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Wed. June 24, 2015, 7 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Vienna

Thomas Adès

The Tempest

Conductor: Thomas Adès | Director: Robert Lepage | With: Adrian Eröd, Audrey Luna, Stephanie Houtzeel, David Daniels

 
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Thomas Adès | Musik

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971 and studied among others piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Both as a performer and as a composer, he regularly works with the leading opera houses and festivals. He can also be seen on the podium with numerous important orchestras as both a pianist and an accompanist. Among the numerous awards he has received, is the Grawmeyer Award. His own works include virtually all types of instrumental works over orchestral works all the way to opera. His first opera, Powder Her Face, was performed worldwide and is available to hear on CD and DVD (EMI). His second opera, The Tempest, which will be performed in the current season at the Wiener Staatsoper under his direction for the first time in Austria, was commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and has been performed on many important stages since then, among others the New York Metropolitan. A planned third opera has been commissioned by the New York Met and the Salzburger Festspiele for 2016. Between 1999 and 2008, Thomas Adès was the artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festivals.

Conducting engagements for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: The Tempest.

Thomas Adès | Music & conductor

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971 and studied among others piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Both as a performer and as a composer, he regularly works with the leading opera houses and festivals. He can also be seen on the podium with numerous important orchestras as both a pianist and an accompanist. Among the numerous awards he has received, is the Grawmeyer Award. His own works include virtually all types of instrumental works over orchestral works all the way to opera. His first opera, Powder Her Face, was performed worldwide and is available to hear on CD and DVD (EMI). His second opera, The Tempest, which will be performed in the current season at the Wiener Staatsoper under his direction for the first time in Austria, was commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and has been performed on many important stages since then, among others the New York Metropolitan. A planned third opera has been commissioned by the New York Met and the Salzburger Festspiele for 2016. Between 1999 and 2008, Thomas Adès was the artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festivals.

Conducting engagements for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: The Tempest.

Thomas Adès | Conductor

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971 and studied among others piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Both as a performer and as a composer, he regularly works with the leading opera houses and festivals. He can also be seen on the podium with numerous important orchestras as both a pianist and an accompanist. Among the numerous awards he has received, is the Grawmeyer Award. His own works include virtually all types of instrumental works over orchestral works all the way to opera. His first opera, Powder Her Face, was performed worldwide and is available to hear on CD and DVD (EMI). His second opera, The Tempest, which will be performed in the current season at the Wiener Staatsoper under his direction for the first time in Austria, was commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and has been performed on many important stages since then, among others the New York Metropolitan. A planned third opera has been commissioned by the New York Met and the Salzburger Festspiele for 2016. Between 1999 and 2008, Thomas Adès was the artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festivals.

Conducting engagements for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: The Tempest.

Adrian Eröd | Prospero

After his studies at the Musikhochschule in Vienna, where he studied among others under Walter Berry, Adrian Eröd’s career went from the Wiener Kammeroper over the Landestheater in Linz to the Wiener Volksoper and finally the Wiener Staatsoper, which would play a central role alongside his international engagements to his artistic future. Since his debut in 2001 at the Wiener Staatsoper as Mercutio inRoméo et Juliette, Adrian Eröd has sung works like Guglielmo, Beckmesser, Loge, Conte d’Almaviva, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dr. Falke, Albert, the leading role in Benjamin Brittens Billy Budd, Olivier (Capriccio) and the male leading role- which was written for him – Jason in Aribert Reimanns Medea. He has also sung, among others at the Teatro La Fenice in Venedig (Harlekin), an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper (Pelléas), an der Oper Frank­furt (Prospero in Adès’ The Tempest), bei den Bayreuther Festspielen und an der Oper Zürich (Beckmesser). Finally, he has sung e.g. at the Tokyo National Opera, the Opéra de Paris and at the Bayreuther Festspielen. 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Prospero, Eisenstein.

