Barbara Frittoli, Leo Nucci & Maria Josè Siri Highlight Teatro Carlo Felice’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Carlo Felice has announced its 2019-20 season featuring a number of great stars and new productions.

Giuseppe Talamo stars in the title role of Enjott Schneider’s “Marco Polo” with a cast that includes Xiaotong Cao,  Yunpeng Wang, Ying Liu, Haojiang Tian, Kejia Xiong, Enrico Rinaldo, Davide Bartolucci, and Xu Shuai.

Muhai Tang conducts Kasper Holten’s production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2019

Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” returns with Marco Berti and Diego Cavazzin starring in the title role. Vittoria Yeo and Rebeka Lokar star as Leonora, Massimo Cavalletti and Sergio Bologna share the role of the Count, and Violeta Urmana and Maria Ermolaeva take on the role of Azucena.

Andrea Battistoni conducts Marina Bianchi’s new production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019

Rebeka Lokar and Serena Gamberoni star in the title role of Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Stefan Pop and Celso Albelo as Rodolfo. Luca Micheletti and Michele Patti alternate as Marcello while Lavinia Bini and Francesca Benitez star as Musetta.

Andrea Battistoni and Leonardo Sini conduct the revival.

Performance Dates: Dec. 13-29, 2019

Alessandro Luongo and Sundet Baigozhin alternate the title role in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” The cast is rounded out by Annalisa Stroppa, Paola Gardina, Paolo Bordogna, and Misha Kiria. Alvise Casellati conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 15-21, 2020

Barbara Frittoli stars in the title role of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” with  Marcelo Álvarez and Fabio Armiliato alternating as Maurizio. Judit Kutasi and Giuseppina Piunti alternate as the princess of Bouillon and Devid Cecconi and Alberto Mastromarino alternate as Michonnet.

Valerio Galli conducts Ivan Stefanutti’s production.

Performance Dates: Feb. 12-16, 2020

Leo Nucci directs a production of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Tatiana Serjan and Monica Zanettin as Amelia, Stefan Pop and Angelo Villari as Riccardo, and Judit Kutasi and Agostina Smimmero as Ulrica. Leo Nucci alternates the role of Renato with Ludovic Tézier and Mansoo Kim and Anna Maria Sarra and Ksenia Bomarsi round out the cast as Oscar.

Jordi Bernacer conducts the production.

Performance Dates: March 15-24, 2020

Albina Shagimuratova and Desirée Rancatore share the title role of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” with John Osborn and Giulio Pelligra alternating as Percy and Sonia Ganassi and Alessandra Volpe sharing the role of Giovanna Seymour. Riccardo Fassi sings Enrico and Francesca Ascioti and Carlotta Vichi stars as Smenton.

Andriy Yurkevych conducts Alfonso Antoniozzi’s production.

Performance Dates: April 15-19, 2020

Anna Pirozzi and Maida Hundeling take on the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot” with Gregory Kunde as Calaf. The cast is rounded out by Desirée Rancatore and Angela Nisi as Liu and Roberto Scandiuzzi and Mariano Buccino as Timur.

Dorian Wilson conducts Giuliano Montaldo’s production.

Performance Dates: May 2-10, 2020

The season concludes with Maria Josè Siri and Maria Teresa Leva sharing the title role of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” with Riccardo Massi and Francesco Galasso as Des Grieux. Stefano Antonucci and Enrico Marabelli round out the cast as Lescaut with Andrea Battistoni conducting the acclaimed production by Davide Livermore.

Performance Dates: June 3-10, 2020