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Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera

Since its world premiere in Venice 1851, the opera «Rigoletto» took the audience by storm until today. The story of court jester Rigoletto and his beloved daughter Gilda is as thrilling as a crime and as tragic as no other opera before. Guiseppe Verdi built a grotesque world in-between carnival, life and death. Through his masterpiece Verdi provides an insight into the causes of revenge, social exclusion and the construct of misinterpreted love and creates a drama that touches people's hearts and minds until today. Spanish soprano Elena Sancho Pereg as Gilda, Bariton Vladislav Sulimsky, Italian singer Davide Damiani, three star tenors Yosep Kang, Arthur Espiritu and Jesus Leon accompanied by the Philharmonia Chor Wien and the Slowenian Symphonic Orchestra, this opera creates an outstanding musical highlight in the picturesque open-air setting of the impressive «Ruffini Stage» at the St. Margarethen Quarry.








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Guglielmo Tell
In summer 2016 one of the most famous overtures by Gioacchino Rossini was performed in Erl, Austria - that of his last opera, Guglielmo Tell (William Tell).
And since, as is well known, the Accademia di Montegral is also a bel canto academy, the entire opera and with it a multifaceted cosmos of musical highlights were also presented. From the five solo cellists at the start of the overture, and the famous galloping march, to the great prayer of thanksgiving at the end of the opera, not only does Rossini create a supposedly
Swiss panorama of nature and the free spirit of the titular hero, but also revolutionises the operatic genre itself. Rossini's «Tell» is the highpoint of the «Opera seria» and the starting point of an almost 100-year tradition of great romantic operas.
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L'Elisir d'Amore - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
L'Elisir d'Amore - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Gaëtano Donizetti's comic opera, «The Elixir of Love» is a tumultuous new production. The shy peasant,
Nemorino falls in love with the flamboyant landowner Adina. But Adina only has eyes for the handsome
Sergeant Belcore. That is until the travelling jack-ofall-trades, Dulcamara, arrives in town and the gullible
Nemorino buys a love potion from him - which in reality is nothing more than a bottle of red wine. When
Nemorino is prepared to put his life at risk just to get hold of more of the mysterious miracle potion, the
tide turns: Adina's heart makes the arduous journey to peasant Nemorino.
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Tosca - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Tosca - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
«Floria Tosca» is one of the signature roles of the versatile soprano Martina Serafin, whose beautiful
voice has lately been heard in all the major opera houses around the world. Vocal quality of the
highest level can be expected from the international singers hired by the new director of the opera,
Maren Hofmeister. The musical director is Michael Güttler, the principal conductor of the Finnish National
Opera in Helsinki. For the first time the orchestra of the State Opera of the Prague National
Theatre will perform in St. Margarethen.
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Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni

In 2011 »Don Giovanni" of W. A. Mozart was produced at the Ruffini Stage in the quarry of St. Margarethen for the first time.The production by Thilo Reinhardt showed sensory effects and dramatic views. The set designer Paul Zoller created an imposing frame for the story of Don Giovanni with his 1.003 women. Musical director Johannes Wildner led a top-class ensemble of singers with Josef Wagner (Don Giovanni), Cristina Baggio (Donna Elvira), Mandy Fredrich (Donna Anna) and Thorsten Grümbel (Leporello).


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Aida - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Aida - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Love knows no bounds. It doesn't care about social status, regulations or laws. Love follows its own path. Also, if this leads into ruin as with the graceful Aida and Radames. Hollywood director Robert Dornhelm succeeded with his opulent staging of Verdi's masterpiece in showing opera stars like Kristin Lewis (Aida), Martin Muehle (Radames), Annunziata Vestri (Amneris) under the musical direction of Alfred Eschwé.
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The Fairy Queen
The Fairy Queen
By dropping the spoken scenes of the whole semi-opera and highlighting the ear-candy songs, fabulous dance scenes, clever effects and on stage-silliness of Purcell's work Harnoncourt father and son let the audience sit back and enjoy the memorable «masques» en suite. Taken on its own, the colourful series of scenes turns out to be a Baroque version of the «Everyman» play, where in a magical night a young couple encounters the heralds of nature. They remind the young persons of who they are, where they come from and where they are headed. And as you can see: The imagination knows no bounds in the realm of the Fairy Queen.

