Even though the productions are almost always quite shallow, the singing at Chorégies is steadily great.
This year the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with two operas by Verdi on the program:
- July 9 and July 12: Aida [dir- Charles Roubaud, cnd- Tugan Sokhiev (Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse), cast: Indra Thomas, Ekaterina Gubanova, Carlo Ventre, Andrzej Dober, Giacomo Prestia, Mikhail Kolelishvili, Julien Dran]
- July 30 and August 2nd: Rigoletto [dir- Paul-Emile Fourny, cnd- Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli (Orchestre National de France), cast: Patrizia Ciofi, Leo Nucci, Vittorio Grigolo, Mikhail Petrenko, Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Cornelia Oncioiu, Roberto Tagliavini, Stanislas de Barbeyrac]
The opera to be live TV broadcast this time is Aida, with our top-fave Ekaterina Gubanova and --when in form-- excellent Indra Thomas, among others. As you know by now, Aida is not my cup of tea --especially when prepared by Mr. Roubaud-- but Tugan Sokhiev should make it musically more interesting than it actually is (am I being bad for saying this?!)
Ah yes, information is missing: Aida, live from Chorégies d'Orange on France2-TV on Tuesday, July 12th at 21:40 (cet)