At 7.00 p.m. on 21 January you can see a performance of Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake with soloists Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov and Eno Peci and the corps de ballet of the Vienna State Ballet.
At 4.30 p.m. on 22 January, in honour of the 80th birthday of opera legend Plácido Domingo, who appeared at the 67th Ljubljana Festival in the role of conductor, the website of the Vienna State Opera offers a live stream of Verdi’s Nabucco, with Domingo himself in the title role. The other soloists include Freddie De Tommaso, Anna Pirozzi and Riccardo Zanellato, the last of whom also appeared in the role of the high priest Zaccaria at last year’s Ljubljana Festival. A recording of the opera will then be broadcast on ORF III at 8.15 p.m. on Sunday, 24 January.
At 7.00 p.m. on 23 January you will have the chance to revisit a performance of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu from 2017, starring Agneta Eichenholz, Bo Skovhus, Charles Workman, Angela Denoke and Franz Grundheber. This will be followed by two evenings of Wagner – Das Rheingold on 24 January and Die Walküre on 25 January.
At 8.15 p.m. on Sunday, 7 February, ORF III will show the premiere of Bizet’s opera Carmen directed by Calixto Bieito, with Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, Erwin Schrott as the torero Escamillo and Charles Castronovo as the corporal of dragoons Don José. The orchestra of the Vienna State Opera will be conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
On 21 February the Vienna State Opera returns to Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s famous production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro after a ten-year hiatus. The opera will also be broadcast on ORF III.