Baroque opera! Sophie Rennert in Vivaldi’s „Il Tamerlano“ in Dortmund – June 2nd

 On the heels of her success as Lotario in Handel’s eponymous opera, Sophie Rennert takes on the next baroque challenge: Together with the Ensemble Les Accents under the baton of Thibault Noally, she has been invited by the KlangVokal Musikfestival Dortmund to sing, on June 2nd, Andronico in Vivaldi’s "Il Tamerlano”.

Opera, Rocking the Baroque? Thomas Lichtenecker as the castrato Caffarelli at the Volksoper Wien – from June 3rd

 “Vivaldi – Die fünfte Jahreszeit” (“Vivaldi – the Fifth Season”) retells stories from Antonio Vivaldi’s glamorous and scandal-ridden life; composer Christian Kolonovits has created a new form, amalgamating rock and baroque into the BaRock opera. Countertenor Thomas Lichtenecker offers an impressive performance as Caffarelli, the famous castrato, before travelling to Italy for his engagement at La Scala di Milano. Performances run through June 28th.

Première: Matteo Macchioni as Ramiro in Florence – from June 9th

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He really isn’t a “best kept secret” among Rossini tenors any longer: Next on Matteo Macchioni’s itinerary is Italy’s oldest and most prestigious music festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which will see the young tenor offer his unique take on Don Ramiro in a new production of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”. The venue couldn’t be a better fit, as director Manu Lalli and musical director Alessandro d’Agostini are staging the work in the courtyard of the famous Palazzo Pitti, all’aperto. The première on June 9th is followed by shows on June 15th, 21st, 27th and 30th.

Open-air: Johannes Wildner and the symphony orchestra of the Bruckner University Linz – June 9th and 10th

 Playing in and being a part of an orchestra must be practiced, for symphonic music as well as other genres. Opera and operetta, for instance, make their own unique demands on the musicians’ skills.
Maestro Johannes Wildner, previously a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and now a university professor teaching conducting at the mdw University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, is offering his vast experience and particular knowledge to students as part of a concert project of the symphony orchestra of the Bruckner University Linz.
The results can be enjoyed on June 9th, 8 p. m., at the open-air stage Kremsegg and on June 10th, 8 p. m., on the Minoritenplatz in Wels. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will take place in the Kaisersaal, Kremsmünster Abbey, respectively at the Stadttheater Wels.

Opera and concert: Matthias Hoffmann sings works by Beethoven and Schubert – from June 11th

As of this coming fall, young bass-baritone Matthias Hoffmann joins the permanent ensemble of the Oper Köln, having been acclaimed during his time at the Opernstudio. For now, he lends his expressive voice to the second prisoner in a new production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” staged by Michel Hampe and conducted by Alexander Rumpf.
A completely different side of his multi-faceted talent will be on display when, on June 18th, he will be the bass-soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 4 in C with the Wuppertal symphony orchestra under Julia Jones.

Revival: Erika Miklósa as Zerbinetta at the Staatsoper Budapest – from June 14th

 After the rousing success of her role debuts as Violetta Valéry and Lucia last fall, Erika Miklósa returns to the stage of the Staatsoper Budapest to sing Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”. The performances (on June 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th and 22nd) will be conducted by Héja Domonkos.

Première: Valentina Kutzarova as Clairon in “Capriccio” in Innsbruck – from June 17th


This month, Valentina Kutzarova returns to the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck – most recently, her interpretation of Octavian garnered accolades there – to play Clairon in the new production of Richard Strauss’ “Capriccio”. Anthony Pilavachi is staging the opera, while Francesco Angelico attends to the musical direction. The show premières on June 17th, with the run lasting through July 9th.




Opera in concert: Bettina Jensen as Elettra under Mirga Grazynité-Tyla in Birmingham – June 24th

 On June 24th, German soprano Bettina Jensen (as Elettra) and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will offer an opera-in-concert performance of Mozart's “Idomeneo”. The orchestra's principal conductor, Mirga Grazynité-Tyla, will be conducting the work herself.




Mozart: Christoph Filler and Christoph Seidl in “Don Giovanni” in München – from June 26th

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Christoph Filler (Masetto) and Christoph Seidl (Commendatore) star in the Gärtnerplatztheater’s new staging of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. The production is directed by Herbert Föttinger, with Marco Comin as musical director. The première is on June 24th at the Cuvilliéstheater. The production runs until July 12th; the cast for any given night is available at the Gärtnerplatztheater’s web site.




Guest performance: Wolfgang Resch as Hans Scholl in “Weiße Rose” in Vienna – June 30th


Fresh from being awarded the Lied prize of the Ada Sari competition this past May, Wolfgang Resch mounts the stage of the MuTh, the concert venue of the Wiener Sängerknaben, to sing the role of Hans Scholl in Udo Zimmermann’s opera “Weiße Rose”
This guest performance on June 30th is part of the Armel Opera Festival aiming at popularizing contemporary opera. Every year, a jury of experts selects the best performance and singers – and this year, the jury’s choice fell upon Wolfgang Resch and the production staged in the fall of 2016 at the Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn.