The new season 2018 | 2019 at the Wiener Staatsoper

Wiener Staatsoper Director Dominique Meyer, Ballet Director Manuel Legris and Managing Director Thomas W. Platzer held a press conference today, Thursday 19 April 2018, at which they announced the programme for the forthcoming 2018/2019 season, as well as details of the activities commemorating “150 Years of the Opera House on the Ring”. 

The scope and diversity of the Wiener Staatsoper’s programming is unmatched around the world; the 2018/2019 schedule includes 50 different operas, 16 different ballets (in ten full-length compilations) and five children’s programmes. In addition to this there are numerous concerts, matinées and special events.

Six opera premières will take place at the opera house on the Ring, including a world première, and a children’s opera première on the AGRANA STUDIO STAGE | WALFISCHGASSE.    

Tickets for all performances of the season 2018 | 2019 can be ordered from now on.

Schedule 2018| 2019

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  • Hector Berlioz’ Les Troyens (14 October 2018 – conductor: Alain Altinoglu; directed by: David McVicar; with: Brandon Jovanovich, Adam Plachetka, Peter Kellner, Jongmin Park, Paolo Fanale, Rachel Frenkel, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Joyce DiDonato, Margarita Gritskova);

  • Johannes Maria Staud’s und Durs Grünbein’s Die Weiden (The Willows, world première, Wiener Staatsoper commission; 8 December 2018 – conductor: Ingo Metzmacher; directed by: Andrea Moses; with Rachel Frenkel, Tomasz Konieczny, Thomas Ebenstein, Andrea Carroll, Herbert Lippert, Monika Bohinec, Alexandru Moisiuc, Zoryana Kushpler, Wolfgang Bankl, Sylvie Rohrer);

  • Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (9 February 2019 – conductor: Evelino Pidò, directed by: Laurent Pelly; with: George Petean, Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, Juan Diego Flórez, Jongmin Park);

  • Manfred Trojahn’s Orest (first performance at the Wiener Staatsoper; 31 March 2019 – conductor: Michael Boder; directed by: Marco Arturo Marelli; with: Thomas Johannes Mayer, Thomas Ebenstein, Daniel Johansson, Audrey Luna, Laura Aikin, Evelyn Herlitzius);

  • Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten (25 May 2019; conductor: Christian Thielemann; directed by: Vincent Huguet; with: Stephen Gould, Camilla Nylund, Evelyn Herlitzius, Wolfgang Koch, Nina Stemme);

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello (20 June 2019 – conductor: Myung-Whun Chung; directed by: Adrian Noble; with: Aleksandrs Antonenko, Olga Bezsmertna, Vladislav Sulimsky) and

  • Elisabeth Naske’s Was ist los bei den Enakos? (What’s up with the Enako family?, world première, Wiener Staatsoper commission; 26 January 2019 at the CHILDREN’S OPERA | AGRANA STUDIO STAGE | WALFISCHGASSE; Director: Ela Baumann)

 Ballet Director Manuel Legris will be presenting three premières at the Wiener Staatsoper:

  • Sylvia (10 November 2018; Conductor: Kevin Rhodes) with the choreography of Manuel Legris;

  • the four-part performance of Forsythe | van Manen | Kylián (14 April 2019) with Artifact Suite by William Forsythe, Trois Gnossiennes and Solo by Hans van Manen, and Psalmensymphonie by Jiří Kylián and the

  • 2019 Nureyev Gala (28 June 2019 – conductor: Kevin Rhodes).

25 May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the opera house. The Wiener Staatsoper (former “Hofoper”) will celebrate “150 years of the Vienna Opera House” not just at the opera house, but all around the opera house, in Vienna, and in the Austrian provinces. The main events are the première of Die Frau ohne Schatten on 25 May 2019, an opening ceremony the morning of that day, and a celebration on Herbert von Karajan Platz on 26 May 2019. In addition, symposia, a CD box set, exhibitions, publications, school projects, online projects and much more are planned. 

Apart from the première of Was ist los bei den Enakos, children’s concerts of Peter and the Wolf and The Carnival of the Animals and the new children’s programme That’s Opera!, the AGRANA STUDIO STAGE | WALFISCHGASSE will host a varied programme in the 2018/2019 season including artists in conversation with Staatsoper Director Dominique Meyer, amongst others, introductory musical events, master classes, concerts, readings, lectures on opera history and other topics, and events put on by the Opera School and Ballet Academy.

The wide-ranging programme of operas and ballets will be rounded off by several well-established event series: 

  • Recitals: internationally acclaimed singers will perform attractive concert programmes on seven evenings.

  • Matinee series Ensemble Matinee in the Mahler-Saal: on seven different dates, young ensemble singers will be showcasing their talent outside the regular performance schedule. They will be accompanied on the piano by the répétiteurs of the opera house.

  • Chamber Music Cycle of the Vienna Philharmonic: in ten matinées, members of the Vienna Philharmonic will present a diverse programme of chamber music in various different ensembles.

  • Kontrapunkte – discussion matinées by and with Clemens Hellsberg: Dr. Clemens Hellsberg will be moderating two high profile round table discussions about current cultural topics.

In the next season, the Wiener Staatsoper will go on tour with two concert performances: Le nozze di Figaro in Hamburg on 15 September 2018, Don Giovanni in Düsseldorf on 19 May 2019.

During the 2018/2019 season the WIENER STAATSOPER live at home programme will broadcast a total of 45 performances live on the internet in excellent picture and sound quality.

In addition to the opera house’s own portal at, performances can also be streamed directly on the following platforms: Amazon Fire TV (box or stick – app: WIENER STAATSOPER LIVE); Apple TV (Generation 4, since the end of 2015 – app search: WIENER STAATSOPER); A1TV Mediabox (menu item internet apps: WIENER STAATSOPER LIVE); Samsung and Android Smart TVs (app: WIENER STAATSOPER).

The Wiener Staatsoper has developed this new technology for a live schools programme on selected dates in order to make its portfolio available to large numbers of young people throughout Austria and abroad: Wiener Staatsoper live at school. This will enable students to discover the opera house and its many professions, experience live rehearsals, and watch live broadcasts of opera or ballet performances together in the morning during school hours thanks to time-shifted broadcasts.