Patrick Lange was born near Nuremberg in 1981 and is among the most promising talents of the young conductor´s generation. As Abado´s assistant he collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestra Mozart Bologna and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In 2009 he was on an England tour with the Glyndebourne Opera with Cosi fan tutte. In 2011 he conducted the Academy of St. MArtin in the Fields on a Germany tour. His career as concuctor began in Luzern (Falstaff, Don Giovanni). With Le nozze di Figaro he made his debut at the Komische Oper in 2007. Since 2008 he has been first Kapellmeister there, in 2010 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the house (until 2012). In 2010/2011 he opened with Meistersinger, later Rigoletto, Rusalka and Idomeneo followed. In 2011/2012 he for example conducted Freischütz, Der Rosenkavalier and Meistersinger at the Komische Oper Berlin, La traviata at the ROH Covent Garden. Upcoming engagements are Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Zürich, Jenufa and Faust. In 2010 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper with Madama Butterfly, where he has also conducted Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte für Kinder, Eugen Onegin and Die Fledermaus.
Zoryana Kushpler was born in Lviv (Ukraine). At the age of five she took piano lessons with her mother, later she changed to the violin. From 1993 on she studied vocal arts in her father´s class at the University of Music in Lviv. In 1998 she changed to the University of Music in Hamburg. Performances have led her for example to Zurich, Geneva, Venice, Milan, Florence, Hamburg, Berlin, London and to Bern, where she was member of the ensemble of the Stadttheater Bern from 2004 to 2006. There, she interpreted roles like Sesto (Giulio Cesare) or Preziosilla (Forza del destino). She sang Adelaide (Arabella) at the Oper Graz and Carmen, Giulietta (Contes d’Hoffmann), Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Prinz Orlofsky at the Volksoper.
She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2007 as Adelaide. Here, she also performed (selection) Polina and Daphnis (Pique Dame), Olga (Eugen Onegin), Giulietta (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Fenena (Nabucco), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino).
Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/ 2014: e.g. Smeton, Orlofsky, Lola, Marthe, Fenena.
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).
DONNA ELLEN comes from Canada and studied singing at the Wilfrid Laurier University of her hometown. For two seasons, she sang at the Canada Opera Piccola under the care of Leopold Simoneau and Pierette Alarie, before she changed to the Opernstudio in Zurich. In1987, she became engaged with the Landestheater Linz, where she sang roles like the Queen of the Night, Blonde, and Zerlina and sang in the premiere of Balduin Sulzers Proteus. Previous performances include among others, in Stuttgart, Geneva, Berlin, Bad Ischl, in the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In 2004, she gave her debut at the Volksoper. Her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, where she is an honorary ensemble member, was in 2003 as Helmwige. Since then, she has sang among others, Marzellina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Axinja (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Leitmetzerin (Rosenkavalier), Annina (Traviata), Curra (Forza del destino), Brünnhilde (Nibelungenring for children), Königin (Traumfresserchen), Berta (Pünktchen und Anton), Marcellina (Nozze di Figaro), Fekluša (Kátja Kabanová), Kartenaufschlägerin (Arabella), Aufseherin (Elektra), and Dirne (Aus einem Totenhaus), Giovanna (Rigoletto).
KS Kurt Rydl was born in Vienna, studied in Vienna and Moscow. He performs on the world´s most important stages as well as at the Festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Bregenz, Florence, Verona, Munich and Glyndebourne. His repertoire includes more than 100 roles of the German, French, Italian and Russian fach. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1976 as Ferrando (Il trovatore) and has since then sung (selection) Colline (La Bohème), Pimen (Boris Godunow), Grosinquisitor (Don Carlo), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Osmin (Entführung aus dem Serail), Rocco (Fidelio), Daland (Fliegender Holländer), Roger (Jerusalem), König Heinrich (Lohengrin), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Geronte (Manon Lescaut), Talbot (Maria Stuarda), Pogner (Meistersinger), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Titurel and Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Fasolt and Fafner (Das Rheingold), Hunding (Die Walküre), Fafner (Siegfried), Hagen (Götterdammerung), Boris (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Ochs (Rosenkavalier), Morosus (Schweigsame Frau), Landgraf (Tannhäuser), Claggart (Billy Budd), Sarastro (Zauberflöte). In 1996 he was appointed Österreichischer Kammersänger, in 1999 he became honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper.
Soprano Chen Reiss was trained in New York and was ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she sang roles such as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) and Gilda (Rigolett). Soon debuts at the Semperoper Dresden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Oper Frankfurt and the Philadelphia Opera followed.
