The Magic Flute: Michael Baba at the Bayerische Staatsoper as 1st armoured man – from July 6th

The Bayerische Staatsoper revives August Everding’s staging of “The Magic Flute”, which has long since attained cult status, for another run – and Michael Baba, heldentenor, once again joins the cast in the roles of first armoured man and second priest. Performances on July 6th and 8th.

Operetta all’aperto: Philipp Kapeller and Maximilian Mayer at Mörbisch in “Der Vogelhändler” – from July 7th

Maximilian Mayer and Philipp Kapeller, tenors both, will alternate in the role of Count Stanislaus in Carl Zeller’s operetta. This years’s production, staged by Axel Köhler and under the musical direction of Gerrit Priessnitz, will run from July 7th through August 19th. Details, including the cast for each performance, are available at the Mörbisch Festival website.


Opera in the Roman quarry: Daniel Hoyem-Cavazza conducting “Rigoletto” at St. Margarethen

Daniel Hoyem-Cavazza returns to St. Margarethen, this year to conduct Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in a production directed by Philipp Arlaud. The first evening with Daniel Hoyem-Cavazza at the rostrum will be July 20th; further details are listed at the festival web site.


Open air, unplugged: Johannes Wildner and “The Magic Flute” at the Oper Burg Gars – from July 13th

“The Magic Flute” is, according to artistic director and conductor Johannes Wildner, “the starting shot for the European Enlightenment society that spans the past 200 years.” Whether Enlightenment and the associated ideals are still applicable to the deep crisis that Europe currently finds itself in – that is the question that director Kurt-Josef Schildknecht asks in his staging just as Wildner and the rising stars in the fresh, international, ensemble ask it in their interpretation of Mozart’s music.
Details regarding cast, performance dates, shuttles from Vienna, and more are available at the Oper Burg Gars web site. By the way, the mediaeval Burg Gars is not only the perfect stage for both this opera and the question posed by the production. The castle’s excellent acoustics also make the Oper Burg Gars festival one of the very few that need not and will not use electronic amplification.


Lake Stage, Bregenz: Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger as Morales in “Carmen” – from July 19th

Having had yet another major success with his interpretation of the title role in the “Don Giovanni”-production of the Opera Studio at the Bregenz festival, it is not surprising that Austrian baritone Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger was invited to return to Bregenz, this time on the main stage – as Morales in the restaging of Bizet’s “Carmen”. The site also lists show dates and the cast for individual performances.


Austrian debut: Matteo Macchioni in “Mosè in Egitto” at the Bregenz festival – from July 20th

The frenetic applause for his Ramiro in “La Cenerentola” (all’aperto, Firenze) has barely ended, but Matteo Macchioni is already working on his Austrian debut, as Aronne in Rossini’s “Mosè in Egitto” on July 20th. Enrique Mazzola will be conducting, Lotte de Beer is directing.


Operetta: Christoph Filler in “Wiener Blut” at the Gärtnerplatz theatre – from July 21st

Austrian baritone Christoph Filler is demonstrating his versatility: In June, he sung Masetto in “Don Giovanni”; starting on July 21st, he takes the stage as Josef in Johann Strauss’ “Wiener Blut”.


Revival: Sophie Gordeladze to sing Pamina at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl – July 22nd

Sophie Gordeladze is slated to return to Erl, Tyrol, on July 22nd where she will lend her voice to Pamina in the revival of the Erl festival’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.

Summery variety: Sophie Rennert at Bayreuth and at the Innsbruck Early Music festival

On July 27th, mezzo Sophie Rennert debuts at Bayreuth as a flower maiden in Wagner’s “Parsifal”; staged by Uwe Eric Laufenberg, with Hartmut Haenchen undertaking the musical direction.
At 1 p. m. on August 23rd, Sophie Rennert switches to something completely different: Following her successes at the Cesti competition – a second place from the jury as well as the audience prize – she and theorbist David Bergmüller have been invited to give a concert in the historic chapel of Schloss Ambras. The programme will revolve around Italian Lamenti for unrequited or unhappy love such as those sung by Monteverdi’s Ariadne and D’Indias’s Olimpia.

World première: Dénise Beck in Daniel Bjanarson’s opera “Brœdre” – from August 16th

 Performed by the Danish National Opera, Danish composer Daniel Barnason’s newest opera “Brœedre” (Brothers), based on Susanne Bier’s eponymous movie, will have its world première in Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017. With Kasper Holten staging the work, Danish soprano Dénise Beck performs as Anna.