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Il Trittico - Il Trittico is a collection of three one-act operas composed by Giacomo Puccini. The three operas are titled "Il tabarro" (The Cloak), "Suor Angelica" (Sister Angelica), and "Gianni Schicchi." Each opera tells a different story and explores various themes.

"Il tabarro" is a dark and dramatic opera set on a barge in Paris. It revolves around the troubled marriage of Michele and Giorgetta. Giorgetta is secretly having an affair with Luigi, a stevedore on the barge. The opera delves into themes of love, betrayal, and tragedy.

"Suor Angelica" is a poignant and emotional opera set in a convent. It follows the story of Sister Angelica, who has been sent to the convent as punishment for having a child out of wedlock. The opera explores themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the power of maternal love.

"Gianni Schicchi" is a comedic opera set in Florence. It tells the story of a wealthy man named Buoso Donati who has just passed away, leaving his inheritance to a monastery. However, his relatives are determined to get their hands on the money. They seek the help of Gianni Schicchi, a cunning and resourceful man, to help them forge a new will. This opera is filled with humor, satire, and clever plot twists.

Overall, Il Trittico is a diverse collection of operas that showcases Puccini's mastery of different genres and styles. It explores a range of emotions, from intense drama to heartfelt emotion and comedic moments. The three operas are distinct in their storytelling and themes, but they come together to create a rich and engaging experience for the audience.

 

Le Grand Macabre - Le Grand Macabre is an opera composed by György Ligeti. It premiered in 1978 and is based on a play by Michel de Ghelderode. The opera is known for its dark and satirical themes, as well as its complex and innovative musical style.

The story of Le Grand Macabre takes place in the fictional city of Breughelland, which is on the brink of destruction. The main character, Nekrotzar, is a figure of death who arrives in the city to announce the end of the world. However, the people of Breughelland are too preoccupied with their own vices and desires to pay much attention to Nekrotzar's warning.

Throughout the opera, we are introduced to a colorful cast of characters, each representing a different aspect of human nature. These characters include Piet the Pot, who is obsessed with bodily functions; Astradamors, a paranoid and delusional prince; and Mescalina, a seductive and manipulative woman.

As the story unfolds, we witness the characters' various encounters with Nekrotzar and their reactions to the impending apocalypse. Some characters embrace their impending doom, while others desperately try to escape it. Ultimately, the opera explores themes of mortality, human folly, and the absurdity of life.

Musically, Le Grand Macabre is known for its complex and avant-garde style. Ligeti incorporates a wide range of musical techniques, including microtonality, polyrhythms, and unconventional vocal techniques. The score is filled with dissonant harmonies, eerie sound effects, and moments of chaotic energy.

Overall, Le Grand Macabre is a thought-provoking and visually stunning opera that challenges traditional notions of storytelling and musical composition. It is a dark and satirical exploration of the human condition, filled with memorable characters and innovative music.

 

Turandot - Turandot is an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini. It premiered in 1926 and is set in ancient China. The story revolves around Princess Turandot, who has sworn to never marry unless a suitor can answer three riddles correctly. If they fail, they are executed. The opera begins with the prince of Persia being executed after failing to answer the riddles. 

The main protagonist, Calaf, falls in love with Turandot at first sight and decides to take on the challenge. Despite the warnings from his father, Timur, and the slave girl, Liù, Calaf is determined to win Turandot's heart. He successfully answers the three riddles, but Turandot is still reluctant to marry him. She sets a new challenge for Calaf: if he can discover her name by dawn, she will marry him. If not, he will be executed.

Calaf accepts the challenge and, with the help of his father and Liù, he discovers Turandot's name. However, Turandot is still resistant to the idea of marriage. Calaf offers her a way out - if she can guess his name by dawn, he will willingly die. Turandot spends the night trying to discover his name, but fails.

As dawn breaks, Calaf reveals his name to Turandot, and instead of executing him, she realizes that she has fallen in love with him. The opera ends with Turandot declaring her love for Calaf, and the two embrace.

Turandot is known for its grandeur and dramatic music, with Puccini's signature style shining through. The opera explores themes of love, power, and sacrifice, and showcases the strength and determination of its characters. It is a captivating and emotional journey that leaves audiences spellbound.

 

Animal Farm - The opera Animal Farm is based on George Orwell's classic dystopian novel. It tells the story of a failed liberation struggle on a squalid farm, where the animals’ revolt against their tyrannical owners. However, their newfound freedom is short-lived as they come under the rule of a new leader from their own ranks. The famous quote "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" highlights the hypocrisy and corruption that ensues.

The opera premiered in 2023 and is set in an abattoir, symbolizing the animals' captivity and their dreams of freedom. Director Damiano Michieletto chose this setting to emphasize the characters' plight as slaves and objects in the hands of humans. The production features a large cast of 21 solo roles, each with a unique vocal profile.

Composer Alexander Raskatov collaborated with librettist Ian Burton to bring Orwell's story to life. Raskatov, who was born in Moscow on the day of Stalin's burial, incorporates original quotes by Stalin, Trotsky, and Beria, along with Beria's acts of sexual violence, to provide an internal view of the Soviet empire. The score is characterized by a "scalpel style," sharply contouring events and using musical references to Russian history.

The premiere of Animal Farm was a co-production of several commissioning houses and took place in Amsterdam in March 2023. It received critical acclaim for its nuanced exploration of power, oppression, and propaganda. The Viennese premiere is scheduled for February 2024.

The relevance of Animal Farm remains evident in today's world, particularly in light of the re-Stalinization of Russian society and the rise of populism. The opera raises important questions about the manipulation of rhetoric and the abuse of power by popular leaders. Director Michieletto believes that despite its dark themes, the story also contains comic elements, making it a compelling and thought-provoking production.

 

Lohengrin - Lohengrin is an opera composed by Richard Wagner. It premiered in 1850 and is set in medieval Germany. The story revolves around the mysterious knight Lohengrin, who arrives in a boat pulled by a swan to help the people of Brabant. The people are in turmoil due to a power struggle between the ruler, King Henry, and his sister, Ortrud, who is married to the Duke of Brabant.

Lohengrin offers his assistance on the condition that his identity remains a secret and that no one asks him about his origin. He agrees to marry Elsa, the daughter of the Duke of Brabant, who is accused of murdering her brother. Lohengrin believes in Elsa's innocence and vows to defend her in a trial by combat.

As the story unfolds, Lohengrin and Elsa fall in love, but their happiness is threatened by Ortrud's manipulations. Ortrud, who is a sorceress, tries to sow doubt in Elsa's mind about Lohengrin's true identity. She convinces Elsa to ask Lohengrin about his origin, breaking the condition he had set.

Lohengrin is devastated by Elsa's betrayal and reveals that he is a knight of the Holy Grail and must return to his homeland. As he leaves, the swan that brought him transforms into Elsa's brother, who was turned into a swan by Ortrud's magic. Lohengrin's departure leaves Elsa heartbroken, and she dies of grief.

The opera explores themes of love, loyalty, and the consequences of breaking promises. It also delves into the power of faith and the conflict between the spiritual and the earthly realms. Lohengrin is known for its beautiful music, including the famous Bridal Chorus, which is often played at weddings.

 

Cosi fan Tutte - Cosi fan Tutte is an opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It premiered in 1790 and is set in 18th-century Naples. The story revolves around two young soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, who are engaged to two sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Their friend, Don Alfonso, challenges their loyalty and betrays the sisters' faithfulness by suggesting a test of their fidelity. He convinces the soldiers to disguise themselves and attempt to seduce each other's fiancées. The sisters, initially resistant, eventually succumb to the advances of the disguised soldiers, leading to a series of comedic and dramatic situations.

As the story unfolds, the characters grapple with questions of love, trust, and the nature of human relationships. The women, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, struggle with their feelings of guilt and confusion as they find themselves attracted to the disguised soldiers. The soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, experience a mix of emotions as they witness the infidelity of their fiancées. Don Alfonso, the mastermind behind the experiment, observes the chaos and revels in the unpredictability of human behavior.

Throughout the opera, Mozart's music beautifully captures the emotional depth and complexity of the characters. The arias, duets, and ensembles showcase the range of human emotions, from heartbreak and longing to joy and humor. The opera also explores themes of gender roles and societal expectations, as the characters navigate the boundaries of love and fidelity.

In the end, the truth is revealed, and the characters are forced to confront the consequences of their actions. Cosi fan Tutte is a thought-provoking and entertaining opera that delves into the complexities of human relationships and challenges societal norms. With its captivating music and engaging storyline, it continues to be a beloved work in the operatic repertoire.

 

La clemenza di Tito - La clemenza di Tito is an opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It premiered in 1791 and is set in ancient Rome. The story revolves around the Roman Emperor Titus, who is known for his mercy and benevolence. However, a conspiracy against him unfolds, led by his close friend Sesto and the vengeful Vitellia.

Vitellia, who is in love with Titus, becomes consumed by jealousy when she learns that he plans to marry another woman, Servilia. In her desperation to become Empress, Vitellia convinces Sesto to assassinate Titus. Sesto, torn between his loyalty to his friend and his love for Vitellia, reluctantly agrees.

As the plot unfolds, Sesto sets fire to the Capitol, hoping to kill Titus. However, his plan fails, and he is captured by the Roman guards. Meanwhile, Titus, unaware of the conspiracy, remains committed to his ideals of mercy and forgiveness.

When confronted with the truth, Titus is faced with a difficult decision. Will he choose to punish Sesto and Vitellia for their betrayal, or will he show them clemency and forgiveness?

La clemenza di Tito explores themes of love, loyalty, betrayal, and the power of forgiveness. It showcases Mozart's mastery of opera seria, with beautiful arias and ensembles that convey the emotional depth of the characters.

In the end, Titus chooses to forgive Sesto and Vitellia, demonstrating his belief in the power of mercy. The opera concludes with a message of redemption and the triumph of forgiveness over vengeance.

La clemenza di Tito remains a beloved opera in the classical repertoire, known for its stunning music and timeless themes.

 

Don Pasquale Don Pasquale is a comic opera in three acts composed by Gaetano Donizetti. The libretto was written by Giovanni Ruffini and the opera premiered on January 3, 1843, at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris. The story revolves around the character of Don Pasquale, an old and wealthy bachelor who wants to marry and produce an heir to disinherit his nephew, Ernesto. However, Ernesto is in love with Norina, a young and beautiful widow, and they plan to marry against Don Pasquale's wishes.

In an attempt to thwart Don Pasquale's plans, Ernesto's friend, Dr. Malatesta, devises a scheme. He introduces Norina to Don Pasquale disguised as his sister, Sofronia, and convinces Don Pasquale to marry her. However, Sofronia quickly reveals her true nature, transforming from a sweet and innocent woman into a demanding and extravagant wife. She spends Don Pasquale's money, flirts with other men, and makes his life miserable.

