Wiener Staatsoper Announces Reopening & Cast Changes for ‘Don Carlo’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: © Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn)

The Wiener Staatsoper has announced that it will reopen its doors to the public with a performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” on Dec. 13, 2021 after a three-week closure due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

The opera had its live online premiere on Dec. 5.

“Don Giovanni” stars Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Donna Anna, Kate Lindsey as Donna Elvira, Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio, Philippe Sly as Leporello, Ain Anger in the role of Il Commendatore, Peter Kellner as Masetto, Patrizia Nolz as Zerlina, and Kyle Ketelsen in the title role. Philippe Jordan conducts a production by Barrie Kosky.

Per the same press release, the opera house has announced that Philippe Jordan will take over in the pit for performances of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” instead of Franz Welser-Möst, who is ill. Daniele Abbado is the director.

Additionally, María José Siri will take over the role of Elisabetta di Valois, replacing Asmik Grigorian who canceled due to illness. Siri joins a cast that includes Ain Anger as Philippo II, Boris Pinkhasovich as Rodrigo, Ekaterina Gubanova as Eboli, Dmitry Ulyanov as the Grand Inquisitor, and Fabio Sartori in the title role.

The run of “Don Carlo” begins on Dec. 16, and will end on Dec. 25, 2021, for a total of four performances.