Thursday, February 28, 2013

De Nederlandse opera 2013-2014

While mentioning the best opera houses in the world I forgot to mention the Zurich Opernhaus which now --under Andreas Homoki-- should be making strides of improvement. But this post is about those big opera houses that are steadily great, and superbly run by Pierre Audi -- De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam -- the house that I relatively frequently visit and love dearly.

For 2013-2014 they are proposing a top-notch cast for the revival of their Ring des Nibelungen, but more importantly they propose five new productions, including Armide/Glück [one of my fave operas] directed by Barrie Kosky, and The Gambler staged by Andrea Breth, with Marc Albrecht conducting and the phenomenal John Daszak in the cast. Their new Faust might be very interesting too: a superb cast lead by the most exciting singer right now, Sonya Yoncheva; good guy from La Fura (Àlex Ollé) will  direct and always brilliant Marc Minkowski will conduct.

The DNO production of Lucia di Lammermoor is one of a few that are worth seeing. Good news is that their show will be back on stage in 2014. Soooo....

September 2013
  • Siegfried [revival]: dir- Pierre Audi, cnd- Hartmut Haenchen, cast: Stephen Gould, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Catherine Naglestad, Marina Prudenskaja, Werner Van Mechelen, Jan-Hendrik Rootering

October 2013
  • Armide [new production]: dir- Barrie Kosky,  cnd- Ivor Bolton, cast: Karina Gauvin, Andrew Foster-Williams, Frédéric Antoun, Sébastien Droy, ...

November 2013
  • Götterdämmerung [revival]: dir- Pierre Audi, cnd- Hartmut Haenchen, cast: Stephen Gould, Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester, Catherine Foster, Michaela Schuster, Kurt Rydl, ...

December 2013
  • The gambler [new production]: dir- Andrea Breth,  cnd- Marc Albrecht, cast: John Daszak, Nadja Michael, Georg Nigl, Pavlo Hunka, ...

January/February 2014
  • Der Ring des Nibelungen -- two cycles

March 2014
  • Lucia di Lammermoor [revival]: dir- Monique Wagemakers, cnd- Carlo Rizzi, cast: Marina Rebeka, Ismael Jordi, Marco Caria...

April 2014
  • Arabella [revival]: dir- Christof Loy,  cnd- Marc Albrecht, cast: Annette Dasch, Agneta Eichenholz, James Rutherford, Will Hartmann, Marcel Reijans, ...

May 2014
  • Faust [new production]: dir- La Fura dels Baus,  cnd- Marc Minkowski, cast: Sonya Yoncheva, Mikhail Petrenko, Michael Fabiano, ...

June 2014
  • Laika [new production, opera by Martijn Padding]: dir- Aernout Mik,  cnd- Etienne Siebens, cast: local 
  • Falstaff  [revival]: dir- Robert Carsen,  cnd- Daniele Gatti, cast: Ambrogio Maestri, Paolo Fanale, Daniela Barcellona, Fiorenza Cedolins, Carlo Bosi, Maria Grazia Schiavo ...

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