Richard Wagner | Der fliegende Holländer
Sun, Dec. 10, 2023, 6.00 pm - 8.25 pm
Composition and conducting in Budapest as well as in Vienna with the legendary Hans Swarowsky
International Classical Music Award for lifetime achievement (2022), Wolf Prize in Music for his outstanding artistic achievements and his humanitarian commitment (2018), International Classical Music Award for the complete recording of all Mozart symphonies (2015), two Echo Klassik-Awards for the recordings of all Joseph Haydn symphonies (2006 and 2008), "Conductor of the Year" for his production "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (Opernwelt-Magazin, 2002), two Grand Prix du Disque awards (1980 and 1987), et al.
Adam Fischer is an honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper and the Musikverein für Steiermark in Graz. He is the bearer of the Order of Dannebrog awarded by the Danish Queen and was awarded the title of Honorary Professor by order of the Austrian Federal President.
Extensive German and Italian opera repertoire
Founder and Artistic Director of the Budapest Wagner Days (since 2008), Principal Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker (since 2015) and Artistic Advisor of the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Chief Conductor of the Danish Chamber Orchestra (since 1998), Founder of the Haydn Days in Eisenstadt (founded in 1987) and founder as well as honorary conductor of the Haydn Philharmonie, Artistic director of the Budapest Opera (2007 to 2010), general music director in Mannheim (2000-2005), Kassel (1987 to 1992), Freiburg (1981 to 1983), as well as after his studies répétiteur and conductor in Graz, Helsinki, Karlsruhe and Munich
Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Oper Zürich, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille, Salzburger Festspiele, Bayreuther Festspiele, Musikverein Wien, New York Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall London, Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie Berlin, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, et al.
Cooperation with orchestras:
Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Symphoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, et al.
Find further information about Adam Fischer here.
photo: Szilvia Csibi (Mupa Budapest)
Church music at the State University of Music in Cologne, voice by Claudio Nicolai
Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Mailänder Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, die Pariser Opernhäuser, Metropolitan Opera New York, Bayreuther Festspiele, Baden Badener Festspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Festival d‘Aix-en-Provence, et al.
Cooperations with directors:
Christoph Loy, David Alden, Jan Philipp Gloger, Martin Kušej, Claus Guth, Katie Mitchell, Marco Arturo Marelli, Eva-Maria Höckmayr, Peter Sellars, Robert Wilson, Calixto Bieto, Krystof Warlikowski, Johan Simons, Robert LePage, et al.
Cooperations with conductors:
Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezét-Séguin, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding, et al.
photo: Marion Köll
With Prof. Horiana Branisteanu at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera and master classes with Angelika Kirchschlager, Francisco Araiza and Bernarda Fink
Laureate at the International Singing Competition of the Chamber Opera Schloss Rheinsberg (2005), Promotional Prize of the Vera and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation (2005), Laureate of the Armin Weltner Foundation and the Lyra Foundation. She received an audience award at the 9th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (2006).
Floria Tosca (Tosca), Elsa (Lohengrin), Freia (Das Rheingold), Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne on Naxos), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and the title role in Arabella, among others.
Bavarian State Opera, Theater Dortmund, Oper Leipzig, Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Festspielhaus Salzburg, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theater Lübeck, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Opéra national de Paris, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Theater Luzern, Opernfestspiele Heidenheim, among others.
Collaboration with directors:
Philippe Arlaud, David Pountney, Karoline Gruber, Vasily Barkhatov, and others.
Collaboration with conductors:
Markus Bosch, Simone Young, Thomas Hengelbrock, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Asher Fisch, Ulf Schirmer, John Eliot Gardiner, Lawrence Foster, Christopher Hogwood, Marek Janowski, and others.
photo: Gisela Schenker
Michael Spyres was born and raised in the Ozarks and grew up in an extremely musical family. Mr. Spyres is one of the most sought-after Tenors of his generation with 8 DVDs and 27 CDs to his name, and he has been celebrated in the world’s most prestigious international opera houses, festivals and concert halls. Accomplished and acclaimed in the widest range of repertoire, he has tackled every genre from Baroque to Classical to 20th century, while firmly establishing himself as an expert within the Bel Canto repertoire as well as within Rossini and French Grand Opera.
