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Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Wiener Staatsoper is one of the leading opera houses in the world. Its past is steeped in tradition. Its present is alive with richly varied performances and events. Each season, the schedule features 350 performances of more than 60 different operas and ballets. Every night, you can witness world-class artists alongside the permanent ensemble members on the stage and at the conductor’s desk, accompanied by a unique orchestra: the orchestra of Wiener Staatsoper, whose members at the same time make up the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2013, director Dominique Meyer launched Wiener Staatsoper live at home, a project for digital outreach: It allows opera and ballet lovers all over the world to follow the performances of the Wiener Staatsoper on their digital devices.

 

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November 2017

Kátja Kabanová by Janácek @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

November 4, 2017 - November 7, 2017
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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With Kátja Kabanová, Leos Janácek hauntingly presents one of the great tragic female figures of the opera repertoire. His merciless depiction articulates the downfall of a young woman crushed by guilt, a hypocritical, tyrannical environment, the coldness of humanity and lost love. In a stifling ghetto she is driven to death – when her weak husband finally speaks out against injustice, it’s already too late…

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January 2018

La Fille du régiment by Donizetti @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

January 11 - January 19
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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La Fille du régiment is the first in a row of operas that the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti first performed in Paris - then opera capital of the world. The heartwarming love story of Marie - having been adopted by a whole regiment of soldiers - and Tonio, a Tyrolean partisan fighter, soon conquered the international opera repertoire. Since the plot takes place in Tyrol, which is part of present-day Austria, it seems especially fitting into Wiener Staatsoper's schedule. Laurent Pelly's…

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Tosca by Puccini @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

January 12 - January 19
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Rome, 1800: The city suffers from Scarpias, the Chief Constables, a reign of terror. The seditious painter Cavaradossi falls into his clutches and is bound to be executed. His beloved Tosca - chased after by Scarpia - strikes a bargain: She answers his desires, and Scarpia will save Cavaradossi by a fake execution with blank cartridges in return. Scarpia agrees, approaches her - and she stabs him to death. But he, too, has not kept his word and ordered to…

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Don Giovanni by Mozart @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

January 14 - January 20
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Don Giovanni kills the Commandant - an offended father - hits on Zerlina - somebody else's bride abandons his fiancée Donna Elvira and chases after her maid, deceives and cheats, and still manages to ward off his enemies. He nevertheless gets his just deserts: When he foolhardily invites the Commandant from his tomb for dinner, his statue really and truly appears, to claim remorse. Don Giovanni refuses - and goes to hell. CONDUCTOR Sascha Goetzel DIRECTOR Jean-Louis Martinoty SET DESIGN…

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Faust by Gounod @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

January 25 - February 2
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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The Wiener Staatsoper presents the opera by Charles Gounod, Faust, which explores themes of temptation and redemption in an opera where the devil, Méphistophélès is played by Erwin Schrott. Dr. Faust is Jean-François Borras, Valentin is Markus Eiche and the tragic Marguerite is Anita Hartig. Faust is a classic opera based on the Goethe story where good and evil compete in an epic battle for one man's soul. Disconsolate and plagued by premonitions of death, the ageing Faust curses everything he once held dear: happiness,…

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February 2018

Le Nozze di Figaro @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

February 12 - February 18
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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What a day of folly! Figaro – count Almaviva's inventive valet – is about to marry Susanna – maid to the countess. Almaviva, being after Susanna as a hopeless womanizer, dreams of executing the outdated “right of the first night”, the countess tries to save her marriage, the young footboy Cherubino is chasing every skirt in sight. Now add old wedding vows, rediscovered parenthood, intrigues of all sorts, disguises until complete confusion – and enjoy a happy ending! CONDUCTOR Sascha…

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La Cenerentola by Rossini @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

