Wiener Staatsoper & ORF Join Forces for Five Productions

By Francisco Salazar

The Wiener Staatsoper and ORF have presented joint plans to showcase five new productions.

The productions will include “Tosca,” “Werther,” the world premiere of “4,” the premiere of Henze’s opera “The Betrayed Sea” and a new musical production of “Der Rosenkavalier.”

In a statement, General Director Bogdan Roščić said, “The Vienna State Opera was the only opera house in the world to play a full program every evening in front of more than 1,000 people and has already celebrated three of the ten premieres of this season. But now the house has been closed for more than three weeks. The main goal of management is of course to reopen the house to the public. But should the lockdown after Dec. 6 be extended, it is not an option for us to simply keep the State Opera closed. We have an obligation to our audience, and therefore we have developed a plan for how we can play independently of the further measures of the federal government. This is possible thanks to the support and flexibility of our long-term partner ORF, for which I am very grateful.”

The first program will be music by Franz Liszt / Gustav Mahler which will be presented on Dec. 4 on ARTE CONCERT and Dec. 8 on ORF 2.

Puccini’s “Tosca” is set to star Anna Netrebko and will be streamed live on Dec. 13 on ORF III and RADIO Ö1, while “Das Verratene Meer” will be performed on De. 14 on and later showcased on Dec. 15 on Ö1.

Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”  will be shown on Dec. 27 on ORF III while Massenet’s “Werther,” starring Piotr Beczala, will be presented on ORF II on Jan. 10, 2021.