Vienna Opera manages just five new productions

Vienna Opera manages just five new productions


norman lebrecht

June 03, 2021

Here’s a summary from Larry Lash of next season’s Vienna highlights:


Rossini: „Il barbiere di Siviglia” – Herbert Fritsch (replaces 1966 production – shown 444 times) Flórez, Crebasa, Luciano; Mariotti

Mozart: „Don Giovanni“ – Barrie Kosky (replaces 2010 production – shown 60 times) – Ketelson, Müller, Lindsey, Sly, Anger; Jordan

Berg: „Wozzeck“ – Simon Stone (replaces 1987 production – shown 38 times) – Gerhaher, Kampe; Jordan

Wagner: „Tristan und Isolde“ – Calixto Bieito (replaces 2013 production – shown 18 times) – Schager, Serafin, Pape, Gubanova, Paterson; Jordan

Monteverdi: „L’Orfeo“ – Tom Morris (company premiere) – Nigl, Zámečníková, Lindsey; Heras-Casado (Concentus Musicus Wien)

José Carreras – Farewell Gala

Plácido Domingo – „Noche espanola“

Lisette Oropesa, Erwin Schrott, René Pape, Piotr Beczała – solo concerts

Rossini Festival (guest performances) – June/July 2022

Bartoli, Abdrazakov, Alaimo, Villazón – Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco/Choeur de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo

„La Cenerentola“

„Il turco in Italia“

Three new ballet evenings:

„Im siebten Himmel“ – Marco Goecke/Schläpfer/Balanchine

„Liebeslieder“ – Robbins („Other Dances“)/Lucinda Childs/Balanchine („Liebeslieder-Walzer“)

„Die Jahreszeiten“ – Schläpfer



  • V.Lind says:

    I’d like to go to that Nureyev Gala. Talk about Le Spectre de la Rose!

  • A.L. says:

    Another José Carreras farewell gala? How imaginative and hasn’t he been waving goodbye for many a long year? But where and when is the Plácido Domingo farewell party?

    • Larry L. Lash says:

      I just received the press release from the 2021/2022 presentation which was livestreamed, and how I got most of the info.

      The press release states that Carreras’ concert and Domingo’s “Nabucco” and zarzuela evening will mark the farewell to both artists to the Vienna stage.

  • Madeleine Richardson says:

    Placido Domingo is also singing in the Vienna State’s production of Nabucco on November 12, 2021.

  • Larry L. Lash says:

    In addition to the five totally new productions listed in Norman’s post are the five new productions from the 2020/2021 season which were each performed once in an empty auditorium and taped for broadcast on Austrian television and radio and streamed on Staatsoper’s website, so we are essentially also getting new productions of:

    „Das verratene Meer“
    „La traviata“

    Among some rather interesting revivals are, I believe, some role debuts:

    „Nabucco” – Netrebko (four performances, the last of which will be opposite Domingo)
    „Peter Grimes“ – Jonas Kaufmann, Lise Davidsen, Bryn Terfel; Simone Young

  • Julien says:

    I really can’t fathom why they’re replacing their current Tristan production, which is quite good, especially when their productions of the Holländer, Tannhäuser and Lohengrin are so awful. And giving it to Bieito, which may very well turn the piece into something ugly and/or vulgar is a strange idea.
    I’ll give credit to the current team for the casts, which are often excellent, but going full Regie won’t go down well with the viennese public

  • ryan says:

    any production by Calixto Bieito seems to be dreadful. his recent destruction of ‘Carmen’ on the Vienna stage was a real eyesore.

  • Hugo Rainer says:

    Thankfully this opera house has still world class singers and don’t has fallen into the trap of Salzburg by horrible modern performance

  • Don Ciccio says:

    Interesting. One of the few productions of the Drese / Abbado era that was not replaced until now, and a pretty good one actually – I am talking about Wozzeck – will be ditched by what’s likely to be another stinker from Simon Stone.

    Now, how do you stage pole dancers with music by Berg? Admittedly, there is a tavern scene… But if anyone can pull it, I mean push it, it’s this not exactly wunder with the imagination of a teen-kind.