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By Eloise Giegerich

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American bass Kenneth Kellogg creates the role of the Father in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s Blue, which runs at the Glimmerglass Festival July 14 to August 22. Kellogg will return to the role in March of 2020, when Blue arrives at Washington National Opera, and later in June, when it opens at Lyric Opera of Chicago. To read our June-issue feature on Bluevisit "Portrait in Blue." 

Two operas by Fred Rogers, Windstorm in Bubbleland and Spoon Mountain, arrive at Pittsburgh Festival Opera (Jul. 13–25). First composed for PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the works will be restaged for the first time since their original filming at Pittsburgh’s WQED studio. 

The world-premiere run of composer Poul Ruders and librettists Becky and David Starobin’s Thirteenth Child plays at Santa Fe, July 27 to August 21. Darko Tresnjak directs the cast, which includes Jessica E. Jones (Lyra), Tamara Mumford (Queen Gertrude) and Joshua Dennis (Frederic). Paul Daniel conducts, and Alexander Dodge designs the sets.

Lithuanian soprano Aušrinė Stundytė makes a rare stateside appearance for the U.S. premiere of Christian Räth’s Wunder der Heliane production at Bard Summerscape (Jul. 26–Aug. 4). Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra and the other soloists, including Daniel Brenna and Alfred Walker. In September, Stundytė sings Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper.

A new documentary on Luciano Pavarotti from Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, released in June, is in theaters now. The film, which revisits unforgettable performances and shares never-before-seen footage, takes a close look at the iconic tenor’s life and his devotion to music. The documentary’s soundtrack will be released simultaneously with the film, on Decca, for the label’s ninetieth anniversary. For our interview with Howard, see p. 64.

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Argentinian countertenor Franco Fagioli closes his season with Nerone in Barrie Kosky’s new Agrippina staging in Munich, July 23 to 30. Alice Coote (title role), Elsa Benoit (Poppea) and Iestyn Davies (Ottone) also star, led by Ivor Bolton. Next year, Fagioli appears at the Champs-Élysées for a concert Orlando, as well as in Madrid, for a new production of Aquiles en Esciros.

Ana María Martínez joins Ismael Jordi and Plácido Domingo for “Nuit Espagnole,” a one-night performance of zarzuela and flamenco at the Chorégies d’Orange, July 6. Next season, the Puerto Rican soprano returns to the Met for the first time since 2016, singing Cio-Cio-San in the house’s Butterfly production.

Australian–American soprano Danielle de Niese sings the title role in the revival of Fiona Shaw’s Cendrillon staging at Glyndebourne, June 8 to August 2. John Wilson paces de Niese and her Prince Charmant, Kate Lindsey. Next season, de Niese sings Norina in a new Don Pasquale production in Tokyo, before moving to LA Opera, where she creates the title role in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice. 

Ying Fang is Ilia in Peter Sellars’s new staging of Idomeneo at the Salzburg Summer Festival, July 27 to August 19. Russell Thomas sings the title role, Paula Murrihy sings Idamante and Nicole Chevalier sings Elettra. In November, the Chinese soprano makes her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut singing Zerlina in Don Giovanni. spacer

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