Alberich's Ring closes: Das Rheingold in MadridFollowing his successful performances as Alberich in the third part of Wagner’s tetralogy at the Edinburgh International Festival and under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Samuel Youn will conclude his personal Ring by embodying the role of Alberich in Das Rheingold at Teatro Real de Madrid. Robert Carsen’s production, led by Pablo Heras-Casado, can be seen on these days: January 17/19/22/25/27/30 and February 01
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Barrie Kosky's new Bohème in Berlin and back to the Bolshoi TheatreSurrounded by poets and philosophers, painters and musicians, Heather Engebretson embodying the role of Mimì will be the centre of Puccini’s masterwork. In Barrie Kosky’s new production of La Bohème and under the baton of Jordan de Souza, she will bring thrilling moments to the Komische Oper Berlin. Performance dates: February 14; March 22; April 04/19/28; May 15
Also this year, Heather Engebretson will return to the Bolshoi Theatre taking on the title role of Handel’s Alcina under the baton of Andrea Marcon and the direction of Katie Mitchell: March 13/15/17 and 19
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Lied recital on SWR2 (radio broadcast) and premiere of Rigoletto in WiesbadenOn the 13th of January, Silvia Hauer, together with So-Jin Kim, gave a special Lied recital. According to the motto „L’heure exquise – Debussy and his time“, the programme included works by French and Austrian masters such as Debussy, Fauré, Korngold and Zemlinsky.
On February 02 (8 PM), you will have the chance to enjoy the full concert in a radio broadcast on SWR2:
In addition, Silvia Hauer will take on the role of Maddalena in Uwe Eric Laufenberg‘s new staging of Rigoletto at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Under the musical direction of Will Humburg and with Young Doo Park as Sparafucile, this production premieres on the 19th of January. Further performance dates: January 23/26; February 01/06/09/17; May 31; June 02/21/28
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From Mahler via Johann to Richard StraussIn the Bavarian state capital, Andreas Schager, together with Valery Gergiev, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner and the Munich Philharmonics, will dedicate himself to Mahler’s Lied von der Erde at Philharmonie am Gasteig. Performance dates: December 14/15/16
The traditional New Year’s Eve Concert of the Staatskapelle Dresden and with Johann Strauss‘ Die Fledermaus is a guarantee for a swinging and swaying conclusion of the year and will be broadcasted by ZDF on December 30 (10 PM / 22:00). On two evenings (December 29/30), Andreas Schager will embody the role of Alfred together with an array of stars and under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst at Semperoper Dresden.
In the new year he will cross the big pond and move on from Johann to Richard Strauss by singing the Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos together with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst on the following dates: January 13/17/19
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Many kinds of characters at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, return to Washington and welcome to the
We are very pleased to assume the General Management for Robert Watson and are looking forward to a good cooperation!
Following his ecstatic as well as vocally and dramatically convincing role debut as Hoffmann at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Robert Watson is expecting versatile roles at this traditional house: From Cavaradossi in Tosca (January 19/24) via Grigorij together with Sir Bryn Terfel embodying the title role of Boris Godunov (January 31; February 03; March 06/09) and Don José in Carmen (February 09/17/21), up to Narraboth in Claus Guth’s staging of Salome (February 24; March 02).
Afterwards, he will go west to take on the role of Cavaradossi at the Washington National Opera under the baton of Speranza Scapucci. Performance dates: May 05/12/19
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A varied turn of the yearRaffaela Lintl will take on the role of Mimi in the revival of La bohème under the baton of Kimbo Ishii at the Theater Magdeburg on these days: December 22/30; January 31; February 23 and March 01.
The new year just started and yet Raffaela Lintl is looking forward to her first concert highlight. On the occasion of the composers‘ 200th birthday, she will sing arias by Jacques Offenbach accompanied by the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and with Markus Huber at the conductor’s stand. The concert takes place in the Electoral Castle of Mainz on the 4th of January.
Back in Magdeburg, she will embody Desdemona in the new production of Verdis Otello, that will be premiered on February 16. (Further performance dates: February 24; March 08/23; April 07/26; May 19 and June 01)
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A Lady for Bernstein, Wagner and StraussFilled with passion for each project of the 2018/19 season.
Just like in 2016 in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle under Jeffrey Tate, she sang in concertante performances of Bernstein’s Candide at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona on October 18th and 20th.
In Hamburgische Staatsoper’s Ring, Doris Soffel took on the role of Erda under Kent Nagano not just in Das Rheingold, but also, and for the first time, in Siegfried, too.
By the beginning of the new year she will finally return to Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper in the role of Adelaide/Arabella, whom she has been embodying since the premiere of the production. Alongside Anja Harteros, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Michael Volle and Kurt Rydl as well as with Constantin Trinks at the conductor’s stand, she will be providing special opera nights on: January 11/14/18/22 and 25.
