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Andreas Schager

Paris triumph, Vienna premiere, Bayreuth summer
Andreas Schager continues his Wagner triumphal procession! At his debut at the Opéra national de Paris he gave a "unique and truly impressive performance"( as Parsifal under the baton of Philippe Jordan.
From not too far away the horns already sound: On June 11th Der Freischütz celebrates its premiere at the Vienna State Opera, in which our Austrian tenor will perform the role of Max. Alongside him on stage are, among others, Camilla Nylund (Agathe), Alan Held (Caspar) and Albert Dohmen (Eremit) as well as Tomáš Netopil at the conductor’s stand. Performances: June 11/14/17/20/25 and 28.
The summer is characterized by the Bayreuth Festival, where Schager will once again be embodying Parsifal under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. Performance dates: July 26; August 01/08/14/19/25.

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Marina Prudenskaya

From Love Goddess to Servant
For Marina Prudenskaya, summer is once again characterized by the Bayreuth Festival. This year on the Green Hill she will embody Fricka and Schwertleite in the first part of Frank Castorf’s Ring from 2013. Under the baton of Plácido Domingo, also John Lundgren (Wotan) and Anja Kampe (Sieglinde) will be on stage. Performances on: July 31 and August 18/29.
Marina Prudenskaya begins the coming season at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where the new production of Cherubini’s opera-comique Médée celebrates its premiere on October 07th. Under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim, she will be performing the role of Néris for the first time. Further performances on: October 12/17/20/25 and 28.

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Mika Kares

Opera and concert highlights in Paris, Munich, Utrecht, Cologne and Helsinki
Following a successful performance series of Lucia di Lammermoor at Bayerische Staatsoper, in which Mika Kares shone as Raimondo, the Finn made his house debut at Opéra Bastille on June 20th. In the role of Ferrando he will fill up the room with his “radiant, sonorous bass” on the remaining nights: July 10/11/13 and 14.
The French adventure continues in autumn when Mika Kares, also at Paris’ Opéra Bastille, makes his debut as Fiesco in Calixto Bieito’s staging of Simon Boccanegra, conducted by Fabio Luisi. The production celebrates its premiere on November 15th and can be seen and heard on nine additional nights: November 18/21/24/28 and December 01/04/07/10/13.
In addition, on September 14th Kares will sing the role of Père Laurence in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette in Utrecht under Fabien Gabel, as well as take on the role of Ramphis in a concertante performance of Aida in Cologne’s Philharmonie on October 07th, conducted by Teodor Currentzis.
Also in the concert field, Mika Kares will sing Mahler’s Symphony no 8 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu at the Helsinki Festival on August 24th and Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on December 19th and 20th, also in the Finnish capital.

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Samuel Youn

Following his celebrated debut as King Henry in Lohengrin at the Opéra de Marseille, Samuel Youn can be heard in Britten’s War Requiem at concerts in Korea and Taiwan in June.
Subsequently he will return to Naples’ Teatro di San Carlo to perform one of his signature roles; the villain Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca. Under the baton of Juraj Valčuha, Youn will be on stage on the following nights: July 22 and 24.

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Dagmar Manzel & Robert Watson

Dagmar Manzel and Robert Watson live at the Classic Open Air Berlin
With its broad cross-genre programme, the Classic Open Air located in the heart of Berlin has been an inherent part of summer’s musical landscape for years, luring thousands of visitors to the Gendarmenmarkt.
In celebration of Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg’s 100th anniversary, Dagmar Manzel and Robert Watson will be on stage on July 05th (19:30) alongside rock-, pop- and classical stars such as Peter Maffay, Cassandra Stehen and Joja Wendt.
The concert takes place on the colourfully illuminated stage in front of the Konzerthaus, where the jubilarian will play the most beautiful scores from the great Hollywood blockbusters, the Ufa- and DEFA times, but also rock- and pop songs as well as world famous classical and opera works, all under the musical direction of Robert Reimer. The evening will conclude with a big fireworks display.

In addition, the concert will be broadcasted on rbb Fernsehen on July 18th (20:15).
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Rinaldo Alessandrini

New recording contract, new album and a well-established festival
We congratulate Rinaldo Alessandrini on the new contract with Naïve-Believe! The plan until 2021 includes eight new recordings with works by old masters such as Monteverdi, Couperin and J.S. Bach.
Furthermore, the new album “Un viaggio a Roma” with Sandrine Piau and Sara Mingardo will be released this autumn, featuring music by Handel, Stradella, Muffat, Scarlatti, and Corelli.
Last but not least, we are looking forward to this year’s Purtimiro Festival, where Rinaldo Alessandrini is the artistic director. From the 27.09. until the 14.10., Alessandrini and his Concerto Italiano as well as numerous other ensembles and young, talented Italian artists will be providing music of the highest quality within the spaces of the impressive, historical Teatro Rossini in Lugo di Romagna.

