(1) Die Zauberflöte from Baden Baden will be broadcast on Mezzo TV next April 1st at 19:15 (cet)
It is the production that will be premiered in a week time in Baden Baden, directed by Robert Carsen, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle [Berliner Philharmoniker !], and a wowza --yet intriguing-- cast will include
Simone Kermes (Königin der Nacht), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sarastro), Pavol Breslik (Tamino), Kate Royal (Pamina), Michael Nagy (Papageno), Regula Mühlemann (Papagena), Annick Massis (Erste Dame), Magdalena Kožená (Zweite Dame), Nathalie Stutzmann (Dritte Dame), José van (Dam Sprecher), James Elliott (Monostatos)...
Note that this same production is on the 2013-2014 program of the Paris Opera, where it will be presented in a year from now.
(2) On April 30th starting from 19:30 (cet) Mezzo will live broadcast from Théâtre des Champs Élysées the new production of Don Giovanni directed by Stéphane Braunschweig and directed by Jérémie Rhorer [Le Cercle de l’Harmonie], and the cast looks excellent too:
Markus Werba (Don Giovanni), Miah Persson (Donna Elvira), Daniel Behle (Don Ottavio), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Donna Anna), Robert Gleadow (Leporello), Serena Malfi (Zerlina), Nahuel Di Pierro (Masetto), Steven Humes (Commandatore)
(3) A month later --May 30th at 18:00 (cet)-- Mezzo will broadcast the last opera of the classy Guy Cassiers production of the Ring des Nibelungen -- Götterdämmerung, live from La Scala. Daniel Barenboim will conduct the orchestra del Teatro alla Scala and a superb cast:
Ian Storey (Siegfried), Gerd Grochowski (Gunther), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich), Mikhail Petrenko (Hagen), Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde), Anna Samuil (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute)...The same production has already been premiered in Berlin (UDL) less than 2 weeks ago -- see here
(4) The Festspielhaus in Baden Baden presented their 2013-2014 season, which should be musically delicious, but likely painful to watch:
- April 2014: Manon Lescaut [dir- Richard Eyre, cnd- Sir Simon Rattle, cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Thiago Arancam, Liang Li, Magdalena Kožená, Reinhard Dorn, James Elliott]
- June 2014: Faust [dir- Bartlett Sher, cnd- Thomas Hengelbrock, cast: Charles Castronovo, Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott, Jacques Imbrailo, Angela Brower, Jane Henschel]
- July 2014: Don Carlo [dir- Giorgio Barberio Corsetti , cnd- Valery Gergiev, cast: Mariinsky]
- July 2014: Die Entführung aus dem Serail in concert [cnd- Yannick Nézet-Séguin, cast: Diana Damrau, Rolando Villazón, Thomas Quasthoff, Anna Prohaska, Franz-Josef Selig]