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Paris, Helsinki, Munich and Lausanne: Concerts, house and role debutsFollowing his great success as Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra at Opéra Bastille (operawire.com: "Nobility of expression, acting by voice, strength and eloquence, beauty of tone - it was all there."), Mika Kares sang Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Helsinki Festival.
Back again on the opera stage, he will once again take on the role of Oroveso/Norma at Bavarian State Opera Munich (Dates: January 05/09/12) and furthermore, he will give his role as well as his house debut by performing the role of Enrico VIII in the new production of Anna Bolena at Opéra de Lausanne. The production celebrates its premiere on the 3rd of February and will be conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli. (Further performance dates: February 06/08/10/13)
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Important role debut at Staatsoper BerlinIn his first season as a permanent member of the ensemble, David Oštrek already took on numerous exciting roles at the Staatsoper Berlin. Now another highlight is on the horizon. In Claus Guth’s staging of Don Giovanni and under the baton of Lahav Shani, he will be on stage as Leporello for the first time.
Performance dates: January 20/25/30; February 08/10/12
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Hansel and Gretel in Zurich and BerlinThe year is slowly coming to an end and Christmas is just around the corner. Needless to say, one opera cannot be missing: Hansel and Gretel. Marina Prudenskaya will take over the roles of Gertrud and the Gingerbread Witch in Robert Carsen’s new production at Opera Zurich under the baton of Markus Poschner on these evenings: November 18/22/25; December 23/26/30; January 27; February 17 and April 20/22/25
Furthermore, she will perform the role of Gertrud together with Christopher Moulds at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. Engagement dates: December 14/21/22/27
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2018/19: Three in a rowAn exciting season awaits Betsy Horne. First off, she will be celebrating her debut as Eva in the new production of Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the baton of GMD Patrick Lange on September 29th at Staatstheater Wiesbaden. With her on stage is Young Doo Park making his debut as Veit Pogner. Performance dates: 29.09.; 03/14.10.; 04.11.; 22.04.; 30.05.; 30.06.
From one daughter to another; on February 3rd Betsy Horne will be making her debut as the daughter of Cardillac in Hindemith’s opera of the same name at Opera Vlaanderen. In the staging by Guy Joosten and under the musical direction of Dmitri Jurowski she will be on stage on the following nights: Opera Antwerp: 03/05/08/10/12.02.; Opera Ghent: 21/23/27.02. and 03.03.
The next role debut is not long in coming – following her Belgian excursion Betsy Horne will return to her parent house in Wiesbaden where, starting 09.03., she will be performing the role of Elisabeth in the revival of Wagner’s Tannhäuser in the staging by Uwe Eric Laufenberg and under the baton of Patrick Lange. Dates: 09/17.03.; 21.04. and 26.05.
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Travelling with Wagner: From Brabant to the river Rhine and on to Geneva for the new RingListen up! Tómas Tómasson performed the role of Telramund in Marco Arturo Marelli‘s new production of Lohengrin at Theater Bonn under the baton of Dirk Kaftan.
In the new year, he will take on the role of Wotan/Wanderer in the Wagner’s Ring under the baton of Georg Fritzsch on the occasion of the reopening of the Grand Théâtre de Geneva. Dan Karlström will perform the role of Mime.
Das Rheingold: 12.02.; 05./12.03.
Die Walküre: 13.02.; 06./13.03.
Siegfried: 15.02.; 08./15.03.
In May 2019, Tómasson will embody Wotan in Die Walküre together with Juraj Valčuha at the conductor’s stand of the Teatro di San Carlo.
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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
Italian opera indulgence in Berlin and LausanneAs is well known, quality is no coincidence – which is why it is no big surprise that Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, proven expert of the Italian opera repertoire, undertakes the musical direction of the following productions:
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts Verdi’s first great successful opera Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Further performances: December 23rd and 28th.
In addition, he will be at the conductor’s stand of the Opéra de Lausanne, conducting the new production of Anna Bolena on the following evenings: February 03/06/08/10 and 13
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Into the next decade at full steamOn occasion of her decadal birthday, Dagmar Manzel sat down to talk with Deutschlandfunk, among other things looking back at 40 years of stage presence. The full interview (in German) can be found under the following link:
And also in this season Dagmar Manzel is as active as ever! As part of the Jüdische Kulturtage (Jewish Culture Days) in Berlin she will be giving a concert in the synagogue in Rykestraße on November 08th. Subsequently, she will guest in Saarbrücken in the already familiar combo with her programme MENSCHENsKIND on November 11th.
The unofficial festival for all Manzel fans at Komische Oper Berlin will continue in season 2018/19 as well, where during the season she will be on stage in the following productions: Anatevka (from 15.09.), Die Perlen der Cleopatra (from 06.12.), Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will! (from 13.01.) and Ball im Savoy (from 21.03.)
