Adriana González, Elena Villalón, Pretty Yende, Nino Machaidze, Varduhi Abrahamyan Headline Oper Frankfurt’s 2023-24 SeasonBy David Salazar
Oper Frankfurt has announced its 2023-24 season.
The season will feature Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” in a production by Caterina Panti Liberovici. Simone De Felice conducts. The opera stars Bozidar Smiljanic, Donato Di Stefano, MIkolaj Tabka, Liviu Holender, Pablo Martinez, Brayan Ávila Martínez Martínez, Bianca Tognocchi, and Clara Kim.
Performance Date: Sept. 23 – Oct. 15, 2023
Next up is “Le Nozze di Figaro” as conducted by Thomas Guggeis and Alden Gatt. Tilmann Köhler directs a cast starring Kihwan Sim, Bozidar Smiljanic, Elena Villalón, Danylo Matviienko, Adriana González, Kelsey Lauritano, and Helene Feldbauer.
Performance Date: Oct. 1, 2023 – Jan. 21, 2024
Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” will get its first performance in Frankfurt. Thomas Guggeis conducts and Vasily Barkhatov directs. The opera stars Simon Neal, Peter Marsh, Eric Jurenas, and Anna Nekhames.
Performance Date: Nov. 5 – Dec. 2, 2023
“Aida” will be directed by Lydia Steier and conducted by Erik Nielsen. Stefano La Colla, Alfred Kim, Guanqun Yu, Claudia Mahnke, Agnieszka Rehlis, Andreas Bauer Kanabas, and Kihwan Sim.
Performance Date: Dec. 3 – Jan. 20, 2023
Mozart’s “Ascanio in Alba” gets its first Frankfurt performance. Alden Gatt and Lukas Rommelspacher conduct a production by Nina Brazier. The opera stars Kateryna Kasper, Cecelia Hall, Karolina Bengtsson, Andrew Kim, and Anna Nekhames star.
Performance Date: Dec. 17, 2023 – Jan. 3, 2024
Offenbach’s “Die Banditen” gets its first Frankfurt performance in a production by Katharina Thoma. Karsten Januschke conducts a cast starring Gerard Schneider, Yves Saelens, Jonathan Abernethy, Michael McCown, and Magnús Baldvinsson.
Performance Date: Jan. 28 – March 15, 2024
Another opera to get its first Frankfurt performance is Zemlinsky’s “Der Traumgörge.” Tilmann Köhler directs and Markus Poschner conducts a cast starring AJ Glueckert, Zuzana Marková, Magdalena Hinterdobler, and Liviu Holender.
Performance Date: Feb. 25 – March 31, 2024
Fortner’s “In Seinem Garten Liebt Don Perlpimpín Belisa” will be conducted by Takeshi Toriuchi and directed by Dorothea Kirschbaum. The opera stars Sebastian Geyer, Karolina Bengtsson, Helene Feldbauer, and Anna Nekhames.
Performance Date: March 22 – April 7, 2024
Lawrence Zazzo, Pretty Yende, Zanda Svede, Bianca Andrew, and Nils Wanderer star in “Giulio Cesare in Egitto.” Simone Di Felice conducts a production by Nadja Loschky.
Performance Date: March 24 – May 18, 2024
Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” will star Marco Jentzsch, Christina Nilsson, Dshamilja Kaiser, and Domen Krizaj. Thomas Guggeis conducts and Matthew Wild directs.
Performance Date: April 28 – June 2, 2024
Ambur Braid, John Osborn, Gerard Schneider, and Monika Buczkowska star in “La Juive.” Henrik Nánási conducts and Tatjana Gürbaca directs.
Performance Date: June 16 – July 14, 2024
The season opens with a revival of “Daphne” starring Maria Bengtsson, Gerard Schneider, Katharina Magiera, and Peter Marsh. Lothar Koenigs conducts the production by Claus Guth.
