La Monnaie has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring nine operatic productions and concert performances, as well as numerous recitals.
As always the season will feature some of today’s greatest stars and rising stars. Here is a look at what the season will offer in vocal events.
“Die Zauberflöte” opens the season in a new production by director Romeo Castellucci and will be conducted by Antonello Manacorda. The opera is set to star Ed Lyon and Reinoud van Mechelen sharing the role of Tamino, the acclaimed coloraturas Sabine Devieilhe and Jodie Devos alternating the Queen of the Night, and Sophie Karthauser and Ilse Eerens sharing Pamina.
Performance Dates: Sept. 18-Oct. 3, 2018
Janáček’s “From the House of the Dead” comes to life in Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Royal Opera House staging with Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leading a starry cast that includes Sir Willard White and Stefan Margita.
Performance Dates: Nov. 6-Nov. 17, 2018
Danielle De Niese brings her acclaimed Norina to La Monnaie with Joel Prieto, Michele Pertusi and Lionel Lhote in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” Alain Altinoglu conducts Laurent Pelly’s production which is also set to star Pietro Spagnoli, Anne-Catherine Gillet and Rodion Pogossov in the second cast.
Performance Dates: Dec. 9-23, 2018
Olivier Py directs a new production of Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda” with Beatrice Uria-Monzon and Martina Serafin sharing the title role. Paolo Carignani conducts the production which is also set to star Franco Vassallo, Scott Hendricks, Andrea Care, Stefano La Colla, and Silvia Tro Santafe.
Performance Dates: Jan. 29-Feb. 19, 2019
Mark Grey’s “Frankenstein” comes to life in La Fura dels Baus production. Scott Hendricks takes on the title role with Bassem Akiki conducting the modern masterpiece.
Performance Dates: March 8-20, 2019
Barbara Hannigan conducts Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” in a concert performance. The cast is set to include Aphrodite Patoulidou, Elgan Thomas, Yannis Francois, and Fleur Barron.
Performance Dates: March 25-26, 2019
Dmitry Korchak takes on the title role in Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable” with Lisette Oropesa, Patrick Bollieire, and Yolanda Auyanet. Evelino Pido conducts.
Performance Dates: April 2-5, 2019
Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” returns in Ralf Plege new production. Two exceptional casts take on the title roles. First Christopher Ventris and Petra Lang showcase their talents in Wagner’s masterpiece before Bryan Register and Ann Petersen take on the lead roles. Alain Altinoglu conducts the new production.
Performance Dates: May 2-19, 2019
The operatic season concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov. Alain Altinoglu conducts an all Russian cast.
Performance Dates: June 11-29, 2019
Bruckner’s “Te Deum” takes center stage with Nicky Spence, Tineke Van Ingelgem, and Natascha Petrinsky in the solo parts. Alain Altinglu conducts the concert which also includes Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2.
Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2018
The season will also include recitals by tenor Mark Padmore, singing Beethoven and Schumann, and a joint concert with soprano Anke Vondung and Tenor Werner Gura performing Wolf.
Anna Caterina Antonacci will also bring a recital of Italian and French classics, while mezzo Silvia Tro Santafe will perform Spanish song in a unique recital.
Veronique Gens will perform a recital of French song, while Anne Sofie Von Otter will sing a variety of music from English to Finnish representing her diverse musical talents.
Michele Losier will conclude the recital series with an homage to French song.