Umberto Giordano

Drama in three acts (1903)
Libretto by Luigi Illica
In Italian with German surtitles


21 July 2021 - 7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

It is a dreadful act of love when Stephana gives up her life as a mistress at an elegant townhouse in St. Petersburg to follow her true love Vassili to a Siberian prison camp. In their exile, Stephana turns into a fearless hero, fights inequality and slander. In the middle of this dead end situation, hope flickers among the prisoners. What seemed impossible is now suddenly in reach: the couple is about to flee. Then, a shot is fired.

In his Italian opera Siberia, Umberto Giordano portrays asensational and dense plot, emotionally charged characters and an impressive choir in the style of Verismo. Fascinating Russian sounds ranging from the former national anthem of Russia, “God Save the Tsar!” to the traditional “Song of the Volga Boatmen” are embedded within the dramatic music.
For Giordano, who also composed Andrea Chénier and Fedora, Siberia is a universally applicable human drama despite its local color: »Love and pain do not have a nationality«.

As a member of the »Giovane Scuola«, the »Young School«, Giordano opposes Giuseppe Verdi’s omnipresence in the playbills, fuels realism in the opera and orientates himself towards Richard Wagner and Jules Massenet. Siberia premiered in 1903 in La Scala in Milan replacing Giacomo Puccini’s postponed Madama Butterfly.

Two young artists from Moscow bring the stirring opus to the Festspielhaus: the internationally aspiring director Vasily Barkhatov and Valentin Uryupin, who already conducted Eugen Onegin in Bregenz.

Musical Director Valentin Uryupin
Stage Director Vasily Barkhatov
Stage Designer Christian Schmidt
Costume Designer Nicole von Graevenitz
Lighting Designer Alexander Sivaev
Choir Master Lukáš Vasilek

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Wiener Symphoniker

  • Cast

    Stephana Ambur Braid
    Nikona Fredrika Brillembourg
    La fanciulla | The old woman Clarry Bartha
    Vassili Alexander Mikhailov
    Gleby Scott Hendricks
    Prince Alexis Omer Kobiljak
    Ivan | Cossack Manuel Günther
    Bankier Miskinsky | The Disabled Michael Mrosek
    Walinoff | The Governor Unnsteinn Árnason
    The Captain | The Guard Stanislav Vorobyov

  • Prices & Seating Plan
    1. Category: EUR 150
    2. Category: EUR 132
    3. Category: EUR 115
    4. Category: EUR 98
    5. Category: EUR 60
    6. Category: EUR 28

    Additional charge for the premiere: EUR 25 per ticket (category 1 & 2). There is a separate seating plan for the premiere.

    Subject to changes.