Wiener Staatsoper Announces Multiple Cast Changes

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Wiener Staatsoper)

The Wiener Staatsoper has announced multiple cast changes for its incoming performances.

Evelino Pidò will take over the musical direction of Donizetti’s “La Fille du régiment” on Sep. 30, 2020, replacing Giacomo Sagripanti. Pidò will lead the cast that includes Jane Archibald in the role of Marie, Javier Camarena as Tonio, Carlos Álvarez in the role of Sulpice, Maria Happel as Duchesse de Crakentorp, Donna Ellen as Marquise de Berkenfield, and Marcus Pelz as Hortensius. Laurent Pelly is the director.

The company also announced that Carlos Osuna will perform the role of Narraboth, and Michael Laurenz will perform the role of the Third Jew in Richard Strauss’ “Salome” on Oct. 2, 2020. Osuna and Laurenz will join the cast that includes Vincent Wolfsteiner, Marina Prudenskaya, Tomasz Konieczny, and Vida Miknevičiūtė in the title role. Alexander Soddy conducts the production by Boleslaw Barlog.

The latest series of changes are aftershocks that were brought on by a COVID-19 outbreak at the Wiener Staatsoper and the subsequent heavy struggle of the opera house to contain the contagion.