Günter Krämer's landmark production of Die Zauberflöte has been a staple of the Deutsche Oper Berlin's repertoire since 1991. This sensitive, peaceful treatment of Mozart's masterpiece continues to delight audiences of all ages, and will do so for many years to come. Seth is appearing as the wise Speaker under the steady batons of Ido Arad and Nikolas Nägele, and his castmates will be Tobias Kehrer and Ante Jerkunica as Sarastro, Attilio Glaser and Matthew Newlin as Tamino, Kathryn Lewek, Tuuli Takala, and Hulkar Sabirova as the Queen of the Night, Elena Tsallagova and Siobhan Stagg as Pamina, and Philipp Jekal, Simon Pauly, and John Chest as Papageno.
Perhaps the most celebrated American opera composer of his generation, Jake Heggie's great rise to prominence began with one enormous success, the premiere of his devastating interpretation of Sister Helen Prejean's memoir, Dead Man Walking. Since its premiere in 2000, the piece has gone on to enjoy a unique interest internationally and continues to be the most performed new opera of the 21st century, certainly due to its realistic discussion of an always timely American theme, capital punishment, and what it means to truly seek redemption for our misdeeds. Conducted by Michael Christie and directed by Joel Ivany, the cast will include Catherine Martin as Sister Helen, Karen Slack as Sister Rose, Emily Pulley as Mrs. Patrick de Rocher, and Seth Carico as Joseph de Rocher.
Cilea's rarely performed L'arlesiana is a fascinating story of a seductive woman whose very existence turns the people's lives in a small neighboring town upside down. Even though the audience never sees this title character, the effects of her actions and presence in the lives of the characters portrayed are the ripe subject matter for music that fully explores the passion of verismo and bel canto composition. Paolo Arrivabeni conducts this concert performance, including the star-studded cast of Dolora Zajick as Rosa Mamai, Joseph Calleja as Federico, Guanqun Yu as Vivetta, Markus Brück as Baldassare, and Seth Carico as Metifio.
Boleslaw Barlog's seemingly immortal production of Tosca has run every season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 1969 for good reason. It is a classic representation of Puccini's immense talent as a dramatist. The production makes no effort to change the composer's work and yet manages to remain entirely fresh and exciting up to this very day. Seth will appear as the Sacristan, and John Fiore will be at the podium, leading this magnificent cast, also featuring Najmiddin Mavlyanov as Cavaradossi, Alexander Krasnov as Scarpia, Byung Gil Kim as Angelotti, and the thrilling soprano Tatiana Serjan in the title role.
Shostakovich's controversial opera centers around a strong businesswoman who finds herself in impossible circumstances, having to maneuver her life in a way that tests her moral fiber. A brutally human story, we find this dubious survivor to be sympathetic, in spite of her doing whatever she needs to survive in a world designed to hold her back. GMD Donald Runnicles leads this dark production from Norwegian director Ole Anders Tandberg. Mr. Carico appears as the corrupt Police Commissioner, joined by Kurt Rydl as Boris Izmailov, Thomas Blondelle as Zinoviy Izmailov, Evelyn Herlitzius as Katerina Izmailova, Sergey Polyakov as Sergei, Burkhard Ulrich as the Shabby Peasant, and Tobias Kehrer as the Priest.
Stravinsky's neo-classical masterpiece asks many questions about the desire for wealth vs. honor and what we sacrifice in the quest for power and freedom. The piece also presents a powerful view of society in moral decay. American director Lydia Steier returns to Theater Basel to capitalize on her great success there with 2016's critically acclaimed production of Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus Licht, taking on the monumental challenge of The Rake's Progress. Conducted by Kristiina Poska, the cast includes American soprano Hailey Clark as Anne Trulove, Deutsche Oper Berlin ensemble member Matthew Newlin as Tom Rakewell, Eve-Maud Hubeaux as Baba the Turk, and Seth Carico appears as the devilish Nick Shadow.
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