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Arrangement 50
Aida
G. Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) wrote his “Aida” at a politically highly explosive time: Germany and France were on the brink of war (Franco-Prussian War 1870/71), which is why the premiere could not take place until a year later after the scheduled date: Because both the stage sets and the costumes were stuck in the Prussian occupied Paris. The opera had been commissioned by the Egyptian Viceroy Ismail Pasha. However, not, as often wrongly assumed, for the inauguration of the Suez Canal, but for the opening of the new opera house in Cairo in 1871.
Aida shows the versatility of this exceptional Italian composer in its entirety: large-scale mass scenes and choruses are juxtaposed with equally intimate, chamber-play-like scenes that reveal a soul drama that is ingenious in every detail. In this respect, the work can certainly be interpreted as a turning point in Verdi’s oeuvre, as it not only focuses on the vocal parts, but also assigns a new and leading role to the orchestra.
Verdi received the 150,000 gold francs demanded for his composition, probably the highest honorarium granted to a composer to date. In addition, he demanded his own trumpets for the famous Triumphal March, the so-called Aida trumpets, which had to be commissioned as a special production. Today "Aida" is one of the most successful of the great operas of the 19th century.
Aida, G. Verdi, the 27.
Daniele Rustioni - Damiano Michieletto
Elena Stikhina
Soprano Elena Stikhina (*1986) is one of the outstanding young artists of our time and has already caused an international sensation in her field: after winning the prestigious Operalia Singing Competition in 2016 – an award that in the past has already been the career springboard for many glorious artists of our times – performances at the Opéra de Paris, the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Dresden Semperoper soon followed. In the 2018/2019 season, Stikhina made her successful debuts in the U.S., both at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where she gave the title role in Giacomo Puccini’s ´Suor Angelica`, and as ´Tosca` at Boston Lyric Opera. In the summer of 2019, the Russian-born singer gave her much acclaimed premiere at the Salzburg Festival with the role of Medee – standing in for Sonya Yoncheva. With this, at the latest, Stikhina is about to establish herself from an outstanding young artist to one of the future big stars in the musical sky.
Elena Stikhina, Anita Rachvelishvili, Brian Jagde, Alexander Köpeczi, Alexandros Stavrakakis
Staatsoper
Don Carlo
G. Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi’s (1813-1901) grand and full-length opera “Don Carlos” is based on Friedrich Schiller’s drama “Don Karlos, Infant of Spain”. The French original of 1867 was first performed in Paris, belongs to the genre of the Grand Opéra, was Verdi’s third commissioned work for the Paris Opera and has five acts; a second, shorter version was not performed until 17 years later at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Unlike the first version, this one contains four acts and has an Italian libretto instead of a French one. This also explains the two different spellings of the work: "Don Carlos" / "Don Carlo".
It is now known that seven different versions of the opera exist. After massive criticism, the composer was repeatedly forced to make changes and cuts to his work, as the first version, with almost five hours of playing time, was too lengthy even for the Parisian audience - an educated and music-loving audience that was quite used to the lengthy duration of the large-scale and epic Grand Opéra. After the second version had been favoured until the end of the 20th century, theatres today tend to favour the first, longer version, since in it the plots and motivations of the characters can be presented much better and more coherently.
Don Carlo, G. Verdi, the 28.
Daniele Rustioni - Jürgen Rose
Maria Agresta, Clémentine Margaine,
Charles Castronovo
American tenor Charles Castronovo was born in New York on June 19, 1975. Plácido Domingo’s recordings introduced him to opera. Charles Castronovo then joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan, where Charles Castronovo made his debut in 1999 in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci as Beppe. Charles Castronovo has since performed in major opera houses such as the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, the Vienna and Berlin Staatsoper ... His vast repertoire extends from tenor roles in works of Mozart such as Don Giovanni , Cosi Fan Tutte and La Flûte enchantée, and other great operas such as Lucia di Lammeroor, L’Elisir D’Amore or La Traviata.
Charles Castronovo,
Ludovic Tézier
Baritone Ludovic Tézier was born on September 10, 1968 in Marseille into a music-loving family. He developed a passion for opera very early on, and for Wagner in particular. Ludovic Tézier joined the Center national des Artistes Lyriques then the Lyric Art School of the Paris Opera. Ludovic Tézier began his career in 1992 on the stage of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, where he performed Pompeo in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini. Speaking four languages, including Russian, Ludovic Tézier approaches with ease the most varied composers: from Mozart to Indy, via Verdi, Massenet or Tchaikovski.
Ludovic Tézier, Askar Abdrazakov, Dmitry Ulianov
Staatsoper
Tristan und Isolde, R. Wagner, the 29.
Juraj Valčuha - Krzysztof Warlikowski
Anja Harteros
German soprano Anja Harteros was born on July 23, 1972 in Bergneustadt, Westphalia. From an early age, her parents encouraged her to deepen her passion for music. She participates in a choir and takes violin lessons. Very early on, her singing teacher advised her to pursue her vocation for the opera.
His career suddenly took off in 1999 with his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper en Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, then at the Munich Staatsoper, which in a way became her artistic residence. Anja Harteros has received a great success during her collaborations with Jonas Kaufmann, as in Lohengrin at the Munich Festival in 2009 and in 2013 in Le Trouvère.
Anja Harteros, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton, Sean Michael Plumb, Wolfgang Koch,
René Pape
René Pape is a German opera singer born September 4, 1964 in Dresden. René Pape began studying music and singing at the age of 8 in the boys’ choir of the Holy Cross Church in Dresden. Then René Pape continued his apprenticeship at the Dresden Conservatory. René Pape made his debut at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 1988, and gained dazzling international recognition in 1991, when Sir Georg Solti gave him the role of Sarastro in a production of The Magic Flute, a role he sang again. the same year at La Scala in Milan under the direction of the same conductor. René Pape performs regularly in major opera houses, concert halls and symphony orchestras around the world, as well as opera festivals such as Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Lucerne, Orange, Salzburg, where he is conducted by the greatest conductors of orchestra.
René Pape
Staatsoper



