KSCH Otto Schenk was born in Vienna in 1930 and experienced a childhood strongly influenced by the horrors of the Nazi regime.
After his education at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, he made his acting debut in Vienna. The first places of appearance in his career were the Theater an der Josefstadt and the Wiener Volkstheater. As of 1953 he also worked as theatre director and as of 1957, as opera director. Very soon his career led him to the world´s most important stages, for example the Wiener Burgtheater, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the New York Met, La Scala in Milan, the ROH Covent Garden, the Bayerische and Hamburgische Staatsoper or the Deutsche Oper Berlin. From 1965 to 1990 he was leading stage director at the Wiener Staatsoper, between 1986 and 1988 he was member of the Board of the Salzburger Festspiele, between 1988 and 1997 director of the Theater in der Josefstadt. Furthermore, he appeared in numerous television plays. He has staged about 30 different operas at the Wiener Staatsoper and furthermore performed as Frosch here.
Born in lower austria, soprano Daniela Fally completed her vocal training at the Wiener Musikuniversität after having previously completed theater studies, musical studies and private acting classes. Since the 2009/2010 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, after having been an ensemble member at the Wiener Volksoper for four years. Guest engagements include among others, at the Salzburger Festspielen, the Bregenzer Festspielen, the Opernfestspielen Munich (Zerbinetta 2011 and 2013), at the Bayrische Staatsoper Munich (Adele, Zerbinetta), the Staatsoper Hamburg (Fiakermilli, Marie/Fille du régiment 2012 and 2013, Zerbinetta), the Semperoper Dresden (Blonde, Sophie/Rosenkavalier under Christian Thielemann 2012 and 2013), the Opera houses in Zurich (Adele), Düsseldorf (Adele), Liège (Zerbinetta), and Strassburg (Blonde, Sophie/Rosenkavalier), Cologne (Zerbinetta), at the Seefestspielen Mörbisch (Adele) and at the Lyric Opera in Chicago (Adele). At the Wiener Staatsoper, she has sung among others Sophie (Rosenkavalier and Werther), Rosina, Fiakermilli, Adele, Oscar, Zerbinetta, and italienische Sängerin (Capriccio).
Originally trained as a violinist, Sascha Goetzel began his orchestral career in close contact with great conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. After his debut with several Austrian orchestras, he completed highly successful guest appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Tokyo, Sapporo and Nagoya and the State Philharmonic of the Rhineland-Pfalz. Until 2013, he was Chief Conductor of the Finnish Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Orchestra. From 2012/2013, he was appointed Primary guest conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. Sascha Goetzel is an experienced opera conductor and conducted a Da Ponte cycle and La Bohème at the Tyrolean State Theatre. At the Mariinsky Theatre he directed Don Giovanni and at the Festival Attersee Klassik Così fan tutte, The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera as well as numerous opera and operetta performances at the Vienna Volksoper.
As one of the leading tenors of our time, German-Canadian KS Michael Schade appears regularly as a guest at the world´s most renowned opera houses, concert and lied stages. He closely collaborates with the Wiener Staatsoper, where he made his debut in 1992 as Almaviva (Barbiere di Siviglia) and has since then sung (Cosi fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Belmonte (Entführung), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Jaquino (Fidelio), David (Meistersinger), Henry (Schweigsame Frau), Tamino (Zauberflöte), Leukippos (Daphne), Alfred (Fledermaus), Matteo (Arabella), Alfredo (La traviata), Flamand (Capriccio), Tito (La clemenza di Tito) and the title role in the Staatsoper production of Idomeneo at the Theater an der Wien.
For many years now he has been a regular guest at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Met, the Canadian Opera Company and has for example appeared at La Scala, the Liceu Barcelona, the ROH Covent Garden, at the Paris Opera Bastille and in Amsterdam. Apart from his opera performances he has dedicated himself to concert literature and lied recitals. In 2007 he was appointed Österreichischer Kammersänger. 2009/2010 he held a residency at the Musikverein.
ELENA MAXIMOVA completed her vocal training at the Tschaikowski-Conservatoire in Moscow and became engaged as a soloist to the Moscow Stanislavski Music Theater. There, Elena Maximova was heard, among others, in the following roles: Polina (Pique Dame), Siébel (Faust), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Olga (Eugen Onegin), Carmen and Charlotte (Werther). Elena Maximova gave her debut in 2005 on the stage of the Bavarian State Opera in a new production of Rigoletto (Maddalena). She also sang there Suzuki, Carmen, Olga and Frederica (Luisa Miller). Furthermore, she has sung at the Opéra in Lyon (Eugen Onegin, Pique Dame) and performed as Carmen at houses like the Berlin State Opera, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia and in the Scala. Elena Maximova is also active worldwide as a concert singer. Recently she sang Carmen, Preziosilla, Charlotte, Despina, Rosina, Nicklausse and Isabella in Moscow, Carmen in Palermo, Helsinki and Moscow, Olga in the ROH London and the Met. She gave her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2012 as Carmen and also sang Maddalena.
