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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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⓵ Mezzo Tamara Mumford solos in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at the LA Phil, May 30 to June 2. She’s joined by Tamara Wilson, Leah Crocetto, Joélle Harvey, Ryan McKinny, Morris Robinson and others, all led by Gustavo Dudamel. In July, Mumford heads to Germany for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, with the Munich Philharmonic, before returning stateside to create the role of Queen Gertrude in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’s Thirteenth Child at Santa Fe.

⓶  Christopher Maltman sings the title role in Bartlett Sher’s Rigoletto staging at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden; Michael Fabiano (Duke of Mantua) and Nadine Sierra (Gilda) also star, led by Andrés Orozco-Estrada (Jun. 2–29). After Berlin, the British baritone heads to Austria, singing the title role in Achim Freyer’s new Oedipe production at the Salzburg Festival.

⓷  Krassimira Stoyanova sings Aida in a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert performance conducted by Riccardo Muti. Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) and Francesco Meli (Radamès) also star, alongside the CSO Chorus. In July, the Bulgarian soprano heads to Bayreuth for Elsa in Yuval Sharon’s Lohengrin, where she shares the role with Anna Netrebko.

⓸ Director Harry Fehr makes his San Francisco Opera debut with Orlando, which arrives at the house for the first time, in a coproduction with Scottish Opera (Jun. 9–27). Sasha Cooke (title role), Heidi Stober (Angelica) and Christian Van Horn (Zoroastro) star, paced by maestro Christopher Moulds, who also makes his company debut.

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 Christian Gerhaher sings his first Figaro in David McVicar’s Nozze staging at Covent Garden, June 29 to July 21. Joélle Harvey (Susanna) and Simon Keenlyside (Count Almaviva) also star. Following London, the baritone embarks on a European tour, starting in Geisenheim and traveling to Munich and Salzburg for a program of Britten, Brahms and Mussorgsky. 

Mezzo Liz Bouk, who recently came out as a transgender man,creates the role of Sarah in the world premiere of Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s Stonewall, presented by New York City Opera at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater (Jun. 21–28). The opera is billed as the first to feature a trans character specially created for a trans singer, and its presentation will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. In August, Bouk joins the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble for Queen Anne in Princess Maleine. 

On June 13 and 15, Susanna Phillips sings Countess Almaviva in Cincinnati Opera’s Figaro production, by Stephen Lawless. Andrew Wilkowske (title role), Janai Brugger (Susanna) and Joseph Lattanzi (Count Almaviva) also star. Later, the American soprano heads to Chicago, for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Grant Park Music Festival (Jun. 28 & 29).

 Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones has its world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Jun. 15–29). The opera, based on Charles Blow’s memoir of the same name, stars Davóne Tines (Charles Blow), Julia Bullock (Destiny/Loneliness/Greta) and Karen Slack (Billie), all making their company debuts, and Chaz’men Williams-Ali (Spinner). James Robinson directs.

On June 7 and 9, Damiano Michieletto directs a new Alcina staging at Salzburg’s Whitsun Festival, headlined by Cecilia Bartoli (title role) and Philippe Jaroussky (Ruggiero). The Italian director also leads a new Viaggio a Reims production at Opera Australia in Melbourne (May 24–Jun. 1) and later Sydney (Oct. 24–Nov. 2). spacer

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