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Mika Kares and Andreas Schager 

Mika Kares and Andreas Schager: A strong duo for Wagner's tetralogy at the State Opera! 
With ensemble member Andreas Schager for Siegfriede and Mika Kares for Fasolt, Hunding and Hagen, two of our artists are involved in this project, who have never been on stage together before!! We look forward to the performances on 2/3/6/9 October 2022 at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Conductor: Christian Thielemann, Director: Dimitrij Tscherniakow 

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Wolfsteiner, Prudenskaya, Brattaberg

Wolfsteiner, Prudenskaya, Brattaberg: All in the Dresden Ring!
This fall at the Dresden Philharmonic, three of our artists can be heard at the Ring of the Dresden Philharmonic under Marek Janowski. Vincent Wolfsteiner (tenor), Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo) and Rúni Brattaberg (bass) will all take on roles in Wagner's opus magnum, Der Ring der Nibelungen. Wolfsteiner can be seen in the title role of Siegfried, Götterdämmerung and Siegmund, Prudenskaya as Fricka and Waltraute, and Brattaberg as Fafner and Hagen.

Performance dates: 
30.09.2022 - Das Rheingold 
02.10.2022 - Die Walküre 
08.10.2022 - Siegfried 
15.10.2022 - Götterdämmerung

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner
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more about Runi Brattaberg 

Bettina Ranch

Bettine Ranch: Verdi twice
At the start of the 22/23 season, Bettina Ranch will be performing the Verdi Requiem twice. First as part of the Anima Mundi Festival 2022 in the Cathedral of Pisa with the Staatskapelle Halle under the direction of Hartmut Haenchen, then in the final concert at the IMAD Festival in the Cathedral of Paderborn. Her concert season is richly equipped with concert debuts such as Wagner's Wesendonck songs (Essen Philharmonic Orchestra under Erik Nielsen) and Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" (Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz / MDR-Rundfunkchor under Guillermo García Calvo) and the German premiere of two works by Pergolesi. She will make her house debut with the Weihnachtsoratoruim at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie under Hans-Jörg Albrecht, and she will return to the Milan Auditorium, where she will once again perform the Mozart Requiem with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, conducted by Claus Peter Flor - with the Essen Philharmonic under Tomáš Netopil, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's song of praise and Mahler's 3rd symphony will follow, and the Easter program will feature the Johannes Passion under the baton of Attilio Cremonesi with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.

At her parent company in Essen, she takes on the title role in Carmen, Ramiro/La finta Giardiniera, Adelaide/Arabella and Adalgisa/Norma, among others, and she appears as Marcellina in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Floris Visser and conducted by Tomáš Netopil.

more about Bettina Ranch  

Marina Prudenskaya

Kickoff: Verdi in Texas!
Marina Prudenskaya starts her new season with one of her favorite pieces, Verdi's Requiem, with concerts on 16.17. and September 19, 2022 for the first time with the Houston Symphony under their new music director Juraj Valcuha. Later in the season she returns to the US for concert performances of Wagner's Tannhäuser as Venus with the Boston Symphony under Andris Nelsons.

more about Marina Prudenskaya  

Arttu Kataja

European Festival Hopping!
After an intense festival summer with performances at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Helsinki Festival, Arttu Kataja is now a guest at the late summer Anima Mundi Festival 2022  in Italy. Together with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the NDR/WDR vocal ensembles and under the musical direction of Andrew Manze, he will appear in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in the Pisa Cathedral.
At the start of the season he can be heard in various concerts halls, at the Musik Podium Stuttgart in Brahm's Requiem conducted by Frieder Bernius, followed by semi-staged performances in Helsinki and Budapest with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra in F. Schubert's opera Alfonso und Estrella, Händel's Messiah under the direction of Florian Helgath in Zürich and touring through other Swiss cities with the Zürcher-Singakademie and the Orchestra La Scintilla.
In the second half of the season he will appear in Bach’s Matthew Passion under Nicholas Collon and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki as well as in Alfred Schnittke's Faust Cantata with the Symphoniker Hamburg conducted by Andris Poga at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
At his parent house, the Staatsoper Berlin, he will be performing for the first time in October in the title role of Barbiere di Siviglia, in the legendary production by Ruth Berghaus. His other appearances this season on the Staastoper stage include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Biterolf in Tannhäuser under Sebastian Weigle and in the premiere of Daphne by R. Strauss, conducted by Thomas Guggeis and staged by Romeo Castellucci.