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Attila
Attila
Inspired by Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias Werner's drama "Attila, König der Hunnen" (1809), Giuseppe Verdi composed the enthralling score of his opera "Attila" : Verdi created rousing and immediately accessible choruses, arias and duets with expansive melodies for the bloodthirsty story of the battle between the heathen invaders and Christian Italy under the leadership of Rome. The work is bursting with energy and belongs unmistakably to Verdi's first successful period. The individual characters of the protagonists are less well defined but full of passion, a circumstance that elicited great enthusiasm when the work was first performed.

A recording from the Theater an der Wien, 2013.
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Orlando
Orlando
The hero, Orlando, loses his mind thanks to his unrequited love for Angelica, the Queen of Cathay. Angelica is in love with Medoro, who has left the shepherdess, Dorinda, because of her. However, the master of events is a friend of Orlando, the magician, Zoroastro. Freed from his love delusion with his help, disappointed, Orlando turns away from love and back to combat and glory.

"Orlando" represents the end of an era, but at the same time constitutes an interesting new beginning in Handel's oeuvre, since the composer moved away dramatically and musically from established artistic traditions, by for example, reducing the da capo arias or breaking up their strict form.

A recording from the Theater an der Wien in the Vienna Chamber Opera, 2013.
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Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor
The cycle of concertante opera performances in the Philharmonie in Gasteig reaches another peak with Gaetano Donizetti's masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor. In what is probably his most famous opera, the composer masters the clashing of high-grade pulsating passions confidently and with musical refinement. Italian opera had never been this venturous, never this attractive! Interpreting the mad scene in Lucia di Lammermoor has been a career highlight for every great soprano. Now, the exceptional singer Diana Damrau once again takes on the challenge of connecting vocal peak performance with dramatic vehemence. Her musical partner Joseph Calleja will ensure that there is plenty of vocal brilliance and an unforgettable bel canto experience. A dream cast for a legendary opera.
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La cambiale di matrimonio (The Bill of Marriage)
La cambiale di matrimonio (The Bill of Marriage)
This early «stroke of genius» of the young Gioacchino Rossini speaks as a prelude to other Rossini one-act operas and foreshadows what is to come in «The Swan of Pesaro's» later works: The European merchant Tobia Mill wants to marry off his daughter Fanny for a considerable sum to his American business partner Slook, but Fanny loves the poor young Edoardo. After a while turbulence dissolves into pleasure as Slook agrees to the marriage contract. A recording from the Theater an der Wien in the Vienna Chamber Opera, 2012.
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La Straniera
La Straniera

It was on Feb 18th, 1968 when she made her debut as Rosina at the National Theater in Bratislava. Exactly 45 years later we are more than happy to present the great Edita Gruberova singing Bellinis rarely performed «La Straniera» at Vienna Musikverein! The performance with the same cast earned standing ovations at Philharmonie im Gasteig in 2012. «La Straniera» (The Stranger Woman) is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a libretto by Felice Romani, based on L'étrangère (1825) by Charles-Victor Prévot, vicomte d'Arlincourt. It was composed in the autumn of 1828 and premiered in February 1829 at La Scala in Milan.  
A recording from the Vienna Musikverein, 2013. 

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Mörbisch Festival 2012 - The Bat
Mörbisch Festival 2012 - The Bat
«The Bat» is probably the best known work of the golden era of operetta in Vienna. This year the great tenor Herbert Lippert is playing «Eisenstein», Alexandra Reinprecht (both Vienna State Opera) is singing «Rosalinde», Daniela Fally, the new shooting star at the Vienna State Opera is starring «Adele» and Daniel Serafin is singing «Dr. Falke». After 20 years of successful work, the renowned doyen of Mörbisch Festival, Harald Serafin says goodbye with his role as «Frank», the prison warden.
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Bastien and Bastienne
Bastien and Bastienne
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2006

