Artist News

Nina Russi

"Götz-Friedrich-Preis 2019" & "Coraline" at Zurich Opera
We are delighted to announce that Swiss director, Nina Russi, has joined our General Management! On November 7, she will receive the prestigious “Götz-Friedrich-Preis” hosted by the German Opera Conference in Stuttgart for her Bernstein project “Trouble in Tahiti / A Quiet Place” at Theater Aachen.
Furthermore, we are looking forward to the premiere of the new production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline at Zurich Opera’s main stage on the 16th of November. This work will be performed in Switzerland for the first time: 

Nina Russi’s work is characterized by differentiated psychological figure’s design, and energetic as well as highly visual realizations. Her focus lies on stripping down highly complex and individual behavioral patterns as well as social constellations – always with the goal of telling a story that appeals to today’s audience.

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Andreas Schager

As Greek King at Teatro alla Scala
A production, perfectly to enthuse: Andreas Schager will perform perform the role of Menelas in the new production Die ägyptische Helena (staged by Sven-Eric Bechtolf) at La Scala in Milano together with Franz-Welser Möst at the conductor’s stand and a world class cast including Ricarda Merbeth as Helena, Thomas Hampson as Altair, as well as Eva Mei as Althra.
The premiere takes place on the 6th of November; further performance dates: November 9/12/15/17/20 and 23

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Mika Kares

"My Kind of Town..." House Debuts in Chicago and Berlin
Mika Kares returns to the “Windy City”, but this time he will be onstage of the renowned Lyric Opera for the first time. He will embody the Commendatore/Don Giovanni under the baton of James Gaffigan and besides Lucas Meachem performing the title role and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Donna Anna. Performance dates: November 14/17/20/23/26/30; December 3/5/8

Subsequently, Mika Kares will perform at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the first time, as well. On December 21 and 27, he will sing Zaccaria in Keith Warner’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco with Carlo Montanaro at the conductor’s stand.

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Marina Prudenskaya

Royal engagements. Aida in Geneva, Salome in Berlin
Marina Prudenskaya will interpret the role of king’s daughter Amneris in the new production of Aida staged by Philipp McDermott at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva. The production will be led by Antonio Fogliani, a true specialist for the Italian repertoire. Performance dates: October 11/13/16/19/22
From December 1, she will take on the role of Herodias in the revival of Salome at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin under the baton of Thomas Guggeis. In addition, Vincent Wolfsteiner will embody the Herodes. Further performances: December 4/10/13/15

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Julia Borchert

Ecstasy of Opera: Isolde debut in a new production
Following her last season’s brilliant debut as Brünnhilde, Julia Borchert is looking forward to another great highly dramatic Wagner-role. From November 16, she will take on the role of Isolde in the new production Tristan und Isolde (staged by Tobias Heyder) under the baton of Chief Conductor Florian Ziemen at Theater Hildesheim. This production is a special one for the house, as well, because it will be played for the first time and on the occasion of its reopening.
Performance dates: November 16/24; December 7/22; February 9; April 12/18; May 9; June 1

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Hartmut Haenchen

Operas and concerts in London, Munich and Brussels
This season, Hartmut Haenchen will lead a varied repertoire at top-class houses and at the conductor’s stand of fine orchestras.
First, he will conduct Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden including a cast full of stars on these days: September 13/16/19/22/25 and 28, as well as October 03/08 and 10.
The next stop will be the Bavarian State Opera Munich, where he will conduct Wozzeck featuring Christian Gerhaher singing the title role. Performance dates: November 17/20/23/25
Finally, Hartmut Haenchen will lead the Belgian National Orchestra on the occasion of two concerts at Brussel’s BOZAR (December 6) and Hasselt’s Cultuurcentrum (December 7). They will play Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 1 (Soloist: Lukas Vondracek), and Bruckner’s Symphony No 5.

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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

The new GMD at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile!
We are very pleased to announce that from January 2020, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be the new Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the renowned Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra!
During his first year in the new position he will conduct a versatile repertoire including Lucia di Lammermoor, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as well as a concert featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven and Berlioz.

A preview of the productions of the new season can be found under following link: 

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Anna Bonitatibus

"Ercole amante" in Paris and Versailles
Anna Bonitatibus will perform the role of Giunone in the new production of Francesco Cavalli’s Ercole amante (staged by Valérie Lesort & Christian Hecq) at Paris’ Opéra Comique, as well as at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. Raphaël Pichon, an expert of the music of the 17th century, will conduct this rarely played opera.

