New Year’s Day Concert, Vienna
Sunday 15th February
Otello by Verdi
Sunday 12th April (afternoon), Thursday 16th (evening), Sunday 19th (afternoon)From the Met. Opera in 1978, the title role is taken by the legendary Verdian, Jon Vickers, matched perfectly by Renata Scotto as Desemona, with Cornell Macneil as the menacing Iago. The stunning production and set designs are by Franco Zeffirelli with James Levine conducting.
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Mozart
Sunday 14th June (afternoon), Thursday 18th (evening), Sunday 21st (afternoon)This Salzburg Festival production dates from 1982 and has a dream cast, including Schreier, Talvela, Gruberova and Contrubas. Jean Pierre Ponnelle directs with masterly traditional effect and James Levine conducts.
Opera Rara: Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage) by Cimarosa
Sunday 16th July (afternoon)From Lugano in 1986 comes this gentle and charming opera. The cast and music may be unknown but here is the opportunity to experience something new and different.
L’Elisir D’Amore by Donizetti
Sunday 13th September (afternoon), Thursday 17th (evening), Sunday 20th (afternoon)Vienna Staatsoper 2005. An outstanding ‘modern’ cast with Netrebko as Adina, Villazon as Nemorino and Nucci as Belcore but placed in an entirely traditional production. The result sparkles with delightful performances, wit and humour but never descends into slapstick.
Ballet: Le Corsaire
Sunday 1st November (afternoon)A Kirov Ballet production, dating from 1989. This version by Pepita was selected following a particular recommendation by a ballet professional. The dancing by the Russian cast is both dramatic and beautiful.
Wiener Blut by Johann Strauss
Sunday 29th November (afternoon), Thursday 3rd December (evening), Sunday 6th (afternoon)From the Austrian Morbisch Festival of 2007 comes this authentic and lavish humorous operetta production. The well known melodies are all from Strauss’ repertoire with lyrics added subsequently.