Don Pasquale soon realizes that he has been tricked and seeks the help of Dr. Malatesta to annul the marriage. In the end, the characters come together for a hilarious and chaotic finale, with Don Pasquale finally accepting his nephew's love for Norina and giving his blessing to their marriage.

Don Pasquale is known for its lively and melodic music, filled with catchy tunes and sparkling ensembles. The opera showcases Donizetti's mastery of comic opera, with witty dialogue and humorous situations. The characters are vividly portrayed, from the stubborn and foolish Don Pasquale to the clever and mischievous Norina.

The opera explores themes of love, marriage, and the clash between generations. It satirizes the idea of arranged marriages and the desire for wealth and power. Through its comedic plot and lively music, Don Pasquale provides an entertaining and light-hearted experience for audiences.

Over the years, Don Pasquale has remained a popular and frequently performed opera. Its catchy melodies and humorous storyline continue to captivate audiences around the world. The opera showcases the talents of its singers, requiring strong comedic timing and vocal agility. With its delightful music and comedic charm, Don Pasquale is a beloved classic of the operatic repertoire.

 

La sonnambula - La sonnambula is an opera composed by Vincenzo Bellini. It premiered in 1831 and is set in a Swiss village in the early 19th century. The story revolves around Amina, a young sleepwalker who is engaged to Elvino. However, complications arise when a stranger named Rodolfo arrives in the village and falls in love with Amina. This leads to misunderstandings and jealousy, as Elvino becomes suspicious of Amina's fidelity.

The opera begins with the villagers preparing for Amina and Elvino's wedding. However, Amina's sleepwalking tendencies cause her to wander into the room of the stranger, Rodolfo, while she is asleep. Rodolfo is captivated by Amina's beauty and innocence, and he declares his love for her. Amina, still asleep, does not realize what has happened.

The next morning, Elvino discovers Amina in Rodolfo's room and becomes enraged. He breaks off their engagement and accuses Amina of infidelity. Amina, still unaware of her actions during her sleepwalking episodes, is devastated by Elvino's accusations.

As the story unfolds, it is revealed that Amina's sleepwalking is a result of her troubled past. She was abandoned as a child and raised by a group of villagers who found her wandering alone. This explains her tendency to wander in her sleep.

In the final act, Amina's innocence is proven when she sleepwalks onto a precarious bridge. Elvino witnesses her sleepwalking and realizes that she is not capable of deceit. He rushes to save her, and in doing so, he forgives her and they are reunited.

La sonnambula is a beautiful and emotional opera that explores themes of love, trust, and forgiveness. It showcases Bellini's lyrical and melodic style, with stunning vocal performances and a captivating storyline.

 

Daphne - The opera "Daphne" is a beautiful and enchanting work composed by Richard Strauss. It premiered in 1938 and is based on the Greek myth of Daphne, a nymph who is pursued by the god Apollo. The opera is set in ancient Greece and explores themes of love, transformation, and the power of nature.

The story begins with Daphne, a young and innocent nymph who loves nature and spends her days in the forest. Apollo, the god of music and poetry, becomes infatuated with Daphne and relentlessly pursues her. However, Daphne is not interested in Apollo's advances and rejects him.

As the opera progresses, Apollo becomes more desperate and tries to win Daphne's love through various means. He even disguises himself as a shepherd to get closer to her. However, Daphne remains steadfast in her rejection of Apollo and remains devoted to nature.

In a dramatic turn of events, Daphne's father, the river god Peneios, intervenes and transforms his daughter into a laurel tree to protect her from Apollo's advances. Apollo is devastated by this transformation and realizes the consequences of his actions.

The opera concludes with a poignant and reflective aria by Apollo, expressing his remorse and acknowledging the beauty and power of nature. The music in "Daphne" is lush and evocative, capturing the emotions and drama of the story. It features soaring melodies, intricate orchestrations, and powerful vocal performances.

Overall, "Daphne" is a captivating opera that explores themes of love, rejection, and the enduring power of nature. It showcases Richard Strauss' mastery of orchestration and his ability to create deeply emotional and engaging music.

 

Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde is an opera in three acts composed by Richard Wagner. The libretto, also written by Wagner, is based on the medieval romance of Tristan and Iseult. The opera tells the story of the tragic love affair between the knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde.

The opera begins with Tristan, who is on a ship returning to Cornwall after a successful battle. He is accompanied by Isolde, who is being brought to Cornwall to marry Tristan's uncle, King Marke. However, Tristan and Isolde have fallen deeply in love with each other, and they cannot deny their feelings any longer.

As the ship arrives in Cornwall, Isolde's maid, Brangäne, warns her of the consequences of their love. Isolde, however, is determined to be with Tristan and plans to use a love potion to bind them together forever. Brangäne reluctantly agrees to help her.

During a feast at King Marke's castle, Isolde and Tristan drink the love potion, believing it to be a death potion. However, instead of dying, they are consumed by an overwhelming passion for each other. They declare their love in a passionate duet, but their affair is discovered by King Marke, who is devastated by their betrayal.

In the final act, Tristan is wounded in battle and lies dying. Isolde arrives too late to save him, and in her grief, she sings a powerful aria known as the "Liebestod" or "Love Death." As she sings, Tristan dies in her arms, and she joins him in death, longing to be reunited with him in eternity.

Tristan und Isolde is known for its lush and dramatic music, as well as its exploration of themes such as love, desire, and the transcendence of death. It is considered one of Wagner's greatest works and a masterpiece of the operatic repertoire.

 

Il barbiere di Siviglia - Il barbiere di Siviglia, also known as The Barber of Seville, is an opera buffa in two acts composed by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto was written by Cesare Sterbini, based on the play Le Barbier de Séville by Pierre Beaumarchais. The opera premiered on February 20, 1816, at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.

The story revolves around the clever and resourceful Figaro, the barber of Seville, who aids Count Almaviva in his pursuit of the beautiful Rosina. Rosina is the ward of the elderly and overprotective Dr. Bartolo, who intends to marry her himself. With Figaro's help, the Count disguises himself as a poor student named Lindoro and gains access to Rosina's house. Through a series of comedic and farcical situations, the Count and Rosina fall in love, while Figaro outwits Dr. Bartolo at every turn.

The opera is known for its lively and melodic music, with famous arias such as "Largo al factotum," sung by Figaro, and "Una voce poco fa," sung by Rosina. The music is characterized by Rossini's signature bel canto style, with virtuosic vocal lines and rapid-fire coloratura passages.

Il barbiere di Siviglia has remained one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the repertoire. Its comedic plot, memorable characters, and catchy melodies continue to captivate audiences around the world. The opera's enduring popularity is a testament to Rossini's genius as a composer and the timeless appeal of the comic opera genre.

 

La Traviata - La Traviata is an opera in three acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto, written by Francesco Maria Piave, is based on the play "La Dame aux Camélias" by Alexandre Dumas fils. The opera tells the tragic story of Violetta Valéry, a courtesan in 19th-century Paris, and her ill-fated love affair with Alfredo Germont.

Act 1 introduces us to Violetta, a glamorous and popular socialite known for her lavish parties. She meets Alfredo, a young nobleman, and they quickly fall in love. Despite her initial reluctance, Violetta gives in to her feelings and decides to leave her life of luxury behind to be with Alfredo.

In Act 2, Violetta and Alfredo live together in the countryside, enjoying their newfound happiness. However, their idyllic existence is shattered when Alfredo's father, Giorgio Germont, pays them a visit. He convinces Violetta that her relationship with Alfredo is ruining his family's reputation and asks her to leave him. Heartbroken, Violetta agrees to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of Alfredo's future.

Act 3 takes place several months later. Violetta is gravely ill and living in poverty. Alfredo, unaware of the sacrifice she made, believes she left him for another man. When he learns the truth, he rushes to her side, but it is too late. Violetta dies in his arms, surrounded by friends and loved ones.

La Traviata is a deeply emotional and poignant opera that explores themes of love, sacrifice, and societal expectations. Verdi's music beautifully captures the range of emotions experienced by the characters, from the joy of newfound love to the despair of lost opportunities. The opera's tragic ending serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and the power of love to transcend societal norms.

 

Tosca - Tosca is an opera in three acts composed by Giacomo Puccini. The libretto, written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, is based on the play "La Tosca" by Victorien Sardou. The opera premiered in Rome in 1900 and has since become one of the most frequently performed operas in the world.

The story of Tosca is set in Rome in June 1800, during the Napoleonic Wars. It revolves around the lives of three main characters: Floria Tosca, a famous opera singer; Mario Cavaradossi, a painter and Tosca's lover; and Baron Scarpia, the chief of police.

Act 1 begins in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, where Cavaradossi is working on a painting. Tosca arrives and expresses her jealousy over a woman she believes Cavaradossi is involved with. Meanwhile, Scarpia, who is secretly in love with Tosca, suspects Cavaradossi of being involved in a political conspiracy and plans to use Tosca to catch him.

In Act 2, Scarpia sets his plan in motion. He arrests Cavaradossi and tortures him to reveal the whereabouts of a political fugitive. Tosca, desperate to save her lover, agrees to Scarpia's demands and promises to give herself to him in exchange for Cavaradossi's freedom. However, she secretly plans to kill Scarpia instead.

Act 3 takes place on the roof of the Castel Sant'Angelo, where Cavaradossi is awaiting execution. Tosca arrives and tells him that she has secured a fake execution, but they must act convincingly. After Cavaradossi is "shot," Tosca reveals the truth to him and they plan to escape together. However, their plans are foiled when Scarpia's betrayal is discovered, and Cavaradossi is shot for real.

Devastated, Tosca realizes that there is no escape and decides to take her own life. She sings one of the most famous arias in opera, "Vissi d'arte," before jumping to her death. The opera ends with Tosca's tragic demise and the realization of the futility of love and power.

Tosca is known for its dramatic intensity, lush melodies, and powerful emotions. It explores themes of love, jealousy, betrayal, and sacrifice, making it a timeless masterpiece in the world of opera.

 

Die Frau ohne Schatten - "Die Frau ohne Schatten" is a magnificent opera composed by Richard Strauss. It premiered on October 10, 1919, at the Vienna State Opera. The libretto was written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who collaborated with Strauss on several other operas.

The opera tells the story of a supernatural fairy tale set in ancient China. The main characters are the Emperor and Empress, Barak and his wife, and the Nurse. The Empress is a spirit who lacks a shadow, and in order to obtain one, she must find a mortal woman willing to give up her shadow for her. The Nurse, who is a cunning and manipulative character, helps the Empress in her quest.

The plot revolves around the challenges faced by the Empress and her husband, the Emperor, as they try to find a mortal woman who is willing to sacrifice her shadow. They encounter various obstacles and temptations along the way, testing their love and loyalty to each other.

