The Chorégies d’Orange has announced its 2018 season which will include two productions and recitals, among other things.
Everything kicks off on May 25, 2018 with “Pop the Opera,” a concert featuring hundreds of artists from around the aria, performing famous excerpts from the world of opera. There will also be pop tunes and film music, giving the experience a wide range for all audiences.
From there, the company will showcase Boito’s “Mefistofele” starting on July 5 with an additional performance on the ninth. Erwin Schrott stars in a role he is currently dominating while Jean-François Borras appears as Faust and Carmen Giannattasio as Margherita. As Elena, audiences will see Béatrice Uria-Monzon. Nathalie Stutzman conducts a production by Jean-Louis Grinda.
In between those performances, the festival will showcase an all-Russian night with some of the country’s greatest artists coming together to perform. Among them will be Oksana Dyka, Aida Garifullina, and Ekaterina Semenchuk, among others. The performance takes place on July 8.
On July 31 and August 4, the company will showcase a production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Adriano Sinivia. Michael Spyres stars as Almaviva while Olga Peretyatko appears as his beloved Rosina. As Figaro, Florian Sempey will showcase his talents. Giampaolo Bisanti conducts.
Throughout the festival, audiences will also get to hear recitals from such singers as mezzo Karine Deshayes (July 5), tenor Edgardo Rocha (July 9), soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek (July 31), and baritone George Petean (August 4). All the recitals begin before the performance times for the opera performances.
There will be an additional concert on July 16 featuring baritone Jérôme Boutiller, mezzo Ambroisine Bré, tenor Fabien Hyon, and soprano Marie Perbost.