10 Must-See Operas During Summer 2017 [International Edition]

By Francisco Salazar

Last week Operawire took a look at some of the 10 must see summer operas in the United States. It featured a range of repertoire and some very intriguing new stars. This week we look at the European Festivals and see where the big stars will be and what they will be performing.

The following is a list of OperaWire’s 10 Must-See productions around the world over the summer.

10. Rigoletto 

The Arena di Verona will present Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with numerous all-star casts that include Gianluca Terranova, Francesco Demuro, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Carlos Álvarez, Leo Nucci, Elena Mosuc, Jessica Pratt, Irina Lungu, Jessica Nuccio and Andrea Mastroni. “Rigoletto” will be performed five times and will be directed by Ivo Guerra.

9. Le Nozze di Figaro 

Legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves direct a new production of Mozart’s ‘”Le Nozze Di Figaro” at the Prague Summer Nights Festival which is set to star a number of young artists. Five performances will be given starting on July 3 and running through July 9.

8. Pinocchio 

Stéphane Degout, Vincent Le Texier, Chloé Briot, Yann Beuron, Julie Boulianne and Marie-Eve Munger star in the world premiere of Philippe Boesmans’s new opera “Pinocchio” at Aix en Provence Festival. The opera promises to be something spectacular in a new production by Joël Pommerat and is later scheduled to be at the Monnaie and Opera National de Bordeaux. The opera opens on July 3, 2017, and has five performances in total.
7. Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail

Teatro all Scala will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Giorgio Strehler’s death and the 10th anniversary of Luciano Damiani’s death with a revival of Mozart’s classic opera. The intriguing young cast stars Lenneke Ruiten, Sabine Devieilhe, Mauro Peter, Maximilian Schmitt, Tobias Kehrer and Cornelius Obonya. Zubin Mehta conducts the run which begins on June 17. It will also be broadcast on June 19, 2017.

6. Tannhäuser 

The Bavarian State Opera will open a new production of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” with Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role. He will make his role debut alongside Anja Harteros and Annette Dasch. Mathias Goerne and  Christian Gerhaher also star in a production by Romeo Castellucci. Music Director Kirill Petrenko conducts the momentous Wagner work which opens on May 21, 2017.

5. Adriana Lecouvreur 

Anna Netrebko may be singing the role at the Vienna State Opera later in the fall but Russian audiences will get a first look as the soprano will sing her first “Adriana” at the Mariinsky theater in a new production being created for her. Isabelle Partiot-Pieri directs with Netrebko scheduled to perform on open June 19 and 22, 2017.

4. The Siege of Corinth

Beverly Sills’ famously made this work known when she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1975. Now Nino Machaidze takes on the iconic role of Pamyra as she opens the Rossini Opera Festival on August 10, 2017, alongside Alex Esposito, John Irvin, and  Sergey Romanovsky. Roberto Abbado conducts the new production by La Fura dels Baus.

3. La Clemenza di Tito

Continuing the annual Mozart cycle, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Rolando Villazón team up for Mozart’s Opera-seria with a star-studded cast at the Baden-Baden Festival. Sonya Yoncheva and Joyce Didonato also star alongside Regula Muhlemann, Tarra Erraught, and Adam Plachetka. The performances will take place on July 6 and 9, 2017, and are scheduled to be recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

2. Aida 

Anna Netrebko makes her role debut in Verdi’s masterpiece in the Salzburg Festival most anticipated production. The occasion will reteam the diva with Riccardo Muti and her frequent onstage partners Francesco Meli and Ekaterina Semenchuk. It will also see the extraordinary Luca Salsi and Roberto Tagliavani in what should one of the most memorable nights of the festival. Filmmaker Shirin Neshat directs a new production which opens August 6. The run is alsready sold out. 

1. Otello 

Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut in Verdi’s “Otello” in a new production by Keith Warner at the Royal Opera House. Antonio Pappano conducts the production which will also star Maria Agresta and Ludovic Tezier. Opening June 21, 2017, all of Kaufmann’s performances are sold out. Gregory Kunde takes over the run for three performances.


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