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Sat. March 24, 2018, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Vienna

Gottfried von Einem

Dantons Tod

Conductor: Susanna Mälkki, Director & Light Design: Josef Ernst Köpplinger
With Wolfgang Koch, Herbert Lippert, Jörg Schneider, Thomas Ebenstein, Olga Bezsmertna

 
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  • Will Harding  |  Musik
  • Susanna Mälkki  |  Conductor
  • Josef Ernst Köpplinger  |  Regie und Licht
  • Rainer Sinell  |  Stage
  • Alfred Mayerhofer  |  Costumes
  • Ricarda Regina Ludigkeit  |  Choreography

Wolfgang Koch | George Danton

Wolfgang Koch is considered one of the most important dramatic baritone voices of the Opera world. Firstly, he had engagements at the Stadttheater Bern, and at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and was also engaged at the Vienna Volksoper. Meanwhile, the artist has worked freelance and made guest appearances at all major opera houses and festivals in the world. Particular success came recently, among other things, as Hans Sachs, Mandryka, King Lear and Borromeo (Palestrina) in Frankfurt as Doktor Faust (Busoni), Orest, Alberich (Ring), Telramund, Pizarro and Graf Luna in Munich, as well as at the Hamburg Staatsoper, where he also sang Alberich, Morone (Pa­lestrina), Don Giovanni, Jochanaan, Kurwenal and Amfortas. At the Royal Opera House in London, he gave his debut as Hans Sachs and a short time later also sang Alberich. At the Salzburg Festivals, Wolfgang Koch was Barak (Frau ohne Schatten), at the Bayreuther Festivals in 2013, he was Wotan/Wanderer. Wolfgang Koch is a regular guest on the international concert podium. In 2008, he gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Kothner and also sang Hans Sachs, Jochanaan, Barak and Telramund. 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014 include: Telramund.

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Jochanaan.  

Herbert Lippert | Camille Desmoulins

The austrian and former member of the Vienna Boys Choir Herbert Lippert is considered amongst the most important tenors of our times. The first promoters of his voice were Sir Georg Solti and Wolfgang Sawallisch, under whose direction came numerous recordings like Die Schöpfung, Don Giovanni and Die Meister­singer von Nürnberg. In 1997, Herbert Lippert was awardsd a Grammy Award for his interpretation of the role of David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the direction of Sir Georg Solti. He is connected to the Vienna Philharnomic not only through intensive work in the opera and concert sector, but also through cooperation in the field of operetta, in particular the "degenerate operetta". Some great successes in the Lied field include Lieder evenings with Wolfgang Sawallisch and Maurizio Pollini. He is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera where made his debut in 1985 in La Traviata, and has sung roles here like Tamino, Matteo, Fla­mand, Don Ottavio, Offizier (Cardillac), Belmonte, Alfred, Froh, Walther von der Vogelweide, Skuratov, Aegisth, Jim Mahoney, Peter Grimes, Erik and Eisenstein. 




 

Jörg Schneider | Hérault de Séchelles

The artist, who was born in Wels, received his first musical education at the Wiener Sängerknaben. In 1995 he became member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Between 1997 and 2005 he was ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf. Among his most important performances are for example David (Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Steuermann (Fliegender Holländer) in Rome, Verona and Brussels, Don Ottavio in Japan, Mozart-Requiem at the Semperoper, Leukippos in Daphne in Barcelona, Linz and Dresden, Belmonte at the Deutsche Oper Berlin at at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tamino in Florence, Flamand in Paris and in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Further performances for example lead him to La Scala in Milan, to Stuttgart, Turin, Zurich, Madrid, Baden-Baden, Hongkong. In 2007 he became ensemble member of the Volksoper, where he sings numerous parts. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1989 and for example sang Tamino, Jaquino, Flamand, Alfred here. Conductors, with whom the artist has collaborated for example include: Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Dennis Russell Davis, Peter Schneider, Gustav Kuhn and Semyon Bychkow. 

Thomas Ebenstein | Robespierre

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.

 

Olga Bezsmertna | Lucile

OLGA BEZSMERTNA completed her studies at the Kiev Academy of Music in Ukraine in 2010. She was among the finalists of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna in 2010 and 2011. During her debut singing competition in Germany in 2008, she was awarded the first prize as well as the Public prize and the Puccini Prize. In 2007 she had an engagement at the Oper Oder-Spree Festival. In 2006, she received an award at the International Rimsky-Korsakow Singing Competition in St. Petersburg. Furthermore, the soprano received the first prize at the international singing competition of the Bertelsmann Trust. In 2011, she took part in the Young Singers Projects at the Salzburger Festspiele. Her repertoire includes, among others, Contessa d’Almaviva, Pamina, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Micaëla, Marguerite, Nedda, Marfa (Die Zarenbraut) and Tatjana. She is an emsemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she gave her debut in 2012 and sang among others: Dame (Cardillac), Pamina, 3. Norn, Contessa d’Almaviva and Rosalinde. Current performances include her debut at the Deutschen Oper Berlin and at the Salzburger Festpiele. 

