Opera highlights with Christian Thielemann
»Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«
A Coproduction with the Osterfestspiele Salzburg, the Tokyo Buka Kaikan and the New National Theatre, Tokyo
Sun, 26 January 2020, 3 p.m., price category T (Premiere)
Thu, 30 January 2020, 4 p.m., price category N
Sun, 02 February 2020, 3 p.m., price category R
Mon, 10 February 2020, 4 p.m., price category N
Sun, 16 February 2020, 3 p.m., price category R
A coproduction with the Osterfestspiele Salzburg
Sat, 23 May 2020, 6 p.m., price category S2 Opera (Premiere)
Tue, 26 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category S1
Fri, 29 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category S2
Mon, 01 June 2020, 6 p.m., price category S2
Concert highlights with Christian Thielemann
»Symphony Concert No. 8«
Sun, 08 March 2020, 11 a.m., price category KON
Mon, 09 March 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON
Tue, 10 March 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON
»Symphony Concert No. 10«
Thu, 30 April 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON
Fri, 01 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category KON
Sat, 02 May 2020, 11 a.m., price category KON
Alcina masters the standard repertoire of a sorceress. In her kingdom she entrances and abandons men as the mood takes her, scoffing traditional morals and institutions such as marriage. Her adversary, Bradamante, has set off in disguise to free her lover Ruggiero, who has fallen under Alcina’s spell. This late work of Georg Friedrich Händel’s contains some of his most beautiful arias and goes above and beyond the simplistic black-and-white narration of the libretto: Alcina, the self-centred sorceress, becomes a woman of passion whose love is eventually frustrated both by her own demands and social pressures. In the end the demise of her magical realm, a world of desire and fantasy, is not only regarded as a liberation, but also a sad loss.
The Mexican-French star tenor Rolando Villazón transposes the baroque opera spectacle »Platée« into a postmodern high school atmosphere. He exposes social cruelty and blind craval for social approval in a contemporary interpretation. Jean-Philippe Rameau’s ballet-opera is one of the most unusual works of musical theatre from the 18th century and returns to the stage of the semperoper in April for three performances. The role of »Platée«, composed for tenor solo, is one of the parade roles of French baroque opera and will be interpreted by Philippe Talbot, celebrated for his lyrical baroque roles.
In April you will have the last opportunity for this season to experience Latvian soprano Maija Kovaleska in her classic role Mimi in »La bohème«, on of the most popular operas of the repertoires.
In »Madama Butterfly« Japanese director Amon Miyamoto and star designer Kenzo Takada offer a unique oriental perspective on the tragic Japanese-American liaison.
Sat 25 April 2020, 7 p.m., price category K
Sun 26 April 2020, 6 p.m., price category L (premiere)
A desire for freedom, passion and jealousy: Swedish star choreographer Johan Inger focuses on the emotional fight of the protagonist Don José as in the short story of Merimée. Ingers interpretation of »Carmen« advances the drama trough contemporary dance and faces the task to initiate a development on part of the viewer reaching a reflection process by using him as a childhood eye-witness.
Carmen returns to the schedule of the Semperoper in spring 2020, for which the choreographer has received the Prix Benois de la Danse – the Oscar of the ballet world – in Moscow in 2016.
Mon 30 March 2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Wed 01 April 2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Fri 03 April 2020, 7 p.m., price category H
Thu 09 April 2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Sat 11 April 2020, 7 p.m., price category J
Mon 13 April 2020, 7 p.m., price category H
In the internationally acclaimed ballet »Don Quixote« the eponymous hero initially undertakes a dream journey, then a real adventurous trip – always searching for his imaginary ideal of Dulcinea that has arisen from the novels. Although Aaron S. Watkin’s new ballet production is put in a more temporal context, it shows respect for the original ballet with its classical repertory of movements and creates a thrilling, musically shimmering atmosphere. The Soloist Christian Bauch slips again into the role of Don Quixote. His Doña Dulcinea del Toboso will be danced by First Soloist Sangeun Lee.
Performance with Christian Bauch and Sangeun Lee
Wed 06 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Fri 08 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category H
Sun 10 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Sun 17 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Thu 21 May 2020, 7 p.m., price category H
Mon 25 May 2020 7 p.m., price category F
In March 2020, the four-part ballet evening »Labyrinth« leads again into the abberations of human psyche and builds a bridge from the dance history of the 1940s until today. The Semperoper Ballet presents four important choreographers that are affected by the School of American Ballet and whose conceptions stand for the liberation of modern dance from traditional classical ballet ideas. Following George Balanchine’s neoclassical choreography »The Four Temperaments«, the evening leads from a visually impressive adaptation of the Greek Minotaur myth »Errand into the Maze« by Martha Graham to an energetic and archaic-looking »Black Milk«-version for five men by Ohad Naharin towards the dark and enigmatic choreography »Songs for a Siren« by Joseph Hernandez.