Artist News

Matthew Wild

Political power struggle in Tyrol!
The next big premiere with Matthew Wild is just around the corner! This time he has dedicated himself to Tchaikovsky's dismal, violence-steeped opera Mazeppa, which will celebrate its premiere under his direction on 12 July 2024 as part of the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl.
The staging emphasises the universal content of the opera and "resembles a parable about the disintegration of state order, as can currently be observed in many countries around the world". The turbulent 1990s in the former Soviet Union provide a visual reference, skilfully realised by set designer Herbert Murauer, with whom Wild recently collaborated on his immensely successful Tannhäuser in Frankfurt. The production is conducted by Karsten Januschke.
Performance dates: 12/19/21 July 2024

In addition, the festival audience can experience the revival of Brigitte Fassbaender's 'Ring', in which BOM colleagues Vincent Wolfsteiner (Siegfrieds) and Anthony Robin Schneider (Fafner, Hunding) will also be on stage this year. Erik Nielsen conducts.

Dates of the second Ring performance series:
23 July (Das Rheingold), 24 July (Die Walküre), 26 July (Siegfried) and 28 July (Götterdämmerung)

more about Matthew Wild 
 

Tuomas Katajala

Long-awaited debut on home turf!
Following great successes with recent role debuts in the German fach, such as Max/Der Freischütz, Loge/Das Rheingold, Hoffegut/Die Vögel and the title role of Parsifal, Tuomas Katajala will now be making his awaited debut as Lohengrin!
In a new production by Roman Hovenbitzer and under the baton of Stephan Zilias, Katajala will perform the title role in Wagner's masterpiece at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland alongside renowned colleagues including Karita Mattila (Ortrud), Sinéad Campbell Wallace (Elsa) and Lucio Gallo (Telramund).

Performance dates: 05/09/12/15/18 July 2024

For more information about the production, including a video trailer:

more about Tuomas Katajala 
 

Andreas Bauer Kanabas

Le Prince Grémine dans Eugène Onéguine
From the 20th of June, audiences at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse can look forward to performances of a unique and moving masterpiece: Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin.
In a new production by Florent Siaud and under the baton of Patrick Lange, Andreas Bauer Kanabas will perform alongside Stéphane Degout and Valentina Fedenva in the role of Gremine.
This opera, which is regarded as the "Pinnacle of Slavic lyricism", will be performed in five further performances on the 23rd, 25th, 28th, 30th of June and 2nd of July.

more about Andreas Bauer Kanabas
 

Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir

"Rising Star" of the ECHO-Season 2025/26
Following her CD release ‘Poems’ on Deutsche Grammophon and after captivating premieres at the Theater Basel, including the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea" (Christoph Marthaler / Laurence Cummings) and the Mozart Requiem (Romeo Castellucci / Ivor Bolton), soprano Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir is receiving a special recognition: 
She has just been nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 25/26 concert season as part of "Rising Stars".
Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir is one of the six most promising artists who will tour Europe with a programme of their own choice and perform in the most prestigious ECHO-halls in 23 concert halls in 14 countries.

more about Alfheidur Erla Gudmundsdottir 
 

Attilio Cremonesi

New position in Karlsruhe!
For years, Attilio Cremonesi has been a welcome guest at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe and at the annual Handel Festival and celebrated a great success at this year's festival edition with the new production of ‘Siroe’, which was acclaimed by audience and critics alike.

From the upcoming 2024/25 season, audiences in Karlsruhe will be able to experience the maestro more often when he takes up the new position of ‘Conductor in Residence’ by the start of the season!

Cremonesi will regularly conduct both concerts and opera productions in Karlsruhe, not only from the baroque but also from the classical repertoire. In his first season, he will conduct the new production Phèdre (J.-B. Lemoynes) and the revival of Siroe, among others.

We are delighted that Attilio Cremonesi has been entrusted with this prestigious position and look forward to more great musical experiences in Karlsruhe!

more about Attilio Cremonesi 
 

Marjukka Tepponen, Tuomas Pursio, Sonja Herranen

The RING closes in Helsinki
While it's been almost five years since the premiere of Das Rheingold, the Finnish audience now gets to experience the fourth and final part of the Finnish National Opera's new RING, staged by director Anna Kelo.
The conclusion of Wagner's monumental epic, Götterdämmerung, celebrates its premiere on May 17th and, like the first three parts, the piece is conducted by Hannu Lintu.
On stage the audience gets to see and hear three BOM artists; Tuomas Pursio as Gunther, Marjukka Tepponen as Woglinde, and Sonja Herranen making her debut as 3rd Norn.

Further performance dates:
22./25./28.5. & 01./04.06.2024

More information about the production:
www.oopperabaletti.fi/...

more about Marjukka Tepponen
more about Tuomas Pursio 
more about Sonja Herranen
 

Andreas Schager

Home match with Beethoven 9 and Otello
Andreas Schager has a very eventful few weeks ahead of him in his home city of Vienna.
In a pan-European recording of all four movements of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in the cities of Leipzig, Paris, Milan and Vienna, Andreas Schager can be heard live on arte on the 7th May in his home city, together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and under the direction of Petr Popelka.

Further, Andreas Schager's long-awaited debut will follow with the title role in Verdi's Otello at the Vienna State Opera. The tenor can be seen there from the 13th of May under the musical direction of Giampaolo Bisanti in Adrian Noble's production. At his side are Nicole Car / Desdemona and Igor Golovatenko / Jago, among others.+

Further information and performance dates can be found here:
www.wiener-staatsoper.at 

To the live broadcast on arte: 
www.arte.tv

more about Andreas Schager 
 

Matthew Wild

Venusberg in Frankfurt´s banking district
Let's see where the journey of Matthew Wild's debut at Oper Frankfurt takes us. The South African director is directing the new production of Tannhäuser, which is being conducted by General Music Director Thomas Guggeis. In addition to the director, Boris Orlob's management is also excellently represented by Andreas Bauer Kanabas as Landgrave Herrmann and Domen Krizaj in his debut as Wolfram. The cast also includes Marco Jentsch, Christina Nilsson, Dzhamilja Kaiser, Magnus Dietrich, Erik van Heyningen, Michael Porter Magnús Baldvinsson and Karolina Bengtsson. The premiere is on 28th of April 2024.

Further performances: 
28 April, 01 / 05 / 11 / 20 / 30 May, 02 June

Further information can be found here:
www.oper-frankfurt.de

more about Matthew Wild 

Moritz Kallenberg

No smoke without fire - Loge in Stuttgart
After many concerts during Passiontide, new challenges await Moritz Kallenberg on the opera stage. On 20 April 2024, he will make his role debut as Loge in Wagner's Rheingold at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Marek Janowski will be the musical director for the revival.

Further performance dates:
20 / 27 April, 7 / 25 May, 10 / 13 June
 
www.staatsoper-stuttgart.de
 
more about Moritz Kallenberg 

Tuomas Katajala

Wagner classics in the Middle Kingdom
After successful performances at the Finnish National Opera with Poulenc's opera "Dialogues des Carmélites", Tuomos Katajala will make his debut as Erik in "Der fliegende Holländer" at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, on the 10th of April 2024. Under the direction of Marcos Bosch and staging by Giancarlo Del Monaco, he will appear in two further performances on the 12th and 14th of April 2024.

Further information can be found at:

more about Tuomas Katajala 

Vincent Wolfsteiner

Welcomed guest at the Spring Festival in Tokyo
Great tasks await Vincent Wolfsteiner at this years Spring Festival in Tokyo, where he will be a guest once again.
Together with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marek Janowski and alongside Markus Eiche and Elena Pankratova, he will be performing the roles of Loge, Siegmund and Siegfried in various excerpts from the Ring.
Later in the festival, Vincent Wolfsteiner will perform Bruckner's Mass in F minor, in which he will take on the tenor role under the direction of Lothar Koenigs and alongside soloists Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Okka von der Damerau and Ain Anger, accompanied by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
After his return, one can look forward to captivating performances at the Staatsoper Hamburg, where Vincent Wolfsteiner will take on the role of Zinovij in a revival of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk under the direction of Kent Nagano from May the 12th 2024.

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner 

Scott Hendricks

Nostalgia in Brussels
After several Wagner roles, most recently with a great personal success as Alberich in Rheingold, Scott Hendricks is now returning to his regular stage in Brussels with Verdi. The Texan baritone has already appeared there in various major Verdi roles:  He can now be seen from 23 March as Carlo in Nostalgia as part of a special two-part production at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie. Under the musical direction of Carlo Goldstein and directed by Krystian Lada, this pasticcio combines musical highlights from Giuseppe Verdi's first sixteen operas into a new story, telling the story of three friends in the key years of their lives in two separate opera performances, Rivoluzione and Nostalgia. While Rivoluzione is set in the period after the 1968 movement, Nostalgia shows the reunion of the friends and their individual memories of their youth together with a leap in time to the end of the 2000s.