The music in "Die Frau ohne Schatten" is rich and complex, showcasing Strauss's mastery of orchestration and his ability to create dramatic and emotional moments. The opera features lush melodies, intricate harmonies, and powerful choral sections.

The themes explored in the opera include the nature of love, sacrifice, and the search for personal identity. It delves into the complexities of human relationships and the choices we make in order to find happiness and fulfillment.

Overall, "Die Frau ohne Schatten" is a captivating and thought-provoking opera that combines beautiful music with a compelling story. It is a testament to Richard Strauss's genius as a composer and remains a beloved work in the operatic repertoire.

 

Otello - Otello is an opera in four acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto, written by Arrigo Boito, is based on the play "Othello" by William Shakespeare. The opera tells the tragic story of the Moorish general Otello, his wife Desdemona, and the manipulative villain Iago.

The opera begins in Cyprus, where Otello has just returned victorious from a battle against the Turks. He is deeply in love with Desdemona, but Iago, who harbors a deep resentment towards Otello, plots to destroy their happiness. Iago convinces Otello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, a young officer. Otello becomes consumed by jealousy and suspicion, leading to a series of tragic events.

As the story unfolds, Iago plants seeds of doubt in Otello's mind, manipulating him into believing that Desdemona is unfaithful. Otello's jealousy intensifies, and he becomes increasingly unstable. Desdemona, unaware of Iago's schemes, tries desperately to prove her innocence and save her marriage. She sings the famous "Willow Song" and "Ave Maria" in a heart-wrenching plea for forgiveness.

In the final act, Otello confronts Desdemona, accusing her of infidelity. Despite her protests of innocence, Otello strangles her to death. Realizing the truth too late, Otello is overcome with grief and remorse. He takes his own life, and Iago's treachery is exposed.

Otello is a powerful and emotionally charged opera, exploring themes of love, jealousy, and betrayal. Verdi's music brilliantly captures the intense emotions of the characters, from the passionate love duets between Otello and Desdemona to the dark and sinister motives of Iago. The opera is a masterpiece of dramatic storytelling, showcasing Verdi's genius and the timeless tragedy of Shakespeare's play.

 

L'elisir d’amore - L'elisir d'amore, also known as The Elixir of Love, is an opera buffa in two acts composed by Gaetano Donizetti. The libretto, written by Felice Romani, is based on a French play by Eugène Scribe. The opera premiered on May 12, 1832, at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan.

The story of L'elisir d'amore revolves around a young peasant named Nemorino, who is hopelessly in love with the beautiful and wealthy Adina. Despite his feelings, Adina does not reciprocate his affection and instead enjoys teasing him. Nemorino becomes desperate and seeks the help of a traveling quack doctor, Dulcamara, who sells him a love potion, claiming it will make Adina fall in love with him.

Nemorino drinks the potion and, believing it to be working, becomes more confident in his pursuit of Adina. However, she is courted by a sergeant named Belcore, who proposes to her. Adina, still not fully convinced of Nemorino's love, agrees to marry Belcore in order to make Nemorino jealous.

Meanwhile, Nemorino's desperation grows, and he decides to enlist in the army to earn money to buy more of Dulcamara's potion. As he prepares to leave, Adina realizes her true feelings for Nemorino and buys back his enlistment papers, confessing her love for him.

In the end, Nemorino and Adina are united, and Dulcamara's potion is revealed to be nothing more than cheap wine. The opera concludes with a joyful celebration of love and the triumph of true feelings over artificial means.

L'elisir d'amore is known for its beautiful melodies, comedic moments, and heartfelt emotions. It explores themes of love, deception, and the power of genuine affection. With its charming characters and delightful music, L'elisir d'amore continues to captivate audiences around the world.

 

Manon Lescaut - Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts composed by Giacomo Puccini. The libretto, written by Luigi Illica, is based on the 1731 novel of the same name by Abbé Prévost. The opera premiered on February 1, 1893, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy.

The story of Manon Lescaut revolves around the tragic love affair between the young and beautiful Manon and the student Des Grieux. Manon, a naive and impulsive young woman, is torn between her love for Des Grieux and her desire for wealth and luxury. She is seduced by the wealthy Geronte, who promises her a life of luxury in Paris. However, Manon's love for Des Grieux is too strong, and she eventually leaves Geronte to be with him.

Their love is passionate but tumultuous, as they struggle to make ends meet and face numerous obstacles. Manon's beauty attracts the attention of other men, leading to jealousy and conflict. Des Grieux's love for Manon is unwavering, but he is often torn between his desire to protect her and his own pride.

As the story unfolds, Manon's reckless behavior and desire for material wealth lead to her downfall. She becomes involved in criminal activities and is eventually arrested. Des Grieux, devastated by her arrest, tries to save her but is unsuccessful. Manon is sentenced to exile in America, and Des Grieux follows her, determined to be by her side.

The final act takes place in the desolate wilderness of Louisiana, where Manon and Des Grieux are reunited. However, Manon's health deteriorates rapidly, and she dies in Des Grieux's arms. The opera ends with Des Grieux's heartbreaking lament over the loss of his beloved Manon.

Manon Lescaut is a powerful and emotionally charged opera that explores themes of love, desire, and the destructive power of societal expectations. Puccini's lush and dramatic music perfectly captures the intensity of the characters' emotions, making it a beloved and enduring work in the operatic repertoire.

 

Le nozze di Figaro - Le nozze di Figaro, also known as The Marriage of Figaro, is an opera buffa in four acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto, written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, is based on the play "Le Mariage de Figaro" by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. The opera premiered in Vienna in 1786 and has since become one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas in the repertoire.

The story takes place in the late 18th century at the estate of Count Almaviva in Seville, Spain. Figaro, the Count's valet, is set to marry Susanna, the Countess's maid. However, their plans are complicated by the Count's amorous intentions towards Susanna and his abuse of power. Figaro and Susanna must navigate a series of comedic and dramatic situations to outwit the Count and ensure their love triumphs.

The opera is filled with memorable characters, including the Countess, who longs for her husband's love and attention, and Cherubino, a young page who is infatuated with every woman he encounters. The plot is driven by mistaken identities, secret rendezvous, and clever disguises, all set to Mozart's exquisite music.

Throughout the opera, Mozart's music beautifully captures the emotions and complexities of the characters. From the playful and energetic overture to the heartfelt arias and ensembles, the score is a masterful blend of comedy and drama. Highlights include Figaro's famous aria "Non più andrai," in which he teases Cherubino about his impending military service, and the Countess's poignant aria "Porgi, amor," in which she expresses her longing for her husband's affection.

Le nozze di Figaro is a timeless masterpiece that explores themes of love, power, and class dynamics. It is a celebration of wit, charm, and the triumph of true love over adversity. With its delightful characters, captivating story, and sublime music, this opera continues to captivate audiences around the world.

 

Die Zauberflote - Die Zauberflöte, also known as The Magic Flute, is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto, written by Emanuel Schikaneder, combines elements of fairy tales, Masonic symbolism, and Enlightenment philosophy. The opera tells the story of Prince Tamino, who is tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night's daughter, Pamina, from the clutches of the evil sorcerer Sarastro.

The opera begins with Prince Tamino being pursued by a serpent. He is saved by three ladies who serve the Queen of the Night. They show him a portrait of Pamina and he instantly falls in love with her. The Queen of the Night appears and asks Tamino to rescue her daughter from Sarastro's temple. She gives him a magic flute to aid him on his journey.

Tamino sets off on his quest and is joined by the birdcatcher Papageno, who becomes his loyal companion. They encounter various trials and challenges along the way, including a series of tests set by Sarastro. Tamino and Pamina eventually pass these tests and are united in their love for each other.

Meanwhile, the Queen of the Night enlists the help of her other daughter, the vengeful and manipulative Queen of the Night, to destroy Sarastro and his followers. However, Pamina and Tamino, guided by the wisdom of Sarastro and the power of the magic flute, are able to overcome the Queen of the Night's evil intentions.

In the end, Sarastro is revealed to be a wise and benevolent leader, and Tamino and Pamina are welcomed into his community. The opera concludes with a joyful celebration of love, wisdom, and enlightenment.

Die Zauberflöte is known for its beautiful music, including the famous Queen of the Night aria and the enchanting melodies of the magic flute. It explores themes of love, loyalty, and the triumph of good over evil, making it a beloved and enduring opera in the classical repertoire.

 

La boheme - La bohème is an opera in four acts composed by Giacomo Puccini. The libretto, written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, is based on the novel "Scènes de la vie de bohème" by Henri Murger. Set in the bohemian neighborhoods of Paris in the 1830s, the opera tells the story of a group of struggling artists and their search for love, friendship, and artistic fulfillment.

The opera begins on Christmas Eve in a cold attic apartment shared by the poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello. They are joined by their friends Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician. Despite their poverty, the friends find joy in their camaraderie and artistic pursuits. Rodolfo, however, longs for a deeper connection and falls in love with a young seamstress named Mimi, who lives in the same building.

Rodolfo and Mimi's love blossoms, but their relationship is tested by Mimi's declining health and Rodolfo's jealousy. Meanwhile, Marcello rekindles his romance with the flirtatious Musetta, leading to a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship. The opera explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the fleeting nature of happiness.

As the story unfolds, the characters face various challenges and heartbreaks. Mimi's health deteriorates, and she and Rodolfo part ways in an attempt to spare each other pain. However, they are unable to stay apart for long and reunite in the final act. Despite their love, Mimi's condition worsens, and she dies in Rodolfo's arms.

La bohème is known for its beautiful melodies, emotional depth, and realistic portrayal of bohemian life. Puccini's score captures the joys and sorrows of the characters, from the exuberant energy of the bustling Parisian streets to the tender moments of love and loss. The opera's tragic ending leaves audiences moved and reflective, reminding us of the fragility of life and the power of love.

 

Elektra - Elektra is an opera in one act composed by Richard Strauss. The libretto, written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is based on the Greek tragedy of the same name by Sophocles. The opera premiered in Dresden in 1909 and has since become one of Strauss's most celebrated works.

The story of Elektra revolves around the title character, Elektra, who seeks revenge for the murder of her father, Agamemnon, by her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. Elektra's obsession with vengeance consumes her, and she becomes consumed by her desire for justice.

The opera begins with Elektra lamenting the death of her father and her longing for revenge. She is tormented by the presence of her mother and Aegisth, who have taken control of the palace. Elektra's sister, Chrysothemis, pleads with her to let go of her anger and move on with her life, but Elektra is determined to see justice served.

As the story unfolds, Elektra's plan for revenge becomes more elaborate. She enlists the help of her brother, Orestes, who has been in exile, to carry out the murder of Klytämnestra and Aegisth. Elektra's obsession with vengeance reaches its climax in a powerful and dramatic finale, where she finally achieves her goal.

Elektra is known for its intense and dramatic music, which perfectly captures the emotional turmoil of the characters. The opera features powerful vocal performances and a rich orchestral score that heightens the tension and drama of the story.

