Francesca Dotto, Enea Scala, & Pretty Yende Lead Grand Théâtre de Genève’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of opera performances and recitals.

Ingela Brimberg stars in the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot” with Aleksey Tikhomirov, Teodor Ilincai, Martin Muehle, and Elena Guseva. Antonino Fogliani conducts Daniel Kramer’s production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 15-26, 2020

Marc Minkowski conducts Robert Wilson’s production of Handel’s “Messiah” with Elena Tsallagova, Elena Rasker, Richard Croft, José Coca Loza, Alexis Fousekis, Max Harris, Leopoldine Richards.

Performance Dates: Oct. 4 & 5, 2020

Rachel Harnisch sings the lead role in Janacek’s “The Makropolos Case” alongside Aleš Briscein, Sam Furness, Anna Schaumlöffel, Michael Kraus, and Julien Henric. Tomáš Netopil conducts Kornél Mundruczó’s production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 26-Nov. 6, 2020

Titus Engel conducts Bernstein’s “Candide” in a production by Barrie Kosky. The production stars Paul Appleby,  Ueli Jaeggi, Claire de Sévigné, Yvonne Naef, and Chris Merritt.

Performance Dates: Dec. 11-23, 2020

Jacques Imbrailo and Mari Eriksmoen sing the title roles of  Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande alongside Leigh Melrose, Matthew Best, and Yvonne Naef. Jonathan Nott conducts Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s production.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18-28, 2021

Mendelssohn’s “Palau” is set to be conducted by Hervé Niquet with soloists Polina Pastirchak, Ève-Maud Hubeaux, Jeremy Ovenden, and Samuel Hasselhorn.

Performance Date: Jan. 21, 2021

Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with Milo Rau conducting. The production stars Bernard Richter in the title role with Serena Farnocchia, Anna Goryachova, Marie Lys, Cecilia Molinari, and Justin Hopkins.

Performance Dates: Feb. 19-March 3, 2021

Daniel Brenna sings the title role in Wagner’s Parsifal alongside Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Josef Wagner, Justin Hopkins, Mika Kares, and Tómas Tómasson.

Performance Dates: March 30-April 11, 2021

Marie-Claude Chappuis and Jarrett Ott star in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” with Emmanuelle Haïm conducting Franck Chartier’s production.

Performance Dates: May 2-11, 2021

Ekaterina Bakanova and Francesca Dotto share the title role in Verdi’s La Traviata with Enea Scala and Julien Behr alternating as Alfredo, and Dalibor Jenis and  Michael Nagy as Germont. Paolo Carignani conducts Karin Henkel’s production.

Performance Dates: June 30-July 3, 2021


René Pape and Camillo Radicke present a recital.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2020

Matthias Goerne and Alexander Schmalcz perform Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and Schubert’s Schwanengesang.

Performance Date: Nov. 5, 2020

Gaëlle Arquez leads the New Year’s Eve gala .

Performance Date: Dec. 31, 2020

Pretty Yende and Michele d’Elia perform a program of music by Schumann, Strauss, Donizetti, and Tosti

Performance Date: May 7, 2021 

Ludovic Tézier and Bertrand Chamayou perform a program that includes music by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Mozart, Ibert, Fauré, and Berlioz.

Performance Date: June 6, 2021