Further dates and information can be found here:
www.lamonnaiedemunt.be 

In addition, there is the possibility to stream Nostalgia live on Operavision on 30.03.24 at 15:00:
www.operavision.en 
more about Scott Hendricks 
 

Doris Soffel

Signature roles!
Following her acclaimed performances as the Countess in Tchaikovsky's "Pique Dame" in Valencia last autumn, Doris Soffel is now also taking on this leading role in a new production of "Pique Dame" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
There she will sing four performances from 9th of March to the 20th of March 2024 under the musical direction of Sebastian Weigle and directed by Sam Brown alongside such high-calibre colleagues as S. Radvanovsky, M. Mühle, L. Gallo and T. Lehman.
Rehearsals for a revival of Elektra at the Semperoper Dresden begin immediately afterwards.
She can be seen there from the 29 March 2024 in another parade role, as Klytämnestra, under the baton of Marc Albrecht and in the production by Barbara Frey.
Further dates and information can be found here:
 
more about Doris Soffel 
  

Arttu Kataja

Looking forward to Easter with Eivind Gullberg Jensen and the NNO
Arttu Kataja will go on tour with chief conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen and the Noord Nederlands Orkest. He can be heard with Christus in the Matthäus Passion on the following dates and venues:
21st of March 2024, Emmen, Atlastheater
22nd of March 2024, Groningen, De Oosterpoort
23rd of March  2024, Assen, DNK 
26th of March  2024, Drachten, De Lawei
27th of March  2024, Leeuwarden, De Harmonie

Further information under :
 
 

Moritz Kallenberg

Passion with Bach's works in Lugano, Basel and Versailles
On 10 March 2024, Moritz Kallenberg will start this year's Passion season in Lugano. With I Barocchisti, the Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera and Diego Fasolis, he will sing the Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion, and the following weekend he will perform the Evangelist and arias again in the St Matthew Passion with the Basel Bach Choir in St Martin's Church, the most important concert church in Basel.

During the Easter weekend, the St John Passion is then scheduled under the direction of Gaétan Jarry with the Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal, the Tölzer Knabenchor and under the direction of Gaétan Jarry.
The concerts will take place in the Chapelle Royal in Versailles and will be followed by a CD production:
www.operaroyal-versailles.fr/... 

More Bach with Moritz Kallenberg:
www.moritzkallenberg.com/media 

more about Moritz Kallenberg 
 

Marina Prudenskaya

Wagner weekly
This spring, Marina Prudenskaya will face several Wagner parts.
At the Greek National Opera in Athens, she will take on the role of Fricka in “die Walküre”. 
From the 10th of March she can be heard there under the direction of Roland Kluttig.  
Shortly afterwards, she will return to Berlin, where she will appear as 1st Norne in two performances of "Götterdämmerung" at the Staatsoper under the musical direction of Philippe Jordan and in a production by Dmitri Tcherniakov on the 24th of March and 1st of April.
The impressive journey through Wagner's operatic world will conclude on 14 April with performances of "Lohengrin" and her debut as Ortrud under the direction of Alexander Soddy and in Calixto Bieito's production.

Further information and exact performance dates can be found at:
www.nationalopera.gr.net 
www.staatsoper-berlin.de
www.staatsoper-berlin.de 

more about Marina Prudenskaya 
 
 

Bettina Ranch

Top-class Amneris debut!
For the Berlin mezzo-soprano, the still new year begins with an exciting role debut. Under the new Italian GMD of the Aalto-Theater and the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrea Sanguineti, she sings Amneris in Aida. The revival premiere on 16 February 2024 in the cult staging by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf was a triumph for Bettina Ranch and one can already look forward to her next role debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde on 21 April in Essen, where she will be able to draw attention to herself a second time in the dramatic mezzo repertoire.

Performance dates Aida: 24.2./7.3./7.4.2024
Performance dates Tristan and Isolde: 21.4./28.4./5.5./12.5.2024

more about Bettina Ranch 
 

Elliott Carlton Hines

Longing for something new - world premiere "Dora" in Stuttgart
Elliott Carlton Hines shines in the touching role of Berthold in the world premiere by Bernhard Lang at the Stuttgart State Opera, directed by Elisabeth Stöppler and conducted by Elena Schwarz.
Premiere on 3 March.

Further performance dates: 8/15/22 March and 1/4 April 2024

more about Elliott Carlton Hines 
 

Attilio Cremonesi

Siroe - premiere in the Händel stronghold
Also this year, Baroque and Handel specialist Attilio Cremonesi can be found on the programme of the Karlsruhe International Händel Festival, however this time with a work which, to this day, has never before been performed in Karlsruhe. On 16th February 2024, under the musical direction of Cremonesi, the opera Siroe, Re di Persia, which tells the story of Cosroe, King of Persia, and his son Siroe, who escapes death several times and finally takes over his father's throne, can be experienced for the first time. The new production is staged by festival director Ulrich Peters.

Performance dates: 16/18/21/24/29 February, 2024

Subsequently, Attilio Cremonesi will give two concerts with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra on 14 and 18 March 2024 in Regensburg’s Neuhaussaal. The concerts are dedicated to "forgotten treasures of the European baroque and 'Frühklassik' period" and feature music by Rameau, J.C. Bach, Giovanni Paisiello and Joseph Martin Kraus.

For more information about the concerts:
www.theaterregensburg.de/... 

For more information about the production "Siroe":
www.staatstheater.karlsruhe.de/... 

more about Attilio Cremonesi 
 

Christoph Gedschold

On the road again!
Following the successful revival of "Tristan und Isolde" and "La Traviata" at the Leipzig Opera and a new production of "Lohengrin" at the Ópera de Oviedo, Christoph Gedschold will conduct a concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in February. There he will conduct works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Klaus Florian Vogt as soloist.
In March, the conductor will be a guest in Mannheim, where the programme includes Mendelssohn's concert overture op. 26 "The Hebrides" as well as "Wavering world" by Fujikura and Schubert's Great Symphony in C major D 944.
This spring, the music director of Oper Leipzig will also be taking over the musical direction of the revival of Don Giovanni, Elektra and the new production of Der Rosenkavalier.
Further information and performance dates can be found here:
www.elbphilharmonie.de 
www.nationaltheater-mannheim.de
www.oper-leipzig.de

more about Christoph Gedschold
 

Andreas Schager

Great works at the Concertgebouw and the Elbphilharmonie
In the following months, Andreas Schager can be heard in major works of the romantic repertoire.
From the 1st of February, he will embody the role of Waldemar in Schönberg's Gurre-Lieder under the direction of Riccardo Chailly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
In April, Andreas Schager will perform in Mahler's "Symphonie der Tausend" at the Elbphilharmonie under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.
Further information and performance dates can be found at:
more about Andreas Schager 
 

Miljenko Turk, Alexandra Ionis, Tómas Tómasson

Impressionistic dystopia in Cologne, Hamburg and Paris
The audience can expect an extremely interesting and extraordinary evening when the renowned Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and a large ensemble of soloists bring Bernd Alois Zimmermann's dystopian music theatre work "Die Soldaten" into the concert hall!
In co-operation with the Cologne Opera and the director Calixto Bieito, a concept was developed which, according to the director himself, is to be seen more as an "installation" than a staging in the conventional sense.

Under the musical direction of General Music Director François-Xavier Roth and with Tómas Tómasson (Wesener), Alexandra Ionis (Stolzius' mother) and Miljenko Turk (Haudy) as part of the ensemble, among others, the extraordinary production can first be experienced on 18 January 2024 in the Cologne Philharmonie, followed by performances in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (21 January) and the Philharmonie de Paris (28 January)
 
More information about the production:
www.guerzenich-orchester.de/... 

more about Miljenko Turk 
more about Alexandra Ionis
more about Tómas Tómasson
 

Andreas Bauer Kanabas

Viva Verdi, in Frankfurt as Ramfis!
After a celebrated revival of "Don Carlo" at the Oper Frankfurt, Andreas Bauer Kanabas faces yet another important Verdi role. 
In a new production by Lydia Steier, he will appear as Ramfis in "Aida" alongside Guanqun Yu, Stefano La Colla, Claudia Mahnke, Nicholas Brownlee Kihwan Sim, Kudaibergen Abildin and Monika Buczkowska at his home theatre.

Under the direction of Erik Nielsen, performances with him as Ramfis will take place on 6, 8, 10, 17, 21, 26 and 29 December 2023.

Further information can be found via this link:

www.oper-frankfurt.net 

more about Andreas Bauer Kanabas
 

Heather Engebretson

Great love for Puccini
Having already achieved great success with Liu, Musetta, Mimi and, most recently, Madama Butterfly, Heather Engebretson faces a further challenge with the title role in Puccini's "Manon Lescaut". 
Performance dates and further information can be found here:
www.stadttheater-klagenfurt.at

more about Heather Engebretson
 

Marina Prudenskaya

"modern masterpiece" at the Wiener Staatsoper
After a successful start to the season with Wagner's "Rheingold" at the ROH in London, Marina Prudenskaya is returning to the Wiener Staatsoper.
There she will premiere on the 11th of November in a production by Jan Lauwers and under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado as Mescalina in Ligeti's "modern masterpiece" "Le Grand Macabre".