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2018/19: A musical trip along the RhineJussi Myllys starts another season as an ensemble member at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, but not only at his parent house do interesting engagements await the Finnish tenor.
As an ensemble member he takes on Matteo/Arabella (21./27.09.; 03.10.) and Tamino/Die Zauberflöte (from 29.11.), both under the baton of Axel Kober, as well as Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail (13./20./25./28.10.) and Giovanni in the world premiere of Anno Schreier‘s Schade, dass sie eine Hure war with premiere February 16th.
Further down the River Rhine, Jussi Myllys will be making his debut as Max in the new production of Der Freischütz at Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg with Patrick Lange at the conductor’s stand. Performances: April 17/20/23/25/27 and 29 in Strasbourg as well as May 17/19 in Mulhouse.
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Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester & Scott MacAllister
Premiere of Dalibor in AugsburgOn October 14, Roland Schwabs production of Smetana’s Dalibor will be premiered at the Staatstheater Augsburg. Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester as Vladislav and Scott MacAllister as Dalibor will face each other in this hybrid between a epic of knight and Czech Fidelio under the baton of GMD Domonkos Héja, an expert in the Slavonic repertoire.
Performance dates: 14./21./23.10.; 01./18.11.; 16./29.12.; 05.01.; 15.02.
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Strong commitment to ModernismFor many years Miljenko Turk has been an ensemble member at Opera Cologne, where he covers a broad spectrum of the classic baritone ‘fach’ (Monteverdi to Verdi). Yet in addition, he has distinguished himself as a worldwide sought-after expert of operas of the Modern period!
Following performances at Opera Cologne, the Dresden Semperoper, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the Tongyeong Music Festival with Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz and Die Eroberung von Mexiko, Peter Ruzicka’s Celan, Johannes Maria Staud’s Die Antilope, Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, as well as I-Sang Yun’s Der Traum des Liu-Tung, during season 2018/19 he will take on the title roles in Mare Nostrum (26./28./30.09. and 03.10.) by Maurizio Kagel at his parent house in Cologne and in Peter Ruzicka’s Benjamin (09./17.02.) at Theater Heidelberg.
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Continuing very lively following Dantons Tod. Versatile roles at Gärtnerplatztheater MunichIn his role debut as Danton in Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod at Gärtnerplatztheater Munich, Matija Meic was able to impress the audience as well as the press.
But there is no time for resting, because Matija Meic will take over a number of exciting roles at Gärtnerplatztheater Munich including i.a. the title role of Don Giovanni (November 30 and December 27/29), Peter/Hansel and Gretel (November 28/29; December 06/07/11/12/23/25; January 02), Marcello in the new production of La bohème (Premiere at March 28) as well as Ramiro/L’Heure espagnole (Premiere at April 28).
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Important Wagner role debutMost 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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Exciting projects at the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State OperaThe 2018/19 season is particularly characterized by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where Markus Suihkonen, as a member of the Opera Studio, already stood on stage in great productions such as the new production of Otello, in which he embodied the role of Herold under the baton of Kirill Petrenko and next to Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros.
Upcoming engagements include 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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Hartelijk welkom!We would like to warmly welcome Karin Strobos to our agency – we are looking very much forward to the cooperation! In the same breath, we would like to thank Pieter Alferink, who represented Karin up to this point and now entrusted us with the management of the artist, for the many years of great work and hope that he will provide us with advice also in the future.
Karin, who is a steady member of the ensemble at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, can look forward to an exciting season. To begin the season she will be singing Karolka in the new production of Janáček‘s Jenufa at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam in the staging by Katie Mitchell and under the musical direction of Tomáš Netopil. In addition, she will be on stage at her parent house in Essen in the new production Così fan tutte/Dorabella (Con.: Tomáš Netopil ) as well as in the revivals of Hansel and Gretel/Hansel and Don Giovanni/Donna Elvira.
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Role variety in Finland, Italy and GermanyFollowing his great success as Méphistophélès in Gounod‘s Faust at this year’s Opera Festival in Savonlinna, Tuomas Pursio is now on stage as a villain at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki – this time as a diabolic Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca. Performance dates: 07./13./19./21./25./27.09. and 06./13./16./18.10.
From the far north southwards: In February, Pursio will take on the role of Jochanaan/Salome at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Premiere: 15.02.
In this role he can also be seen and heard at his parent house, the Opera Leipzig, where he will also be performing the roles of Orest/Elektra, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Sprecher/Zauberflöte, Alberich/Siegfried, Gunther/Götterdämmerung, Wotan/Rheingold, and Water Goblin/Rusalka.
All Opera Leipzig performance dates can be found under the following link:
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Fascination Wagner: Innovative concert format with Andreas Schageris 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 has been 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 email@example.com or on tel. 0049 30 20 45 08 39.
