Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What new to expect in Europe this March!?

Many new productions in Europe to be premiered in March.

The Paris Ring continues with the premiere of Siegfried, and in Berlin all eyes will be focused on new Graham Vick's production of  Tristan und Isolde. Deborah Warner will present her new gem  Death in VeniceBesides,  I vespri siciliani in Turin should be a good show, while our curiosity will peak when new Turandot by Busoni opens in Dijon. Die Fledermaus by Ch.Loy in Frankfurt is bound to be a special event too...

Many good & interesting new productions in March across Europe: a complete (?) list can be found below, chronologically ordered according to their premieres.

  • March 1st: Siegfried at ONP in Paris [dir-Günter Krämer, cnd-Philippe Jordan, cast: Torsten Kerl, Juha Uusitalo, Peter Sidhom, Stephen Milling, Katharina Dalayman, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke]
  • March 5: Norma at Opera Las Palmas [dir-Mario Pontiggia, cnd-Fabrizio Maria Carminati, cast: Dimitra Theodossiou, Ruxandra Donose, Carlo Colombara, Fabio Sartori]
  • March 5: Death in Venice at La Scala in Milan [dir-Deborah Warner, cnd-Edward Gardner, cast: Ian Bostridge John Graham Hall, ..]
  • March 5: Cendrillon at Opéra Comique in Paris [dir-Benjamin Lazar, cnd-Marc Minkowski, cast: Église Gutiérrez, Ewa Podles, Salomé Haller, Judith Gauthier ]
  • March 6: Die Fledermaus at Oper Frankfurt [dir-Christof Loy, cnd-Sebastian Weigle, Cast: Christian Gerhaher  et al]
  • March 7: The Metamorphosis - creation of a new opera composed by Michël Levinas at Opéra de Lille  [dir-Stanislas Nordey, cnd-Georges-Elie Octors, cast: Magali Léger et al]
  • March 9: Turandot at Opéra Dijon [dir-Cisco Aznar, cnd-Daniel Kawka, cast: Sabine Hogrefe, Diana Axentii, Thomas Piffka]
  • March 11: Giulio Cesare in Ferrara [dir-Alessio Pizzech, cnd-Ottavio Dantone, cast: Sonia Prina, Maria Grazia Schiavo...]
  • March 12: Tristan und Isolde at Theater Augsburg [dir-Rosamund Gilmore, cnd-Dirk Kaftan, cast: Christiane Libbor, Gerhard Siegel...]
  • March 12: Nabuco et Opera di Roma [dir-Jean-Paul Scarpitta, cnd-Riccardo Muti, cast: Leo Nucci, Elisabete Matos]
  • March 12: Orlando Furioso at TCE in Paris [dir-Pierre Audi, cnd-Jean-Christophe Spinosi, cast: Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Philipper Jaroussky, Christianne Stotjin]
  • March 13: Tristan und Isolde at Deutsche Oper Berlin [dir-Graham Vick, cnd-Donald Runnicles, cast: Peter Seiffert,  Petra Maria Schnitzer, Eike Wilm Schulte, Kristinn Sigmundsson]
  • March 16: Rigoletto at Opéra de Montpellier [dir-René Koering, cnd-Gregor Bühl, cast: Maya Boog, Andrej Dunaev, Nicolas Courjal]
  • March 17: I vespri siciliani at Teatro Regio in Turin [dir-Davide Livermore, cnd-Gianandrea Noseda, cast: Sondra Radvanovsky, Gregory Kunde, Franco Vassallo, Ildar Abdrazakov]
  • March 19: Faust at Oper Graz [dir-Mariame Clément, cnd-Tecwyn Evans, cast: Jean-François Borras, Wilfried Zelinka, Gal James]
  • March 19: Parsifal at Národni in Prag [dir-Jiří Heřman, cnd-John Fiore, cast: Alfons Eberz, Matthias Hölle, Eva Urbanova]
  • March 20: Rodelinda at Theater an der Wien [dir-Philipp Harnoncourt, cnd-Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cast: Bejun Mehta, Danielle de Niese, Malena Ernman, Kurt Streit]
  • March 20: Falstaff at Opernhaus in Zurich [dir-Sven-Eric Bechtolf, cnd-Daniele Gatti, cast: Leo Nucci, Javier Camarena, Barbara Frittoli, Yvonne Naef]
  • March 22: Macbeth at HSO in Budapest [dir-Miklós Szinetár, cnd- G.Rath, Cast: Péter Fried et al]
  • March 23: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in Cologne [dir-Katharina Thalbach, cnd-Lothar Koenigs, cast: Marco Jentzsch et al]
  • March 24: The Return of Ulysses [dir-Benedict Andrews, cnd-Jonathan Cohen, cast: Tom Randle et al]
  • March 25: Billy Budd at DOR in Düsseldorf [dir-Immo Karaman, cnd-Peter Hirsch, cast: Raymond Very, Lauri Vasar, Sami Luttinen]
  • March 25: Rigoletto Don Carlo at Opéra Monte Carlo [dir-Jean-Louis Grinda, cnd-Giuliano Carella, cast: Stefano Secco, Nathalie Manfrino]
  • March 25: Roméo et Juliette at Opéra de Lausanne [dir-Arnaud Bernard, cnd-Miquel Ortega]
  • March 26: Intermezzo at the Scottish Opera in Glasgow [dir-Wolfgang Quetes, cnd-Francesco Corti]
  • March 26: L'elisir d'amore in Valencia [dir-Damiano Michieletto, cnd-Omer Meir Wellber, cast: Aleksandra Kurzak, Ramón Vargas, Erwin Schrott]
  • March 27: I Capuleti e i Montecchi at BSO in Munich [dir-Vincent Boussard, cnd-Yves Abel, Cast: Vesselina Casarova, Eri Nakamura, Dimitri Pitas, Steven Humes]
  • March 28: Akhmatova - creation of an opera by Bruno Montovani [dir-Nicolas Joël, cnd-Pascal Rophé, cast: Michael König, Janina Baechle, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Christophe Dumaux]


