Artist News

Anthony Robin Schneider

From Beethoven to Lohengrin
After his great success as Siegfried Fafner in Erl, Anthony Robin Schneider embarking on a new journey:
He begins the new season in Braunschweig with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on September 17th and 18th, followed by performances of Lohengrin at the DNO in Amsterdam on November 11th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 26th, 30th, and December 3rd, 2023.

Under the musical direction of Lorenzo Viotti, Daniel Behle as Lohengrin and Malin Bystöm as Elsa can be heard in Christof Loy’s production alongside Anthony Robin Schneider.

more about Anthony Robin Schneider 

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.
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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:  

In the classical music magazine CONCERTI LOUNGE (August 24, 2023), the event is reported as follows:  
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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 
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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
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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: 

Silvia Hauer & Heather Engebretson

Eternally young story
Silvia Hauer (Carmen) and Heather Engebretson (Micaëla) are the protagonists in the Carmen revival at Staatstheater Wiesbaden under the musical direction of Yoel Gamzou and in the staging of Uwe Eric Laufenberg. Alongside them on stage are Aaron Cawley as Don José and Jordan Shanahan as Escamillo, among others.

All performance dates:
03/08/18/25/30 June & 04/09 July, 2023

Further information via following link: 

more about Silvia Hauer
more about Heather Engebretson 

Attilio Cremonesi & Anna Bonitatibus

Kick-Off of the Händelfestspiele Halle
The audience of Halle's Händelfestspiele can look forward to an exciting festival programme! This year's festival will open with the premiere of the opera Serse (Xerxes) on May 26, 2023. The new staging of Händel's furious late work (directing: Louisa Proske) is conducted by Attilio Cremonesi, artistic director of the festival orchestra, and, for the first time, Händel and Baroque expert Anna Bonitatibus can be seen and heard in the title role as King Serse.

Following the premiere performance, Anna will be awarded the 
2023 Händel Prize of the city of Halle.
Further performances of Serse: 28.05. sowie 03./11.06.2023 

If you would like to experience the two artists together once more, you will have the chance to do so on June 9.
On this evening there will be a single concert performance of the opera Lotario, Attilio Cremonesi again conducting the Festival Orchestra and Anna Bonitatibus singing the role of Matilda.

more about Attilio Cremonesi
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Doris Soffel

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 

Andreas Schager

Between concert and opera stage
After his success as Tristan at the Teatro Real, Andreas Schager's career continues apace. In May he goes on tour with the Munich Philharmonic and the mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova and sings Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde under the musical direction of Tugan Sokhiev at the Munich Philharmonie (12.05. and 14.05.2023), at the Vienna Musikverein (16.05.2023) and at the "Mahler Festival" in Leipzig with live broadcast on Arte (19.05.2023).

He will then travel to the May Festival in Wiesbaden, where he will sing the title role of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde on 28.05.2023 under the musical direction of Alexander Joel.

Finally, Andreas Schager can also be heard in Baden-Baden, where he will sing the title role in the third act of Wagner's Parsifal on 04.06.2023 under the musical direction of Pablo Heras-Casado.

more about Andreas Schager 

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!

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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!

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Dan Karlström

From dwarf to music master and back
The time has come for Dan Karlström to slip into one of his absolute signature roles! On March 24th 2023 he can again be experienced as Mime, wicked dwarf and foster father of Siegfried, in the opera of the same name.
The new staging of the third part of the RING tetralogy by Anna Kelo celebrates its premiere at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki and will be conducted by Hannu Lintu.
Further performances: 29.3. & 11./14./17./22.4.2023

In between performances, Dan Karlström will return to Dresden's Semperoper where he will be on stage for two nights as music master Don Basilio in Mozart's masterful "opera buffa", Le nozze di Figaro: 01/06 April, 2023

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Hartmut Haenchen

Reason to celebrate
Hartmut Haenchen conducts the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest with Bruckner 7 and works of Wagner and Larcher at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on March 18 and 20 and at Tivoli Vredenburg on March 19, 2023.

There are various reasons for the artist to celebrate these concerts.

