Cornelius Meister was born in 1980 in Hannover. He studied piano and conducting in Hannover under Konrad Meister, Martin Brauß and Eiji Oue as well as at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Dennis Russel Davies, Jorge Rotter and Karl Kamper. Since September 2010, he is the Chief Conductor and artistic director of the ORF Radio-Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. He regularly performs at the Vienna Musikverein and the Konzerthaus. Extensive concert tours took him to Japan and Europe, among others to the Salzburger Festivals. In summer 2012, Cornelius Meister completed his 7-year engagement as General Music Director of the Theater and Philharmonic Orchestra in Heidelberg. Already at the age of 21, he gave his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the New National Opera Tokyo, the San Francisco Opera, the Deutschen Oper Berlin, the Theater an der Wien, the Königlichen Oper Kopenhagen and the Semperoper in Dresden. Current opera projects include performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the Semperoper in Dresden, in Berlin and at the Lettischen Nationaloper Riga. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper with the Magic Flute.
KS Peter Seiffert studied at the Musikhochschule Dusseldorf. He was first engaged at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. As awardee Deutsche Musikrat competition, engagements in the whole of Europ and TV appearances followed. His engagement at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he performed Lohengrin, was the beginning of his world career. Since then he has been a guest on the world´s most important opera stages, where he sings all his repertoire´s roles. In 1992 he was appointed Bayerischer Kammersänger. In 1996 he made his debut at the Bayreuther Festspielen as Stolzing, then Lohengrin in the years 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. In Zurich Peter Seiffert for example sang Tamino, Parsifal, Florestan, Erik, Tannhauser, Turiddu; in Los Angeles he appeared as Bacchus, at the Metropolitan Opera New York and at the Chatelet in Paris he sang Tannhauser and Siegmund; at the Deutsche Oper Berlin he for example appeared as Turiddu, in Valencia as Florestan and Siegmund, at the Salzburger Festspiele as Max. Recently, he performed (selection) at the Met, in Berlin, Zurich and Barcelona as Tristan, in Munich and at La Scala as Florestan, in Zurich as Stolzing, in Berlin and Zurich as Tannhäuser, in Vienna and Berlin as Otello.
Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper in the season 2014/2015: Tristan
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.
DANIEL BOAZ was born in Tel Aviv, studied in the University there, and then continued his vocal studies from 1996 to 1999 in the Conservatoire of Vienna. In 1999, he received the promotional prize in the Eberhard Waechter-Medaille in Vienna. In 1998, he became an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where his repertoire includes, among others, works ranging from Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Paolo (Simon Boccanegra), Marcello (La Bohème), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Ford (Falstaff), Klingsor (Parsifal), Rangoni (Boris Godunow), Valentin (Faust), Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Jeletzki (Pique Dame), Sonora (La fanciulla del West), Heerrufer (Lohengrin) to Gunther (Götterdämmerung). He received repeated invitations to the ROH Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the New Israeli Opera, the Dresdner Semperoper, to Chicago, Turin, Salzburg, San Francisco, Frankfurt and Barcelona. Recently, he has celebrated success in the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Ernani, as well as in Don Giovanni in Graz, in Tel Aviv in Un ballo in maschera, and in Tristan und Isolde in Hamburg, Berlin and London.
Albert Dohmen was born in Krefeld and can look back onto a long international career. One of the highlights so far was Wozzeck at the Salzburg Easter- and Summer Festivals in 1997.
His repertoire includes e.g. Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Amfortas (Parsifal), Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), the title role in Der fliegende Holländer, Escamillo (Carmen), Orest (Elektra), Scarpia (Tosca), Jochanaan (Salome) as well as Wotan/Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen. He sang this part in Geneva, Trieste and Berlin. He is a regular guest at the opera houses of Paris, London, Berlin, Zurich, Amsterdam, Milan, New York as well as at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Bayreuther Festspiele.
On the concert sector he has sung his entire fach in nearly all the world´s greatest concert halls. He presented himself to the audience of the Wiener Staatsoper in 2001 as Wotan in Das Rheingold in 2001. Since then he has very successfully performed as Wotan (Die Walküre), Wanderer (Siegfried), Scarpia, Jochanaan, Holländer, Pizarro as well as Tomski and Pluto (Pique Dame), Il Commendatore, Wotan (Rheingold), Méphistophélès (Faust) and Orest.
Role at ther Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014: Marke.
Camilla Nylund was born in Vaasa (Finland). She studied at the Salzburger Mozarteum. The artist, who has won numerous competitions, was member of the ensemble of the Staatsoper Hannover between 1995 and 1999 and was member of the ensemble of the Sachsische Staatsoper in Dresden from 1999 to 2001. In the year 2008 she was appointed Sachsische Kammersängerin. Guest appearances for example led her to La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Finnish National Opera, the Teatro La Fenice, the Teatro Carlo Fenice in Genua, the Vlaamse Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Königliche
Oper Kopenhagen, the Nederlandse Opera, the ROH Covent Garden, Bayreuth and to the Salzburger Festspiele.