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Arttu Kataja

Music, the universal language: Following debut in Paris now around the world as Almaviva
Following his successful debut at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées in Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under the baton of Hans-Christoph Rademann, Arttu Kataja can now look forward to another great project. This summer he’ll travel almost once around the globe as Count Almaviva in a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro together with the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs. The tour stops in Seoul (July 6 and 7), Shanghai (July 9), Eisenstadt (July 13 and 14), and Beaune (July 21).

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Lothar Odinius

Important Wagner role debut
Most recently he could be heard in Gent and Antwerp in the title role of the new production La Clemenza di Tito -  now, for the first time, Lothar Odinius will be on stage as Loge in Das Rheingold in Kassel’s new RING at the beginning of next season. In the new staging by Markus Dietz and under the baton of GMD Francesco Angelico, also Rúni Brattaberg will be on stage (performing the role of Fafner). Performance dates: September 01/07/15, October 07/17, December 25, January 12 and February 10.

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Markus Suihkonen

New in our General Management and the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper!
We are very pleased to welcome Markus Suihkonen in our General Management roster and congratulate him on a great season at the Vlaamse Opera, which is now slowly coming to an end. In this sense, we take a look at the coming season, which is particularly characterized by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where he will be on stage in great productions as a member of the Opera Studio: A herald in the new production Otello (premiere October 23rd) under Kirill Petrenko and with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros; King René in Iolanta (starting 15.04.19), and Lesbo in Barrie Kosky’s staging of Agrippina (premiere 23.07.19) conducted by Ivor Bolton.

In addition to his engagements in Munich, Markus Suihkonen will perforn the role of Publio in the new production of La clemenza di Tito on five evenings as a guest at Théâtre Royal de Liège. With premiere on May 15th also Anna Bonitatibus will be on stage, performing one of her signature roles; Sesto. 

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Julia Borchert

Brünnhilde debut in Die Walküre
Also for Julia Borchert exciting things lie ahead at the beginning of the new season. On September 8th the new production Die Walküre celebrates its premiere at Theater Magdeburg, in which for the first time she will be on stage as Brünnhilde. In the staging by Jakob Peters-Messer and under the baton of GMD Kimbo Ishii, also Raffaela Lintl can be seen and heard as Gerhilde.
Further performances: September 16/30; October 14; November 03/23.

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Andreas Schager / Fascination Wagner

Fascination Wagner
is a completely innovative concert format with Andreas Schager! 

„Fascination Wagner“ presents highlights of the operas of Richard Wagner in combination with specially produced music videos in a new dimension. The story of each opera is thus comprehensively and directly accessible to the audience.

On the 25th and 26th of October 2018, Fascination Wagner will be staged for the first time in the Forum Karlín in Prague as an event of the National Theater of Prague.
As part of the Internationale Maifestspiele, this unique concert event will take place at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden on 29th of May 2019

For further information about this exciting project please visit: 

For inquiries about the project please contact Boris Orlob under or on tel. 0049 30 20 45 08 39.

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Anna Palimina

From Wagner to Cimarosa: From Paris to Cologne
Anna Palimina could most recently be heard as Flower Maiden in the new production of Parsifal at the Opéra national de Paris. Under the baton of Philippe Jordan and staged by Richard Jones, also Anja Kampe, Andreas Schager, Peter Mattei, and Jan-Hendrik Rootering were part of the production.
In addition to her foreign activity, Anna Palimina stays faithful to the Opera Cologne in this season as well, returning to her parent house to sing Carolina in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto. The production is an adoption of a production by Festwochen der Alten Musik Innsbruck from the summer of 2016 (staging: Renaud Doucet) and is conducted by Gianluca Capuano.
Performances: June 24/27 and July 01/05/07/13/15.

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Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

One nose ahead: Premiere at Komische Oper Berlin
Following the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and a stopover in Sydney, Barry Kosky’s staging of Shostakovich’s The Nose celebrates its premiere at Berlin’s Komische Oper on the 16th of June. Performing the role of Podtochina is Ursula Hesse von den Steinen. You can experience “tap-dancing noses, riding rickshaw tables, colourful costumes” and, of course, great music on the following nights: 16th/24th/30th of June and 06th/14th of July.  

