February 21, 17:30-20:00

‘Unitel – Up & Coming 2023 + Ring des Nibelungen’

Presented by Unitel


Up & Coming 

Unitel presents an overview of their upcoming events & production ideas: From big festivals like Salzburg, Bregenz, Rossini and Verona to the next opera productions from the Staatsoper Munich, Vienna & Berlin; from concert series such as with the Wiener Philharmoniker to documentaries on Bruckner (who celebrates his 200th anniversary in 2024) or Thielemann (the next conductor of the New Years' Concert). Special guests include  Markus Hinterhäuser, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival, who will present his festival highlights, and Stefan Pauly, Artistic Director of the Musikverein, who will offer a glimpse into his upcoming lineup and the new possibilities that come with it. 


Ring des Nibelungen

 The long-awaited new Production of Wagner's Ring by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden was a centennial-event – or, as the press wrote, “this Ring surpassed everything that had existed before!” Stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov and video director Andy Sommer will present impressions from all four parts, conducted by Christian Thielemann. Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Staatsoper Artistic Director Matthias Schulz will also be present as special guests. 

  • (c) Marco Borelli


Markus Hinterhäuser

Artistic Director, Salzburg Festival

Markus Hinterhäuser has been artistic director of the Salzburg Festival since October 2016. From 1993 to 2001, he was co-founder and artistic director – alongside Tomas Zierhofer-Kin – of the Zeitfluss series, curated the concert programme from 2007 to 2011 and was artistic director of the 2011 season. At the Wiener Festwochen, he founded and co-directed the Zeit-Zone series with Tomas Zierhofer-Kin (2002-2004) and took over as artistic director from 2014 to 2016. As a pianist, Markus Hinterhäuser performs both as a soloist and in chamber concerts in the most important concert halls and at internationally renowned festivals.

Stephan Pauly

Artistic Director, Vienna Musikverein

Stephan Pauly has been artistic director of the Vienna Musikverein since 2020. From 2004 to 2012, he was commercial director and head of the artistic department of the International Mozarteum Foundation. Under his aegis, the Mozart Week was expanded to include contemporary music. He then took over as artistic director of the Konzerthaus Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main before moving to Vienna in the summer of 2020 to succeed Thomas Angyan in the same position.

Andreas Schager


The Austrian Heldentenor Andreas Schager has been in the ensemble of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden since 2015 and has also sung at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the State Operas of Vienna, Munich, Dresden and Hamburg, the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, the BBC Proms, the Bayreuth Festival as well as the operas of Frankfurt and Leipzig and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Matthias Schulz

Artistic Director, Staatsoper Unter den Linden

A trained pianist and economist, Matthias Schulz took over the project management for the opera project “Mozart 22” at the Salzburg Festival in 2004 after working at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. He then worked as the concert and media officer of the Salzburg Festival, and later as the commercial manager and artistic director of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. In 2017, he first became co-director and since April 2018 director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Andy Sommer

Film Director

Paris-based Andy Sommer has directed major international coproductions featuring celebrated artists such as Roberto Alagna, Van Cliburn, Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Michel Legrand, Renaud Capuçon et Jordi Savall. He has also made portraits of great historical composers (Beethoven, Berlioz, Boulez, Mahler, Schubert and Wagner). Several of his films are partly fictionalized. Andy Sommer is currently developing two feature films for cinema.

Dmitri Tcherniakov

Stage Director

Dmitri Tcherniakov has been awarded “Opera Director of the Year“ several times. He has staged numerous operas and plays on the world’s great international stages. He usually designs the stage sets himself. His productions have taken him to the State Opera in Berlin, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Opéra national de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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