Further information and performance dates:
www.wiener-staatsoper.at

more about Marina Prudenskaya 
 

Anthony Robin Schneider

Strong opener at the DNO in Amsterdam
After successful performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Braunschweig, performances of Lohengrin will follow at the DNO in Amsterdam on the 11th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 26th and 30th of November, as well as on the 3rd of December 2023.
Under the musical direction of Lorenzo Viotti, Christof Loy's production will also feature Daniel Behle as Lohengrin and Malin Byström as Elsa alongside Anthony Robin Schneider.

more about Anthony Robin Schneider
 

Stucki, Katajala, Ranch, Youn

"Veni creator spiritus" - Mahler 8 in Duomo di Milano
On November 8th, 2023 Gustav Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand", will be performed in Milan! Together with the Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano and three further choirs, Flurina Stucki (Magna Peccatrix), Bettina Ranch (Mulier Samaritana), Tuomas Katajala (Doctor Marianus) and Samuel Youn (Pater Profundus) will perform this exceptional work under the direction of Claus Peter Flor in the Duomo di Milano.

The Symphony No. 8 is performed as part of the "Festival Mahler", which for three whole weeks (from 22 October to 13 November 2023) has been dedicated to the repertoire of Gustav Mahler.
Bettina Ranch already performed Mahler's Symphony No. 2 under the direction of Andrey Boreyko on 25 October.

More information about the concert:
www.sinfonicadimilano.org/... 

More information about the Mahler Festival:
www.sinfonicadimilano.org/...

more about Flurina Stucki
more about Tuomas Katajala
more about Bettina Ranch
more about Samuel Youn
 

Doris Soffel

Grande Dame of opera singing 
The picture shows Doris Soffel in one of her signature roles as Pique Dame Countess at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia during September and October 2023.
Below one of many enthusiastic reviews: 
"The legendary Doris Soffel, a mezzo-soprano with enormous experience, knew how to shape the degree of emotional turmoil of this character with her voice. With effective gestures and a slow, incisive vocal style she completed a countess of great personality."
Jacobo Rios-Capé Carpi

more about Doris Soffel 
 

Arttu Kataja

Concert jewels with Frieder Bernius and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Arttu Kataja will again collaborate in two concerts with the Kammerchor Stuttgart conducted by Frieder Bernius and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Louis Spohr's Passion Oratorio "Des Heilands letzte Stunden". 
Kataja has been artistically connected to the Kammerchor Stuttgart and Frieder Bernius for a number of years: many concert moments and also CD recordings have been made, such as the Beethoven Missa Solemnis released on the Carus label and Schubert's Mass in A-flat major released on Hänssler in 2023. 

The first concert will take place on 31 October at 20:00 in Bremen's Konzerthaus Die Glocke, the second on 5 November at 17:00 in Stuttgart's Liederhalle:

www.glocke.de/... 
www.liederhalle-stuttgart.de/... 

more about Arttu Kataja 
 

Yorck Felix Speer 

New ensemble member at the Oper Leipzig!
Our warmest congratulations!!! With the beginning of the 23/24 season, Yorck Felix Speer is a new member of the ensemble at the renowned Oper Leipzig. He will sing the first bass part in various new productions and revivals: Sarastro/Zauberflöte, Hunding/Walküre, Commendatore/ Don Giovanni, Orest/Elektra, Don Magnifico/Cenerentola, Hobson/ Peter Grimes ...:

For further information and performance dates:
www.oper-leipzig.com 

more about Yorck Felix Speer 
 

Matija Meic

Home game as jester!
Matija Meic slips into the clown costume again; on three evenings he can be experienced as the court jester Rigoletto in Verdi's opera of the same name at the Croatian National Theatre in his native Zagreb.
Performance dates: 28.10., 04.11. and 09.11.2023

At his parent house at Munich's Gärtnerplatz, during this season he will be on stage in the revivals of La Bohème /Marcello and Hänsel und Gretel /Peter, among others.
 
Performance dates La Bohème:
11/19/25/29 November & 01/08 December, 2023
 
Performance dates Hansel and Gretel:
30 November & 03/05/06/10/17/23/26 December, 2023
as well as 01/04 January, 2024

more about Matija Meic 
 

Scott Hendricks

Watch out for Alberich in Brussels!
On 24.10.23, for the first time, the Texan baritone will sing Alberich in Wagner's "Rheingold" in a new production by Romeo Castellucci, conducted by Alain Altinoglu, at the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels.

After Kurwenal, this is a further step into the musical world of Richard Wagner. Exciting!

More information:
www.lamonnaiedemunt.be/... 

more about Scott Hendricks
   
 

Vincent Wolfsteiner

Emperor in Lyon
Vincent Wolfsteiner will take on the role of the Emperor for the first time in Richard Strauss's opera "Die Frau ohne Schatten"; this special work, staged by Mariusz Treliński and conducted by Daniele Rustioni, will also celebrate its premiere at the Opéra de Lyon.

Opening night: October 17, 2023

Further information and performance dates can be found under the following link:
www.opera-lyon.com/... 

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner
 

Rinaldo Alessandrini

Busy baroque weeks in Rome
Baroque expert Rinaldo Alessandrini will conduct a spectacular production of Händel's opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto by stage director Damiano Michieletto, which has already garnered success at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opera Leipzig in recent seasons.
The staging, a co-production of several European theatres, celebrates its Italian premiere on October 13th, 2023 at Teatro dell’Opera in Alessandrini's native Rome. The title role is sung by countertenor Raffaele Pe.

All performance dates: 13/15/17/19/21 October, 2023

In addition, on October 20th Alessandrini conducts the concert "I tre controtenori", featuring the three countertenors of the production, Raffaele Pe, Carlo Vistoli and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, as well as music by Händel, Vivaldi, Porpora and Gluck.

For more information about the opera production, including an interview with Rinaldo Alessandrini and Damiano Michieletto:
www.operaroma.it/en/... 

more about Rinaldo Alessandrini 
 

Nina Russi

Psycho thriller Elektra
Following her acclaimed interpretation of Janacek's The Makropulos Affair in 2022, celebrated by audience and critics alike, Nina Russi’s next staging at Würzburg’s Mainfranken Theater now celebrates its premiere!
This time she brings Strauss's action-packed one-acter Elektra to the stage, interpreted as a "psychodrama of a woman who wants to avenge the misdeeds of her ancestors and in the process makes herself guilty. Caught in the vicious circle of guilt and atonement, the question arises of a way out of this logic, out of this system."

Julia Katharina Berndt is once again responsible for the stage and costume design, Enrico Calesso is conducting.
 
Premiere: 8th October, 2023
 
Further performances:
11/15/22/31 October, 22 November and 1 December, 2023
 
Further information about the production:
www.mainfrankentheater.de/...

more about Nina Russi 
 

Moritz Kallenberg

Ariodante with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants
Moritz Kallenberg starts another exciting semi-staged concert tour with Les Arts Florissants and of course under William Christie next Monday 2.10.2023 at the Philharmonie de Paris/ Grande Salle Pierre Boulez. He sings the role of Odoardo in Handel's ARIODANTE, directed by Nicolas Briançon. Further performances follow at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Opéra Royal/ Versailles and the Opéra Dijon: 

more about Moritz Kallenberg 
 

Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

Highly romantic
Ursula Hesse von den Steinen starts her season with the role of the messenger in Korngold’s masterpiece „Das Wunder der Heliane” directed by Jakob Peters-Messer under the musical direction of Jac van Steen at the Reisoper in the Nederlands.

Performances are in Enschede on September 30th, in Eindhoven on October 6th, in Maastricht on October 14th, in Leeuwarden on October 20th, in Utrecht on October 28th, in Breda on October 31st, in Zwolle on November 3rd, in The Hague on November 6th, in Amsterdam on November 9th and in Apeldoorn on November 11th, 2023.

Following this performance tour, she will sing one of her signature roles, Herodias in a new production of “Salome” directed by Isabel Ostermann at the Staatstheater Braunschweig under the baton of Srba Dinić. Singing alongside her is amongst others Thomas Mohr as Herodes.

Performances are: December 9th, 15th, 22nd and 30th, 2023, as well as 5th, 10th, 19th, 21st and 26th January and 1st and 11th February, 2024.

more about Ursula Hesse von den Steinen 
 

 

Christoph Gedschold

Old masters, always new!
Christoph Gedschold is a regular guest at the Semperoper Dresden. After revivals of “Elektra” and “Ariadne auf Naxos” in the last two seasons, he returns to the conductor's podium this season  with "Der Freischütz" on 23./ 30.09.23 and 03.10.23, as well as with "The Magic Flute" performances scheduled for the spring 2024.