With "Bastien and Bastienne" the twelve-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created an enchanting, jovial tale of confusion in love, which foreshadowed his future mastery. The young shepherd, Bastien, falls in love with a rich mademoiselle from the city. His beloved, Bastienne, seeks advice and help from the "sorcerer", Colas, and as a result acts as if she does not want anything more to do with Bastien. The ruse works - and true love wins the day.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Wilhelm Weiskern, Johann H. F. Müller and Johann Andreas Schachtner
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: John Dickie, Ileana Tonca, Johannes Wiedecke
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The Granny in the Apple Tree
The Granny in the Apple Tree
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2007

Andi and his brother Joerg are two completely normal boys who sometimes irritate both their mother and the neighbours with their games. However one day Andi discovers a game that uses his imagination - he invents a grandmother who sits in the apple tree in the garden and plots new adventures with him. Through the escapades that come about thanks to this new idea, he gets to know an older lady from the neighbourhood with whom he can really do things. Now he has two grandmas, the imaginary one in the apple tree and the real, new one from the neighbouring house.

Opera by Elisabeth Naske
Libretto by Theresita Colloredo
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: Waltraud Winsauer, Michaela Selinger, Laura Tatulescu, Simina Ivan, Hans Peter Kammerer, Rey Alan Lacuin
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Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
A recording from the Vienna State Opera,Vienna 2005

The fairytales from The Thousand and One Nights are among the world's loveliest. One of the stories is about the Oriental youth, Aladdin, who finds a magic lamp with a genie trapped inside that helps him to overcome the forces of evil. Eventually Aladdin succeeds not only in winning the Sultan's beautiful daughter as his wife, but also in helping all of the people to health, happiness and contentment. The successful Italian composer, Nino Rota, writer of famous film music such as «Death on the Nile» and «The Godfather», composed this opera for the young and young at heart.

Opera by Nino Rota
Libretto by Vinci Verginelli
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: Cosmin Ifrim, Adrian Eröd, In-Sung Sim, Ileana Tonca, Daniel Denschlag
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Ring of the Nibelungs for Kids
Ring of the Nibelungs for Kids
A recording from the Vienna State Opera,Vienna 2007

In 2007 the European premiere of «Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs for children» took place in the children's tent on the roof of the Vienna State Opera. Based on Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, the Japanese composer Hirofumi Misawa created an appealing opus, which places its emphasis on a mixtureof heroic epic and comedy. His free adaptation of the German heroic saga in combination with elements of Wagner's grand oeuvre, evokes fascination and interest in the historical backgrounds of the old saga as well as in Wagner's fantastic music! Never before has the story of old Germanic gods and Heros been told in a lighter way, brilliantly underlined by Misawa's music! A delightful, educational entertainment for young and old.

Opera by Hirofumi Misawa, based on Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs
Libretto by Matthias von Stegmann
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: Daniela Fally, Ildikó Raimondi, Herwig Pecoraro, Adrian Eröd, Janusz Monarcha,Teodora Gheorghiu, Sophie Marilley, Zoryana Kushpler, Christian Herden
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The Marriage of Figaro
The Marriage of Figaro
A recording from the Theater an der Wien, Vienna 2001

The 1786 première in Vienna's Burgtheater was personally directed by Mozart from his seat at the harpsichord. Its success was enormous at the time. Emperor Josef II had felt obliged to subject the libretto for the première to the censor, but the Vienna public was quite able to read between the lines.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Angelika Kirchschlager, Simon Keenlyside, Carlos Alvarez, Tatjana Lisnic, Melanie Diener
Directed by Michael Heltau
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Nabucco
Nabucco
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2001

This was a production which was greatly acclaimed by the media at both the musical and the visual levels and which has already found its way into the international history of Nabucco performance.

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Temistocle Solera
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Fabio Luisi
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Leo Nucci, Maria Guleghina, Miro Dvorský, Giacomo Prestia, Marina Domashenko
Directed by Günter Krämer
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Roméo and Juliet
Roméo and Juliet
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2001

«Roméo et Juliette» was Gounod's last great stage success. The Paris Universal Exhibition, which took place in the same year as the work was premiered - 1867 - contributed to the popularity of this opera beyond France's borders. The opera tells the story of Romeo and Juliet and their tragic end, which to a certain extent is a popular version of «Tristan and Isolde». The world premières of these two works took place only two years apart.

