Vienna State Opera: January in focus

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I PURITANI

4th,7th,10th January 2018: Vienna State Opera

After his death at a mere 33 years of age, Vincenzo Bellini, the great Belcanto composer left the world of opera with a number of notable masterpieces: La sonnambula, Norma or I Capuleti e i Montecchi, among others. His last opera, released in 1835 in Paris, was I puritani — a story that plays in England during the time of Oliver Cromwell. A Puritani production staged by John Dew is currently on the programme of the Vienna State Opera — its story will be recounted with simple, yet visually striking images. In the January series, Venera Gimadieva, a newcomer to the venue, will play the part of the unhappy Elvira while Adam Plachetka will sing as Sir Riccardo Forth, Dmitry Korchak as Lord Arturo Talbo and Jong-min Park as Sir Giorgio.

Vienna State Opera Schedule

 

TOSCA

8th, 31st January 2018: Vienna State Opera

As of 2013, Angela Gheorghiu has performed the title role in Puccini’s Tosca a total of nine times to date at the Haus am Ring – and will reprise it two more times this January. Under the direction of Jesus Lopez Cobos, Gheorghiu will therefore take the stage once again to sing as Floria Tosca, enamoured of her Cavaradossi – played by Massimo Giordano – and compelled to murder Scarpia, the brutal chief of police (performed this time by  Erwin Schrott) before she leaps from the rooftops of Castel Sant’Angelo.

 

FAUST

January 2018: Vienna State Opera

In addition to his performances as Scarpia, Erwin Schrott will also appear in Charles Gounod’s Faust this January playing the part of Mephistopheles. In his role, he will grant new youth (and a newfound delight of love) to the title character, who despairs over his life while demand his soul in return… From Goethe’s famous tragedy, Gounod has created an equally well known opera that focuses above all on the love story between Faust – sung this time by Jean-Francois Borras – and Marguerite (embodied by Anita Hartig). Frederic Chaslin will take the conductor’s stand.

 

VIENNA STATE OPERA BALLET

January 2018: Vienna State Opera

Two impressive story ballets mark the January programme of the Vienna State Opera Ballet.

One of them, Rudolf Nurejew’s version of The Nutcracker, whose 80th birthday would have been celebrated in 2018, will wrap up the Christmas holidays with two performances on 6th January (in the afternoon and evening) and one on 9th January — also reminiscent of a second ballet icon, the great choreographer Marius Petipa whose 200th birthday will be celebrated in 2018.

Only ten years Petipa’s junior, Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt is set to debut on 21st January with the choreography of Edward Clug. The Viennese State Ballet will present further performances of this dance piece set to the powerful music of Edvard Grieg on 22nd, 24th, 27th and 30th January as well as on 1st February.

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