Theater An der Wien Promises New Ring And Marliss Petersen As ‘Maria Stuarda’ in 2017-18 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Theater an der Wien has announced its 2017-18 Season and audiences are in for a treat.

Staged Operas

Kicking off the season will be Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” with Torsten Fischer directing a new production. Nina Minasyan leads the cast as the Queen of the Night while Sebastian Kohlhepp sings the role of Tamino.

On Oct. 15 Berg’s “Wozzeck” takes center stage with a production by Robert Carsen and starring Lise Lindstrom in the role of Marie. Florian Boesch stars in the title role.

On Dec. 1 the company experiments with Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Rather than presenting the four epic operas, the company has reimagined the tetralogy and created “Hagen,” “Siegfried” and “Brunhilde.” The three works will contain Wagner’s music but will recount the history of The Ring from the perspective of the younger generation, so that Hagen, Siegfried, and Brünnhilde are center stage. As a result, parts of The Ring will be reassembled and every evening will begin with the final catastrophe, the murder of Siegfried, in order to dive into the memories of the various figures. Ingela Brimberg sings the role of Brunhilde while Daniel Brenna portrays Siegfried. Samuel Youn takes on the role of Hagen.

Marliss Petersen takes on the role of Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” in a new production by Christof Loy in January. Alexandra Deshorties performs Elisabetta while Norman Reinhardt is Roberto.

On Feb. 16 Handel’s “Saul” opens in a new production by Claus Guth. Florian Boesch takes on the title role with Anna Prohaska in the cast.

Gottfried von Einem’s 1971 opera “Der Besuch der alten Dame” premieres on March 16 with Katarina Karneus, Erik Årman and Russell Braun in the cast. Keith Warner directs the new production.

The season concludes with Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in April. The opera is set to star Bejun Mehta, Anett Fritsch, Günes Gürle and Ann-Beth Solvang in a new production by Damiano Micheletto.

Concert Operas

The company will also present a number of operas in concert with the first being Handel’s “Ottone, re di Germania.” The work stars Max Emanuel Cencic and Xavier Sabata. It will be followed by Handel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto.” Lawrence Zazzo stars in the title role with Emöke Baráth as his Cleopatra.

Petersen will also star in the 1805 “Fidelio” by Beethoven. Petersen takes on Leonore with Maximilian Schmitt as her Florestan.

Xavier Sabata will also take on a concert performance of Handel’s “Publio Cornelio Scipione” with Markellos Chrissikos in the pit.

Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli’s “Giulietta e Romeo” will be performed Ann Hallenberg as Giulietta and Max Emanuel Cencic as Romeo. Sabata takes on the role of Gilberto while Daniel Behle is Everardo.

Hadyn’s “Armida” will get an outing with Brigitte Christensen in the title role while Beethoven’s 1814 version of “Fidelio” will be performed with Klaus Florian Vogt and Annette Dasch.

Patricia Petibon takes on the role of Welstgeist in Mozart’s “Die Schuldgkeist de ersten Gebots” and the season concludes with Handel’s “Radimisto” starring Patricia Bardon and Florian Boesch.