WIENER STAATSOPER NEW SEASON

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by Opera Charm Team
April 28, 2024

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INTERVIEW

On 28 April 2024, Bogdan Roščić will present the 2024/25 season during a matinee on the stage of the Vienna State Opera.

Under the direction of Asher Fisch, the Vienna State Opera Orchestra will accompany Xabier AnduagaFederica LombardiAnna NetrebkoGeorg NiglSonya YonchevaSlávka Zámečníková, and Georg Zeppenfeld. Additionally, there will be a dance performance by Hyo-Jung Kang and Marcos Menha, first soloists of the Vienna State Ballet.

The focus of the matinee will be on discussions with those artists who will shape the upcoming year musically and scenically, alongside providing information about the forthcoming season. Our guests include Barbora HorákovaPhilippe Jordanballet director Martin SchläpferLydia SteierChristian Thielemann, and Evgeny Titov.

THE PREMIERES 2024/25

DON CARLO
Giuseppe Verdi
26 September 2024

“For me, Don Carlo tells more than any other opera about power as an antithesis to freedom and about all that this power causes: oppression, violence, imprisonment, murder.” So says director Kirill Serebrennikov, who will direct Giuseppe Verdi’s unique work as the first premiere of the season. Exemplary is the cast under the musical direction of Philippe Jordan, promising something spectacular both musically and scenically!

FIN DE PARTIE
György Kurtág
16 October 2024

A logical sensation – that’s how one must describe Fin de Partie. György Kurtág was 92 years old when he premiered his first opera based on Samuel Beckett’s work. Director Herbert Fritsch’sproduction emphasizes a “joyful transience,” aligning with conductor Simone Young’sinterpretation of Kurtág’s remarkable composition, which also incorporates a considerable amount of dark humor.

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Wolfgang A. Mozart
27 January 2025

Die Zauberflöte, premiered in 1791, is characterized by contrasts and diversity. A fairytale, world-spanning magical sphere combines a quest for knowledge and wisdom with simple joy, cheerfulness, and comedy. In the production by Barbora Horáková, and under the musical direction of Franz Welser-Möst, this internationally renowned work will now be presented anew at the Vienna State Opera!

NORMA
Vincenzo Bellini
22 February 2025

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini is counted among the great masterpieces of the Bel Canto era. The tragic story is told through music that is as captivating as it is unique, with the central aria “Casta diva” achieving almost iconic fame. After a long hiatus, Norma returns to the Vienna State Opera for its premiere, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Cyril Teste, who celebrated a major success at the State Opera last year with his production of Salome.

IOLANTA
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
24 March 2025

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s last opera, Iolanta, is a fascinating fairy tale full of breathtaking melodies, which primarily revolves around a blind princess and subtly explores themes of enlightenment and redemption. Director and State Opera debutant Evgeny Titov aims to bring a “ruthless view of the world” to his production. Leading the musical direction of this new production is Tugan Sokhiev, who recently enthralled audiences on an Asian tour with, among others, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

TANNHÄUSER
Richard Wagner
22 May 2025

Tannhäuser, premiered in 1845, tells the story of the searching human soul – and of love. The Wartburg singing community seeks it, and so does Tannhäuser: He finds almost endless desire with the love goddess Venus, while he hopes to find bliss with the “pure” Elisabeth. Wagner’s romantic opera will be newly staged at the Vienna State Opera by Lydia Steier, with Music Director Philippe Jordan leading the internationally renowned ensemble of singers.

DETAILS FOR TICKETS SALES FOR THE NEW SEASON:

From 29 April 2024 at 10 am→ cycles can be purchased. Once again this year, we are offering specially bundled packages for performances at discounted prices – for beginners, enthusiasts, and lovers of particular genres or composers. Additionally, at this time, you will have the opportunity to reserve last-minute seats for → subscriptions. With the presentation of the upcoming schedule, it is now evident which performances are included in each subscription group.

Also, starting from 29 April 2024 at 10 am, all members of the → Official Circle of Friends of the Vienna State Opera and the → Circle of friends of the Vienna State Ballet – ahead of the general sale start! – can purchase tickets for selected performances from September 2024 to the end of January 2025. You still have the chance to become a member of our friends’ circles and thus take advantage of your head start in acquiring tickets for the 2024/25 season!

On 13 May 2024 at 10 am, the general sale begins for performances in September and October, as well as the opportunity for pre-orders for the entire season starting from November. We will provide you with detailed information on this separately at a later date. 

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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