Overall, Elektra is a gripping and emotionally charged opera that explores themes of revenge, justice, and the destructive power of obsession. It remains a cornerstone of the operatic repertoire and continues to captivate audiences with its powerful storytelling and stunning music.

 

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail - Die Entführung aus dem Serail, also known as The Abduction from the Seraglio, is an opera in three acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto, written by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, was later revised by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie. The opera premiered on July 16, 1782, at the Burgtheater in Vienna.

The story of Die Entführung aus dem Serail revolves around the character of Belmonte, a Spanish nobleman who travels to Turkey to rescue his lover, Konstanze, who has been captured by the Pasha Selim. Along with his servant Pedrillo, Belmonte infiltrates the Pasha's palace and encounters various obstacles and challenges.

Throughout the opera, Mozart's music beautifully captures the emotions and complexities of the characters. The arias and ensembles are filled with passion, longing, and determination. The overture, in particular, is a vibrant and energetic piece that sets the tone for the entire opera.

As Belmonte navigates the palace, he encounters Konstanze's maid, Blonde, who has also been captured. Together, they devise a plan to escape with Konstanze and Pedrillo. However, their plans are constantly thwarted by Osmin, the Pasha's overseer, who is fiercely loyal to his master.

The opera explores themes of love, loyalty, and cultural differences. It delves into the complexities of relationships and the lengths people will go to for the ones they love. Mozart's music brings these themes to life, with soaring melodies and intricate harmonies.

In the end, Belmonte and his companions are able to escape with Konstanze and Blonde, leaving behind the Pasha and Osmin. Die Entführung aus dem Serail is a captivating opera that showcases Mozart's genius and ability to create compelling characters and stories.

 

Hansel und Gretel - Hansel und Gretel is an opera in three acts composed by Engelbert Humperdinck. The libretto, written by Adelheid Wette, is based on the fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm. The opera premiered in Weimar, Germany in 1893 and has since become one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas in the repertoire.

The story follows the adventures of two young siblings, Hansel and Gretel, who live in a poor household with their mother and father. The family is struggling to make ends meet, and the children are often left to their own devices. One day, their mother sends them into the forest to gather strawberries, but they become lost and find themselves in the clutches of a wicked witch.

The witch, named Rosina Leckermaul, lives in a gingerbread house and lures children in with the promise of sweets. She plans to fatten them up and then eat them. Hansel and Gretel must use their wits and bravery to outsmart the witch and find their way back home.

Throughout the opera, there are moments of both darkness and light. The forest is portrayed as a mysterious and dangerous place, but it is also filled with enchanting creatures like the Sandman and the Dew Fairy, who bring comfort and protection to the lost children. The music reflects these contrasting moods, with haunting melodies and lush harmonies.

Hansel und Gretel is not only a thrilling adventure story, but also a tale of family, love, and the power of imagination. It explores themes of resilience, resourcefulness, and the importance of sticking together in the face of adversity. The opera's beautiful music and timeless story continue to captivate audiences of all ages, making it a true classic of the operatic repertoire.

 

Die Fledermaus - Die Fledermaus, also known as The Bat, is an operetta in three acts composed by Johann Strauss II. The libretto, written by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée, is based on a French vaudeville play called Le Réveillon. The opera premiered in Vienna in 1874 and has since become one of the most popular operettas in the world.

The story of Die Fledermaus revolves around a practical joke played on a man named Gabriel von Eisenstein. Eisenstein is supposed to serve a short prison sentence for insulting an official, but his friend, Dr. Falke, convinces him to attend a lavish party instead. Unbeknownst to Eisenstein, the party is hosted by Prince Orlofsky, who is seeking revenge for a previous prank played on him by Eisenstein.

At the party, Eisenstein disguises himself as a French nobleman named Marquis Renard, while his wife, Rosalinde, attends disguised as a Hungarian countess named Olga. The confusion and mistaken identities continue to escalate as various characters, including Eisenstein's maid, Adele, and her sister, Ida, become entangled in the web of deception.

As the night progresses, secrets are revealed, and the characters find themselves in compromising situations. Eventually, Eisenstein's true identity is discovered, and he is forced to face the consequences of his actions. However, in a twist of fate, it is revealed that Dr. Falke orchestrated the entire plot as a way to get back at Eisenstein for a previous humiliation.

Die Fledermaus is known for its lively and comedic music, including the famous overture and the catchy melodies of the various arias and ensembles. The opera explores themes of deception, revenge, and the consequences of one's actions, all while providing a light-hearted and entertaining experience for the audience.

 

La fanciulla del West - "La fanciulla del West" is an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini. It premiered on December 10, 1910, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The libretto was written by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play "The Girl of the Golden West" by David Belasco.

The opera is set in the American West during the California Gold Rush in the mid-19th century. The story revolves around Minnie, the owner of a saloon in a mining camp, and her relationship with the bandit Ramerrez, also known as Dick Johnson. Minnie is a strong and independent woman who is adored by the miners in the camp.

The plot unfolds as Minnie saves Ramerrez from a lynching and hides him in her cabin. They fall in love, but their relationship is tested when Sheriff Jack Rance, who is also in love with Minnie, discovers Ramerrez's true identity. Rance challenges Ramerrez to a poker game, with Minnie as the prize.

Throughout the opera, Puccini's music beautifully captures the spirit of the Wild West, with its sweeping melodies and dramatic orchestration. The score is filled with memorable arias, such as Minnie's heartfelt "Laggiù nel Soledad" and Ramerrez's passionate "Ch'ella mi creda."

"La fanciulla del West" is a unique opera in Puccini's repertoire, as it combines elements of Italian verismo with American folk music. The opera explores themes of love, loyalty, and redemption, and it showcases Puccini's ability to create vivid and complex characters.

In the end, Minnie's love for Ramerrez triumphs, and they escape together as the miners celebrate their newfound happiness. "La fanciulla del West" is a thrilling and emotionally charged opera that showcases Puccini's mastery of storytelling and his ability to create music that resonates with audiences.

 

I vespri siciliani - "I vespri siciliani" is an opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered on June 13, 1855, at the Paris Opera. The opera is set in Sicily during the 13th century and tells the story of a rebellion against French rule.

The plot revolves around the character of Elena, a Sicilian noblewoman who is torn between her love for the French governor, Guy de Montfort, and her loyalty to her people. As the opera unfolds, Elena's father is executed by the French, fueling her desire for revenge. She joins a group of rebels led by Procida, a Sicilian patriot, and together they plan an uprising.

Meanwhile, Elena's brother, Arrigo, falls in love with a French princess named Hélène. Their love is forbidden due to the ongoing conflict between the Sicilians and the French. As tensions rise, Arrigo is torn between his love for Hélène and his loyalty to his people.

In the final act, the rebels launch their attack during a grand ball hosted by the French. The opera culminates in a dramatic confrontation between Elena, Guy de Montfort, and Procida. Elena ultimately chooses to save Guy de Montfort's life, sacrificing her own happiness for the greater good of her people.

"I vespri siciliani" is known for its powerful and emotional music, with Verdi's signature melodies and dramatic orchestration. The opera explores themes of love, loyalty, and sacrifice, while also depicting the struggle for freedom and independence.

Overall, "I vespri siciliani" is a captivating opera that combines political intrigue, passionate love stories, and thrilling musical moments. It continues to be performed and appreciated by audiences around the world for its timeless themes and beautiful music.

 

Don Giovanni Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto, written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, is based on the legend of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. The opera premiered in 1787 and has since become one of the most performed and beloved operas in the world.

The story revolves around the character of Don Giovanni, a wealthy and charismatic nobleman who is notorious for his womanizing ways. He is accompanied by his loyal servant, Leporello, who keeps a record of all the women Don Giovanni has seduced. The opera begins with Don Giovanni attempting to seduce Donna Anna, the daughter of the Commendatore, a nobleman. However, his advances are interrupted when the Commendatore confronts him and is killed by Don Giovanni in a duel.

Don Giovanni continues his escapades, seducing and abandoning women left and right. He sets his sights on Donna Elvira, a woman he had previously seduced and abandoned. Despite her warnings, Donna Elvira is still drawn to Don Giovanni and tries to save him from his wicked ways. Meanwhile, Don Giovanni also attempts to seduce Zerlina, a young bride-to-be, on her wedding day. However, his plans are foiled when Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Don Ottavio, Donna Anna's fiancé, discover his true identity and vow to seek revenge.

In the final act, Don Giovanni hosts a lavish party at his mansion. As the guests celebrate, the statue of the Commendatore comes to life and confronts Don Giovanni, giving him one last chance to repent for his sins. Don Giovanni refuses and is dragged down to hell by the statue, meeting his ultimate fate.

Don Giovanni explores themes of morality, redemption, and the consequences of one's actions. It features a rich and diverse musical score, ranging from dramatic arias to lively ensemble numbers. The opera is a masterpiece of Mozart's genius, showcasing his ability to blend comedy and tragedy seamlessly. With its timeless story and unforgettable music, Don Giovanni continues to captivate audiences around the world.

 

Medea - "Medea" is an opera composed by Luigi Cherubini. It premiered on March 13, 1797, at the Théâtre Feydeau in Paris. The opera is based on the Greek myth of Medea, a sorceress and princess who falls in love with Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. However, their love is tested when Jason decides to marry another woman, Glauce, the daughter of King Creon.

Medea, consumed by jealousy and rage, seeks revenge on Jason and his new bride. She uses her magical powers to send a poisoned robe and crown to Glauce, causing her to suffer a painful death. Medea's actions do not stop there, as she also kills her own children to ensure that Jason will suffer the ultimate loss.

The opera explores themes of love, betrayal, and the destructive power of revenge. Medea's character is portrayed as a complex and tragic figure, torn between her love for Jason and her desire for vengeance. The music reflects the intense emotions of the story, with powerful and dramatic melodies that capture the turmoil and passion of the characters.

Cherubini's "Medea" is known for its dramatic and emotional score, which showcases the composer's mastery of the operatic form. The opera features arias, duets, and choruses that highlight the vocal talents of the performers. The orchestration is rich and vibrant, with lush strings, powerful brass, and haunting woodwinds.

"Medea" has remained a popular and influential opera since its premiere. It has been performed by numerous opera companies around the world and has been recorded by many renowned singers and conductors. The opera continues to captivate audiences with its timeless story and powerful music, reminding us of the enduring power of love and the devastating consequences of betrayal.

 

Carmen - Carmen is an opera in four acts composed by Georges Bizet. The libretto, written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, is based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Mérimée. Set in Seville, Spain, during the mid-19th century, Carmen tells the story of a passionate and free-spirited gypsy woman named Carmen, who works in a cigarette factory and captivates the hearts of men with her beauty and charm.