Opera by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michael Carré, based on «The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet» by William Shakespeare
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Marcello Viotti
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Stefania Bonfadelli, Angelika Kirchschlager, Mihaela Ungureanu, Neil Shicoff, John Dickie, Michael Knapp, Adrian Erod
Directed by Jürgen Flimm
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Pünktchen & Anton
Pünktchen & Anton
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2010

Pünktchen lives with her wealthy parents in a large apartment. Unfortunately her busy parents have little time for their daughter. But Pünktchen has a good friend - Anton. He lives with his mother in miserable conditions. As a way of supplementing their housekeeping allowance, in the evenings he secretly sells shoelaces on the street. One evening, Pünktchen's parents catch their daughter begging alongside Anton on the street as she tries to help him...

Opera by Ivan Erod
Libretto by Thomas Hoft, based on the children's book by Erich Kästner
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Daniele Fally, Roxana Constantinescu, Alexander Kaimbacher, Simina Ivan, Donna Ellen, Ildiko Raimondi
Directed by Matthias von Stegmann
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The Magic Flute for Kids
The Magic Flute for Kids
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2003

The day after the «Opernball» the Vienna State Opera always invites pupils from Austrian schools to see and hear Mozart's «Magic Flute». The film shows the engagement of all protagonists, especially of conductor Seiji Ozawa, to bring this music closer to the children.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Walter Fink, Arnold Bezuyen, Marlis Petersen, Genia Kuhmeier, Hans Peter Kammerer, Ileana Tonca, Herwig Pecoraro, Ioan Holender
Directed by Thomas Bogensberger
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Werther
Werther
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2005

The sensational success of Manon at its premiere at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 1884 confirmed Jules Massenet's status as one of the outstanding French opera composers of the late 19th century. The opera was based on the novel «Die Leiden des jungen Werthers» («The Sorrows of Young Werther») by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1774. It brought overnight fame to its young author, now generally acclaimed as Germany's greatest writer.  

Opera by Jules Massenet
Libretto by Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Philippe Jordan
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Marcelo Alvarez, Elina Garana, Adrian Erod, Peter Jelosits, Markus Pelz
Directed by Andrei Serban  
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Turandot 2002
Turandot 2002
A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 2002

Turandot has a unique place among Puccini's works because of its dramaturgical complexity, the intertwining of the exotic and the fairy-tale, of tragedy and comedy. At the heart of the opera is the psychological exploration of the eponymous character, who in her ambivalence of enchanting beauty and cruel nature differs from all of Puccini's earlier heroines.

Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Valery Gergiev
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Gabriele Schnaut, Robert Tear, Paata Burchuladze, Johan Botha, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Boaz Daniel, Vicente Ombuena, Steve Davislim
Directed by David Pountney
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Così fan tutte 1983
Così fan tutte 1983
A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1983

According to statistics drawn up by the Salzburg Festival, Così fan tutte is the third most-frequently performed work at the festival after Le nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute, knocking even the far more popular Don Giovanni into fourth place. Few other operas have had such a loyal following among Salzburg audiences.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Margaret Marshall, Ann Murray, James Morris, Francisco Araiza, Kathleen Battle, Seso Bruscantini
Directed by Michael Hampe
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The Knight of the Rose 2003
The Knight of the Rose 2003
A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 2003

Rarely in recent years has a Salzburg Festival production provoked such opposing views. The international critics in particular were simply unable to agree. Enthusiastic acceptance and open rejection both appeared to be expressed with the same unyielding conviction.