On the occasion of this series of concerts the Philharmonisch Orkest appoints him honorary conductor. Following the second concert at the Concertgebouw on March 20 Hartmut will celebrate into his 80th birthday with the orchestra, his friends and guests. We wish him all the best, good health and joy in his musical projects!

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Marjukka Tepponen

Waiting for Katia
Following her great success as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly in the autumn of 2022, Marjukka Tepponen now returns to Oper Graz with a further role debut!
This time she will embody the title role in Leoš Janáček’s opera Katja Kabanova, the premiere taking place on March 18, 2023.

The new staging is by Anika Rutkofsky who won the main prize of the stage director competition “Ring Award” in 2021. Conducting the Grazer Philharmonic is Chief Conductor Roland Kluttig.
Further performances: 23/29 March ; 14/16/19/21/29 April;  12/14 May, 2023

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Andreas Schager 

Taking off to Dresden, Vienna and Munich
For Andreas Schager, the first Wagner epic of 2023, the "Ring des Nibelungen" under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann at Semperoper Dresden, is already just around the corner. It begins on 28 January with Siegmund in "Walküre" together with, among others, Allison Oakes as Sieglinde (second cycle 06 February), continuing on 30 January with the title role in Siegfried (second cycle on 08 February) and ending with that same role in "Götterdämmerung" on 01 February (second cycle on 10 February).
Schager will then appear with his wife, violinist Lidia Baich, and Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund at the Opera Ball in Vienna on 16 February.
He continues with Wagner on 20, 23 and 26 February as Tristan under the baton of Philippe Jordan at the Vienna State Opera.
This will be followed on 28 February by a song recital at the Vienna State Opera with "Die schöne Müllerin" by F. Schubert, "Dichterliebe" by R. Schumann and selected songs by R. Strauss.
In March 2023, Schager will return to Germany to the Bavarian State Opera, where he can be heard on the 23rd, 26th and 30th as Bacchus in R. Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" under the direction of Lothar Koenigs. 

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Christoph Gedschold

Much in demand for his Strauss interpretations
The music director of the Leipzig Opera conducts revivals of Salome, with Annemarie Kremer as the title character, and Ariadne auf Naxos, with Catherine Hunold as Ariadne, at the Leipzig Opera on 4, 10 and 12 February, and the Dresden Semperoper on 23 February, 15 March and 26 March.

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Tómas Tómasson

Munich: First King, then Emperor
When Tómas Tómasson returns to the Bavarian State Opera at the beginning of the year, it will first be as King, then as a French emperor.
On three evenings he will embody King Lear in the opera of the same name by Aribert Reimann: 30.1., 2.2. and 5.2.2023. The staging by Christoph Marthaler is conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Subsequently, Tómasson will then slip into the role of Napoleon Bonaparte in Prokofiev’s “War and Peace”. The premiere of the new staging by Dmitri Tcherniakov takes place on March 5th with further performances on 9./12./15./18.3.2023, all under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

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Hartmut Haenchen

Travelling with Wagner, Strauss, Shostakovich and Bruckner
The year began for Hartmut Haenchen with two concerts in France. He conducted works by R. Wagner and the 3rd Symphony by Bruckner on 19 January in Lille and on 20 January in Calais with the Orchestre National de Lille.
Back in Germany, Haenchen conducted Wagner's Prelude to the first act of Parsifal, Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder and D. Shostakovich's 15th Symphony in Halle on 29 and 30 January with the Staatskapelle and Simone Schneider as soloist.
In February Haenchen travels to the Netherlands for three concerts. In Drachten (09 February 23), Rotterdam (10 February 23) and Groningen (11 February 23) he conducts the Wesendonck Lieder by R. Wagner and the 15th Symphony by Shostakovich with the Noord Nederlands Orkest.
The tour continues to Bari, where Haenchen will conduct R. Strauss' opera Salome at the Teatro Petruzzelli. Jochanaan is, among others, Samuel Youn.
Further afield in Italy, he will perform A. Bruckner's 7th Symphony at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna on 9 March 23.
A very special concert series then follows at the end of March with the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest with performances in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and in Utrecht. After the second concert in the Concertgebouw on 20 March, Hartmut Haenchen will celebrate his 80th birthday there with friends and the musicians, which he will celebrate on 21 March 2023.