In Leipzig, he starts the season with the Leipzig Opera Ball on 02.10.23, conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and followed by the revival of "Tristan und Isolde "with

performances on 05.11.23, 03.12.23 and 10.02.24.

more about Christoph Gedschold
 

Martina Welschenabach

Strauss' 4 Last Songs at the "Anima Mundi" Festival in Pisa
Martina Welschenbach will sing Richard Strauss' 4 Last Songs with pianist James Baillieu for the first time on September 19, 2023 at the Camposanto Monumentale as part of the "Anima Mundi" Festival in Pisa. Baritone Benjamin Appl will be her partner on this extraordinary evening, which will also feature works by Robert - and Clara Schumann and Gustav Mahler.
 
more about Martina Welschenbach 
 

Jussi Mylllys

Holy Grail! Parsifal in Minden!
Finnish tenor Jussi Myllys will be performing the title role in Richard Wagner's "Parsifal" for the first time at the "Bayreuth of the North" on September 8, 2023 in Minden.
The "Bühnenweihfestspiel" will once again be presented through a collaborative production between the Richard Wagner Association Minden, the North West German Philharmonic, and the Minden City Theatre. The stage direction will be led by Lausanne's Intendant Erik Vigié, musical direction by Frank Beerman. More details can be found at:  www.parsifal-in-minden.de  

In the classical music magazine CONCERTI LOUNGE (August 24, 2023), the event is reported as follows:
lounge.concerti.de/das-wagner-wunder-von-minden  
 
more about Jussi Myllys 
 

Tuomas Katajala

Spending fall in the concert hall!
Following various opera performances in spring and summer, Tuomas Katajala will be spending much of autumn in the European concert halls. First up is his return to Milan and its Orchestra Sinfonica, with whom he will perform Mahler’s „Lied von der Erde“ as the orchestra's season opening concert at Teatro alla Scala on September 10, 2023. In October he can be heard as Atis in two concert performances of Joseph Martin Kraus‘ opera „Proserpin“. The concerts take place on October 13 and 14 in Vaasa, Finland with the Vaasa Baroque and Aapo Häkkinen.

Next, his path leads him to South Tirol and the Alps to sing the tenor part in Beethoven’s C Major Mass in two concerts in Brixen (21.10.) and Bruneck (22.10.). The other parts are sung by fellow BOM artists Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir (Soprano), Silvia Hauer (Alto) and Arttu Kataja (Bass).

Following these concerts, Tuomas will return to his native Finland for a single performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia on November 2 and lastly, to bring his schedule full circle, he returns again to Milan and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano for their Mahler festival. As part of the festival, he can be heard in the bombastic 8th Symphony on November 8, 2023 alongside Flurina Stucki, Bettina Ranch and Samuel Youn, among others, and under the baton of Claus Peter Flor.

more about Tuomas Katajala 
 

Johan Reuter

Debut at the Ruhrtriennale
Johan faces an exciting season with many different challenges. It begins at the Ruhrtriennale, where he takes on the role of Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov in Janacek’s masterpiece “From the House of the Dead” under the musical direction of Dennis Russell Davies. Performances of this eagerly awaited new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov are on August 31st and on September 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th and 9th, all taking place at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum.

Here is a small impression that makes you want more 
 
more about Johan Reuter 
 

Andreas Schager

Bayreuth Highlights and Vienna Weeks
"The star of the Bayreuth Festival 2023" ("der Star der Bayreuther Festspiele 2023" ), Andreas Schager, is celebrated with  standing ovations for his portrayal of Siegfried in Götterdämmerung. In Siegried, too, he was convincing with “indestructible energy, such fantastic vocal performance an such playful vitality” ("unverwüstliche Energie, eine solch phantastische Stimmleistung und eine solch spielerische Vitalität" ). “Almost pure world class” ("Fast pure Weltklasse" ).  Andreas Schager also stood in for Joseph Calleja as Parsifal. Under the musical direction of Pablo Heras-Casado, he showcased “great and subtle creative power” ("großer und feinsinniger Gestaltungskraft" ) and thus proved to be a “stroke of luck” ("Glücksfall" ).
 
After his Wagner Triathlon in Bayreuth, which sometimes included three performances on consecutive days, Anderas Schager is already on course for the new season and will begin in Tulln, where he sings at the traditional Open Air "Götterklang trifft Donaugold" Vienna, where he will take on the title role in Tristan and Isolde (performances: September 17th, 20th and 24th) and the role of the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten (performances: October 14th, 17th, 21st and 24th)

On September 7th, Andreas Schager will be awarded the Austrian Music Theater Prize in the Vienna City Hall for his portrayal of Tristan in the Vienna State Opera production.

more about Andreas Schager 
 

Johan Reuter & Mika Kares

Together in Lohengrin at the Bavarian State Opera
On July 16th and 19th, Mika Kares and Johan Reuter can be seen together in the production of Lohengrin in Munich. Under the musical direction of François-Xavier Roth, Mika Kares portrays the role of Heinrich der Vogler (Henry the Fowler), while Johan Reuter sings Friedrich von Telramund. The title role is portrayed by Klaus Florian Vogt, and Elsa von Brabant is sung by Johanni van Oostrum.

more about Johan Reuter
more about Mika Kares 
 

Various

The Glorious Eight in Savonlinna
To our great delight, this year's Savonlinna Opera Festival features several BOM artists in central roles!
Beginning on July 1st with Amy Lane's staging of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette conducted by Yves Abel, Marjukka Tepponen can be seen and heard in the role of Juliette, Arttu Kataja as Capulet, and Kevin Greenlaw takes on the role of Mercutio.

All performances: 01/03/05/07/12/14/17 July, 2023

At the same time, both casts of The Magic Flute starting on July 4th feature some familiar names!
Under the musical direction of Sakari Oramo, the following BOM singers will be on stage in August Everding's legendary production:
Sarastro (Mika Kares / Markus Suihkonen)
Tamino (Tuomas Katajala / Johan Krogius)
Pamina (Iris Candelaria)

All performances: 04/06/08/11/19/21 July, 2023
 
Further information on the productions and casts:
www.operafestival.fi/... 
www.operafestival.fi/... 
     

Doris Soffel

Unique!
This week we celebrate an artist with whom we have been working for 25 years: Doris Soffel is not only celebrating a special birthday (which, however, we do not name, as befits such a great artist), but can now also look back on a career of more than 50 years, which has taken her to all the great houses and festivals, with an evolution from coloratura mezzo to the dramatic parts of her craft. Simply unique, simply La Soffel!
And the best... she goes on and on! We look forward to her return to the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, the Semperoper Dresden, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Theatre de la Monnaie, to name but a few theatres.
Representative of many great moments in Doris' career, here are two links to recordings with Joan Sutherland (Norma, 1985) and Thomas Johannes Mayer (Walküre, DNO, 2013).
Norma, 1985 
Die Walküre, 2013 

The Austrian radio is also dedicating a portrait to Doris Soffel this week. You can find it online via the livestream of Ö1:
Livestream Ö1 

more about Doris Soffel 
   

Anthony Robin Schneider

New entry!
Anthony Robin Schneider, ensemble member of Oper Frankfurt, is new to our list with representation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The young New Zealand-Austrian bass has already enjoyed success in roles ranging from Sarastro to King Henry at major houses, most recently in a guest performance at the Dresden Semperoper in Die Zauberflöte and soon to be experienced at Oper Frankfurt in the title role of Hercules directed by Barrie Kosky (premiere 30.4.2023). A warm welcome!

more about Anthony Robin Schneider 
 

Johan Reuter

Velkommen Johan Reuter!
With Johan Reuter we welcome one of the most prominent singers of his generation to our general management.

Reuter is a regular guest on the big stages of the world, from the Metropolitan Opera New York to Opéra de Paris or the Bavarian State Opera Munich. In addition to his intense activity as an opera soloist, he is also sought-after as a concert and lied singer.
We are looking forward to the collaboration!

more about Johan Reuter 
                                     

   

     

BOM

BOM artists announced at Savonlinna Opera Festival!
To our great delight, this year's Savonlinna Opera Festival again features several BOM artists in central roles!

From July 5th, for the first time ever, Tuomas Katajala can be seen and heard as Lohengrin in Roman Hovenbitzer's new production under the baton of Stephan Zilias.
All performance dates: 05/09/12/15/18 July 2024

From July 6th, the audience can then experience Rodula Gaitanou's staging of Verdi's Nabucco, featuring Mika Kares as Zaccaria and Johan Krogius with his debut as Ismaele. The production is conducted by Ville Matvejeff and James Sherlock.
All performance dates:  06/08/11/16/19/22/24/26 July 2024

Likewise, the casts of Don Giovanni, starting on July 10th, feature some familiar names!
The role of Commendatore is sung by Mika Kares, Don Ottavio by Johan Krogius, Donna Anna by Marjukka Tepponen, Donna Elvira by Sonja Herranen, and Zerlina by Iris Candelaria. The production by Paul-Émile Fourny is conducted by Andrea Sanguineti.
All performance dates: 10/13/17/20/23/25 July 2024

More information about Lohengrin:
www.operafestival.fi/en/ ... 