In 2010 she interpreted Nannetta (Falstaff) at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees under the direction of Daniele Gatti. At the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, she sang Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and debuted in the Philharmonie Köln as Adele (Die Fledermaus). In 2011 she sang Gilda at the Wiener Festwochen. She sang concerts at the Festivals in Salzburg, Ludwigsburg, Luzern or Rheingau. In her new solo album Liaisons, which was recently awarded the Diapason d’Or, Chen Reiss for example sings arias of Mozart and Haydn. A DVD live recording of Faure´s Requiem under the direction of Paavo Järvi has just been released. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2009 as Sophie and has since sung roles such as Pamina, Elvira, Waldvogel, Adina, Servilia, Xenia here.
Der britische Bariton CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN studierte Biochemie an der Warwick University und erhielt seine Gesangsausbildung an der Royal Academy of Music in London. Er ist Gewinner des Lieder-Preises beim renommierten Cardiff Singer of the World-Wettbewerb. Seither hat ihn seine Karriere an alle großen internationalen Opern- und Konzerthäuser gefuhrt. Aktuelle Auftritte umfassten bzw. umfassen unter anderem die Titelrolle in Don Giovanni bei den Salzburger Festspielen, in München und Koln; Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) und Marcello (La Bohème) am Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London; Papageno, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Sid (Albert Herring) beim Glyndebourne Festival; Papageno, Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Silvio (Pagliacci) an der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera; die Titelpartie in Billy Budd etwa an der Welsh National Opera, am Teatro Regio in Turin, in Seattle und Frankfurt. Weitere Auftritte führten bzw. führen ihn nach Paris, Berlin, zum Aldeburgh Festival, nach Zurich, an die Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, nach Toulouse und an die Nederlandse Opera. Er ist auch ein anerkannter Lied- und Konzertsänger.
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).
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.
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.
Born in Madrid, GABRIEL BERMÚDEZ studied first under his mother, Carmen Rodriguez Aragon, and then for one year under Teresa Berganza. Since the beggining of the 2002/2003 season, Gabriel has been with ensemble of the Zurich Opera House, where amoung many other roles, he has played Figaro, Marcello (La Bohème), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Nardo (La finta giardiniera), Ping (Turandot), Borilée (Les Boréades), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Plistene (La grotta di Trofonio), Silvio (Pagliacci) and Belcore (L’elisir d’amore). More recently, he has sung as Papageno am Teatro Real Madrid and Figaro at the Staatsoper Hannover, Papageno in Jerez, Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride) in Oviedo, Ping, Le Mari (Les mammelles de Tirésias) and Silvio at the Liceu Barcelona, Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in St. Moritz Opera Festiva, Marcello in Valladolid, Harlekin at the Opéra de Paris, Schaunard in Barcelona, Danilo in Dortmund and Mercutio at the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2012, he sang at the Salzburger Festspiele the harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos and will return in 2014 for further projects. He is also a member since 2013 of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and has performed among others, Melot, Sharpless, Marcello, Figaro, Belcore and Heger (Ruskala).
Arabella, Count Waldner´s beautiful daughter, is desired by many men: three countes are vying for her hand, and the young officer Matteo is also in love with her. Matteo´s hopes are nourished by Zdenka, who is very taken by him. Although she is Arabella´s sister, she is dressed as a boy, since the Waldner family is to impoverished to give both their daughters an appropriate social debut in Vienna. Arabella, however, wants to wait fort he right husband, and points out a stranger to Zdenka from the window. She has encountered him previously in the street, and he made a deep impresison on her. The stranger´s name is Mandryka, who has come to Vienna in response to Waldner´s letter to his deceased uncle oft he same name. Under pressure from his creditors, Waldner has written to his wealthy friend and former regimental comrade in Slavonia, enclosing a picture of his daughter Arabella. The young Mandryka, sole heir to his father´s fortune, flls in love with the picture at first sight, and now asks Waldner for Arabella´s hand in marriage. Since he ist he right ma for her,m she gives him her word. However, she wishes to take leave of her unmarried life with a last dance at the Fiacre Ball. Zdenka slips the despairing Matteo an envelope which, she says, contains the key to Arabella´s room, where the latter will await him this very evening. Mandryka happens to overhear this conversations, and assumes that Arabella is being un-faithful to him. In the mean time, Arabella has returned from theball and meets Matteo in the foyer oft he hotel. Matteo, believing he has just held her in his arms in her room, cannot understand why she is now so unresposive. Mandryka now appears, accompanied by Arabella´s parents, and is convinced he has caught her red-handed. Suddenly Zdenka rushes in, now dressed in women´s clothing. It was she who received Matteo in the darkness oft he hotel room: now she intends to drown herself in the River Danube. Ashamed of his behaviour, Mandryka now pleads with Zdenka on Matteo´s behalf. And his own happiness is also now certain: in keeping with the custom of her homeland, Arabella gives him a glass of pure, fresh water as a sign of her forgiveness.