February 14 & January 17
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card (Kâdokaputâ Sak(2018)
All of the Clow Cards have been captured, and Sakura Kinomoto, the new Master of the Cards, is preparing to play the lead in the play for the town festival. However, a new evil force is causing mysterious events all over Tomoeda, including the disappearance of Sakura's cards. With Syaoran's help, Sakura must figure out the cause of these events, and save her town.
February 15 & 17 & 20
The Magic Flute(2018)
This production represents the first leg of a collaboration project between the La Scala Theatre, the Singing Academy and one of the most prestigious directors of our times, Peter Stein, to present the finest young international singers every year in a setting of the highest order at the end of a unique artistic process in terms of the quality and level of preparation. Stein has committed to beginning the training and teaching of the young artists one year prior to the debut. Opera in 2 Acts Sung in German with English subtitles Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder Teatro alla Scala, Milan Recorded 2016 Approximate Running Time: 2h53 CREATIVE TEAM Conductor Ádám Fischer Director Peter Stein Set Designer Ferdinand Wögerbauer Costumes Anna Maria Heinreich Lighting Designer Joachim Barth Chorus Master Johannes Stecher Chorus Chorus of Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala ARTISTIC TEAM Papageno Till Von Orlowsky Tamino Martin Piskorski Pamina Fatma Said Queen of the Night Yasmin Özkan Sarastro Martin Summer Monostatos Sascha Emanuel Kramer First Lady Elissa Huber Second Lady Kristin Sveinsdottír Third Lady Mareike Jankowski Papagena Theresa Zisser First Priest Philipp Jekal Second Priest Thomas Huber Armored men Francesco Castoro, Victor Sporyshev Three slaves Marcel Herrnsdorf, Tenzin Chonev Kolsch, Thomas Prenn
March 15 & 17 & 20
Semperoper Dresden: Lohengrin(2018)
Starring in their premiere Wagnerian roles, Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała, alongside the outstanding Staatskapelle Dresden and led by the baton of Christian Thielemann, were met with standing ovations from audiences, and an equally warm acclaim from critics: “Pure bliss! Never ending applause!” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) Anna Netrebko’s role debut as Elsa was one of the most wildly anticipated musical events: “The soprano sang a lush, mature-sounding Elsa with undeniable bel canto shadings, utterly at home in Wagner’s Romantic universe. Netrebko’s finely calibrated interpretation captured the full range of Elsa’s emotional development...Her plush voice seemed to glow from within”, (Opera News). The “Primadonna assoluta” (Die Welt) stars across fellow Wagnerian debutant Piotr Beczała whose role debut as the eponymous Grail Knight has garnered the acclaimed tenor further plaudits from fans and critics alike: “The revelation was Piotr Beczała, who was just about perfect in the title role” says WQXR “Netrebko and Beczała are Wagner Stars” summarized the New York Times “and were frenetically celebrated by the audience.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) Georg Zeppenfeld as a convincing and majestic Heinrich der Vogler and outstanding Wagnerians Evelyn Herlitzius and Tomasz Konieczny as the opponents Ortrud and Friedrich von Telramund complete the cast in King Ludwig II’s favorite opera at the Semperoper Dresden, where operatic history has been written with the theatre playing host to three important Wagner premieres. In the pit is Wagner’s “Wunderharfe”, the Staatskapelle Dresden, conducted by Christian Thielemann, doubtlessly today’s foremost conductor of this repertoire. “Some enthuse about their best ever Lohengrin, but for sure this was one of the ten best opera performances in their lives” (Die Welt). The staging, a revival of the timeless production by Christine Mielitz, tells the story of the evil couple Ortrud and Telramund wanting to seize power in Brabant and attempting to destroy Elsa, the heir to the throne after the disappearance of her brother Gottfried, first with psychologic depth, timeless setting and stunning costumes: “The star of the acclaimed stage production continues to shine bright” (New York Times).