More information about Nabucco:
www.operafestival.fi/en/ ...

More information about Don Giovanni:
www.operafestival.fi/en/ ... 

more about Johan Krogius
more about Marjukka Tepponen
more about Iris Candelaria 
more about Tuomas Katajala
more about Sonja Herranen
more about Mika Kares
 

Johan Reuter

Budapest or Bayreuth: Wotan rocks the Danube
Off to Budapest, because as the New York Times reported back in 2013: "No Tickets for Bayreuth? Budapest has a Wagner Festival, Too." And Wagner fans shouldn't miss it, especially this year! From the 20th June 2024, visitors can look forward to a complete performance Ring des Nibelungen, with Danish bass-baritone Johan Reuter portraying Wotan/Wanderer in the first three parts. He will be joined by Irene Theorin /Brünnhilde, Magnus Vigilius /Siegmund and Stefan Vinke/Siegfried. Under the musical direction of Ádám Fischer, highly esteemed for his interpretation of Wagner's works, and directed by Hartmut Schörghofer, the audience is sure to fall under the spell of the Nibelungen-Ring. 

Further performance dates and information can be found here:
www.mupa.hu 

more about Johan Reuter 
 

Mika Kares, Marina Prudenskaya & Johan Krogius

Die Khovansky Case
Mussorgsky's magnificent Chowanschtschina will be performed by a BOM triple cast at the Staatsoper unter den Linden starting on the 2nd of June 2024. Led in the title role by Mika Kares as Prince Ivan Khovansky, other roles will be performed by Marina Prudenskaya as Marfa and Johan Krogius as Streshnev, as well as George Gagnizde as Boyar Shaklovity, Stephan Rügamer as Vasily Golitsyn and Taras Shtonda as Dosifey.
In this production, based on the version by Dmitri Schostakowitsch and Igor Stravinsky, Claus Guth pays particular attention to the different worlds of the individual personalities and thus gives the audience the opportunity to experience history beyond the political events and power games. Together with Simone Young's conducting, this results in an all-encompassing staging of history that represents ‘the past in the present’.

Further performance dates:
06./ 09. / 13. / 16. / 23.06

More information about the production:
www.staatsoper-berlin.de 

more about Mika Kares 
more about Marina Prudenskaya
more about Johan Krogius 
 

Scott Hendricks & Andrew Harris

Hendricks and Harris in Wonderland
Following concert performances of the Ring in Dallas, Andrew Harris and Scott Hendricks, who could just be heard at his parent house in Brussels as Carlo in Verdi's “Nostalgia”, are off to Amsterdam, where they will appear together in a concert performance of “Alice in Wonderland”.

Under the musical direction of Markus Stenz and a production by South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, Scott Hendricks as Mad Hatter and Andrew Harris as King of Hearts can be heard at the Concertgebouw on 01.06.2024.
 
more about Scott Hendricks 
more about Andrew Harris
 

Meagan Miller & Tómas Tómasson

"The Symphony of a Thousand" in the Land of a Thousand Lakes
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will be ending their concert season with a musical fireworks display, when they perform Gustav Mahler's Symphony no 8, the monumental "Symphony of a Thousand", on three consecutive nights in Helsinki's Musiikkitalo. Under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste, no less than six choirs and eight soloists will be joining the orchestra, including Meagan Miller and Tómas Tómasson who will be singing the parts of Magna Peccatrix and Pater Profundus, respectively.

The concerts take place on May 28th, 29th and 30th, 2024.

For more information about the concerts and cast:
www.helsinginkaupunginorkesteri.fi/... 

more about Meagan Miller
more about Tómas Tómasson
 

Markus Suihkonen

First time in "Florence on the Elbe" with Monteverdi
From 26 May 2024, Markus Suihkonen is on stage of the Dresden Semperoper for the first time, performing the role of Caronte in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo alongside Rolando Villazón in the title role, among others.
The acclaimed production (which marked the first ever performance of the work at the Semperoper in 2023) is by the sought-after director and puppeteer Nikolaus Habjan, who brings the myth to the stage with an interplay of singers and life-size puppets. Wolfgang Katschner conducts his ensemble ‘lautten compagney BERLIN’ and the cast is completed by BOM colleagues Joseph Dennis and Ilya Silchuk in the roles of Shepherd and Ghost.

Remaining performance dates: 31.05. & 03./06.06.2024

For more information about the production:
www.semperoper.de/... 

more about Markus Suihkonen 
 

Anthony Robin Schneider

Welcome to the club!
We are delighted to now also be able to represent Anthony Robin Schneider in general management. Anthony has already caught people's attention with engagements at the Oper Frankfurt, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Semperoper Dresden, the Santa Fe Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Tiroler Erl Festspiele and in concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, among others.
In the upcoming seasons he will make his debut in important roles at the Salzburg Festival, the Canadian Opera Toronto, the Komische Oper Berlin and return to the Oper Frankfurt, the National Opera Amsterdam and this summer to the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl! 

Anthony will continue to be represented by OPUS 3 in North America, Asia and Oceania.

more about Anthony Robin Schneider 
 

Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

Walhall in Dortmund
Dortmund is not only in football fever because of the Champions League semi-finals, but is also eagerly awaiting the premiere of Peter Konwitschny's interpretation of Wagner's Rheingold with Ursula Hesse von den Steinen as Fricka this week. Alongside Tommi Hakala as Wotan, Matthias Wohlbrecht as Loge and Joachim Goltz as Alberich, she can be seen on stage in Dortmund from 9 May 2024 under the musical direction of Gabriel Feltz.

Further performance dates:
19./24.05., 01./08.06.24, 09.03.25

Further information can be found here::
www.operdortmund.de 

more about Ursula Hesse von den Steinen  
 

Tuomas Katajala

Beethoven anniversary on tour!
Fitting for the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's Symphony no 9, Tuomas Katajala will be singing the tenor part in the monumental piece no less than six times in three different cities over the course of three weeks.
First, he returns to Lisbon and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, led by Joana Carneiro, for two concerts on May 9th and 10th, 2024.

Subsequently, he will return to Finnish Lahti and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, with whom he will perform the piece on May 16th and 17th, 2024.
Dalia Stasevska is conducting and the mezzo part is sung by Virpi Räisänen.

Lastly, Tuomas can be heard singing the tenor part with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nicholas Collon.
The two concerts take place in Helsinki's Music Centre, Musiikkitalo, on May 22nd and 23rd, 2024.

For more information about the concerts and casts:

more about Tuomas Katajala 
 

Philipp Ahmann

Winner of the German jazz Prize 2024
Congratulations to Philipp Ahmann, who won the German Jazz Award in the category Best Radio Production with his production A KIND OF ... CHORAL MUSIC! The three jazz composers Theresia Philipp, Florian Ross and Andreas Theobald were engaged to compose pieces for the ensemble for the cross-genre project, which was the result of a co-operation between the MDR Rundfunkchor and the Leipziger Jazztage. The newly composed concert programme of choral music with jazz influences picks up on the jazz festival's motto ‘Make the connection’ in an unprecedented way and creates a unique transition between jazz and classical music.  
The award ceremony took place on 18.04.2024 in Cologne.

Further information can be found here:
www.deutscherjazzpreis.de 
www.mdrklassik.de 

more about Philipp Ahmann 
 

Bettina Ranch

Between Ireland and Cornwall with Tristan and Isolde
Following Bettina Ranch's highly acclaimed Amneris in Aida, the next major role debut will now take place at her home theatre in Essen, Brangäne in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. The premiere, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by GMD Andrea Sanguineti, will take place on 21 April 2024.

Further performance dates:
www.theater-essen.de 
 
more about Bettina Ranch
 

Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir

Te decet hymnus - Mozart Requiem at Theater Basel
Álfheiður Erla Gudjonsdottir sings the soprano role in Romeo Castellucci's acclaimed production, which has now also premiered at the Theater Basel.
Ivor Bolton is at the podium.
Premiere on the 20th of April 2024, further performance dates and information:
 
www.theater-basel.ch
 

 

Nina Russi

Baroque magic in Darmstadt
Following her acclaimed "Serse" in Winterthur, which will be revived at Zurich Opera House in the coming season, Nina Russi is now bringing another Handel opera to the stage.
Alcina, one of Handel's most successful operas, will celebrate its premiere in a new staging by Russi at the Staatstheater Darmstadt on 13 April 2024.
The production will be musically led by Alessandro Quarta, with Ana Durlovski singing the title role.