Opéra Comique: November 4/6/8/10/12
Opéra Royal de Versailles: November 23/24

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Dagmar Manzel

"Sehnsucht": Recital and CD Release at Komische Oper Berlin
Dagmar Manzel is carrying an exceptional as longtime relation to Berlin’s Komische Oper, hence it is neither no surprise that she recorded the new CD “Sehnsucht” in large part with musicians of the house’s orchestra, nor that she, accompanied by her band, will sing the new program there live for the first time on October 31, 8:30 PM. Newly arranged songs and ballads by Heymann, Hollaender and Co. as well as lyrics by Tucholsky and Agota Kristof according to the motto: "In a world without melancholy, the nightingales would start burping." 

In addition, Dagmar Manzel will sing this program at Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken on February 2. Further performances are ahead.

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Robert Watson

Role debut in Klagenfurt
In Philipp Himmelmann’s new production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Robert Watson will sing the role of Gabriele Adorno for the first time. The coproduction between the Opéra de Dijon and the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie will be led by Nicholas Carter and will be premiered on October 31 (7:30 PM). Further performances: November 2/5/7/9/12/14/16/20/22/22/24/29

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Martina Welschenbach

Debut as Feldmarschallin at Theater Bonn
On October 6, Martina Welschenbach will interpret the challenging role of Feldmarschallin for the first time within the premiere of the new production of Der Rosenkavalier at the Theater Bonn. The cast includes, among others, Franz Hawlata as Baron Ochs and Dirk Kaftan at the conductor’s stand.  
All performance dates: October 6/12/27; November 1/14; December 15/26 ​

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Samuel Youn

Following a "Superstar Alberich" in Edinburgh back at Opera Cologne
After a successful Alberich/Götterdämmerung conducted by Andrew Davis at the Edinburgh International Festival ("Youn's superstar Alberich acted and sang with vigorous malice"), Samuel Youn returns to his ancestral home at the Rhine where two exciting new productions await him. First he sings the Kurwenal in Tristan and Isolde under Francois-Xavier Roth and with Peter Seiffert performing the title role, and then he will interpret Escamillo/Carmen under the baton of Claude Schnitzler.

Tristan und Isolde: September 21; October 3 and 11
Carmen: November 20 and 23; January 2 and 7

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Pinchas Steinberg

Variety all the Way. Concerts in Budapest, Vienna and Hamburg
In November and December, Maestro Pinchas Steinberg will conduct exciting concert at top institutions. Leading works by Liszt, Chopin and Dvořák, he gave a guest performance at the great hall of Budapest’s Liszt Academy Concert Centre with the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra.
Afterwards, he will return to the ORF Radio Symphonieorchester for a concert in Vienna’s Musikverein on November 27. Together with the soloist, Michael Barenboim, he will conduct works by Kabalewskij, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich.
Finally another come back arises. On the 15th and 16th of December Pinchas Steinberg will be at the conductor’s stand of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg conducting Dvořák and Smetana at Hamburg‘s Elbphilharmonie.

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Heather Engebretson

5 roles, 2 houses, 1 voice: Back to London and Berlin
On September 17, Heather Engebretson will start into the new season at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where she will take on the role of Sophie in Massenet’s Werther besides Juan Diego Flórez performing the title role and Edward Gardner at the conductor’s stand. Further performances: September 24/27; 1st and 5th of October
Following last year’s great success, Heather Engebretson will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, performing the four women in The Tales of Hoffmann on these evenings: October 24 and 30; November 8

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Silvia Hauer

Rosenkavalier-Debut at Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Celebrating the composer’s 250th birthday, Silvia Hauer will sing a Liederabend on the occasion of the Jacques-Offenbach-Tage in Bad Ems on the 8th of September. Accompanied by Pauliina Tukiainen (Piano), she will perform works by Offenbach himself and his contemporaries.

The highlight on the opera stage will be her debut as Octavian in the new production of Der Rosenkavalier staged by Nicolas Brieger and conducted by Patrick Lange at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. (Premiere: November 10). Furthermore, Silvia Hauer will take on the role of Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

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Markus Huber

Energetic start in his new position
With the 2019/20 season, Markus Huber is the new GMD of the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach. In an interview with the artistic director, Michaela Barchevitch, Markus Huber talks about his future plans with: 

Ballett including Strawinsky's Petrushka and Ravel's Boléro: November 8/16/28/26. Dezember;  26. Januar

2nd Symphony Concert with works by Rota, Korngold and Dvorak: November 14/15/16

3rd Symphony Concert with Silvia Hauer and Tobias Hächler; i.a. Mahler's "Lied von der Erde": January 16/17

