Ann Hallenberg, Christophe Dumaux, Deborah Cachet, Marie-Claude Chappius, Lucía Caihuela Headline Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci’s 2022 Season

By David Salazar

The Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci has unveiled its 2022 season, which is set to run between June 10-26, 2022.

For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal and operatic works.

Soprano Deborah Cachet will headline “Departing for Kythera” with Les Arts Florissants under Paul Agnew. The program will feature music by Blow, Locke, Lully, Händel, Rameau, and Grabu, among others.

Performance Date: June 10, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Marie-Claude Chappius and Ensemble Claudiana under Luca Pianca will perform in “At the Heart of the Alps.” The showcase will feature music from Switzerland.

Performance Date: June 11, 2022

Soprano Sophie Junker, mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg, and countertenor Christophe Dumaux will perform arias and duets by Händel, Porpora, and Marcello alongside Il Pomo d’Oro. Francesco Corti conducts.

Performance Date: June 11, 2022

There will be a production of Scarlatti’s “I portentosi effetti della Madre Natura” starring Rupert Charlesworth, Filippo Mineccia, Roberta Mameli, Maria Ladurner, Niccolò Porcedda, Dana Marbach, and João Fernandes. Dorothee Oberlinger leads Ensemble 1700 with Emmanuel Mouret as the stage director.

Performance Date: June 12-16, 2022

Michele Pasotti leads “In Othello’s Footsteps” with sopranos Francesca Cassinari and Alena Dantcheva, and tenors Gianluca Ferrarini and Massimo Altieri.

Performance Date: June 16, 2022

Soprano Hana Blaziková and Les Passions de l’Âme will perform music by Monteverdi, Händel, Locatelli, and Marcello focused around the theme of “Ariadne on Naxos & Crete.”

Performance Date: June 17, 2022 

“Pfaueninselgeschicten” will feature a series of short excerpts performed by such artists as Laura Orueta, Dietrich Henschel, Adrian Schvarzstein, Thomas Höft, and Didac Cano, among others.

Performance Date: June 18, 2022

Huelgas Ensemble will perform music by Perotinus and Brumel in a performance entitled “Notre-Dame de Paris.”

Performance Date: June 18, 2022

Hermann Max will conduct Reichardt’s “Die Geisterinsel.” The opera will star Marie Heeschen, Veronika Winter, Marie Luise Werneburg, Simon Bode, Ekkehard Abele, Tom Sol, Jörg Hempel, Matthias Vieweg, and Michael Tietz.

Performance Date: June 18-19, 2022

Pedro Memelsdorff leads a music performance of music by Pergolesi, Paisiello, Duni, Gossec, and Dalayrac. There will be a Messe en cantiques, French-Guyana. The showcase will star Arlequin Philosophe with such vocal soloists as Francesca Benitez, Belén Vaquero, Markéta Cukrová, Yannis François, Luca Cervoni, and Marco Saccardin.

Performance Date: June 19, 2022

L’Apothéose, featuring soprano Lucía Caihuela, will perform in “Spaniards in Arcardia.” The showcase will feature music by Corselli, Martín y Coll, Facco, Guerrero, Hernando, and Francés de Irabarren.

Performance Date: June 20, 2022 

Mundus Inversus performs a lunchtime recital.

Performance Date: June 22, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Maite Beaumont joins forces with Al Ayre Español in a program featuring music by Literes and Händel.

Performance Date: June 24, 2022 

Tenor Mirko Ludwig joins forces with Lautten Compagney for “Von Berlin in die Südsee.”

Performance Date: June 24, 2022

Ora Singers under Suzi Digby performs music by Britten, Ireland, and Finzi, among others.

Performance Date: June 25, 2022

Les Talens Lyriques will present Pallavicino’s “Le Amazzoni nell’isole fortunate.” The work will star Axelle Fanyo, Clara Guillon, Eleonore Gagey, Marthe Davost, Anara Khassenova, Marco Angiolini, and Olivier Cesarini. Christophe Rousset conducts a production directed by Nicola Raab.

Performance Date: June 25-26, 2022

Closing out the festival is Purcell’s “The Indian Queen,” which stars Teresa Paz, Leticia Trueba, Samantha Correa, Adalis Santiesteban, Teresa Yanet Pérez, Bryam López, Leonardo Barquilla, Yunié Gainza, Ahmed Gómez, and Jacqueline Carbonell. Teresa Paz conducts the Conjunto de Música Antigua and Ars Longa de la Habana. Luis Ernesto Doñas directs.

Performance Date: June 26, 2022