Britannia rules as Vienna Opera raises its ticket prices

Britannia rules as Vienna Opera raises its ticket prices


norman lebrecht

March 26, 2014

There will be six new productions next season, and an extra five percent on the ticket price. ‘We had no alternative,’ says general director Dominique Meyer.

The programme has a distinct Anglo tendency with the Vienna premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Tempest, conducted by the composer; Covent Garden chief Kasper Holten will direct Mozart’s Idomeneo (Christoph Eschenbach conducting); and in May-June 2015 Sir Simon Rattle will conduct two Ring cycles.


Full lineup:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Idomeneo (5. Oktober 2014 * D: Christoph Eschenbach; R: Kasper Holten; mit: Michael Schade, Margarita Gritskova, Maria Bengtsson, Chen Reiss);

– Modest Mussorgski Khovantchina (15. November 2014 * D: Semyon Bychkov; R: Lev Dodin; mit: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber; Ain Anger, Elisabeth Kulman, Norbert Ernst);

– Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto (20. Dezember 2014 * D: GMD Franz Welser-Möst; R: Pierre Audi; mit: Piotr Beczala, Simon Keenlyside, Valentina Nafornita, Elena Maximova);

– Richard Strauss Elektra (29. März 2015; D: GMD Franz Welser-Möst; R: Uwe Eric Laufenberg; mit: Anna Larsson, Nina Stemme, Anne Schwanewilms, Falk Struckmann);

– Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale (26. April 2015 * D: Jesús López-Cobos; R: Irina Brook; mit: Michele Pertusi, Juan Diego Flórez, Alessio Arduini, Valentina Nafornita);

– Thomas Adès: The Tempest (Österreichische Erstaufführung am 14. Juni 2015 * D: Thomas Adès; R: Robert Lepage; mit: Adrian Eröd, Audrey Luna, Stephanie Houtzeel, David Daniels).


  • timwalton3 says:

    Please can someone ask Vienna to keep Kasper Holten.

    His first two productions at Covent Garden were ‘crap’