Just in: Vienna Opera trims its season

Just in: Vienna Opera trims its season


norman lebrecht

April 06, 2016

Dominique Meyer, the director, has been warning for a while that money is tight and he’ll have to cut back.


The new season, announced this morning, has just five new productions:

Ø Gluck Armide (16. October 2016 – Cond.: Marc Minkowski; Dir: Ivan Alexandre; Cast: Gaëlle Arquez, Paolo Rumetz, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Gabriel Bermúdez, Jinxu Xiahou, Olga Bezsmertna, Hila Fahima; Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre);
Ø Verdi Falstaff (4. December 2016 – Cond.: Zubin Mehta; Dir: David McVicar; Cast: Ambrogio Maestri, Ludovic Tézier, Paolo Fanale, Carmen Giannattasio, Hila Fahima, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Lilly Jørstad);
Ø Verdi Il trovatore (5. Februar 2017 – Cond: Marco Armiliato; Dir.: Daniele Abbado; Cast: Ludovic Tézier, Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Luciana D’Intino);
Ø Wagner Parsifal (30. März 2017 – Cond: Semyon Bychkov; Dir: Alvis Hermanis; Cast: Gerald Finley (pictured), Hans-Peter König, Christopher Ventris, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Nina Stemme);
Ø Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande (18. Juni 2017 – Cond: Alain Altinoglu; Dir: Marco Arturo Marelli; Cast: Franz-Josef Selig, Bernarda Fink, Benjamin Bruns, Simon Keenlyside, Olga Bezsmertna)

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In all, the Vienna State Opera present 54 different operas around the year.


  • Olassus says:

    Making the Bavarian State Opera in Munich Europe’s No. 1 company.

  • John Groves says:

    Apart from their NAFF productions!!! Give me Komische Oper Berlin every time!!

  • Eddie Mars says:

    Amazing that Hermanis is working anywhere in Europe these days?

    • Marianna says:

      After his Damnation de Faust in Paris, I have no idea how Vienna could hire him for Parsifal. The live scene with Kundri will, no doubt, feature video projections of copulating snails that Paris cut out after the premiere

  • Anon London says:

    Looking forward to some Ivan Alexandre magic in Armide. His Hippolyte in Paris was spectacular.