Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Productions in Europe - April 2010: Les Troyens arrivent!

Not as much excitement nor nearly as many new productions as in March. I hope to see Dialogues des Carmélites in Munich and I'm still under a huge impression of the Bieito's Parsifal,  both premiered only a week ago.

The most exciting new production premiered in April must be  Les Troyens, with Eva-Maria Westbroek singing Cassandre. La prima is actually underway and I hope to see the show in 10 days or so.

Other interesting new productions should be Der Freischutz in Vienna, Macbeth in Strasbourg, Fidelio in Berlin...

Here is a trailer for Les Troyens

in chronological order of their premieres 
  • April 2 De Nederlandse Opera, Les Troyens, Audi/Nelson (cast: Westbroek, Naef, Hymel, Lapointe, Testé...)
  • April 10 Opéra Comique in Paris,  Mignon, Benoit/Roth (cast: Lenormand, Jordi, Cavallier,...)
  • April 11 Komische Oper in Berlin, Fidelio, von Peter/St.Clair (cast: Petersen, Larsen...)
  • April 11 La Monnaie/Munt in Brussels, Medea [opera/ballet by Pascal Dusapin]
  • April 12 Grand Théâtre de Genève, LaCalisto, Himmelmann/Stoehr (cast: Mehta, Rice , Taddia...)
  • April 16 Opera Lausanne, L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Knobil/Puntos
  • April 17 Oper Leipzig, Alceste, Konwitschny/Stockhammer (cast: Angella, Reinhardt,...)
  • April 18 Opernhaus Zurich, Luisa Miller, Michieletto/Zanetti (cast: Frittoli, Armiliato, Nucci,...) 
  • April 19 Theater and der Wien, Der Freischutz, Ruzowitzky/de Billy (cast: Struckmann, Erdmann, O'Neill, Van den Heever...)
  • April 21 Opéra de Tours, Tosca, Bouillon/Ossonce (cast: Beller-Carbone, Lombardo, Sidhom...)
  • April 23 Schwetzingen SWR Festspiele, Andromaque, Lavaudant/Niquet (cast:Van Wanroij, Wesseling, Guèze,...)
  • April 24 ENO, Elegy for Young Lovers [opera by Hans Werner], Shaw/Blunier
  • April  24 Opera Bilbao, Le Nozze di Figaro, Sagi/Lopez-Banzo (cast: Bayo, Téziers, Regazzo...)
  • April 25 Opera in Strasbourg, Macbeth, Negrin/Mazzola (cast: Matis, Smilek, Caproni,...)
  • April 14 Teatro Regio in Turin, Luisa Miller, Padrissa/Mehta (cast: Cedolins, Pisapia, Frontali, Di Castri...)
  • April 29 Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Kokkos/Mehta (cast: Kerl, Pieczonka, Braun, Youn...)
  •  April 29 Opera in Cologne, Love and Other Deamons [opera by Peter Eötvös], Purcarete/Stenz (cast: Palimina, Kollo,...)


  1. Les Troyens worth the trip to Amsterdam... Great opening night at the DNO... :-)

  2. YAY! Isn't this great. There is always someone reliable on the spot to tell you if the show is indeed worth the trip or not.

    Thanks Mei, looking forward to your report [hopefully before I head to Amsterdam -- in a week from now).