In the 2022/23 season, the superstar tenor appears in the title role of Idomeneo and as Pollione in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, returns to the Opéra National of Paris as Don José in Carmen and performs Jupiter in a new production of Semele at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Munich Opera Festival. On the concert platform, Michael performs the tenor solo part of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées conducted by Daniele Gatti, Handel’s Messiah in London led by John Nelson, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in Manchester, the title role of Berlioz’ La damnation de Faust with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Stéphane Denève, Pollione with the Ensemble Resonanz and Riccardo Minasi in Hamburg and Cologne as well as Don José with John Nelson in concert in Strasbourg and London. Solo concerts and recitals lead him to New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Berlin, Montpellier, Nîmes and Antwerp.
In his meteoric rise Michael has quickly established himself as one of the greatest singers of his generation and has sung at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, concert halls and festivals such as he Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Paris Opéra National, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Teatro Real Madrid, Liceu Barcelona, Lyric Opera Chicago, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, La Monnaie Brussels, Dutch National Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées of Paris, Carnegie Hall , Gewandhaus Leipzig, Bunka Kaikan Hall Tokyo, Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms.
Since 2015 Michael has had the honor to be the only International Opera Star who is not just a performer but also an impresario. Mr. Spyres has been the Artistic Director of his hometown opera company, the Ozarks Lyric Opera, and has been involved in every aspect of the renaissance of his regional company. In addition to being the active Artistic Director he has translated libretti and actively teaches masterclasses while guiding young artists’ careers. The last years have seen him produce numerous events as well as 6 operas and gala concerts. For the 2019/2020 season Michael wrote/produced the 40th anniversary gala as well as an original pastiche on the life of Handel.
Michael has worked with some of the world’s most renowned conductors such as Barenboim, A. Davis, Elder, Gardiner, Gardner, Gatti, Gergiev, Haïm, Luisi, Mariotti, Muti, Nézet-Séguin, Pappano, Petrenko, Pichon, Pidò, Rousset, Young and Zedda.
In 2021, Michael was distinguished with the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres designation by the government of France.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Prof. Ks. Judith Beckmann
Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer Preis of the Körber-Stiftung (2007), Cultural Prize of the Berenberg Bank Hamburg (2000), First Prize of the International Robert Stolz Singing Competition in Hamburg (2000), Masefield Fellowship of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung
Relation to the Hamburg State Opera:
Ensemble member of the Hamburg State Opera since 1999/2000, member of the International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera (1997/98 to 1998/99)
Adalgisa (Norma), Mercédès (Carmen), Hexe (Königskinder), Smeton (Anna Bolena), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Marquise de Berkenfield (La fille du régiment), Sélysette (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue), Arsamene (Xerxes), Sancta Susanna (Klementia), Gertrud/Sandmännchen (Hänsel und Gretel), Frau des Dorfrichters (Jenufa), Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe), Witwe Browe (Zar und Zimmermann), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Damigella Pallade (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Schenkwirtin (Boris Godunov), Mutter (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Frugola (Il Tabarro), Goneril (Lear), Berta/Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Marchese Melibea (Il Viaggio a Reims), Ariadne (Ariadne), Adelaide (Arabella), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Aufseherin/1. Magd (Elektra), Curra/Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino), Annina (La Traviata), Meg Page/Alice Ford (Falstaff), Giovanna/Maddalena (Rigoletto), Fenena (Nabucco), Emilia (Otello), Fricka (Das Rheingold), Siegrune/Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Magdalena (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Ortrud (Lohengrin), Adriano (Rienzi), Eglantine (Euryanthe), Ericlea (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Larina (Eugen Onegin), et al.
Hamburgische Staatsoper, Semperoper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Staatstheater Mainz, Bayerische Staatsoper, Oper Leipzig, Internationale Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, Staatsoper Hannover, et al.
Zusammenarbeit mit Regisseuren:
Peter Konwitschny, Karoline Gruber, Claus Guth, Willy Decker, Achim Freyer, Roger Vontobel, Stefan Herheim, Michael Thalheimer, et al.
