Vienna State Opera Season 2017/2018: What is new?

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The Vienna State Opera has a broad spectrum on offer in the 2017/18 season, from baroque to modern: The portfolio of six premieres in the coming season ranges chronologically from Handel to von Einem.


No fewer than six opera premières will be staged at the opera house on the Ring during the course of the 2017/18 season:

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s The Gambler (4 October 2017)
  • Alban Berg’s Lulu in the three-act version (3 December 2017)
  • George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante (24 February 2018 )
  • Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod (24 March 2018)
  • Camille Saint-Saën’s Samson et Dalila (12 May 2018)
  • Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz (11 June 2018)


Among the star guests in the repertoire: Jonas Kaufmann’s Vienna debut as “Andrea Chénier” (April/May), Anna Netrebko, Elena Zhidkova and Piotr Beczala in “Adriana Lecouvreur” (November), Piotr Beczala and Carlos Alvarez alongside Margarita Gritskova and Anita Hartig in “Carmen” (January), Sabine Devieilhe, Javier Camarena and Carlos Alvarez in “La fille du régiment” (January), in which Marjana Lipovšek returns in the comic role of the Duchess of Crakentorp.

Netrebko will also once again sing Leonora in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, this time alongside Marcelo Alvarez (September), Juan Diego Florez and Aida Garifullina are the Duke and Gilda in a “Rigoletto” series with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who will hopefully have made a full recovery by then (June).

Children’s opera: Alma Deutscher’s “Cinderella”

There will be a premiere in the area of children’s opera: The British child prodigy Alma Deutscher will now also stage her opera “Cinderella” on 28 January in the Walfischgasse, after the work was premiered last year in Vienna’s Casino Baumgarten. Director Birgit Kajtna will arrange the piece for young opera fans, with a condensed version lasting one hour.

More than 350 performances

In all, 54 different operas will be staged at the State Opera in the coming season, plus nine ballet programmes and four works for children, as well as concerts and other events. This amounts to more than 350 performances, including 227 opera and 53 ballet performances.

Those who prefer to enjoy the State Opera in the comfort of their own home have a choice of 45 performances available in the live-stream offer. And in the project “Oper live am Platz”, around 20 performances will once again be broadcast on Herbert von Karajan-Platz, with free admission. Furthermore, the State Opera will go on tour twice, taking “Don Giovanni” to Abu Dhabi and “Le nozze di Figaro” to Aix-en-Provence.

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