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The celebratory opera written in the last year of Mozart’s life for the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia used an adulatory subject which was frequently set at the time, the benevolent, merciful and magnanimous ruler. For director Jürgen Flimm, however, this opera is much more about identifying the forms and mechanisms of power than a piece in which the advantages of an enlightened monarchy are lauded. In the current revival, the US tenor Matthew Polenzani joins the new Vienna »Mozart ensemble«.


DRAMMA SERIO PER MUSICA in two acts, KV 621
Libretto CATERINO TOMMASO MAZZOLÀ

Performances  4 / 7 / 10 SEPTEMBER 2023

Conductor  PABLO HERAS-CASADO
Director  JÜRGEN FLIMM
Stage Design  GEORGE TSYPIN
Costume Design  BIRGIT HUTTER
Lighting  WOLFGANG GOEBBEL

Tito  MATTHEW POLENZANI
Vitellia  FEDERICA LOMBARDI
Servilia  SLÁVKA ZÁMEČNÍKOVÁ
Sesto  KATE LINDSEY
Annio  PATRICIA NOLZ
Publio  PETER KELLNER


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La sonnambula occupies a special position in Vincenzo Bellini's oeuvre. On the one hand, the composer refrains almost entirely from dramatic outbursts; on the other hand, his penchant for sweeping, romantic-legal cantilenas is nowhere expressed as clearly and purely as in this opera, which was first performed in 1831. Set in a sanatorium world inspired by The Magic Mountain, where inner states are also recognizable in freak weather, director Marco Arturo Marelli plays with the opera’s fine psychological vibrations. The protagonist frees herself in her dreams from the images projected onto her by her fiancé and shows her true, undisguised self. Bellini’s wonderful and enchanting melodies unfold a panopticon of precisely defined conditions which climax in the coloraturarich finale of the triumphing heroine of the title, this time portrayed by Pretty Yende.


MELODRAMMA in two acts
Libretto FELICE ROMANI

Performances 6 / 9 / 13 SEPTEMBER 2023

Conductor  GIACOMO SAGRIPANTI
Director, Stage Design & Lighting  MARCO A. MARELLI
Costume Design  DAGMAR NIEFIND

Count Rodolfo  ROBERTO TAGLIAVINI
Teresa  SZILVIA VÖRÖS
Amina  PRETTY YENDE
Elvino  JAVIER CAMARENA
Lisa  MARIA NAZAROVA
Alessio  JACK LEE


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Daphne was a real gamble for Richard Strauss, a late masterpiece written in his early 70s into which he poured his entire experience as a composer. Based on this, director Nicolas Joel succeeded in telling the Greek myth about the virginal Daphne, who escapes Apollo’s advances by transforming into a laurel tree as a daydream of a sexually neglected young woman.


BUCOLIC TRAGEDY in one act
Libretto JOSEPH GREGOR

Performances  12 / 15 / 18 / 21 SEPTEMBER 2023

Conductor  SEBASTIAN WEIGLE
Director  NICOLAS JOEL
Set design & costume design  PET HALMEN
Choreography  RENATO ZANELLA

Peneios  GÜNTHER GROISSBÖCK
Gaea  NOA BEINART
Daphne  HANNA-ELISABETH MÜLLER
Leukippos  DANIEL JENZ
Apollo  DAVID BUTT PHILIP

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This is a complex story from the world of folk tales, which the brilliant duo of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal developed into Die Frau ohne Schatten, a complex thematic construct which deals with sympathy as an essential human characteristic. Director Vincent Huguet sets the piece, which is on a vast scale, in the First World War, establishing a bridge between the time of the opera’s creation and the reality of the contemporary world. The conductor of the revival is Christian Thielemann, who also conducted the 2019 premiere.


OPERA in three acts, op. 65
Libretto HUGO VON HOFMANNSTHAL 

Performances  14 / 17 / 21 / 24 OCTOBER 2023

Conductor  CHRISTIAN THIELEMANN
Director  VINCENT HUGUET
Stage Design  AURÉLIE MAESTRE
Costume Design  CLÉMENCE PERNOUD
Light & Video BERTRAND COUDERC

Emperor  ANDREAS SCHAGER
Empress ELZA VAN DEN HEEVER
Nurse  TANJA ARIANE BAUMGARTNER
Barak  MICHAEL VOLLE
Barak’s Wife  ELENA PANKRATOVA
Spirit Messenger CLEMENS UNTERREINER


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»Not a trace of kitsch« was Anton von Webern’s euphoric comment on Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, in which the Italian master launched into
new musical paths with a drier style. This matches the point of view of the director and WSO honorary member Marco Arturo Marelli, who sees the opera as far more than a stereotypical operatic version of a Wild West spectacular. His approach to the work focuses on
the social world of the poor and uprooted who have hung onto the desire for a »little happiness« in their isolation.


