna, Valentina Nafornita, Adam Plachetka, Samuel Hasselhorn, Andrea Carroll, Emily D’Angelo, and Anita Hartig.

Performance Dates: March 27-June 5, 2020 

Manfred Trojahn’s “Orest” will star Audrey Luna, Michael Laurenz, Laura Aikin, and Georg Nigl, among others.

Performance Dates: Nov. 14-20, 2019

Stephen Gould, Carlos Alvarez, and Krassimira Stoyanova will star in Verdi’s “Otello.” Mikko Franck conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 28-Feb. 7, 2020

Stuart Skelton, Matthias Goerne, René Pape, Boaz Daniel, and Marina Prudenskaya comprise the cast of “Parsifal,” which will be conducted by Hartmut Haenchen.

Performance Dates: April 9-15, 2020

Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” gets a revival. Tomasz Konieczny will star as Wotan / Wanderer across the saga with Norbert Ernst as Loge, Cornelia Beskow as Freia, and Legh Melrose as Alberich. Sophie Koch will play Fricka in “Das Rheingold” while Elisabeth Kulman will take on that same role in “Die Walküre.” Andreas Schager appears as Siegmund with Simone Schneider as Sieglinde. Nina Stemme will be the saga’s Brünnhilde. Stephen Gould will be “Siegfried” while Eric Halfvarson will be Hagen in “Götterdämmerung.” Waltraud Meier will be Waltraude in the final installment of the work.

Adam Fischer conducts the saga.

Performance Dates: March 15, 18, 22, 28

Der Rosenkavalier” will feature Camilla Nylund, Lars Woldt, Sophie Koch, and Chen Reiss. Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Performance Dates: April 13-19, 2020

Piotr Beczala and Olga Bezsmertna star in “Rusalka” which will also showcase Elena Zhidkova and Jongmin Park. Tomas Hanus conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2020

Ausrine Stundyte and Lise Lindstrom sings the title role in Strauss’ “Salome” with Waltraud Meier and Linda Watson as Herodias and Herwig Pecoraro and Jörg Schneider alternating as Herodes. Michael Volle and Alan Held appear as Jochanaan and Dennis Russell Davies and Mikko Franck conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2019; Jan. 20,24, 2020

Frédéric Chaslin conducts “Samson et Dalila” with Anita Rachvelishvili and José Cura in the title roles.

Performance Dates: March 29-April 7, 2020

Simone Piazzola takes on the title role in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” with Marina Rebeka, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Fabio Sartori rounding out the cast. Paolo Carignani conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 23-29, 2019

Evgenia Muraveva, Martina Serafin, and Sonya Yoncheva star in “Tosca” with Joseph Calleja, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Brian Jagde alternating as Cavaradossi. Bryn Terfel, Zeljko Lucic, and Erwin Schrott take on Scarpia while Marco Armiliato and Giampaolo Bisanti conduct.

Performance Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2019; Feb. 10, 13; March 20-26, 2020 

Gaimpaolo Bisanti and Plácido Domingo will conduct separate runs of “La Traviata,” which will feature Irina Lungu and Aida Garifullina as Violetta. Charles Castronovo and Benjamin Bernheim will be Alfredo, with Thomas Hampson and Simon Keenlyside as Germont.

Performance Dates: Sept. 4-10, 2019; June 20-27, 2020

Alberto Veronesi and Marco Armiliato will lead casts of “Il Trovatore.” In the fall, the opera will feature Roberto Frontali, Michelle Bradley, Monika Bohinec, Fabio Sartori, and Jongmin Park. In the Spring, Marina Rebeka, George Petean, Anita Rachvelishvili, Gregory Kunde, and Ryan Speedo Green will perform.

Performance Dates: Sept. 19-25, 2019; June 19-22, 2020

Tri Sestri” will feature Valentina Nafornita, Margarita Gritskova, and Ilseyar Khayrullova. Péter Eötvös will conduct his own music.

Performance Dates: March 12-17, 2020

Elena Pankratova, Roberto Alagna, and Golda Schultz will star in “Turandot” with Ramón Tebar conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 27- March 9, 2020 

“Der Weiden” will star Rachel Frenkel, Tomasz Koniecny, Thomas Ebenstein, Maria Nazarova, and Sylvie Rohrer, among others. Graeme Jenkins conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 7-12, 2019

Vittorio Grigolo takes on the iconic “Werther” with Daniela Fally, Elena Maximova, and Adrian Eröd. Frédéric Chaslin conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 22-31, 2019

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” will star Jongmin Park, Andreas Schager, Alksandra Jovanovic, Andrea Carroll, and Rafael Fingerlos. James Conlon conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 10-15, 2019

Other Programs

The company will also feature a number of operas for children including “Cinderella” “Pünktchen und Anton,” “Das ist Opera,” “Opernschule” and “Die Zauberflöte fur Kinder.”

There will also be a plethora of concerts featuring a number of stars including Ryan Speedo Green, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, René Pape, and Michael Schade.