Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Wiener Staatsoper 2013/14

The two eye-catching items are a role debut for Jonas Kaufmann and a better director for Lohengrin than had been expected. There’s also more Gheorghiu than there’s ever been at the Staatsoper. Among the new productions, the biggest surprise is that Marco Arturo Marelli’s Zauberflöte, which was not so old and had developed a loyal following as a Kindervorstellung, is to be junked in favour of a new Caurier & Leiser production. Most Wiener would prefer to see the back of Jean-Louis Martinoty’s Don Giovanni. All in all 2013/14 seems no worse than 2012/13 and yet no better than 2011/12, which was hardly a season for the annals.

New productions

La fanciulla del West, 5 October 2013. Franz Welser-Möst, Marco Arturo Marelli. Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann, Tomasz Konieczny.

Die Zauberflöte, 17 November 2013. Christoph Eschenbach, Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser. Brindley Sherratt, Benjamin Bruns, Olga Pudova, Anita Hartig, Markus Werba.

Rusalka, 26 January 2014. Jirí Belohlávek, Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Michael Schade, Krassimira Stoyanova, Günther Groissböck, Monika Bohinec, Janina Baechle.

Adriana Lecouvreur, 16 February 2014. Evelino Pidò, David McVicar. Elena Zhidkova, Massimo Giordano, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Frontali, Raúl Giménez. Co-production with ROH, SFO etc.

Lohengrin, 12 April 2014. Bertrand de Billy, Andreas Homoki. Günther Groissböck, Klaus Florian Vogt, Camilla Nylund, Wolfgang Koch, Michaela Martens, Detlef Roth. Co-production with the Zurich Opera.

The Cunning Little Vixen, 18 June 2014. Franz Welser-Möst, Otto Schenk. Gerald Finley, Chen Reiss, Wolfgang Bankl.

Wiederaufnahmen, i.e. major revivals:

Anna Bolena, 25 October 2013. Evelino Pidò, Eric Génovèse. Krassimira Stoyanova, Sonia Ganassi, Luca Pisaroni, Stephen Costello, Zoryana Kushpler.

Peter Grimes, 23 November 2013. Graeme Jenkins, Christine Mielitz. Ben Heppner, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Iain Paterson.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann, 23 May 2014. Marko Letonja, Andrei Serban. Daniela Fally, Marina Rebeka, Nadia Krasteva, Thomas Ebenstein, Ildar Abdrazakov, Stephanie Houtzeel, Piotr Beczala.

Other assorted revivals/highlights:

Tosca, 5 September 2013. Marco Armiliato, Margarethe Wallmann. Angela Gheorghiu, Marcelo Álvarez, Zeljko Lucic.

Simon Boccanegra, 27 September 2013. Alain Altinoglu, Peter Stein. Thomas Hampson, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Joseph Calleja, Tamar Iveri.

Don Carlo, 13 October 2013. Franz Welser-Möst, Daniele Abbado. Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Anja Harteros, Violeta Urmana, Eric Halfvarson.

Der Rosenkavalier, 20 October 2013. Adam Fischer, Otto Schenk. Renée Fleming, Peter Rose, Wolfgang Bankl, Sophie Koch, Mojca Erdmann.

La bohème, 4 December 2013. Philippe Auguin, Franco Zeffirelli. Angela Gheorghiu, Vittorio Grigolo, Gabriel Bermúdez, Valentina Nafornit̆a.

Wozzeck, 23 March 2014. Daniele Gatti, Adolf Dresen. Matthias Goerne, Herbert Lippert, Herwig Pecoraro, Wolfgang Bankl, Evelyn Herlitzius. 

Parsifal, 17 April 2014. Franz Welser-Möst, Christine Mielitz. Matthias Goerne, Peter Rose, Johan Botha, Waltraud Meier.

Faust, 2 May 2014. Bertrand de Billy, Nicolas Joel/Stéphane Roche. Piotr Beczala, Erwin Schrott, Anna Netrebko, Adrian Eröd.

Norma, 8 May 2014 (in concert). Andriy Yurkevych. Edita Gruberova, Massimo Giordano, Nadia Krasteva, Dan Paul Dumitrescu.

Das Rheingold, 30 May 2014. Jeffrey Tate, Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Tomasz Konieczny, Norbert Ernst, Elisabeth Kulman, Janina Baechle, Eric Owens.

Die Walküre, 31 May 2014. Jeffrey Tate, Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Lance Ryan, Ain Anger, Tomasz Konieczny, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Nina Stemme, Elisabeth Kulman.

Siegfried, 5 June 2014.Jeffrey Tate, Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Stephen Gould, Nina Stemme, Tomasz Konieczny, Herwig Pecoraro, Eric Owens.

Götterdämmerung, 8 June 2014. Jeffrey Tate, Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Stephen Gould, Attila Jun, Nina Stemme.

For details of all the other productions, see the 2013/14 Spielplan on the Staatsoper’s website.


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  2. I'm taking a longer break from blogging than I initially anticipated, but plan to post some things in the next few days or so...

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