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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-
Stephen Gould was born in Virginia and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. In recent years he has sung in the new productions of Der fliegende Holländer in Madrid, Munich, Vienna and New York, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in Bayreuth, Tannhäuser in Tokyo, Paris and Geneva, Peter Grimes in Dresden and Geneva, Otello and Die Liebe der Danae in Dresden, Lohengrin in Trieste and Hamburg, Die tote Stadt in Berlin and London, Fidelio in Rome und Tokyo, Les Troyens, Fidelio and Otello in Florence as well as in many further productions and concerts in Dresden, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Mannheim and Barcelona. In 2012/2011 he sang Gurre-Lieder in Montreux and Luzern, Tristan und Isolde in Tokyo and Dresden, Tannhäuser in Dresden, then Die Frau ohne Schatten in Salzburg, Götterdämmerung in Berlin, and in 2012 Tristan und Isolde in Berlin, Fidelio in Dallas, Götterdämmerung in Munich and Tannhäuse in Turin, to only name a few.
In 2004 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Paul (Die tote Stadt) and has since then also sung Erik, Parsifal, Siegfried (Siegfried, Götterdämmerung), Tannhäuser and Bacchus here.
The Swedish soprano Nina Stemme is one of the most sought-after interpreters of her field. After her debut as Cherubino in Italy, invitations to opera houses in Stockholm, Vienna, Dresden, Zurich, Naples, Barcelona, to the Metropolitan Opera, to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to San Francisco, Zurich and the Festivals in Bayreuth, Luzern, Salzburg, Savonlinna, Glyndebourne and Bregenz followed, where she successfully sang the roles of her repertoire, such as Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Tatjana, Suor Angelica, Euridice, Katerina (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Contessa (Nozze di Figaro) Marguerite (Faust), Agathe, Marie (Wozzeck), Nyssia (König Kandaules), Jenufa, Rosalinde, Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Eva (Meistersinger), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), Senta (Fliegender Holländer), Sieglinde (Walküre), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (Forza del destino), Aida, Isolde, Arabella, Brünnhilde (Ring), Salome.
Tomasz Konieczy was born in 1972 in Lodz/Poland. At the Film Academy there, he studied acting as well as singing in Warsaw and Dresden. In 1997, he gave his debut in Poznan as Figaro (Nozze di Figaro), two years later in Leipzig, and in 2000/2001 he changed to the Lubecker Theatre. During this time he was committed to St. Gallen, Halle, Chemnitz and Mannheim. From 2002/2003, he became an ensemble member in Mannheim. In 2005, he gave his debut at the Deutschen Oper in Rhein. Further engagements include performances in the Scala, at the Paris Opera, the Semperoper, the Teatro Real, Warsaw, the Bayerischen Staatsoper, Tokyo, Berlin and the Salzburger Festspiele. His roles include among others: Kezal, Orest, Procida, Ramfis, Wotan Wanderer, Pizarro, Großinquisitor, Jochanaan, Osmin, Golaud, Sarastro, Mandryka, Amfortas, Alberich, Pimen, Marke, Colline, Melitone and Wozzeck. In 2008, he gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Alberich and also sang here since then Fra Melitone, Alberich (kompletter Ring), Amfortas, Goldhändler, Jochanaan, Wotan, Wanderer, Mandryka, Jack Rance, Don Pizarro and Dreieinigkeitsmoses.
KS Herwig Pecoraro was born in Bludenz and studied in Feldkirch, Mantua and Modena and took part in master classes with KS Schwarzkopf. Guest appearances have led him to the Bregenzer and Salzburger Festspiele, the opera houses in Bern, St. Gallen, Hamburg, Munich, Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Milan, New York and San Francisco. He was engaged at the Opernhaus Graz and at the Volksoper Wien, since 1991 he is member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper, where he made his debut as Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer) and has since then sung (selection) Jaquino (Fidelio), Monostatos and 1. Geharnischter (Die Zauberflöte), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Mime (Das Rheingold, Siegfried), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), Beppe (Pagliacci), Andres/Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Incroyable (Andrea Chenier), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Guillot (Manon) as well as Klammerschneider (Riese vom Steinfeld) and Fatty here.
Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014: e.g. Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Herodes (Salome), Hauptmann (Wozzeck), Mime (Das Rheingold).
Act 1 Siegfried was brought up by Mime, the blacksmith, in the forest. Mime forges a sword for the unruly boy, but cannot please him – the boy shatters the sword. Mime’s world is altogether too restrictive for him. He asks about his parents, and Mime finally tells him about his mother, who died while giving birth to Siegfried, and shows him the broken sword that his father carried to his last battle. Sigfried demands that Mime weld the pieces into a better weapon and runs back into the forest. Wotan appears on the scene, dishuised as a wanderer. He plays a guessing-game with Mime, but Mime loses the wager – and his head, to the man who knows no fear. The stranger goes on to reveal that one man alone can weld the fragments of the sword: That man is Siegfried. However, Mime tries to persuade Siegfried that he is missing something by knowing know fear – Siegfried is evidently confusing it with love, of which he has a vague presentiment. Mime promises that Siegfried will learn fear in battle with the dragon Fafner, the former giant. The dragon guards the treasure of the Nibelungs that Mime plans to secure for himself through Siegfried. Siegfried, who has no respect for craftsmanship, forges the sword at his first attempt. Meanwhile Mime brews a potion with which he plans to kill Siegfried, once the latter has slain the dragon. Act 2 Mime’s brother Alberich is guarding the entrance to the dragon’s cave when he comes across the wanderer. He recognizes him and senses danger. However, Wotan calms him: he does not want the treasure and ring himself, but Mime will try to seize it with the help of a young hero. Wotan and Alberich leave the scene. In the grey morning light, Mime leads Siegfried to the cave and leaves him there. A woodland bird catches Siegfried’s attention. He answers the bird first on a flure he carved himself and then on his horn, at the sound of which the dragon emerges from its cave. After a brief fight, Siegfried plunges the sword into its heart, and the dying Fafner warns him anout the ring. As soon as the dragon’s blood touches his lips, Siegfreid starts to understand the bird’s song. He learns of the ring, the treasure and the helmet, and he sees through Mime’s fawning: when Mime offers him the poisoned potion, he slays him. He then follows the woodland bird, who tells him of the rock of the Valkyries. Act 3 The wanderer wakens Erda: he wants to relinquish his might to the young Siegfried, whose innocence is weakening Alberich’s curse. Siegfried enters and treats the old man no kindlier than Mime. He strikes the spear that once shattered his father’s sword out of the wanderer’s hand and clears his way to the rock. There he finds the sleeping Brünnhilde. The couple awake to their love for each other.