Artist News

Andreas Schager

Siegfried over Manhattan
The performances may be over, but the voices of success still echoing. See here a selection of reviews concerning Andreas Schager’s phenomenal debut as Siegfried at the Metropolitan Opera New York:

"A Hero Above All" 
"the frisky Siegfried of the hour, took the house in storm" ​
"a miracle of heroic singing" ​

more about Andreas Schager

Marina Prudenskaya

Viva Verdi!
Marina Prudenskaya is looking forward to two highly complex and dramatic roles in the upcoming months. Within the scope of the Mannheim Music Week, Marina Prudenskaya will embody the Princess Eboli/Don Carlos at the Nationaltheater Mannheim under the baton of Benjamin Reiners and besides Ludovic Tézier as Posa. This festive opera evening takes place on the 18th of May.
In addition, she will make her role debut as Lady Macbeth besides Thomas J. Mayer as her spouse in Michael Thalheimer’s staging of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Vlaamse Opera under the musical direction of Paolo Carignani.
Performance dates: June 21/23/27/30; July 02/04/06 ​

more about Marina Prudenskaya 

Doris Soffel

World premiere of Oceane at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Doris Soffel will take on the role of Madame Louise in the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Oceane at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Robert Carsen’s staging, including a high class cast (i.a. Maria Bengtsson, Albert Pesendorfer, Nikolai Schukoff, Christoph Pohl) and Donald Runnicles at the conductor’s stand, will be performed on the following dates: April 28; May 03/15/17/24​

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Mika Kares

Devilishly good: New Mefistofele in Stuttgart
The tragedy of Faust have inspired numerous composers including Arrigo Boito whose opera Mefistofele will be staged in an innovative way by Àlex Ollé („La Fura dels Baus“) and with Mika Kares in the title role at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. The premiere with Daniele Callegari at the conductor’s stand takes place on the 16th of June.
Further performance dates: June 19/22/24/29; July 04/07/12

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Haveman, Hesse, Tómasson, Brattaberg

Hotspot Naples: Quartet of protagonists in Die Walküre
Naples has called – and many came. A group of our artists will join the production of Die Walküre at the Teatro di San Carlo. On May 12 and 17, Barbara Haveman as Sieglinde, Tómas Tómasson as Wotan and Rúni Brattaberg as Hunding will be on stage and on May 17, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will embody Fricka. Furthermore, Raffaela Lintl (Gerhilde), Alexandra Ionis (Roßweiße), Niina Keitel (Grimgerde), as well as Robyn Allegra Parton (Helmwige) and Ivonne Fuchs (Siegrune) will sing the Valkyries under the baton of Juraj Valčuha on these evenings: May 11/12/16/17 and 18

more about Barbara Haveman
more about Ursula Hesse von den Steinen 
more about Tómas Tómasson 
more about Rúni Brattaberg 

Anna Bonitatibus & Markus Suihkonen

La Clemenza di Tito: New production in Liège
Cécile Roussat's new production of La Clemenza di Tito will feature Anna Bonitatibus as Sesto, one of her favorite roles, and Markus Suihkonen as Publio at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. At the conductor’s stand will be Thomas Rösner.
Performance dates: May 15/17/19/21 and 24

more about Anna Bonitatibus  
more about Markus Suihkonen  

Vincent Wolfsteiner

Vocal power required! Wozzeck in Frankfurt and the debut in Vienna
Currently, Vincent Wolfsteiner is performing the Tambourmajor under the baton of Gabriel Feltz in the revival of Christoph Loy’s staging of Wozzeck at the Oper Frankfurt. Upcoming performances: March 17/28; April 07/12
At this point, we would like to make you aware of last year’s released recording of this opera, on which he sings the same role under the baton of Sebastian Weigle.
Furthermore, Vincent Wolfsteiner is looking forward to his debut in the city of music. From the 13th of May, he will embody Hüon in Weber’s fairy tale opera at the Theater an der Wien.
Performance dates: May 15/17/19 (7 PM)   

