Sunday, July 18, 2010

La Stagione 2010-2011 2012-2013 in Italia

In spite of numerous organizational and financial difficulties in Italian theaters, La Scala remains one of the world's leading opera houses, and so not only because of its tradition and prestige but also because of the genuinely good quality of its operatic offer. Teatro Regio in Turin manages to keep up a high level too.

The others are clearly less good on the paper but you can still catch 1-2 excellent show every year in Ancona, Bari, Trieste...  The victims of erosion of Italian opera seem to be Teatro Carlo Felice and Teatro San Carlo who year after year were thinning down their programs and now they struggle to exist. We of course wish them a huge "In bocca al lupo".

More details about the new productions in 2010-2011 in Italy

Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti..., but also Dallapiccola, Busoni, Nono...


2012-2013




Huge Operatic Season 2012-2013 at La Scala!






New Productions:

Lohengrin [dir- Claus Guth, cnd- Daniel Barenboim, cast: Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Tomas Tomasson, Evely Herlitzius, René Pape, Zeljko Lucic]

Falstaff [dir- Robert Carsen, cnd- Daniel Harding, cast: Ambrogio Maestri/Bryn Terfel, Francesco Demuro/Antonio Poll, Barbara Frittoli/Tamar Iveri, Daniela Barcellona/Marie-Nicole Lemieux...]

Nabucco [dir- Daniele Abbado, cnd- Nicola Luisotti, cast: Leo Nucci/Ambrogio Maestri, Aleksandr Antonenko/Pierro Pretti, Liudmyla Monastyrska/Lucrezia Garcia, Vitalij Kowaljow/Dmitry Beloselskiy...]

Der fliegende Holländer [dir- Andreas Homoki, cnd- Hartmut Haenchen, cast: Ain Anger, Anja Kampe, Klaus Florian Vogt/Michael König, Bryn Terfel, Rosalind Plowright...]

A Dog's heart (opera by Alexander Raskatov)  [dir- Simon McBurney, cnd- Valery Gergiev, cast: Paulo Szot, Elena Vassilieva...]

Macbeth [dir- Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, cnd- Valery Gergiev, cast: Franco Vassallo, Stefan Kocan, Lucrezia Garcia, Stefano Secco...]

Oberto conte di San Bonifacio  [dir- Mario Martone, cnd- Riccardo Frizza, cast: Michele Pertusi, Sonia Ganassi, José Maria Lo Monaco, Fabio Sartori...]


Un ballo in maschera [dir- Damiano Michieletto, cnd- Daniele Rustioni, cast: Marcelo Álvarez/Piero Pretti, Sondra Radvanovsky/Oksana Dyka, Zeljko Lucic/Gabriele Viviani, Marianne Cornetti/Marina Prudenskaya, Patrizia Ciofi/Serena Gamberoni...]


In addition to two remaining operas of the Guy Cassiers' Ring that will be included in two cycles of the Ring that will be run in the second half of June 2013. Beside Guys Cassiers and the conductor, Daniel Barenboim, the cast lists look as follows:

Rheingold [Michael Volle, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Ekaterina Gubanova, Anna Larson, Anna Samuil, Ian Paterson, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Peter Bronder, ...]

Walküre [René Pape. Irene Theorin, Simon O'Neill, Waltraud Meier, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Gubanova...]

Siegfried [Lance Ryan, Peter Bronder, Juha Uusitalo, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Anna Larson, Irene Theorin, Mari Eriksmoen]

Götterdämmerung [Ian Storey, Gerd Grochowski, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Mikhail Petrenko, Irene Theorin, Waltraud Meier/Marina Prudenskaya, ...]




Teatro La Fenice in Venice


New Productions:
Otello [dir- Francesco Micheli, cnd- Myung-Whun Chung, cast: ??]

Tristan und Isolde [dir- Paul Curran, cnd- Myung-Whun Chung, cast: Ian Storey,...]

I masnadieri [dir- Gabriele Lavia, cnd- Daniele Rustioni, cast: Artur Rucinski,... ]

Vec Makropulos [dir- Robert Carsen, cnd- ??, cast: ?? ]



Among Revivals:

Don Giovanni [dir- Damiano Michieletto, cnd- Antonello Manacorda, cast: ??]

Le Nozze di Figaro [dir- Damiano Michieletto, cnd- Antonello Manacorda, cast: ??]

Così fan tutte [dir- Damiano Michieletto, cnd- Antonello Manacorda, cast: ??]







Teatro Reggio - Torino

Money is tight so only two new productions are announced:

Eugene Onegin [dir- Kasper Holten, cnd- Gianandrea Noseda, cast: Vasily Ladyuk, BSvetla Vassileva, Maxim Axenov, Nino Surghuladze, ...]


L’elisir d’amore  [dir- Fabio Sparvoli, cnd- Giampaolo Bisanti, cast: Désirée Rancatore, Francesco Meli, ...]


More interesting productions...

