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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.
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.
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 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.
For many decades, no less than four operas (including two world premières) and five ballets (including two world premières) by Gottfried von Einem belonged to the repertoire at the Wiener Staatsoper. To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the work that catapulted him to international fame at the Salzburg Festival in 1947 returns to the opera house on the Ring: Dantons Tod. Von Einem had brilliantly recreated Büchner’s Revolution tragedy for music theatre and, following the postulate of his teacher Boris Blacher, had interwoven the musical and the theatrical in such a way that the dramatic episodes are optimally communicated in music to the audience.