Audrey Luna | Ariel

Soprano singer AUDREY LUNA sang Fiakermilli in Strauss’ Arabella at the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Königin der Nacht in Mozart´s Zauberflöte at the Pittsburgh Opera in the season 2013/2014. She sang the leading role in Lakmé at the Opéra de Montréal, in San Francisco she sang scenes from The Tempest, at the Irish Wide Open Opera she sang Madame Mao in Nixon in China. Before that she sang Ariel in The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Fort Worth Opera, the Königin der Nacht at the Utah Opera, at the Lyric Opera Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera and at the Opera in Rome. She also sang Ariel with the Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and at the Festival Opéra de Québec. Furthermore, she sang Najade, Venus in Le Grand Macabre, Rosina in  Il barbiere di Siviglia and the leading role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Audrey Luna is also a successful concert singer – she for example sang in Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana. Further appearances led her to the Santa Fe Opera, the Pittsburgh Opera and the Opera Ontario, to the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Toledo Opera, the Spoleto Festival, the Lyric Opera Kansas City.

Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper in the season 2014/2015: Ariel.

Stephanie Houtzeel | Miranda

The Mezzosoprano Stephanie Houtzeel recieved her „Master of Music“ from the Juilliard School in New York and is a prizewinner of several competitions. She has been in leading roles in the Opéra National de Paris, the Zurich Opera, the Semperoper, the Washington Kennedy Centre, the New York City Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra National du Rhin, the Royal Danish Opera, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the New Israeli Opera, the Graz Opera and at the Salzburg Festival. Since the 2010/2011 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she has been seen singing the roles of Komponist, Octavian, Dorabella, Siébel, Varvara, Nicklausse, Kreusa, Orlofsky and Jenny Hill. Aside from the big Strauss and Mozart roles of her vocal range, her repertoire includes among others, Charlotte, Gluck’s Orfeo, Händel’s Ariodante, Ottavia, Valencienne or Amando in Grand Macabre. Future performances are leading the Mezzosoprano among others to Graz (Leading Role in Xerxes), to the Komische Oper Berlin and to the Bayreuther Festivals. In 2015, her new CD Nostalgia will be released. ​

David Daniels | Trinculo

DAVID DANIELS was born in the USA. In the 2013/2014 season, the counter tenor sang at the Metropo­litan Opera in New York the role of Prospero in The Enchanted Island, the Canadian Opera Company the role of Lichas in Hercules, and at the Te­atre del Liceu in Barcelona with the role of Ottone in Agrippina. Previously, he sang the leading role in Giulio in the Metropolitan Opera, a work which he also performs in the Michigan Opera Theatre. In the Theater an der Wien, he performed the leading role from Radamisto, at the Lyric Opera Chicago he sang the leading role in Rinaldo, at the San Francisco Opera Arsamenes in Xerxes and Bertarido in Rodelinda, at the Met, the leading role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, a work which he also sang in the Lyric Opera Chicago and the ROH Covent Garden. At the Lyric Opera he also sang among others, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lichas in Hercules. Further performances have led him to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Glyndebourne festival, the Milan Scala. Concert performances have led him to Hamburg, Madrid, Moskow, Chica­go, Paris, Birmingham, Toulouse, Wigmore Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Münchner Prinzregententheater.  

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Trinculo

Thomas Ebenstein | Caliban

THOMAS EBENSTEIN was born in 1979 in Carinthia, and studied vocal arts at the Vienna University of Music under Helena Lazarska. From 2003 to 2012 the tenor was an ensemble member at the Komische Oper Berlin, and since the 2012/2013 season, he has been an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper. Guest appearences have led him among others, to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Semperoper Dresden, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Grand Théatre de Genève, the Theater an der Wien, the Volksoper in Vienna, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philarmonie in Berlin, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Ruhrtriennale Bochum, the Wiener Festwochen, the Easter Festival in Salzburg, the Salzburg Festival, the Bergen International Festival, and to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

His repertoire includes such roles as Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Truffaldino (Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen), David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Narraboth (Salome) and Alfred (Die Fledermaus). He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2012 and sang, among others, Tanzmeister, Andres, Incroyable, Andrès/Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio, Guillot de Morfontaine, Valzacchi and Monostatos.