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Guillermo García Calvo

A Cosmopolitan at the Conductor's Stand: Versatile opera in Vienna, Valencia and Chemnitz
In the first months of the new season, Guillermo García Calvo will prove his ability to conduct a multifaceted as well as challenging repertoire at great houses. First he will lead the premiere of the new production of Boito’s Mefistofele at Theater Chemnitz on September 28 (+ 5th of October), followed by Fidelio on October 20 (+ January 17 and February 21).
Afterwards, he will conduct Sorozábal’s La tabernara del Puerto at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia on these days: October 27/29/31; November 2 and 3.
Finally, Guillermo García Calvo will return to Vienna’s State Opera for Rossini’s Il barbiere de Siviglia. Performance on January 7 and 10​

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Doris Soffel

Back at Bavarian State Opera in a triumphantly production
As from the 5th of October, Doris Soffel performed Herodias/Salome at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, a role she has performed at major houses all over the world with great success: "sang a Herodias of such astonishing power, richness, precision and dramatic presence".
Krysztof Warlikowski’s production was completed by Kirill Petrenko, Marlis Petersen (Salome), Wolfgang Koch (Jochanaan), and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Herodes).

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Young Doo Park

"Basso Continuo": A challenging and versatile season in Wiesbaden
In the season 2019/20, Young Doo Park will take on a number of challenging roles at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. “Within these hallowed halls”, he will start the season as Sarastro, followed by Cesare Angelotti in Tosca. Furthermore, he will sing Ferrando in the new production of Il trovatore under the baton of Alexander Joel (the premiere takes place on March 28), and Orest in Strauss’ Elektra.
The season’s highlight will be his role debut as König Marke in the new production of Tristan und Isolde, staged by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Performance dates: 11th of June and 5th of July.

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Raffaela Lintl

Magdeburg, China and back again: On Tour with Opera Fuoco and David Stern
In remembrance of Georg Friedrich Handel’s 260th day of death, Raffaela Lintl will go on tour with the ensemble Opera Fuoco and its founder as well as chief conductor, David Stern. They will perform Serse on the occasion of this year’s Beijing Music Festival on October 17, and at the Ping Shan Theater in Shenzhen on October 19.
Back at the Theater Magdeburg, she will take on the title role of Kálmán’s Gräfin Mariza, as well as Liù/Turandot, and Gretel/Hansel and Gretel.

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Arttu Kataja

With René Jacobs at Berlin's Barocktage Festival
On the Occasion of this year’s Barocktage Festival at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Arttu Kataja performs in two rarely played works with René Jacobs at the conductor’s stand. First, he sang the Bass in Purcell’s King Arthur staged by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and Julian Crouch, followed by Voce di Lucifero in Romeo Castellucci’s production of Scarlatti’s Il primo Omicidio together with the B’Rock Orchestra.
Remaining performance dates: November 15 and 17

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Virpi Räisänen

An "Evolution": Ligeti's Requiem at the Ruhrtriennale
Without question, Virpi Räisänen singing Ligeti’s Requiem under the baton of Steven Sloane at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, was a highlight at this year’s Ruhrtriennale. This exceptional work has been staged by the Hungarian director, Kornél Mundruczó, who already took on Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa last year.

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David Ostrek

New "Cenerentola" in Dublin: "Il mondo è un gran teatro"
… Alidoro is singing in one of his arias. This is going to be the role David Oštrek  will take on in Orpha Phelan’s new production of Rossini’s Le Cenerentola at the Irish National Opera (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin). The premiere takes place on the 10th of November and will be led by Fergus Sheil. Further performance dates: November 12/14/16​

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Nadja Loschky

Visually nuanced, oriented to the music and with a fine sense for the human psyche
These traits and skills have made Nadja Loschky one of the most sought after and most innovative opera directors of her generation, whose productions have already been performed at great houses. She celebrated successes at the Opera Zurich (Die Schatzinsel), Komische Oper Berlin (Mikropolis), Opera Graz (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue) and most recently at the Opera Cologne (Rusalka).
For her first staging of a Puccini opera, Madama Butterfly at the Theater Bielefeld, she was awarded the Götz Friedrich Prize in 2015. There she will take over the artistic direction of the theater from the season 2019/20.
In order to gain an impression of Nadja Loschky’s work, feel free to watch the trailer for the staging of Rusalka at the Opera Cologne via the following link: 

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Barbara Haveman

Tosca meets Ariadne meets Sieglinde
We are very pleased to be able to inform you about our new arrival, Dutch soprano Barbara Haveman. For years, Barbara has celebrated triumphs in the great roles of the German and Italian repertoire, most recently performing the roles of Tosca in Stuttgart, Elsa in Marseille and Minnie at the Scala with great success. We want to further expand this repertoire with her and are pleased that she will walk this path with us as general management.
In this season, already one role debut is waiting: Sieglinde in Teatro di San Carlo’s Walküre.  