  1. Don Carlo at Monte Carlo? Where, how?
    Secco is in Rigoletto I thought - shame I would liked his Don Carlo very much! A bad mistake to have missed that so far!
    There is also "Der Zwerg" at Munich of course, starring John Daszak - reviews could be found at the homepage of Bayerische Staatsoper/Zeitungsleser. Technically speaking this has started in February though.
    And there is apparently another Filianoti - Werther in Madrid. Couldn't quite figure out if that is a production coming from Frankfurt or going to (so maybe not so new as to qualify).

  2. You should click on the link to see info about Don Carlo in MC. Every title is linked to the appropriate website.

    Other productions you're mentioning are not new. Did you see Der Zwerg? Is it good? Cheers

  3. Hm, I did ... I do not see any Don Carlo ...
    I would like to see Der Zwerg, but am not in Munich anymore, so no.

  4. Aaaah I see! My bad. Corrected it... It's Rigoletto instead of DC. Cheers

  5. I look forward to your Siegfried report as I am going to the matinee this Sunday.

    Bostridge is out of La Scala D in V and has been replaced by John Graham Hall.

    I'm going to Intermezzo later in the run in Edinburgh. My forst opportunity to see this Strauss opera.

  6. Hi John. Thanks for the info re-Bostrige.

    I'll hopefully write a few paragraphs on Siegfried tomorrow (musically impeccable Act-3)

    As for Intermezzo, it's OK to see it once, I believe. If you like the music by Strauss you'll have something 'to nibble', but in terms of drama it's not a kind of show you'd rush to see twice (something like Arabella)


  7. Great Turandot in Dijon!

  8. Ah thanks for that... I'll see it next Sunday ;)