Frankfurt Opera sets record with 14 new productions

No opera company is putting out as much new work as Oper Frankfurt promises for next season. Here’s the list, announced today:

2018/19 Season

New Productions
Peter Eötvös
Tri sestry (Three Sisters; first ever performance in Frankfurt)
Sunday September 9th 2018
Conductors: Dennis Russell Davies and Nikolai Petersen
Director: Dorothea Kirschbaum
Set Designer: Ashley Martin-Davis
Costume Designer: Michaela Barth

Olga Neuwirth
Lost Highway (first performance in Germany)
Wednesday September 12th 2018 (Bockenheimer Depot)
Conductor: Karsten Januschke
Director: Yuval Sharon
Set Designer, Video Designer, Light Designer: Jason H. Thompson, Kaitlyn Pietras
Costume Designer: Doey Lüthi

Peter I. Tschaikovsky
Iolanta (first ever performance in Frankfurt)
Igor Stravinsky
Oedipus Rex
Sunday October 28th 2018
Conductor: Sebastian Weigle / Nikolai Petersen
Director: Lydia Steier
Set Designer: Barbara Ehnes
Costume Designer: Alfred Mayerhofer

Giuseppe Verdi
Il corsaro (The Corsair; in concert / first ever performance in Frankfurt )
Wednesday November 7th 2018
Conductor: Francesco Lanzillotta
Chorus Master: Tilman Michael

Vincenzo Bellini
I puritani
Sunday December 2nd 2018
Conductor: Tito Ceccherini
Director: Vincent Boussard
Set Designer: Johannes Leiacker
Costume Designer: Christian Lacroix
Co-production with Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège

Giuseppe Verdi
La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny)
Sunday January 27th 2019
Conductor: Jader Bignamini / Gaetano Soliman
Director: Tobias Kratzer
Set and Costume Designer: Rainer Sellmaier

Uwe Dierksen
Mina (World Premiere)
Saturday, February 2nd 2019 (Bockenheimer Depot)
Conductor: Uwe Dierksen
Director: Ute M. Engelhardt
Set and Costume Designer: Mara Scheibinger

Bedřich Smetana
Sunday February 24th 2019
Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
Director: Florentine Klepper
Set Designer: Boris Kudlička
Costume Designer: Adriane Westerbarkey

Franz Schreker
Der ferne Klang (The Distant Sound)
Sunday March 31st 2019
Conductor: Sebastian Weigle / Florian Erdl
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Set Designer: Paolo Fantin
Costume Designer: Klaus Bruns

George Frideric Handel
Sunday May 12th 2019
Conductor: Andrea Marcon
Director: Claus Guth
Set and Costume Designer: Christian Schmidt
Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra de Lyon and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Karol Szymanowski
Król Roger (King Roger)
Sunday June 2nd 2019
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Director: Johannes Erath
Set Designer: Johannes Leiacker
Costume Designer: Jorge Jara

Bruno Maderna
Satyricon (first ever performance in Frankfurt)
Gian Carlo Menotti
The Medium (first ever performance in Frankfurt)
Saturday June 15th 2019 (Bockenheimer Depot)
Conductors: Simone Di Felice / Nikolai Petersen
Directors: Nelly Danker / Hans Walter Richter
Set Designer: Kaspar Glarner
Costume Designer: Cornelia Schmidt

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  • Very impressive, an extremely dynamic place., Not so long ago the ENO had a similar number of new productions., but most were so bad that it undermined their future requests for funding.

    • Yes, a healthy sign.
      Intrigued by what looks like a double bill of Menotti and Maderna. On the face of it, not much in common aside from shared letters in their surnames.

  • Frankfurt is different – Euro is easy to get – all banks around and they do want to shine…besides the Opera House might have to be demolished. Last effort to show off, maybe.

    • The recent exhibition in Frankfurt “Splendor and Misery in the Weimar Republic” was very impressive indeed. Despite a rather confusing layout, one of the best art exhibitions I’ve ever been to. Hopefully it will reach London.
      Outwardly, an unremarkable city but there’s much of interest going on.

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