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Richard Wagner

The Fairies

Wiener Staatsoper, 2012 | 120 min.


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  • Kathleen Kelly  |  Conductor
  • Waut Koeken  |  Director
  • Agnes Hasun  |  Stage
  • Carmen van Nyvelseel  |  Costumes
  • Victoria Coeln  |  Video

Daniela Fally | Ada

Born in lower austria, soprano Daniela Fally completed her vocal training at the Wiener Musikuniversität after having previously completed theater studies, musical studies and private acting classes. Since the 2009/2010 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, after having been an ensemble member at the Wiener Volksoper for four years. Guest engagements include among others, at the Salzburger Festspielen, the Bregenzer Festspielen, the Opern­festspielen Munich (Zerbinetta 2011 and 2013), at the Bayri­sche Staatsoper Munich (Adele, Zerbinetta), the Staatsoper Hamburg (Fiakermilli, Marie/Fille du régiment 2012 and 2013, Zerbinetta), the Semperoper Dresden (Blonde, Sophie/Rosenkavalier under Christian Thielemann 2012 and 2013), the Opera houses in Zurich (Adele), Düsseldorf (Adele), Liège (Zerbinetta), and Strassburg (Blonde, Sophie/Rosenkavalier), Cologne (Zerbinetta), at the Seefestspielen Mörbisch (Adele) and at the Lyric Opera in Chicago (Adele). At the Wiener Staatsoper, she has sung among others Sophie (Rosenkavalier and Werther), Rosina, Fiakermilli, Ade­le, Oscar, Zerbinetta, and italienische Sängerin (Capriccio).

Sorin Coliban | Fairy King / Harald

SORIN COLIBAN was born in Bucharest and studied there at the Academy of Music. He sang at the ROH Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, in Athens, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Tel Aviv, at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Bayerische Staatsoper, at the Vienna Festival, the Bregenz Festival and the Wiener Volksoper, to only name a few. His repertoire includes parts such as Philipp II. (Don Carlo), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Procida (Vêpres siciliennes), Ramfis (Aida), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Banquo (Macbeth), Don Giovanni, Leporello and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer). He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2004 as Monterone (Rigoletto) and also sang the Grand Inquisiteur (Don Carlos), Landgraf (Tannhäuser), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Capulet (Romeo et Juliette), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Colline (La Bohème). 


Donna Ellen | Zemina

DONNA ELLEN comes from Canada and studied singing at the Wilfrid Laurier University of her hometown. For two seasons, she sang at the Canada Opera Piccola under the care of Leopold Simoneau and Pierette Alarie, before she changed to the Opernstudio in Zurich. In1987, she became engaged with the Landestheater Linz, where she sang roles like the Queen of the Night, Blonde, and Zer­lina and sang in the premiere of Balduin Sulzers Proteus. Previous performances include among others, in Stuttgart, Geneva, Berlin, Bad Ischl, in the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In 2004, she gave her debut at the Volksoper. Her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, where she is an honorary ensemble member, was in 2003 as Helmwige. Since then, she has sang among others, Marzellina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Axinja (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Leitmetzerin (Rosenkavalier), Annina (Traviata), Curra (Forza del destino), Brünnhilde (Nibelungenring for children), Königin (Traumfresserchen), Berta (Pünktchen und Anton), Marcellina (Nozze di Figaro), Fekluša (Kátja Kabanová), Kar­tenaufschlägerin (Arabella), Aufseherin (Elektra), and Dirne (Aus einem Totenhaus), Giovanna (Rigoletto).  

Monika Bohinec | Farzana

The mezzo-soprano Monika Bohinec studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. As a student, she was a finalist and award winner of different competitions and a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Foundation and the Hilde Zadek Foundation.

In 2006, she made her debut as Clarissa in Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen at the Slovenian State Opera, where she appeared as Jezibaba in Rusalka, Konchakowna (Fürst Igor), Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and in the title role of Carmen.
In 2009 Monika Bohinec became ensemble member of the Mannheim National Theatre, where she sang Carmen, Sara di Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Laura and Cieca (La Gioconda), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera).

