[The season 16/17 reveal press conference at Theater an der Wien will start in about twenty minutes; I will update this post as the news come in.]
- Since both Christof Loy and Lotte de Beer are listed as guests for the event, it’s pretty safe to say they will both direct again next season. Both are house regulars, Loy in particular, he was responsible for this season’s “Peter Grimes”.
- 10.35: up and running. This is Vienna: we are not in a hurry.
- 10.39: the backgroud poster speaks of “Peer Gynt”, Rossini’s “Elisabetta”, “Don Giovanni”, Salieri’s “Falstaff”, Purcell “Fairy Queen”.
- …still with the self-celebrations (but then again, they *are* that good)
- Season 16/17 opener: world premiere (part of a Shakespeare trilogy Hamlet – Falstaff – Macbeth): “Hamlet”
- …then Salieri “Falstaff”, then Verdi “Macbeth”.
- special concert with the Philharmoniker in September: HANDEL.
- “Hamlet” cast: Marlis Petersen, Bo Skovhus, Jochen Kowalski as Ghost Dad. Staged by Loy.
- 10.57: Salieri “Falstaff” (Oct.) conducted by Jacobs, November Verdi “Macbeth” (just name the singers, darn it!)
- …in the Macbeth: d’Arcangelo as Banquo, Domingo as Macbeth (WT…?), staged by Geyer, conducted by de Billy.
- 11.00: Dec: re-take of the 2006 “Don Giovanni” (Keith Warner, who will do a 4-week restaging).
- spring 2017 (Jan.): “Fairy Queen” – staging M. Clément. (singers: Anna Prohaska, Kurt Streit, Florian Bösch)
- 11.03: Rossini “Elisabetta”: also early 2017. Cast not yet announced (up on the website). will be linked to the 17/18 season.
- “Peer Gynt”. staged by KONWITSCHNY. with BO SKOVHUS. And PETRINSKY!!!
- Henze/”Elegie für junge Liebende”: with Aikin and Kirchschlager, staged by Keith Warner.
- Fura Del Baus: Haydn “Creation”, scenically. (May 2017) – a two-night guest appearance – conducted by EQUILBEY/Insula orchestra.
- Kammeroper projects: “Traviata” (staged by Lotte de Beer – “in a radically new musical version”), 3 more – among the Handel “Oreste”, with the studio singers.
- 11:13: okay, website is up with the whole 16/17 season
- so, for the REALLY interesting stuff: the concert operas
=> Haim (yes!) conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker with Handel, Lenneke Ruiten sings: il delirio amoroso (mishmash program)
=> a Prohaska solo programm titled “Dido & Cleopatra” (not gay, unfortunately)
=> Salieri “Les Horaces” with Rousset/Talens Lyriques
=> Rameau “Zoroastre” with Piau, much of cast plus orchestra director still unnamed
=> a Vivica Genaux program titled “Orpheus”
=> Pergolesi “Adriano in Siria”, with Mynenko-Fagioli-Basso.
=> Vivaldi “Judith Triumphans” with Ernman (isn’t that a little on the contralto side?), Robert King/King’s Consort
=> Hasse “Piramo e Tisbe” with Genaux, Fabio Biondi/Europe Galante.
=> Monteverdi “Ulisse” under Jacobs
=> Porpora, “Germanico in Germania”, with Cencic & Lezhneva
=> Handel “Ariodante”, Bicket/English Concert:
Conclusion: I am not as overwhelmded as I hoped I would be. The “Peer Gynt” will be amazing (also yay, finally something Petrinksy again!), and likely also the “Hamlet”. In concerts, I’ll books the “Ariodante”, the Vivaldi & Porpora for sure, and I would be interested in Haim with the WP, but more so if she brought Le Concert d’Astrée.
Perhaps “Adriano in Siria”, perhaps the Rossini (Spinosi conducts, Reinhardt is a catch)…?
The “Don Giovanni” sounds intriguing because of some no-chill lady casting: Marlis Petersen als Zerlina, and Jennifer Larmore als Donna Elvira (after her Ottavia this season, I have difficulty imagining it, much as I appreciate her).
Overall, though? We seriously lack mezzos in pants for 16/17. Just one little pageboy part in the “Elisabetta” on the main stage.
And in the concert performances, many countertenors. A tiny mezzo role here and here, but overall, only DiDonato as Ariodante (with Sonia Prina as Polinesso) and Genaux’s Piramo. Countess Geschwitz is not amused.