Netrebko to present Vienna Opera’s new regime this Sunday

Netrebko to present Vienna Opera’s new regime this Sunday


norman lebrecht

April 24, 2020

She’s so bored she got a ride to an empty opera house to record a song for its new masters.

Message from the Bogdan machine:

It was a historic moment when the TV show for the 2020/21 season presentation was recorded in the empty Vienna State Opera: The performance of world star Anna Netrebko on the completely empty stage in front of empty seats.
Instead of the planned matinee, Bogdan Roščić, and – via video link – Philippe Jordan and Martin Schläpfer will present their plans for the first season next Sunday in a discussion with presenter Peter Fässlacher on ORF III.
Date: 26 April 2020
Time: 21.30 p.m.
Broadcaster: ORF III



  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    To be honest that I doubt that Vienna State Opera was undergoing an artistically golden period in recent years under Dominique Meyer who would not even appoint a music director. Why don’t we give the next team the benefit of the doubt?

    • Petros Linardos says:

      “Not even appoint a music director”: historically the Vienna State Opera has not always had a music director.

      • Hermann Lederer says:

        Right. But the glorious past of this house was ALWAYS connected with music directors or conductors who left a strong artistic mark: Mahler, Weingartner, Schalk, Strauss, Kraus, Walter, Böhm, Karajan, Abbado, … Jordan did a marvellous job in Paris. At least some hope for the future – if there will be one…

        • Petros LInardos says:

          I don’t mean to underestimate the impressive lineage of great conductors who were music directors in the Vienna State Opera. To your list I would also add the embattled Lorin Maazel (1982-84), whose tenure saw more its fair share of memorable performances.

          On the other hand, in recent decades, Egon Seefehlner (1976-82, 1984-86) had no music director at his side; neither did Ioan Hollender (1992-2010) for his first decade. Both did quite well. So, my bottom line is that the presence of absence of a music director at the VSO should not be an important consideration in the assessment of the general manager.

          When it comes to Rosic, of course, he’s already been judged at SD, before his tenure has even started. But that’s another matter.

  • Brian says:

    If the new Vienna State Opera director is relying on Netrebko than the future at this house really does not look that bright… Much ado about nothing!
    I am so bored of this not so special voice, like so many others are. This is the future in arts, in opera? Very sad!
    She is even facing the empty auditorium with her back in this photo, hopefully she was facing the empty seats when they have filmed, otherwise the effect is already lost…

  • deborath says:

    I give credit to Ms. Netrebko at least she is working.