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Robert Bork

From Valencia to the Rhine as Balstrode
With his “noble singing and stunning stage presence”, Robert Bork enthused audience and critics alike as Balstrode in Willy Decker’s staging of Peter Grimes at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts.
Now his path leads him to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein where he will once again stand by Peter Grimes’ (embodied by Corby Welch) side, this time under the baton of Wen-Pin Chien. Bork can be heard as Balstrode on the following nights: May 06th/08th at Theater Duisburg; June 29th and July 05th/10th at Opera Düsseldorf.

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Dagmar Manzel

On tour with MENSCHENsKIND and successful projects at Komische Oper Berlin
In addition to her projects at the Komische Oper Berlin, Dagmar Manzel is touring Germany with her solo program MENSCHENsKIND. Most recently she has given guest performances at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau and at the Schauspielhaus Hannover. “Accompanied by an elegant trio, Manzel serves the songs artful and without frills” – the Hannoversche Allgemeine writes.  
On March 23rd, Dagmar Manzel once again performed songs by Friedrich Hollaender at the Theater Chemnitz before returning to her musical success projects at the Komische Oper Berlin:
Die Perlen der Cleopatra: March 30
Anatevka: April 1/29 and July 15

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Ute Lemper & Andreas Schager

Ute Lemper and Andreas Schager at the Vienna Life Ball: singing against AIDS
To celebrate this year’s Life Ball, the world selection of classical music got together for the Life+ Celebration Concert at Vienna’s Burgtheater.
United in the fight against AIDS, Andreas Schager and Ute Lemper were on stage providing emotional highlights alongside the likes of Jonas Kaufmann, Juan Diego Florez, Bo Skovhus, and Rene Pape. The total net proceeds from the event went to national and international HIV and AIDS aid projects.

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Bettina Ranch

Important role debut in Essen
Following concert engagements in Cologne and Dresden, Bettina Ranch now returns to her parent house in Essen, the Aalto-Musiktheater, for an important role debut. On two evenings, she will perform the roles of Fricka and Schwertleite in Dietrich W. Hilsdorf’s production of Die Walküre under the baton of Tomáš Netopil: June 30 and July 08​.

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Doris Soffel

Straussian mother roles and Wagner's earth goddess
Just like Wagner’s earth goddess we look into the future and see Doris Soffel in three most diverse roles of her repertoire.
In Robert Carsen’s production of Salome and under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda she will be on stage as Herodias at Teatro Regio di Torino on the following dates: February 15th/18th/20th/22nd/25th.
Next she will be travelling north to embody Erda at Staatsoper Hamburg for the first time. The production of Das Rheingold is staged by Claus Guth and conducted by Christoph Prick. Performances: May 18th/21st/26th/29th.
At the end of the season, Doris Soffel will be taking on the role of Adelaide in the revival of Andreas Dresen’s Arabella at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. The audience can look forward to great opera nights with a high-quality cast and Constantin Trinks on the conductor’s stand. (June 16th/19th/22nd and July 04th/07th)

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Michael Smallwood

Great productions in two musical strongholds
For Michael Smallwood the next months are shaped by three engagements in Berlin and Paris.
At Staatsoper Unter den Linden he takes on the role of 2nd Jude under the baton of Thomas Guggeis in Hans Neuenfels’new production of Salome. With premiere on March 4th, he will be on stage alongside Marina Prudenskaya, making her role debut as Herodias. Performance dates: March 04th/08th/10th/14th and 17th.
Subsequently his path leads him to the Opéra National de Paris where he will sing the 3rd Esquire/Parsifal with Philippe Jordan at the conductor’s stand. Also part of this staging by Richard Jones are Anja Kampe, Andreas Schager, Peter Mattei, and Jan-Hendrik Rootering. (April 27th/30th and May 05th/10th/13th/16th/20th/

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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

A musical Tour de France with three new productions
Over the coming months no less than three new productions await Roberto Rizzi Brignoli in France!
Starting February 06th he will be conducting Laurent Pelly’s staging of Il barbiere di Siviglia with a great cast, including Stéphanie d’Oustrac as Rosina, Philippe Talbot as Count Almaviva, and Florian Sempey as Figaro. (All performance dates: February 06th/09th/11th/13th/15th)
The next stage is Philipp Himmelmann’s production Simon Boccanegra at Opéra de Dijon, which celebrates its premiere on March 14th. Rizzi Brignoli, a Verdi specialist, will be conducting this masterpiece on the following dates: March 14th/16th/18th/20th and 22nd.
The conclusion of the “tour” will be celebrated at Opéra de Lille with Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s staging of Nabucco. Fellow BOM artist, Robert Watson, will be on stage as Ismaele. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli will be on the conductor’s stand on the following dates: 16th/19th/22nd/26th/28th/31st of May and 3rd/06th of June.

