Friday, January 8, 2010

Munich Opera Festival 2010: don't miss the deadline!

To score the tics for Munich Opernfestspiele is getting harder as the years go by and the festival gains momentum. Remember that the deadline to order your tickets is FEBRUARY 1.

The program is good as ever: 2 brand new productions, 5 productions premiered this season in BSO; add to that the last year's Lohengrin and 5 other/older productions - all with stunning casts... yes, you do want to go there next July :)

Tosca by Luc Bondy/Fabio Luisi
June 28, July  2, 7, 10, 15, 19
Karita Mattila, Jonas Kaufmann, Juha Uusitalo
New production; the same one that opened the Met's new season, with the cast improved.

Medea in Corinto by Hans Neuenfels/Ivor Bolton
June 29
Alastair Miles, Alek Shrader, Nadja Michael, Ramón Vargas, Elena Tsallagova
This New Production will open in June. Hans Neuenfels is one of our favorite directors...

Roberto Devereux by Christof Loy/Friedrich Haider  
June 30, July 4
Edita Gruberova, Paolo Gavanelli, Sonia Ganassi, José Bros, Francesco Petrozzi
Gruberova fans won't let this one go ;)

Don Giovanni by Stephan Kimming/Kent Nagano
July 3, 6, 8
Mariusz Kwiecien, Anja Harteros, Pavol Breslik, Maija Kovalevska, Alex Esposito, Laura Tatulescu
New production 2009-2010: Stephane Kimming didn't convince critique or fans, but look at that cast!!!

Dialogues des Carmélites by Dmitri Tcherniakov/Kent Nagano
July 9, 13
Alain Vernhes, Felicity Palmer, Soile Isokoski, Hélène Guilmette, Susan Gritton
New Production which I hope to see this Spring. 

Peter Eötvös' new opera "The Tragedy of the Devil", production Balazs Kovalik/Christian Schumann
July 12
Cora Burggraaf, Topi Lehtipuu, Georg Nigl , Elena Tsallagova, Nikolay Borchev
New production; I LOVED "Lady Sarashina" last year, so I have high expectations for this new Eotvos' opera. Cora Burggraaf and Nikolay Borchev, two brilliant young singers...

Le nozze di Figaro by Dieter Dorn/Juraj Valcuha
July 14, 17
Mariusz Kwiecien, Barbara Frittoli, Anna Bonitatibus, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Camilla Tilling
A very old production - but whata cast!

Don Carlo by Jürgen Rose/Marco Armiliato
July 18, 22
René Pape, Ramón Vargas, Simon Keenlyside, Paata Burchuladze, Olga Guryakova, Nadia Krasteva
10 year old production with a dream-cast...

The Silent Woman by Barrie Kosky/Kent Nagano
July 23, 26, 30
Diana Damrau, Nikolay Borchev, Toby Spence
New production which will be unveiled during the Festival. Hope for one more witty Barrie Kosky production. This time with our fave Diana Damrau - yay!

L'elisir d'amore by David Bösch /Juraj Valcuha
July 21, 24, 27
Nino Machaidze, Rolando Villazón, Ambrogio Maestri
New production 2009-2010, which I am told was very good.

Così fan tutte by Dieter Dorn/Ivor Bolton
July 23, 26
Sally Matthews, Christine Rice, Levente Molnár, Shawn Mathey, Laura Tatulescu, Thomas Allen
A very old production, but I always like Cosi & this cleverly picked cast looks irresistible...

Lohengrin by Richard Jones/Kent Nagano
July 25, 29
Robert Dean Smith, Anja Harteros, Waltraud Meier, Evgeny Nikitin
Premiered last year: her greatness, Anja Harteros, will be channeling Elsa again. 

Tannhauser by David Alden/Kent Nagano
July 28, 31
Peter Seiffert, Hans-Peter König, Christian Gerhaher, Petra-Maria Schnitzer, Waltraud Meier
A very old production but again - look at that cast !!! How about that Christian Gerhaher singing Wolfram von Eschenbach?!

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