In the season 2011/2012 Monika Bohinec became ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera where she sang e.g. Larina, Grimgerde, Marthe, Farzana, Schenkenwirtin, Lola, Mary, Marcellina, Fenena, Ulrica, Suzuki, Margret, Madelon and Erste Norn.

Caroline Wenborne | Lora

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 Roider | Gunther

Michael Roider was born in Salzburg and studied violin and vocal arts at the Mozarteum. Initially, he worked as a violinist but decided on a singer´s career in 1978. His first engagements were in Basel, Lucerne, as well as in Graz, where he for example sang Kudrjaš (Katja Kabanova), Max (Freischütz), Eisenstein (Fledermaus) and the title role in Der Graf von Luxemburg. Further performances led him to Berlin, Tokyo, Budapest, Salzburg, Karlsruhe, Bern, Zürich, Leipzig and to the Volksoper Wien. In 1995 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Offizier (Ariadne auf Naxos), where he has performed e.g. as Idomeneo, Triquet, Hirt (Oedipe), Valzacchi (Rosenkavalier), Herodes (Salome), Hauptmann (Wozzeck), Maler (Lulu), Loge (Rheingold), Basilio (Nozze di Figaro), Vere (Billy Budd), Spalanzani (Contes d’Hoffmann), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Cajus (Falstaff), Aegisth (Elektra), Laca (Jenufa), Guillot (Manon), Altoum (Turandot), Schäbiger (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Kreon (Medea), Incroyable (Andrea Chenier), Trabuco (Forza del destino), Albert (Tote Stadt) and Eisenstein. In 2008 and 2009 he sang Mime in Budapest.


KS Hans Peter Kammerer | Gernot

Hans Peter Kammerer was born in South Tirol and studied among others, under Walter Berry at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. His first engagements led him to the Vienna Kammeroper and the Bregenz Festivals. Furthermore, he has sung at the Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels , the Pfingstfestspielen in Salzburg, the Mozart Festival in Schönbrunn, the Opéra Bastille, the Staatstheater in Stuutgart, Geneva, the opera houses in Barcelona and Lyon as well as the Vienna Volksoper. He gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1995 as Dancaïro (Carmen). This was followed by roles among others like Ascanio (Gesualdo), Marullo (Rigoletto), Barbier (Schweigsame Frau), Achter Stammesfürst (Moses und Aron), Graf Dominik (Arabel­la), Spalanzani (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Hauptmann (Eugen Onegin), Haly (L’italiana in Algeri), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Haushofmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Papageno, Dr. Falke, Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), Kleiner Sträfling (Aus einem Totenhaus), Wagner (Faust) and Mitjuch (Boris Godunow). He has also appeared in children's operas as well as in Zimmermann's White Rose in Parliament.

One night whilst out hunting, Prince Arindal encounters a white deer which transforms itself into the beautiful fairy Ada. They both fall in love with one another immediately. Arindal resolves to stay with Ada forever in the Fairy Kingdom. However, the fairy queen warns them that, should Arindal ever leave Ada alone for longer than a year, she will be turned to stone. The two fairies Jemina and Farzana welcome Arindal, but also remind him never to forget the year of absence. War has broken out in Arindal's kingdom. His sister Lora yearns for the return of her brother, who has been missing for seven years.

Gunther, who is very devoted to Lora, and Gernot set off to search for the prince in the enchanted forest. They urge Arindal to return to his threatened homeland, where he has now become king following the death of his father. With a heavy heart, Arindal has to leave Ada to do his duty in the world of mortals. However, he pledges to return to the Fairy Kingdom before a year has passed. Lora hopes that there will soon be peace after Arindal's return, and promises her hand to Gunther. The enemy is defeated at last, but in the meantime the year has come to an end. Ada is saddened to think that Arindal has forgotten her, though her love for him is as strong as ever. As dawn breaks she is turned to stone.

The desperate Arindal knows that he has failed to keep his promise. However, the Fairy Queen knows the magic potion with which he can transform Ada back again. Thanks to the strength of his love and the power of the music and his singing, Arindal is finally able to free Ada from the stone. Out of gratitude for this deed, he also receives immortality in the Fairy Kingdom.



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