Role debut: Christoph Filler as Malatesta – from May 2nd

  On May 2nd, Christoph Filler, the young Austrian baritone, celebrates his role debut as Malatesta in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. Michael Brandstätter and Oleg Ptashnikov take turns on the rostrum of this production staged by Brigitte Fassbaender.

Role debut: Philipp Kapeller as Ramiro – from May 5th

  Philipp Kapeller celebrates yet another role debut, this time Ramiro in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”; after having sung Tonio in “La fille du régiment” and Belmonte in “The abduction from the seraglio”.
The premiere of “La Cenerentola” – staged by Axel Köhler – is scheduled for May 5th, with musical director Vito Christofaro conducting. The current run of performances ends on May 20th.

Contemporary: Dénise Beck in Basel and Sibiu – May 3rd, 4th and 24th

  For Dénise Beck, May leans heavily towards contemporary music: On May 3rd and 4th, she performs “Whole Body Like Gone” with the Berlin Zafraan Ensemble at the Gare du Nord in Basle, and on May 24th, she performs the vocals in the Sibiu Philharmonic’s premiere of “Five poems by Emily Dickinson” by Marijn Simons.

Mozart: Matthias Hoffmann to sing the Figaro at the Cologne Opera – May 16th

On May 16th, Matthias Hoffmann, the stellar young bass-baritone from Austria, debuts in the role of Figaro in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, with Rubén Dubrovsky conducting this production staged by French director Emmanuelle Bastet.

Première: Unnsteinn Arnason as Raimondo (“Rienzi”) in Innsbruck – from May 19th

To round out his first season as a member of the permanent cast at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, young Unnsteinn Árnason, the Icelandic bass, mounts the stage as Raimondo in Wagner’s “Rienzi”. The premiere is on May 19th. The production, directed by the house’s manager Johann Reitmeier, will be conducted by Lukas Beikircher and run until July 7th.

Lied recital: Sophie Rennert at the Piano Festival Ruhr – May 16th

SophieRennertpiaclodi 022 150x150 Together with her famous mentor and well-known Lieder scholar Graham Johnson OBE and tenor Ben Johnson, mezzo Sophie Rennert will recite works by Schubert, Schumann, Britten and Fauré at the Piano Festival Ruhr. Storied Schloss Herten and its setting, a beautiful landscape garden, serve as venue for the festival where Ms. Rennert’s voice will rise from the centuries-old walls on May 16th.

Back on the main stage: Christoph Seidl as Komtur “Don Giovanni” – from May 19th

Having recently sung the parts of Baculus in Lortzing’s “Wildschütz” and Sarastro in “The Magic Flute”, Christoph Seidl next lends his powerful bass to the Commendatore in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. The production, conducted by the Gärtnerplatztheater’s Principal Conductor Anthony Bramall, has moved back to newly renovated main venue where, on May 19th, it will be shown for the first time.

New run: Wolfgang Schwaiger and Matthias Hoffmann in “The Rape of Lucretia” – from May 22nd

Matthias Hoffmann already had a major success with his 2016 bravura performance as Collatinus in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” at the Oper Köln. In the upcoming run of this production – the staging is still Kai Anne Schuhmacher’s –, Hoffmann’s Collatinus is joined by baritone Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger’s Junius. Shows start on May 22nd, Rainer Mühlbach will be conducting.

Rare diamond: Sophie Gordeladze in Othmar Schoeck’s “Schloss Dürande” – May 31st and June 2nd

Gordeladze1 c Lasha Bakuradze 150x150 On May 31st and on June 2nd, the Konzert Theater Bern is performing a revised version of Othmar Schoeck's opera "Schloss Dürande" as an opera-in-concert with Sophie Gordeladze as Gabriele. The Bernese poet Francesco Micieli replaced the original libretto with verse and prose by Joseph von Eichendorff while Mario Venzaga adapted the singers’ parts: An intriguing experiment that offers an entirely new perspective on what has been called Schoeck’s “secret principal oeuvre”.

Première: Johannes Wildner conducting Mozart’s “Idomeneo” in Vilnius – May 31st and June 2nd

Johannes Wildner, known for representing the best of Viennese-flavoured Mozart, was invited to serve as musical director for the Lithuanian National Opera’s new production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo”; he is joined by Graham Vick who stages the work. The première is scheduled for May 31st with a second performance on June 2nd.