The opera begins with the introduction of Don José, a soldier who falls deeply in love with Carmen after she seduces him. Despite being engaged to a woman named Micaëla, Don José becomes obsessed with Carmen and abandons his military duties to be with her. Carmen, however, is not interested in a committed relationship and soon grows tired of Don José's possessiveness.

Enter Escamillo, a famous bullfighter, who catches Carmen's eye and becomes her new love interest. Don José, consumed by jealousy and unable to let go of Carmen, confronts her and begs her to return to him. Carmen, unyielding in her desire for freedom, rejects him and declares her love for Escamillo.

As the story unfolds, tensions rise between Don José and Carmen, leading to a tragic climax. In a fit of rage and desperation, Don José stabs Carmen to death outside the bullring, unable to accept her rejection. The opera ends with Don José's arrest and the realization of the consequences of his actions.

Carmen is known for its captivating melodies, passionate characters, and dramatic storyline. It explores themes of love, jealousy, and the consequences of obsession. With its iconic arias such as the "Habanera" and the "Toreador Song," Carmen has become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the world, showcasing the timeless allure and tragedy of its titular character.

 

Eugen Onegin - Eugene Onegin is an opera in three acts composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto, written by the composer himself, is based on the novel in verse of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. The opera premiered in 1879 and has since become one of Tchaikovsky's most beloved works.

The story of Eugene Onegin revolves around the title character, a bored and arrogant aristocrat who rejects the love of a young woman named Tatyana. Tatyana, a shy and romantic girl, falls deeply in love with Onegin after meeting him at a ball. She writes him a passionate letter confessing her feelings, but Onegin coldly rejects her, claiming that he is not capable of returning her love.

Years later, Onegin encounters Tatyana again, but this time she is married to a wealthy prince named Gremin. Onegin realizes that he has made a grave mistake in rejecting Tatyana and becomes consumed with regret. He tries to win her back, but Tatyana, though still in love with him, remains faithful to her husband.

The opera explores themes of unrequited love, regret, and the consequences of one's actions. It also delves into the complexities of human relationships and the impact of societal expectations on personal happiness.

Musically, Eugene Onegin is known for its lush and emotional melodies, as well as its powerful choral and ensemble scenes. Tchaikovsky's score beautifully captures the emotional depth of the characters and the dramatic tension of the story.

Overall, Eugene Onegin is a poignant and timeless opera that explores the complexities of love and the human heart. It continues to captivate audiences with its rich music and compelling storytelling.

 

Guillaume Tell Guillaume Tell" is an opera composed by Gioachino Rossini. It premiered on August 3, 1829, at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris. The opera is based on Friedrich Schiller's play "Wilhelm Tell" and tells the story of the Swiss folk hero, William Tell.

The opera is set in Switzerland during the early 14th century when the country was under Austrian rule. The people of Switzerland are oppressed and yearn for freedom. Guillaume Tell, a skilled archer, becomes the symbol of hope for the Swiss people. He is known for his incredible marksmanship and his bravery.

The story revolves around Tell's struggle against the tyrannical Austrian governor, Gessler. Gessler imposes harsh laws and demands that the Swiss people bow down to his authority. Tell refuses to submit and becomes a leader in the resistance movement.

The opera is filled with dramatic and emotional moments. One of the most famous scenes is the apple-shooting scene, where Tell is forced to shoot an apple off his son's head as a test of his marksmanship. Tell successfully completes the task, but his defiance leads to his capture and imprisonment.

In the final act, the Swiss people rise up against the Austrians, and Tell plays a crucial role in their victory. He leads the Swiss army to defeat the Austrians and liberate their homeland. The opera ends with a triumphant chorus celebrating the Swiss people's newfound freedom.

"Guillaume Tell" is known for its beautiful music, including the famous overture, which is often performed as a standalone piece. The opera showcases Rossini's mastery of melody and his ability to create powerful and emotional moments on stage.

Overall, "Guillaume Tell" is a thrilling and patriotic opera that celebrates the triumph of freedom over oppression. It is a testament to the resilience and bravery of the Swiss people and remains a beloved work in the operatic repertoire.

 

La Cenerentola La Cenerentola, also known as Cinderella, is an opera in two acts composed by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto, written by Jacopo Ferretti, is based on the fairy tale of Cinderella by Charles Perrault. The opera premiered on January 25, 1817, at the Teatro Valle in Rome.

The story of La Cenerentola follows the familiar tale of Cinderella, a young girl mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. However, Rossini's version adds a few twists and turns to the traditional story. Instead of a fairy godmother, Cinderella receives help from a wise philosopher named Alidoro, who disguises himself as a beggar to test the kindness of those around him.

The opera begins with Don Magnifico, Cinderella's stepfather, and her stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, preparing for a royal ball. Cinderella, who is treated as a servant in her own home, dreams of attending the ball and escaping her miserable life. Alidoro, disguised as a beggar, arrives at their house and is treated poorly by everyone except Cinderella, who shows him kindness.

Alidoro reveals his true identity to Cinderella and offers her a chance to attend the ball. He provides her with a beautiful gown and glass slippers. At the ball, Cinderella captivates everyone with her beauty and grace, including Prince Ramiro, who instantly falls in love with her. However, Cinderella must leave before midnight, as her magical transformation will end.

Prince Ramiro is determined to find the mysterious woman who captured his heart and sets out on a quest to find her. With the help of Alidoro, he discovers Cinderella and brings her back to his palace. Don Magnifico and her stepsisters try to claim credit for Cinderella's beauty, but their deceit is exposed.

In the end, Cinderella forgives her stepfamily, and Prince Ramiro asks for her hand in marriage. La Cenerentola is a heartwarming tale of love, forgiveness, and the power of kindness. Rossini's lively and melodic score, combined with the enchanting story, has made this opera a beloved classic in the world of opera.

 

Der Rosenkavalier - Der Rosenkavalier is an opera in three acts composed by Richard Strauss. The libretto, written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is based on a play by the same name. The opera premiered in 1911 and has since become one of the most beloved and frequently performed works in the operatic repertoire.

The story of Der Rosenkavalier takes place in 18th-century Vienna and revolves around the lives of three main characters: the Marschallin, Octavian, and Baron Ochs. The Marschallin is a noblewoman who is married to an older man but is involved in a passionate affair with Octavian, a young nobleman. When the Marschallin realizes that their relationship cannot last, she decides to end it and arranges for Octavian to deliver a silver rose to Sophie, the young daughter of a wealthy merchant, as a symbol of engagement to Baron Ochs.

However, when Octavian meets Sophie, he falls in love with her and begins to question his feelings for the Marschallin. As the story unfolds, Octavian and Sophie conspire to escape the arranged marriage to Baron Ochs, leading to a series of comedic and dramatic events.

Der Rosenkavalier explores themes of love, desire, and the passage of time. It delves into the complexities of relationships and the conflicts that arise when societal expectations clash with personal desires. The opera is known for its lush and romantic music, which perfectly captures the emotional depth of the characters and the grandeur of Vienna's aristocratic society.

With its richly developed characters, intricate plot, and beautiful music, Der Rosenkavalier continues to captivate audiences around the world. It is a timeless masterpiece that showcases the genius of Richard Strauss and the enduring power of opera as an art form.

 

Parsifal - Parsifal is an opera in three acts composed by Richard Wagner. The libretto, also written by Wagner, is based on the 13th-century epic poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach. The opera premiered in 1882 at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany.

The story of Parsifal revolves around the quest for the Holy Grail, a sacred relic associated with the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. The opera begins in the castle of the Knights of the Holy Grail, where the knights are awaiting the arrival of their leader, Amfortas. Amfortas is suffering from a wound that will not heal, inflicted by the sorcerer Klingsor, who desires the Holy Grail for himself.

Parsifal, a young and naive knight, arrives at the castle and witnesses the suffering of Amfortas. He is initially ignorant of the significance of the Holy Grail but is guided by the wise knight Gurnemanz. Parsifal embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption, ultimately becoming the chosen one who can heal Amfortas and restore the knights' faith.

Throughout the opera, Parsifal encounters various characters, including Kundry, a mysterious and complex woman who is both a temptress and a source of salvation. Kundry's past actions have contributed to the suffering of Amfortas and the knights, and she seeks redemption through her interactions with Parsifal.

The opera explores themes of spirituality, redemption, and the power of compassion. It delves into the complexities of human nature and the struggle between good and evil. Wagner's music is rich and evocative, capturing the emotional depth of the characters and the spiritual journey they undertake.

Parsifal is considered one of Wagner's most profound and challenging works. Its themes and music have inspired countless interpretations and discussions among scholars and opera enthusiasts. It remains a staple of the opera repertoire and continues to captivate audiences with its timeless exploration of the human condition.

 

Rusalka - Rusalka is an opera in three acts composed by Antonín Dvořák. The libretto, written by Jaroslav Kvapil, is based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová. The opera tells the story of Rusalka, a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince.

Act 1 begins in a forest near a lake, where Rusalka lives with her sisters. She longs to become human and experience love. She encounters the Water Goblin, who warns her of the dangers of becoming human. Despite his warnings, Rusalka is determined to pursue her desires.

In Act 2, Rusalka visits the witch Ježibaba and asks for her help in becoming human. Ježibaba agrees, but warns Rusalka that if she fails to find true love, she will be damned forever. Rusalka agrees to the terms and is transformed into a human. She is taken to the prince's castle, where she captures his attention with her beauty and enchanting voice.

The prince becomes infatuated with Rusalka and they fall in love. However, their happiness is short-lived as the prince's attention begins to wane. He becomes enamored with a foreign princess, causing Rusalka great heartache. She realizes that she can never truly be with the prince, as he is unable to love her unconditionally.

In Act 3, Rusalka returns to the lake, broken-hearted. Her sisters and the Water Goblin try to console her, but she is consumed by her sorrow. The prince, tormented by guilt and remorse, seeks out Rusalka to beg for her forgiveness. She refuses, knowing that their love is doomed. In a final act of sacrifice, Rusalka kisses the prince, causing him to die. She returns to the water, forever condemned to be a spirit of the lake.

Rusalka is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the consequences of pursuing one's desires. Dvořák's lush and evocative music beautifully captures the emotions of the characters, from Rusalka's longing and heartbreak to the prince's inner turmoil. The opera explores themes of identity, the power of love, and the tragic consequences of unfulfilled desires.

 

Simon Boccanegra - Simon Boccanegra is an opera in prologue and three acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto, written by Francesco Maria Piave, is based on the play Simon Boccanegra by Antonio García Gutiérrez. The opera premiered on March 12, 1857, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

The story of Simon Boccanegra is set in 14th-century Genoa, Italy. Simon Boccanegra, a former pirate, has become the Doge of Genoa. However, his rule is plagued by political turmoil and rival factions. The opera explores themes of power, love, and redemption.