Her most important roles are Salome, Leonore (Fidelio), Figaro and Capriccio Gräfin, Pamina (Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi, Antonia, Marie (Die verkaufte Braut), Eva (Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Rosalinde (Fledermaus), Lisa (Land des Lächelns), Mimi (La Bohème), Tatjana (Eugen Onegin) Ann Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Marschallin (Rosenkavalier), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) and Arabella. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2005 as Salome and has since then also sung Ariadne, Elsa, Feldmarschallin, Rosalinde, Donna Anna, Sieglinde here.
Günther Groissböck wurde in Niederösterreich geboren, studierte an der Wiener Musikuniversität, unter anderem bei Robert Holl. Seit 2005 arbeitet er regelmäßig mit José van Dam zusammen. Er war Stipendiat des Herbert von Karajan-Centrums und in der Saison 2002/2003 Ensemblemitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Ab 2003 war er Ensemblemitglied am Opernhaus Zürich. Auftritte absolviert er unter anderem an der Deutschen Oper und an der Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, beim Festival Aix-en-Provence, bei den Salzburger Festspielen, in Paris, Turin, Straßburg, San Francisco, Valencia, an der Mailänder Scala, der New Yorker Met, an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München, in Tokio, Chicago, Los Angeles. Im Jahr 2011 debütierte er bei den Bayreuther Festspielen.
Sein Repertoire umfasst etwa den Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Fürst Gremin, Wassermann (Rusalka), Hunding und Fafner, König Heinrich, Eremit (Der Freischütz), Daland. An der Wiener Staatsoper sang er unter anderem in Billy Budd, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Fidelio, Parsifal, Sarastro, Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, Hunding, Fafner.
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.
Don Pizarro, the governor of a Spanish state prison, has instituted a reign of terror in his establishment. Innocent citizens aree often the political victims of his brutal nature. Florestan of Seville determines to put an end to this despotism., but in the process falls into the hands of this man of violence. For over two years he has languished in solitary confinement under inhuman conditions. His friends believe him dead, and only his ife Leonore has not given him up for lost since his disappearance. Suspecting that Florestan has been imprisoned, she enters into service as a warder with the gaoler Rocco. She carries out her heavy work in men´s clothing under the name of Fidelio, gaining he confidence of her superior and even winning the love of his daughter Marzelline.
In vain the gatekeeper Jacquino vies fort he affection of Marzelline. She, however, has been indifferent to his approaches ever since Fidelio has been working there. Fidelio/Leonore returns from Seville where she has been attending to some business. Rocco is once again very pleased with his new assistant´s cleverness and sense of duty very soon Fidelio and Marzelline will be united as one. Marzelline and Rocco dream of a happy future, Jacquino sees his prospects vanishing, and Fidelio / Leonore dreads the uncertainty. Then Don Pizarro appears on the scene. From a confidential letter he learns that the minister has got wind of his abuse of office, and hopes to catch Don Pizarro out with a surprise vsit. Pizarro reacts promptly tot he situation: a warder is sent to watch the main road and signal the minister´s arrival with a trumpet signal. Florestan, the most prominent victim, must be eliminated as fast as possible. As Rocco refuses to commit a murder, the gvernor determines to carry out the deed himself. However, first the gaoler must dig him a grave in the dungeon. Marzelline and Fidelio / Leonore ask Rocco to allow the petty criminals out for a while. Full of joy, the prisoners enjoy the warm spring sun – in vain Fidelio / Leonore watches for a familiar face. To her dismay she learns of Rocco´s latest task, and asks to share his heavy work in the dungeon with him. Will she have to help dig her own husband´s grave? Furious, Pizarro notices the prisoners´walking about, and will accept no excuses. Only his pressing plan to murder Florestan prevents terrible consequences.
In the dungeon the weakened Florestan ponders his fate. His situation seems hopeless, and he is consoled only by the knowledge that he has done his duty. In an estatic vision he imagines that he is transported to heavenly freedom by an angel with the countenance of Leonore. Rocco and Fidelio / Leonore laboriously open up a cistern. Florestan finally learns who the governor of this prison is, and wants to send word to his wife in Seville. Fidelio / Leonore now knows for certain sho the man before her is. It would seem that a light meal of bread and wine ist o be Florestan´s last earthly pleasure, when Pizarro is heard approaching. As he draws back to deal the fatal blow, Fidelio / Leonore jumps in front oft he prisoner crying „First kill his wife!“ As she points a pistol at Pizarro, the trumpet signal is heard. The arrival oft he minister promises a different turn of events: release fort he oppressed, punishment fort he oppressor. Pizarro rushes out of the dungeon, Rocco dissociates himself from his former master, and Leonore and Florestan rush delighted into one another´s arms. _ Eagerly the people and the prisoners welcome the minister Don Fernando on the parade ground in front oft he palace. In the name oft he king, the minister pronounces a general amnesty and the end of political despotism. He recognizes Florestan as his old friend long supposed dead. Leonore is allowed to release the chains oft he man who has been humiliated for so long, and Pizarro is arrested. The jubilant crown applauds the reunited couple, raising their voices in praise of true love: „Never can one extol too highly the woman who saves her own husband!“