Adam Fischer was born in Budapest in 1949 and studied composition and conducting first in Budapest and then later in a class by Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. His first engagement led him to the Opernhaus Graz as répétiteur. After that he soon became first capellmeister at the opera house in Helsinki, at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe and at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Between 1981 and 1983 he was GMD in Freiburg, 1987 to1992 in Kassel, 2000 to 2005 in Mannheim. Between 2007 and 2010 he was artistic director of the Hungarian State Opera.
He regularly conducts at the great opera houses in Europe and the USA, for example at the New York Met, La Scala, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in Bayreuth. In 1987 he was co-initiator of the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt. Since 1998 he is also chief conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. As concert conductor he appears at the world´s most important music centres. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1980 with Otello and has conducted a large number of performances here, for example Rosenkavalier, Fledermaus, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Fidelio, Cavalleria rusticana, Mozart/Da Ponte-
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.
Peter Rose made his opera debut as Commendatore (Don Giovanni) in Hong Kong in 1986 in the course of a guest appearnce of the Glyndebourne Festival. Regular appearances have since then led him to Aix-en-Provence, Paris, London, Rome, to the New Yorker Metropolitan Opera, to Barcelona, to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Berliner Staatsoper, to Sydney, to the Scottish Opera, to Hamburg, Tokyo, to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, to Chicago, San Francisco, Salzburg, Bregenz, Munich, Amsterdam and Dresden – to only name a few. He celebrated triumphs as Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Claggart (Billy Budd), Ramfis (Aida), Mustafa (L’italiana in Algeri), Philipp (Don Carlo), Kezal (Verkaufte Braut), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Falstaff, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Walter (Luisa Miller), Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Silva (Ernani), Fasolt (Das Rheingold). He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1997 as Marke (Tristan und Isolde) and has since then sung Claggart, Gremin, Rocco, Gurnemanz, Ochs and Sarastro.
KS Peter Jelosits was born in Vienna. He was a member of the Wiener Sängerknaben and studied vocal arts at the University of Music and at the Conservatory in Vienna. Between 1983 and 1985 he was member of the Opernstudio of the Wiener Staatsoper. In 1984 he debuted as 1. Priester (Die Zauberflöte). Since 1985 he has been member of the ensemble at the house on the Ring. He has performed at festivals such as the Carinthische Sommer, the Wiener Festwochen, at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Salzburger Festspielen. At the Wiener Staatsoper he has for example appeared as Jaquino (Fidelio), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodrigo (Otello), Wirt (Rosenkavalier), Gaston (La traviata), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Arbace (Idomeneo), Missail (Boris Godunow), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Heinrich (Tannhäuser), Narr (Wozzeck), Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio), Titelrolle Traumfresserchen, Sir Hervey (Anna Bolena), Rustighello (Lucrezia Borgia), Tschekalinski (Pique Dame), Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro).
Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Yamadori, 2. Jude, 4. Knappe, Harry (Fanciulla del west), Dr. Blind.
Mezzo-soprano Ulrike Helzel was born in Magdeburg and completed her vocal arts studies at the University of Music in Leipzig. She was member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for many years, where she sang Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Fuchs in Das schlaue Füchslein, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Siébel in Gounod´s Faust, Orpheus in Orpheus und Euridice and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier.
Since autumn 2012 she is member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper. Since 2006 she appears as a guest at the Bayreuther Festspiele, first as Wellgunde in the Ring and since 2008 as Blumenmädchen and Knappe in Parsifal. Ulrike Helzel has appeared as a guest for example at the Theater Basel, the Komische Oper, the Semperoper (title role Carmen), the Nationaltheater Weimar, the Opernhaus Halle, the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra La Monnaie Brüssel, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, at the Festival de Canarias, at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele.
She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011 and sang Wellgunde (Rheingold, Götterdämmerung), Zweite Norn (Götterdämmerung), Siegrune (Walküre) here.
ALEXANDRU MOISIUC was born in Bucharest and completed his violin studies at the Enescu University of Music. In 1980 he began his opera singing studies at the Porumbescu Music Academy. In 1984 he made his debut at the Bucharest National Opera in Werther, where he was engaged as soloist. In 1991 he was engaged at the Wiener Kammeroper as Don Giovanni, and went on a tour to Japan and South Korea with the Kammeroper. In 1992 he became 1st soloist at the National Opera in Temesvar, two years later his collaboration with the Wiener Staatsoper began, where he has been a soloist ever since. In 1990 he started working as singing teacher at the Bucharest Music Academy. Performances have led the artist to La Scala in Milan, the Semperoper, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Palais des Beaux-Artes in Brussels, the Herodes Atticus in Athens. His repertoire includes more than 50 of the most important roles of his fach, spanning four centuries and ranging from Monteverdi to Schönberg.
The Mezzosoprano Stephanie Houtzeel recieved her „Master of Music“ from the Juilliard School in New York and is a prizewinner of several competitions. She has been in leading roles in the Opéra National de Paris, the Zurich Opera, the Semperoper, the Washington Kennedy Centre, the New York City Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra National du Rhin, the Royal Danish Opera, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the New Israeli Opera, the Graz Opera and at the Salzburg Festival. Since the 2010/2011 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she has been seen singing the roles of Komponist, Octavian, Dorabella, Siébel, Varvara, Nicklausse, Kreusa, Orlofsky and Jenny Hill. Aside from the big Strauss and Mozart roles of her vocal range, her repertoire includes among others, Charlotte, Gluck’s Orfeo, Händel’s Ariodante, Ottavia, Valencienne or Amando in Grand Macabre. Future performances are leading the Mezzosoprano among others to Graz (Leading Role in Xerxes), to the Komische Oper Berlin and to the Bayreuther Festivals. In 2015, her new CD Nostalgia will be released.
