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Tue. April 26, 2016, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Vienna

Giuseppe Verdi

Un ballo in maschera

Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos | Director: Gianfranco de Bosio | With: Piotr Beczala, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Krassimira Stoyanova, Nadia Krasteva

 
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Thomas Ebenstein | ein Richter

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.

 

Thomas Ebenstein | ein Diener

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.

 

Jesús López Cobos | Conductor

The Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez-Cobos studied philosophy in Madrid and conducting with Franco Ferrara and Hans Swarowsky. He has conducted at festivals in Edinburgh, Salzburg, Berlin, Prague, Lucerrne, Montreux, Tanglewood, Ravinia as well as at the world´s most renowned opera stages like La Scala, the ROH Covent Garden, in Paris, at the Met or in Japan. 

From 1981 to 1990 he was GMD of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1984 to 1988 MD of the Spanish National Orchestra, 1981 to 1986 Permanent Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1986 until 2001 chief conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1990 to 2000 chief conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, 2003 to 2010 Music Director of the Teatro Real, since 2011 he has been Permanent Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia.

He has collaborated with the world´s most renowned orchestras, among them the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Cleveland Orchestra. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in1980 with L’elisir d’amore and has since then also conducted La Bohème, Tosca, Nabucco, Manon, La forza del destino here.

Piotr Beczala | Gustaf III., König von Schweden

PIOTR BECZALA is one of the main representatives of Lyrical Tenors; he has celebrated success at the New York Met, in Chicago and San Francisco, at the Munich Staatsoper, ROH Covent Garden, the Paris Opéra National, the Milan Scala, the Berlin Staatsoper as well as the Festivals in Salzburg, Baden-Baden and Montpellier. Born and studied in south Poland, he was then made an ensemble member at the Landestheater Linz and then at the Opera in Zurich. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1996 with Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum and also as Tamino, Belmonte, Alfredo, Faust, Rodolfo, Roméo and Edgardo. His current and central repertoire also include Verdi’s Duca and Riccardo, Massenets Werther, Gounod’s Roméo, Tschaikowskijs Lenski and Vaudémont, Smetanas Jenik as well since recently Massenets Des Grieux. Recent engagements include, among others, in Munich, the Met, the Scala, in Salzburg and in Baden-Baden. He is also a highly demanded concert singer and works regularly with leading conductors. 
 

Dmitri Hvorostovsky | Graf René Ankarström

Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. In 1989, he won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Since his acclaimed debut as Jeletzki at the Opera in Nice, has carrer has led and continues to lead him to the most important international stages in the world, like for example the New York Met, ROH Covent Garden, the Bay­erische Staatsoper, the Paris Opera, the Scala, Moskow, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Salzburger Festspielen, Australia as well as South America. Numerous contemporary composers write works for Dmitri Hvorostovsky. His most important roles include among others Graf Luna (Il trovatore), Posa (Don Carlo), the leading role in Rigoletto, Renato (Un ballo in maschera), the leading role in Simon Boccanegra, Jeletzki and the leading role in Eugen Onegin. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1994 as Sir Ricardo (I Puritani) and has since also sung  Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Posa, Rigoletto, Jeletzki, Jago, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) as well as the leading roles in Eugen Onegin und Simon Boccanegra. 

Hila Fahima | Oscar

HILA FAHIMA graduated from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy for Music, where she learned under Agnes Massini. During her studies, she appeared in several productions, among them as Adele in der Fledermaus, als Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, als Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro und als Frasquita in Carmen. In 2010, she gave her debut at the New Israeli Opera in the leading role of the opera Alice in Wonderland by David Sebba. In 2010, she won the first prize in the European singing competition, Debut and in 2013 the first prize in the Stella-Maris competition. In 2010, she joined the ensemble of the Deutschen Oper Berlin, where she sang among others Kö­nigin der Nacht in der Zauberflöte, Nannetta in Falstaff, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Ninetta in Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, Demele inDie Liebe der Danae and Ruggiero in Tancredi. Since the 2013/2014 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she made her debut as Frasquita and also sang among others Papagena and Oscar. Finally, she sang Amore in Orfeo et Euridice as well as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera at the New Israeli Opera as well as the Queen of the Night at the Oper Graz. She is also successful as a concert singer.

Krassimira Stoyanova | Amelia, seine Gattin

KS Krassimira Stoyanova was born in Bulgaria and studied vocal arts and violin at the University of Music in Plowdiw and violin at the Conservatory in Russe. In 1995 she made her debut at the Opera National de Sofiya. Soon the soprano appeared as a guest at the world´s most renowned opera houses and concert halls: At the New Yorker Met, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Nationaloper Helsinki, the New Israeli Opera, the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall, at the Ravenna Festival, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Washington Opera, at the Opernhaus Zurich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, the Musikverein Wien and the Salzburger Festspiele. Since 1998 Krassimira Stoyanova is closely linked to the Wiener Staatsoper – here, she has for example sung Alice Ford, Mimì, Antonia, Liù, Rachel, Contessa d’Almaviva, Nedda, Violetta, Amelia, Desdemona, Anna (Le villi) Elisabetta (Don Carlo ital.), Ariadne.