Opera by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Semyon Bychkov
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Adrianne Pieczonka, Franz Hawlata, Angelika Kirchschlager, Fran Grundheber, Miah Persson
Directed by Robert Carsen
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The Abduction from the Seraglio 1967
The Abduction from the Seraglio 1967

A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1967

The video recording of «The Abduction from the Seraglio» from the Salzburg Festival 1967 preserves one of the most treasured Mozart productions in the Festival's history.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner and Gottlieb Stephanie
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Ingeborg Hallstein, Reri Grist, Luigi Alva, Gerhard Unger, Fernando Corena, Michael Heltau
Directed by Giorgio Strehler

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The Magic Flute for Kids 1982
The Magic Flute for Kids 1982

A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1982

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by James Levine
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Kurt Rydl, Peter Schreier, Zdzislawa Donat, Ileana Cotrubas, Christian Boesch, Gudrun Sieber
Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

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The Magic Flute 1964
The Magic Flute 1964
A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1964

Kertész' interpretation of «The Magic Flute» differed greatly from that of his predecessors. Fluid tempi, a lithe and transparent sound and the great care of he took with instrumental colors gave this performance an unusually cheerful worldliness.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by István Kertész
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Walter Berry, Pilar Lorengar, Roberta Peters, Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Kreppel, Paul Schöffler, Renate Holm
Directed by Otto Schenk
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The Marriage of Figaro 1966
The Marriage of Figaro 1966

A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1966

The new production created for the opening of the Festival 1966, which remained on the program for five years, was Karl Böhm's last Salzburg Figaro.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Karl Böhm
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Ingvar Wixell, Claire Watson, Reri Grist, Walter Berry, David Thwa, Zoltan Kelmen
Directed by Günther Rennert

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The Marriage of Figaro 1963
The Marriage of Figaro 1963

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1963

Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro has always been the most-performed opera at the Salzburg Festival. Mozart's musical comedy was first programmed in 1922 - and until 2009, it saw no less than 240 performances. In 1963, Figaro was sung by the Welsh bass-baritone Geraint Evans, who had a gorgeous voice and plenty of Mozart experience and was also an actor who kept his role in perfect balance, despite its many facets. This recording of Le Nozze di Figaro documents a performance that demonstrated like few others why the opera bears the subtitle «The Day of Madness».

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Lorin Maazel
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Graziella Sciutti, Geraint Evans, Hilde Güden, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Evelyn Lear
Directed by Gustav Rudolf Sellner

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Karajan - The Knight of the Rose
Karajan - The Knight of the Rose
A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1984.

Opera by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted and directed by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kurt Moll, Agnes Baltsa, Gottfried Hornik, Janet Perry, Wilma Lipp, Heinz Zednik, Helga Müller-Molinari
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Manon Lescaut
Manon Lescaut
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2005

«Manon Lescaut» was Giacomo Puccini's first great musical success. The opera was premièred in Turin in 1893 and performed in the German language for the first time in Vienna in 1908. With highly expressive cantilenas, Puccini tells of the fate of Manon, who is driven to a fatal ending by her longing for expansive luxury and true love.

Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Domenico Oliva, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, Giulio Ricordi and Giuseppe Adami
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Barbara Haveman, Boaz Daniel, Neil Shicoff, Wolfgang Bankl, Saimir Pirgu
Directed by Robert Carsen
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Koukourgi
Koukourgi
A recording from Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt 2010

The debut performance of Koukourgi fell victim to the revolutionary reign of terror in Paris in 1792/93. Cherubini was forced to break off from composing the piece on the eve of the so-called September massacres when he was only halfway through the fi nale. The incomplete score was long believed to have been lost and was only rediscovered a few years ago in Krakow.

Heiko Cullmann, the musicologist and chief dramaturge at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, has succeed in making the manuscript accessible to the public in a new version for the stage. If we think of his tragic opera, Medea, we think of Cherubini as an artist who excels at portraying wounded souls. With Koukourgi, however, he created music full of wit and spirit. During a period that offered little by way of enjoyment, he produced a feather-light score of almost unlimited richness of form. The libretto humorously blends irony, the magical and the historical, private yearnings and political utopias. The plot takes place in China in days of old. When Fohi the nobleman learns of the love affair between his adopted son, Amazan, and his natural daughter, Zulma, he banishes him. Fohi's castle is then seized by enemy tartar soldiers, although Zulma succeeds in fl eeing to the camp of the timid Commander Koukourgi. She asks him - of all people - to rescue her father. Koukourgi places Amazan at the head of his troops, and thanks to Amazan's bravery, the battle is won and Fohi is freed. But it is not Amazan who is offered Zulma's hand in marriage; instead it is the pathetic and cowardly Koukourgi, who dozed through every battle. In despair, Amazan launches himself into a new fi ght against the Tartars ...