 

Pavel Kolgatin | Ferdinand

Pavel Kolgatin was born in 1987 in Balaschow (Russia). After his studies in Moscow, he won numerous competitions. He performed among others at festivals like the Moscow December Nights Festival, the Festival de Colmar in France, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Oldenburger Promenade. He has worked with conductors, among others, like Louis Langrée, Vladimir Spivakov, Viktor Popov and Nikolai Nekrasov, and graduated as a soloist with the Choral Art Accademy of performances in Russia, Switzerland, Holland, Japan, Germany and France. In 2009, he became a member of the Bolshoi Young Artists Program. Furthermore, he was seen as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Salzburger Landestheater and as Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Teatro de San Carlo in Naples. Current projects include engagememtns as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Fen­ton (Falstaff), Elvino (La sonnambula) at the Bolschoi-Theater and as Tamino at the Opera in Rome. Since 2012, he is an ensemble member in the house on the ring, where he gave his debut in the Mestersingern von Nürnberg, and furthermore also performed Brighella, Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro) and Gottesnarr (Boris Godunow).  

 

 

 

Herbert Lippert | King of Naples

The austrian and former member of the Vienna Boys Choir Herbert Lippert is considered amongst the most important tenors of our times. The first promoters of his voice were Sir Georg Solti and Wolfgang Sawallisch, under whose direction came numerous recordings like Die Schöpfung, Don Giovanni and Die Meister­singer von Nürnberg. In 1997, Herbert Lippert was awardsd a Grammy Award for his interpretation of the role of David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the direction of Sir Georg Solti. He is connected to the Vienna Philharnomic not only through intensive work in the opera and concert sector, but also through cooperation in the field of operetta, in particular the "degenerate operetta". Some great successes in the Lied field include Lieder evenings with Wolfgang Sawallisch and Maurizio Pollini. He is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera where made his debut in 1985 in La Traviata, and has sung roles here like Tamino, Matteo, Fla­mand, Don Ottavio, Offizier (Cardillac), Belmonte, Alfred, Froh, Walther von der Vogelweide, Skuratov, Aegisth, Jim Mahoney, Peter Grimes, Erik and Eisenstein. 




 

David Pershall | Sebastian

DAVID PERSHALL has won several renowned prizes and awards, among them the first prize of the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, first prize in the New Jersey Verismo Competition, first prize in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, first prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. Further prizes for example include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the George London Foundation. He has for example sung Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the El Paso Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème at the Den Norske Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opera Theater of Connecticut, Don Giovanni at the Yale School of Music. He also appeared at the Dallas Opera. Furthermore, performances led him to the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. He performed Robert Baker in Bernstein´s Wonderful Town with the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra di Milano, sang inCarmina Burana with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and in Vaughn Williams’Sea Symphony with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Recently, the singer was engaged at the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Sorin Coliban | Gonzalo

Sorin Coliban was born in Bucharest and studied there at the Academy of Music. He sang at the ROH Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, in Athens, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Tel Aviv, at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Bayerische Staatsoper, at the Vienna Festival, the Bregenz Festival and the Wiener Volksoper, to only name a few.

His repertoire includes parts such as Philipp II. (Don Carlo), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Procida (Vêpres siciliennes), Ramfis (Aida), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Banquo (Macbeth), Don Giovanni, Leporello and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer). He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2004 as Monterone (Rigoletto) and also sang the Grand Inquisiteur (Don Carlos), Landgraf (Tannhäuser), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Capulet (Romeo et Juliette), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Colline (La Bohème). 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Basilio, Ramfis, Biterolf, Police Chief (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk).

Dan Paul Dumitrescu | Stefano

Dan Paul Dumitrescu was born in Bucharest (Romania) in 1966. Initially he studied clarinet, then voice at the Music Academy in Bucharest. In 1996 he attended the International Academy for Opera in Verona. Immediately after completing his vocal studies at the Music Academy, he was engaged at the Bucharest Opera. He has won numerous national and international singing competitions.

Dan Paul Dumitrescu appeared as a guest on important stages, for example, the Royal Albert Hall, the Arena di Verona, La Scala in Milan, the New Israeli Opera, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Wiener Musikverein, furthermore he performed in Munich, Budapest, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and at the Salzburg Festival.