In the prologue, set twenty-five years before the main events of the opera, Simon Boccanegra falls in love with Maria, the daughter of his political rival, Jacopo Fiesco. However, their love is forbidden, and Maria dies giving birth to their daughter. Boccanegra is devastated by her death and vows to find their daughter.

In Act I, set twenty-five years later, Boccanegra is now the Doge of Genoa. The city is divided between the patricians and the plebeians, and a conspiracy is brewing against Boccanegra's rule. Meanwhile, Amelia, the daughter of Fiesco, has grown up without knowing her true identity. She falls in love with Gabriele Adorno, a plebeian who is also involved in the conspiracy against Boccanegra.

In Act II, the conspiracy against Boccanegra intensifies, and Amelia discovers her true parentage. Boccanegra is re-elected as Doge, but his happiness is short-lived as he is poisoned by his political enemies. Before he dies, Boccanegra reconciles with Fiesco and appoints Adorno as his successor.

In Act III, set twenty-five years later, Genoa is now under the rule of Adorno. Amelia, now known as Amelia Grimaldi, is married to Adorno and they have a son. However, their happiness is threatened by a new conspiracy. Boccanegra's ghost appears to Adorno and reveals the truth about Amelia's parentage, leading to a resolution of the political and personal conflicts.

Simon Boccanegra is a powerful and emotionally charged opera that explores the complexities of love, power, and forgiveness. Verdi's music beautifully captures the dramatic intensity of the story, making it a beloved work in the operatic repertoire.

 

 

The Tempest - "The Tempest" is an opera composed by Thomas Adès. It premiered on February 10, 2004, at the Royal Opera House in London. The opera is based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name, which tells the story of Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, who has been exiled to a remote island with his daughter Miranda. Using his magical powers, Prospero conjures a storm that shipwrecks his enemies, including his treacherous brother Antonio and the King of Naples, Alonso.

As the survivors of the shipwreck find themselves on the island, they encounter various magical and supernatural beings, including the spirit Ariel and the deformed creature Caliban. Prospero manipulates events on the island to bring about his ultimate goal of reclaiming his dukedom and seeking revenge on those who wronged him.

Throughout the opera, themes of forgiveness, redemption, and the power of art are explored. Prospero's journey towards forgiveness and reconciliation is central to the story, as he learns to let go of his anger and embrace compassion. The music of "The Tempest" is rich and evocative, capturing the mystical and otherworldly atmosphere of the island.

The opera features a diverse range of characters, each with their own motivations and desires. From the innocent and curious Miranda to the scheming and power-hungry Antonio, the characters in "The Tempest" are complex and multi-dimensional. The music reflects their emotions and inner struggles, creating a captivating and immersive experience for the audience.

Overall, "The Tempest" is a compelling opera that combines Shakespeare's timeless story with Adès' innovative and imaginative music. It explores themes of love, betrayal, and forgiveness, while showcasing the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Whether you are a fan of Shakespeare or a lover of opera, "The Tempest" is sure to captivate and enchant.

 

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, also known as The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, is an opera in three acts composed by Richard Wagner. The libretto, written by Wagner himself, is based on the comedy by Hans Sachs, a real-life historical figure who was a shoemaker and poet in 16th-century Nuremberg.

The opera tells the story of a singing competition held by the Mastersingers, a guild of amateur poets and musicians in Nuremberg. The main character, Walther von Stolzing, is a young knight who falls in love with Eva, the daughter of a Mastersinger. However, in order to win Eva's hand in marriage, Walther must pass the strict rules and traditions of the Mastersingers.

Walther, who is not a member of the guild, seeks the help of the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, who becomes his mentor and guide. Sachs recognizes Walther's talent and encourages him to participate in the competition. However, Walther's unconventional approach to music and poetry clashes with the traditional rules of the Mastersingers, leading to conflicts and misunderstandings.

As the competition unfolds, Walther faces opposition from the conservative Mastersingers, who are determined to uphold their strict traditions. However, Sachs, who is torn between his loyalty to the guild and his admiration for Walther's talent, ultimately helps him by introducing a new song that combines tradition with innovation.

In the end, Walther wins the competition and is accepted as a Mastersinger. He is also able to marry Eva, and the opera concludes with a joyful celebration of love, art, and the power of music.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is known for its rich and complex music, which combines Wagner's signature leitmotifs with elements of German folk music and intricate choral writing. It explores themes of tradition, creativity, and the role of art in society, making it a profound and thought-provoking opera.

 

Faust - Faust is an opera in five acts composed by Charles Gounod. The libretto, written by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play Faust. The opera premiered in Paris in 1859 and has since become one of the most frequently performed operas in the repertoire.

The story of Faust revolves around the titular character, a disillusioned scholar who makes a pact with the devil, Mephistopheles. In exchange for his soul, Faust is granted youth and the ability to experience earthly pleasures. However, as Faust indulges in his newfound desires, he becomes increasingly dissatisfied and yearns for something more meaningful.

Faust encounters Marguerite, a young and innocent woman, and falls in love with her. Mephistopheles, sensing an opportunity to corrupt Faust further, manipulates events to ensure their relationship ends in tragedy. Marguerite becomes pregnant with Faust's child and is subsequently abandoned by him. She is shunned by society and driven to madness, ultimately leading to her tragic demise.

Throughout the opera, themes of love, redemption, and the consequences of one's actions are explored. Faust's journey from despair to redemption serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked ambition and the pursuit of instant gratification.

Musically, Faust is known for its beautiful melodies and lush orchestration. The opera features several iconic arias, including "Salut! Demeure chaste et pure" and "Avant de quitter ces lieux," which showcase the emotional depth and range of the characters.

Faust remains a beloved and enduring opera, captivating audiences with its timeless themes and memorable music. It continues to be performed by opera companies around the world, enchanting both newcomers and seasoned opera enthusiasts alike.

 

Salome - Salome is an opera in one act composed by Richard Strauss. The libretto, written by the composer himself, is based on the play of the same name by Oscar Wilde. The opera premiered in 1905 and has since become known for its controversial subject matter and intense music.

The story of Salome is set in biblical times and revolves around the character of Salome, the stepdaughter of King Herod. Salome becomes infatuated with the prophet Jokanaan (John the Baptist) and desires him passionately. However, Jokanaan rejects her advances, calling her wicked and sinful.

Undeterred, Salome becomes determined to have Jokanaan, even if it means resorting to extreme measures. She dances the infamous "Dance of the Seven Veils" for Herod, her stepfather, in exchange for the head of Jokanaan on a silver platter. Herod, who is both fascinated and repulsed by Salome, reluctantly agrees to her request.

As the opera progresses, Salome's obsession with Jokanaan grows, and she becomes increasingly consumed by her desire for him. When she finally receives his severed head, she kisses his lips in a disturbing display of her twisted desires.

The music of Salome is known for its intense and dramatic nature, reflecting the psychological turmoil of the characters. Strauss's score is filled with dissonant harmonies, chromaticism, and powerful orchestration, creating a dark and unsettling atmosphere.

Salome is often praised for its innovative use of musical techniques and its exploration of taboo subjects. It pushes the boundaries of traditional opera and delves into the depths of human obsession and desire. The opera's shocking ending and provocative themes continue to captivate audiences to this day.

 

Nabucco - Nabucco is an opera in four acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto, written by Temistocle Solera, is based on the biblical story of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II. The opera premiered in 1842 at La Scala in Milan and quickly became one of Verdi's most popular works.

The story of Nabucco revolves around the conflict between the Hebrews and the Babylonians. The Hebrews are oppressed by the Babylonian king Nabucco, who has declared himself a god and demands their worship. The Hebrews, led by their high priest Zaccaria, refuse to bow down to Nabucco and instead pray for deliverance.

Nabucco's daughter, Abigaille, is in love with Ismaele, a Hebrew prince. However, Ismaele is in love with Fenena, Nabucco's other daughter. Abigaille, consumed by jealousy, plots to take revenge on Ismaele and Fenena. She forges a letter in Nabucco's name, ordering the execution of all the Hebrews, including Fenena.

When Nabucco discovers the letter, he is furious and torn between his love for his daughters and his desire for power. In a fit of madness, he declares himself a god and is struck down by a bolt of lightning. Abigaille seizes the opportunity to take control of the kingdom, but her reign is short-lived.

In the end, Nabucco regains his sanity and repents for his actions. He frees the Hebrews and restores Fenena to her rightful place. Abigaille, consumed by guilt and despair, takes her own life. The opera concludes with a triumphant chorus celebrating the victory of the Hebrews and the power of forgiveness.

Nabucco is known for its powerful music, dramatic storyline, and memorable characters. Verdi's score is filled with soaring melodies, stirring choruses, and emotional arias. The opera explores themes of power, love, and redemption, and remains a beloved and frequently performed work in the operatic repertoire.

 

Falstaff - Falstaff is an opera in three acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto, written by Arrigo Boito, is based on the plays "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Henry IV" by William Shakespeare. The opera premiered in 1893 and is considered one of Verdi's greatest masterpieces.

The story of Falstaff revolves around the character Sir John Falstaff, a larger-than-life knight who is known for his gluttony, wit, and love of mischief. In the opera, Falstaff finds himself in a series of comedic situations as he attempts to woo two married women, Alice Ford and Meg Page, in order to gain access to their husbands' wealth.

However, Falstaff's plans are foiled by the women, who conspire with their friend Mistress Quickly to teach him a lesson. They send him love letters, inviting him to rendezvous in various locations, but each time he arrives, he is met with humiliation and mockery. Despite his failures, Falstaff remains undeterred and continues to pursue his amorous adventures.

Meanwhile, Alice's daughter, Nannetta, is in love with a young man named Fenton. However, her father, Ford, disapproves of their relationship and plans to marry her off to a wealthy suitor of his choosing. Nannetta and Fenton, with the help of Mistress Quickly, devise a plan to elope and be together.

As the opera progresses, the various plotlines intertwine, leading to a hilarious and chaotic finale. In the end, Falstaff is exposed and humiliated, but he takes it all in stride, proving that his spirit cannot be easily defeated.

With its lively and witty music, Falstaff showcases Verdi's mastery of comedic opera. The opera is filled with memorable melodies, intricate ensembles, and clever wordplay. It explores themes of love, deception, and the power of laughter.

Overall, Falstaff is a delightful and entertaining opera that celebrates the human spirit and reminds us to embrace life's joys and follies.

 

Giulio Cesare in Egitto - "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" is an opera composed by George Frideric Handel. It premiered on February 20, 1724, at the King's Theatre in London. The opera is based on the life of Julius Caesar and his relationship with Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt.

The story begins with Caesar's arrival in Egypt after defeating his rival Pompey. He is welcomed by Cleopatra, who is determined to win his favor and secure her position as queen. Cleopatra disguises herself as a servant and manages to get close to Caesar, who is immediately captivated by her beauty and charm.

