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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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© Tina Krohn (Turner); © Jürgen Frank (Damrau); © Vaclav Salek/CTK Via ZUMA Press (Davies); Refik Anadol Studio (Disney); © Dario Acosta (Pérez)

⓵ In March, Virginia Opera named Adam Turner its new artistic director; this year marks Turner’s ninth season with the company, and his fourth as principal conductor. To kick off both the season and his appointment, Turner paces Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, directed by Dorothy Danner (Sept. 28). The maestro will later return to the podium for all three remaining operas of the VO season—Don Giovanni, L’Elisir d’Amore and Madama Butterfly

Diana Damrau sings Marguerite in Paris Opera’s new production of Les Huguenots, from director Andreas Kriegenburg (Sept. 28–Oct. 24). Ermonela Jaho (Valentine) and Bryan Hymel (Raoul) also star. Following Paris, Damrau makes her way stateside, for Violetta in Michael Mayer’s new Traviata staging at the Met. 

Dennis Russell Davies, who earlier this year was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, starts his 2018–19 season pacing the first concert in Brno’s “Chief Conductor Series,” which was created to highlight the maestro (Sept. 18). The evening will feature Dvořák and John Adams selections under the lights of the Brno Stadion.

⓸ To celebrate the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial this fall, media artist Refik Anadol presents “WDCH Dreams,” a media installation that borrows imagery, video and audio from the LA Phil concert archives to illuminate the façade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Sept. 28–Oct. 6). Also on offer are Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee in a shared concert, singing spirituals and arias, as well as new contemporary opera stagings from LA Phil Artist-Collaborator and MacArthur Fellow Yuval Sharon.

Ailyn Pérez sings Elvira to Francesco Meli’s title role in La Scala’s new production of Ernani from director Sven-Eric Bechtolf (Sept. 29–Oct 25). Later in the season, Pérez heads to New York, for Mimì in Bohème at the Met.

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© Dario Acosta (Green); Mike Peel (Coliseum); © Simona Kessler (Darrah); © Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Classical (Kaufmann); © Fay Fox (Barton)

Ryan Speedo Green sings the King in the first cast of the Met’s Aida (Sept. 26–Oct. 18), which features Anna Netrebko in the title role and Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. On October 4, Green sings a concert at Washington National Opera in D.C., where he was recently honored as the 2018 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner.  

English National Opera presents Australian theater director Adena Jacobs’s new Salome staging, September 28–October 23. Jacobs makes her U.K. opera debut at the Coliseum, directing Allison Cook in the title role (also in her ENO debut), Michael Colvin as Herodes and Susan Bickley as Herodias. ENO music director Martyn Brabbins conducts.

James Darrah directs Opera Philadelphia’s Ne Quittez Pas, a new staging that reimagines Poulenc’s Voix Humaine (Sept. 22–30); Christopher Allen paces Patricia Racette (Elle) and Edward Nelson (Le Jeune Homme), both in their OP debuts. Darrah later directs Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (Sept. 26), in its New York premiere. The show, coproduced by the university, Washington National Opera and Opera Omaha, had its premiere in April of this year, in Omaha. 

Jonas Kaufmann gives recitals at the Champs-Élysées (Sept. 20), Vienna’s Konzerthaus (Sept. 24), Linz’s Bruckner Haus (Sept. 26) and La Scala (Sept. 28), before heading to New York in October to step into the role of Dick Johnson in the Met’s Fanciulla del West. After New York, Kaufmann returns to Europe, singing the title role in Munich’s new Otello from director Amélie Niermeyer.

Jamie Barton sings Sara in San Francisco Opera’s Roberto Devereux, staged by director Stephen Lawless (Sept. 8–27). Sondra Radvanovsky sings Elisabetta, and Russell Thomas plays the title role. The American mezzo later heads to Munich for Olivier Py’s Trovatore revival, where she’ll make the switch from lover to mother, singing Azucena to Thomas’s Manrico. spacer 

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