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Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur 2023-24 Review: Lakmé


Photo credit:  © Dominique Jaussein The Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur inaugurated their 2023-2024 season with a new staging of Léo Delibe’s “Lakmé” coproduced with the Opéra-Comique in Paris, which premiered the production in September-October 2022, and the Opéra national du Rhin which will present performances in Mulhouse and Strasbourg in November 2023. Pelly’s Anti-Kitsch ‘Lakmé’ This coproduction marks the {…}


Corinne Winters, Vanessa Goikoetxea, Ermonela Jaho, Armando Nogeura, Kathryn Lewek Headline Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur’s 2023-24 Season


Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur has announced its 2023-24 season. First up is the Festival Hip Hop’era. Performance Date: Sept. 2, 2023  Next up is a Préludes concerts which features excerpts from the upcoming season. The performance is led by Léo Warynski. Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2023  The first opera performance will be “Lakmé.” Directed by Lauent Pelly and conducted {…}


Francesca Tiburzi, Thomas Bettinger & Insung Sim Lead Opéra-Théâtre de l’Eurométropole de Metz’s 2022-23 Season


France’s Opéra-Théâtre de l’Eurométropole de Metz has announced its 2022-23 season featuring seven operatic productions.  Beatrice Venezi conducts Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Giovanna Spinelli directing. Francesca Tiburzi, Thomas Bettinger, Vikena Kamenica, and Jean-Luc Ballestra star. Performance Dates: Oct. 2-6, 2022 “Frankenstein Junior” will be conducted by Aurélien Azan Zielinski and directed by Paul-Émile Fourny. Vincent Heden, Jean-Fernand Setti, Grégory Juppin, {…}


Opéra National de Paris to Present ‘A Quiet Place’


(Credit: Vincent Pontet) The Opéra National de Paris is set to present historic premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “A Quiet Place” starting on March 9, 2022. This series of performances represents the first time that the work is brought to the stage in France. The opera, which will be presented at the Palais Garnier, will be directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski and {…}


Opéra de Toulon To Present ‘La Bohème’ in Concert


(Credit: Opéra de Toulon official website) The Opéra de Toulon has announced that it will present the performances of Puccini’s “La Bohème” scheduled between Jan. 30 – Feb. 4, 2022 in a concert form due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19. The opera will star Adriana González in the role of Mimì, Mariam Battistelli as Musetta, Davide Giusti in the role {…}


Angel Blue, Renée Fleming, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Anita Rachvelishvilli, Matthew Polenzani Lead Opéra de Paris 2021-22 Season


(Photo Credits: Emma Birski / OnP) Opéra National de Paris has announced its 2021-22 season. Here is the full slate. Operas “The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas” by Marina Abramovic will open the season. The showcase stars Nadezhda Karyazina, Selene Zanetti, Leah Hawkins, Adela Zaharia, Lauren Fagan, Gabriella Reyes, and Hera Hyesang Park. Yoel Gamzou conducts. Performance dates: Sep. 1 {…}


Enea Scala, Michael Fabiano, Corinne Winters, Barbara Hannigan, Davinia Rodriguez, Stéphanie d’Oustrac Lead La Monnaie’s 2021-22 Season


(Photo Credits: In Art Management / © Jiyang Chen / Gillian Riesen / © Raphael Brand / LA Opera official website / © Jean-Baptiste Millot) La Monnaie De Munt has announced its new 2021-22 season, consisting of 12 operas and seven recitals. Here is the full slate. Operas Kris Defoort and Peter van Kraaij’s opera “The time of our singing” {…}


Levente Molnár, Ruzan Mantashyan & Anaïk Morel Highlight Opéra de Nice’s 2020-21 Season


The Opéra de Nice in France has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of concerts, ballet, musical theatre and opera. For this article, we will only focus on the operatic repertoire. The season opens with “Reunion de Familie” with the choeur and ballet of the opera de Nice. Performance Dates: Sept. 12 & 13, 2020 Fabrice Di Falco, Julie {…}


Opéra de Rennes Announces 2020-21 Season


Opéra de Rennes has announced its 2020-21 season featuring five opera productions and a number of concerts. Here is a look at the opera productions. Diego Fasolis conducts Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” with Marie-Adeline Henry, Élodie Hache, Charles Rice, Sébastien Droy, and Jean-Luc Ballestra. Performance Dates: Nov 29-Dec. 5, 2020 François-Adrien Boieldieu’s “La Dame Blanche” stars Sahy Ratia, Fabien Hyon, Sandrine Buendia, Yannis {…}