Rolando Villazón, René Pape, Anja Harteros Highlight Semperoper Dresden’s 2020-21 SeasonBy Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Jiyang Chen / Marco Borggreve)
The Semperoper Dresden has announced its 2020-21 season featuring seven new operatic productions and a number of revivals.
Here is a look at the operatic productions.
The first new production of the season will be Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell,” written by de Jouy and Bis. The new production by Georg Schmiedleitner will star Christoph Poul, Michal Doron, Michael Spyres, and Venera Gimadieva. Giampaolo Bisanti conducts.
Performance Dates: Sept. 27-Oct. 30, 2020
“Die Zauberflöte” gets a new production by Josef E. Köpplunger. The opera, written by Schikaneder, will feature several casts. René Pape, George Zeppenfeld, and Alexandros Stavrakakis will take on Sarastro while Nikola Hillebrand and Julia Sitkovestsky split the Queen of the Night performances. Tuuli Takala and Sofia Fomina will be Pamina while Sebastian Kohlhepp and Joseph Dennis will alternate as Tamino. Finally, Sebastian Wartig and Bernard Hansky will take on Papageno. Omer Meir Wellber, Evan Rogister, Jonathan Darlington, Michael Balke, Michele Gamba, and Gábor Káli will all conduct the run.
Performance Dates: Nov. 1, 2020-July 10, 2021 (34 performances)
Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” gets a new production headlined by Rolando Villazón, Iulia Maria Dan, and Mariya Taniguchi. Nikolaus Habjan directs with Wolfgang Katschner conducting the opera written by Striggio.
Performance Dates: March 26-April 12, 2021
Strauss and Krauss’ “Capriccio” will be directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog with Christian Thielemann conducting. Krassimira Stoyanova will headline the cast, which will also include Christoph Poul, Daniel Behle, and George Zeppenfeld, among others.
Performance Dates: May 8-16, 2021
Marie-Eve Signeyrole will direct “Turandot” with Lise Lindstrom, Riccardo Massi, and Hrachuhi Bassénz. Ivan Repusic conducts.
Performance Dates: July 3-14, 2021
The company will present a new production of “Blues Brothers” with Manfred Weiß directing and Max Renne conducting. The work will star Aaron Pegram and Simeon Esper, among others.
Performance Dates: Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2021
The final new production of the year will be Reimann’s “Die Gespenstersonate,” which will be directed by Stefan Hunstein and stars Jürgen Müller, Angela Liebold, Julia Muzychenko, Gerald Hupach, and Matthias Henneberg. Petr Popelka conducts.
Performance Dates: April 17-30, 2021
The Ring Cycle
Christian Thielemann conducts Willy Decker’s production featuring an all-star cast that includes Michael Volle as Wotan, Petra Lang as Brünnhilde, Stephen Gould as Siegfried and Siegmund, Georg Zeppenfeld as Hunding, Fafner and Fasolt, Jennifer Holloway as Sieglinde, Gutrune and Freia, Falk Struckmann as Alberich, and Christa Mayer as Fricka and Waltraute.
The cast also includes Derek Welton, Tansel Akzeybek, Stephan Rügamer, Jürgen Sacher, Karl-Heinz Lehner, Michal Doron, Tuuli Takala, Markus Eiche, and Albert Dohmen.
Cycle Dates: Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2021 & Feb. 7-12, 2021
Max Renne conducts Philip Venables’ “4.48 Psychosis” with Karen Bandelow, Grace Durham, Sarah Alexandra Hudarew, Karina Repova, Tahnee Niboro, and Sarah Maria Sun.
Performance Dates: March 12-20, 2021
Jordanka Milkova, Elena Maximova, and Jelena Kordić star in Bizet’s “Carmen” with Andrea Carè, Arnold Rutkowski, Tuuli Takala, Hrachuhí Bassénz, Genia Kühmeier, Alexey Markov, and Erwin Schrott. John Fiore conducts.
Performance Dates: March 3-April 24, 2021
Lawson Anderson, Martin-Jan Nijhof, Bernd Zettisch, Hrachuhí Bassénz, Jacquelyn Wagner, Nikola Hillebrand, Katerina von Bennigsen, Matthias Henneberg, Gerhard Siegel, and Alexandros Stavrak star in Weber’s “Der Freischütz.” Thomas Guggeis and Christoph Gedschod alternate in the pit.
Performance Dates: May 13-June 7, 2021
Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Annette Dasch, Mert Süngü, Stepanka Pucalkova, Nikola Hillebrand, Sebastian Wartig, Matthias Henneberg, Gerald Hupach, and Wolfgang Stumph stars J. Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” with Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conducting.
Performance Dates: Dec. 16, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021
Offenbach’s “La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein” is set to star Anne Schwanewilms, Daniel Prohaska, Maximilian Mayer, and Katerina von Bennigsen with John Darlington conducting.
Performance Dates: March 15-April 15, 2021
Anne Schwanewilms, Albert Pesendorfer, Christina Bock, Martin Gantner, and Tuuli Takala star in R. Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” with Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conducting.