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Andreas Schager 

Stories of Fledermaus and Nibelungen
Andreas Schager celebrates the turn of the year at the Vienna State Opera, where he can be heard on December 31st as Eisenstein in Johann Strauss' Fledermaus. In the new year it then continues in quick succession with Siegmund and both Siegfrieds in a revival of the Ring in Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

Walküre : 28.1. ; 6.2.2023
Siegfried: 30.1. ; 8.2.2023
Götterdämmerung: 1./10.2.2023

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Tuomas Katajala

Wagner and Beethoven with Heras-Casado and Mäkelä
Before the end of the year, Tuomas Katajala can still be heard twice on the concert stage: first he will sing Parsifal in two concert performances of the 2nd Act with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano under Pablo Heras-Casado in Milan on December 15th and 16th, 2022. With him on stage are fellow BOM artists Marina Prudenskaya as Kundry and Samuel Youn as Klingsor.

As culmination of the year he can be heard in Beethoven's 9th at the New Year's concerts of the Wiener Symphoniker on December 30th, 31st and January 1st. The concerts at Wiener Konzarthaus are conducted by Klaus Mäkelä.

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Mika Kares

A welcome guest in Munich
After his successful debut as King Marke in the new production "Tristan" in 2021, Mika Kares now returns to the Bavarian State Opera for the next new staging. This time he will be on stage as King Heinrich in Lohengrin as part of a high-quality cast including Klaus Florian Vogt, Anja Kampe, Johanni van Oostrum and Johan Reuter.
The staging by Kornél Mundruczó is conducted by François-Xavier Roth and celebrates its premiere on December 3rd, 2022.

Further performances: December 07/11/14/17/21, 2022

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Christoph Geschold, Joseph Dennis & Dan Karlström

Trio for magic opera in Leipzig
New start at the Leipzig Opera: Music Director Christoph Gedschold conducts the eagerly awaited premiere of the rarely performed opera UNDINE by Albert Lortzing. He is very well supported by the tenors Joseph Dennis in the role of the knight Hugo von Ringstetten and Dan Karlström as Veit. The staging is by Tilmann Köhler. Premiere: Saturday 29.10.2022
Further performance dates: November 4th/11th/23rd/27th. and 06/10/2023 and 07/07/2023
Unfortunately, due to illness, Joseph Dennis will not be able to return until November 4th. to sing his first performance.

more about Christoph Gedschold 
more about Joseph Dennis 
more about Dan Karlström 

Tuomas Pursio

Success wedding goes to Helsinki!
The Finnish opera audience may start to look forward to October and November, because the celebrated production of Kaija Saariaho's opera "Innocence", which had its world premiere at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2021, will now come to the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. Tuomas Pursio, who was also a part of the world premiere, will reprise his role of Father-in-law Henrik in Simon Stone's much acclaimed staging of the Finnish wedding story.

Performance dates: 21/26/28 October 2022
& 2/4/8/10/12/19/22/24 November 2022

More information about the opera:

more about Tuomas Pursio 

Tuomas Katajala

From station to station
The next concert in Tuomas Katajala's calendar is a bit out of the ordinary! On October 8th, 2022 he will perform with the award-winning chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica in Dresden's main train station as part of the project "Station to Station". On the concert programme is Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde' in a new version by Fabian Dobler, conducted by Fuad Ibrahimov and with baritone Markus Brück.

Tuomas‘ next station is Paris where, on October 14th, 2022, he will visit Radio France with Britten's song cycle "Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings". The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France will be conducted by Mikko Franck.

more about Tuomas Katajala 



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: 

more about Mika Kares

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)

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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: 

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. 

