The restored Staatsoper is one of the most modern opera houses in the world. Incoming general director Matthias Schulz, who officially starts his tenure next spring, has many ambitious projects. In this bonus he outlines his priorities.
“To commission world premieres of new pieces for the Staatsoper is something that is very important to me. I think it is essential to think about how opera works, why it should play such an important role in a functional society. You reflect on this differently if you are there when the opera is being composed, when the libretto is being composed and the music is being created, when you bring the composer and the director together. My dearest wish would be to stage one new masterpiece here every year.
“What is also important to me is the opera studio. I want the singers to really be the face of (represent) the Staatsoper. I want to support this new kind of opera singer, who is not just building his career with five arias, but is interested in our programme. Singers who are open to new things. To help build up new opera stars in THAT sense is something that is very important to me.”
“When you look at the composers and general directors who have left their mark on the history of the Staatsoper you realise that this is an incredible institution. The most renowned composers are Meyerbeer, Spontini and later on of course Richard Strauss. Strauss will play a big part in our programming but there will be room for Meyerbeer and Spontini.”