NORBERT ERNST studied in Wiener Neustadt under Gerd Fussi and in Vienna under KS Robert Holl. He also recieved important impulses through masterclasses with Kurt Equiluz and Walter Berry. He received his first engagement in 2002 as an ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein –Düsseldorf, where he among others, gave a successful debut as David. Guest performances have led the young Austrian tenor to the Wiener Volksoper, Geneva, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Monte Carlo, the Opéra National Paris, the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, and the Liceu in Barcelona. Since 2004, he receives regular invitations to the Bayreuther Festspielen. In 2013, he worked among others in a new production of the Ring des Nibelungen as Loge. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2008 as David. Since 2010, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper and has sung here, among others, Steuermann, Kudrjáš, Tamino, Elemér, Jack O’Brien, Triquet, Tanzmeister, Narraboth, Aegisth, Alfred, Jaquino, Andres and Loge.
CLEMENS UNTERREINER was born in Vienna. In 1998 he began his vocal art studies with Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Gottfried Hornik, Helena Lazarska and Wicus Slabbert. Numerous national and international opera and operetta productions as well as lied evenings, oratories and church concerts. Guest soloist in the Große Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Palau de la Musica and other international concert halls. Member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper since 2005, where Clemens Unterreiner for example sang Sharpless, Faninal, Donner, Harlekin, Melot, Brétigny, Schtschelkalow, Oberpriester des Apollon(Alceste), Happy (La fanciulla del West), Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos),Schaunard. Also as guest soloist at the Volksoper Wien he very successfully performed as Papageno or Sharpless. Further engagements led him to the New York Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House Copenhagen, to the Strasbourgh Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele, Opera de Nice, Linzer Landestheater, the Oper Chur, the Sommerfestspiele Heidenheim as well as to the Richard Wagner Festival Budapest.
Peter Simonischek studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in his home town Graz. Already as a student Peter Simonischek appeared at the Schauspielhaus Graz, later engagements at the Stadttheater St. Gallen as well as in Bern, Darmstadt and at the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus followed.
As of 1979 he was a member of the ensemble of the Berliner Schaubuhne for 20 years. At the Salzburg Festsival Peter Simonischek played the title role of Torquato Tasso and as Okeanos in Prometheus, gefesselt by Peter Handke adapted from Aischylos in 1982 and in 1988 as Horch in Canetti´s Hochzeit and as Leonid in Tschechow´s Kirschgarten in 1995. From 2002 to 2009 Peter Simonischek played the title role in Jedermann.
Since the season 1999/2000 Peter Simonischek is engaged at the Wiener Burgtheater, where he has played in numerous plays by many different authors like Friedrich Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist or Henrik Ibsen, Odon von Horvath, Jon Fosse and Albert Ostermaier. Since the 1970s Peter Simonischek regularly plays in cinema films.
KS Peter Jelosits was born in Vienna. He was a member of the Wiener Sängerknaben and studied vocal arts at the University of Music and at the Conservatory in Vienna. Between 1983 and 1985 he was member of the Opernstudio of the Wiener Staatsoper. In 1984 he debuted as 1. Priester (Die Zauberflöte). Since 1985 he has been member of the ensemble at the house on the Ring. He has performed at festivals such as the Carinthische Sommer, the Wiener Festwochen, at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Salzburger Festspielen. At the Wiener Staatsoper he has for example appeared as Jaquino (Fidelio), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodrigo (Otello), Wirt (Rosenkavalier), Gaston (La traviata), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Arbace (Idomeneo), Missail (Boris Godunow), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Heinrich (Tannhäuser), Narr (Wozzeck), Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio), Titelrolle Traumfresserchen, Sir Hervey (Anna Bolena), Rustighello (Lucrezia Borgia), Tschekalinski (Pique Dame), Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro).
Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Yamadori, 2. Jude, 4. Knappe, Harry (Fanciulla del west), Dr. Blind.
The soprano Regine Hangler began her musical studies as a violinist and violist. After studying engineering, she came by chance to studying singing, which she completed with distinction at the Corinthian conservatoire and the Vienna University for Music. She received further training from among others, Mara Zampieri, Gundula Janowitz and Dame Gwyneth Jones. Since 2010, she is a soprano soloist at the St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna as well as the Jesuits church and the St. Augustin Church. Her busy concert career has taken the soprano to Austria, Germany, Italy, Albania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Hungary and Japan. She worked among others in the following opera productions: Der Igel als Bräutigam, Hänsel und Gretel, Bastien und Bastienne, Cavalleria rusticana, Phonotop, Loreley, Lohengrin, Ariadne auf Naxos. In spring 2015, the soprano will sing the lead in Daphne in New York and Cleveland. Since the 2013/2014 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, and sang Leitmetzerin, Helmwige, 1. Dame, and Blumenmädchen.
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.
