Artist News

Andreas Schager

Capital-hopping with Wagner. Critical acclaim for Tristan!
With his embodiment of Tristan in the staging by Dmitri Tcherniakov and under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Andreas Schager provided a "Sternstunde"  at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, praised for his "phenomenal naturalness" and his "complex role portrait" of the "monstrous Tristan role". Remaining dates to see him in this role: February 25th and March 3rd/11th/18th.
During Staatsoper Berlin’s Easter Festival, Andreas Schager takes on the role of Parsifal on March 30th as well as April 2nd, again under the baton of Daniel Barenboim in a staging by Dmitri Tcherniakov. 
Subsequently Schager’s path leads him to Paris where he, also as Parsifal, will be making his house debut at the Opéra national de Paris. The new production by Richard Jones will be conducted by Philippe Jordan. Performances: April 27th/30th; May 05th/10th/13th/16th/20th and 23rd.

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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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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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Bettina Ranch

Of Soldiers, Valkyries and a Prayer for Peace
In addition to the current production of Hans Heiling at the Aalto-Musiktheater (remaining dates: May 12/27 and June 22), Bettina Ranch will be on stage for two concerts.
On May 5th she will be singing Wesener’s Mother/Die Soldaten with Emilio Pomàrico and the WDR Sinfonieorchester at Cologne’s Philharmonie, followed by the world premiere of George Alexander Albrecht’s ‘Friedensgebet für Syrien’ (Peace Prayer for Syria) at Dresden’s Kulturpalast on June 3rd, conducted by Michael Sanderling.
Once back at her Essen parent house, the Aalto-Musiktheater, Bettina Ranch takes on the roles of Fricka and Schwertleite in Die Walküre under Tomáš Netopil over the course of two nights: June 30th and July 08th.

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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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Vincent Wolfsteiner

Successful replacement in Berlin and premiere in Frankfurt
Vincent Wolfsteiner stepped in at short notice as Tristan in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, and with great success! Under the baton of Daniel Barenboim he "relentlessly spewed out vocal fountains", causing acclaim from audience and critics.
Starting April 1st, Wolfsteiner will be back on stage at his parent house, the Opera Frankfurt, where he takes on the role of Filka Morozov in the new production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead.
Further performances: April 06/08/12/15/21/27 and 29.

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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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Lothar Odinius

Haute Couture. Operetta magic in Graz and on tour with Haydn's Creation
Lothar Odinius can currently be seen and heard as Herzog Guido von Urbino in Peter Langdal’s staging of Eine Nacht in Venedig at Opera Graz. The co-production with Opéra de Lyon already enjoyed great popularity, and the success will most certainly continue next year. Coming performances: December 17th/20th/22nd/31st, January 10th/19th/24th/, February 15th and March 02nd.
Subsequently, he will be on stage in the title role of the new production of La clemenza di Tito in Gent (May 06th/08th/11th/13th) and Antwerp (May 23rd/25th/27th/30th as well as June 01st and 03rd). Stefan Montanari will be directing this staging by Michael Hampe.
In the concert field, Lothar Odinius can be heard as Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation with the Balthasar-Neumann-Choir under Thomas Hengelbrock in the following cities: Dortmund (02.02), Luxembourg (03.02.), Baden-Baden (04.02.), Hannover (05.02.), and Düsseldorf (06.02.)

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Heather Engebretson

Return to the Bolshoi and Mozart in Berlin and Wiesbaden
Following last year’s house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Alcina, Heather Engebretson returns to the traditional house in the same role on March 21st. In the staging by Katie Mitchell and under the baton of Andrea Marcon she will be performing the role over four nights: March 21st/23rd/25th and 27th.
Further, two single performances with Heather Engebretson should be mentioned: On February 23rd she will sing Königin der Nacht/Die Zauberflöte at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and on March 3rd she will be on stage as Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte at Staatstheater Wiesbaden alongside Silvia Hauer as Dorabella and Konrad Junghänel at the conductor’s stand.

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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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Yorck Felix Speer

Traveling the Netherlands with the Dutchman
Having overwintered in Bari as Daland, Yorck Felix Speer once again sets sail, this time heading north. He will be performing in Paul Carr’s new production of The Flying Dutchman under the baton of Benjamin Levy in various Dutch cities. He can be heard on the following nights: 20.04. Enschede; 22.04. Breda; 24./26.04. Den Haag; 03.05. Utrecht; 08.05. Rotterdam; 15.05. Maastricht; 18.05. Groningen; 25./27.05. Amsterdam; 31.05. Zwolle; 02.06. Apeldoorn; 07.06. Leeuwarden; 09.06. Arnhem.

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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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Mika Kares

Italian masterpieces in Munich and Zürich
At the end of February, Mika Kares will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Balthazar in Donizetti’s grand opéra La Favorite. Over the course of three nights and under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon he will be on stage, among others, alongside Elīna Garanča as Léonor de Guzman. (Performance dates: February 25th/28th and March 3rd)
Next stop is Opernhaus Zürich where Kares will embody Conte di Walter in Damiano Michieletto‘s staging of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. At the conductor’s stand is specialist in 19th century Italian opera, Riccardo Frizza.
​(Performances: April 12th/15th/21st/24th/27th/29th)

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Marina Prudenskaya

Following Herodias debut as Amneris in Madrid
With the premiere of Hans Neuenfels’ production Salome, Marina Prudenskaya made her role debut as Herodias at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. "Vocally accurate" and with a "profound mezzo", she presented the role alongside her consort Herodes, embodied by Gerhard Siegel.
From one capital to the next; more precisely to the Teatro Real de Madrid, where on March 23rd Marina Prudenskaya was on stage as Amneris under the baton of Nicola Luisotti.