more about Arttu Kataja  

Niina Keitel 

The Ring continues: Fricka in Walküre
Following her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde last year, Niina Keitel can now celebrate her next Wagner role debut!
From August 26th she will, for the first time, be on stage as Fricka, the Goddess of marriage, in the Finnish National Opera's new Ring, conducted by Hannu Lintu. 

Further performances: 29.08. & 1./6./10./14.09.2022

more about Niina Keitel 

Andreas Schager

Siegfried, finally also in Bayreuth!
The time has come, after guest performances as Siegfried on many prominent stages such as Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Hamburg State Opera, the Semperoper Dresden, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Opéra de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera New York, just to mention a few, Andreas is now singing his signature role for the first time at the Bayreuth Festival in the new Ring.
We look forward to the performances in Bayreuth on 03/13. and 28.8.2022. Before that, he will perform Siegfried's 3rd Act in concert at the Bregenz Festival on July 31st, 2022

more about Andreas Schager 

Scott Hendricks

Siberia at the Bregenz Festival
Scott Hendricks is a regular guest at the Bregenz Festival. His recent visits include Gérard/André Chenier and the title role in the spectacular Rigoletto production on the floating stage.
This year he is Gleby in Umberto Giordano's "Siberia", which is staged by Vasily Barkhatov and conducted by Valentin Uryupin on July 21/24. and August 1st, 2022 in the Bregenz Festival Hall.

 Further information about the piece

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Summertime - Festival time: On the road again
Our artists are appearing at a variety of festivals this summer, some even multiple times. It's always a pleasure to see how many concerts and opera performances take place all over in the summer and with what quality. We would like to mention just a few festivals with contribution of our artists here:

Buxton Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Bregenz Festival, Anima Mundi Festival Pisa, Munich Opera Festival, Berlin Festival, Savonlinna Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Bayreuth Festival, Vienna Festival, Lausitz Festival, Salzburg Festival and Aix-en-Provence.

Arttu Kataja, Marjukka Tepponen, Tuomas Katajala

White nights in Savonlinna
Also this year the Savonlinna Opera Festival offers an exciting festival programme, and once again several of our artists are partaking!
Starting July 5th, Marjukka Tepponen will sing the role of Micaëla in Carmen (further performances on 14./21.07.) alongside e.g. Tuija Knihtilä in the title role, Lukasz Golinski (Escamillo) and Amadi Lagha (Don José).

Also Arttu Kataja will return to Savonlinna this year and can be seen and heard in Keith Warner's staging of Tosca alongside Ludovic Tézier (Scarpia) and Matthew Polenzani (Cavaradossi) on the following nights: 07./09./11./13./15. July

On the 24th of July Tuomas Katajala and the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir under their longstanding chorus master Matti Hyökki will be on the concert stage, when Hyökki conducts his "farewell concert" before retiring after 50 years of conducting Finland's premier choirs. The concert is a fascinating medley of masses, choral classics and opera pieces.

Further information about the festival: ...

more about Arttu Kataja
more about Marjukka Tepponen
more about Tuomas Katajala 

Alexandra Ionis

Always on the road... Wozzeck in Valencia
After enthusing the audience as Annina /Der Rosenkavalier at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (Simone Young/André Heller) and in the scenic Bernd Alois Zimmermann/Calixto Bieito project in Cologne and Hamburg, the journey continues for Alexandra Ionis.

It will be her Spanish debut when, for the first time, Alexandra is on stage as Margret in Alban Berg's WOZZECK at Valencia's Palau de les Arts.
The staging by Andreas Kriegenburg is conducted by James Gaffigan and will celebrate its Valencia premiere on May 26th, 2022.