BENJAMIN BRUNS started his vocal career as an Alto soloist in the boys’ choir of his hometown, Hannover. While still studying at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, he was offered his first engagement by the Bremer Theater. This was followed by ensemble contracts at the Opera in Cologne and the Dresden State Opera. Guest performances have led him, among others to the Staatstheater in Nürnberg, the Staatsoper unter den Linden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Teatro Colón and the Bayreuther Festpielen. Also as an Oratorio and Song singer, Benjamin Bruns enjoys an excellent reputation and is therefore just as much at home in concert halls as he is on the operatic stage. Since the start of the 2010/2011 season, Bruns has been a member of the Wiener Staatsoper ensemble, and has since sung works such as Conte d’Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Oronte (Premiere-Alcina), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Don Basilio (Premiere-Le nozze di Figaro), Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Jaquino (Fidelio), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Évandre (Premiere-Alceste).
Coloratura soprano MARIA NAZAROVA was born in the Ukraine. She received her vocal arts and acting training at the Russian Academy for theatre arts in Moscow. Parallel to her education at the Academy, she was an actor at the Polish Theatre in Moscow and performed on several stages in Moscow. After obtaining her diploma studies with distinction, she completed her master studies with special focus on baroque music as well as lied and oratorio at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 2011. Maria Nazarova has performed as soloist in Europe, Russia, Great Britain and is multiple awardee of different international competitions. She performed in the ensemble of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburger Festspiele. She sang Taumännchen at the Wiener Volksoper, Lisa (La sonnambula) at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich und Despina at the Bolschoi in Moscow. Since 2015 Maria Nazarova is ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper as well as NOVOMATIC scholar and has for example sung Despina, Clorinda, Oscar and Barbarina here.
KS WOLFGANG BANKL comes from Vienna, received training in Violin and studied singing, Lied and Oratorium as well as opera at the Conservatoire of Vienna. He received initial engagements at the Vienna Kammeroper, the Opera House Kiel and the Tiroler Landestheater. Guest performances led him, among others, to Zurich, Hamburg, Cologne, Barcelona, Salzburg, Strasbourg, the Milan Scala, to the Vienna Festwochen, Bregenz, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Rome and Paris. He recently gave his debut as Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau in Dresden under the direction of Christian Thielemann. Together with Norbert Pfafflmeyer, Harald Kollegger and Schmerzhel v. Solchgemut, he established the travelling Kleinfestival Giro d’Arte. Since 1993, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then sung here among others: Papageno, Alberich (Rheingold), Doktor (Wozzeck), Klingsor, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Harašta (Schlaues Füchslein), Frank, Graf Waldner, Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Hauptmann (Boris Godunow), Ochs, Geisterbote (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Tierbändiger/Athlet (Lulu), Ringender (Die Jakobsleiter), Zirkusdirektor (Der Riese vom Steinfeld), La Roche, Leporello, Dreieinigkeitsmoses (Mahagonny), Swallow (Peter Grimes). He has been awarded the title "Österreichischer Kammersänger".
The plot of Die Fledermaus is woven around a ball given by Prince Orlofsky. During the first act, a whole host of characters are irresistibly drawn to it: The chambermaid Adele is invited (or so she believes) by her sister Ida, and after some difficulty she succeeds in getting the night off by inventing a moving story about a sick aunt. Meanwhile her employer, Eisenstein, a man of independent means, has recently been given a prison sentence for insulting a public official but, rather than reporting to serve the sentence, he is persuaded by his friend Dr. Falke to join him for a night of revelry at Orlofsky’s. Dr. Falke is following his own agenda – Eisenstein once humiliated him in front of the whole town by leaving him to return home from a masked ball through the streets, drunk and dressed as a bat, and Falke now sees his opportunity for revenge; and so he also invites Eisenstein's wife Rosalind to the ball. Due to Eisenstein’s departure ‘for prison’, Rosalind is already in disarray when a former admirer of hers named Alfred shows up and tries to woo her, only to be arrested by prison governor Frank who takes him for Eisenstein. Frank, satisfied by a job well done, then also decides to attend Orlofsky's ball. At the ball, Dr. Falke’s machinations play out splendidly: to Eisenstein’s astonishment he meets his chambermaid Adele, who brazenly denies her identity; he befriends a French ‘chevalier’ – in truth none other than prison governor Frank; and finally he falls in love with his own wife, masked and disguised as a Hungarian countess. In the third act, the knots begin to unravel. The action takes place at the prison, a rather shady affair thanks to Frosch, the permanently drunk gaoler. One by one, the characters reappear: first prison governor Frank, extremely hungover, then Adele, who is hoping to find a patron to foster her dramatic talent, along with her sister Ida, and then Eisenstein, who is astonished to find that he has apparently been locked up all night. When Rosalind also appears and, together with Alfred, demands an interview with a lawyer, Eisenstein dons a disguise and takes the place of the stuttering lawyer Dr. Blind. This trick allows him to get to the bottom of the previous evening’s events. Fortunately he then allows himself to be convinced that everything was a part of Dr Falke’s plot for revenge; and so it all ends happily, and Adele even finds her patron in the form of Prince Orlofsky.