Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2011 in Europe: Новые постановки

And so we arrive to June, when many opera houses try to show off their best productions and attract more subscribers for the next season.

The most interesting will be to see the conclusion of the Paris Ring - Die Götterdämmerung.  Another important new Wagner production to open this month will be Tristan und Isolde in Lyon, conducted by Kirill Petrenko and produced by Alex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus, while the Claus Guth's production of Parsifal will be premiered in Zurich.

Of non-Wagner operas, the most awaited must be the new production of Eugene Onegin in Amsterdam, directed by Stefan Herheim, as well as the new Bieito-show at the Komische in Berlin, Les dialogues des Carmélites, together with the huge production of Les Huguenots in Brussels, directed by Olivier Py.

Idomeneo in Paris, by Stéphane Braunschweig, looks promising on the paper, and a hyper-talented Tobias Kratzer will present his new gem at Theater Basel -- Telemaco, a lesser known opera by Gluck.  London-wise, the operatic event of the year should be Simon Boccanegra directed by Dimitri Tcherniakov [ah, definitely: I saw the video of Anna Nicole and --with all due respect to Jones and Westbroek-- the show was just plain bad, while Adriana Lecouvreur  remains a hopeless cheesy opera that David McVicar quite obviously produced in parallel with Orlando in Paris/Lille, and I guess it was mounted only because Angie Gheorghiu said she would sing the title role - So, Boccanegra is legitimately expected to be the best show in 2010-2011 ;)]

Ordered according to their premiere, an extensive selection of new productions to be presented in theaters across Europe this June includes:

