Events at the Hotel Bristol in 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
FEBRUARY 23, 2018, 4:00 PM
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
SARAH CONNOLLY, CHEN REISS, HILA FAHIMA, CHRISTOPHE DUMAUX
MARCH 23, 2018, 4:00 PM
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.
WOLFGANG KOCH, HERBERT LIPPERT, JÖRG SCHNEIDER, THOMAS EBENSTEIN
JOSEF ERNST KÖPPLINGER
MAY 11, 2018, 4:00 PM
SAMSON ET DALILA
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.
ELĪNA GARANČA, ROBERTO ALAGNA, CARLOS ÁLVAREZ, SORIN COLIBAN
JUNE 8, 2018, 4:00 PM
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.
CAMILLA NYLUND, DANIELA FALLY, ALAN HELD, ANDREAS SCHAGER
SALON OPÉRA FOR KIDS
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
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
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.
JANUARY 20, 2018, 12:00 NOON
Opening & make-up workshop from 11.00 am
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.
APRIL 14, 2018, 12:00 NOON
Opening & make-up workshop from 11.00 am
HÄNSL & GRETL
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.