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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: 

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:

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

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Vincent Wolfsteiner

Both in one fell swoop!
Vincent Wolfsteiner will portray both Siegfrieds this year at the Tiroler Festival in Erl, under the musical direction of Erik Nielsen and the direction of Brigitte Fassbaender.
He will be performing as Siegfried alongside Anthony Robin Schneider (Fafner), Peter Marsh (Mime), and Simon Bailey (The Wanderer) on July 8th, 21st, and 27th.
He will also sing in Götterdämmerung, alongside Craig Colclough (Alberich), Robert Pomakov (Hagen), and Christiane Libor (Brünnhilde), on July 12th, 23rd, and 29th.

more about Vincent Wolfsteiner

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 

Tómas Tómasson

Jochanaan in Tokyo - the prophet returns
It was only in autumn 2022 that Tómas Tómasson could be experienced in the same role with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in concert performances - now he is back and this time on the big stage!
From 27 May 2023, he will once again slip into the role of the prophet Jochanaan in Richard Strauss' Salome at the New National Theatre in a revival of August Everding's already legendary production. Under the musical direction of Constantin Trinks, Tómasson is joined by Alex Penda, Ian Storey and Jennifer Larmore in the leading roles.
All performance dates: 27/30 May & 01/04 June 2023

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Tuomas Katajala

New and Old
Following his successful debut as Max in Carl Maria von Weber's "Der Freischütz" in 2019, which marked a change in repertoire in a more dramatic direction, Tuomas Katajala is now back in the same role! This time at Theater an der Wien in a new staging by Hungarian director David Marton, who focuses on "the eroding boundaries between inner and outer worlds and, using techniques from film, highlights them as barriers between the individual and the collective as well."

The exciting production is conducted by Patrick Lange and celebrates its premiere on 22 March, 2023.
Further performances: 24/27/29 March & 01/03 April, 2023

Subsequently, Tuomas Katajala returns to his native Finland, where he can be heard in a role which has accompanied him much longer. On two evenings he will be on stage as Tamino in Barrie Kosky's legendary staging of Mozart's Magic Flute at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki: 18 and 26 April, 2023 ... 

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Doris Soffel

In eager anticipation
On 18 March, Richard Strauss' Arabella celebrates its premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Together with, among others, Sara Jukubiak as Arabella and Albert Pesendorfer as Count Waldner, Doris Soffel sings the role of Adelaide under the musical direction of Sir Donald Runnicles in the production by Tobias Kratzer.
The premiere will be broadcast time-delayed on rbb Kultur, starting at 20:03. In addition, a DVD / Blu-ray of this production will be produced in collaboration between Deutsche Oper Berlin and Naxos.

Futher performances: 23.03., 26.03., 30.03., 02.04., 06.04.2023

more about Doris Soffel

Hartmut Haenchen, Andreas Conrad, Samuel Youn

Salome, now in Bari too
On 24 February, Richard Strauss' Salome celebrates its premiere at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. Under the musical direction of Hartmut Haenchen and the direction of Damiano Michieletto, Andreas Conrad embodies Herod and Samuel Youn Jochanaan.

Further performances are on: 26.02.23, 28.02.23 and 02.03.23.

more about Harmut Haenchen
more about Andreas Conrad
more about Samuel Youn

Anna Bonitatibus

On tour with Händel
For Anna Bonitatibus, February stands completely under the sign of the concerts!
First she can be heard, for the first time, as Ruggiero in Händel's Alcina on a tour with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowksi with concerts in 6 different European cities: Paris (Philharmonie; 7.2.), Bordeaux (Opéra National; 9.2.), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie; 13.2.), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Música; 15.2.), Barcelona (Gran Teatre del Liceu; 17.2.), and Valencia (Palau de les Arts; 19.2.)
Following this, Anna returns to the London Wigmore Hall on 23.2.2023 for a recital with music by Berlioz, Liszt, Rossini and Viardot. She will be accompanied by Angela Hewitt on piano.

