In September 2012 the Theater an der Wien started staging productions at the historic theatre in the heart of Vienna. A young ensemble (JET) of seven singers was founded to breathe new life into the Kammeroper and to stage an ambitious debut programme that was fascinating and diverse in equal measure.
Now at long last it was possible to accompany young artists over a longer period, to guide their development and support them with advice and practical tipp. The first opera productions not only put our young team and their programme firmly on the map but, in the case of La bohème, even attracted international acclaim and provided the venue with a sell-out series of performances. For the forthcoming second season in the Kammeroper we are delighted to be able to present another programme that, with four new productions, spans centuries of opera history. We begin with Semiramide, thereby digging up an opera by Leonardo Vinci and George Frideric Handel based on the libretto by Pietro Metastasio which has not been heard on stage since the eighteenth century. With La Cenerentola we continue our Rossini cycle, taking it a step further and presenting this modern-day fairy tale in an intimate setting. In his Mare Nostrum, the Argentinian composer Mauricio Kagel claims that the Amazonians discovered the Mediterranean region, coming face to face with astounded European natives. Join us in venturing to embrace this scenario and the shift of perspective. We round off this season’s productions with a great but much neglected Mozart opera: La clemenza di Tito. We look forward to seeing you at the Kammeroper – bring your neighbours, family and friends, and spread the word!
Yours Sebastian F. Schwarz
Artistic Director and managing director of the Kammeroper