Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bayreuther Festspiele: Cast Announcement & Future Productions

2016 


PARSIFAL

Musikalische Leitung: Andris Nelsons
Regie: Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Bühne: Gisbert Jäkel
Kostüm: Jessica Karge
Licht: Reinhard Traub
Chorleitung: Eberhard Friedrich

Amfortas: Ryan McKinny
Titurel: N.N.
Gurnemanz: Georg Zeppenfeld
Parsifal: Klaus Florian Vogt
Klingsor: Gerd Grochowski
Kundry: Elena Pankratova
1. Gralsritter: Tansel Akzeybek
2. Gralsritter: Timo Riihonen
1. Knappe: Alexandra Steiner
2. Knappe: Mareike Morr
3. Knappe: Charles Kim
4. Knappe: Stefan Heibach
Klingsors Zaubermädchen: Netta Or
                                           Katharina Persicke
                                           Mareike Morr
                                           Alexandra Steiner
                                           Bele Kumberger
                                           Ingeborg Gillebo
Eine Altstimme: Wiebke Lehmkuhl



DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

Musikalische Leitung: Marek Janowski
Inszenierung: Frank Castorf
Bühne: Aleksandar Denić
Kostüm: Adriana Braga Peretzki
Licht: Rainer Casper
Video: Andreas Deinert, Jens Crull
Chorleitung: Eberhard Friedrich

DAS RHEINGOLD

Wotan: Iain Paterson
Donner: Markus Eiche
Froh: Tansel Akzeybek
Loge: Roberto Saccà
Fricka: Sarah Connolly
Freia: Caroline Wenborne
Erda: Nadine Weissmann
Alberich: Albert Dohmen
Mime: Andreas Conrad
Fasolt: Andreas Hörl
Fafner: N.N.
Woglinde: Alexandra Steiner
Wellgunde: Stephanie Houtzeel
Floßhilde: Wiebke Lehmkuhl

DIE WALKÜRE

Siegmund: Christopher Ventris
Hunding: Andreas Hörl
Wotan: John Lundgren
Sieglinde: Jennifer Wilson
Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster
Fricka: Sarah Connolly
Gerhilde: Caroline Wenborne
Ortlinde: Dara Hobbs
Waltraute: Stephanie Houtzeel
Schwertleite: Nadine Weissmann
Helmwige: Christiane Kohl
Siegrune: Simone Schröder
Grimgerde: Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Roßweiße: Alexandra Petersamer

SIEGFRIED

Siegfried: Stefan Vinke
Mime: Andreas Conrad
Der Wanderer: Thomas J. Mayer
Alberich: Albert Dohmen
Fafner: N.N.
Erda: Nadine Weissmann
Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster
Waldvogel: Ana Durlovski

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

Siegfried: Stefan Vinke
Gunther: Markus Eiche
Alberich: Albert Dohmen
Hagen: Stephen Milling
Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster
Gutrune: Allison Oakes
Waltraute: Marina Prudenskaya
1. Norn: Wiebke Lehmkuhl
2. Norn: Stephanie Houtzeel
3. Norn: Christiane Kohl
Woglinde: Alexandra Steiner
Wellgunde: Stephanie Houtzeel
Floßhilde: Wiebke Lehmkuhl



DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER

Musikalische Leitung: Axel Kober
Inszenierung: Jan Philipp Gloger
Bühne: Christof Hetzer
Kostüm: Karin Jud
Licht: Urs Schönebaum
Video: Martin Eidenberger
Dramaturgie: Sophie Becker
Chorleitung: Eberhard Friedrich

Daland: Peter Rose
Senta: Ricarda Merbeth
Erik: N.N.
Mary: Christa Mayer
Der Steuermann: Benjamin Bruns
Der Holländer: John Lundgren



TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Musikalische Leitung: Christian Thielemann
Inszenierung: Katharina Wagner
Bühne: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
            Matthias Lippert
Kostüm: Thomas Kaiser
Licht: Reinhard Traub
Dramaturgie: Daniel Weber
Chorleitung: Eberhard Friedrich

Tristan: Stephen Gould
König Marke: Georg Zeppenfeld
Isolde: Petra Lang
Kurwenal: Iain Paterson
Melot: Raimund Nolte
Brangäne: Christa Mayer
Ein Hirt: Tansel Akzeybek
Ein Steuermann: Kay Stiefermann
Junger Seemann: Tansel Akzeybek

Comments to the cast of 2016: 
Parsifal, our new production next year, definitely got a very solid cast on its belt. Particularly Klaus Florian Vogt & Georg Zeppenfeld, who are already festival's darlings. Klaus Florian Vogt should be able to sing this role with closed eyes (ears?), but it's still going to be very interesting to hear his voice and see his presence on stage in Festspielhaus as Parsifal for the first time after so many years as Lohengrin. Uwe Eric Laufenberg's production will be very actual, it revolves around the question of religion - how we handle the religion in our time, how much religion do we need nowadays etc. - you know, the stuffs you would observe with such a deep opera like Parsifal. I'm also very excited for Andris Nelsons- it's good that he'll take one summer off from Tanglewood next year, Bayreuth needs him. 
Der Ring des Nibelungen got a new conductor, Marek Janowski, and three new diffrent Wotans for each night. Our Siegmund & Sieglinde of this summer - Johan Botha and Anja Kampe - are out, Christopher Wilson & Jennifer Wilson are in.
Also interesting: Der fliegende Holländer got a new Holländer: John Lundgren. Peter Rose is Daland, while Ricarda Merbeth stays as Senta. Axel Kober, just as the case this summer, will conduct.
Tristan und Isolde will be conducted by Christian Thielemann again. Petra Lang, the new Isolde, will replace Evelyn Herlitizius, who won't be available for Bayreuth next summer. The rest of the case stays the same. I'm actually not very sure if Petra Lang is the right Isolde for this production. The reason why Evelyn Herlitzius couldn't be the "perfect" Isolde this year is because she doesn't fit vocally to the character of Isolde and I see that Petra Lang is actually quite on the same page of Isolde interpretation with her. It should've been Anja Kampe. Very depressing. 

Since there's no official announcement for further years, I gathered these informations from many sources. They're not official yet, I'm sure there will be many surprising changes... but if Netrebko is really going to sing Elsa in 2018, then there's indeed a Wagner-god somewhere. 




2017

New production:
Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Conductor: Philippe Jordan 
Director: Barrie Kosky
Cast:
Hans Sachs: Michael Volle
Eva: Krassimira Stoyanova 
Walther von Stolzing: Klaus Florian Vogt 
Sixtus Beckmesser: Johannes Martin Kränzle


Der Ring des Nibelungen

Tristan und Isolde
Parsifal

2018

New production: 
Lohengrin
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann 
Director: Alvis Hermanis 
Stage design: Neo Rauch
Cast:
Lohengrin: Roberto Alagna or Piotr Beczala
Elsa: Anna Netrebko 
Ortrud: Waltraud Meier 

Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Parsifal
Tristan und Isolde
Der fliegende Holländer (last run)




2019

Tannhäuser 
Director: Tobias Kratzer

Tristan und Isolde (last run)

Parsifal (last run)
Meistersinger von Nürnberg 
Lohengrin

2020

New production:
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Conductor: Christian Thielemann

Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Lohengrin
Tannhäuser 


2021 

No new production

Der Ring des Nibelungen
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (last run)
Lohengrin
Tannhäuser 

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