Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann & Pretty Yende Highlight Opera De Paris 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra National de Paris has announced its 2019-20 seasons which will feature a total of 19 operas and the entire Ring Cycle in an all-new production.

Bellini’s “I Puritani” opens the season in a production by Laurent Pelly. Elsa Dreisig takes the leading role with Javier Camarena and Francesco Demuro sharing the role of Arturo.  Riccardo Frizza conducts the production which also stars Igor Golovatenko and Alexander Tsymbalyuk.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7-Oct. 5, 2019

Pretty Yende and Nino Machaidze headline a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” by Simon Stone. Benjamin Bernheim and Atalla Ayan alternate as Alfredo, while Ludovic Tézier and  Jean‑François Lapointe share the role of Germont. Michele Mariotti conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 12-Oct. 16, 2019

Ana Maria Martínez and Dinara Alieva share the title role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Giorgio Berrugi and Dmytro Popov alternating as Pinkerton. Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Eve Hubeaux share the role of Suzuki with Giacomo Sagripanti conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 14-Nov. 13, 2019

Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes” gets a new production with Clément Cogitore directing and Victor García-Alarcón conducting. Sabine Devieilhe, Jodie Devos, Julie Fuchs, Mathias Vidal, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Alexandre Duhamel, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, and Florian Sempey star in the production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 27-Oct. 15, 2019

Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, Anita Rachvelishvili, Étienne Dupuis, Vitalij Kowaljow, and René Pape headline a revival of Verdi’s “Don Carlo.” Nicole Car and Michael Fabiano also star in the leading roles with Fabio Luisi conducting.  

Performance Dates: Oct. 25-Nov. 23, 2019

Reimann’s “Lear” returns with Bo Skovhus in the title role, Evelyn Herlitzius as Goneril, Gidon Saks as Frankreich, and Annette Dasch as Cordelia. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 21-Dec. 7, 2019

Barrie Kosky directs a new production of Borodin’s “Prince Igor” with Philippe Jordan conducting.  Elena Stikhina, Anita Rachvelishvili, Pavel Černoch, and Evgeny Nikitin lead the all-star cast.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 26, 2019

Sondra Radvanovsky stars in Bellini’s “Il Pirata” alongside Michael Spyres and Ludovic Tezier. Bel Canto specialist Riccardo Frizza conducts the concert performance.

Performance Dates: Dec. 16-19, 2019

Lisette Oropesa headlines a revival of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Xabier Anduaga, Florian Sempey, Andrzej Filonczyk, and Krzysztof Bączyk. Carlo Montanaro conducts Damiano Michieletto’s production.

Performance Dates: Jan. 11-Feb. 12, 2020

Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortileges” will be showcased with Debussy’ ballet “L’Apres-midi d’un Faune.” The opera will be part of the Academie showcase.

Performance Dates: Jan. 20-29, 2020

Robert Carsen’s classic production of “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” will star Michael Fabiano in the title role. He is accompanied by Jodie Devos, Ailyn Perez, and Veronique Gens as his three muses and Gaelle Arquez as Nickclausse. Laurent Naouri plays the four villains, while Mark Elder conducts.

Performance dates: Jan. 21-Feb. 14, 2020

Boesmans’ “Yvonne Princesse de Bourgogne” will star Beatrice Uria-Monzon, Laurent Naouri, and Dörte Lyssewski in the title role. Susanna Mälkki conducts the production by Luc Bondy.

Performance Dates: Feb. 26-March 8, 2020

Pretty Yende and Sofia Fomina star in a new production of Massenet’s “Manon” directed by Vincent Huguet. Benjamin Bernheim and Stephen Costello share the role of Des Greiux with Ludovic Tézier and Roberto Tagliavini rounding out the cast. Dan Ettinger conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 29-April 10,2020 

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” stars Luca Pisaroni, Jacquelyn Wagner, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Philippe Sly, Zuzana Marková, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk. Philippe Jordan conducts the production by Ivo van Hove.

Performance Dates: March 21-April 24, 2020

Anna Netrebko stars in David McVicar’s production of “Adriana Lecouvreur” alongside Yusif Eyvazov and Ekaterina Semenchuk. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts a cast that also includes Zeljko Lucic. Elena Stikhina also stars in the title role for two performances.

Performance Dates: April 27-May 12, 2020

“Boris Godunov” takes the stage with René Pape in the iconic title role. Other cast members include Evdokia Malevskaya, Rusan Mantashyan, Elena Zaremba, and Andreas Conrad among others. Michael Schønwandt conducts a production by Ivo van Hove.

Performance Dates: May 23-June 14, 2020

Verdi’s “Rigoletto” will feature Frédéric Antoun as the Duke, Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto, and Elsa Dreisig as Gilda. Speranza Scappucci conducts a production by Claus Guth.

Performance Dates: June 2-June 21, 2020

Ermonela Jaho, Elena Stikhina, and Marina Costa-Jackson will rotate the role of Mimì in “La Bohème.” As Rodolfo, audiences will get a chance to see Francesco Demuro, Vittorio Grigolo, and Benjamin Bernheim. Julie Fuchs and Elena Tsallagova will each be Musetta while Lucas Meachem and Gabriele Viviani will be Marcello. Lorenzo Viotti conducts the production by Claus Guth.

Performance Dates: June 13-July 5, 2020

Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” will feature Jacquelyn Wagner, Stephanie Lauricella, Stephen Costello, Philippe Sly, Paulo Szot, and Ginger Costa-Jackson. Antonello Manacorda conducts.

Performance Dates: June 19-June 28

Ring Cycle 

Calixto Bieto is set to direct a new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with an all-star cast.

“Das Rheingold” will star Iain Paterson as Wotan, Lauri Vasar as Donner, Ekaterina Gubanova as Fricka, Anna Gabler as Freia, while “Die Walkure” will be headlined by Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde, Martina Serafin in the role of Brünnhilde, Ekaterina Gubanova as Fricka, Paterson as Wotan, and John Relyea as Hunding.

In the third installment, “Siegfried,” Paterson will take on the Wanderer with Julie Fuchs as the Waldvogel, Martina Serafin as Brünnhilde, and Andreas Schager in the title role.

Gotterdämmerung” will star Anna Gabler as Gutrune, Ricarda Merbeth as Brünnhilde, Sarah Connolly as Waltraute, Johannes Martin Kränzle as Gunther, and Schager as Siegfried.

Philippe Jordan conducts the entire Ring Cycle.

Das Rheingold: April 2-15, 2020

Die Walkure: May 5-27, 2020

Siegfried: Oct. 10-18, 2020

Gotterdämmerung: Nov. 13-21, 2020

Complete Cycles: Nov. 23-28, 2020 & Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2020


Jordan and Nina Stemme will team up for a concert performance that features Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and the Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde.”

Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2019 & Oct. 25, 2019

Matthias Goerne sings Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder with Philippe Jordan conducting. The program also includes Mahler’s fifth symphony.

Performance Date: March 11, 2020