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Vienna State Opera Announces New Season

March 30, 2006

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ The Vienna State Opera’s 2006-7 season will feature new productions of Verdi’s ``Otello,″ Strauss’ ``Arabella,″ Massenet’s ``Manon,″ Donizetti’s ``La Fille du Regiment″ and Mussorgsky’s ``Boris Godunov.″

Music director Seiji Ozawa, who has canceled performances since January after being hospitalized with a bronchial infection and shingles that affected his vision, is scheduled to conduct just one production: a revival of Wagner’s ``Die Fleigende Hollaender″ that opens April 29, 2007.

Ozawa also shares conducting duties on May 19, 2007, in a performance honoring Placido Domingo for 40 years with the Vienna State Opera, and leads Mahler’s ``Resurrection″ symphony on May 17, 2007.

Montserrat Caballe is scheduled to return to the State Opera as the Dutchess of Krackenthorp in ``La Fille du Regiment,″ which opens April 1, 2007, with Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez, Carlos Alvarez and conductor Yves Abel. The Laurent Pelly production appears at London’s Royal Opera starting in January 2007 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera during the 2007-8 season.

Johan Botha, Krassimira Stoyanova and Falk Struckmann star in a Christine Mielitz production of ``Otello″ starting Oct. 25. Daniele Gatti conducts in place of Ozawa.

``Arabella″ opens Dec. 9 with Adrianne Pieczonka, Genia Kuehmeier, Thomas Hampson and Michael Schade. Franz Welser-Moest conducts, and the production is by Sven-Eric Bechtolf.

Andrei Serban’s production of ``Manon″ begins March 3, 2007, with Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna and conductor Bertrand de Billy.

Willy Decker’s staging of ``Boris″ opens May 28, 2007, with Gatti conducting a cast that includes Ferruccio Furlanetto, Robert Holl, Clifton Forbis, Olga Bordodina and Falk Struckmann.


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