Further performances on: May 29/31 and June 03/05 

more about Alexandra Ionis 

Attilio Cremonesi

Back in "La Ville Rose" with Rossini
After successful years with Mozart at Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Attilio Cremonesi now returns to the pink city with Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The new staging by Josef Ernst Köpplinger celebrates its premiere on May 20th.

Further performances on: May 21/22/24/25/27/28/29

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Anna Bonitatibus

Back at Bayerische Staatsoper München!
Anna Bonitatibus returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper München with one of her absolute signature roles: in the revival of Barrie Kosky's AGRIPPINA staging, in which she recently shone at the Hamburg State Opera as well, Anna will once more take on the title role. The musical direction is held by Stefano Montanari.

Performances on: May 07/10/13, 2022

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Scott Hendricks

A new Falstaff for the Komische Oper
Scott Hendricks makes his debut on April 30th as the title role in the new production of Falstaff at the Komische Oper Berlin, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by GMD Ainārs Rubiķis.

further information and performances 

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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

Pure excitement - Freischütz in Mannheim
After Puccini's "Trittico" in Essen and Verdi's "Rigoletto" in Hamburg, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli takes the exciting next step into new repertoire:
he will conduct, for the first time, Carl Maria von Weber's "Der Freischütz" at Nationaltheater Mannheim.

The new staging by the artistic group "Kommando Himmelfahrt" celebrates its premiere on April 8, 2022 with further performances on: April 10/17, May 08/15 and June 06.

more about Roberto Rizzi Brignoli 

Mika Kares

Ice-cold Finn in Madrid's Fiery Angel
Mika Kares sings the Inquisitor in Calixto Bieito's well-travelled production of Fiery Angel at the Teatro Real in Madrid. His performances under the direction of Gustavo Gimeno:
22, 25, 28, 31 March ; 3, 5 April 2022

Further information about the piece: 

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Hartmut Haenchen

Khovanshchina at Opéra Bastille
After having successfully begun the season with „Magic Flute“ at London’s Royal Opera House, Hartmut Haenchen now returns to Paris‘ Opéra Bastille with Mussorgsky’s masterpiece      „Khovanshchina“ on January 26th, 2022.

Further performance dates: 30.1., 3./6./9./12./15./18.2.

more about Hartmut Haenchen 

Alexandra Ionis

A regular guest in Berlin!  
Alexandra Ionis sings regularly at both major opera houses in Berlin and could most recently be heard in "Der Rosenkavalier", Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims" as well as in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös' new opera "Sleepless".

In this season she can again be found on Berlin's stages, first as Schwertleite/Die Walküre in the new Ring at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Christian Thielemann and Thomas Guggeis (Premiere on October 3rd, 2022)

Subsequently, and season appropriate, she will return to Deutsche Oper Berlin for the revival of the highly successful production "Die Schneekönigin" (S. Penderbayne) on December 4th, 2022, in which she sings no less than four roles.

Performance dates "Die Walküre": October 03/16/30, 2022

Performance dates "Die Schneekönigin":
December 04/05/09/10/11/12/16/18/19, 2022
& January 21/23/24/25/26, 2023

more about Alexandra Ionis 

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

The new GMD at Nationaltheater Mannheim  
With great joy we announce that as of season 2023/24, the internationally renowned Maestro Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be the new General Music Director at Nationaltheater Mannheim!
His successful new productions "Il Trovatore" and "Der Freischütz" in the past seasons in Mannheim as well as concerts with the Musikalische Akademie des Nationaltheaterorchesters whet the appetite for future projects in Mannheim.
Rizzi Brignoli signs a three-year contract with the NTM. In addition, he will keep his position as GMD at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.

more about Roberto Rizzi Brignoli 

Flurina Stucki

4 Letzte Lieder in Graz
We warmly welcome the Swiss soprano Flurina Stucki again to Boris Orlob Management - and what a great start with a reference to one of her upcoming concerts with the unforgettable and at the same time highly demanding Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss!
Flurina Stucki will sing at the opening concert of the 2022/23 season of the Graz Opera on September 10th 2022 together with the Graz Philharmonic and their chief conductor Roland Kluttig - the concert will be broadcast live on: 

Two weeks later, on September 24th, Flurina will be heard at the Graz Opera in the premiere of the staged performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem,  directed by Lorenzo Fioroni and under the baton of Roland Kluttig.