OPERA in three acts
Libretto GUELFO CIVININI & CARLO ZANGARINI

Performances  7 / 10 / 12 / 15 JANUARY 2024

Conductor  SIMONE YOUNG
Director, Stage Design & Lighting MARCO A. MARELLI
Costume Design  DAGMAR NIEFIND
Co-Choreography  CHRISTIAN HERDEN

Minnie  MALIN BYSTRÖM
Jack Rance  CARLOS ÁLVAREZ
Dick Johnson  YONGHOON LEE


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An opera commission for Paris was regarded as particularly prestigious in the 19th century. However, more important for Verdi than the Paris success of his grand opera Les vêpres siciliennes was dealing with the stylistic requirements he met in Paris, which permanently enriched his own musical language. The WSO is presenting the Italian version Verdi preferred in the staging by Herbert Wernicke, which shows the mediaeval uprising of the Sicilians against the French occupiers as a grim folk drama which has no winner.


OPER in five acts
Libretto EUGÈNE SCRIBE & CHARLES DUVEYRIER 
Italian by EUGENIO CAIMI 

Performances  13 / 16 / 19 / 22 JANUARY 2024

Conductor  CARLO RIZZI
Director, Stage & Costume Design, Lighting  HERBERT WERNICKE

Guido di Monforte  IGOR GOLOVATENKO
Arrigo  JOHN OSBORN
Giovanni da Procida  ERWIN SCHROTT
Elena
RACHEL WILLIS-SØRENSEN


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»The violins at the beginning: Medea’s divided inner self« the composer Aribert Reimann noted in his production diary for the opera Medea. It is a compelling musical language but also psychologically detailed, showing the different inner worlds of the characters and telling the story of an abandoned woman who becomes the murderer of her children. Presented in 2010 with sustained success, the work returns under the premiere’s conductor Michael Boder to the site of its triumphant world premiere, the Vienna State Opera.


OPERA in four acts
Libretto ARIBERT REIMANN based on a play by FRANZ GRILLPARZER

Performances  21 / 24 / 27 JANUARY 2024

Conductor  MICHAEL BODER
Director, Stage Design & Lighting  MARCO A. MARELLI
Costume Design  DAGMAR NIEFIND

Medea  NICOLE CHÉVALIER
Kreusa  CHRISTINA BOCK
Gora  MONIKA BOHINEC
Kreon  DANIEL FRANK
Jason  ADRIAN ERÖD
Herold  LAWRENCE ZAZZO


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In his last and 40th music theatre piece, Gioachino Rossini, the greatest composer of his day, gave the world another operatic hit. Guillaume Tell, based on a play by Schiller, uses the imposing and extravagant resources of French Grand opéra to retell the legend of the Swiss liberation hero. For almost 20 years the masterpiece, which director David Pountney enriched with symbolic imagery, was absent from the Vienna State Opera programme, and now it returns with a formidable cast!


OPER in four acts
Libretto VICTOR-JOSEPH ETIENNE DE JOUY & LOUIS FLORENT HIPPOLYTE BIS

Performances  8 / 13 / 16 / 19 MARCH 2024

Conductor  BERTRAND DE BILLY
Director  DAVID POUNTNEY
Stage & Costume Design  RICHARD HUDSON
Lighting  ROBERT BRYAN
Choreography  RENATO ZANELLA

Guillaume Tell  CARLOS ÁLVAREZ
Arnold  JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ
Gesler  JEAN TEITGEN
Ruodi  IVÁN AYÓN RIVAS
Mathilde  LISETTE OROPESA
Jemmy  MARIA NAZAROVA


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The music critic Alex Ross described the opera The Tempest by Thomas Adès, which had its world premiere in 2004, as »a masterpiece of graceful beauty and terrifying power«. Based on the 1611 play of the same name, the British composer created a piece of flamboyant musical language that swiftly traverses the spheres of the Shakespearean theatrical universe. The Vienna production, staged by Robert Lepage, shows Prospero’s island as a magical theatre kingdom into which Thomas Adès as revival conductor will lead the audience.


OPER in three acts
Libretto MEREDITH OAKES after WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Performances  9 / 12 / 14 / 17 MAY 2024

Conductor  THOMAS ADÈS
Director  ROBERT LEPAGE
Stage Design  JASMINE CATUDAL
Costume Design  KYM BARRETT
Lighting MICHEL BEAULIEU
Video  DAVID LECLERC
Choreography  CRYSTAL PITE

Prospero  ADRIAN ERÖD
Ariel CAROLINE WETTERGREEN
Caliban  FRÉDÉRIC ANTOUN
Miranda  KATE LINDSEY
Trinculo  JAMES LAING
Ferdinand  HIROSHI AMAKO
King of Naples  TOBY SPENCE
Antonio  DANIEL JENZ
Stefano  DAN PAUL DUMITRESCU
Sebastian  MICHAEL ARIVONY
Gonzalo  WOLFGANG BANKL

 

A Co-production with METROPOLITAN OPERA NEW YORK and the OPÉRA DE QUÉBEC. In collaboration with EX MACHINA.


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