Highlights for January

Theater Regensburg will present the world premiere of Anton Lubchenko’s new opera, Doctor Zhivago, on Saturday 24th January. Composed and conducted by Anton Lubchenko, the piece, based on the book of the same name by Nobel Prize winning author Boris Pasternak, features Vladimir Baykov in the title role, staging by Silviu Purcarete, and sets and costumes by Helmut Stürmer.

Doctor Zhivago will remain in repertoire with performances until 28th May, 2015. Further details can be found here. Anton Lubchenko will also premiere another of his new works at the Opernball in Dresden on the 30th January (Festive Choral Tokkata).

In addition to two performances of the title role in Boris Godunov in St Petersburg, Sergei Leiferkus sings a series of concerts in London and Budapest. With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment he sings scenes from Boris Godunov at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and Palace of the Arts, Budapest. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra he sings scenes from Rachmaninoff’s Miserly Knight, (a role he will also sing at La Monnaie in Brussels, in June 2015) and extracts from Rheingold, also at the Royal Festival Hall.

Irina Oknina sings Nastassja Filippowna in a new production of Weinberg’s Der Idiot at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater. Kartal Karagedik sings Günther, king of the Burgundians, in a new production of Sigurd - Die Nibelungen à la française by Ernest Reyer.

Anna Virovlansky sings Norina in Don Pasquale with the Theater am Gärtnerplatz on a Gastspiel in Heilbron, Reinhard Hagen sings König Marke in Tristan und Isolde in Athens (Premiere 21st January) and Thomas Mohr will sing Loge in Leipzig, on 11th and 17th January.

Anthony Pilavachi’s new production of La Damnation de Faust will open in Lübeck on 16th January while, in Rome, a revival of Werther opens on the 20th January (sets and costumes by Wolfgang Gussmann).