Role debut, the first: Matthias Hoffmann as Aristeus and Pluto in “Orphée aux enfers” at the Oper Köln – from Jan. 6th

Freshly minted member of the permanent cast of the Oper Köln Matthias Hoffmann will lend his rich bass-baritone to the characters of Aristeus and Pluto in the scenic revival of Offenbach’s “Orphée aux enfers”; this version addresses itself to children and will use the Oper Köln’s secondary stage at the Staatenhaus.

“Great Talent” concert series: Sophie Rennert at the Konzerthaus Wien – Jan. 12th and 27th

First Angelina in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” at the Nationaltheater Mannheim (also on Jan. 10th, Feb. 16th and Mar. 28th), then lied recitals at the Hohenems Schubertiade, in Belfast and in London’s Wigmore Hall, followed by a whirlwind tour of China with the Young Singers Project – during the last months of 2017, young Austrian mezzo Sophie Rennert was quite busy, one would think. But rest and sleep are for others, it would seem: On Jan. 12th already, she gives a concert together with fellow mezzo-soprano Dorottya Láng, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, and Julius Drake at the piano. The evening, part of the “Great Talent”-series at the Vienna Konzerthaus, will centre around works by Brahms and Schubert. On Jan. 27th, she performs in one of the Konzerthaus’s popular “Préludes to Resonance”, accompanied by harpsichordist Evelyn Laib.

The Other “Magic Flute”: Dénise Beck at the Operahus København – from Jan. 14th

Starting with the première on Jan. 14th, Dénise Beck slips into the role of Princess Sidi in Friedrich Kuhlau’s “Lulu”. Based on the same material as Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, this Danish opera from 1824 is now being shown for the first time in nearly 180 years.

Première: Tamara Ivaniš as Barbarina at the Landestheater Salzburg – Jan. 20th

Ivanis qu madmimiThis season, Tamara Ivaniš already stirred up major enthusiasm with her interpretation of Olympia and with her Frühlingsstimmenwalzer, part of the New Year’s concert at the Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, and she is set to add another success in Jakopo Spirei’s restaging of “Le Nozze di Figaro” premiering on Jan. 20th, in which she performs as Barbarina under the baton of Adrian Kelly.

More role debuts: Christoph Filler and Christoph Seidl to debut in Lortzing’s “Der Wildschütz” at the Gärtnerplatztheater – from Jan. 23rd

In their permanent positions at the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich, baritone Christoph Filler und bass Christoph Seidl both have grasped, with both hands, the opportunity to demonstrate their proven versatility while at the same time extending their repertoires:

Christoph Filler began his season with a successful Danilo in Lehár’s “Lustige Witwe”, was then invited to sing Falke (“Die Fledermaus”) at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and will play the part of Count von Eberbach in Lortzing’s “Der Wildschütz” (shows: Jan. 23rd and 30th, Feb. 2st, Apr. 4th).

Friends of the Gärtnerplatztheater have already heard Christoph Seidl this past fall, singing the part of Alidoro in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”; he then toured China with the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival , and on Jan. 23rd, he will be back on stage in Munich with his role debut as Baculus in “Der Wildschütz” by Lortzing. Further performa


Living poetry: Nora Sourouzian performs “The Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke”, set to music by Frank Martin, in Geneva – Jan. 23rd

When Rilke wrote “The Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke” in a single night in 1899, he thought it one of his lesser works, even mediocre – but truth will out, and it soon proved to be a lasting achievement, a work for the ages. A masterpiece of the same rank is the music to which Frank Martin set the prose poem. On Jan. 23rd in Geneve, mezzo-soprano Nora Sourouzian and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Arie van Beek will present “Der Cornet” in all of its melancholic majesty.

Operetta: Alexandra Reinprecht and Christoph Filler in “Viktoria und ihr Husar” – from Jan. 27th

Alexandra Reinprecht and Christoph Filler are set to reprise their roles as Countess Viktoria and Count Ferry in which they appeared in the 2016 première of Josef E Köpplinger’s staging of “Viktoria und ihr Husar”. The production will celebrate its return – to the stage, and to its permanent home in the newly renovated Gärtnerplatztheater – on Jan. 27th.

BaRock-Musical returns to the stage: “Vivaldi – Die fünfte Jahreszeit” with Thomas Lichtenecker at the Volksoper Wien – from Jan. 27th

Lichtenecker2 c LukasBeck qu150Fresh from his successful debut at La Scala di Milano, where he was cast in Salvatore Sciarrino’s latest opera “Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo”, Austrian countertenor Thomas Lichtenecker returns to the stage of the Wiener Volksoper, reprising his role as Cafarelli in BaROCK Musical “Vivaldi – die fünfte Jahreszeit” by Christian Kolonovits. Performances from Jan. 27th till Mar. 1st.

