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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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© Chris Sorensen (Davies); © Fay Fox (Chaieb); © Andy Staples (Mead); © Javier Del Real (Turandot); © Aymeric Giraudel (Deshayes)

⓵ Countertenor Iestyn Davies is Ottone in the Covent Garden premiere of Barrie Kosky’s Agrippina staging (Sep. 23–Oct. 11). Joyce DiDonato sings the title role. Davies later appears in a series of concerts, including Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, in London, before returning stateside for Ottone again, in the New York premiere of David McVicar’s Agrippina production.

⓶ Mezzo Rihab Chaieb sings Lola as part of Robert Carsen’s Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana staging at Dutch National Opera, September 5 to 28. Anita Rachvelishvili sings Santuzza and Brian Jagde Turiddu. Mark Elder paces both productions. Later, Chaieb creates the role of Meryem in the Voyage vers l’Espoir world premiere in Geneva, before heading to LA Opera for Cherubino.

⓷  Tim Mead sings Athamas in the house premiere of James Darrah’s Semele staging at Opera Philadelphia, September 19 to 28. Amanda Forsythe (title role), Alek Shrader (Jupiter) and Daniela Mack (Juno/Ino) also star. In November, the English countertenor heads to London for the Voice of Apollo in Covent Garden’s new Death in Venice production, by David McVicar.

⓸ Robert Wilson’s Turandot staging has its Toronto premiere at Canadian Opera Company (Sep. 28–Oct. 27). Tamara Wilson headlines the cast, which also includes Sergey Skorokhodov (Calàf), Joyce El-Khoury (Liù) and Štefan Kocán (Timur). Carlo Rizzi conducts.

⓹ French mezzo Karine Deshayes sings Adalgisa in Anne Delbée’s new Norma production in Toulouse (Sep. 26–Oct. 10). Marina Rebeka sings the title role; Giampaolo Bisanti conducts. In October, Deshayes travels to Marseille, for Balkis in a concert performance of Gounod’s Reine de Saba, before heading to Liège for Angelina in La Cenerentola.

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© GTG/Fabien Bergerat (Geneva); © Henry Dombey (Phan); © Michael Sharkey (Keckler); © Dario Acosta (Yende); © Oscar Turco (de la Parra)

⓵ Daniele Finzi Pasca directs a new Einstein on the Beach staging at Geneva Opera, September 11 to 18. Titus Engel conducts. Also at the house this season are the company premiere of Lydia Steier’s Indes Galantes; the world premiere of Christian Jost’s Voyage vers l’Espoir, after the Xavier Koller film; and a new production of Saint François d’Assise, directed by Adel Abdessemed. Plus more!

⓶ Tenor Nicholas Phan solos with the San Francisco Symphony, under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, for a program of Stravinsky and Haydn (Sep. 26–28). Later, Phan heads to Boston, for a Messiah with the Handel and Haydn Society paced by Masaaki Suzuki.

⓷ Composer/singer/musician Joseph Keckler unveils his world premiere, Let Me Die, at Opera Philadelphia (Sep. 21–28). The one-man show, which appears as part of Philadelphia’s O19 Festival, combines traditional tragic opera with original narratives and music; the title is derived from Monteverdi’s “Lasciatemi morire.”

⓸  Pretty Yende makes her role debut as Violetta in Simon Stone’s new Traviata staging at the Palais Garnier (Sep. 12–Oct. 16). Benjamin Bernheim (Alfredo) and Ludovic Tézier (Germont) also star. Later, Yende returns to Paris for another role debut—Manon, in Vincent Huguet’s new staging at the Bastille.

⓹  Alondra de la Parra returns to Berlin to pace Yuval Sharon’s Zauberflöte production at the Staatsoper (Sep. 20–Dec. 27); she led the production’s premiere this past February. Between Berlin performances, she travels to Australia, for multiple engagements with the Queensland Symphony, for which she serves as music director. spacer



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