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Events at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna

Salon Opera Events at Hotel Bristol Vienna

We are very pleased to introduce you to the unique cooperation of two renowned Viennese institutions – the Hotel Bristol and the Friends of the Vienna State Opera – on the occasion of Salon Opéra. Enjoy great insights into current opera productions and performances in the 2017/18 season!

On the occasion of 2017/18 opera premieres, Hotel Bristol – the traditional Viennese hotel vis-à-vis the State Opera – invites opera
aficionados to a classical Afternoon Tea including culinary delights and a glass of sparkling wine six times throughout the coming season. In a dialog with Dr. Thomas Dänemark, Secretary General of the Friends of the Vienna State Opera, the stars of current premieres (singers, conductors and directors) will share interesting details about the relevant production and performance.

Price per person: € 49

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Der Spieler - Salon Opera

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017, 4:00 PM
DER SPIELER
Sergei Prokofjew

The season’s first premiere is at the same time a first performance at the Vienna State Opera: Sergey Prokofiev’s “The Gambler” is based on
the novel of the same name by Dostoyevsky with its central theme gambling addiction. Already in 1915, the composer was intrigued with Dostoyevsky’s novel and completed his opera in 1917. However, due to the dramatic October Revolution, the work was not premiered before 1929 at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

LEADING ROLES:
DAN PAUL DUMITRESCU, ELENA GUSEVA, MISHA DIDYK, LINDA WATSON
CONDUCTOR:
SIMONE YOUNG
DIRECTOR:
KAROLINE GRUBER

Lulu - Salon opera, Bristol Viena,

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:00 PM
LULU
Alban Berg

Alban Berg’s “Lulu” - posthumously premiered in 1937 – is one of the flagships of atonal operas. The Vienna State Opera is now staging the three-act version complemented by Friedrich Cerha. The latter is known to have studied the opera’s original material in the 1960ies and later worked on the third act’s instrumentation without informing Helene
Berg which caused juridical conflicts with the composer’s widow.

LEADING ROLES:
AGNETA EICHENHOLZ, ANGELA DENOKE, BO SKOVHUS, HERBERT LIPPERT
CONDUCTOR:
INGO METZMACHER
DIRECTOR:
WILLY DECKER

Ariodante - salon opera, Hotel Bristol Vienna

FEBRUARY 23, 2018, 4:00 PM
ARIODANTE
Georg Friedrich Händel

With “Ariodante” which premiered in London in 1735, the Vienna State Opera stages the second Händel premiere in its history. And the two-act opera, which was a success already at its very first performance, offers a
wealth of highlights to ballet aficionados: Each act includes dance scenes composed for famous dancer Marie Sallé and her ballet company. A firework of Baroque coloratura with divine dance interludes is waiting for
the audience!

LEADING ROLES:
SARAH CONNOLLY, CHEN REISS, HILA FAHIMA, CHRISTOPHE DUMAUX
CONDUCTOR:
WILLIAM CHRISTIE
DIRECTOR:
DAVID MCVICAR


Dantons Tod, Salon Opera, Hotel Bristol Vienna

MARCH 23, 2018, 4:00 PM
DANTONS TOD
Gottfried von Einem

“Danton’s Death” by Gottfried von Einem, premiered in 1947 at the Salzburg Festival, has not been performed very often lately. On the occasion of von Einem’s 100th birthday, the opera and its creator are going to be paid more attention again. Even fans of classical opera
repertoires should not have reservations about this oeuvre as its music is only moderately modern. It is thus a welcome opportunity to befriend oneself with the opera that once made Gottfried von Einem world-famous.

LEADING ROLES:
WOLFGANG KOCH, HERBERT LIPPERT, JÖRG SCHNEIDER, THOMAS EBENSTEIN
CONDUCTOR:
SUSANNA MÄLKKI
DIRECTOR:
JOSEF ERNST KÖPPLINGER

Samson et Dalila, Salon opera, Hotel Bristol Vienna

MAY 11, 2018, 4:00 PM
SAMSON ET DALILA
Camille Saint-Saëns

Premiered in Paris in 1877, Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah” tends to be staged at opera houses whenever there is a famous mezzo-soprano/tenor duo on the horizon. However, the score is more than just a star vehicle: Saint- Saëns originally planned to set the Old Testament story to music as an oratory but his librettist Lemaire convinced him to compose the story as an opera, including highly romantic melodies.