Meanwhile, Cleopatra's brother, Ptolemy, is plotting against her and seeks to eliminate Caesar. He forms an alliance with Achillas, the commander of the Egyptian army, and together they plan to assassinate Caesar. However, their plans are foiled by Cleopatra, who warns Caesar of the impending danger.

As the story unfolds, Caesar and Cleopatra's relationship deepens, and they become lovers. They face numerous challenges and obstacles, including political intrigue and betrayal. Cleopatra's loyalty is tested when she is forced to choose between her love for Caesar and her duty to her country.

In the end, Caesar emerges victorious, and Cleopatra remains by his side as his queen. The opera explores themes of love, power, and loyalty, and showcases Handel's masterful composition and intricate character development.

"Giulio Cesare in Egitto" is known for its beautiful arias and dramatic duets, including the famous "Piangerò la sorte mia" sung by Cleopatra. It is considered one of Handel's greatest operas and continues to be performed and celebrated for its timeless story and exquisite music.


Their Master's VoiceHelp from Hollywood? She’s talking about John Malkovich, who Bartoli will be working with on the Their Master’s Voice evening as part of the festival. Malkovich, a fascinating performer of complex roles, is also well-known in opera circles. He and director Michael Sturminger won international acclaim with their projects on Casanova and Da Ponte, combining live music, poetry, theatre and stage performance in a unique show customized for

the performers. Their Master’s Voice, a new project by the team looking at Baroque vocal stars, is a collaboration with Cecilia Bartoli and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. 

 

Lise Davidsen - Lise Davidsen is a Norwegian soprano who has gained international recognition for her powerful and expressive voice. Born on February 21, 1987, in Stokke, Norway, Davidsen began her musical journey at a young age, studying piano and singing in her local church choir. She later attended the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, where she focused on vocal performance.

Davidsen's talent quickly caught the attention of the opera world, and she made her professional debut in 2015 as the Third Norn in Wagner's "Götterdämmerung" at the Norwegian National Opera. Her performance was met with critical acclaim, and she soon began receiving invitations to perform at renowned opera houses and festivals around the world.

In 2019, Davidsen made her highly anticipated debut at the Bayreuth Festival, portraying the role of Elisabeth in Wagner's "Tannhäuser." Her performance was hailed as a triumph, with critics praising her rich and resonant voice, as well as her ability to convey deep emotion through her singing.

Davidsen's repertoire spans a wide range of operatic roles, including the title roles in Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" and Puccini's "Turandot," as well as Sieglinde in Wagner's "Die Walküre" and Leonore in Beethoven's "Fidelio." She is known for her exceptional vocal control and ability to tackle demanding roles with ease.

In addition to her opera performances, Davidsen has also appeared in concert settings, collaborating with renowned orchestras and conductors. Her concert repertoire includes works by composers such as Mahler, Strauss, and Wagner.

Davidsen's talent and artistry have earned her numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Queen Sonja International Music Competition in 2015. She continues to captivate audiences with her powerful voice and compelling performances, solidifying her place as one of the leading sopranos of her generation.

 

Anna Netrebko - Anna Netrebko is a Russian soprano who is widely regarded as one of the most prominent and successful opera singers of her generation. She was born on September 18, 1971, in Krasnodar, Russia. Netrebko began her musical training at a young age and studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. 

She made her professional debut in 1994 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, where she quickly gained recognition for her powerful and expressive voice. Netrebko's breakthrough came in 2002 when she performed the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Salzburg Festival. Her performance was highly acclaimed, and she soon became a sought-after soprano on the international opera stage.

Netrebko has since performed at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, and La Scala in Milan. She has collaborated with renowned conductors and directors, and her repertoire includes a wide range of roles from both the classical and contemporary opera repertoire.

In addition to her opera career, Netrebko has also released several successful solo albums, showcasing her versatility as a singer. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her performances, including the prestigious Order of Friendship from the Russian government.

Netrebko is known for her captivating stage presence, powerful voice, and ability to bring depth and emotion to her performances. She continues to be a leading figure in the opera world and is admired by audiences and critics alike.

 

Juan Diego Florez - Juan Diego Flórez is a Peruvian operatic tenor who is known for his exceptional vocal range and agility. He was born on January 13, 1973, in Lima, Peru. Flórez began his musical training at a young age and quickly gained recognition for his talent. He made his professional debut in 1996 at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, where he performed the role of Corradino in Matilde di Shabran.

Flórez's career took off after his debut, and he has since performed in leading opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Royal Opera House. He is particularly known for his interpretations of bel canto repertoire, with his performances of roles such as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Tonio in La Fille du Régiment receiving critical acclaim.

In addition to his success on the opera stage, Flórez has also released several solo albums, showcasing his versatility as a singer. His recordings often feature a mix of opera arias, traditional Peruvian songs, and popular Latin American music. Flórez's voice is characterized by its bright and clear tone, as well as his ability to effortlessly navigate the demanding coloratura passages that are a hallmark of the bel canto style.

Throughout his career, Flórez has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the world of opera. He has been recognized for his technical prowess, musicality, and ability to bring characters to life on stage. Flórez continues to be in high demand as a performer and is considered one of the leading tenors of his generation.

In addition to his musical achievements, Flórez is also known for his philanthropic work. He is involved in several charitable organizations, including the Sinfonía por el Perú foundation, which provides music education to underprivileged children in Peru. Flórez's dedication to using music as a means of social change has earned him admiration and respect both within and outside the opera world.

 

Vittorio Grigolo - Vittorio Grigolo is an Italian operatic tenor who has gained international acclaim for his powerful and expressive voice. Born on February 19, 1977, in Arezzo, Italy, Grigolo showed a passion for music from a young age. He began his vocal training at the age of thirteen and quickly developed a reputation for his exceptional talent.

Grigolo made his professional opera debut in 1999, performing the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Bohème" at the Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy. His performance was met with critical acclaim, and he soon became a sought-after tenor in the opera world.

Throughout his career, Grigolo has performed in leading opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, and La Scala in Milan. He has collaborated with renowned conductors and directors, showcasing his versatility and ability to bring depth and emotion to his performances.

In addition to his success in the opera world, Grigolo has also ventured into the realm of popular music. He has released several albums, showcasing his unique blend of classical and contemporary styles. His charismatic stage presence and powerful voice have earned him a dedicated fan base and numerous accolades.

Grigolo's repertoire includes a wide range of roles, from the romantic heroes of Italian opera, such as Romeo in "Roméo et Juliette" and Alfredo in "La Traviata," to the dramatic intensity of characters like Don José in "Carmen" and Werther in Massenet's opera of the same name.

With his captivating performances and undeniable talent, Vittorio Grigolo continues to captivate audiences around the world. His passion for music and dedication to his craft have solidified his place as one of the leading tenors of his generation.

 

Benjamin Bernheim - Benjamin Bernheim is a French tenor who has established himself as a regular guest artist at Europe's leading opera houses. He has performed at the Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, and the Royal Opera House in London, where he has taken on leading tenor roles from the romantic repertoire. His performances and recordings have garnered high praise, with the Süddeutsche Zeitung hailing him as "The most beautiful tenor voice since Luciano Pavarotti" and Diapason calling him "the new star tenor." In 2020, he was named "Artiste Lyrique de l'Année" (Opera Singer of the Year) at the Les Victoires de la Musique Awards in France and "personnalité musicale de l'année" (Musical Personality of the Year) by Le Syndicat professionnel de la critique de théâtre, musique et danse. His debut album also received accolades, including a "Diapason d'Or" and a "Choc de Classica."

 

Asmik Grigorian Asmik Grigorian is an Armenian-Lithuanian soprano who has garnered critical acclaim for her powerful and expressive voice. She was born into a musical family, with her father being the renowned Armenian tenor Gegham Grigorian. Asmik began her singing career at a young age, studying at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius.

Grigorian made her professional opera debut in 2009, performing the role of Mimi in Puccini's La bohème at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since then, she has performed at major opera houses and festivals around the world, including the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Vienna State Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.

Grigorian is known for her versatility and ability to portray a wide range of characters. She has received particular acclaim for her performances in the works of Richard Wagner, including the roles of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Sieglinde in Die Walküre. She has also excelled in the works of Verdi, Puccini, and Mozart, among others.

In addition to her opera performances, Grigorian has also appeared in concert and recital settings, showcasing her vocal prowess and interpretive skills. She has collaborated with renowned conductors and orchestras, and her recordings have received critical acclaim.

Grigorian's powerful voice, dramatic intensity, and emotional depth have made her one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. She continues to captivate audiences with her stunning performances and is considered a rising star in the opera world.

 

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Name

Start time

Venue

La Clemenza di Tito

Mon, 04-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Clemenza di Tito

Thu, 07-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Sonnambula

Sat, 09-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Pasquale

Wed, 29-Nov-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Clemenza di Tito

Sun, 10-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Sonnambula

Wed, 06-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Sonnambula

Wed, 13-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Pasquale

Fri, 08-Sep-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Pasquale

Fri, 01-Dec-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Pasquale

Mon, 04-Dec-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Daphne

Tue, 12-Sep-2023 at 08:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Daphne

Mon, 18-Sep-2023 at 08:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Daphne

Thu, 21-Sep-2023 at 08:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tristan und Isolde

Sun, 17-Sep-2023 at 05:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Tue, 19-Sep-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Sat, 23-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Tue, 26-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Sat, 30-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Fri, 16-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Mon, 19-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Thu, 22-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Pasquale

Wed, 21-Feb-2024 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Pasquale

Fri, 23-Feb-2024 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Daphne

Fri, 15-Sep-2023 at 08:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tristan und Isolde

Wed, 20-Sep-2023 at 05:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tristan und Isolde

Sun, 24-Sep-2023 at 05:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Tue, 13-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La traviata

Sun, 01-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La traviata

Tue, 03-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La traviata

Fri, 06-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La traviata

Tue, 10-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Wed, 04-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Sat, 07-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Fri, 13-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Mon, 16-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Mon, 23-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Wed, 14-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La traviata

Thu, 12-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Mon, 02-Oct-2023 at 11:00AM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Fri, 20-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Tue, 20-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Sat, 24-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Il Trittico

Sat, 17-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Thu, 05-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Sun, 08-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Wed, 11-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Sun, 15-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Fri, 02-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Mon, 05-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Sat, 10-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Fri, 26-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Sat, 14-Oct-2023 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Tue, 24-Oct-2023 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Otello

Fri, 03-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Otello

Mon, 13-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Otello

Thu, 16-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Otello

Mon, 20-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

L'elisir d'amore

Mon, 30-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

L'elisir d'amore

Thu, 02-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Sat, 20-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Tosca

Tue, 23-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Tue, 17-Oct-2023 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Sat, 21-Oct-2023 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Otello