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Horne, Ionis, Keitel & Bork

Godfather and Valkyries in Bari!
Hojotoho! Betsy Horne/Gerhilde, Alexandra Ionis/Rossweisse and Niina Keitel/Grimgerde embodied the Valkyries in Wagner’s eponymous opera pugnaciously and with vocal power at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. Furthermore, Robert Bork sang Wotan under the baton of Stefan Anton Reck.
At this point, we would like to mention some of the upcoming engagements including our artists:

Betsy Horne will perform two great Wagner roles on the occassion of the Internationale Maifestspiele at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, each under the baton of GMD Patrick Lange:
Elisabeth/Tannhäuser on May 26 (with Andreas Schager as Tannhäuser); Eva/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on May 30 and June 30

On April 28, Robert Bork will perform the Wotan in Die Walküre at the Staatstheater Kassel under the baton of Francesco Angelico and besides Yorck Felix Speer as Hunding.

As from May 11, Alexandra Ionis and Niina Keitel will once again take on the roles of Rossweisse and Grimgerde. This time at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and together with Juraj Valčuha at the conductor’s stand, Tómas Tómasson as Wotan, Runi Brattaberg as Hunding, Barbara Haveman as Sieglinde, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen as Fricka, as well as Raffaela Lintl and Robyn Allegra Parton as Valkyries. (Further performance dates: May 12/16/17/18)

more about Betsy Horne 
more about Alexandra Ionis 
more about Niina Keitel 
more about Robert Bork 

Tuomas Katajala

Start into the news repertoire
Tuomas Katajala’s start into the new repertoire was a complete success! His debut as Max in Der Freischütz (staged by “Cie 14:20”) together with the Insula Orchestra and Accensus under the baton of Laurence Equilbey, was praised praised by the audience and the press, as well.
Upcoming  performances, not to be missed:
Theater an der Wien: March 22 (concert version)
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele: July 12/14
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg: October 06/08

As well coming up:
Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra de Lille: April 30; May 02/05/07/09/11/14/16/18
Debut as Loge/Das Rheingold at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen: August 30; September 03/07/10/14/18

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Julia Borchert

Drama at the Blue Danube: Penthesilea in Linz 
Julia Borchert embodies the Protoe, the princess of the Amazons, in Peter Konwitschny's production of Othmar Schoeck's Penthesilea, which will be performed for the first time at the Landestheater Linz on March 2nd under the baton of Leslie Suganandarajah.
All performance dates: 12./14./23. March; 08./21. April; May 18; June 13th; 02./05. July​​

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Robert Watson

Many kinds of characters at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, return to Washington and welcome to the General Management
Robert Watson – Many kinds of characters at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and return to Washington 
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​

more about Robert Watson

Silvia Hauer 

Shining echo on Titus premiere in Wiesbaden
On May 1st, Uwe Eric Laufenberg's production of La Clemenza di Tito with Silvia Hauer as Sesto premiered at the International Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. The euphoric press echo was not long in coming. See here a selection:

"With her securely guided, beautiful mezzo-soprano and her touching stage presence, Silvia Hauer performed the complex role of Sesto with outstanding success" (Frankfurter Presse)
"Silvia Hauer sings with a dark timbred mezzo-soprano in a concentrated and beautiful sound, increasingly flaming and makes her figure the focal point of the opera" ( /  translated) 
"Silvia Hauer managed to present a complex character study of Sesto" ( / translated) 
"Emphasizing Sesto, a breeches role sung and played by the outstanding Silvia Hauer" ( / translated) 

Upcoming performances: June 10/22/27

more about Silvia Hauer 

Hartmut Haenchen

Welcome to the General Management!
We are delighted to welcome Hartmut Haenchen to the General Management and look forward to the upcoming cooperation!

Hartmut Haenchen is one of the most versatile conductors of our time and highly successful both in opera and concert. The stages of his career speak for themselves: he has been at the conductor’s stand of the most renowned orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and Orchestre de Paris; he has appeared at major houses, such as the Staatsoper in Munich and Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Teatro alla Scala, as well as at the Bayreuth Festival. Numerous recordings, books and awards, including the Federal Cross of Merit, complete the image of an extraordinary artist personality.