LEADING ROLES:
ELĪNA GARANČA, ROBERTO ALAGNA, CARLOS ÁLVAREZ, SORIN COLIBAN
CONDUCTOR:
MARCO ARMILIATO
DIRECTOR:
ALEXANDRA LIEDTKE

Freischuet - Salon Opera, Hotel Bristol Vienna

JUNE 8, 2018, 4:00 PM
DER FREISCHÜTZ
Carl Maria von Weber

Most likely, attributes like “the first German national opera” are the reason for ever so rare stage productions of Carl Maria von Weber’s
“Freischütz”, which premiered in 1821. It will thus be very interesting to see how the new production at the Vienna State Opera will look like as the eerie “Wolfsschlucht” was inspired by the terrific nature of Saxon Switzerland.

LEADING ROLES:
CAMILLA NYLUND, DANIELA FALLY, ALAN HELD, ANDREAS SCHAGER
CONDUCTOR:
TOMÁŠ NETOPIL
DIRECTOR:
CHRISTIAN RÄTH

SALON OPÉRA FOR KIDS

Salon Opera for kids

© Marion Hofer

Salon Opera for kids in the Bristol Vieanna, next to the state opera
Salon Opera for kids in the Bristol Vieanna, next to the state opera

© Marion Hofer

Salon Opera for kids in the Bristol Vieanna, next to the state opera

© Marion Hofer

INTERACTIVE CHILDREN AND FAMILY EVENT
ON WORLD-FAMOUS OPERAS


Because of last year’s great success, the Hotel Bristol re-invites children and their parents/carers to an interactive and entertaining opera
event three times in the 2017/18 season. Heinz Peter Kammerer, ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera and popular Papageno
in “The Magic Flute for Children”, will co-host the program with Dr. Thomas Dänemark, Secretary General of the Friends of the Vienna State Opera. The young participants may expect a very special time travel!

COSTUME CONTEST AND
MAKE-UP WORKSHOP

Young participants are invited to dress up as mermaid or prince, as nutcracker or Hansel & Gretel. In the course of a make-up workshop from 11:00 am, make-up artists from the Vienna State Opera are ready to apply professional make-up on all those children interested in looking like a theater star themselves. Photos will be taken of the kids that they can take home after the Salon Opéra performance.

MEET & GREET
OPERA STARS!

The singers of the Vienna State Opera ensemble will sing famous arias live from these popular operas and give an insight into their work onstage. The young audience will have the opportunity to experience many aspects of an opera production. The playfulness, fun and excitement of this Salon Opéra will fascinate both young and old.

Rusalka- opera for kids

OCTOBER 14, 2017, 12:00 NOON
Opening & make-up workshop from 11.00 am
RUSALKA
FOR KIDS
Antonín Dvořák

Out of love for a prince, a mermaid wants to become human but pays a high price for it: She remains without voice and cannot prevent a Foreign Princess’s capturing the affection of the mermaid’s lover. Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka has all the ingredients to sparkle children’s imagination.

 

Nutcracker - opera for kids

JANUARY 20, 2018, 12:00 NOON
Opening & make-up workshop from 11.00 am
DER NUSSKNACKER
FOR KIDS
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski

What would be a repertoire without a Nutcracker performance in the Christmas season! Tchaikovsky’s compact ballet with the belligerent Mouse King, who eventually is defeated by the Nutcracker, fulfills balletenthusiastic children with great excitement year after year.

 

Hänsel and Gretel - opera for kids

APRIL 14, 2018, 12:00 NOON
Opening & make-up workshop from 11.00 am
HÄNSL & GRETL
FOR KIDS
Engelbert Humperdinck

Already generations of young opera aficionados owe their first live experiences Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. But the oeuvre, which was first performed under the direction of young Richard Strauss in Weimar, is more than just a fairy-tale opera with popular melodies: The orchestral orientation is influenced right from its beginnings by no less
a person than Richard Wagner.