Jamie Barton, Sabine Devieilhe & Jakub Józef Orliński Highlight Oper Frankfurt’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Oper Frankfurt has announced its 2021-22 season featuring recitals, new productions and many revivals.


Roland Böer conducts a new production of Handel’s “Amadigi” with Andrea Bernard directing.

Performance Dates: Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2021

G Leo Hussain conducts the new production of Cimarosa’s “L’Italiana in Londra.” R.B. Schlather directs the rarely performed work.

Performance Date: Sept. 26-Oct. 30, 2021

Carl Nielsen’s “Masquerade” is set to be conducted by G Titus Engel and directed by Tobias Kratzer.

Performance Dates: Oct. 31-Nov. 28, 2021

Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Die nacht vor Weihnacten” is set to be directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Sebastian Weigle.

Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2021

Roland Böer conducts the world premiere of Hauke Berheide’s “The People Out There.” Amy Stebbins directs the new work.

Performance Dates: Dec. 22, 2021-Jan. 5, 2022

Anrold Schönberg and Frank Martin’s “Waiting for Today” is set to be conducted by Alexander Soddy and directed by David Hermann.

Performance Dates: Jan. 16-Feb. 5, 2022

Rossini’s “Bianca e Falliero” will be directed by Tilmann Köhler and conducted by Giuliano Carella.

Performance Dates: Feb. 20-March 26, 2022

Umberto Giordano’s “Fedora” gets a rare staging by Christof Loy. Carlo Montanaro conducts the premiere.

Performance Dates: April 3-May 14, 2022

Legendary Mezzo G Brigitte Fassbaender directs a new production of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s  Dream.” Geoffrey Paterson conducts.

Performance Dates: May 11-25, 2022

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is set to be directed by Mateja Koležnikand conducted by Antonello Manacorda. The opera stars Heather Engebretson, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Kelsey Lauritano, and Domen Krizaj.

Performance Dates: May 22-July 16, 2022

Luigi Dallapiccola’s “Ulisse” gets a new production conducted by Francesco Lanzillotta and directed by Tatjana Gürbaca. The opera stars Iain MacNeil, Katharina Mageira, Juanita Lascarro, Tuves Saelens, Sarah Aristidou, Andreas Bauer Kanabas, and Danylo Matviienko, among others.

Performance Dates: June 26-July 21, 2022


Erik Nielsen leads Bellini’s masterpiece “Norma” in Christof Loy’s production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 12-Oct. 3, 2021

Valentin Uryupin leads the double bill of Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” and Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 2-23, 2021

Titus Engel conducts R. Strauss’ “Salome” in Barrie Kosky’s production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 8-Nov. 7, 2021

Sebastian Weigle conducts Humperdinck’s “Konigkinder” in a production by David Bösch.

Performance Dates: Nov. 6-21, 2021

Bizet’s “Carmen” returns with Giedrė Šlekytė conducting the Barry Kosky production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 13, 2022

Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” is set to return in Claus Guth’s production with Sebastian Weigle conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 11, 2021-Jan. 22, 2022

Lothar Koenigs conducts Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” in a Christof Loy production.

Performance Dates: Jan. 21-March 6, 2022

Jader Bignamini conducts Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in a production with Hendrik Müller.

Performance Dates: Jan. 29-March 20, 2022

Christof Nel’s production of R. Strauss’ “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” returns with Sebastian Weigle conducting.

Performance Dates: March 13-April 2 2022

Sebastian Weigle conducts Wagner’s “Lohengrin” in a production by Jens-Daniel Herzog.

Performance Dates: April 9-29, 2022

Karsten Januschke conducts Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” in a production by David Alden.

Performance Dates: April 22-May 20, 2022

Szymanowski’s “Król Roger” returns to the stage with Sylvain Cambreling conducting.

Performance Dates: April 30-May 28, 2022

Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” in Tobias Kratzer’s production.

Performance Dates: May 29-June 19, 2022

Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” will be performed in a double bill with Benjamin Reiners conducting.

Performance Dates: June 5-July 2, 2022

Revivals Puccini’s “Il Trittico” concludes the season with Lorenzo Passerini conducting.

Performance Date: July 8-20, 2022


Sabine Devieilhe brings her signature French songs program to the Frankfurt stage.

Performance Date: Sept. 14, 2021

Peter Mattei returns to Frankfurt for a recital of Lieder.

Performance Date: Oct. 26, 2021

Jamie Barton performs a recital of music by Jake Heggie Schubert, Brahms, Florence Price and Heggie.

Performance Date: Nov. 30, 2021

Gordon Bintner performs a unique recital.

Performance Date: Dec. 21, 2021

Tamara Wilson sings a program entitled “Turn of the Centuries Then and Now” featuring works by European and American composers from three centuries.

Performance Date: Jan. 4, 2022

Ensemble-member Claudia Mahnke returns to the recital stage.

Performance Date: March 29, 2022

Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński performs an evening of song and arias.

Performance Date: May 14, 2022