Career launch, the first: Unnsteinn Árnason joins the ensemble of the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

 Unnsteinn Árnason, the young bass from Iceland with a voice to rival the jötunn Ice Giants, graduated from MDW University in June 2017, having studied with Karlheinz Hanser. After successful guest engagements at the Kammeroper Wien and at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, he is joining the latter as of September. He will perform the roles of Crespel and Luther in “Hoffmanns Erzählungen”, Egon von Wildenhagen in “Der Vetter aus Dingsda”, Tristan in Flotow’s “Martha” and Raimondo in Wagner’s “Rienzi” and is looking forward to many more.

Career launch, the second: Anton Legkii joins the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern as 2nd "Kapellmeister"

 Anton Legkii from Ekaterinburg in Russia has not only completed his studies and served the Omsk Opera as répétiteur and conductor for two years; he has also managed to fit a postgraduate course of studies – with Johannes Wildner at the mdw in Vienna – into his twenty-six young years. Beginning in September 2017, he is under contract to the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern as second "Kapellmeister", where he will be in charge of 3 new productions: “Orpheus in der Unterwelt”, “La Cenerentola”, and “Giselle”. In his “copious spare time”, guest performances will take him to Plzen in the Czech Republic.

Home game: Siyabonga Maqungo at the RMB Starlight Classics in South Africa; Sept. 9th and 10th

 Maqungo quad 150Siyabonga Maqungo, the South African tenor who just celebrated his acclaimed role debut as Tamino in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” at the Oper Burg Gars festival in Austria, returns home to sing at the RMB Starlight Classics Concerts on September 9th and 10th.
He will then return to the Meininger Staatstheater where, as a member of the permanent cast, he will be on stage as Ferrando in “Così fan tutte” (another role debut) and in other roles.

Concert: Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester hosting Johannes Wildner in Flensburg and Haderslev – Sept. 14th and 15th

 With a busy, but highly successful festival summer under his belt (an open-air “The Magic Flute” at the Oper Burg Gars that won highest praises and three operetta concerts “Operetta made in Austria” in Gmunden and Vienna), Johannes Wildner is travelling to Denmark again.
For the second time this year, the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester has invited him as guest conductor; this time, the programme promises delicacies such as Glinka’s overture from “Ruslan und Ludmila”, Shostakovich’s second violin concerto with Guro Kleven Hagen as soloist, and Brahms’ third symphony.

World première: Alexander Medem stages “Das Donauweibchen” by Bernd Watzka – Sept. 15th

 Having recently brought Lortzing’s “Undine” in a version for children to the stage at the Wiener Staatsoper, Alexander Medem stages the story of a different water nymph: On September 15th, Bernd Watzka’s “Das Donauweibchen” will see its world première at the Brick 5 theatre. Medem has also designed the sets for the show.
For those who cannot fit the world première into their calendars, there is a try-out on the 14th, in Vienna’s North. The work then takes a tour through Vienna’s districts.

Touring Japan: Michael Baba and the Bayerische Staatsoper München – Sept. 21st–29th

 From September 21st through September 29th, Michael Baba, German Heldentenor, is touring Japan with the Bayerischen Staatsoper München. Working under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, he will not only embody the First Armoured Man on stage but also understudy Klaus Florian Vogt as Tannhäuser.

Role debut: Tamara Ivaniš as Olympia at the Salzburger Landestheater – from Sept 23rd

 Tamara Ivaniš, the fresh Croatian soprano – just twenty-three years young! – is beginning her second season as a member of the Opernstudio of the Salzburger Landestheater, and her first role this year will be that of Olympia in “Hoffmanns Erzählungen”. The production will première on September 23rd, with another nineteen performances through January 2018.

 

Another role debut: Nora Sourouzian as Azucena at the Graz opera – from Sept. 30th

 On September 30th, on the stage of the Oper Graz, French-Canadian mezzo Nora Sourouzian will debut in the role of Azucena in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”. The musical direction lies with Andrea Sanguineti, with Ben Baur staging the work. Additional showings are scheduled into June 2018.