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Kenneth Tarver

Concert highlights from Vienna to Seattle
As part of the concert cycle “VokalKlang”, Kenneth Tarver will be singing Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with Gustavo Gimeno conducting the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra at Vienna’s Konzerthaus on March 1st.
On March 29th he can be heard singing the same piece at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, once again under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno, but this time with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
Two extraordinary concerts await Kenneth Tarver on April 26th and 28th in Seattle, when he takes on the tenor part in Stravinsky’s seldom performed Perséphone. Conducting the Seattle Symphony, three choirs, instrumental soloists (Marc-André Hamelin, among others), dancers, and even puppeteers is Ludovic Morlot.  

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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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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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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

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

Exceeding thresholds: From Dramma giocoso to Musique spectrale
After stepping in for Nadja Michael with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris and mastering the demanding soprano part in Vivier‘s Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire with bravura, the new season begins with another exciting concert.
With the Ensemble Modern and under the baton of Michael Wendeberg, Anna Palimina will be devoting herself to the last work by Gérard Grisey, the Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, on September 30th at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.
In addition to her concert activity, Anna Palimina stays faithful to the Opera Cologne in this season as well, singing Carolina in the new production of Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto. Performances: June 24/27 and July 01/05/07/13/15.

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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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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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Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

For the first time as Klytämnestra in Basel
Following Herodias, another great Strauss role debut now awaits. Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will be on stage as Klytämnestra in David Bösch’s staging of Elektra at Theater Basel. She can be seen and heard in this highly expressive mother’s role with Erik Nielsen at the conductor’s stand leading the archaic forces of sound on the following dates: January 12th/15th/18th/21st/26th/; February 1st/16th/; March 3rd/13th/21st and April 08th/23rd.

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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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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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Tuomas Pursio

Into the new year with Wagner
For Tuomas Pursio, the celebrated premiere of Rusalka at Opera Leipzig on December 3rd (further performance dates: March 04th and June 1st) will be followed by only a short Christmas break, before the new year opens with Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen. Starting January 06th he can be seen and heard as Wotan/Das Rheingold, from January 13th as Alberich/Siegfried, and from January 14th as Gunther in Götterdämmerung. Conducting the production by Rosamund Gilmore is Ulf Schirmer, and with Pursio on stage are fellow BOM artists Rúni Brattaberg and Dan Karlström.

All performance dates and information about the production can be found under following link: 

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Markus Suihkonen

Member of the Young Ensemble in Antwerp
The young Finn Markus Suihkonen can look forward to an exciting season as he will be joining the “Young Ensemble” of the renowned Vlaamse Opera Antwerp. Already his first role poses a challenge, when he takes on the Doorman in E.W. Korngold's rarely staged opera Das Wunder der Heliane. Performance dates: September 15th/17th/20th/23rd (Gent) and October 1st/3rd/5th/8th (Antwerp).

In addition, Suihkonen will be on stage in the following productions: Le duc d’Albe/Daniel (Premiere: November 17th in Gent), Falstaff/Pistola (Premiere: December 13th in Antwerp), Pelléas et Mélisande/Doctor+Shepherd (Premiere: February 2nd in Antwerp), Parsifal/2. Gralsritter+Titurel (Premiere: March 18th in Antwerp), La clemenza di Tito/Publio (Premiere: May 6th in Gent) and Prokofiev’s The Gambler/Baron (Premiere: June 13th in Gent). 

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Robert Watson & Samuel Youn

What a debut! What a villain! Tosca at Deutsche Oper Berlin
Following his debut as Erik in Christian Spuck’s staging of The Flying Dutchman at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Robert Watson made his role debut as Mario Cavaradossi/Tosca on the same stage on February 8th – and to much acclaim. His opponent, Scarpia, was performed by Samuel Youn. Both singers shone with their strong voice power and excellent stage presence. Cruel, touching and thrilling until the end: a complete opera night!

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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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Samuel Youn

Another success as a villain
With a powerful voice and a cruel and demonic stage presence, Samuel Youn knows how to embody the antagonists of opera history and captivate the audience. Following the role of Scarpia at Deutsche Oper Berlin, he most recently filled in as Jago in Vincent Boussard's production Otello under the baton of John Fiore at the Dresden Semperoper.
On March 6, Samuel Youn sang Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro RTVE conducted by Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez. The concert at the Auditorio Nacional de Música was in memory of the victims of terror and their relatives.

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Niina Keitel

Convinces as Carmen in Bonn
Since November 5th, Niina Keitel has been enthusing the audience of Theater Bonn as Carmen in Georges Bizet’s eponymous opera classic. In the production by Carlos Wagner and under the musical direction of chief conductor Jacques Lacombe, Keitel sings the part of the femme fatale with a warm mezzo, "a cutting brightness, and an abysmal darkness". Further performances: December 13th/20th/25th, January 14th/20th and February 24th.

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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.

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