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Your tickets for the 2017-2018 season of the Wiener Staatsoper

 

 

Season 2017-2018

This season 2017-2018, the famous Wiener Staatsoper, an institution of the utmost importance in Austria, offers some 227 opera performances, 53 ballet shows as well as numerous concerts and recitals. The repertoire here is always at an exceptional level and music lovers from around the world all meet in Vienna where excellence prevails.

 

The director Dominique Meyer is loyal to his position and continues to amaze us year after year (Bogdan Roscic, the new appointed director will not take office until 2020). Understandably, every season the new productions that enter the repertoire are much awaited.

 

Prokofiev's opera The Gambler is a rarity that has its place on one of the major world scenes. With Handel's Ariodante, the Baroque adventure continues. The grand William Christie is conducting. The German repertoire is not neglected with two great masterpieces as Der Freischütz of Weber and Lulu of Berg and the return of a well-known Austrian composer Gottfried von Einem with Dantons Tod.

 

One of the great events of the season is probably the Samson and Dalila since it gathers a radiant couple, Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna. In dance, the new performances of the Wiener Staatsballet show the big names of MacMillan, McGregor and Ashton or Edward Clug with Peer Gynt.

 

One must then carefully scan the very dense program to notice some great representations which stand out more among all the superb productions. The superstars of opera are at home at the Vienna Opera. A role to match the inmense talent of Anna Netrebko awaits her with Adriana Lecouvreur where she forms a perfect couple with the great tenor Piotr Beczala (who also sings Don Jose in Carmen). The sublime soprano at the height of her vocal potential is also on display at Verdi's Il Trovatore. Should we still introduce Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, his ideal partner? The two great singers are brought together in Andrea Chénier.

 

In dance, Manuel Legris once more concocted a very beautiful season with notably the classics Giselle and Nutcracker (in the choreography of Nureyev) but also great contemporaries like John Neumeier.

 

Another event to be noted, a tetralogy by Wagner as also the presence of Sonya Yoncheva, an ideal Marguerite in the Faust by Gounod [16/06/2017 : Wiener Staastoper announced Sonya Yoncheva will be replaced by Anita Hartig as Marguerite], Juan Diego Flórez the magnificent in Rigoletto, Ludovic Tézier as a superb Don Giovanni or that of Placidó Domingo, who leads an exceptional Traviata (Olga Peretyatko).

 

The younger generation is well represented in Vienna, where Sabine Devieilhe is particularly noted in The Girl of the Regiment, Aida Garifullina in Rigoletto or Ioan Hotea (1st Price Operalia 2015) in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

 

As for the conductors, the Wiener Staatsoper knows how to create the event by inviting major figures like Daniel Harding who conducts Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy with a very nice distribution (Christiane Karg, Bernard Richter and Simon Keenlyside). Richard Strauss is particularly well served with Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Salome and Jeffrey Tate (Ariadne auf Naxos).  Book your tickets as soon as possible, as you will understand!

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Informations sur Wiener Staatsoper

The Vienna State Opéra is much more than just a local institution; it is a vital part of the city's identity and a national landmark.

 

As of the 17th century, the Hapsburgs lavishly patronized the opéra. Family members Ferdinand III and Leopold I composed for the théâtre, while Charles VI tried his hand at conducting the orchestra, and the Empress Maria-Theresa often mingled with the corps de ballet.

 

During the 19th century, the Karntnerthor-Theater was demolished and the présent building was constructed on the famous " Ring ". It was here that Mahler, with the help of the set designer Alfred RoUer, imposed a new style of performance, based on audacious stagings and a very précise interprétation ofthe score, which demanded countless rehearsals.

 

After the fall of the Hapsburgs, Richard Strauss took over the reins of the newly baptized Vienna State Opéra. Curiously enough, only one of Strauss'operas, THE WOMAH WITHOUT A SHADOW, was premiered in Vienna. Clemens Krauss and Karl Bôhm were to follow in his footsteps. Under Bôhm's direction, the Opera created its own Company, which was to serve as a model for several générations. Even the bombs that destroyed the opéra house in 1945 could not prevent singer s such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac or Erich Kunz from becoming legendary.

 

One musn't think that the Viennese applaud only their homegrown stars. In 1955, when Maria Callas came to sing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in the reconstructed building with Karajan conducting, the public blocked traffic to pay tribute to the diva... in the street! Karajan succeeàed Karl Bôhm, and invited many international stars to corne sing on the Viennese stage. Works were henceforth sung in their language of origin, and coproductions with La Scala permitted the disco-very of voices such as that of Mirella Freni in LA BOHEME.

 

Ioan Holender has suceeded in deftly combining these international distributions with an ensemble System. He has scheduled many works never heard on the Viennese stage, which are now included in the Opera's répertoire, such as Verdi's JERUSALEM and Enesco's OEDIPE, furthering a policy instated under Claudio Abbado's brilliant direction. Whatever changes may now occur, the Opera will continue to stage at least 300 performances per season (an absolute world record ren-dered feasible thanks to the în-house technical crew, which hires no less than 250 people), and the public will continue to applaud the finest orchestra any amateur could wish for in the pit : the Vienna Philharmonie !