Wed, 25-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Otello

Sat, 28-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Otello

Tue, 31-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

L'elisir d'amore

Thu, 26-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

L'elisir d'amore

Tue, 30-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

L'elisir d'amore

Fri, 03-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

L'elisir d'amore

Mon, 06-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Manon Lescaut

Sun, 29-Oct-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Manon Lescaut

Wed, 01-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Manon Lescaut

Sun, 05-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Manon Lescaut

Wed, 08-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Nozze di Figaro

Thu, 09-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Nozze di Figaro

Tue, 07-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Nozze di Figaro

Fri, 10-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Nozze di Figaro

Wed, 15-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Nozze di Figaro

Sat, 18-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Grand Macabre

Sat, 11-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Grand Macabre

Tue, 14-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Grand Macabre

Fri, 17-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Grand Macabre

Sun, 19-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Zauberflöte

Wed, 15-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Zauberflöte

Wed, 22-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Boheme

Sat, 25-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Boheme

Tue, 28-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Boheme

Sat, 02-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Boheme

Fri, 08-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Wed, 13-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Tue, 04-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Elektra

Thu, 14-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Elektra

Sun, 17-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Elektra

Wed, 20-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Mon, 18-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Tue, 26-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Sun, 17-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wed, 20-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Sat, 23-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Hansel und Gretel

Mon, 25-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Fledermaus

Wed, 03-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Fledermaus

Sat, 06-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Fanciulla del West

Wed, 10-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

I Vespri Siciliani

Sat, 13-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Nozze di Figaro

Sat, 04-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Nozze di Figaro

Mon, 06-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Le Grand Macabre

Thu, 23-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Zauberflöte

Sat, 18-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Zauberflöte

Fri, 24-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Zauberflöte

Sun, 26-Nov-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Boheme

Tue, 05-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Thu, 07-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Sun, 10-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Sat, 16-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Tue, 19-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Fri, 22-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Sat, 01-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Turandot

Fri, 07-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Elektra

Sat, 09-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Fri, 15-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Thu, 21-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Thu, 14-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Hansel und Gretel

Tue, 26-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Hansel und Gretel

Thu, 28-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Hansel und Gretel

Sat, 30-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Fledermaus

Sun, 31-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Fledermaus

Mon, 01-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Fanciulla del West

Fri, 12-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Fanciulla del West

Mon, 15-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

I Vespri Siciliani

Tue, 16-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

I Vespri Siciliani

Fri, 19-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Giovanni

Sat, 20-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Giovanni

Sun, 14-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Giovanni

Tue, 16-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Medea

Sun, 21-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Medea

Wed, 24-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Medea

Sat, 27-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Dialogues des Carmelites

Wed, 31-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Dialogues des Carmelites

Sun, 04-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen

Sat, 03-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen

Thu, 18-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen

Sun, 21-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen

Thu, 25-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

I Vespri Siciliani

Mon, 22-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Giovanni

Sun, 14-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Giovanni

Wed, 17-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Giovanni

Fri, 19-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Dialogues des Carmelites

Sun, 28-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen

Mon, 29-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen

Thu, 01-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Pasquale

Mon, 26-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Animal Farm

Sat, 02-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Animal Farm

Tue, 05-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Animal Farm

Thu, 07-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen

Sun, 28-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Animal Farm

Wed, 28-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Animal Farm

Sun, 10-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Eugen Onegin

Fri, 01-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Guillaume Tell

Fri, 08-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Guillaume Tell

Sat, 16-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Guillaume Tell

Tue, 19-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Cenerentola

Fri, 15-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Cenerentola

Fri, 22-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Eugen Onegin

Sun, 03-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Eugen Onegin

Wed, 06-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Eugen Onegin

Sat, 09-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Guillaume Tell

Wed, 13-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

La Cenerentola

Mon, 18-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Der Rosenkavalier

Thu, 21-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Der Rosenkavalier

Mon, 25-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Der Rosenkavalier

Wed, 27-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Der Rosenkavalier

Sat, 30-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Rusalka

Tue, 02-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Simon Boccanegra

Thu, 11-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Simon Boccanegra

Sat, 13-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Lohengrin

Thu, 02-May-2024 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Lohengrin

Wed, 08-May-2024 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

The Tempest

Thu, 09-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Parsifal

Thu, 28-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Parsifal

Mon, 01-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Parsifal

Wed, 03-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Rusalka

Sun, 31-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Rusalka

Thu, 04-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Simon Boccanegra

Mon, 08-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Lohengrin

Mon, 29-Apr-2024 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Lohengrin

Sun, 05-May-2024 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Lohengrin

Sat, 11-May-2024 at 06:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

The Tempest

Tue, 14-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

The Tempest

Fri, 17-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Thu, 23-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Sun, 26-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Thu, 30-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Faust

Sat, 25-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Faust

Wed, 29-May-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Salome

Wed, 05-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Nabucco

Sat, 08-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Nabucco

Wed, 12-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Nabucco

Sat, 15-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Cosi fan tutte

Sun, 16-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Cosi fan tutte

Wed, 19-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Cosi fan tutte

Sat, 22-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Cosi fan tutte

Wed, 26-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Falstaff

Fri, 21-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Falstaff

Tue, 25-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Sat, 06-Jul-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Shifting Symmetries

Tue, 02-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Shifting Symmetries

Fri, 05-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Kameliendame

Tue, 26-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Kameliendame

Fri, 05-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Nurejew-Gala

Sat, 29-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Quixote

Fri, 22-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Quixote

Mon, 25-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Quixote

Fri, 29-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Quixote

Sun, 25-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Don Quixote

Tue, 27-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Giselle

Mon, 02-Oct-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Giselle

Mon, 09-Oct-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Giselle

Sun, 22-Oct-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Giselle

Sun, 11-Feb-2024 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Dornroschen

Mon, 27-Nov-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Dornroschen

Thu, 30-Nov-2023 at 07:30PM

Wiener Staatsoper

Dornroschen

Wed, 06-Dec-2023 at 07:30PM

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Dornroschen

Tue, 09-Jan-2024 at 07:30PM

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Dornroschen

Thu, 11-Jan-2024 at 07:30PM

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Dornroschen

Thu, 25-Jan-2024 at 07:30PM

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The Tempest

Sun, 12-May-2024 at 07:00PM

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Sun, 19-May-2024 at 07:00PM

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Faust

Wed, 22-May-2024 at 07:00PM

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Faust

Sun, 02-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Salome

Sun, 09-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Salome

Thu, 13-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Salome

Mon, 17-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Nabucco

Tue, 18-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Cosi fan tutte

Mon, 24-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Falstaff

Thu, 27-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Falstaff

Sun, 30-Jun-2024 at 07:00PM

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Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Tue, 09-Jul-2024 at 07:00PM

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Shifting Symmetries

Thu, 21-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

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Shifting Symmetries

Wed, 27-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

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Shifting Symmetries

Fri, 29-Dec-2023 at 07:00PM

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Shifting Symmetries

Thu, 04-Jan-2024 at 07:00PM

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Die Kameliendame

Sun, 24-Mar-2024 at 07:00PM

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Die Kameliendame

Fri, 12-Apr-2024 at 07:00PM

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Don Quixote

Thu, 14-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

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Don Quixote

Sat, 16-Sep-2023 at 07:00PM

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Don Quixote

Thu, 15-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

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Don Quixote

Sun, 18-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

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Don Quixote

Thu, 29-Feb-2024 at 07:00PM

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Giselle

Fri, 27-Oct-2023 at 07:30PM

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Giselle

Mon, 12-Feb-2024 at 07:30PM

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Dornroschen

Sun, 03-Dec-2023 at 07:30PM

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Dornroschen

Tue, 23-Jan-2024 at 07:30PM

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Dornroschen

Fri, 26-Jan-2024 at 07:30PM

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Im Siebten Himmel

Tue, 21-May-2024 at 07:30PM

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Im Siebten Himmel

Fri, 24-May-2024 at 07:30PM

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Im Siebten Himmel

Mon, 03-Jun-2024 at 07:30PM

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Schwanensee

Thu, 06-Jun-2024 at 07:30PM

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Schwanensee

Tue, 11-Jun-2024 at 07:30PM

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Schwanensee

Sun, 23-Jun-2024 at 07:30PM

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Im Siebten Himmel

Fri, 31-May-2024 at 07:30PM

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Schwanensee

Fri, 14-Jun-2024 at 07:30PM

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Schwanensee

Thu, 20-Jun-2024 at 07:30PM

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Vienna State Opera Tickets

The Vienna State Opera is one of the most popular opera houses in the world. Every year, the schedule features more than 350 performances and 60 different opera and ballets. Tickets for Vienna State Opera typically sell out 98% of the time. Buy Vienna State Opera Tickets today and reserve your seat to an upcoming performance. 


Official Name

Wiener Staatsoper

Location

Vienna, Austria

Address

Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

Grand Opening

May 25, 1869

Seating Capacity

1,709

Architectural Style

Neo-Rennaissance


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About Vienna State Opera 

The Vienna State Opera, known as the Wiener Staatsoper in German, is an Austrian opera house and opera company in Vienna, Austria. Every year, world-class artists perform alongside a permanent ensemble whose members are also a part of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vienna State Opera History

The Vienna State Opera was first commissioned by the Viennese city expansion fund. Construction started in 1861 and took 8 years to complete. On May 25, 1869, the Vienna State Opera opened its doors with a grand performance by Don Giovanni by Mozart. 


After opening, the building was not very popular with the general public. It was compared to the Heinrichshof and did not appear as splendid. 


Near the end of World War II, the Vienna Opera House was set on fire after an American bombardment. The auditorium and stage were completed destroyed along with almost all the decor and props for more than 120 operas that had 150,000 costumes. For a short period, the Vienna State Opera relocated to the Theater an der Wien and the Vienna Volksoper until reconstruction was completed. 


The Vienna Opera was redesigned, moving away from the Romantic Mozart ideal toward a focus on orchestral sound and performance. It featured a design that resembled chamber music to provide their audience with a more clear and lighter sound. This style became known as “typically Viennese” and become quite popular thereafter.

Seating at Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera holds 1709 seats and tickets go on sale around 1 to 3 months before a performance. Vienna State Opera tickets in price category 1 and 2 can be ordered further in advance.  


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Connection with Vienna Philharmonics

The Vienna Philharmonic has an old and rich history of traditional European classical music. Some of the most prominent composers have had close associations and relationships with this orchestral ensemble. Johannes Brahms considered himself as a “friend and admirer” and Richard Wagner described them as one of the most outstanding in the world. 


Members of the Vienna Philharmonic must already be a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. There is no other way to becoming a member of its ensemble without successfully auditioning for a position with the State Opera. If accepted, artists must prove themselves over a period of 3 years before they are eligible to apply for membership with the Vienna Philharmonic


This tradition has been established since 1833, which focuses on a higher level of artistic performance based on the orchestra’s performance. As of 2006, the Vienna Philharmonic was chosen as Europe’s finest orchestra and its relationship with the Vienna State Opera greatly enriches the city’s musical life.