Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New productions in February

Not many new productions will be premiered in February, but we can still expect some high quality new shows.

David Mc Vicar [a.k.a. Mr. Hyperproductive] will complete his Ring in Strasbourg and that should be the most significant new event this month, together with an intriguing new opera in London produced by always profound and positively "weird" Richard Jones, as well as the new Guth-project that will be unveiled in Barcelona. More specifically,
  • Feb 25 at ONR in Strasbourg: Götterdämmerung [dir-David Mc Vicar, cnd-Marko Letonja] with Lance Ryan, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Daniel Sumegi, Ann Petersen, Oleg Bryjak...
  • Feb 17 at ROH in London: Anna Nicole [dir- Richard Jones, cnd- Antonio Pappano] with Eva-Maria Westbroek, Gerald Finley... (see trailer)
  • Feb 20 at GTL in Barcelona: Parsifal [dir- Claus Guth, cnd- Michael Boder] with Klaus Florian Vogt/Christopher Ventris, Anja Kampe/Evelyn Herlitzius, Alan Held/Boaz Daniel, Hans-Peter König/Eric Halfvarson

New Rusalka, directed by Barrie Kosky in Berlin, could be great. Belcanto fans will be waiting for new Norma in Zurich with Elena Mosuc and Vittorio Grigolo as Pollione (?!)

Besides the above 3, a list of new productions also includes [ordered chronologically according to their premieres]:
  • Feb 2 at DNO in Amsterdam: Legende (an opera by P-J. Wagemans, composed in 1953) [dir-Marcel Sijm, cnd-Reinbert de Leeuw] with Elzbieta Szmytka et al.
  • Feb 4 at Opera di Roma: L'elisir d'amore [dir-Ruggero Cappuccio, cnd-Bruni Campanella] with Saimir Pirgu, Adriana Kucerova, Alex Esposito
  • Feb 11 at Oper Leipzig: Deutsches Miserere (by Brecht/Dessau) [dir- Dietrich W. Hilsdorf, cnd-Alejo Pérez]
  • Feb 11 at the Flanders Opera in Gent Hérodiade [dir-Joachim Schlömer, cnd-Dmitry Jurowski] with Carmen Giannottasio, Philippe Rouillon, Zoran Todorovich, Julia Gertseva...
  • Feb 11 at Teatro Real in Madrid: La página en blanco (new opera by Pilar Jurado) [dir-David Hermann, cnd- Titus Engel] with Nikolai Schukoff, Natascha Petrinsky...
  • Feb 12 at WNO in Cardiff: Die Fledermaus [dir-John Copley, cnd- Thomas Roesner] with Nuccia Focile et al.
  • Feb 17 at Theater an der Wien: The Rape of Lucretia [dir-Keith Warner, cnd-Sian Edwards] with Kim Begley, Angelika Kirchschlager, Nathan Gunn...
  • Feb 18 at Monte-Carlo Opera: Salomé [dir-Marguerite Borie, cnd- Asher Fisch] with Nicola Beller Carbone, Werner Van Mechelen, Andreas Conrad, Hedwig Fassbender
  • Feb 20 at the Komische Oper Berlin: Rusalka [dir-Barrie Kosky, cnd-Patrick Lange] with Dimitry Ivaschenko, Ina Kringelborn...
  • Feb 23 at ONB in Bordeaux: Ariadne auf Naxos [dir- Roy Rallo, cnd- Kwamé Ryan] with Heidi Melton, Brenda Rae, Elza van den Heever...
  • Feb 25 at La Fenice in Venice: La bohème [dir-Francesco Micheli, cnd-Juraj Valcuha] with Lilla Lee and Sébastien Guèze
  • Feb 27 at BSO in Munich: Der Zwerg/L'Enfant et les sortilèges [dir-Grzegorz Jarzyna, cnd-Kent Nagano] with Camilla Tilling, Paul Gay, Nikolay Borchev...
  • Feb 27 at Opernhaus in Zurich: Norma [dir-Robert Wilson, cnd-Paolo Carignani] with Vittorio Grigolo Roberto Aronica, Elena Mosuc, Michelle Breedt, Benjamin Bernheim


  1. Roberto Aronica will be singing Pollione in Norma, Zurich.

  2. Thanks SusieQ. That's a last minute change because even yesterday morning the OHZ website had Grigolo's name announced next to Pollione.

    I guess Vittorio made a wise decision to postpone his role debut. Pollione is a tough cookie after which it is hard to go back to Des Grieux or the Duke.

  3. Brenda Rae and Elza van den Heever - that should be good! Heidi Melton I am unfamiliar with.

  4. Just back from Kosky's Rusalka: you were right, it was great!

  5. Hey Cloud! Long time no see!
    I am green with jealousy :)

    Hopefully I'll see that Rusalka sometimes later this year.