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Luigi Cherubini's birth, his incomplete work, «Koukourgi», had its world premiere at Stadttheater Klagenfurt on 16 September 2010.
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Tosca
Tosca
A recording from the Bregenz Festival, Bregenz 2007

Love, jealousy, intrigue and deception are the explosive ingredients that make Gioachino Puccini's «Tosca» one of the most successful operas of all time. Staged as a story of love and life in a dictatorial surveillance state, director Philipp Himmelmann has created a unique interpretation for the Seebühne in Bregenz.

In his 22nd adventure even world's best known secret agent James Bond stopped by to attend «Tosca» at this amazing and picturesque location.

Opera by Gioachino Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa based on the novel by Victorien Sardou
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ulf Schirmer
Choirs: Bregenz Festival Choir, Britten Festival Choir
Cast: Nadja Michael, Zoran Todorovic, Gidon Saks
Directed by Philipp Himmelmann
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Karajan - Falstaff
Karajan - Falstaff
Time and time again Karajan conducted Falstaff at the Scala, in Vienna or Salzburg. But the presumably longest performance came out in summer of 1982 in Salzburg. In the centre of the audience's enthusiasm was the sheer unbelievable Guiseppe Taddei, whose mischievousness in combination with vocal abundance was unique.

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1982

Opera by Guiseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted and directed by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Raina Kabaiwanska, Janet Perry, Christa Ludwig, Trudeliese Schmidt, Francisco Araiza, Piero de Palma, Federico Davià, Heinz Zednik
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A Night in Venice
A Night in Venice
A recording from the Mörbisch Festival, Mörbisch 1999.

Operetta by Johann Strauss
Libretto by Friedrich Zell and Richard Genée
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Burgenland
Conducted by Rudolf Bibl
Choir: Mörbisch Festival Choir
Cast: Marc Clear, Evelyn Schörkhuber, Gideon Singer, Wilhelm Gartner, Mirjana Irosch, Ingrid Habermann, Christian Baumgärtel, Marjus Heinrich, Christine Bath
Directed by Helmut Lohner
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Karajan - Don Carlos
Karajan - Don Carlos
A recording from the Easter Festival, Salzburg 1986

What once was said of the Troubadour applies for Verdi`sDon Carlos: All you need is the four world best singers and then this opera is no problem: the wonderful Agnes Baltsa in the title role of Eboli and Karajan`s favorite tenor José Carreras; the singer of Elisabeta, Fiamma Izzo d`Amico, who impassioned with her voice in tender lyric - just like a young Freni - and represented the ideal contrast to the singer of KIng Philip. Furlanetto is today`s leading international bass-baritone and continues the tradition of Cesare Siepi and Nicolai Ghiaurov as his predecessors.

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Josephe Méry and Camille du Locle based on the Play by Friedrich Schiller
Orchestra: Belrin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted and directed by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: José Carreras, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Fiamma Izzo D'Amico and Agnes Baltsa
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The Gypsy Baron
The Gypsy Baron
A recording from the Mörbisch Festival, Mörbisch 2000

Operetta by Johann Strauss
Libretto by Ignatz Schnitzer based on the novel by Maurus Jókai
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Burgenland
Conducted by Rudolf Bibl
Choir: Mörbisch Festival Choir
Cast: Peter Edelmann, Heinz Zednik, Martina Serafin, Harrie van der Plas, Helmut Berger-Tuna, Romana Noack, Andreas Schlagerl, Brigitte Pinter
Directed by Heinz Marecek
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Fidelio
Fidelio
A recording from the Bregenz Festival, Bregenz 1995