Matteo Macchioni as Count Almaviva in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Royal Danish Opera Copenhague – Jan. 27th

Macchioni3 c MirtaLispi sm quMatteo Macchioni, the young Italian tenor now rocking the world of the Rossini operas, will celebrate his debut at the Royal Danish Opera Copenhague on Jan. 27th, as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”. A little earlier, he is scheduled to take part in the New Year’s Eve Gala organised by the Leipzig Opera; Macchioni will sing crowd-pleasers such as “Una furtive lagrima” and “La danza”, Rossini’s famous Tarantella.

Concert: Johannes Wildner on the rostrum of the Sofia Philharmonic – Jan. 28th

Impressed and excited by their most recent cooperation, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra has invited Johannes Wildner to conduct another concert. The programme lists Haydn’s Symphony No. 48, Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Wolfgang Vladar) and Beehoven’s Seventh Symphony.

Rarity: Philipp Kapeller in Hasse’s Siroe – from Dec. 2nd

Philipp Kapeller not only mounts the stage at the Staatstheater Oldenburg as Belmonte in Mozart’s “Il Seraglio” (performances through April 8th, 2018); from December 2nd, and on the same stage, he also lends his versatile tenor to Cosroe in Johann Adolph Hasse’s opera “Siroe”. This seldom-shown gem, conducted by Wolfgang Katschner and directed by Jakob Peters-Messer, runs through April 5th, 2018.

Role debut: Maximilian Mayer as Gingerbread Witch in “Hansel and Gretel” – from Dec 2nd

Fresh from playing Rosillon in Lehar’s “The Merry Widow”, Maximilian Mayer displays the wide range of his talent: Come December, he sings the part of the Witch in the revival of the Gärtnerplatz Theatre’s successful production of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”. Children of all ages can enjoy the Witch getting her comeuppance through January 20th, 2018.

Very contemporary: Wolfgang Resch rousing success in “Die Antilope” to be repeated in Bolzano – Dec. 2nd and 3rd

Resch Antilope c Armin Bardel 150x150This summer, his Papageno at the Oper Burg Gars festival was rewarded with ovations; in November, Wolfgang Resch made a jump of some 200 years to fill Viktor, the central character in Johannes Maria Staud’s “Die Antilope” with life. Critics and audiences both were enthused by the production at the Neue Oper Wien and especially by Resch’s breathtaking performance. On Dec. 2nd and 3rd, the Teatro Comunale Bolzano with the Bolzano Haydn Orchestra will show this very demanding work as part of OPER.A 20.21, again conducted by Walter Kobéra .

Revival: Matteo Macchioni as Ramiro in “La Cenerentola” at the Oper Leipzig – Dec. 8th

When the Oper Leipzig asked Lindy Humes to stage Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” a few years ago, it created an enduring success. In the upcoming third run of this production, Matteo Macchioni will again sing the part of Ramiro, as he did in the première. Macchioni's next role will be in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Royal Copenhagen Opera, to première on January 27th, 2018.

Première: Christoph Filler as Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus” at the Staatstheater Darmstadt – from Dec. 9th

Austrian baritone Christoph Filler, member of the permanent cast at the Gärtnerplatz Theatre Munich is cast as Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, premiering on December 9th, 2017, under the direction of Nicole Weber and with Michael Nündel conducting.

Wigmore Hall debut: Sophie Rennert, Stephan Loges, Graham Johnson in London – Dec. 23rd

SophieRennertpiaclodi 022 150x150Mezzo Sophie Rennert is looking forward to her first recital at London’s Wigmore Hall on December 23rd; pianist Graham Johnson has invited her and bass-baritone Stephan Loges to sing lieder and duets by Schubert.

Touring the Far East: The Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra with Johannes Wildner – Dec. 26th, 2018, through Jan. 15th, 2018

The Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester, with Johannes Wildner at the rostrum, is touring the Far East from December 26th, 2017, through January 15th, 2018. In fourteen concerts in Taipei, Beijing, Osaka and Tokyo, to name just a few, the orchestra offers a scintillating display of the many facets that Viennese music has to offer.

Return: Alexandra Reinprecht as “Zirkusprinzessin” in Munich – from Dec. 29th

Alexandra Reinprecht returns to the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, where Emmerich Kalman’s operetta “Die Zirkusprinzessin” is revived, to reprise her role as Princess Fedora Palinska. Due to a major refurbishment of the actual building at the Gärtnerplatz Staatsintendant Josef Köpplinger staged the production originally at the Circus Krone; now, after the completion of the renovations, it finally moves to its permanent home. Best of all, the cast of the première is reunited for the occasion, including Daniel Prohaska in the role of Mister X and Karsten Januschke as conductor.

Salute to Vienna – New Year’s concerts in Canada and the USA

The Salute to Vienna New Year’s concerts are by now a tradition dear to both the artists and their loyal audience, and a number of our friends have once again be invited to begin the New Year by sharing the joy of music with listeners.
Among them are conductor Matthias Fletzberger, sopranos Monika Rebholz and Hege Gustava Tjoenn, as well as tenors Michael Heim, Franz Gürtelschmied, and Martin Piskorski, with concerts in Miami, West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Chicago, and Ottawa. We with them, their colleagues, and their audiences a Happy 2018!