Angela Gheorghiu, Jessica Pratt & Juan Diego Florez Lead Teatro Massimo di Palermo’s Fall 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Massimo di Palermo has announced its fall 2021-22 season. Here is a look at upcoming productions.

The fall season will open with Bizet’s “Carmen” in a production by Calixto Bieito. Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the opera with Annalisa Stroppa, Jean-François Borras, Ruth Iniesta, and Bogdan Baciu. Ketevan Kemoklidze, Sébastien Guèze, and Valeria Sepe also star.

Performance Dates: Sept. 17-22, 2021

Omer Meir Wellber conducts a concert with pianist Piotr Anderszewski and mezzo-soprano Michal Doron. The program will include music by Wagner and Beethoven.

Performance Date: Sept. 25, 2021

Soprano Gabriella Costa and Contralto Adriana Di Paola star in a concert with music by Bellini, Schubert and Clementi. Aldo Clementi conducts.

Performance Date: Oct. 1, 2021

Luigi Di Gangi and Ugo Giacomazzi will direct Bellini’s “Il Pirata” conducted by Francesco Lanzillotta. Roberta Mantegna, Celso Albelo, and Vittorio Prato lead the first cast while Francesco Vultaggio, Marta Torbidoni, and Giorgio Misseri star in the second cast.

Performance Dates: Oct. 15-20, 2021

Juan Diego Flórez will perform a gala of music by Rossini, Bellini, Massenet, Offenbach, Donizetti, and Verdi with Jader Bignamini.

Performance Date: Oct. 21, 2021

Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” will be conducted by Gabriele Ferro and directed by Lorenzo Amato.

Performance Dates: Nov.5-7, 2021

Jessica Pratt performs a concert entitled “Delirio” with arias from Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. The concert will feature music from “La Sonnambula” and “Lucia di Lammermoor”

Performance Date: Nov. 13, 2021

Zubin Mehta conducts Carmina Burana with Jessica Pratt, Giovanni Sala, and Lucio Gallo.

Performance Dates: Nov. 18 & 19, 2021

Puccini’s “La Bohème” will star Angela Gheorghiu and Desirée Rancatore in the title role alongside Stefan Pop and Giovanni Sala. The casts will also include Jessica Nuccio and Federica Guida as Musetta and Mattia Olivieri and Francesco Vultaggio as Marcello. The new production will be directed by Mario Pontiggia and conducted by Fabrizio Maria Carminati.

Performance Dates: Dec. 4-10, 2021

Michele De Luca conducts the Massimo Kids Orchestra, Cantoria, Youth Chorus, and Rainbow Chorus in the company’s Christmas Concert.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12, 2021