February 16 - February 22
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Rossini’s delightful interpretation of the Cinderella story is filled with glorious bel canto music. Starring  Isabel Leonard as Angelina (La Cenerentola), Maxim Mironov as Don Ramiro, her prince, Paolo Rumetz as Don Magnifico, Cinderella’s stepfather, Alessio Arduini as Dandini, the Prince’s valet, who, disguised as his master, and Luca Pisaroni is the philosopher Alidoro, who takes the place of the fairy godmother. La Cenerentola is a musical and comic tour de force. CONDUCTOR Jean-Christophe Spinosi DIRECTOR Sven-Eric Bechtolf SET DESIGN Rolf Glittenberg…

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Ariodante by Handel @ Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

February 24 - March 8
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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It is a work charged with jealousy and intrigue, with struggles and betrayal: Ariodante, Handel’s first work for the then brand new Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. At that time, the composer was faced with fierce competition, was financially stricken and on the rocks. However, he plucked up his courage while taking the waters and wrote the opera, basing it on Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando furioso. And he composed varied, colourful music, including the intimate aria “Scherza infida”, which is considered one of the…

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Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

February 25 - March 3
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky is based upon the literary work by Alexander Pushkin. It a dramatic and tragic story about Eugene Onegin, a man who rejects the love of a young countrywoman, Tatjana and foolishly provokes a fatal duel with his best friend, Lenski. After many years he regrets his choices and attempts to return to Tatjana, but although she still loves him, she has moved on with her life. The work is a beautiful reflection on the dangers of ego…

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Macbeth by Verdi @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

February 27 - March 5
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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After a victorious battle, the witches prophesy that the Scottish general Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland; his companion Banquo, on the other hand, is to become the father of kings. Only a short time later, messengers from King Duncan announce that the latter has appointed Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth relates these events in a letter to his wife, arousing their ambition. As soon as an opportunity to assassinate the king arises, Lady Macbeth eggs…

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March 2018

Otello by Verdi @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

March 12 - March 22
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Otello, the Moorish commander of the Venetian fleet, returns to Cyprus during a thunderstorm after his victory over the Turks. Iago, his ensign, is out for revenge because he has been passed over for promotion to captain in favour of Cassio. He stirs up Rodrigo against Cassio, getting him so drunk that a quarrel breaks out between the two men. In the tumult that ensues, Otello is left alone with his wife Desdemona and together the couple sing of their…

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La Bohème by Puccini @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

March 14 - March 20
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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We see for young men struggling through their meagre lives as artists. All at once, love blazes into Rodolfos, the poets, live – the needlewomen Mimì. From their first encounter on it is sadly evident, however, that Mimì is fatally ill. Rodolfo decides to withdraw, to allow her to escape poverty. Some months later, they reunite, and Mimì dies in Rodolfo's loving arms. CONDUCTOR Speranza Scappucci PRODUCTION AND SET DESIGN Franco Zeffirelli COSTUMES Marcel Escoffier Rodolfo Jean-François Borras Mimì Anita…

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Madama Butterfly @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

March 19 - March 28
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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US-American Lieutenant Pinkerton marries Cio-Cio-San, but only for a short time; a commonly accepted convention at this time. Whilst for him it was but a fleeting affair, for her, it was true love. After his departure, she waits longingly for his return. When he finally reappears, Cio-Cio-San – the mother of his child – realises that he has remarried. Out of utter desperation, she kills herself: “He who can no longer live an honourable life must die honourably”. CONDUCTOR Ramón…

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Danton’s Tod by Von Einem @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

March 24 - April 9
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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For many decades, no less than four operas (including two world premières) and five ballets (including two world premières) by Gottfried von Einem belonged to the repertoire at the Wiener Staatsoper. To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the work that catapulted him to international fame at the Salzburg Festival in 1947 returns to the opera house on the Ring: Danton's Tod. Von Einem had brilliantly recreated Büchner’s Revolution tragedy for music theatre and, following the…

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Parsifal by Wagner @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

March 29 - April 5
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Amfortas, King of the Grail, went to fight Klingsor, who had applied to join the Order of the Grail and even castrated himself in order to comply with their rigorous code of chastity. However the knights of the Grail rejected him, and he is now bent on destroying them. Kundry, who once laughed at Jesus on the cross and has since wandered restlessly from age to age, seduced the approaching Amfortas at Klingsor´s behest. Klingsor then seized the holy spear…