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.
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.
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).
MARKUS EICHE was born in St. Georgen im Schwarzwald, he studied in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart and is a prizewinner of several national and international competitions. He started his career at the National theater Mannheim, and there played the roles of Marcello (La Bohème), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Papageno (Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) as well as the leading roles in Wozzeck and Don Giovanni. In the season 2007/2008, he became an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper and sang among others, Marcello, Jeletzki, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Albert (Werther), Lescaut (Manon), Fritz/Frank, Valentin (Faust), Donner (Das Rheingold), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Eugen Onegin, Don Juan (Aus einem Totenhaus), and Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus). In addition, he has appeared as a guest at the Salzburger Festspielen, the Milan Scala, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Semperoper Dresden, the Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, the Finnish National Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the Münchner Staatsoper and at the Bayreuther Festspielen. Since autumn 2012, Markus Eiche teaches at the Zurich Hochschhule der Künste.
CAROLINE WENBORNE was born in Sydney and studied vocal arts at the Conservatory in Sydney. She won numerous singing competitions and was a member of the opera studio Cologne in 2005/2006. Her repertoire comprises parts such as Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Desdemona (Otello), Alice Ford (Falstaff) and Rusalka. In 2006/2007 she was scholarship holder of the Opera Foundation Australia at the Wiener Staatsoper, where she debuted as Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore) in 2007. That same year she was awarded the Eberhard Wachter Medal. Since the season 2007/2008 Caroline Wenborne is a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper. She sang (exerpt) Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Javotte (Manon), Mascha and Chloë (Pique Dame), Gerhilde (Walküre), Freia (Das Rheingold), Gutrune and Dritte Norn (Götterdämmerung), Freia (Das Rheingold), Isotta (Die schweigsame Frau) here. Further engagements for example led the singer to the Victoria Opera Australia, where she sang Donna Anna.
MICHAEL LAURENZ comes from Halle an der Saale in Germany and started his career in music as a trumpeter, playing e.g. with Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and later on as first trumpet with Berliner Symphoniker. In 2006 he turned his focus towards singing. After some time as a member of Opernstudio Zurich, he became an ensemble member in the same city in 2010. The same year, he made his debut at Bregenz Festival, where he returned in 2014. Since 2010 he has been performing regularly at Opéra national de Paris, and in 2012 he debuted at Salzburg Festival. He has also sung at Bayerische Staatsoper, Musikfest Stuttgart, Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Vlaamse Opera. In 2015 he performed in Amsterdam, Milan and at Theater an der Wien, among others. His concert repertoire reaches from Bach all the way to the 20th century. He is scheduled to sing at Brecht festival Augsburg/Kurt Weill-Fest Dessau, in Glyndebourne, Lyon, Zurich, Antwerp and at Teatro alla Scala. He joined the Vienna State Opera ensemble at the beginning of the 2018 season.
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.
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).
Soprano MARIAM BATTISTELLI was born in Ethiopia and studied at Campiani Conservatoire in Mantua. In 2010, she acted opposite Plácido Domingo and Ruggero Raimondi in the opera film Rigoletto in Mantua, conducted by Zubin Mehta. In 2014, she came third in Verona International Competition Maria Callas, and the following year she won a prize in the Franca Mattiucci International Vocal Competition. In Rome, she won the first prize in the International Opera Competition Ottavio Ziino. From 2013-2016, Mariam Battistelli studied at Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, where she sang in productions such as Manon Lescaut, L’incoronazione di Dario (Antonio Vivaldi) and Juditha triumphans (Antonio Vivaldi). Apart from this, the soprano performed at the world premiere of The Opera! in Muscat. Her work is not restricted to operas, but includes concerts, too. At Vienna State Opera, where Mariam Battistelli has been a member of the ensemble since the beginning of 2018, she made her debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute for Kids, and she has also sung Cinderella and the Flower Maiden.
It is early one morning. The field marshal's wife, neglected by her husband, has spent a night of rapturous passion with her lover Octavian. Without any warning, her cousin bursts in: the lecherous Baron Ochs von Lerchenau. Ochs is due to marry Sophie Faninal, the daughter of a rich parvenu, and is looking for a suitable Rosenkavalier (or Knight of the Rose) to present a ceremonial rose to his future bride. However, he takes an immediate liking to the ‘chambermaid’ that he finds with the field marshal's wife, and makes certain unambiguous propositions to her. The field marshal's wife recommends Octavian as a suitable rose-bearer, showing Ochs a portrait of him in a locket; Ochs is greatly surprised at the striking ‘resemblance’ of the portrait to the ‘chambermaid’, but accepts the recommendation. When Octavian first meets Sophie in his role as Knight of the Rose, the two young people instantly fall in love. Ochs, who is only interested in the girl’s dowry, continues to act in a very coarse and leering manner, and Sophie no longer has any intention of marrying him. When Ochs tries to force her to sign the marriage contract, Octavian draws a sword, challenges him to a duel and inflicts a minor wound to his arm. The general chaos that follows prevents the marriage from being legally concluded. To undermine the proposed marriage once and for all, a trap is also set for Ochs. In a letter, the ‘chambermaid’ invites him to an assignation at an inn on the outskirts of town... Ochs accepts the ‘chambermaid’s’ offer with enthusiasm and meets her at the inn as agreed. Just as he is about to lay hands on ‘her’, various figures force their way into the room, and a chaotic masquerade ensues. Finally, Faninal, Sophie, a police commissioner and the field marshal's wife also arrive. Ochs is forced to admit that he is no longer a suitable groom for Sophie. Octavian and Sophie remain sheepishly behind with the field marshal's wife. Once she is sure where Octavian’s affections now lie, she relinquishes him - in complete control of the scene - to the younger Sophie, and leaves the young couple to their fate.