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.
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)