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April 2018

Der Ring des Nibelungen (Complete Cycle) by Wagner @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

April 4 - April 22
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen is a cycle of four operas meant to be seen consecutively. It is the most ambitious work of art of the opera repertoire and one of the greatest monuments of Western Civilization. This year the Wiener Staatsoper will be presenting a complete Ring Cycle. The cast of each is listed below, as are videos trailers from performances of the same production in years past.  Das Rheingold Wotan Tomasz Konieczny Loge Norbert Ernst Fricka Michaela Schuster…

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Turandot by Puccini @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

April 10 - April 20
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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The mandarin proclaims the law: Turandot will only marry the man who can solve three riddles that she poses. But whoever fails must die – a fate that has befallen many, most recently a Persian prince. The “unknown” Prince Calaf, who has seen the beautiful but cruel Princess Turandot, is spellbound by her – and determines to take the risk. Before he can do so, he encounters his father, the banished Tartar King Timur, who is accompanied by Liù, a…

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Fidelio by Beethoven @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

April 21 - April 27
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Don Pizarro, the governor of a Spanish state prison, has instituted a reign of terror in his establishment. Innocent citizens are often the political victims of his brutal nature. Florestan of Seville determines to put an end to this despotism., but in the process falls into the hands of this man of violence. For over two years he has languished in solitary confinement under inhumane conditions. His friends believe him dead, and only his wife Leonore has not given him…

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Andrea Chénier by Giordano @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

April 23 - May 2
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Andrea Chénier is a  love story set in the height of the terror at the height of the French Revolution. The opera is framed in full-throttle verismo, with its commitment to the embodiment of reality through great vocal and orchestral sensationalism. Jonas Kaufmann stars in this role at the Wiener Staatsoper with Roberto Frontali and Anja Harteros in a classic Otto Schenk production. CONDUCTOR Marco Armiliato DIRECTOR Otto Schenk SET DESIGN Rolf Glittenberg COSTUMES Milena Canonero Andrea Chénier Jonas Kaufmann Carlo…

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Aida by Verdi @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

April 25 - May 1
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Aida is the best definition of 'Grand Opera". It's large choruses, exotic (orientalist) setting and the intimate story filled with human conflict have always made Aida one of the triumphs of the stage. CONDUCTOR Jesús López Cobos PRODUCTION Nicolas Joel SET AND COSTUME DESIGN Carlo Tommasi CHOREOGRAPHY Jan Stripling Amneris Anita Rachvelishvili Aida Kristin Lewis Radames Jorge de Leon Amonasro Paolo Rumetz   Photo: Wiener Staatsoper GmbH, copyright Michael Pöhn

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Il Barbiere di Seviglia by Rossini @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

April 30 - May 7
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Young count Almaviva is courting Rosina, Dr Bartolo's niece and ward – who nevertheless purposes to marry her himself. So he tries to keep Almaviva away from Rosina and his house. By promises of rich awards, Almaviva, however, secures Figaro's – the witty local barbers – help, and in varying disguises finally wins her heart and marries her, against all of Bartolo's resistance. CONDUCTOR Jean-Christophe Spinosi PRODUCTION CONCEPT Günther Rennert SET AND COSTUME DESIGN Alfred Siercke Graf Almaviva Pavel Kolgatin…

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May 2018

Simon Boccanegra by Verdi @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

May 6 - May 13
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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The corsair Simon Boccanegra has been elected Doge of Genoa thanks to the assistance of Paolo Albiani. He hopes that in this position the patrician Jacopo Fiesco will no longer be able to refuse him the hand of his daughter Maria, Simon’s sweetheart and the mother of his daughter. When Maria dies, Jacopo swears to take revenge on Simon unless the latter hands over his granddaughter to him. However, after being put in the care of a nurse, the young…

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L’Elisir d’Amore by Donizetti @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

