Mihail Dogotari was born in Glodeni (Moldova) in 1986. He studied at the National Music Academy in Bucharest and completed a large number of master classes. Furthermore, he has won numerous national and international competitions. His repertoire includes Alidoro (La cenerentola), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), to only name a few. He has performed in Ravenna, Milan, Bucharest, Bergamo. From the beginning of the season 2012/2013 he has been member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper. He is holder of the Novomatic scholarship and made his debut at the house on the ring in September 2012 as kaiserlicher Kommissär in Puccini´s Madama Butterfly.
Soprano AIDA GARIFULLINA was born in Russia. She studied vocal arts, for example at the Music University in Vienna and made her debut at a studio production as Despina in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Così fan tutte. In 2012 Aida Garifullina made her debut at the Arena di Verona in Italy. That same year she won Plácido Domingo´s renowned Operalia competition. This first prize initiated the singer´s great career. Aida Garifullina received her first invitations to Beijing and to the Moscow Bolschoi Theatre. She performed as Susanna in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro, a role she also sang at the St. Petersburg Mariinski Theatre. There she also sang Adina in Gaetano Donizetti´s L´esilir d´amore. In July 2013 Aida Garifullina appeared at a gala in Kazan with the orchestra of the Mariinski Theatre under the direction of Valery Gergiev. Despite her young age, she was already awarded the title Honoured Artist of The Republic of Tatarstan. Recently she performed Nannetta in Giuseppe Verdi´s Falstaff – a role which she also interpreted in Buenos Aires. As of the season 2014/2015 she is member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper.
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.
The bass singer Ildar Abdrazakov, born in 1976 in Ufa (Russia), studied at the State Institute of Arts in his hometown and has won a number of awards at international competitions (e.g. Maria Callas competition 2000). One great success was his leading part in Rossini´s Moise et Pharaon at La Scala under the direction of Riccardo Muti as well as a reopening concert of La Scala in the year 2004. Regular engagements lead him to the New Yorker Met, the Salzburg Festival, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Madrid, the Mariinksij Theatre, Rome and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. His repertoire includes parts such as Méphistophélès in Faust and Damnation de Faust, Mustafà in L’italiana in Algeri, Enrico VII. (Anna Bolena), Die vier Bösewichte in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Sivglia), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Attila, Leporello, Giovanni da Procida (I vespri siciliani), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor). Ildar Abdrazakov is also a very welcome guest star at concerts and has performed with the world´s leading international orchestras. Ildar Abdrazakov made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2003 as Escamillo.
Anna Bonitatibus has completed studies in both singing and piano, and has won numerous competitions. She gave her operatic debut at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona with Vivaldi’s Tamerlano. She gradually enlarged her wide Baroque repertoire with numerous works such as Angelina (La cenerentola), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito). Further noteable engagements brought her to Lausanne, Colone, Lyon, Bologna, Rome, Munich, Moscow, Dresden, Zurich, Verona, Genova, to the Milan Scala, to Pesaro, Paris, Naples, Turin, Barcelona, the RAH Covent Garden, and the Théatre La Monnaie.
Her concert Repertoire covers composers from Monterverdi to Pergolesi, Handel, Beethoven, Berlioz and Prokofiew. The conductors with which she has worked together with include Ivor Bolton, Bruno Campanella, Myung-Whun Chung, Alan Curtis, René Jacobs, Louis Langrée, Lorin Maazel, Charles Mackerras, Riccardo Muti, Marc Minkowski, Marcello Viotti, Jordi Savall, Jeffrey Tate and Alberto Zedda. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2010 as the role of Rosina and also sang as Cherubino.
Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper for the season 2014/2015 include: Isabella.