Zusammenarbeit mit Dirigenten:
Simone Young, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Schneider, Ingo Metzmacher, Gerd Albrecht, Sebastian Weigle, Rolf Beck, Krzysztof Penderecki, et al.
photo: Ida Aldrian
Der Steuermann Dalands
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Klaus Dieter Kern
with Roman Trekel, Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as well as master classes for „Liedgesang“ with Markus Hadulla, Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll
Relation to the Hamburg State Opera:
Ensemble member of the Hamburg State Opera since the 2019/20 season
Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Abdallo (Nabucco), Remendado (Carmen), Flavio (Norma), Knappe und 1. Gralsritter (Parsifal), Kilian (Freischütz), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Spoletta (Tosca), Schreiber (Chowanschtschina), Jacquino (Fidelio), Ein Soldat (Reigen), Chick (Der Schaum der Tage), Borsa (Rigoletto), Knusperhexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Orpheus (Orpheus in der Unterwelt), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Truffaldino (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Balakin (Charodeyka), Max (Der Freischütz), Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), Vierter Jude (Salome), et al.
Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatsoper Wien, Volksoper Wien, Stadttheater Bern, Aalto-Theater Essen, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Opéra National de Lyon, et al.
Cooperation with directors:
Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Kirill Serebrennikov, Nicola Hümpel , Tobias Hoheisel, Imogen Kogge, Armin Petras, Demis Volpi, Axel Ranisch, et al.
Cooperation with conductors:
Sylvain Cambreling, Georg Fritzsch, Roland Kluttig, Giacomo Sagripanti, Johannes Witt, Hans Christoph Bünger, Kirill Karabits, Willem Wentzel, Alejo Pérez, Christopher Schmitz, et al.
photo: Martina Cyman
Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts
German Theatre Award 'DER FAUST' 2009, 'Singer of the Year' of the magazine 'OPERNWELT' in the seasons 2007/2008 and 2013/2014.
Wotan (Der Ring des Nibelungen), (Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Orest (Elektra), Der Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer), Falstaff (Falstaff), Nabucco (Nabucco), Marcello (La Bohème), Scarpia (Tosca), et al.
Metropolitan Opera New York, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, et al.
Cooperation with directors:
Dmitri Tcherniakov, Robert Carsen, Vincent Huguet, Damiano Michieletto, Lydia Steier, Peter Konwitschny, et al.
Cooperation with conductors:
Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Metha, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano, Valerij Gergijev, Simon Rattle, Thomas Hengelbrock, Franz Welser-Möst, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kiril Petrenko, et al.
photo: Carsten Sander
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Telemann, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Joseph Keilberth, Eugen Jochum, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Aldo Ceccato, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Adam Fischer and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera and since June 2023 also its honorary conductor. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016, Nagano and the Philharmonic toured South America, followed by concert tours to Spain and Japan in 2019, and in the spring of 2023, the Philharmonic State Orchestra made its debut at New York's Carnegie Hall under his direction, which was acclaimed by audiences and the press. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities. The concert recording has been released by ECM, for which Widmann received the OPUS KLASSIK as Composer of the Year 2019, and ARCHE was performed again in 2023 to great acclaim.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 140 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to Hamburg’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
photo: Foto: Felix Broede
Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
The chorus members appear on stage at the Hamburg State Opera in a different role almost every night. From one day to the next, they might be sailors, pilgrims or conspirators, then courtiers, hunters, the deranged or the imprisoned. In the role of crusaders in I Lombardi alla prima Crociata they travel to Jerusalem, other nights they are invited to Madama Butterfly's marriage or acclaim Prince Igor. The ladies and gentlemen of the opera chorus demonstrate their artistic prowess, their flexibility, and their love of the stage in every performance.
With a membership around 70, the chorus of the Hamburg State Opera has been one of the world’s best opera choruses for many years. The varied repertoire – almost always in the original language – is multifaceted and includes baroque operas and dramatic operas, major works by Verdi and Wagner as well as contemporary pieces. At the start of the 2013/14 season, Eberhard Friedrich took over the post of Chorus Master.
photo: Niklas Marc Heinecke