Hotel informations for Munich 50
Munich, Bayerischer HofMunich, Bayerischer Hof
Bayerischer Hof *****
The privately run luxury hotel Bayerischer Hof *****, which has been run by the Volkhardt family for generations, has always been home to guests of the highest standard since its opening in 1841, from kings to Hollywood greats and pop stars. The ambience is correspondingly stylish, corresponding to the varied and individual design of the rooms. The centrally located on the Promenade Square house has always been characterized by excellent service. The spa area “Blue Spa” extends over three floors and offers u. a. a rooftop pool with beautiful views over the Bavarian metropolis. Five restaurants do not leave any culinary wishes unfulfilled. The opera is only a five-minute walk away.
Munich, Vier Jahreszeiten KempinskiMunich, Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski
Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski *****
The Vier Jahreszeiten hotel ***** is, since 1858, an establishment of long tradition. It is located in the city centre on the Maximilianstrasse and only two minutes away on foot from the Opera. Offering 303 rooms and 62 luxurious suites, there are also numerous facilities to take advantage of. Its restaurant, Schwarzreiter, enjoys an excellent reputation and it is particularly appreciated after an evening at the Opera.
Munich, Platzl HotelMunich, Platzl Hotel
Platzl Hotel ****
The Platzl hotel **** welcomes you in a charming atmosphere in the heart of Munich, only a few minutes away from the Opera. Its 167 rooms are comfortably equipped and tastefully decorated. The hotel also offers a restaurant of typical Munich ambience in a vaulted room as well as a health spa with sauna and Turkish bath.



All-inclusive price per person for Munich 50
Single room/ night
Bayerischer Hof
2.560,- Euro
140-250,- Euro
Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski
2.880,- Euro
130-240,- Euro
Platzl Hotel
2.120,- Euro
90-200,- Euro



The price includes
Overnights including breakfast, good opera tickets, travel cancellation expenses insurance.