Ayk Martirossian | Saint Just

AYK MARTIROSSIAN was born in Armenia and studied at the Russian Gnessin Academy. He was a soloist at the New Opera Theatre Moscow from 1994-1996, and from 1996-2004, soloist at the Bolchoi Theatre. Performances have taken him to the Bavarian State Opera, the Met, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro La Fenice, Tokyo Opera, Teatro Lirico di Trieste, to San Francisco, Canadian Opera, Las Palmas, Tel Aviv, Florenz, Turin, Lisbon and Hamburg. His repertoire includes Zaccaria, Fiesco, Lord Sidney, Balthasar, Basilio, Ferrando, Boris, Pimen, Gremin, Colline, Fafner, Geronte, Padre Guardiano, Raimondo, Alvise, Oroveso, Sparafucile, Timur, Il Grande Inquisitore, Filippo II, Don Ruy Gomez de Silva. He has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Renato Polumbo, Marcelo Viotti, Seiji Ozawa, Paolo Carigniani, Fabio Luisi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Asher Fisch and Simone Young. He is a Member of the Ensemble at the Vienna State Opera and gave his debut performance here in 1998. Here, he has performed such roles as King (Aida), Old Slave Labourer (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), High Priest of Bel (Nabucco).

Clemens Unterreiner | Herman

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

Wolfgang Bankl | Simon

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".
 

Wolfram Igor Derntl | ein junger Mensch

Wolfram Igor Derntl was born in Mauthausen. He completed his vocal studies at the Goetheanistisches Konservatorium with honours. In 2004 he was engaged at the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then also been member of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle. Before his fixed engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper, he was for example engaged at the Wiener Volksoper, the Wiener Kammeroper, the Stadttheater St. Pölten, in Klosterneuburg, Schwetzingen or at the Wiener Burgtheater. He was successful as Tamino (Zauberflöte), Basilio and Don Curzio (Figaro), Pedrillo (Entführung aus dem Serail), Barinkay (Zigeunerbaron), Symon (Bettelstudent), Adam (Vogelhändler) and Alfred (Fledermaus). Since his engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper he has performed numerous roles, apart from his administrative activities for the choir. In 2009/2010 he was engaged as a soloist at the Wiener Staatsoper. 
 

Wolfram Igor Derntl | 1. Henker

Wolfram Igor Derntl was born in Mauthausen. He completed his vocal studies at the Goetheanistisches Konservatorium with honours. In 2004 he was engaged at the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then also been member of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle. Before his fixed engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper, he was for example engaged at the Wiener Volksoper, the Wiener Kammeroper, the Stadttheater St. Pölten, in Klosterneuburg, Schwetzingen or at the Wiener Burgtheater. He was successful as Tamino (Zauberflöte), Basilio and Don Curzio (Figaro), Pedrillo (Entführung aus dem Serail), Barinkay (Zigeunerbaron), Symon (Bettelstudent), Adam (Vogelhändler) and Alfred (Fledermaus). Since his engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper he has performed numerous roles, apart from his administrative activities for the choir. In 2009/2010 he was engaged as a soloist at the Wiener Staatsoper. 
 

Marcus Pelz | 2. Henker

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. 

Ildikó Raimondi | eine Dame

KS Ildiko Raimondi was born in Arad, Rumania, where she began her music education and completed her vocal studies in Italy with Flaviano Labo and Carlo Bergonzi. She has performed in Dresden, Munich, Berlin, Valencia, Zurich, Helsinki as well as at Festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh, Ludwigsburg, Bregenz and the Wiener Festwochen. Since 1991 she is member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper. She made her debut here in November 1991 as Sophie (Rosenkavalier). After that she performed as Marzelline (Fidelio), Zdenka (Arabella), Pamina (Zauberflöte), Antonia (Contes d’Hoffmann), Micaela (Carmen), Susanna (Nozze di Figaro), Adele and Rosalinde (Fledermaus), Hanna Glawari (Lustige Witwe), Nedda (Pagliacci), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mimi and Musetta (Bohème), Alice (Falstaff), Dame (Cardillac), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). She performed in the gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reopening of the Wiener Staatsoper, as well as at guest appearances in Asia (2007), Japan (2008), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2009). In 2004 she became Österreichische Kammersängerin.

Roles at Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: for example Rosalinde, 3. Norn, Gerhilde.

Zoryana Kushpler | ein Weib

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.

Part 1 Robespierre has seized power and is having his opponents executed at every turn. An opponent who is his equal is Danton – he could therefore only proceed against the tyrannical extremist in the Convention. However, Danton does not believe the time for that has arrived yet. Nevertheless, Danton ridicules Robespierre to his face for his affected virtuousness. This makes Robespierre all the more inclined to follow the advice of the young fanatic Saint-Just to arrest Danton and his closest allies, Hérault de Séchelles and Camille Desmoulins. Although Danton learns in advance of the impending arrest, he refuses to flee and so delivers himself up indirectly to Robespierre.  Part 2 Danton and his friends are in prison. He can no longer really rely on help from the masses, who were initially solidly behind Danton; official opinion is already starting to turn against him, at least in some factions. Before the revolutionary tribunal, the feared rhetorician Danton is able to defend himself skilfully against his opponents, thereby temporarily winning the upper hand again. But Saint-Just presents falsified incriminating evidence against the accused. Danton then accuses Robespierre, Saint-Just and the “ravens of the Committee of Public Safety” in general of high treason. Those present are divided, and the prisoners are forcibly hustled out. Before the assembled people, Danton and his friends are guillotined. The masses cheer at the execution and respond with shouts of “Hail”. Desmoulins’ wife Lucile, who has lost her senses, seals her own fate by calling out “Long live the king” at the end of her song about the reaper Death.