Performance Dates: June 27-July 4, 2021
Albert Lortzing’s rarely performed “Der Wildschütz” stars Sebastian Wartig, Sabine Brohm, Joseph Dennis, Nikola Hillebrand, Anna Kudriashova-Stepanets, Albert Pesendorfer, Katerina von Bennigsen, and Gerald Hupach. Johannes Fritzsch conducts.
Performance Dates: May 22-June 8, 2021
Alessandro De Marchi conducts Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with a cast that includes Nikola Hillebrand, Elena Gorshunova, Katerina von Bennigsen, Matthew Newlin, Kai Kluge, Aaron Pegram, Manuel Günther, Michael Hauenstein, and Tobias Kehrer.
Performance Dates: Sept. 4-Nov. 6, 2020
Tomislav Mužek headlines a revival of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” with René Pape, Hibla Gerzmava, Elena Maximova, Alexey Markov, Igor Golovatenko, and Alexandros Stavrakakis. Paolo Arrivabeni conducts.
Performance Dates: April 10-May 5, 2021
Omer Meir Wellber conducts “Don Giovanni” with Andrzej Filonczyk, Alexandros Stavrakakis, Hrachuhí Bassénz, Liparit Avetisyan, Elena Guseva, Lawson Anderson, Martin-Jan Nijhof, and Anke Vondung.
Performance Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2020
Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” returns with Jonathan Darlington conducting a cast that includes Ekaterina Morozova, Stepanka Pucalkova, Joseph Dennis, Andrei Bondarenko, and Georg Zeppenfeld.
Performance Dates: Sept. 12-18, 2020
Jelena Kordić, Stepanka Pucalkova, Nikola Hillebrand, and Mariya Taniguchi lead Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” with Srba Dinić conducting. The cast is rounded out by Matthias Henneberg, Markus Marquardt, Christa Mayer, and Sabine Brohm.
Performance Dates: Dec. 2-26, 202
Mert Süngü, Maxim Mironov, and Daniel Umbelino alternate the role of Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Pietro Spagnoli, Enrico Marabelli, Marco Filippo Romano, and Maurizio Muraro as Bartoli and Marina Viotti, Stepanka Pucalkova, and Marianne Crebassa as Rosina. Björn Bürger, Christoph Pohl, and Markus Werba star in the title role of Figaro while Marco Spotti, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Tilmann Rönnebeck, and Alexandros Stavrakakis alternate as Basilio. Ottavio Dantone, Alessandro De Marchi, and Antonello Allemandi conduct the work.
Performance Dates: August 28, 2021-Feb. 19, 2021
Hrachuhí Bassénz, Maria Teresa Leva, and Iulia Mari Dan star in the title role of Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Julia Muzychenko, Elena Gorshunova, Olga Kulchynska, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Tomislav Mužek, Wookyung Kim, Benjamin Bernheim, Christoph Pohl, Sebastian Wartig, Martin-Jan Nijhof, Mateusz Hoedt, Markus Marquardt, Lawson Anderson, and Hans-Joachim Ketelsen. Gábor Káli, Stefano Ranzani, and Giampaolo Bisanti share conducting duties.
Performance Dates: Sept. 30, 2020-May 28, 2021
Iulia Maria Dan, Atalla Ayan, and Andrzej Dobber star in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Antonello Allemandi.
Performance Dates: May 1-5, 2021
Omer Meir Wellber conducts Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Tuuli Takala, Pavol Breslik, Andrei Bondarenko, Markus Marquardt, and Erwin Schrott.
Performance Dates: May 29-June 5, 2021
Puccini’s “Madama Butterly” stars Hrachuhí Bassénz, Christa Mayer, Jonathan Tetelman, and Bogdan Baciu. John Fiore conducts.
Performance Dates: August 29-Sept. 19, 2020
Andrzej Dobber stars in the title role of Verdi’s “Nabucco” alongside Timothy Richards, Georg Zeppenfeld, Saioa Hernández, and Michal Doron. Jordi Bernàcer conducts David Bösch’s production.
Performance Dates: Dec. 5-17, 2020
Gaetano d’Espinosa and Michele Gamba conduct “Rigoletto” with Markus Marquardt and Antonio Yang in the title role. Atalla Ayan and Liparit Avetisyan star as the Duke, Nikola Hillebrand and Elena Gorshunova alternate as Gilda while Nicolai Karnolsky and Alexandros Stavrakakis share the role of Sparafucile. Christa Mayer rounds out the cast as Maddalena.
Performance Dates: March 27-April 5, 2021 & June 7-12, 2021
“Tosca” gets a revival with Kristine Opolais, Anja Harteros, Angela Gheorghiu, and Angel Blue alternating the title role. Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Dmytro Popov, Riccardo Massi, and Andrea Carè share the title role of Cavaradossi while Alexey Markov, Andrzej Dobber, and Markus Marquardt alternate as Scarpia. Omer Meir Wellber and Stefano Ranzani conduct the production.
Performance Dates: Oct. 10-Dec. 11, 2020 & April 29-May 2, 2021
Max Renne conducts Spoliansky’s “Wie werde ich reich und glücklich?” with Nathalie Parsa, Elke Kottmair, Aaron Pegram, Matthias Henneberg, David Pichlmaier, and Menna Cazel.
Performance Dates: July 4-13, 2021