  • Fri 3:Die Götterdämmerung at Opéra Bastille in Paris [dir- Günter Krämer, cnd- Philippe Jordan, cast: Torsten Kerl, Katarina Dlaymann, Iain Paterson, Peter Sidhom, Hans-Peter König, Christiane Libor, Sophie Koch, Daniela Sindram, Nicole Piccolomini, Caroline Stein]
  • Sat 4: Tristan und Isolde at Opéra National de Lyon [dir- Alex Ollé, La Fura dels Baus, cnd- Kirill Petrenko, cast: Gary Lehman, Ann Petersen...]
  • Sat 4: From the House of the Dead at Opernhaus in Zurich [dir- Peter Konwitschny, cnd- Ingo Metzmacher, cast: Miroslav Christoff, Peter Straka...]
  • Sat 4: Das Rheingold at Staatstheater in Darmstadt [dir- John Dew, cnd- Constantin Trinks, cast: Ralf Lucas, Olafur Sigurdarson, Elisabeth Hornung, Eberhard Francesco ...]
  • Sun 5: Palestrina at Staatsoper in Hamburg [dir- Christian Stückl, cnd- Simone Young, cast: Falk Struckmann, Roberto Saccà...]
  • Tue 7: Don Pasquale at Opera Holland Park in London [dir- Stephen Barlow, cnd- Richard Bonynge, cast: Colin Lee, Majella Cullagh, Richard Burkhard...]
  • Wed 8: Simon Boccanegra at ENO in London [dir- Dmitri Tcherniakov, cnd- Edward Gardner, cast: Bruno Caproni, Rena Harms, Peter Auty...]
  • Wed 8: Yo, Dallí - new opera by Xavier Benguerel, at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid [dir- Xavier Albertí. cnd- Miquel Ortega, cast: Marisa Martins et al]
  • Wed 8: Dinonysos by Wolfgang Rihm at DNO in Amsterdam [dir- Pierre Audi (Jonathan Meese), cnd- Ingo Metzmacher, cast: Georg Nigl, Matthias Klink, Cyndia Sieden, Sine Bundgaard, Virpi Räisänen, Uli Kirsch]
  • Thu 9: Telemaco ossia L'isola di Circe by Gluck at Theater Basel [dir- Tobias Kratzer, cnd- Anu Tali, cast: Agneta Eichenholz, Maya Boog, Tomasz Zagorski, David Lee]
  • Fri 10: Salome at Festspielhaus in Baden Baden [dir- Nikolaus Lehnhoff, cnd- Stefan Soltesz, cast: Angela Denoke, Kim Begley, Doris Stoffel, Alan Held, Marcel Reijans...]
  • Fri 10: L'amico Fritz at Opera Holland Park in London [dir- Annilese Miskimmon, cnd- Stuart Stratford, cast: Eric Margiore, Anna Leese...]
  • Fri 10: Idomeneo at Staatstheater in Mainz [dir- Vera Nemirova, cnd- Andreas Hotz, cast:...]
  • Sat 11: Carmen at S. Carlos in Lisbon [dir- Ricardo Pais, cnd- Julia Jones, cast: Rinat Shaham, Andrew Richards, Yannis Yannissis, Adriana Damato...]
  • Sun 12: Götterdämmerung at Staatsoper in Hannover [dir- Barrie Kosky, cnd- Wolfgang Bozic, cast: Brigitte Hahn, Robert Künzli, Brian Davis...]
  • Tue 14: Eugene Onegin at DNO in Amsterdam  [dir- Stefan Herheim, cnd- Mariss Jansons (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), cast: Krassimira SToyanova, Elena Maximova, Andrey Dunaev, Bo Skovhus...]
  • Tue 14: Les Huguenots at La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels [dir- Olivier Py, cnd- Marc Minkowski, cast: Marlis Petersen/Henriete Bonde-Hansen, Mireille Delunsch/Ingela Brimberg, Yulia Lezhneva/Blandine Staskiewicz, Eric Cutler/John Osborn, Jérôme Varnier/François Lis, Philippe Rouillon...] 
  • Wed 15: Idomeneo at Théâtre des Champs Elysées is Paris [dir- Stéphane Braunschweig, cnd- Jérémie Rhorer (Le Cercle de l'Harmonie), cast: Richard Croft, Alexandra Coru, Sophie Karthäuser, Kate Lindsey, Paolo Fanale, Nigel Robson, Nahuel Di Pierro]
  • Fri 17: Kat'a Kabanova at Staatsoper Wien [dir- André Engel, cnd- Franz Welser-Möst, cast: Emily Magee, Deborah Polaski, Klaus Florian Vogt...]
  • Fri 17: Le Cid at Opéra Marseille [dir- Charles Roubaud, cnd- Jacques Lacombe, cast: Roberto Alagna, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Alain Vernhes, Kimmy McLaren...]
  • Sun 19: The Golden Cockerel at Bolshoi in Moscow [dir- Georgy Ansimov, cnd- Evgeny Svetlanov, cast: Larissa Rudakova, Mikhail Diakov...]
  • Sun 19: Street Scene by Kurt Weill at Semperoper in Dresden [dir-    Bettina Bruinier, cnd- Jonathan Darlington, cast: Christoph Pohl et al.]
  • Sun 19: Turandot in Las Palmas [dir- Mario Pontiggia, cnd- Pier Giorgio Morandi, cast: Elisabete Matos, Francesco Hong...]
  • Mon 20: Attila at Teatro della Scala in Milan [dir- Gabriele Lavia, cnd- Nicola Luisotti, cast: Orlin Anastassov/Michele Pertusi, Marco Vratogna/Leo Nucci, Elena Pankratova...]
  • Mon 20: Il Postino at Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris [dir- Ron Daniels, cnd- Jean-Yves Ossonce, cast: Placido Domingo, Charles Castronovo, Christina Gallardo-Domas, Laurent Alvaro...]
  • Fri 24: I due Figaro (opera by Saverio Mercadante) in Ravenna [dir- Emilio Sagi, cnd- Riccardo Muti, cast: Rosa Feola et al]
  • Fri 24: Candide at UDL/TS in Berlin [dir- Vincent Boussard (Christian Lacroix), cnd- Wayne Marshall, cast: Maria Bengtsson, Leonard Capalbo, Anja Silja, Graham Valentine]
  • Sun 26: Parsifal at Opernhaus in Zurich [dir- Claus Guth, cnd- Daniele Gatti, cast: Stuart Skelton, Thomas Hampson, Matti Salminen, Yvonne Naef...]
  • Sun 26: Dialogues des Carmélites at Komische Oper Berlin [dir- Calixto Bieito, cnd- Stefan Blunier, cast: Maureen McKay, Christiane Oertel, Julia Giebel... ]
  • Sun 26: Die Walküre at Staatstheater in Darmstadt [dir- John Dew, cnd- Constantin Trinks, cast: Ralf Lucas, Carl-Christof Gebhardt, Susanne Serfling, Katrin Gerstenberger ...]