RACHEL FRENKEL was born in Israel and after her studies was a member of the opera studio in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, where she was heard among others as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In 2011, she gave her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Die Frau ohne Schatten and joined the Ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper in the same year, where she has since then sung Rosina, Zulma, Cherubino, Angelina and Fenena. Further engagements include Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Dorabella and Rosina at the Semperoper Dresden, Ramiro in La finta giardinera at the Glyndebourne Festival, Niklausse/Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bregenz Festival, Dryade at the Festival in Baden-Baden as well as Cherubino at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Opéra National de Montpellier and Lyric Opera of Chicago. For the 2016/2017 season, concerts are planned with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Paolo Rumetz began studying vocal arts in his hometown Trieste and perfected his skills in Munich with Josef Metternich and in Rome with Renato Guelfi. Paolo Rumetz made his debut in Cimarosa´s Il Maestro di Cappella in Spoleto. In 1988 his first appearance at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos followed. Since then, Paolo Rumetz has regularly been engaged in London, Pisa, Lucca, Prague, Macerata, Venice, Ravenna, Verona, Turin, Tokyo, at La Scala in Milan, in Barcelona, Zurich, Leipzig, Florence. Paolo Rumetz’s repertoire includes roles such as Enrico in Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Puccini´s Madama Butterfly, Alberich in Wagner´s Das Rheingold, Doktor Dulcamara in Donizetti´s L’elisir d’amore, Sulpice in Donizetti´s La Fille du regiment, David in Mascagni´s L’amico Fritz, Don Geronio in Rossini´s Il turco in Italia, the title role in Verdi´s Falstaff, Don Bartolo in Rossini´s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Jago in Verdi´s Otello, Graf Gil in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari´s Il segreto di Susanna, Fra Melitone in Verdi´s La forza del destino, Taddeo in Rossini´s L’italiana in Algeri.
Act I Elvira, the wife of Mustafà, Bey of Algeria, mourns her fate: the Bey has rejected her. The chorus of eunuchs, Zulma, her favourite slave, and Haly, captain oft he palace guard, try to comfort her: woman are born to be unhappy. Mustafà has tired of his harem. He orders Haly to find him an Italian girl, should Haly fail, he would be punished by impalement. Lindoro mourns his fate as a slave, longing to see his beloved Isabella again. Mustafà proposes to Lindoro, his favourite Italian slave, to return by the next boat to his homeland, provided he marries the rejected Elvira and takes her with him. Mustafà tries to make Elvira attractive for Lindoro, who sees no way out of this delicate situation. Haly and his men have succeeded in capturing a ship. Among the booty is Isabella, an Italian girl. Isabella comments on the cruelty of her fate to be taken prisoner; she hopes to make the best of the situation. Isabella was searching for he beloved Lindoro. Her companion Taddeo pretends to be her uncle. Taddeo, in Love with Isabella and jealous, makes her a scene. Haly reports to Mustafà the capture of a beautiful Italian girl. Mustafà is beside himself with desire to lay his eyes on the beauty. Elvira and Lidonro accept their fate to sail for Italy together. Isabella instantly succeeds in winning Musatafà´s favour; she also manages to save her „uncle“ Taddeo from impalement. Als Lindoro, Elvira and Zulma come so say farewell to the Bey, Isabella and Lindoro instatly recognize each other. Total confusion ensues. Act II Everyone laughs at Mustafà who has turned into an adoring fool. Mustafà wants to have coffee with Isabella; Elvira is sent to convey the invitation to her. Lindoro ca convince Isabella of his faithfulness. They decide to escape together. Lindoro expresses his joy. To ingratiate himself with Isabella, Mustafà appoints Taddeo „Kaimakan“, protector of the Mussulman. Taddeo is aware of the ridiculous situation but fear of impalement persuades him to accept the „honour“. Isabella makes herself pretty for her beloved. She is observed by Musatafà, Lindoro and Taddeo. Each oft hem thinks Isabella´s efforts are intended for him alone. Mustafà ardently but in vain seeks to be alone with Isabella. Lindoro and Taddeo do not give ground. When Isabella also asks Elvira to join them for a coffee and tries to reconcile her and the Bey, Mustafà completely loses his composure. Haly comments philosophically on the ways of Italian women. Lindoro tells Taddeo of Isabella´s plot to deceive the Bey. Taddeo reveals to him that he is Isabella´s suitor; Lindoro does not take him seriously. Lindoro calms the fuming Bey: as a token of her love, Isabella intends to bestow of Mustafà the Order of Pappataci (Silent Sufferer). Members of this order are leading a life consisting of eating, drinking, and sleeping only. Mustafà is delighted to be taken into the order. Lindoro explains to Taddeo that the plot will lead tot he freeing of all Italian captives. The Italian slaves are ready to follow Isabella´s plan. Lindoro and the slaves are moved by the thought of soon returning to Italy. Taddeo is still at a loss what it is all about. Mustafà is initiated into the order of Pappataci. He swears to obey the rules oft he order: he must not see, he must not hear, all he has to do is eat and drink. Isabella and Lindoro are able to escape without difficulty. Taddeo, at last understanding the situation, followst hem. Too late dors Mustafà realise that he has been duped and he asks his faithful Elvira`s forgveness. All´swell that ends well.