Vienna will roll out free operas every night of the week

Vienna will roll out free operas every night of the week


norman lebrecht

November 02, 2020

The Staatsoper is shut for performance.

But its playback is open from tomorrow at

Here’s this week’s menu:

3 November 2020, 19.00

Piotr I. Tschaikowski
EUGEN ONEGIN, (Vorstellung vom 31. Oktober 2020)
Musikalische Leitung: Tomáš Hanus
Inszenierung und Bühne: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Tatjana: Nicole Car
Eugen Onegin: Andrè Schuen
Olga: Anna Goryachova
Lenski: Bogdan Volkov
Fürst Gremin: Dimitry Ivashchenko

4 November 2020, 19.00

Benjamin Britten
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, (Vorstellung vom 2. Oktober 2019)
Musikalische Leitung: Simone Young
Inszenierung: Irina Brook

Oberon: Lawrence Zazzo
Titania: Erin Morley
Puck: Théo Touvet
Lysander: Josh Lovell
Demetrius: Rafael Fingerlos
Hermia: Rachel Frenkel
Helena: Valentina Nafornita
Bottom: Peter Rose
Quince: Wolfgang Bankl
Flute: Benjamin Hulett
Snout: Thomas Ebenstein
Snug: William Thomas
Starveling: Clemens Unterreiner

5 November 2020, 19.00

Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI (Vorstellung vom 2. November 2020)
Musikalische Leitung: Marco Armiliato
Inszenierung, Bühne & Kostüme: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Santuzza: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Turiddu: Brian Jagde
Alfio: Ambrogio Maestri
Lucia: Zoryana Kushpler
Lola: Isabel Signoret

Canio (Pagliaccio): Roberto Alagna
Nedda (Colombina): Aleksandra Kurzak
Tonio (Taddeo): Ambrogio Maestri
Beppo (Arlecchino): Andrea Giovannini
Silvio: Sergey Kaydalov

6 November 2020, 19.00

Piotr I. Tschaikowski
EUGEN ONEGIN (Vorstellung vom 31. Oktober 2020)

7 November 2020, 19.00

Olga Neuwirth
ORLANDO (Vorstellung vom 18. Dezember 2019)
Musikalische Leitung: Matthias Pintscher
Regie: Polly Graham

Orlando: Kate Lindsey
Narrator: Anna Clementi
Guardian Angel: Eric Jurenas
Queen/Purity/Friend of Orlando’s Child: Constance Hauman
Sasha/Chastity: Agneta Eichenholz
Shelmerdine/Greene: Leigh Melrose
Orlando’s Child: Justian Vivian Bond

8 November 2020, 19.00

Charles Gounod
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (Vorstellung vom 1. Februar 2017)
Musikalische Leitung: Plácido Domingo
Inszenierung: Jürgen Flimm
Lichtarchitektur: Patrick Woodroffe

Roméo: Juan Diego Flórez
Juliette: Aida Garifullina
Stéphano: Rachel Frenkel
Tybalt: Carlos Osuna
Mercutio: Gabriel Bermúdez
Frère Laurent: Dan Paul Dumitrescu

ONEGIN (c) Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn


  • yujafan says:

    lovely rep and good casts by and large

  • Papageno says:

    much better than most things I’ve seen at the Met, on par with San Francisco.

  • Lancelot Spratt says:

    Anything “free” in my experience is never any use. The operas they are putting on are not first rank.

    • Maria says:

      Some of us who haven’t earned a penny as singers just can’t afford to keep forking out to see something at £10 a night for months on end. It is good there is a choice and you may find something more to your liking. Just because it is free does not mean it is no good. Someone somewhere has paid for the privilege as there is no such thing as a free lunch in life. Some fine singers in this series. If the production isn’t liked, one can close one’s eyes!

  • tom says:

    orlando is the original incarnation of the new doctor who and just as unwatchable

  • Le Křenek du jour says:

    Tonight, Vienna is shut for shootings.
    Shut for terror.
    Shut for murder.

    It is time to consider who the real enemies of culture are.
    It is time to consider who are the enemies of a civilisation that made opera, concerts, theatre possible and worth striving for. Except for the assassins on the rampage.

    Those who are trying to save lives and preserve public health, however imperfectly, are not the enemy. No matter how much they be maligned by that fraction of the public which considers its right to public entertainment innate and inalienable at all times, whatever the contingency.
    They are not the enemy.

    What was Kipling’s unfashionable phrase?
    “Makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep”

  • fflambeau says:

    This has been one of the positives coming from the Covid virus. It also follows by a lot of time the Met’s showing of a free opera nightly.

  • Sharon says:

    I guess the Vienna Opera is hoping to imitate the Met’s success in fund raising through these “free operas” that is also a free fund raising appeal reaching thousands of people who are grateful for the “free” opera.

  • Wiener Schnitzel says:

    Since Staatsoper remained closed today because of last night’s terrorist attack, they were not able to prepare the “Eugene Onegin” for broadcast today/tonight. It will be shown on Friday.

  • Doc Martin says:

    Bit like Wexford opera with an obscure programme.