  1. Well I'm seeing the Paris Le Crepuscule des Dieux (Please note no "die" in Gotterdammerung), the Lyon Tristan and Zurich Parsifal, Les Huguenots x 2(couldn't decide which cast), L'Amico Fritz, Boccanegra + Ariaane et Barbe Blue in Barcelona so not bad for my summer holiday!
    I think you may find the Terry Gilliam Damnation of Faust to be picked as the highlight of the London season though the Berlioz got lost in all the spectacle and Regie.

  2. I'll miss Twilight. Work... :-(

  3. Hey John! There will be live broadcast of Arianne from Liceu, so I decided to skip it. I will of course go to Brussels to see Les Huguenots but only for the first (HUGE) cast [although I regret not to be able to listen to Osborn's take on the toughy role of Raoul] I too will go to Zurich and Lyon :)
    I toyed with the idea of going to see La Damnation but when I saw the Nazi references I backed out. Nazis AGAIN -- really?! I plan to see Boccanegra tho ;) I only hope it doesn't get ruined in translation. Why does ENO stick to that rule? We're in the 21st century - hello! I did go to see Don Giovanni last year and it sounded awkward (which is why I didn't want to go and see Parsifal). It's like those weird salty meals with bananas. I guess it depends on the opera -- Don Giovanni in English was impossible to adjust to. Onstead, The Magic Flute of Maria Stuarda sounded briliant in English!

    Nigel, I saw the premiere of Le Crépuscule and it's not as good as the three previous Ring operas but it's still Twilight, the singers are good, the orchestra excellent -- so it definitely is worth the (steep) ticket price. But you'll see Les Huguenots, no!?

  4. I will see Les Huguenots. Whether I'll want to sit all the way through is another question. Imagine Les Huguenots with weak singers...

  5. I will be in Lyon next Sunday for Tristan, and in Zürich on the 10th July for Parsifal.

    I have just booked for Parsifal in Lyon next March, to get a preview of the new MET production.

    What are your thoughts on Le Crepuscule des Dieux?
    The Boccanegra at ENO is a major disappointment.I don't think Tcherniakov was really engaged in the project.Maybe it is a language thing as apparently he rehearses in Russian through a translator.I posted a few comments on Inter- Mezzo.

  6. Nigel, that would be horrific! Apparently this production of Les Huguenots (O.Py) is brilliant [someone reliable, who was at the final dress reh, said so]

    VERY sorry John to hear Boccanegra was awful. London and Paris are apparently doomed as far as great opera shows are concerned :(

    It's been very busy here -- didn't have time to write about Le Crépuscule, but will try and do it today.

    I'm off to Lyon tomorrow: Tristan rulz ;) I plan to go to Zurich for Parsifal later in June (have to double check the date). Mid-July I hope to see some shows in Berlin.

    Did you go to Vlaamse/Antwerp to see FrOSch?

  7. The Vlaamse Frosch was just about the best production of that piece I've seen. Marelli set it in a glittering Habsurg world on the point of dissolution, full of dreamlike imagery from Freud and Jung but finally rooted in Barak's proletarian world.

    No wonder Marion Ammann impressed you. Someone who sings Fiordiligi and Isolde is just what you need for the Kaiserin.

    Remarkably high standard in the fine Belle Epoque Antwerp house and at a third of London and Paris prices.

    Get very excited at the prospect of Les Huguenots as a quick google of French and German press saw Sensation and Triumph as headlines.