After her extremely successful Chrysothemis alongside Catherine Foster as Elektra in the past season, further important role debuts at her parent opera house the Deutsche Oper Berlin this season include Leonore in Fidelio, Amelia in Simone Boccanegra and Elsa in Lohengrin.

more about Flurina Stucki 

Giulia Montanari and Christoph Seidl

New arrivals at BOM and Oper Köln  
We are delighted that Giulia Montanari, soprano and Christoph Seidl, bass, are our newcomers this season and also in the soloist ensemble of the Cologne Opera. They can be seen together on stage in Cologne in the season premiers of Les Troyens (Berlioz) under Fracois-Xavier Roth directed by Johannes Erath and La Cenerentola under Matteo Beltrami directed by Cecilia Ligorio as well as in the revival of Die Entführung aus dem Serail on stage in Cologne. 
Premiere: Les Troyens 24/09/2022
Premiere: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (revival) 08/10/2022
Premiere: La Cenerentola 17/12/2022 

more about Giulia Montanari 
more about Christoph Seidl 

Mika Kares

In the spotlight in Salzburg
At this year's Salzburger Festspiele, Mika will be on stage in the title role of Bartók's masterpiece BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE - a role for which Mika's recording with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (BIS) was also nominated for the 2022 Grammy.
The artistic team consists of Teodor Currentzis and Romeo Castellucci, who also led the acclaimed "Don Giovanni" with Mika in Salzburg in 2021. The role of Judith will be sung by Ausrine Stundyte.

All performance dates: 26./31.07. & 02./06./15./20.08.

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Moritz Kallenberg

Hot season finale - Orfeo premiere in Stuttgart
Following the successful Hercules premiere at the International Handel Festival Karlsruhe under the baton of Lars Ulrik Mortensen and staged by Floris Visser, Moritz Kallenberg b-rocks on into the summer.
In J.P. Rameau's PLATÉE he could be seen and heard in the dreaded haute-contre tenor role of Thespis as well as Mercure in Calixto Bieito's legendary staging in Stuttgart, conducted by Stefano Montanari, followed by his equally spectacular Oronte in Handel's ALCINA under Christopher Moulds and staged by the directing duo Jossi Wieler/ Sergio Morabito.
Subsequently, he could be heard in concerts under William Christie and les arts florissants at Philharmonie Paris and the Gewandhaus Leipzig during the Bachfest, singing cantatas and Magnificat.

To complete this nice season, Moritz Kallenberg will sing the title role in Claudio Monteverdi's ORFEO on July 22nd, 2022, which this time will not take place at Staatsoper Stuttgart, but instead in the Halle of Stuttgart's Im Wizemann with its industrial charm. Killian Farrell will conduct, Marco Štorman is stage directing.
Additional dates: July 24th and 26th, 2022

more about Moritz Kallenberg 

Tómas Tómasson

New villain in Dublin
Following his success as Orest in Elektra in 2021 in the same place, Tómas Tómasson now returns to the Irish National Opera in Dublin in a new role.
For the first time he will be on stage as Scarpia in Tosca and can be seen and heard as nasty baron on the following nights:
July 11/13/14/16/17

more about Tómas Tómasson 

Anna Bonitatibus

Double debut in Aix-en-Provence
It is not just a role debut but also her debut with the festival in Aix-en-Provence when Anna Bonitatibus will, for the first time, be on stage as Idamante in Satoshi Miyagi's new staging of Mozart's IDOMENEO on July 6th!

