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.
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.
In 2011/2012 the German baritone made his successful role debuts as Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) at the Opera de Lyon, as Dr. Kolenaty (Sache Makropulos) at the Salzburger Festspiele and as Alberich (Siegfried und Gotterdämmerung) at the Oper Frankfurt, where he had already sung Amfortas (Parsifal) and Alberich (Das Rheingold) in 2010. Future plans include the debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Alberich in the Ring des Nibelungen in Frankfurt and with the RSB Berlin as well as projects at the Bastille in Paris, at the Liceu in Barcelona and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, where he recently sang Orest (Elektra) and Creon (Medee). He regularly guests at international opera and concert stages, e.g. at the Staatsoper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden, La Scala in Milan, the Teatro Regio Turin, the Wiener Volksoper, the Aalto Theater Essen as well as at the Ruhrtriennale. Also he sang in Dallas, Philadelphia and at the San Francisco Opera (Faninal in Rosenkavalier). As Wozzeck he for example guested at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, at the Teatro Real in Madrid and at the Staatsoper Hamburg. As Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos) he made his debut at the Met in 2010 as well as at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011.
SOPHIE KOCH studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and won first prize in Holland's prestigious Hertogenbosch Competition. She celebrated her first major successes at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Così fan tutte) and at the Semperoper in Dresden (in Ariadne auf Naxos). Further performances soon took her to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Milan, Paris, Toulouse, Brussels, Madrid, Geneva, as well as to the Salzburg Festival. Her current roles include Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) in Nice, The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Waltraute (Twilight of the Gods) and Venus (Tannhäuser) in Paris, Charlotte (Werther) in Madrid and London, and the title role in Mignon in Geneva. Sophie Koch has also achieved international success with lieder and as a concert performer. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1999 as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. Her other roles in Vienna have included The Composer, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Nicklausse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Charlotte and Silla (Palestrina).
The Canadian soprano singer ADRIANNE PIECZONKA was engaged at the Wiener Volksoper at the beginning of her career and then became member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper. There, her international career began, leading her to all the world´s great opera houses and music centres. She sang Donna Anna at the ROH Covent Garden in London, in Otello, Rosenkavalier and Tannhäuser at La Scala in Milan, in Pique Dame, Walküre and Simon Boccanegra at the Metropolitan Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos at the Münchner Opernfestspiele, at the Maggio Musical in Florence in Die Frau ohne Schatten. She performed Senta at the Paris Opera Bastille and sang her first Leonore at the Canadian Opera Toronto. She sang in Don Carlo and Rosenkavalier at the Salzburger Festspiele, and sang Sieglinde and Senta at the Bayreuther Festspiele. She made her debut as Chrysothemis in Aix en Provence. At the Wiener Staatsoper she has for example sung Contessa d’Almaviva, Antonia, Tatjana, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, Senta, Marschallin, Elsa, Eva, Desdemona, Arabella and Ariadne. Adrianne Pieczonka is Austrian Kammersängerin, „Officer of the Order of Canada“ and since 2010 member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Tosca, Elisabeth (Don Carlos Italian).
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.
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.
RAFAEL FINGERLOS was born in Tamsweg (Salzburg) and completed his solo vocal training in 2013 at the Konservatorium Wien with honours. The baritone is a prizewinner of national and international competitions. In summer 2010, he sang at the Teatro Barocco festival in Altenburg the leading role in Michael Haydn’s Der Bassgeiger zu Wörgl. In 2015, he took part in the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, and in summer 2016 he will work at the Salzburg Festival in the premiere of Thomas Adès’ The exterminating angel. In february 2016, he gave his debut as Papageno at the Dresden Semperoper, in autumn 2016 he will tour as Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the Nationale Reisopera through the netherlands. In 2017 he will give his debut at the Bregenz Festival as Moralès (Carmen), and in 2018 in Zimmerman's Soldaten at the Teatro real in Madrid. Lied and concerts play a central role in his artistic ability. From the 2016/2017 season, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper.
JINXU XIAHOU was born in Zibo in the Eastern Chinese province Shadong in December 1990. He began studying with Prof. Wang Xianlin in 2008 at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (China) and completed his studies as bachelor. Jinxu Xiahou made his stage debut as Basilio in Eugen Onegin at the Tianqiao Opera in Beijing. He made his Europe debut in 2010, when he sang at the annual Classic Night in Zurich. In the year 2011 he was finalist of the renowned international singing competition Neue Stimmen of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh and won the third prize. In 2012 he debuted at the Wiener Staatsoper where he has sung (exerpt) Conte di Lerma/Un areldo reale (Don Carlo Italian), Gaston (La traviata), Sänger (Rosenkavalier), Stimme des Seemanns (Tristan und Isolde), Rodrigo (Otello), Abdallo (Nabucco), Zweiter Jude (Salome), Bote (Aida), Comte de Lerme/Herold (Don Carlos French). He is a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper.
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".
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).
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.
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.
Prologue The servants of the wealthiest man in Vienna are busy preparing the stage for a planned performance in their master's palace. Two troupes have been engaged and are busily making preparations behind the scenes. One them is to play the opera Ariadne on Naxos, the first work by a young composer, whilst the other will perform a dance masquerade in the Italian buffo style. Petty jealousies between the members of both troupes already have emotions running high. The situation is exacerbated by an unexpected and incomprehensible change of programme communicated by the lord of the house through his major-domo: he now wishes the two pieces to be performed for his invited guests not one after the other, but at the same time. Deeply mortified, the composer wishes to withdraw his composition and forgo its first public performance, since the work represents an authentic implementation of his artistic worldview. However, he has a change of heart thanks to the practically minded music teacher, and Zerbinetta: well versed especially in the art of seduction, the latter inveigles the inexperienced young composer in no time at all. With a resounding hymn to the nature of music, the composer accepts reality and the instructions of his patron. The opera Ariadne on Naxos will therefore be performed in the desired manner, with interludes by an troupe of Italian comedians. Opera Outside a cave on the shores of the island of Naxos, Ariadne longs for death after being abandoned by Theseus, her rescuer and lover. Oblivious to everything going on around her, she takes no notice of the three nymphs, nor of the comedians trying to cheer her up, nor even of Zerbinetta. Drawing on her wealth of experience, Zerbinetta sings an audacious aria advising the grieving Ariadne not to shed a single tear for her departed lover, and to remain open for new love. A radiant youth is seen approaching in the distance: it is Bacchus, the god of the eternal regeneration. He comes from the arms of the sorceress Circe, where he was unable to find what he was looking for. Mistaking him for the messenger of death, Ariadne, goes out to meet him: without immediately noticing it, she falls ecstatically in love with him, an emotion which the god reciprocates. Transformed by one another as if reborn, Ariadne and Bacchus bring the opera to a close as a truly mystically united couple.