In the penultimate season of opera director Georges Delnon and general music director Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera, five new productions are to be staged. At the start in mid-September, opera lovers can look forward to Modest P. Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunow", as the State Opera announced on Monday in Hamburg. The piece is staged by Frank Castorf, the musical direction is in the hands of Kent Nagano, chief conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.
The program also includes the opera "Salome" as the second part of a Strauss trilogy, the opera "Il trovatore" by Giuseppe Verdi, Mozart's "La clemenza di Tito" and "Saint François d'Assise" by Olivier Messiaen. This powerful new opera production is to be shown in the Elbphilharmonie as part of the Hamburg International Music Festival. Incidentally, the Italian Opera Weeks 2024 will open on March 16, 2024 with the performance of “Tosca”.
At the same time, strong, international voices are brought to the Elbe again - either in role or house debuts. Among others, Olga Peretyatko, Julia Lezhneva, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim, Gregory Kunde and Jennifer Holloway are expected. The solo evenings “The Art of” will focus on the singer Sonya Yoncheva and the baroque shooting star Jakub Józef Orlinski as exceptional figures in the world of opera.
After the season, Delnon and Nagano begin preparing to say goodbye. For both of them, their time at the Hamburg State Opera will end in the summer of 2025. Just a few days ago, the Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber was introduced as Nagano's successor as General Music Director of the State Opera and as Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Last year Tobias Kratzer was introduced as the new opera director and thus Delnon's successor.