Highlights for December

Sergei Leiferkus sings Scarpia at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg and the last of the current run of Forester (Cunning little Vixen) at the Semperoper, Dresden (he returns to this role at the Staatsoper Hamburg in November 2015). In Stockholm, Niklas Björling Rygert will sing Goro in Kirstin Harms’ new production of Madama Butterfly and Monostatos in Magic Flute; Alexander Vassiliev appears in Cagliari as Golova in Tchaikovsky’s The Slippers and Reinhard Dorn sings Brighella in Das Liebesverbot in Trieste.

In Vladivostok, Anton Lubchenko completes the Shostakovich Symphony Cycle and conducts performances of The Nutcracker before beginning rehearsals for the world premiere of his new opera Doctor Zhivago at the Theater Regensburg in January 2015. The piece will be directed by Silviu Purcarete with sets and costumes by Helmut Stürmer. Vladimir Baykov will sing the title role.

Reinhard Hagen sings performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Mannheim, Munich and Nurnberg. Thomas Mohr will also sing Beethoven 9th in Hamburg and three performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Münster.

Karolina Gumos makes her debut as Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Komische Oper Berlin; Nicola Amodio has further performances of Fenton (Don Giovanni) in Oldenburg; Kartal Karagedik sings Peter in Hänsel und Gretel in Erfurt; Vera Egorova sings Brangäne and Maddalena (Rigoletto) in Regensburg and Cem Beram Sertkaya sings Ezio in Giuseppe Verdi’s Attila in Ankara.