Only five new productions in Vienna’s season

Only five new productions in Vienna’s season


norman lebrecht

April 09, 2015

The tough times that Staatsoper director Dominque Meyer has predicted are kicking in. The 2015/6 season, announced this morning contains just five new opera productions, plus a commissioned children’s opera.

The season’s repertoire, however, remains huge. It comprises 54 operas across four centuries, certainly the largest of any leading opera house.


Details below.

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2015/2016 season:

Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth (4th October 2015 – C: Alain Altinoglu; D: Christian Räth; with Ludovic Tézier, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Tatiana Serjan, Jorge de León);

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (19th November 2015 – C: Christian Thielemann; D: Adrian Noble; with Adrian Eröd, Janina Baechle, Daniela Sindram, Chen Reiss, Michaela Schuster, Annika Gerhards);

Leoš Janáček: Věc Makropulos (first performance at the Wiener Staatsoper on 13th December 2015 – C: Jakub Hrůša; D: Peter Stein; with Laura Aikin, Rainer Trost, Margarita Gritskova, Markus Marquardt, Norbert Ernst, Wolfgang Bankl, Heinz Zednik);

Péter Eötvös: Tri Sestri (first performance at the Wiener Staatsoper on 6th March 2016 – C: Péter Eötvös; D: Yuval Sharon; with Olga Bezsmertna, Margarita Gritskova, Ilseyar Khayrullova, Eric Jurenas, Boaz Daniel, Paolo Rumetz);

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot (28th April 2016 – C: Gustavo Dudamel; D: Marco Arturo Marelli; with Lise Lindstrom, Johan Botha, Anita Hartig, Heinz Zednik, Dan Paul Dumitrescu);

Johanna Doderer: Fatima, oder von den mutigen Kindern (world première of the children’s opera commissioned by the Wiener Staatsoper on 23rd December 2015; C: Benjamin Bayl, D: Henry Mason)


  • John Borstlap says:

    Also a very interesting Staatsoper debut by Jaap van Zweden in May 2016 with Lohengrin. His remarkable concert performances of Rheingold in Hong Kong and Parsifal in Amsterdam may have led-up to his invitation:


    1st act:

    2nd act:

    3rd act:

  • Halldor says:

    Seriously: this is the first time they’ve done The Makropoulos Case? And we’re supposed to be in awe of Viennese operatic culture..?