In 2000 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper and has been a member of the company since 2001. His repertoire includes more than 50 bass roles, e.g. Sarastro, Pimen, Gremin, Procida, Enrico VIII., Ramfis, Pistola, Sparafucile, Banquo, Raimondo, Oroveso, Graf Des Grieux, Balthazar, Colline, Timur, Pietro, Grenvil, Graf Rodolfo, Mönch and Großinquisitor (Don Carlos in italian and french version).

<p>Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, was overthrown by his brother Antonio, who &ndash; assisted by the King of Naples &ndash; then set him adrift at sea, in a boat with his little daughter Miranda. Prospero and the girl owe their survival to Gonzalo, the King&rsquo;s advisor. Out of compassion for the exiles, Gonzalo had stocked the boat with sufficient food and Prospero&rsquo;s books. Presumed dead by all, Prospero and Miranda finally found refuge on an unknown island, which Prospero subjugated with the use of magic.</p>

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<p>ACT 1</p>

<p>Just off Prospero&rsquo;s island, a ship runs into a sudden, severe storm and capsizes; the crew and passengers, among them Antonio, the King of Naples and Gonzalo, miraculously reach the shore safely. Miranda suspects that her father used his magic powers to raise the tempest and shows great concern and compassion for the occupants of the ship. Prospero reassures her: none of the survivors would come to harm. She cannot remember her early childhood, and so he tells her for the first time about Milan, her early life, and the intrigues of his enemies. Deeply saddened by what she has heard, Miranda falls asleep. Prospero summons Ariel, the spirit who serves him, and commands her to watch over the life and well-being of the survivors.<br />
Now Caliban approaches Prospero; he is the son of the witch Sycorax, who used to own the island. Caliban accuses Prospero of ingratitude and makes it clear that he would like to take Miranda as his wife and the future mother of his offspring. Filled with disgust, Prospero rejects Caliban and threatens him.<br />
In the meantime, the King&rsquo;s son, Ferdinand, who was separated from his fellow travellers but has also reached the safety of the island, comes upon Miranda. Against the will of Prospero, the two young people fall in love. Blinded by his desire for revenge, Prospero sees Ferdinand only as the son of his enemy, and for the first time in her life Miranda goes against her father&rsquo;s wishes.</p>

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<p>ACT 2</p>

<p>The shipwreck survivors are amazed at the island and their rescue. Only the King worries about his son Ferdinand, who is nowhere to be found. Attempts to console the King fail, particularly because the invisible Ariel skilfully stirs up an argument between Antonio and Sebastian, and then between Antonio and the courtiers. When Caliban joins the survivors for the purpose of inciting them against Prospero, they mock him and give him brandy, which makes him drunk. The party decides to go looking for Ferdinand, and only Stefano and Trinculo follow Caliban.<br />
Prospero eventually realizes that he cannot dispel the mutual love between Ferdinand and Miranda, and that he has lost his power over his own daughter.</p>

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<p>ACT 3</p>

<p>Caliban, Stefano and Trinculo &ndash; all three drunk &ndash; set out to find Prospero with the intent of killing him. Stefano and Caliban both dream of ruling the island and of their future together with Miranda. Meanwhile the desperate King, convinced that Ferdinand is dead, appoints his advisor Gonzalo as his successor instead of his brother Sebastian. When the King and his court<br />
fall into a deep sleep a short while later, Antonio and Sebastian decide to murder the King and Gonzalo. However, their plan is thwarted by Ariel, who awakens the sleeping courtiers in good time. Ariel then admonishes the King and Antonio for sending Prospero and Miranda to an apparently certain death twelve years earlier. Meanwhile Prospero has come to accept<br />
Ferdinand and Miranda&rsquo;s love; indeed he even asks for Miranda&lsquo;s forgiveness. Miranda once again expresses her aversion to the murderous Caliban.<br />
When Ariel, deeply touched, mentions the grief of the King of Naples and Gonzalo, who are still mourning for Ferdinand, Prospero decides to forgive his enemies and forget the past. When the party wandering on the island appears before him, he restores Ferdinand to his father, renounces his magic arts, and sets the spirits free. In anticipation of the wedding of<br />
Ferdinand and Miranda, all leave the island aboard the repaired ship. Only Caliban is left alone on the island.</p>

The Tempest

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