Further performances on:
02/29 May and 08/21/27 June 2024

more about Nina Russi 
 

Nadja Loschky

Caesar and Cleopatra in Frankfurt 
Nadja Loschky, director of the Bielefeld Theatre as of this season, is bringing Georg Friedrich Händel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto back to the Frankfurt Opera from 24.03.24 with a new production!
The audience can expect a dramatic event that is both a romantic drama and a political thriller. While the production begins with the idea of reconciliation, it quickly turns into a dramatic tangle of murder and retribution. This is ideal material for Nadja Loschky, whose recent productions have repeatedly thrilled audiences.
The production promises a multitude of motifs, emotions and entanglements, as well as rapid scene changes and multi-layered characters, with a top vocal cast including Pretty Yende as Cleopatra, Lawrence Zazzo as Giulio Cesare and Nils Wanderer as Tolomeo. Etienne Pluss and Irina Spreckelmeyer are responsible for the stage and costumes, with Simone Di Felice conducting.

Further performance dates and information can be found here:
www.oper-frankfurt.de
 
more about Nadja Loschky

Mika Kares

Verdi in Paris and Leipzig
Mika Kares is back as Fiesco in Opéra Bastille's celebrated production of Simon Boccanegra by Calixto Bieito from 2018, where Mika embodied the role as well.
Alongside Ludovic Tézier in the title role, among others, and under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock, he will be on stage in Paris from March 12th, 2024 (revival).

Further performance dates: 16/19/22/25/28/31 March & 03 April, 2024

Immediately after, Mika can be heard in another beloved Verdi piece; his Messa da Requiem. Together with the Gewandhausorchester under Franz Welser-Möst, the monumental piece will be performed on two nights in Leipzig's Gewandhaus: April 11th & 12th, 2024.

For more information on the Simon Boccanegra production:
www.operadeparis.fr/en/ ...

more about Mika Kares
 
 

Johan Reuter

In Baden-Baden and the Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic 

Following successful performances of the Danish national opera Drog et Marsk at the Royal Danish Opera, Johann Reuter's next engagement will be at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as part of the Easter Festival. From 23 March 2024, he can be heard there as Orest in a new production of Strauss' Elektra together with the Berliner Philharmoniker and alongside Alexandra Ionis, Anthony Robin Schneider, Andrew Harris and Nina Stemme in the title role. Following the staged performances directed by Philipp Stölzl and Philipp M. Krenn in Baden-Baden, Kirill Petrenko will also conduct a concert version of the piece in two performances at the Berliner Philharmonie from the 4th of April 2024.

Further performance dates and information can be found here:
www.festspielhaus.de 
www.berliner-philharmoniker.de 

more about Johan Reuter 
  

Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir

In Marthaler's "L'incoronazione di Poppea" in Basel
Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir sings and plays the role of Drusilla brilliantly alongside colleagues such as Jake Arditti as Nerone, Kerstin Avemo's Poppea and Anne Sofie von Otter's Ottavia in Christoph Marthaler's unusual new production of Claudio Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea" in the premiere on 3 March 2024 at Theater Basel. Laurence Cummings conducts the Barockorchester La Cetra. 

Trailer: 
www.youtube.com/...
 
Next performances:
23.03./  07.04./  14.04./  21.04./  28.04./ 10.05./  23.05.2024

more about Alfheidur Erla Gudmundsdottir 
 

Tepponen, Keitel, Suihkonen, Kataja

Italian tragedy in the north
The Finnish audience can look forward to a special evening when Verdi’s classic La Traviata is back on the programme in a new and exciting production! The opera, which hasn’t been performed at Tampere Opera since 1969, features Marjukka Tepponen in the main role as Violetta as well as fellow BOM artists Niina Keitel (Flora Bervoix), Arttu Kataja (Giorgio Germont) and Markus Suihkonen (Doctor Grenvil).
The production is staged by Finnish director Samuel Harjanne, and conducting the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is Italian maestro Giancarlo Andretta.

All performance dates: 02/06/09/12/14/16 March 2024

For more information about the production:
www.tampere-talo.fi/en/... 

more about Marjukka Tepponen 
more about Niina Keitel
more about Markus Suihkonen
more about Arttu Kataja
 
 

Tómas Tómasson & Vincent Wolfsteiner

Two pillars in INO's new Salome
Get ready for a thriller when Strauss’ action-packed opera shocker comes to Ireland!
Freshly staged by Bruno Ravella and conducted by Fergus Sheil, Irish National Opera’s "Salome" can first be experienced in a concert performance on March 3rd, 2024 at the Wexford National Opera House, followed by three further staged performances at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on March 12/14/16.

Embodying the main roles are two experts in the task; Vincent Wolfsteiner as the lustful king Herodes, and Tómas Tómasson as the condemned prophet Jochanaan. The title role is sung by Sinéad Campbell Wallace.

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner 
more about Tómas Tómasson
 

Matthew Wild

Musical for a change!
Matthew Wild, known for his masterful stagings of everything from Mozart and Wagner to West Side Story or Chicago, now brings another musical to the stage - and the audience can look forward to a special show! This time it's Jonathan Larson's 1996 rock musical "RENT", based on the story of Puccini's "Bohème" and oscillating musically between soul, rock, latin and tango.
Wild's new staging of the cult piece celebrates its premiere on February 17th, 2024 at Theater St. Gallen and is conducted by Christoph Bönecker.

Following the premiere in St. Gallen, Matthew Wild will begin rehearsals for his new production of Tannhäuser at Opera Frankfurt, conducted by GMD Thomas Guggeis.

All "RENT" performance dates:
17/18/21/24/25/ February ; 01/02/22/23 March ;
07/08/11/20 April ; 19/20/24/25 May and 01/08 June, 2024


A Making-of video as well as further information about the production, cast and dates can be found under the following link:
www.konzertundtheater.ch/...

more about Matthew Wild 
 

Heather Engebretson

Captivating opera experience guaranteed!
After two major role debuts in the 2023/24 season, Heather Engebretson is now debuting in the title role in Leoš Janáček's "Katja Kabanova" in a new production at the Bielefeld Theatre.
She can be seen there from 10 February 2024 under the musical direction of Gregor Rot and the staging of Georg Zlabinger. 
The performance dates and further information can be found at:

www.theather-bielefeld.de 

more about Heather Engebretson
 

Peter Sonn

Wälse-calls in Saarbrücken
Right at the beginning of the year, the tenor from Salzburg will take on another important Wagner role, this time in a staged performance.
From 11 February 2024, Peter Sonn can be seen in his premiere as Siegmund in "Die Walküre" at the Saarländisches Staatstheater under the musical direction of Sébastien Rouland and staging by Alexandra Szmerédy and Magnolda Pardikta.
Other important Wagner parts for the tenor were in "Lohengrin" in Darmstadt, as well as in "Der Fliegende Holländer" in various productions, including as Erik at the Staatstheater Weimar.

Further information about the production, the dates and the cast:
www.Staatstheater-Saarland.de
 
more about Peter Sonn 
 

Mika Kares

At home at the Spree - back in Berlin as water goblin
Following last season's extremely successful RING, Mika Kares now returns to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for another new production.
From 4 February, he will take to the stage as Vodník, the water goblin, in Dvořák's Rusalka under the musical direction of Robin Ticciati. Stage director Kornél Mundruczó, with whom Kares last worked on the new production of Lohengrin at the Bayerische Staatsoper, brings Dvořák's mythical operatic masterpiece into the present day and turns it into a "modern fairy tale, which raises questions about identity and physicality".

All performance dates: 04/08/11/15/18/22 February 2024

More information about the production, cast and dates:
www.staatsoper-berlin.de/...

more about Mika Kares
 

Hartmut Haenchen and Domen Krizaj

Brahms German Requiem with the NNO
After successful concerts of Bruckner's 8th Symphony with the BNO in Brussels, Hartmut Haenchen returns to the NNO, where he will work with baritone Domen Krizaj for the first time. From the 1st of February 2024, Brahms' German Requiem will be performed there under the direction of Hartmut Haenchen and the baritone part of Domen Krizaj.
The soprano part will be sung by Ying Fang.

Further information and performance dates can be found at:
more about Hartmut Haenchen 
more about Domen Krizaj
 

Flurina Stucki

In Gothenburg with Simone Young
For Flurina Stucki, the concert year begins with a major highlight! On short notice she will be taking over the soprano part in two concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simone Young.
The concert programme includes Alban Berg's Seven Early Songs, which Stucki will perform in the Gothenburg Concert Hall on 31 January and 1 February 2024.

Further information about the concert and the programme:
www.gso.se/en/programme ...

 more about Flurina Stucki 
 

Tepponen, Keitel, Candelaria, Katajala

French opera masterpiece for the first time in Helsinki!
It will be a premiere for the Finnish National Opera when on 26th January 2024, for the first time ever, the curtains go up for Francis Poulenc's beloved religious opera Dialogues des Carmélites.

