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.