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Mika Kares

Back in Covent Garden!
Five years after his house debut as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Mika Kares is now back at London’s Royal Opera House, this time as Landgraf Hermann in a new staging of Tannhäuser.
The new production, which is directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Sebastian Weigle, celebrates its premiere on January 29th, 2023.
In addition to Mika Kares, the cast includes Stefan Vinke (title role), Lise Davidsen, Gerald Finley and Ekaterina Gubanova, among others.
Further performances: 1./4./7./12./16.2. 2023

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Scott Hendricks

Debuting as Kurwenal at the Opéra National de Lorraine
A new production of Tristan and Isolde will be premiered on Sunday 29th of January at 3 pm at Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy.
Scott Hendricks, will give his debut as Kurwenal in this production by Tiago Rodrigues under the baton of Leo Hussain.
Further performances
Wednesday 1 February at 7pm
Saturday 4 February at 7pm
Tuesday 7 February at 7pm
Friday 10 February at 7pm

in Nancy and March 31 and April 2 at the Théâtre de Caen. Don´t miss it!

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Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

Herodias at last at Deutsche Oper Berlin
On January 22, 2023, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will sing the role of Herodias in Richard Strauss' "Salome" for the first time at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, with, among others, Thomas Blondelle as Herodes and Jennifer Holloway as Salome under the musical direction of Axel Kober. (Additional performance date on January 27, 2023)

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Doris Soffel

Oceane revival at Deutsche Oper Berlin
Doris Soffel returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin in one of her signature roles, as Madame Louise in Glanert's "Oceane", on 06/11/13 January 2023. Alongside her, Andrew Harris will for the first time sing the role of Georg.
The production by Robert Carsen which was awarded "best world premiere of the year 2019" (International Opera Award) is conducted by Stephan Zilias.

Subsequently, Doris Soffel can be heard as Adelaide on the same stage in a new production of Arabella (Runnicles/Kratzer).
Premiere: 18th March, 2023 and further performances on 23/26/30 March as well as 02/06 April.

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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!

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Attilio Cremonesi

A secret marriage in Potsdam!
A well-known face returns when, on the occasion of the premiere of the Potsdamer Winteroper 2022 on November 11th, Attilio Cremonesi is back on the conductor’s stand of Kammerakademie Potsdam. On the programme is the opera buffa “Il matrimonio segreto” by the Neapolitan composer Domenico Cimarosa.
The cast in the new staging by Adriana Altaras consists, besides Cremonesi as musical string-puller, of choicest specialists of Italian baroque and is therefore in the best of hands!

The performances take place in the recently re-opened Schlosstheater im Neuen Palais.

All performance dates: 11/12/17/19/20/24/26/27 November

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Hartmut Haenchen 

Inaugural concert with NNO 
Hartmut Haenchen is the new Principal Guest Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest from this season on. The official collaboration starts with performances of Verdi's Requiem. Marina Prudenskaya is one of the soloists.

The concerts are on November 10th. in Groningen and November 11th. in Drachten. 

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Dagmar Manzel

Directors Debut for Dagmar Manzel!
We look forward to Dagmar Manzel's directorial debut at the Komische Oper Berlin: Pippi Longstocking, a family opera by Franz Wittenbrink, celebrates its premiere on November 6th!

Other performances in November: 7/10/14/28/29

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Tómas Tómasson

"Backward role" with Kát'a Kabanová to Geneva
Tómas Tómasson returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and this time with a completely fresh role. From October 21st, 2022 he will, for the first time, be on stage as Dikój in Tatjana Gürbaca's new staging of Janáček's Káťa Kabanová.
The new production, which is conducted by Tomáš Netopil, can also be experienced in Brno, Czech Republic, where a single performance will take place on November 13th as part of the Janáček Brno Festival 2022.

Performance dates Geneva:
21/23/25/28/30 October & 1 November, 2022

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Marjukka Tepponen

"Un bel dì ..." Madama Butterfly in Graz
The postponed new production of Madama Butterfly from the year 2020 now finally comes on stage! The new staging by Floris Visser with Marjukka Tepponen als Cio-Cio-San (she performed the role most recently at Opera Frankfurt to wide acclaim) celebrates its premiere on 15th October 2022 at Oper Graz.

Later in Graz's 22/23 season Marjukka can be seen and heard for the first time in the title role of Katia Kabanova. Premiere on 18th March 2023.

Further Madama Butterfly performances:
October 20/28/30r; November 2/5/17/23/27; December 2/10/18 and January 15/18

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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

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