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Sun. March 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Vienna

Georg Friedrich Händel


Conductor: William Christie, Director: David McVicar
With Sarah Connolly, Chen Reiss, Hila Fahima, Christophe Dumaux, Rainer Trost, Wilhelm Schwinghammer

  • Georg Friedrich Händel  |  Composer
  • William Christie  |  Conductor
  • David McVicar  |  Director
  • Vicki Mortimer  |  Stage and costume design
  • Paule Constable  |  Light Design
  • Colm Seery  |  Choreography
  • Matt Hellyer  |  Bühnenbildassistenz

Chen Reiss | Ginevra

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.

Hila Fahima | Dalinda

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.

Christophe Dumaux | Polinesso

Biography coming soon.

Rainer Trost | Lurcanio

Rainer Trost comes from Stuttgart and studied singing in Freiburg, Stuttgart and Munich. At the age of 26, he had his first international success, thanks to John Eliot Gardiner, as Ferrando in Così fan tutte in Paris. This was followed by a tour and finally a recording of this opera with Maestro Gardiner for Polydor. This established him as an internationally sought after Mozart Tenor, and he sang at all major opera houses around the world (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille, Palais Garnier and the Metropolitan Opera New York as well as at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and the Salzburger Festspielen). Rainer Trost is a regular guest at the Staatsoper in Dresden, Munich and Vienna. In concert, he is one of the most sought-after evangelists of his generation. In 2012, he sang Idomeneo at the Komischen Oper in Berlin. The season began for him at the opera in Cologne with a new production of La Clemenza di Tito. At the Theater an der Wien, he sang Ulisse in Gluck’s Telemaco with large success and returned to the Bolschoi Theater as Don Ottavio. In 1997, he gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Tamino and has since also sung Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Belomte and Fenton in the House on the Ring.

Wilhelm Schwinghammer | Il Re di Scozia

Born in Bavaria, the bass WILHELM SCHWINGHAMMER began his musical training at the Regensburg Domspatzen specialist music school and later studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. Masterclasses with the likes of Kurt Moll and Marjana Lipovšek rounded off his training. From 2006-2017 he was a member of the ensemble at the Hamburg State Opera, freelancing since 2017. In 2005 he gave his debut performance at the Salzburg Festival alongside Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon in the role of Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata. In 2011 he returned to Salzburg for the Easter Festival to sing Salome under the baton of Simon Rattle. He has given regular guest performances at the Bayreuth Festival since 2012, singing the role of King Heinrich as well as numerous performances of Fasolt. Guest engagements have taken him to such places as Berlin, Dresden, Lyon, Milan, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago as well as to the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He is also in demand as a concert performer and regularly works with such renowned artists as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Kiril Petrenko, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Sebastian Weigle and Philippe Herreweghe.
Future engagements include the role of Baron von Ochs auf Lerchenau (Der Rosenkavalier) with Stockholm Opera as well as a concert performance with Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv and Il Re di Scozia (Ariodante) at the Vienna State Opera.

It is a work charged with jealousy and intrigue, with struggles and betrayal: Ariodante, Handel’s first work for the then brand new Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. At that time, the composer was faced with fierce competition, was financially stricken and on the rocks. However, he plucked up his courage while taking the waters and wrote the opera, basing it on Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando furioso. And he composed varied, colourful music, including the intimate aria “Scherza infida”, which is considered one of the special highlights of Handel’s oeuvre to this day. Ariodante has never been heard at the Wiener Staatsoper – but is now the second opera by the composer in the house’s repertoire, alongside Alcina.