Der Fliegende Holländer [dir- Willy Decker/Stefan Heinrichs, cnd- Gianandrea Noseda, cast: Adrianne Pieczonka/Ann Petersen, Stephen Gould/Kor-Jan Dusseljee, Mark S.Doss/Thomas Hall, Steven Humes/Kurt Rydl] (seen in Paris already)

Carmen [dir- Calixto Bieito, cnd- Yutaka Sado, cast: Anita Rachvelishvili/Giuseppina Piunti, Maksim Aksënov/Carlo Ventre, Alessandra Marianelli/Erika Grimaldi,  Mark S. Doss/Károly Szemerédy...] (seen in Barcelona and several other cities)


Don Giovanni [dir- Michele Placido, cnd- Christopher Hogwood, cast: Carlos Alvarez/Markus Werba, Eva Mei/Maria Grazia Schiavo, ...] (should be interesting; Michele Placido is a brilliant actor/director and very famous in Italy)


La traviata [dir- Laurent Pelly, cnd- Corrado Rovaris, cast: Patrizia Ciofi, Pierro Pretti, Nicola Alaimo, ...] (interesting revival)

Don Carlo [dir- Hugo de Ana, cnd- Gianandrea Noseda, cast: Ramon Vargas, Barbara Frittoli, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ludovic Tézier, Daniela Barcellona ...] (this should be a musical treat!)


L’italiana in Algeri [dir- Vittorio Borrelli, cnd- Daniele Rustioni, cast: Daniela Pini, Antonino Siracusa, Lorenzo Regazo, Roberto de Candia, ...]








Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Duke Bluebeard Castle [dir- Jo Kanamori, cnd- Zsolt Hamar, cast: Matthias Goerne, Daveda Karanas]

Gianni Schicchi  [dir- ??, cnd-??, cast: ??]

La Traviata [dir- Franco Ripa di Meana, cnd- Andrea Nattistoni, cast: Marina Rebeka, Aquiles Machado, Vladimir Stoyanov]

Turandot [dir- Zhang Yimou, cnd- Zubin Mehta, cast: Giacomo Prestia, Jennifer Wilson. Jorge de León, Ekaterina Scherbaschenko...]






Teatro Lirico di Cagliari


Nabucco [dir- Leo Muscato, cnd- Donato Renzetti, cast: Paolo Coni, Orlin Anastassov, Dimitra Theodossiou, ...]


Salomé [dir- Gabriele Lavia, cnd- Roman Brogli-Sacher, cast: Manuela Uhl, Boris Statsenko, ...]





2010-2011



  • Die Walküre [dir Guy Cassiers] cond. Daniel Barenboim, Cast: Simon O’Neill, René Pape, Waltraud Meier, Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, John Tomlinson...]
  • CavPag [dir Mario Martone] and Daniel Harding will conduct. Cast: Luciana D'Intino/ Marianne Corneti, Salvatore Licitra/Yonghoon Lee & Oxana Dyka/Kristine Opolais, Josè Cura/Antonello Palombi
  • Die Zauberflöte [dir William Kentridge] with Günther Groissböck, Saimir Pirgu, Detlef Roth, Genia Kühmeier, Alex Esposito and Albina Shagimuratova (!)
  • Turandot [dir Giorgio Barberio Corsetti?] Valery Gergiev will conduct. Cast: Lise Lindstrom/Maria Guleghina, Stuart Neill/Marco Berti, Maija Kovalevska/Ekaterina Sherbashenko
  • Roméo et Juliette [dir Bartlett Sher] Yannick Nezet-Seguin cond. Cast: Nino Machaidze, Vittorio Grigolo, Cora Burggraaf, Franck Ferrari
  • Attila [dir Hugo De Ana] cond: Nicola Luisotti, Cast: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Leo Nucci, Micaela Carosi, Marcelo Alvarez
They too will also host Body's Tosca,  a brilliant production of  Death in Venice they purchased from La Monnaie, and Laurent Pelly's L'elisir d'amore.




  • Boris Godunov [dir Andrei Konchalovsky] with Ian Storey, Orlin Anastasov... cond. Gianandrea Noseda
  • Madama Butterfly [dir Damiano Michieletto] cast: Hui He, Massimilano Pisapia...
  • I Vespri siciliani [dir Davide Livermore] with Sondra Radvanovsky, Gregory Kunde, Ildar Abdrazakov

They also prepare a revival of Parsifal from Naples, this time with Christopher Ventris and Kwangchul Youn, as well as Graham Vick's production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Elena Mosuc and Francesco Meli.





  • Rigoletto [dir Daniele Abbado] cond: Myung-Whun Chung, cast: Désirée Rancatore/Olga Peretyatko 
  • Il killer di parole (new opera by Cludio Ambrosini) [dir Francesco Micheli]

There will also revive Carsen's production of La Traviata with Patrizia Ciofi and Stefano Secco. Program for 2011 will be communicated later...




To be completed once they announce the content of their operatic season in 2011




To be completed ...




To be completed ...




  • Il Trovatore [dir Lorenzo Mariani] cond. Yuri Temirkanov, cast: Marcelo Alvarez et al. 
  • I Vespri siciliani [dir Pier Luigi Pizzi] with Daniela Dessi, Fabio Armiliato, Leo Nucci and Giacomo Prestia 
  • Atilla [dir Carlo Savi] with Giovanni Battista Parodi

To be completed ...

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