Season 2011/12

Where Opera is Emotion!

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Sujet 09/10, © spot.ag / michael huber . thomas riegler (grafik: thomas riegler)
Sujet 09/10, © spot.ag / michael huber . thomas riegler (grafik: thomas riegler)

The new season provides international highlights for Vienna all the year round, with no summer break. With thirteen premieres on the programme, the Theater an der Wien once again places the emphasis firmly on productions of the very highest quality.

On the cover of the printed programme, the city of Vienna’s opera house has placed a significant symbol – a beating heart representing inspiration, creativity, dynamism and longing. This potent diversity, ranging from the baroque to the modern, is also reflected in the works featured in the new season. These include fascinating musical theatre by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn and Gioachino Rossini, as well as Carl Maria von Weber, Johann Strauss, Benjamin Britten and Hans Werner Henze plus a premiere of a work by Johannes Kalitzke.

Artistic quality of the highest order is guaranteed by the conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Bertrand de Billy, Donald Runnicles, Christopher Moulds, Marc Albrecht, Harry Bicket, Cornelius Meister and Johannes Kalitzke and the opera directors Christof Loy, Tobias Moretti, Robert Carsen, Stephen Lawless, Philipp Himmelmann, Kasper Bech Holten, Torsten Fischer and Stefan Ruzowitzky, who will be directing his first opera. And the opera house also welcomes two of the world’s foremost choreographers, John Neumeier and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, as its guests.

The music will once again be provided by first-class ensembles such as the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, along with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, all three of which have committed themselves to long-term cooperation with the Theater an der Wien. In the genre of baroque opera, celebrated ensembles including the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Concentus Musicus Wien and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble will perform the music as it originally sounded during the 2009/10 season. For the premiere of the opera Die Besessenen by Johannes Kalitzke the Theater an der Wien has succeeded in securing the services of the Klangforum Wien.