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A grandseigneur of musicA late summer of festivals awaits Franz Mazura.
On September 6th he can be heard as Sprecher in Zimmermann’s Ekklesiastische Aktion at Musikfestival Bern with the Bern Symphony Orchestra and the Swiss Youth Choir.
Subsequently, as part of this year’s Beethovenfest Bonn, a special concert night will take place on September 21st. Under the motto „Alte und neue Schicksalslieder“ (“Old and new songs of destiny”) Franz Mazura will take on the speaker role in the world premiere of Dieter Schnebel’s BSH Schicksalslied. Beethoven – Hölderlin under the baton of Jan Latham Koenig in the „New York – Saal“ of the World Conference Center.
Further, this season he will be returning to Staatsoper Unter den Linden where he will be on stage as Pfleger des Orest/Elektra (27.01.; 03./16./24.02.) and, during the Staatsoper’s “Festtage”, as Hans Schwarz/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (14/18/21 April), both under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim.
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Role debutsy, one after the other!Following her athentic role debut as Carmen with the Orchestra Valladolid and under the baton of Michel Ortiga in Madrid, Anna Bonitatibus is looking forward to another new and exciting role. As part of this year’s Donizetti-Festival in Bergamo, she will sing the title role of Enrico di Borgogna with Alessandro De Marchi at the conductor’s stand on these evenings: November 23/25 and December 1
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Concerts at the turn of the year. Beethoven's 9th with top-level orchestras in Hamburg and OsloTuomas Katajala is looking forward to three highlights on the concert stage full of pathos and dignity.
At the turn of the year, he will sing Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 together with the Hamburger Symphoniker and under the baton of Eivind Gullberg Jensen at Laeiszhalle. Performance dates: December 31 and January 1.
On January 4, he will perform the same opus together with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä at the Oslo Concert Hall.
Tuomas Katajala will conclude his concert trilogy on January 11 by singing Bruckner’s Te Deum in Tampere.
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BOM artists come together as ensemble Lied23The 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.
Tosca meets Ariadne meets SieglindeWe are very pleased to be able to inform you about our new arrival, Dutch soprano Barbara Haveman. For years, Barbara has celebrated triumphs in the great roles of the German and Italian repertoire, most recently performing the roles of Tosca in Stuttgart, Elsa in Marseille and Minnie at the Scala with great success. We want to further expand this repertoire with her and are pleased that she will walk this path with us as general management.
In this season, already one role debut is waiting: Sieglinde in Teatro di San Carlo’s Walküre.
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Brünnhilde debut in Magdeburg"Energetic, powerful debut." Julia Borchert started the new season with a sublime echo! On September 8th the new production Die Walküre celebrated its premiere at Theater Magdeburg, in which for the first time she was on stage as Brünnhilde, delivering "the most impressive performance of the evening". The staging by Jakob Peters-Messer under the baton of GMD Kimbo Ishii, in which also Raffaela Lintl performs the role of Gerhilde, can still be seen and heard on the following dates: 16./30.9.; 14.10.; 03./23.11.
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Busy busyDan Karlström has a busy season ahead of him. Higlights include his return to Semperoper Dresden as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, The 4 Valets in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, his debut at Grand Théatre de Genève as Mime in the Ring revival, as well as Mime in the new Ring-cycle in Helsinki under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, starting in September 2019.
At his parent house, Oper Leipzig, he will perform in a number of roles; including Steuermann and Wenzel in the new productions of Der fliegende Holländer and The Bartered Bride, Knusperhexe in Hansel and Gretel, Mime in the Ring-Cycle, Pong in Turandot and the Tenor-arias in the ballet-version of Bach´s St. John Passion.
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Ursula Hesse von den Steinen
2in1 in KlagenfurtRight at the beginning of the new season lies a true season highlight, when Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will be on stage in Stadttheater Klagenfurt’s new production Rusalka, performing not just one, but two roles. With premiere on September 13th and alongside Pumeza Matshikiza in the title role as well as Robert Watson as Prince, she can be seen and heard in the roles of Foreign Princess and the witch Jezibaba. The production is staged by Eva-Marie Höckmayr and conducted by Nicholas Carter.
Further performance dates: 15/18/20/22/26/28.09. and
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Wolfgang Wagner-Award in the finale of "Wagnerstimmen" in KarlsruheWe are very pleased and congratulate Christoph Seidl for winning the “Wolfgang-Wagner-Award” at this year’s prestigious competition “Wagnerstimmen”!
Furthermore, we would like to mention some of the roles, that Christoph Seidl will take over at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich: Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, Commendatore/Don Giovanni, Baculus/Der Wildschütz, Colline/La bohème as well as Giorgio Talbot/Maria Stuarda.
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