10 Must See Operas For The Fall Season 2019 [International Edition]
Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann Among Major AttractionsBy Francisco Salazar
The 2019-20 season is about to start with numerous new productions, revivals and world premieres.
With a ton of selections throughout many of the world’s greatest houses, we whittled it down to the 10 Must-See productions that you cannot miss this fall.
10. Tosca – Teatro alla Scala, Italy
Anna Netrebko returns to the legendary Milan theater to open the season for the fourth time. The soprano sings the title role in Puccini’s masterpiece in a new production by Davide Livermore.
The soprano is joined by Francesco Meli and Luca Salsi, two of her frequent collaborators and La Scala favorites. The production will also star Saioa Hernandez, one of the most exciting sopranos of our time.
9. Il Pirata – Teatro Real, Madrid
Sonya Yoncheva returns to the stage to sing the lead role in Bellini’s rarely staged work with Javier Camarena and George Petean. The production by Emilio Sagi is set to be conducted by Maurizio Benini.
The company has also assembled two other casts that include Yolanda Auyanet and Davinia Rodríguez in the lead role, Dmitry Korchak and Celso Albelo and Simone Piazzola and Vladimir Stoyanov.
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 20, 2019
8. Dittico: Pagliacci/Noi, due, quattro… – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy
7. Penelope – Oper Frankfurt, Germany
Fuare’s rarely performed work gets a new production at the Frankfurt house with acclaimed mezzo Paula Murrihy. The cast also includes Eric Laporte, Joanna Motulewicz, Božidar Smiljanić, Peter Marsh, and Sebastian Geyer.
Joana Mallwitz conducts the masterpiece with Corinna Tetzel directing the new production.
Dates: Dec. 1-Jan. 23, 2019
6. L’Ange di Nisida – Donizetti Opera Festival, Italy
The acclaimed Donizetti festival is set to present the first ever production of the composer’s lost work. Starring Salome Jicia, Florian Sempey, Roberto Lorenzi, Konu Kim, and Paul Gay, the opera will be directed by Francesco Micheli and will be conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud.
Dates: Nov. 16-21, 2019
5. Orlando – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria
Olga Neuworth’s opera makes its world premiere with a libretto by Catherine Filloux. The new work is set to be directed by Karoline Gruber and will feature acclaimed British actress Fiona Shaw as a narrator. The work will also star Kate Lindsey, Constance Hauman in her Vienna debut, Eric Jurenas, Agneta Eichenholz, Leigh Melrose, and Justin Vivian Bond.
Dates: Dec. 8-20, 2019
4. Doña Franciscquita – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain
Lluís Pasqual directs a new production of Vives’ reknown Zarzuela in a rare staging at the Liceu. Oliver Díaz conducts the production that is set to star María José Moreno and Elena Sancho Pereg sharing the role of Franciscquita , Ana Ibarra, María José Suárez, Celso Albelo, Antonio Lozano, Miguel Sola, Alejandro del Cerro, Isaac Galán, and Gonzalo de Castro.
3. Die Tote Stadt – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany
Jonas Kaufmann and Marlis Petersen bring Korngold’s rarely performed work to life in a new production by Simon Stone. The highly anticipated production also stars Andrzej Filonczyk, Jennifer Johnston, Mirjam Mesak, Corinna Scheurle, Manuel Günther, Manuel Günther, and Dean Power. Kirill Petrenko conducts the masterpiece.
Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 11, 2019
2. Macbeth Underworld – La Monnaie, Belgium
Pascal Dusapin’s latest work gets its world premiere at La Monnaie, which commissioned the new opera. Magdalena Kozena and Sophie Marilley share the role of Lady Macbeth while Georg Nigl takes on the role of Macbeth.
The production also stars Ekaterina Lekhina, Lilly Jorstad and Christel Loetzsch as the weird sisters and Kristinn Sigmundsson as the Ghost. Alain Altinoglu conducts the new production by Thomas Jolly.
Dates: Sept. 20-Oct. 5, 2019
1. Halka – Theater an der Wien, Austria
Moniuszko’s rarely staged masterpiece gets a new production at the Theater an der Wien. The new production will be headlined by star tenor Piotr Beczala and rising star Corinne Winters, who makes her role debut in the title role.
The work is also set to star Alexey Tikhomirov, Natalia Kawałek, and Tomasz Konieczny. Acclaimed director Mariusz Treliński directs and Łukasz Borowicz conducts.
Dates: Dec. 15-31, 2019