Performance Date: Sept. 17 – Oct. 3, 2023
Verdi’s “Don Carlo” stars Otar Jorjikia, Magdalena Hinterdobler, Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Dshamilja Kaiser, and Domen Krizaj. Thomas Guggeis conducts.
Performance Date: Oct. 7 – Nov. 4, 2023
Nadja Stefanoff, Svetlana Aksenova, Alfred Kim, Bianca Tognocchi, and MIkolaj Trabka star in “Fedora.” Carlo Montanaro conducts.
Performance Date: Oct. 15 – Nov. 17, 2023
“Martha” will star Monika Buczkowska, Katharina Magiera, Sebaster Geyer, and AJ Glueckert. Victorien Vanoosten conducts.
Performance Date: Nov. 11 – Dec. 22, 2023
Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Christmas Eve” will star Georgy Vasiliev, Julia Muzychenko, Enkeledja Shkoza, and Alexey Tikhomirov. Lawrence Foster conducts.
Performance Date: Dec. 15 – 31, 2023
Ambur Braid headlines “Salome.” She is joined by AJ Gluekert, Nicholas Brownlee, and Claudia Mahnke. Leo Hussain conducts.
Performance Date: Jan. 6 – Feb. 3, 2024
Elena Villalón, Karolina Bengtsson, Magnus Dietrick, Kudaibergen Abildin, and Clara Kim headline “Die Zauberflöte.” Marie Jacquot, Takeshi Moriuchi, and Alden Gatt conduct.
Performance Date: Feb. 2 – June 27, 2024
Varduhi Abrahamyan headlines “Carmen” under the musical direction of Giuseppe Mentuccia. She is joined by Abraham Bréton, Nicholas Brownlee, Nombuelo Yende, and Kateryna Kaster.
Performance Date: March 2 – April 13, 2024
“L’Italiana in Londra” will star Monika Buczkowska, Biana Tognocchi, Theo Lebow, Mikolaj Trabka, and Jarrett Porter. Julia Jones conducts.
Performance Date: March 30 – May 3, 2024
Aile Asszonyi stars in “Elektra” with Thomas Guggeis conducting. The cast also stars Susan Bullock, Magdalena Hinterdobler, and Kihwan Sim, among others.
Performance Date: May 9 – June 9, 2024
Sesto Quartini conducts and Nino Machaidze stars as Desdemona in both of Verdi and Rossini’s “Otello.” First up is the Rossini iteration Machaidze and Quatrini are joined by Theo Lewbow, Francisco Brito, and Levy Sekgapane.
Performance Date: May 17 – June 15, 2024
Then for the Verdi iteration of the classic Shakespeare play, Quatrini leads a cast starring Machaidze, Alfred Kim, and Iain MacNeil.
Performance Date: June 22 – July 12, 2024
The season ends with Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” starring Adela Zaharia, Bianca Tognocchi, Magnus Dietrich, and Michael Porter, among others. Giedre Slekyte conducts.
Performance Date: June 29 – July 13, 2024
Paula Murrihy and Tanya Blaich will perform in recital.
Performance Date: Sept. 26, 2023
Andrè Schuen will perform alongside Daniel Heide.
Performance Date: Dec. 19, 2023
Kicking off the New Year will be a recital featuring Cameron Shahbazi and Malcolm Martineau.
Performance Date: Jan. 16, 2024
Adriana González will perform alongside Iñaki Encina Oyón.
Performance Date: Feb. 20, 2024
Nicholas Brownlee will be joined by Aurelia Andrews.
Performance Date: March 19, 2024
Samuel Hasselhorn will join forces with Doriana Tchakarova.
Performance Date: April 23, 2024
Christiane Karg will perform alongside Malcolm Martineau.
Performance Date: June 11, 2024
Finishing off the Oper Frankfurt recital series will be John Osborn and Beatrice Benzi.
Performance Date: July 8, 2024