Magdalena Kožená and Peter Rose make their role debuts as Phèdre and Pluto respectively in performances of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Aletta Collins. This tragédie lyrique explores the spiritual encounters between the Gods and is the first opera composed by Rameau.
Following her debut as Phedre in Hippolyte et Aricie, Magdalena will then join Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester for Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Robin Ticciati. Other engagements this season include a tour with long-standing recital partner, Mitsuko Uchida, and she will join Sir Simon for St. John’s Passion with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Magdalena will also tour some of Europe’s major cities with Yefim Bronfman for a programme of Brahms, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich.
Peter recently made his role debut as Aleksandr Petrovič Gorjančikov in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year, he will sing the role of Daland Der fliegende Holländer with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and will Gurnezmanz Parsifal with Victorian Opera Melbourne. Other engagements include Baron Ochs for the Dresden Semperoper and Wiener Staatsoper, Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Arkel Pelléas et Mélisande for Dutch National Opera and Roméo et Juliette with the Orchestre National de Lyon.
Sir Simon’s other opera engagements this season include Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Peter Sellars’ semi-staged production of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, with the London Symphony Orchestra. Following Hippolyte et Aricie, Simon will return to London for a series of concerts with the LSO in December. The programmes include works by Stravinsky, Bernstein, Debussy, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Nazareno, written for two pianos and orchestra.
Hippolyte et Aricie runs from 25 November to 8 December 2018, with the performance on 27 November 2018 at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. For more information, see the Deutsche Staatsoper website.