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Sat. Oct. 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Vienna

Sergej Prokofjew

Der Spieler

Conductor: Simone Young, Director: Karoline Gruber
With Dmitry Ulyanov, Elena Guseva, Misha Didyk, Linda Watson, Thomas Ebenstein, Elena Maximova, Morten Frank Larsen

  • Sergej Prokofjew  |  Musik
  • Simone Young  |  DirigentIn
  • Karoline Gruber  |  Director
  • Roy Spahn  |  Stage
  • Mechthild Seipel  |  Costumes
  • Ulrich Schneider  |  Light Design
  • Stella Zannou  |  Choreography
  • Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach  |  Dramaturgie

Simone Young | DirigentIn

Since 2005, the prize-winning conductor Simone Young has been director of the Staatsoper Hamburg and GMD of the Philharmoniker Hamburg. Here, she has already directed a great number of premieres and repertoire performances ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss to Hindemith, Britten, Henze. At the Hamburgische Staatsoper and at the Philharmoniker Hamburg she celebrated great triumphs with world and German premieres. Engagements have led the Sydney-born conductor to the world´s leading opera houses, for example in Paris, London, Munich, New York, Los Angeles. Apart from her opera conducting, she has also made a name for herself on the world´s concert podiums. From 1999 to 2002 she was chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, from 2001 to 2003 she was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Australian Opera in Sydney/Melbourne. Since 2007 she is also Permanent Guest Conductor of the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1993 with La Bohème and has since then conducted 25 opus and approximately 130 evenings, among them premieres of La Juive, Osud and Le villi.

Elena Guseva | Polina

ELENA GUSEVA was born in Kurgan, Siberia. She studied Choral Conducting at Schostakowitsch College of Music and later Vocal Studies at Moscow Conservatoire with Galina Pisarenko. During her studies, the young singer gave her first performance and won several international competitions. She also took part in numerous masterclasses with the likes of Elizabeth Bice, Richard Bado, Gloria Guida Borelli, Diane Zola and Lenore Rosenberg. From 2009 Elena Guseva appeared on stage at the Stanislavsky Theater in Moscow as Mimì in La Bohème, Tatjana in Eugen Onegin, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Leonora in La forza del destino, Emma in Chowanschtschina, Antonia and Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, amongst others. She has also sung at the Theatre in Saarbrücken and at the Hamburg State Opera (as Princess Jaroslawna in Prince Igor). Current projects for the singer include performances as the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Mimì) and at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (Gerhilde in Die Walküre).

Misha Didyk | Alexej

MISHA DIDYK is one of the most internationally sought after tenors of his profession, in particular the Russian repertoire. In 2005, he gave his debut at the Milan Scala and at the San Francisco Opera as Hermann in Pique Dame. In 1999 he gave his debut in America, and in 2006 he sang Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the San Francisco Opera, a little later he sang Ruggero in La Rondine there. 2007/2008 he was successful in both the Milan Scala and the Berliner Staatsoper unter den Linden in Prokofiev's Spieler. In 2009, he gave his debut with great success at the Wiener Staatsoper as Sergej in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk, where he returned in 2011 in the local premiere of Totenhauses. Further engagements have brought him as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) under the direction of Lorin Maazel in Valencia, as Des Grieux at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as Cavaradossi under Zubin Mehta in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and as Hermann and Andrei (Mazeppa) in Lyon; he also sang Hermann in the Liceu in Barcelona. In 2011, he gave his debut as Radames (Aida) at the Vlaamse Opera, in 2012 he sang Andrei Chowanski (Chowanschtschina) at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Cavaradossi at the Vlaamse Opera and Hermann in Zurich. Future performances are bringing him, among others, to the Bayerische Staatsoper and to Amsterdam.

Linda Watson | Babulenka

Linda Watson is considered one of the most internationally demanded Wagner sopranos today. From San Francisco, the singer began as a Mezzosoprano and initially developed a mezzosoprano repertoire – mainly in Germany – with roles such as Azucena, Marina and Brangäne. From 1992-2005, she was an ensemble member first in Leipzig under contract and later at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein. In this time, she developed into a soprano, so that she could also be seen as Marschallin and Ariadne. Above all, she is a coveted Wagner singer and in addition to Kundry and Ortrud also sang Brünnhilde. Soon after, she made her debut at the New York Met and other important stages. In 1998, she gave her debut in Bayreuth as Kundry to be able ot interpret the three Brünnhilde parts in the new production of the Ring des Nibelungen in 2005, conducted by Chritian Thielemann. In 1986, she gave her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, in 1989 in Odeon the 3 women’s voices in the Staatsoper production and premier of Beat Furrers Die Blinden and has since performed Brünnhilde (Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung), Elektra and Venus in the House on the Ring.