Under the baton of Raphaël Pichon and alongside Michael Spyres in the title role, Sabine Devieilhe (Ilia) and Nicole Chevalier (Elettra), among others, she can be seen and heard on the following nights: July 06/08/11/13/15/19/22

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Kenneth Tarver

Outstanding debut as Nerone/Agrippina at the Florida Grand Opera
Kenneth Tarver has made a great debut as Nerone in the new Agrippina production (director: Jeffrey Buchman) at Florida Grand Opera!
In the new staging, which relocates the story of Agrippina to a 1930s Hollywood film set, Tarver's radiant tenor "took the night's vocal honors":

"As Nerone (whose reign would flip murderous), Kenneth Tarver took the night's vocal honors. The veteran singer's heroic tenor, incisive declamation in recitatives, precise trills and talent to command the stage introduced the present to a brand new top together with his each look."  

Remaining performances: May 17 and 19, 2022

more about Kenneth Tarver 

Markus Suihkonen

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Staatstheater Hannover
Following succesful debuts as Lodovico and Sparafucile, now it's time for Markus Suihkonen's next role debut at his parent house in Hannover. Starting May 27th, 2022 he can be seen and heard as Snug in Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

The revival of the staging by Michiel Dijkemas will be conducted by GMD Stephan Zilias and Richard Schwennicke.

All performances: 27.5. and 04./06./10./12./18.06.

more about Markus Suihkonen 

Marjukka Tepponen

MET - the USA show goes on!
Following the great success at the MET, where Marjukka Tepponen took on the role of Tatyana/Eugene Onegin under James Gaffigan on short notice - a role which she has very successfully debuted at the Seattle Opera - she is now back in Seattle; this time she is on stage as Figaro Countess in the revival of Peter Kazaras' staging of the Mozart/Da Ponte classic.

Performances on: May 07/11/15/20/22

more about Marjukka Tepponen 

Anna Bonitatibus

Return to Wigmore Hall
Following the great success of her last recital at the Wigmore Hall, where Anna Bonitatibus created a musical meeting between Rossini and Beethoven, she now returns to the legendary London concert hall with a new, equally exciting programme.

This time, her programme looks at European composers whose careers coincided with or were impacted by the phenomenon of Napoleon Bonaparte. She will be presenting music by famous composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, but also lesser-known musicians such as Jan Ladislav Dussek or Ferdinando Paer.

The concert takes place on 4th May, 2022 at the Wigmore Hall. Piano accompaniment by Simon Lepper.

more about Anna Bonitatibus 

Tómasson, Kataja, Ionis

Sleepless in Budapest
After highly successful performance series at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden as well as Geneva's Grand Théâtre the new opera by Péter Eötvös, "Sleepless", can now be experienced one last time, this time in the homeland of the composer.

The concert performance will take place at Müpa Budapest on April 12 with Péter Eötvös himself at the conductor's stand and our three participating singers: Tómas Tómasson, Arttu Kataja and Alexandra Ionis.

more about Tómas Tómasson

more about Arttu Kataja

more about Alexandra Ionis

Nina Russi

Standing Ovation for Nina Russi's "Traviata" in St. Gallen
"So schnell ist sich ein Auditorium selten einig, etwas Außergewöhnliches erlebt zu haben", the Voralberger Nachrichten writes about the premiere of Nina Russi's „Traviata“ on March 19 at Theater St. Gallen.
The staging, which is told from a female perspective, positions the story of Violetta in the centre and creates "echte Frauenpower". (St. Galler Tagblatt)

The production can still be seen and heard on the following nights:
1./20./24. April, 1./8./21./25./30. Mai und 9. Juni

© Photo: Ludwig Olah

more about Nina Russi 

Tuomas Katajala

"Die Vögel" now on ARTE Concert!
Following the successful performance series of the new production of "Die Vögel" at Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, which produced outstanding reviews for Tuomas Katajala's Hoffegut, the production can now also be experiences on ARTE Concert!

In addition, the production will be back on stage for two more nights on February 20 and 22, 2022 in Mulhouse (La Filature).

Recording link: 

"The voice of the day is the one of Tuomas Katajala, a bright and very sharp tenor voice whose art of phrasing and musicality in every instant win all the votes" (

"Mit Tuomas Katajala war auch diese Partie ideal besetzt, sein heldenhafter Tenor kommt mit schwerem Metall und einer geradezu liedhaften Wortdeutlichkeit." (

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