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Christoph Gedschold

Kickoff: Christoph Gedschold
Die Zauberflöte at Semperoper Dresden, Manon Lescaut at Staatsoper Hamburg, Der fliegende Holländer in Leipzig, Ariadne auf Naxos in Frankfurt and Rusalka in Cologne are just a few of the recent opera highlights conducted by Christoph Gedschold with a secure hand and a fine musical sense.
We are delighted to welcome a conductor, who is a welcome guest at renowned houses in Germany. At this point, we would like to mention two upcoming engagements: On June 15, the new production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride will be performed for the first time at Opera Leipzig (further performances: June 23; August 25). On the occasion of the MDR-Musiksommer, Christoph Gedschold will be on the conductor’s stand of the MDR-Sinfonieorchester on July 06. The programme includes Orff’s Carmina burana, as well as the ouvertures to Tannhäuser and Meistersinger.  

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BOM artists come together as ensemble Lied23
The special concept of the programme, which consists only of works by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, is constituted in a novel performance form located between classical-concertante recital and scenic performance: After the Brahmsian opening quartet, the concert approach dissolves and a continuous shift of the pairs and situations begins, leading the thoughts to the garden scene in Goethe’s Faust and consistently offering new surprises and not letting go of the listener until the end of the evening. The evident concatenation of duets and quartets in closely related keys allows for the seamless, intertwining and ever-increasing playing by the protagonists.
To direct the singers, renowned opera stage director Hinrich Horstkotte was acquired.   

With Carine Tinney, Bettina Ranch, Lothar Odinius, Sebastian Noack, and Manuel Lange as the ensemble Lied23, five musicians have come together, who for years passionately devoted themselves to the Lied genre, but who also possess the substantial experience within the field of opera needed for such high intensity Lied interpretation.

Scott Hendricks & Tómas Tómasson

In search for immortality: The Makropulos Affair in Zurich
Janáček's masterpiece staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov will be premiered on September 22 at Zirich Opera. Under the baton of Jakub Hrůša, an expert of the Czech composer’s music, Scott Hendricks as Jaroslav Prus and Tómas Tómasson in the role of Dr. Kolenaty will be on stage besides Evelyn Herlitzius as Emilia Marty amongst others.
All performance dates: September 22/25/28; October 06/09/13/17/23​

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Tepponen, Katajala, Pursio, Karlström

Joint success: Das Rheingold with Salonen
This year’s season at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki began with the premiere of the first part of the new Ring Cycle production. Marjukka Tepponen will debut as Woglinde and Tuomas Katajala as Loge, Tuomas Pursio interprets Donner and Dan Karlström the role of Mime under the batton of Esa-Pekka Salonen,
On demand: 

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Edith Haller

Fresh on the list!
A welcome guest at the most renowned houses and festivals worldwide, a highly dramatic voice, an expressive and versatile performer: Welcome, Edith Haller! With great success and passion, Edith Haller dedicates herself to the German repertoire. Most recently, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Gutrune/Götterdämmerung under the baton of Philippe Jordan ("the gleaming soprano Edith Haller", NY Times).
In addition, Edith Haller is very sought after as a concert singer and collaborated with orchestras, such as, the Munich Philharmonics, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

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Anna Bonitatibus

Sensational (re)discovery: Broschi's "Merope" at Theater an der Wien
The production of Riccardo Broschi’s nearly forgotten opera “Merope” at this year’s Innsbruck Festival featuring Anna Bonitatibus in the title role, has been a huge success. On October 21 (7 PM), you have the opportunity to enjoy Anna Bonitatibus in a concert version of this work under the baton Alessandro de Marchi at the Theater an der Wien.

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Andreas Schager / Fascination Wagner

Fascination Wagner // Wiesbaden 05/29/19
is a completely innovative concert format with Andreas Schager! 

„Fascination Wagner“ presents highlights of the operas of Richard Wagner in combination with specially produced music videos in a new dimension. The story of each opera is thus comprehensively and directly accessible to the audience.

As part of the Internationale Maifestspiele, this unique concert event will take place at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden on 29th of May 2019. 

For further information about this exciting project please visit: 

For inquiries about the project please contact Boris Orlob under or on tel. 0049 30 20 45 08 39.

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