 

Nadia Krasteva | Ulrica, Arvedson, Wahrsagerin

Nadia Krasteva was born in Sofia. She received her singing training at the Music Academy in Sofia and in Rome at the Academy Boris Christoff. In the 2001/2002 season, she sang at the opera houses in Sofia, Plovdiv, Carna, Burgas and Stara Zagora and is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera since 2002 where she made her debut as Fenea in Nabucco. Since then, she has performed more than 30 works, like for example Carmen, Adalgisa (Norma), Maria Gesualdo, Lé­onor (La Favorite), Olga, Giulietta (Contes d’Hoffmann), Ma­rina Mnischek (Boris Godunow), Meg Page (Falstaff), Ulrica (Ballo in maschera), Eboli (Don Carlos), Flosshilde (Rheingold, Götterdämmerung), Erste Norn (Götterdämmerung), Polina und Daphnis (Pique Dame), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Sonjetka (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Preziosilla. Furthermore, she performs and has performed among others at the Deutschen Oper Berlin, the Scala, the Bayerischen Staatsoper, in Hamburg, Sofia, Bratislava, Savonlinna, Riga as well as in Parma, the Lyric Opera Chicago, in Valencia, the De Nederlandse Opera and the Bolschoi Theater in Moscow. Future performances are among others, leading her to the Met and Munich.

Sorin Coliban | Graf Warting

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).

Alexandru Moisiuc | Graf Horn

Alexandru Moisiuc was born in Bucharest and completed his violin studies at the Enescu University of Music. In 1980 he began his opera singing studies at the Porumbescu Music Academy. In 1984 he made his debut at the Bucharest National Opera in Werther, where he was engaged as soloist. In 1991 he was engaged at the Wiener Kammeroper as Don Giovanni, and went on a tour to Japan and South Korea with the Kammeroper. In 1992 he became 1st soloist at the National Opera in Temesvar, two years later his collaboration with the Wiener Staatsoper began, where he has been a soloist ever since. In 1990 he started working as singing teacher at the Bucharest Music Academy. Performances have led the artist to La Scala in Milan, the Semperoper, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Palais des Beaux-Artes in Brussels, the Herodes Atticus in Athens. His repertoire includes more than 50 of the most important roles of his fach, spanning four centuries and ranging from Monteverdi to Schönberg. 

 

Der schwedische König Gustaf III. erfreut sich großer Beliebtheit, sowohl beim Großteil des Adels als auch beim Volk. Nur die Grafen Horn, Warting und deren Anhänger trachten ihm nach dem Leben. Graf René Ankarström, der treueste Freund des Königs, weist nach einer Audienz, Gustaf auf die Verschwörungspläne der Grafen Horn und Warting hin. Der König will aber von diesen geheimen Aktivitäten nichts wissen - er ist unsterblich in Amelia, die Gattin Ankarströms verliebt. Wenig später versammelt sich Volk und Hofstaat in der Behausung der vom König begnadigten Wahrsagerin Ulrica Arvedson. Auch Amelia erbittet eine Unterredung mit der Wahrsagerin. Sie will ein Mittel gegen ihre Liebe zum König. Der verborgen lauschende Gustaf erfährt, daß Amelia um Mitternacht bei der Hinrichtungsstätte ein bestimmtes Kraut selbst pflücken müßte. Er beschließt ihr zu folgen. Nachdem Amelia die Wahrsagerin verlassen hat, läßt sich auch der König die Zukunft prophezeien: er erfährt, daß er bald sterben müsse, ermordet durch denjenigen, der ihm als nächster die Hand reichen würde. Da erscheint Ankarström und drückt dem König zur Begrüßung die Hand. Um Mitternacht treffen Amelia und Gustaf bei der Hinrichtungsstätte aufeinander, doch auch Ankarström, der seine tiefverschleierte Gattin nicht erkennt, taucht plötzlich auf, um den König vor den Verschwörern zu warnen. Er verpflichtet sich die verschleierte Dame zum Stadttor zurückzuführen ohne sie anzusehen oder sie zu sprechen. Gustaf verläßt die beiden um sein Leben zu retten. Da erscheinen die Verschwörer und Amelia muß sich entschleiern - da erkennt Ankarström, daß er hintergangen wurde und schließt sich den Verschwörern an. Bei dem wenig später stattfindenden Ballfest gelingt es Ankarström den König, der beschlossen hatte auf Amelia zu verzichten, mit seinem Dolch tödlich zu verwunden. Sterbend vergibt ihm der König und beteuert Amelias Ehre nicht verletzt zu haben.