Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Fabiano, Lead Teatro Real’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Real de Madrid has announced the 2020-21 season featuring premieres, new productions and some of the greatest stars in the world.


Nicola Luisotti and Lorenzo Passerini conduct a production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera directed by Gianmaria Aliverta. The production stars Michael Fabiano and Ramón Vargas as Riccardo, Anna Pirozzi and Tatiana Serjan as Amelia, Artur Ruciński and George Petean as Renato, Daniela Barcellona and María José Montiel as Ulrica, and Elena Sancho Pereg and Isabella Gaudí as Oscar.

Performance Dates: Sept. 18 – Oct. 14, 2020

“El Nacimiento del Rey Sol” featuring music by Cambefort, Boësset, Constantin, Lambert, Cavalli, and Rossi will be conducted by Sébastien Daucé. The concert performance will star Lucile Richardot, Caroline Weynants, Caroline Dangin-Bardot, Perrine Devillers, Deborah Cachet, Ilektra Platiopoulou, David Tricou, Étienne Bazola, Renaud Bres, and Nicolas Brooymans.

Performance Dates: Oct. 16, 2020

Dvořák’s “Rusalka” will get a new production by Christof Loy. Ivor Bolton conducts the production, which is set to star Asmik Grigorian and Olesya Golovneva in the title role, Eric Cutler and David Butt Philip as the Prince, Karita Mattila and Alexandra Deshorties as the Foreign Princess, Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev and Steven Humes as Vodnik, and Katarina Dalayman and Okka von der Damerau as Ježibaba.

Performance Dates: Nov. 12- 27, 2020

Ivor Bolton conducts Mozart’sDon Giovanni” with Christopher Maltman, Adrian Eröd, and Craig Verm sharing the title role. The opera will star Tobias Kehrer, Goran Juric, Brenda Rae, Adela Zaharia, María José Moreno, Mauro Peter, Anett Fritsch, Federica Lombardi, Erwin Schrott, Marko Mimica, Krysztof Baczyk, Cody Quattlebaum, Louise Alder, and Marina Monzó.

Performance Dates: Dec. 18, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Alonso’s “Marie” will star Xavier Sabata and Jordi Domènech as Woyzeck and Nicola Beller Carbone and Valentina Coladonato as Shades of Marie.

Performance Dates: Jan. 9-17, 2021

Irene Theorin, Anna Larsson, Lise Davidsen, Stefan Vinke, and Peixin Chen perform a concert performance of R. Strauss’ Elektra.”

Performance Date: Jan. 18, 2021

Andreas Schager star in Wagner’s Siegfried with Pablo Heras-Casado conducting Robert Carsen’s production. The cast also includes Andreas Conrad, Tomasz Konieczny, Martin Winkler, Jongmin Park, Ronnita Miller, Ricarda Merbeth, and Leonor Bonilla.

Performance Dates: Feb. 13-March 14, 2021

Maurizio Benini conducts a new production of Bellini’sNorma directed by Justin Way. The opera will star Michael Spyres, John Osborn, Roberto Tagliavini, Fernando Radó, Yolanda Auyanet, Hibla Gerzmava, Clémentine Margaine, and Annalisa Stroppa.

Performance Dates: March 3-19, 2021

Allan Clayton sings the title role in Britten’sPeter Grimes in a new production by Deborah Warner. Ivor Bolton conducts the cast that also includes Maria Bengtsson, Christopher Purves, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and John Graham Hall.

Performance Dates: April 8-May 11, 2021

Katie Mitchell directs the Spanish premiere of George Benjamin’s “Lessons of Love and Violence.” Josep Pons directs the production which stars Stéphane Degout, Gyula Orendt, Georgia Jarman, Peter Hoare, Samuel Boden, Ocean Barrington-Cook, Isabella Gaudí, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, and Toni Marsol.

Performance Dates: April 30-May 10, 2021

Zubiaurre’s “Don Fernando, el Emplazado” is set to be conducted by José Miguel Pérez Sierra with a cast that includes Miren Urbieta Vega, Cristina Faus, Damián del Castillo, José Bros, Fernando Radó, Gerardo López, Vicenç Esteve, and Gerardo Bullón.

Performance Dates: May 15-17, 2021

Torres’ “Tránsito” gets its world premiere with Eduardo Vasco directing. Jordi Franc conducts the opera with Lydia Vinyes-Curtis, Isaac Galán, María Miró, Javier Franco, and José Manuel Sánchez.

Performance Dates: May 29-June 5, 2021

Evelino Pidò and José Miguel Pérez Sierra conduct the Teatro Real premiere of Donizetti’s “Viva la Mama” with Laurent Pelly directing. Nino Machaidze, Sabina Puértolas, Borja Quiza, Gabriel Bermúdez, Pietro di Bianco, Carlos Álvarez, Luis Cansino, Sylvia Schwartz, Francesca Sassu, Xabier Anduaga, and Alejandro del Cerro.

Performance Dates: June 2-13, 2021

George Petrou conducts Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso” with Max Emanuel Cencic, Julia Lezhneva, Ruxandra Donose, Sonja Runje, Philipp Mathmann, David D.Q. Lee, and Pavel Kudinov.

Performance Date: June 17, 2021

Sondra Radvanovsky, Maria Agresta, and Anna Netrebko star in Puccini’s Tosca with Joseph Calleja, Michael Fabiano, Yusif Eyvazof, Jonas Kaufmann, and Carlos Álvarez, Gevorg Hakobyan, and Luca Salsi.

Performance Dates: July 4-24, 2021


Audra McDonald sings George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein alongside Mark Vanderpoel, Gene Lewin, and Andy Einhorn.

Performance Date: Sept. 13, 2020

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 to commemorate the composer’s 250th anniversary.

Performance Date: Sept. 19, 2020 

Philippe Jaroussky, Emóke Baráth, Lucile Richardot, and Emiliano González Toro join Julien Chauvin and Le Concert de la Loge for an evening of Vivaldi.

Performance Date: Oct. 5, 2021

Joyce DiDonato performs her acclaimed show SongPlay with Craig Terry, Chuck Israels, Charlie Porter, James Madison, and Lautaro Greco.

Performance Date: Jan. 13, 2021

Javier Camarena performs alongside conductor Iván López-Reynoso in a Donizetti program.

Performance Date: Jan. 15, 2021

Piotr Beczała is joined by conductor Łucasz Borowicz to perform arias by Moniuszko, Zelenski, Tchaikovsky, and Borodín.

Performance Date: May 1, 2021

The 58th Concurso Internacional Tenor Viñas will be held.

Performance Date: June 6, 2021