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Raffaela Lintl

A varied turn of the year
Raffaela 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)

more about Raffaela Lintl  

Jussi Myllys

2018/19: A musical trip along the Rhine
Jussi 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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Martina Welschenbach

As Senta through Brittany
Wagner roles, one after the other. Following her role debut as Senta and the Irene in Rienzi at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Martina Welschenbach will embody Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in Rennes, Angers and Nantes, each under the baton of Rudolf Piehlmayer.

Performance dates:
Rennes: May 03/05/07/09
Angers: May 21/23/25
Nantes: June 05/07/09/11/13

more about Martina Welschenbach

Attilio Cremonesi

Return to Santiago de Chile with Così fan tutte
All good things come in threes. Following highly acclaimed performances of Le nozze di Figaro (2017) and Don Giovanni (2018), Attilio Cremonesi will conduct Così fan tutte at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile this year. To be experienced on these days: 19./22./25. and 27th of July

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Heather Engebretson

Barrie Kosky's new Bohème in Berlin and back to the Bolshoi Theatre
Surrounded 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​

more about Heather Engebretson 

Dagmar Manzel

Awakening of spring in Heidelberg and the MENSCHENsKIND in Zurich
On the occasion of the "Heidelberger Frühling", Dagmar Manzel will perform together with the ensemble "Franui" in the local town hall on March 22nd. They will take on texts and songs from i.a. Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler in their own way.
Subsequently, Dagmar Manzel will travel to the Zurich Opera House. On April 27, Barrie Kosky's iconic staging of “Eine Frau, die weiß was sie will” will be performed under the baton of Adam Benzwi. 20 different roles - 2 actors: fun guaranteed!
In addition, she returns to the house on May 28 and will perform her program "MENSCHENsKIND" with songs by Friedrich Hollaender together with her band.

more about Dagmar Manzel 

Franz Mazura

Happy Birthday!
We congratulate Franz Mazura on his 95th Birthday on April 22nd!
Retirement? No way! Following the production of Elektra at the Staatsoper Berlin, he is now singing Hans Schwarz on the occasion of the „Festtage“. Performance dates: April 14/18/21
With his joy and passion for music and the art of opera he is a great inspiration to us all. BRAVO and THANK YOU, Franz!

A true rarity. Franz Mazura as Alberich at the Bayreuth Festival in 1974: .

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Karin Strobos

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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Guillermo García Calvo

Bienvenido Maestro!
With Guillermo García Calvo we welcome a high profile, versatile and several times awarded artist to our Agency! His broad opera and concert repertoire led him to renowned institutions within and outside of Europe. He is a regular guest at the State Opera of Vienna, where he conducted more than 200 performances and well known at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Palau de les Arts in Valencia and the Romanian National Opera in Bukarest.
Since the Season 2017/18 Guillermo García Calvo has been appointed as Generalmusikdirektor of the Theater Chemnitz, where he recently led with great success Wagners Ring.
Upcoming engagements for this season include Der Rosenkavalier and Fidelio in Chemnitz, La Gioconda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona as well as Don Giovanni at the Opéra National de Paris.

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Fascination Wagner

Fascination Wagner // Wiesbaden 05/29/19
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.

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.

more about Andreas Schager 

Markus Huber

Out of the night, up to the peak and back again: A symphonic trip through the Alps in Munich, Stuttgart and Pforzheim
Richard Strauss’ monumental Alpensinfonie will be performed by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Markus Huber. Besides this exceptional work, they will play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 at the Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich (April 02), Liederhalle Stuttgart (April 06), as well as at the Congresszentrum Pforzheim (April 07).

more about Markus Huber 

Barbara Haveman

Tosca meets Ariadne meets Sieglinde
We 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.  

more about Barbara Haveman 

Miljenko Turk

Strong commitment to Modernism
For 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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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.

Matija Meic

Continuing very lively following Dantons Tod. Versatile roles at Gärtnerplatztheater Munich
In 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).

more about Matija Meic 

David Oštrek

Important role debut at Staatsoper Berlin
In 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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Dan Karlström

Busy busy
Dan 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 Klagenfurt
Right 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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Christoph Seidl

Wolfgang Wagner-Award in the finale of "Wagnerstimmen" in Karlsruhe
We 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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