Inviting the World to Wiesbaden
2019 International May Festival
The 2019 edition of the Wiesbaden International May Festival boasts no fewer than nine opera productions, each with its own star-studded cast.
This year, the festival opens with a double Mozart offering, consisting of "Idomeneo" and "La clemenza di Tito". Conducted by Konrad Junghänel and directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg, the cast includes Olesya Golovneva, Netta Or, Thomas Blondelle and Mirko Roschkowski. A third Mozart opera rounds off this year's Mozart offering, with the gala performance of "Don Giovanni", featuring guests like Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role, Maria Bengtssonas as Donna Anna, and the young Italian Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira.
GMD Patrick Lange will conduct the Hessian State Orchestra in four exciting gala performances. "Salome" features Thomas J. Mayer as Jochanaan, Thomas Blondelle as Herod and Gun-Brit Barkmin Salome, a role which she has sung to great acclaim at the Viena State Opera. Andreas Schager returns to Wiesbaden in the title role in "Tannhäuser", alongside Albert Pesendorfer as Landgraf. Verdi lovers can look forward to "Un ballo in maschera", featuring the Uruguayan soprano Maria José Siri as Amelia, Italian Stefano La Colla as Riccardo and the Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy as Renato. The gala performance of "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" will include Albert Pesendorfer as Hans Sachs, alongside the Bayreuth cast Günther Groissböck (Pogner), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser) and Daniel Behle (David). French Verdi baritone Ludovic Tézier will make his Wiesbaden debut in Uwe Eric Laufenberg's new production of "Rigoletto", with Will Humburg on the podium. A superb gala cast in "Madama Butterfly" completes this year's star-studded festival, with Ermonela Jaho as Cio-Cio San and Italian Tenor Vincenzo Costanzo as Pinkerton.
We look forward to welcoming you to the glittering 2019 International May Festival!