Thomas Ebenstein | Marquis

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.


Elena Maximova | Blanche

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.


Morten Frank Larsen | Mr. Astley

Born in Hammerum (Denmark), MORTEN FRANK LARSEN studied in Århus and perfected himself under Josef Greindl and Gino Bechi. In 1994, the singer gave his debut as Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in Aarhus. His international debut came the following year with the leading role in Don Giovanni at the Goethe-Theater in Bad Lauchstädt. From 1997 to 2000, Larsen was engaged with the Staatstheater Braunschweig, and then became a permanent ensemble member of the Wiener Volksoper. At the Wiener Staatsoper, Morten Frank Larsen gave his debut in 2003 as Sprecher in der Zauberflöte and has since also worked as Mercutio, Dr. Falke, Don Fernando and Mandryka. In 2005, he stood with great success as Jochanaan on the stage of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Further guest performances have led Larsen among others to Sevil, Bologna, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the New York Met. In the 2005/2006 season, Morten Frank Larsen was successful both in Berlin and Austria for the world premieres of Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice (Co-production between the Wiener Volksoper and the Deutschen Oper Berlin and Washington National Opera). Morten Frank Larsen is also a concert and Lied singer. 

Pavel Kolgatin | Fürst Nilsky

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).  




Marcus Pelz | Baron Wurmerhelm

MARCUS PELZ was born in Stuttgart, studied solo vocals, lied and oratorio, classical operetta as well as the fach Old Music at the Conservatory of Vienna and graduated from the opera school of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. First engagements at the Landestheater St. Pölten, the Wiener Kammeroper (1995-1997) and the Neue Oper Wien were the basis for his engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper (member of the ensemble since 1999). Guest engagements for example led him to the Teatro Avenida in Buenos Aires in the leading role of Wozzeck, and to the Maggio Musicale in Florence with the Rosenkavalier. His repertoire in the House on the Ring includes more than eighty parts, e.g. Hermann, Gregorio, Schaunard, Notar and Polizeikommissar, Kothner and Konrad Nachtigall, Sprecher and 2. Priester, Antonio, Phorbas, Angelotti, Donald, Gualtiero Raleigh, Alessio, Masetto, Haly, Johann, 1. Schäfer, Albert, Altgesell and Saretzki. His appearances in children´s operas on the roof of the Wiener Staatsoper are very popular among the young audience. 

Clemens Unterreiner | Potapitsch

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.


Portrait Clemens Unterreiner

Alexandru Moisiuc | Casino-Direktor

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. 

Regine Hangler | bunte Dame

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.

Ileana Tonca | blasse Dame

ILEANA TONCA was born in Rumania and studied at the Music Academy in Bucharest. She has won several singing competitions and has performed in Bucharest, Brasov and Timisoara as well as on tours in Germany, Austria, Italy and France. She has been a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper since 1999, where she debuted as Jemmy (Guillaume Tell). Furthermore, she has for example sung Woglinde (Das Rheingold, Götterdämme­rung), Waldvogel (Siegfried), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lisa (La sonnambula), Xenia (Boris Godunow), Mädchen (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Elvira (L’italiana in Algeri), Nannetta (Falstaff), Barbarina (Nozze di Figaro), Oscar, Papagena, Zerlina, Sophie (Rosenkavalier, Werther), Stimme vom Himmel and Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Zdenka (Arabella), Adele (Fledermaus), Servilia, Musetta, Adina, Susanna. Furthermore, she performed in productions of children´s operas (Traumfresserchen, Peter Pan, Bastien und Bastienne, 35. Mai, Pinocchio, Pünktchen und Anton). In 1999/2000 she was awarded an advancement award by the Waechter Medal Foundation. In 2004 she received the Austrian frauen.kunst.preis. 

Once again there was talk of a decline in the genre of opera, of feebleness, and apathy. Then one person set about saving Russian music theatre: Sergei Prokofiev. Basing his work on The Gambler, Dostoyevsky’s novel with autobiographical elements, as if in a frenzy wrote compelling music. Money and love, compulsive gambling, and despair, rich grandmothers, and poor generals: Prokofiev outlined them all with an analytical eye. This will now be performed at the Wiener Staatsoper. Until now, it has only been seen here as guest performances. So for the first time the opera house on the Ring is mounting a new production of this opera.