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Young Doo Park

As Landgraf in Wiesbaden
An exciting role debut awaits Young Doo Park at his parent house in Wiesbaden. On November 19th, the young bass will be on stage as Landgraf Hermann in the new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser by Uwe Eric Laufenberg. At the conductor’s stand is Patrick Lange and with Park on stage is, among others, Lance Ryan in the title role. Further performance dates: November 24th, December 3rd/17th, January 10th/28th, March 30th, May 27th and June 30th.

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Betsy Horne

Operetta highlight at Munich's Prinzregentheater
A real highlight awaits Betsy Horne, when she sings the title role in a concertante performance of Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Gräfin Mariza on April 29. With the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Ernst Theis at the conductor’s stand, the audience of Munich’s Prinzregentheater can look forward to a special night dressed in foxtrot, waltz, and czardas, true to the motto: “Einmal möcht’ ich wieder tanzen”.

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Miljenko Turk

As ladies' man and soldier at Opera Cologne
„Viva la libertà!“ is the motto of Don Giovanni, which Miljenko Turk expressed wonderfully in the staging by Emmanuelle Bastet and under the baton of Nicholas Collon at Opera Cologne. Alongside him on stage was Samuel Youn as Leporello, aiding him in seducing the ladies. Further, Miljenko Turk will take on the role of Haudy in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at his parent house in Cologne. Carlus Padrissa’s production with GMD François-­Xavier Roth at the conductor’s stand celebrates its premiere on May 3rd.

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Attilio Cremonesi

"First Guest Conductor" at Teatro Municipal de Santiago
As of this season, Attilio Cremonesi is “First Guest Conductor” at the renowned Teatro Municipal de Santiago, where, in the coming seasons, he will be leading concerts and one historically informed Mozart production every year.
Following the great success of Le nozze di Figaro past June, the audience can now look forward to Don Giovanni in a staging by Pierre Constant. The production celebrates its premiere on April 16th and can be seen and heard on four additional nights: April 18th/20th/23rd and 26th.
On the programme in the following seasons are Così fan tutte (2019) and Die Zauberflöte (2020).

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Anna Bonitatibus

en travesti also on the opera stage. Mozart's final opera in Warsaw
On her latest CD “en travesti” Anna Bonitatibus devotes herself to the so-called trouser roles, one of which she will be performing from March 11th at Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki. In Ivo van Hove’s celebrated staging of Mozart‘s La clemenza di Tito and under the baton of Benjamin Bayl she will take on the role of Sesto on three further nights: March 13th/15th and 18th.   

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Pinchas Steinberg

Back at Bayerische Staatsoper with Macbeth
In April, Pinchas Steinberg will return to Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper. Over the course of three nights he will be conducting Verdi’s Macbeth (April 07th/10th/13th). The much discussed staging by Martin Kušej has Simon Keenlyside on stage in the title role as well as Anna Smirnova as Lady Macbeth.

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BOM artists come together as ensemble "Lied23"
The special concept of the programme, which consists only of works by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, is constituted in a novel performance form located between classical-concertante recital and scenic performance: After the Brahmsian opening quartet, the concert approach dissolves and a continuous shift of the pairs and situations begins, leading the thoughts to the garden scene in Goethe’s Faust and consistently offering new surprises and not letting go of the listener until the end of the evening. The evident concatenation of duets and quartets in closely related keys allows for the seamless, intertwining and ever-increasing playing by the protagonists.
To direct the singers, renowned opera stage director Hinrich Horstkotte was acquired.   

With Carine Tinney, Bettina Ranch, Lothar Odinius, Sebastian Noack, and Manuel Lange as the ensemble Lied23, five musicians have come together, who for years passionately devoted themselves to the Lied genre, but who also possess the substantial experience within the field of opera needed for such high intensity Lied interpretation.

Raffaela Lintl

Rusalka premiere and a concert tour through Austria
The young soprano, Raffaela Lintl, caused critical acclaim from the stage in the Händel/Telemann opera Richard Löwenherz during this year’s Telemann-Festtage in Magdeburg. In the role of Formosa, the princess of Cyprus, the Theater Magdeburg ensemble member shone with "soft vocal fullness, elegant coloratura and a bright tone." Raffela Lintl remains connected with the Theater Magdeburg in the coming season, further expanding her repertoire.

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