Faust by Charles Gounod can again be witnessed with top-class performers in February. In the performance, directed by Frederic Chaslin, French tenor Jean-Francois Borras can be heard in the title role (he already sang this part in the Vienna State Opera several times in March 2017). Erwin Schrott, who has just been a guest at the State Opera in the role of Scarpia, again embodies the dark side of the plot in his role as Mephistopheles. Anita Hartig will be heard as Marguerite. Other parts are sung by Clemens Unterreiner, Rachel Frenkel, Jongmin Park and Bongiwe Nakani.
Vienna Opera Ball 2018
The Vienna Opera Ball will be held for the 62nd time after World War II. The night’s motto is Le nozze di Figaro – which is the recurrent theme in the different sections of the ball. This time, Frederic Chaslin will conduct the opening programme, Daniela Fally and Pavol Breslik are the singers and, of course, the Vienna State Ballet, again forms an integral part of the opening. As in the previous year, Maria Großbauer organised the ball festival and in addition to a great music-programme in all the different halls, once again this time, a wide culinary offer awaits the ball guests. The traditional Herrenspende (gentlemen’s gift) – an illustrated book – once more comes from renowned photographer and publisher Lois Lammeruber, who has this time dedicated this pictorial to the slogan of “repertoire”.
Keenlyside as Conte
Simon Keenlyside, who was a guest at the Vienna State Opera in October as Golaud in Pelleas et Melisandre, now returns as Conte d’Almaviva. Keenlyside has sung this role for the Vienna State Opera 22 times already – and this is by far his most frequently performed Viennese role. So far, the British baritone has performed on a total of 100 evenings at the State Opera. On Figaro-nights, Olga Bezsmertna can be seen as the unfortunate countess, while the Susanna-Figaro couple is performed by ensemble-members, Valentina Nafornita and Jongmin Park.
Ariodante will premiere at the Vienna State Opera in February as the second Handel opera under Mayer’s direction. William Christie will direct his original sound ensemble Les Arts Forissants, David McVicar is in charge of the production. In addition to guests – Sarah Connolly, Christophe Dumaux, Rainer Trost and Wilhelm Schwinghammer, members of the ensemble, such as Chen Reiss, Hila Fahima and Benedikt Kobel will also sing.
The opening introductory matinee will be held at the State Opera just a week prior to the première, on Sunday, 18 February at 11h00. The oeuvre, the music and the production, as well as Handel’s cultural cosmos are explained during a conversation with the première participants. Those who want to be optimally prepared and visit an Ariodante performance with sound background knowledge, should attend the matinee.
Vienna State Ballet
After a last excursion to the world of Clug, Ibsen and Grieg this season (Peer Gynt, 1 February), the focus of the February-repertoire will all be on neo-classics:
Balanchine | Liang | Proietto can be seen on 13, 17, 20, 21 and 23 February, combining three compositions with different approaches to the classical-romantic or neo-classic ballet tradition.
Blanc by Daniel Broietto was created in 2016 and was commissioned for the Vienna State Ballet.