Vivaldi in concert: Sophie Rennert as Licida in “LʼOlimpiade” – April 3rd

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Sophie Rennert demonstrates the versatility of her mezzo-soprano: Having just presented recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, she switches to singing the part of Licida in “LʼOlimpiade” in an concert version. The work is scheduled on March 4th as the grand finale and climax of the Vivaldi Academy at the recently inaugurated National Forum of Music at Wrocław, Poland; Rinaldo Alessandrini will conduct the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra.


On March 25th, Sophie Rennert returns to the Konzerthaus with Bachʼs St John Passion. Here, Heinz Ferlesch directs the successful “Sing on Stage”-project which allows interested members of the public to register for participating in the choir.

Première and role debut: Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger as Lescaut in Cologne – from March 4th

On March 4th, Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger debuts in the role of Lescaut in Jules Massenet’s “Manon” at the Oper Köln; the dates and details of the entire performance series are also available at that link. Johannes Erath stages the work, with Claude Schnitzler on the rostrum.

Budapest: Erika Miklósa as Lucia – March 4th, 9th

Hungarian soprano Erika Miklosa returns to the stage of the Hungarian State Opera: On March 4th and 9th, she sings the part of Lucia di Lammermoor under the baton of principal conductor Balasz Kocsár in a production staged by Máté Szabó.

A concert, and an opera première: Sophie Gordeladze in Lisbon – from March 10th

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Afterwards, on March 29th and at the same venue, Ms Gordeladze is cast to sing the soprano part of Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” conducted by Antonio Pirolli.

Staged performance: Haydn’s “The Seasons” in Ludwigsburg, with Matthias Hoffmann – from March 15th

Matthias Hoffmann, the rising star among bass-baritones who currently plays Masetto in the Oper Köln’s production of “Don Giovanni”, is slated to sing the bass part in a staged performance of Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons” – to mark 300 years of Ludwigsburg, three hundred people will create musical theatre from Haydn’s music, new works and contemporary dance under the direction of Angelika Rau-Čulo and Michael Čulo. Performances are scheduled for March 15th, 16th, 18th, 24th, and 25th.

Première and role debut: Florian Spiess as Trulove (“The Rakeʼs Progress”) in Kassel – from March 24th

Austrian bass Florian Spiess has yet another role debut coming up, not long after his Falstaff in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and at the same house, the Staatstheater Kassel: In the new production of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rakeʼs Progress” under the stage direction of Paul Esterhazy and the musical direction of Alexander Hannemann, Spiess is cast as Father Trulove. The run lasts through June 7th, and details on the performances are available at the Staatstheater Kassel web site.

Aalto Theatre debut: Nora Sourouzian as Azucena in Essen – March 25th

On the heels of her smashing success as Azucena in Verdi’s “Il trovatore” at the Opernhaus Graz – the series runs until June 3rd, with six more shows –, Nora Sourozian will sing this part on March 25th at the Aalto-Theater in Essen; Matteo Beltrami will be on the rostrum.

Première: Johannes Wildner to conduct “Cavalleria Rusticana”/“I Pagliacci” in Bukarest – from March 31st

Johannes Wildner is taking charge of the musical direction of the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest, production of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” und Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” Ion Caramitru is staging the work. The première will take place on March 31st, with additional performances conducted by Mo Wildner on April 1st and 5th.
A week earlier, on March 23rd, Johannes Wildner The Hof Symphony in a concert under the heading of “Natur.Gewalt” with works by Peter Lawrence and Tan Dun as well as Beethoven’s 6th symphony.

Operetta: Alexandra Reinprecht in the “Zirkusprinzessin” at the Volksoper Wien – from March 31st

On March 31st, Princess Fedora Palinska – Alexandra Reinprecht – returns to the Volksoper Wien to the revival of Thomas Enzinger’s production of Emmerich Kálmán’s “Zirkusprinzessin”, with Alfred Eschwé conducting. Ms Reinprecht will also mount the stage on April 9th and 17th as well as on May 3rd.