Opera by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner and Friedrich Treitschke based on the novel by Jea Nicolas Bouilly
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ulf Schirmer
Choirs: Choir of the Russian Academy, Chamber Opera Choir Sofia, Bregenz Festival Choir
Cast: Mark Holland, Pavlo Hunka, Stig Andersen, Jane Thorner-Mengedoth, Walter Fink, Mariette Kemmer, Robert Wörle
Directed by David Pountney

Duration: 84 min. / 115 min.
Making of: 25 min.
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Karajan - Don Giovanni
Karajan - Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni is the most popular Mozart opera. But it is very difficult to find an ideal cast. In 1987 in Salzburg this was the case with Samuel Ramey in the title role and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello. A few years later the Italian bass baritone Furlanetto followed in the title role. It is very important that Don Giovanni as well as his valet are high quality artists. The primadonna trio Anna Tomowa-Sintow as Donna Anna, Agnes Baltsa - who sang Elvira for Karajan only - and Kathleen Battle as Zerlina is unique. Here you can really study the wide spektrum of feminine nature. You cannot perform this piece better than with this trio! Gösta Winbergh, who at the same time began to sing Wagner, gave the ideal balance between lyric and dramatic art.

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1987.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kathleen Battle, Agnes Baltsa, Gösta WInbergh, Alexander Malta, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Paata Buchuladze
Directed by Werner Hampe
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La Bohème
La Bohème
A recording from the Bregenz Festival, Bregenz 2002

Three gigantic bistro tables on the shore of Lake Constance form the stage for this production of La Boheme. The Bregenz Festival has mounted Puccini's timeless tale of the longings and dreams of a group of young artists in Paris on the largest floating stage in the world. Audience and critics from all over the world have acclaimed this production.

Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on the novel by Henri Murger
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ulf Schirmer
Choirs: Bregenz Festival Choir, Moscow Chamber Choir
Cast: Alexia Voulgaridou, Elena de la Merced, Rolando Villazon, Ludovic Tézier, Toby Stafford-Allen, Markus Marquardt
Directed by Richard Jones and Antony McDonald,
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The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow
Premiered in Vienna in 1905, "The Merry Widow" is now being performed under the direction of Helmut Lohner in the Austrian town of Mörbisch in Burgenland, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary on stage. In comparison with other works of its genre, the «Merry Widow» has been performed the most often; it contains a wealth of cleverly arranged melodic ideas, including: "Da geh ich ins Maxim", the "Vilja" song, "Ja das Studium der Weiber ist schwer" and "Lippen schweigen".
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The Marriage of Figaro 1995
The Marriage of Figaro 1995

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1995

«The Marriage of Figaro» was the first of three operas created by Mozart in collaboration with Lorenzo da Ponte. The piece was first performed in 1786 in Vienna and counts still among the greatest masterpieces of the music theater.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte based on the novel by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Choir: Vienna Choral Society of the Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Solveig Kringelborn, Dorothea Röschmann, Bryn Terfel, Susan Graham, Trudeliese Schmidt, Scot Weir
Directed by Luc Bondy

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The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2003

This opera, which is generally considered to be Richard Wagner's most accessible work, has had an enduring resonance even beyond the circle of die-hard Wagner fans for over 150 years. The spooky legend of the seafarer who is damned to travel the oceans of the world eternally, and a range of musical highlights such as the «Sailor's Song», have ensured that the work has enjoyed lasting, unbroken popularity.

Opera by Richard Wagner
Libretto by Richard Wagner
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Franz Grundheber, Matti Salminen, Nina Stemme, Torsten Kerl, Margareta Hintermeier, John Dickie
Directed by Christina Mielitz
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The Bat
The Bat
A recording from the Mörbisch Festival, Mörbisch 1996

Operetta by Johann Strauss
Libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée, sung in German
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Burgenland
Conducted by Rudolf Bibl
Choir: Mörbisch Festival Choir
Cast: Peter Edelmann, Silvana Dussmann, Ute Gferer, Marion Rainer, Paul Armin Edelmann, Artur Stefanowicz, Thomas Lind, Waldemar Kmentt, Thaddäus Podgorski
Directed by Elmar Ottenthal
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