The "award-winning and visually striking production" by the French director Olivier Py had its acclaimed world premiere at the Theatre de Champs-Elysées in Paris in 2013 and can now be experienced on stage in Helsinki. Starring the mainly Finnish cast are four BOM artists; Marjukka Tepponen (Blanche de la Force), Tuomas Katajala (Chevalier de la Force), Niina Keitel (Mother Marie) and Iris Candelaria (Sister Constance). The production is conducted by Hannu Lintu and James Sherlock.

All performance dates:
Jan 26/31 & Feb 2/6/8/10/13/15/17/21/23, 2024

A video teaser as well as further information about the production, cast and performance dates can be found under the following link:
www.oopperabaletti.fi/en/... 

more about Marjukka Tepponen 
more about Niina Keitel
more about Iris Candelaria
more about Tuomas Katajala
 

Ric Furman

American heroic tenor joins BOM
At the beginning of the new year, we welcome Ric Furman, a new important Wagner voice from the USA, to our General Management team.
After great success in the USA, Ric Furman has also been pursuing a career in Europe since 2014. In the 2015/16 season, Furman was engaged at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he expanded his Wagner and Strauss repertoire in particular. He then worked mainly as a freelancer.
In addition to Siegmund in the new production of Die Walküre at the Basel Theatre under the direction of Jonathan Nott and Benedikt von Peter the tenor has also appeared as Peter Grimes in productions in Magdeburg and Augsburg, as Florestan in Fidelio, as Bacchus in Weimar and in numerous other appearances in European theatres.

The highlight of this season will be two semi-concert performances of Die Walküre under the musicalk direction of Kent Nagano at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Kölner Philharmonie.

more about Ric Furman
 

Johan Krogius

Big challenge at the Staatsoper Berlin
Following two very successful role debuts last season, as Tamino at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Don Ottavio at the Finnish National Opera, this year, the young tenor faces two further challenges at the Staatsoper Berlin.

As of January 20, Johan Krogius will appear for the first time as Leukippos under the direction of Thomas Guggeis in a production by Romeo Castellucci. In spring 2024, he will once again embody the role of Tamino and will be heard from 6 April under the direction of Giuseppe Mentuccia in a production by Yuval Sharon.

Furher performances:

Daphne: 25./28./31.01. & 13.02. 

Die Zauberflöte: 10./12.04. & 09./11.05
.

More information about the production, dates and casts:
www.staatsoper-berlin.de

 

Andreas Schager

Debut as Tannhäuser at the "Big Apple"
After his brilliant debut as Siegfried at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 2019, Andreas Schager now returns to the "Big Apple" as Tannhäuser.
From 30th November 2023, he will be on stage at the MET in the legendary production by Otto Schenk and under the musical direction of Donald Runnicles.
Further projects with the Austrian tenor in the USA are currently being planned.

Performance dates and further information:
www.metopera.org/...

more about Andreas Schager 
 

Mika Kares

Nessun dorma - No sleep in Paris
Following a successful run of the Flying Dutchman at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mika Kares has crossed the Atlantic again and is now back at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. From 6 November 2023, he can be seen there as Timur in Robert Wilson's acclaimed production of Puccini's Turandot, which premiered at Madrid's Teatro Real in 2018.

Under the musical direction of Marco Armiliato and Michele Spotti, he will be joined on stage by Iréne Theorin, Tamara Wilson, Anna Pirozzi, Brian Jagde and Gregory Kunde, among others.

All performance dates:
6/8/9/11/13/15/17/19/22/24/26/28/29 November, 2023

www.operadeparis.fr/...

more about Mika Kares
 

Meredith Wohlgemuth

First main role at the Staatstheater Hannover
- new at BOM
We congratulate Meredith Wohlgemuth, winner of the Met Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition 2023 as well as this year's "International Schubert Competition Dortmund" on her first main role at the Staatstheater Hannover!
She will make her debut in the role of Giulietta in Bellini's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" on 11 November, 2023.

Further information and performance dates:
www.staatstheater-hannover.de/... 

more about Meredith Wohlgemuth 
 

Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir

CD release "Poems" at Deutsche Grammophon
On November 10th 2023, "Poems", the debut album by Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir, is released on Deutsche Grammophon!
The album is a joint project with Icelandic composer, conductor and producer Viktor Orri Árnason and is an exploration of the cultural heritage of the two.
The album features ten pieces in which the poetry of Icelandic poets from the past and present is set to music, featuring also texts of their own.

The release on November 10th is celebrated with an intimate showcase event in Berlin on the release day, where the two artists will perform a selection of the songs live.

The album is released on CD, vinyl and digitally and is available directly from Deutsche Grammophon:
www.store.deutschegrammophon.com/...

more about Alfheidur Erla Gudmundsdottir 
 

Virpi Räisänen

Exciting new works in Berlin, Tokyo and Essen
Following the exciting world premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s new work “Orlando’s World” with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in the Suntory Hall in August, Virpi Räisänen can now be heard with another piece, which she just performed with the Berlin Philharmonic earlier this year. On November 1st, 2023 she will again sing the mezzo part in György Ligeti’s Requiem, this time with the Duisburger Philharmoniker under Sylvain Cambreling in Essen’s Philharmonie.

For more information about the concert:
www.theater-essen.de/...

more about Virpi Räisänen 
 

Joseph Dennis

GROUNDED at Washington's National Opera
Joseph Dennis makes his WNO debut in the highly anticipated world premiere of "Grounded" by composer and Tony Award® winner Jeanine Tesori, conducted by Daniela Candillari and staged by Michael Mayer.

Grounded is an opera that explores the psychological impact of drone warfare. Joseph Dennis sings the role of Eric in the premiere on 28 October, 2023.

Grounded is co-produced by the Metropolitan Opera.
www.kennedy-center.org/... 

more about Joseph Dennis 
 

Markus Suihkonen

Dream roles - King and High priest
Following his role debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival this summer, Markus Suihkonen is now back on stage as Sarastro in Mozart's Magic Flute - this time at his parent house, the Staatstheater Hannover. The staging by Frank Hilbrich will be conducted by Masaru Kumakura.
Dates: 28 Oct, 04/17/19 Nov & 02 Dec 2023

In addition, in the current season in Hannover, Suihkonen can also be seen and heard in the new production of I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini), where he embodies the role of Lorenzo alongside Meredith Wohlgemuth as Giulietta. The new production (staging: Michael Talke) will premiere on 11 November 2023 and is conducted by Andrea Sanguineti and Masaru Kumakura.
All performance dates:
11/16/22 Nov & 01/10/12/16/21/28/30 Dec 2023

In the new year, Suihkonen will make his eagerly awaited debut as High Priest Ramfis in Verdi's Aida - another dream role for any bass. Dates: 20/26 Jan & 16 Feb 2024

All performance dates with Markus Suihkonen at the Staatstheater Hannover:
www.staatstheater-hannover.de/... 

more about Markus Suihkonen 
 

Marjukka Tepponen

Libera me - Verdi Requiem at the FNO
This autumn, Marjukka Tepponen can be heard in two exciting projects in her native Finland, beginning at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki with a staged production of Verdi's Messa da Requiem. The acclaimed production by choreographer and director Christian Spuck, which premiered in 2016 with the Zürich Ballet, will be musically led by Hannu Lintu and Dima Slobodeniouk.

Performance dates with Marjukka Tepponen:
20/26 October & 01/04/10/14/18 November, 2023

From Helsinki, the next project takes her to Tampere where Marjukka can be heard performing fragments from Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" on November 17th. The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Mario Venzago.

For more information on Messa da Requiem in Helsinki:
www.oopperabaletti.fi/en/... 

more about Marjukka Tepponen
 

Tómas Tómasson

Back at Staatsoper Unter den Linden on a dark mission
In October, Tómas Tómasson returns to Berlin’s State Opera in two productions. From October 18th he will first be on stage as one of opera's great villains, Don Pizarro, in the revival of Harry Kupfer's production of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Markus Poschner. The following performances will also feature Andreas Schager as Florestan: 18/26/28 October, 2023.
All performance dates: 18/26/28 October & 08/11 November, 2023

At the same time, Tómasson will again take on the role of the "Man in black" in Eötvös' Scandinavian crime thriller "Sleepless" from 2021.
Performance dates: 03/05/09 November, 2023

Following this, Tómasson travels to Katowice, Poland, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, where the dark theme continues. On November 23 he sings the role of Löwel Perl in a concert performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's opera “The Black Mask”. The concert is a commemorative concert for the composer's 90th birthday and is conducted by Marin Alsop.

more about Tómas Tómasson 
 

Alexandra Ionis

New ensemble member at Theater Bielefeld!
As of the current season, Alexandra Ionis is a member of the ensemble at Theater Bielefeld and will be on stage in her first production as an ensemble member on October 15th!
For the first time she will embody Anaide in Leoncavallo's opera "Zazà" in the acclaimed production by Nadja Loschky with GMD Alexander Kalajdzic conducting.

