The Vienna State Opera will be staging Verdi's Un Ballo in Mascera (with Roberto Alagna), Simon Boccanegra (with Plácido Domingo), La Traviata (with Rolando Villazón), and Rigoletto (with Simon Keenlyside). Works by Richard Wagner will include Parsifal (with Jonas Kaufmann), Tristan and Isolde, Siegfried and Die Walküre (all with Nina Stemme).
And on January 5, Marc Minkowski with the Les Musiciens du Louvre will perform an 1863 Jubilee Concert in honor of Wagner at the Theater an der Wien. It was 150 years ago that the composer presented extracts from his operas to an audience for the very first time. There will also be a performance of Verdi's Attila at the theater in July 2013. The program at the Volksoper features operas and operettas, as well as ballet and musicals, including many German-language productions. La Traviata is billed for 2012, and Rigoletto follows in spring 2013. And cartoonist Loriot's entertaining condensed version of the Ring Cycle, Wagner's Ring in One Evening, will bring the season to a light-hearted end.
In 1843 the Italian Giuseppe Verdi made his first trip abroad to Vienna, where he conducted the premiere of Nabucco outside his home country, at the Kärntnertortheater, one of the major opera houses of the day. The musicians, whose progressive approach he admired, were the recently founded Vienna Philharmonic. In 1875 Verdi conducted Aida and his Requiem in Vienna. Richard Wagner's first opera, Tannhäuser, was performed in full in 1857 at a suburban theater in Vienna. A year later, Lohengrin was staged at the then Court Opera. Empress Elisabeth was present at a much hailed concert given at the Musikverein in 1862. Wagner rehearsed Tannhäuser (Vienna version) and Lohengrin himself in 1875, going on to conduct a single performance of the latter in 1876.