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Vienna State Opera

Week of October 15, 2016

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Jésus López Cobos, conductor 

CAST: Angela Gheorghiu (Floria Tosca); Jonas Kaufmann (Mario Cavaradossi); Bryn Terfel (Baron Scarpia); Ryan Speedo Green (Angelotti); Alfred Šramek (Sacristan); Benedikt Kobel (Spoletta); Marcus Pelz (Sciarrone) 

Puccini's thriller careens violently from passion-driven corruption to torture, murder and suicide -- proving that even the most sensational entertainment can make an artistic statement that's both enduring, and profoundly beautiful. This production from Vienna features an outstanding cast, and a superb performance by tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Cavaradossi.

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU: Les Indes Galantes Prince

Regent Theater, Munich

Week of October 22, 2016

Munich Festival Orchestra 
Balthasar Neumann Chorus 

Ivor Bolton, conductor 

CAST: Lisette Oropesa (Hébé/Zima); Goran Juric (Bellone); Ana Quintans (L'Amour/Zaïre); Tareq Nazmi (Osman/Ali); Elsa Benoit (Emilie); Cyril Auvity (Valère/Tacmas); François Lis (Huascar); Don Alvaro); Anna Prohaska (Phani/Fatime); Mathias Vidal (Don Carlos/Damon); John Moore (Adario) 

Rameau's spectacular, globetrotting drama features extravagant scenes in locales ranging from a Turkish island in the Indian Ocean, to the Inca Empire of Peru, a Persian festival of flowers and the "savage" forests of North America.


2016 Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

Week of October 29, 2016  

Teatro Comunale Orchestra and Chorus, Bologna 
Michele Mariotti, conductor 

CAST: Juan Diego Flórez (Giacomo/Uberto); Salome Jica (Elena); Marko Mimica (Douglas); Michael Spyres (Rodrigo); Varduhi Abrahamyan (Malcom); Ruth Iniesta (Albina); Francisco Brito (Serano/Bertram) 

In 1819, Rossini cashed in on an Italian taste for all things Scottish, with this opera based on a narrative by Sir Walter Scott. This production from the Rossini Opera Festival, in the composer's hometown, features the acclaimed Rossini tenor Juan Diego Flórez.


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Week of November 5, 2016

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus 
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

CAST: Ekaterina Semenchuk (Azucena); Francesco Meli (Manrico); LIanna Haroutounian (Leonora); Zeljko Lucic (Count di Luna); Maurizio Muraro (Ferrando); Jennifer Davis (Ines); David Junghoon Kim (Ruiz) 

The story of this complex drama at times verges on the outlandish, but Verdi's score also serves up an astonishing number of his most familiar melodies, making it one of the most popular of all the composer's operas.


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Week of November 12, 2016 

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus 
Leo Hussain, conductor 

CAST: Johan Reuter (Oedipus); Sophie Bevan (Antigone); John Tomlinson (Tirésias); Claudia Huckle (Mérope); Sarah Connolly (Jocasta); Marie-Nicole Lemieux (The Sphinx); Alan Oke (Shepherd); Nicolas Courjal (High Priest); Hubert Francis (Laius); Samuel Youn (Créon); In-Sung Sim (Phorbas); Stefan Kocan (The Watcher); Samuel Dale Johnson (Theseus)

While Enescu's music sometimes reveals the influences of Brahms, Wagner and Fauré, he also imbued his work with distinctly Romanian elements, creating a fascinating and highly-original personal style. This intense drama is based on the classic Oedipus plays by Sophocles.


Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

Week of November 19, 2016

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus 
Antonio Pappano, conductor

CAST: Sonya Yoncheva (Norma); Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa); Joseph Calleja (Pollione); Brindley Sherratt (Oroveso); Vlada Borovko (Clotilde); David Junghoon Kim (Flavio)

Perhaps the ultimate bel canto classic, Bellini's masterpiece features a powerfully emotional story and a title role that's among the most challenging in all of opera, sung here by the exciting young Bulgarian soprano, Sonya Yoncheva.


Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

Week of November 26, 2016 

G. Rossini Symphony Orchestra
Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostino Chorus
Speranza Scappucci, conductor

CAST: Erwin Schrott (Selim); Olga Peretyatko (Fiorilla); Cecilia Molinari (Zaida); Nicola Alaimo (Geronio); René Barbera (Narciso); Pietro Spagnoli (Prosdocimo); Levy Sekgapane (Albazar)

With A Turk in Italy, Rossini turns the narrative tables on his own, more popular comedy, The Italian Girl in Algiers. This opera may be less familiar but it's every bit as funny.


Lyon Opera

Week of December 3, 2016 

Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Daniele Rustioni, conductor 

CAST: Rachel Harnisch (Rachel); Nikolai Schukoff (Eléazar); Sabina Puértolas (Princess Eudoxie); Enea Scala (Leopold); Roberto Scandiuzzi (Cardinal Brogni); Vincent Le Texier (Ruggiero); Vincent Pavesi (Albert) 

Halévy's high-powered drama was launched at the Paris Opéra in 1835 -- during a highly-competitive era in French opera, when spectacle was the name of the game. The premiere of La Juive may have been the most extravagant opera production in history -- complete with lavish, period costuming and a phalanx of onstage equestrians.

RICHARD WAGNER: The Flying Dutchman

2016 Bayreuth Festival

Week of December 10, 2016

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus

Axel Kober, conductor

CAST: John Lundgren (Dutchman); Ricarda Merbeth (Senta); Peter Rose (Daland); Andreas Schager (Erik); Christa Mayer (Mary); Benjamin Bruns (Steersman)

While weighing in at nearly two-and-a-half hours -- without an intermission! -- Dutchman may still be Wagner's most straightforward and approachable opera. It's a stormy drama of legendary determination, undeniable love and ultimate redemption. 

G. F. HANDEL: Ariodante

Lausanne Opera

Week of December 17, 2016

Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne
Lausanne Opera Chorus
Diego Fasolis, conductor

CAST: Yuriy Mynenko (Ariodante); Marina Rebeka (Ginevra); Clara Meloni (Dalinda); Johannes Weisser (King of Scotland); Juan Sanchio (Lurcanio);Christophe Dumaux (Polinesso); Jérémie Schütz (Odoardo)

Among all of Handel's many, brilliant operas, this one is considered by many to be his most exciting. It's also emblematic of Handel's cosmopolitan career: Ariodante is an Italian opera, set in Scotland, and written by a German composer for a London audience. 

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