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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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Andrea Raffin/Alamy (Bocelli); © Dario Acosta (Bradley); © Anne Zeuner (Castellucci); © Rosetta Greek (Lindsey)

Don’t miss Andrea Bocelli’s return to the Met for “Three Centuries of Love,” an exclusive two-night special featuring romantic opera repertoire, Sunday, February 10, and Sunday, February 17. Accompanied by the Met Orchestra, under the baton of Eugene Kohn, the Italian singer will share the stage with a range of international guest stars, to be announced. For more information, visit metopera.org.

American soprano Michelle Bradley sings Leonora in Tobias Kratzer’s new production of La Forza del Destino at Oper Frankfurt (Jan. 27–Feb. 28 and May 18–26). Jader Bignamini and Gaetano Soliman share conducting duties, pacing Franz-Josef Selig (Calatrava), Evez Abdulla (Don Carlo di Vargas) and Arsen Soghomonyan (Don Alvaro) alongside Bradley.

The world premiere of Romeo Castellucci’s staging of Scarlatti’s oratorio Il Primo Omicidio arrives at the Palais Garnier, January 22–February 23. Coproduced with Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden and Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Paris production stars Kristina Hammarström (Cain) and Olivia Vermeulen (Abel) in a retelling of the famous biblical murder. After Paris, the Italian director heads to Lille, for Die Zauberflöte, and later Munich, for Tannhäuser.

Catch Kate Lindsey in a concert performance of La Damnation de Faust at the Philharmonie de Paris on February 3; tenor John Osborn and bass Edwin Crossley-Mercer join Lindsey, under the baton of Emmanuel Krivine, who paces the Orchestre National de France. Following the Berlioz, the American mezzo remains in Paris for the Composer in Katie Mitchell’s Ariadne staging at the Champs-Élysées.

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John Adams and Peter Sellars’s Girls of the Golden West has its European premiere run at Dutch National Opera, February 28–March 17. The original cast from the San Francisco world premiere returns, including Julia Bullock (Dame Shirley), Davóne Tines (Ned Peters), Paul Appleby (Joe), J’Nai Bridges (Josefa) and Ryan McKinny (Clarence), conducted by Grant Gershon.

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© Andrew Bogard (Howard); © Sussie Ahlburg (Bevan); © Richard Termine (Gilfry); © Sasha Arutyunova/The New York Times/Redux Pictures (Stemme)  

Soloman Howard wraps up performances as the King in the Met’s second run of Aida, January 7–March 7. In April, the American bass joins Brenda Rae (title role) and Elizabeth DeShong (Juno/Ino) for Cadmus/Somnus in Semele, with Harry Bicket’s English Concert at Carnegie Hall (Apr. 14). In June, Howard makes his way to Santa Fe, for Colline in Mary Birnbaum’s Bohème.

 British soprano Sophie Bevan finishes performances of Freia in Teatro Real’s Rheingold staging, by Robert Carsen (Jan. 17–Feb. 1). In July, she heads to Garsington Opera, for the Governess in Louisa Muller’s new Turn of the Screw staging.

 Catch Rod Gilfry’s Narrator in LA Opera’s West Coast premiere of David Lang’s Loser. Gilfry created the role in the opera’s world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2016; now, he takes it to L.A.’s Theatre at Ace Hotel for a two-night run, February 22 and 23. Conrad Tao accompanies on piano. Later in the season, the American baritone heads to Santa Fe for Don Alfonso in R.B. Schlather’s Così production.

  Nina Stemme makes her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in the title role of David McVicar’s Elektra production (Feb. 2–22). Elza van den Heever (Chrysothemis), Michaela Martens (Klytämnestra) and Iain Paterson (Orest) costar. In March, Stemme heads to Munich for Kundry in Pierre Audi’s Parsifal staging at the Staatsoper alongside Jonas Kaufmann in the title role; in May, she makes her role debut as the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten, at the Wiener Staatsoper. spacer

 
Premiere Focus 
OPERA TAMPA 
On February 2, Opera Tampa presents the world premiere of Lady Swanwhite , a chamber opera by Anton Coppola. At 101, Coppola has contributed much to the classical world, conducting scores to two films of his nephew Francis (yes, that Francis), as well as pacing world premieres at major U.S. opera houses. In 1996, he helped found Opera Tampa, serving as founding artistic director until 2012. 
 


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