May 8 - May 11
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Penniless Nemorino is in love with wealthy Adina. In a bid to increase his chances, he buys a “love elixir” (in reality, Bordeaux wine) from the wonder doctor Dulcamara. His appeal is, however, increased by something else: an unexpected inheritance. Yet, with or without elixir, wine and inheritance, it seems that Adina loves Nemorino anyway. Nothing stands in the way of a happy ending! This production is directed by Otto Schenk and conducted by Frédéric Chaslin. Staring Valentina Naforniță as Adina, Benjamin…

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Don Pasquale by Donizetti @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

May 9 - May 19
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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The old, wealthy, but miserly bachelor Don Pasquale wants to marry off his nephew Ernesto: to a wealthy woman. Ernesto, however, prefers the young, destitute widow Norina, who loves him. Although Don Pasquale has never seen Norina, he rejects the marriage – and throws Ernesto unceremoniously out of his house. Despondent, Ernesto writes a farewell letter to his beloved Norina. But Norina will not give Ernesto up... CONDUCTOR Frédéric Chaslin DIRECTOR Irina Brook SET DESIGN Noëlle Ginefri-Corbel COSTUMES Sylvie Martin-Hyszka…

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Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna – New Production

May 12 - May 28
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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“Then Samson fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek; her name was Delilah. The lords of the Philistines came to her and said to her: Try to beguile him and find out where his great strength lies and how we can overpower him to shackle him.” Thus the Bible tells the story of the superhuman strength of Samson, who forfeits his strength – and his closeness to God and his people – for the sake of…

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Capriccio by Strauss @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

May 17 - May 27
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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The opera Capriccio is about an opera being written. The plot outlines a day in the salon of the young widowed art lover Countess Madeleine, around whom the events unfold. Like a muse, Madeleine inspires the artists around her. First and foremost, the poet Olivier and the composer Flamand, both of whom are in love with her and hope to conquer the heart of the beautiful countess with their artistic creations. However, she cannot decide between the two of them. Another rivalry…

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La Traviata by Verdi @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

May 26 - June 1
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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As a courtesan, as much desired as ill-famed, beautiful Violetta Valéry dwells at the fringes of bourgeois society. She has sworn off “true love” – until Alfredo steps into her life, loving her with all his heart. Alfredo's father forces her to abandon his son, to safeguard his families reputation. Violetta wastes away, terminally ill, poverty-stricken, with a broken heart – when Alfredo returns with his finally insightful father, it is already too late… CONDUCTOR Marco Armiliato DIRECTOR Jean-François Sivadier SET…

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Rigoletto by Verdi @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

May 31 - June 10
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas. CONDUCTOR Marco Armiliato DIRECTOR Pierre Audi SET AND COSTUME DESIGN Christof…

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June 2018

Der Freischütz by Von Weber @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

June 11 - June 28
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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In all opera literature, few works have been subjected to such extreme and frequent paradigm shifts as Weber’s Der Freischütz. While some considered him the originator of natural folk style, others regarded him as the “most German” of composers (Wagner); while some considered the uncanny to be a central plot element, others felt that fate or even nature, more specifically the forest, truly played the lead role (Pfitzner). Later people said that Weber was a successor to French Revolution opera, or…

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Lohengrin by Wagner @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

June 15 - June 26
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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Lohengrin was the first fruit of Wagner’s fascination with the Holy Grail myths of Arthurian legend, the end point of which would be his final masterpiece Parsifal. Written between Tannhäuser and the first operas of the Ring cycle, Lohengrin marks a turning point as Wagner moves from conventional operatic form to the music dramas of his mature style. The two forms combine in Lohengrin to create a work of fervent music imagination and great dramatic power. CONDUCTOR Sebastian Weigle DIRECTOR Andreas Homoki SET AND COSTUME DESIGN Wolfgang Gussmann LIGHTING Franck…

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Falstaff by Verdi @Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

June 21 - June 30
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Opernring 2
Vienna, 1010 Austria
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The behaviour of the ageing Sir John Falstaff, a devious freeloader, rake and would-be ladykiller, causes an uproar in the petty-bourgeois household of the Windsor’s. Not only does he swindle his way through life, making others pay for his upkeep and filling his fat belly to his heart’s content; he also believes beyond a doubt that he is able to make advances on two women at the same time with identical love letters, hoping for romance along with some earnings…

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