The Théâtre Champes-Élysées has announced its 2018-19 season. Let’s break it down
Jérémie Rhorer conducts a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Deborah Warner directing. Vannina Santoni stars in the title role alongside Saimir Pirgu and Laurent Naouri.
Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2018
Katie Mitchell directs Strauss’ “Ariadne Auf Naxos” with Camila Nylund and Roberto Sacca. Kate Lindsey and Olga Pudova round out the cast, which will be conducted by Jérémie Rhorer.
Performance Dates: March 21-30, 2019
A bright new production of “Une Carmen, étoile du cirque” will be directed by Andrea Bernard. Alexandra Cravero conducts a cast that includes Eléonore Pancrazi, Samy Camps, Jean Kristof Bouton, and Hélène Carpentier.
Performance Dates: May 12-19, 2019
Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” gets a new production by Robert Carsen. Gaëlle Arquez, Stéphane Degout, and Paolo Fanale headline the new production with Thomas Hengelbrock conducting.
Performance Dates: June 22-30, 2019
Simon Keenlyside headlines a concert performance of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Ekaterina Siurina, Saimir Pirgu, Stanislav Trofimov, and Alisa Kolosova.
Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2018
Beethoven’s “Fidelio” will star Adrianne Pieczonka and Michael Spyres in the leading roles. Regula Mühlemann, Sebastian Holecek, Matthias Winckhler, and Patrick Grah round out the cast with Giovanni Antonini conducting.
Performance Date: Oct. 6, 2018
To celebrate Bernstein’s ‘centennial the Champs-Élysées presents “Candide” with Jack Swanson, Sabine Devieilhe, Nicolas Rivenq, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Jennifer Courcier. Robert Tuohy conducts the operatic masterpiece.
Performance Date: Oct. 17, 2018
Mozart’s “Requiem” gets a performance with Emőke Baráth, Eva Zaïcik, Maximilian Schmitt, and Florian Boesch leading the cast. Philippe Herreweghe conducts.
Performance Date: Oct. 19, 2018
Franco Fagioli sings the title role of Handel’s “Serse” with Inga Kalna, Vivica Genaux, Francesca Aspromonte, Delphine Galou, Andreas Wolf, and Biagio Pizzuti. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Il Pomo d’Oro.
Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2018
Erika Grimaldi, Iván Ayón Rivas, and Francesca Sassu sing Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Gianandrea Nosea and the Teatro Regio di Torino.
Performance Date: Oct. 27, 2018
Leo Nucci sings Verdi’s “Nabucco” with Anna Pirozzi and Antonio Poli under the direction of Daniele Rustioni and the opera d’Lyon.
Performance Date: Nov. 9, 2018
Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” alongside Carmen Giannattasio and René Barbera. Speranza Scappucci conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Paris.
Performance Date: Dec. 6, 2018
Handel’s “Rodelinda” comes to life with Jeanine de Bique in the title role. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Le Concert d’Astrée.
Performance Date: Dec. 10, 2018
Stéphanie D’Oustrac, Bernard Richter, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, and Nicolas Testé perform Berlioz’s ‘L’Enfance du Christ” under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine .
Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2018
Anja Harteros headlines Strauss’ “Arabella” with Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Michael Volle. The Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra is conducted by Constantin Trinks.
Performance Dates: Jan. 11, 2019
Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” gets one performance of with soprano Katherine Watson and countertenor
Jakub Józef Orliński.
Performance Date: Feb. 18, 2019
Bach’s “St. John’s Passion” will be performed with Hans-Christoph Rademann conducting an ensemble that includes Johanna Winkel, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Nicholas Mulroy, Peter Harvey, and Matthias Winckhler.
Performance Date: March 29, 2019
Véronique Gens sings the title role in Lully’s “Armide” with Hervé Niquet conducting the Chœur et orchestre du Concert Spirituel.
Performance Date: April 1, 2019
Harry Bicket conducts Handel’s “Semele” with Brenda Rae singing the title role, Elizabeth DeShong, Benjamin Hulett, Soloman Howard, Christopher Lowry, and Ailish Tynan.
Performance Date: April 3, 2019
Juan Diego Flórez and Nino Machaidze sing Massenet’s “Manon” with Frédéric Chaslin conducting the Orchestre National de Belgique.
Performance Date: April 6, 2019
Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” will be performed with Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro and Emőke Baráth leading the cast. Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro conducts.
Performance Date: May 28, 2019
After a successful “Les Troyens,” Joyce DiDonato and Marie-Nicole Lemieux reteam for Handel’s “Agrippina.” The star-studded cast will also include Luca Pisaroni, Franco Fagioli, Andrea Mastroni, Jakub Józef Orliński, and Kathryn Lewek. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Il Pomo d’Oro.
Performance Date: May 29, 2019
The season concludes with Offenbach’s “Maître Péronilla” with Véronique Gens headlining a huge cast and Markus Poschner conducting the Orchestra National d’Paris
Performance Date: June 1, 2019
Recital and Concerts
The season will also include recitals and concerts by Jonas Kaufmann, Elsa Dresig, Pretty Yende, Nadine Sierra, Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna. Others who will participate include Patricia Petibon, Barbara Hendricks, Magdalena Kozena, Michael Volle, Marianne Crebassa, Philippe Jarrousky, and Sandrine Piau.