Conducted by their incoming music director, Franz Welser-Möst (above), it's directed by that regie-est of Regisseurs, Claus Guth. The staid period costumes seen in the rehearsal photos though suggest anything but a controversial production.
The high-powered cast includes Ain Anger as Hermann, Christian Gerhaher as Wolfram, Anja Kampe as Elisabeth, Michaela Schuster as Venus and Johan Botha as Tannhäuser. Gerhaher and Botha are also scheduled for Covent Garden's new Tim Albery Tannhäuser later in the year.
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