All performance dates:
15/18/27 October as well as 2 November and 12 December, 2023

In addition, Ionis can be heard singing the mezzo part in Verdi's Requiem, also under Alexander Kalajdzic and with the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Choir and the Oratorio Choir of the City of Bielefeld.

The two concerts will take place on 10 & 12 November, 2023

Once again she will end the year at Deutsche Oper Berlin, again taking on four roles in the revival of the celebrated Tischlerei production of "The Snow Queen" (composer: S. Penderbayne).

Dates: 01/02/03/04/07/08/09/10/11/14/15/16/17/18 December, 2023

more about Alexandra Ionis 
 

Tuomas Pursio, Iris Candelaria, Johan Krogius

Finnish Seducer in Helsinki
Since September 29th, 2023, Jussi Nikkilä's popular production of Mozart's Don Giovanni is back on stage at the Finnish National Opera - and with it the experienced seducer Tuomas Pursio in the title role!
With him on stage are the two young Finnish singers Iris Candelaria (Zerlina) and Johan Krogius (Don Ottavio), both of whom are part of our Emerging Artists list and who will each make their role debuts on October 12th.
The production is conducted by Hannu Lintu and Tarmo Peltokoski.

All remaining performance dates:
12/14/17/19/21/23/25/27 October, 2023

More information about the production, dates and casts:
www.oopperabaletti.fi/...

more about Tuomas Pursio 
more about Iris Candelaria
more about Johan Krogius
 

Andreas Bauer Kanabas & Domen Križaj

Don Carlo under Thomas Guggeis at the Oper Frankfurt
With the start of the season 23/24, Andreas Bauer Kanabas will once again sing Filippo II and Domen Križaj will sing Rodrigo for the first time in the revival of the successful Don Carlo by David McVicar's directing team at Oper Frankfurt. The five-act Italian version will be directed by the new GMD Thomas Guggeis.     
Together they will also be on stage as Sarastro and Papageno as well as Landgraf Hermann and Wolfram von Eschenbach,  Tannhäuser in the "Opera House of the Year 2023".

Further information and performance dates:
www.oper-frankfurt.de

more about Andreas Bauer Kanabas 
more about Domen Krizaj
 

Doris Soffel

Season's kick off as Countess in Valencia
Doris Soffel is returning to “Les Arts” in Valencia with one of her signature roles, the Countess in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades.
In the production by Richard Jones and under the musical direction of James Gaffigan she is joined by Arsen Soghomonyan (Herman), Elena Guseva (Lisa / Chloé), and Elena Maximova (Polina / Daphnis).

Dates: 01.10., 04.10., 07.10., 10.10., 14.10.2023

more about Doris Soffel 
 

Mika Kares

"ihr Winde, sollt gesegnet sein!"
-Back in the Windy City!
In 2019 the audience could experience him as Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni – now Mika Kares returns to Chicago’s Lyric Opera with his first Wagner role. This time he will be on stage as sea captain Daland in The Flying Dutchman alongside Tomasz Konieczny as Dutchman, Tamara Wilson as Senta, and Robert Watson as Erik, among others.

Enrique Mazzola conducts Christopher Alden’s popular staging, which can now be experienced in Chicago for the first time.

Performance dates:
23/27 September & 01/04/07 October, 2023

More information regarding the production and cast:
www.lyricopera.org/... 

more about Mika Kares
 

Heather Engebretson

Entering new territory
Following her acclaimed role debuts as the Hoffmann ladies (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Salome (Lucerne and Basel) and most recently Madama Butterfly at the Frankfurt Opera, Heather Engebretson will now be Elsa in the new production of “Lohengrin” at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden (dates: 16.09., 24.09., 30.09., 03.10., 15.10., 28.10., 03.11., 30.11.2023) and enter a new dimension of Wagner roles for her.

Conducted by Michael Güttler and directed by Henriette Hörnigk, she can be seen alongside Mirko Roschkowsky /Lohengrin, Khatuna Mikaberidze /Ortrud, Thomas de Vries /Telramund, and Young Doo Park /King Heinrich.

more about Heather Engebretson 
 

Marina Prudenskaya 

Season start at the ROH in London
Marina Prudenskaya begins her 23/24 season with a new production of Wagner’s “Rheingold” by Barrie Kosky. Under the musical direction of Antonio PAppano she will portray the role of Fricka, together with Christopher Maltman as Wotan and Christopher Purves as Alberich at the Royal Opera House in London. 

(Premiere: September 11th, further performances: September 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 26th, 29th)
Danke! 

more about Marina Prudenskaya
 

Dan Karlström

Clic clac! Hoffmann in Halle
Voilà, voilà Kleinzach! The new season begins with an absolute highlight for Dan Karlström! For the first time he can be heard in the title role of The Tales of Hoffmann, the beloved opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach, at Opera Halle.

The new staging by Opera Halle's own director, Walter Sutcliffe, is conducted by José Miguel Esandi and celebrates its premiere on September 16, 2023.
 
Further performances on:
22.9., 15., 22., 27.10., 02.12.2023 as well as 14.01. and 02.03.2024

Further information regarding the production as well as an interview with Dan Karlström (in German) can be found here:
www.buehnen-halle.de/... 

more about Dan Karlström 
 

Bettina Ranch

Betting and confusion at the Cologne Opera
Bettina Ranch will make her house debut at the Cologne Opera as "Dorabella" in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Così fan tutte", directed by Tatjana Gürbaca. Gábor Káli conducts the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne in the revival performances on:
September 24/28 and October 01/05, 2023. 

more about Bettina Ranch
 

Christoph Seidl & Giulia Montanari

Toi Toi Toi! Premiere "FroSch" at Opera Cologne
Soprano Giulia Montanari and bass Christoph Seidl are back on stage together at  the Cologne Opera. This time in the premiere on September 17,  2023 of Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten under the musical direction of Marc Albrecht and staged by Katharina Thoma.
Giulia Montanari sings "The Falcon" and "The Guardian of the Threshold" and Christoph Seidl can be heard as "The One-Armed Man".

More info about the production:
www.oper.koeln/de/... 

more about Christoph Seidl 
more about Giulia Montanari
 

Flurina Stucki

Opening concert 23/24 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Flurina Stucki is set to inaugurate the 2023 season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on September 3rd. She will take the stage with the "Hallen Aria" of Elisabeth from Wagner's "Tannhäuser." The upcoming season holds even more excitement for the young Swiss soprano. She will mark another milestone by performing as the first soprano in Mahler's Symphony No. 8, often referred to as the "Symphony of a Thousand." This performance, under the baton of Claus Peter Flor, will take place at the Duomo di Milano with the Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano. More details about this performance can be found here:
www. sinfonicadimilano.org

As revealed in the Deutsche Oper Berlin's season booklet, the anticipation is equally high for her performances there:
Deutsche Oper Berlin - Intermezzo
Foto: Simon Pauly


more about Flurina Stucki
 

Mika Kares

After Vienna: Hagen goes to Bayreuth!
Following immensely succesful performances as Hagen at the State Operas in Vienna in Berlin in this season already, Mika Kares will now be bringing the devilish role to the Bayreuth Festival as well!
Having taken over the part on short notice, he will be on stage in the revival of Valentin Schwarz's staging of Götterdämmerung, conducted by Pietari Inkinen and alongside Andreas Schager as Siegfried and Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, among others.

Performance dates: July 31 & August 10/26, 2023

more about Mika Kares
   

Niina Keitel 

One Act Thriller in Mainz
After successful role debuts as Brangäne and Fricka in the past seasons, Niina Keitel can now celebrate another upcoming debut! From June 2 she will be on stage as Herodias, wife of the Tetrarch Herodes, in Strauss’ Salome at Staatstheater Mainz for the first time – alongside her the current Bayreuth Brünnhilde, Daniela Köhler, in the title role, among others. The director behind the new staging is Alexander Nerlich.
 
Further performances until the end of the season:
08 June & 09/12 July, 2023

Performance dates in the coming season:
17/22 Sep, 04/20/25 Oct, 01/19/27 Nov and 12/22 Dec, 2023

more about Niina Keitel 
                      

Anna Bonitatibus

Händel-Preis Halle 2023!
Anna Bonitatibus receives the 2023 Händel Prize of the city of Halle. The Stiftung Händel-Haus says the decision honours "her infinite enthusiasm, with which she for years has been interpreting Händel's music, as well as her passionate dedication leading to performances also of lesser known works".

The prize will be awarded to Anna during the Händel Festival in 2023, where she is involved in two productions. On one hand she will sing the title role in the festival production Xerxes, on the other the role of Matilda in a concert performance of the opera Lotario. Bravissima Anna!

more about Anna Bonitatibus
                             
 
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