Jodie Devos, Gaëlle Arquez & John Osborn Headline Opéra Comique’s 2020 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra Comique has announced its 2020 season featuring a number of rarely performed works.

The season with Christian Boltanski, Jean Kalman, and Franck Krawczyk’s “Fosse.” The piece is set to star soprano Karen Vourc’h and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton.

Peformance Dates: Jan. 10-11, 2020

François-Adrien Boieldie’s “La Dame Blanche” will be performed in a production by Pauline Bureau. Conducted by Julien Leroy, the work will star Philippe Talbot, Anna Elsa Benoit, Sophie Marin-Degor, Jérôme Boutillier, Aude Extrémo, Yann Beuron, and Yoann Dubruque.

Performance Dates: Feb. 20-March 1, 2020

Pascal Dusapin’s “Macbeth Underworld” is set to have its Paris premiere with a cast featuring Katarina Bradic, Georg Nigl, Ekaterina Lekhina, Lilly Jørstad, Christel Loetzsch, Gidon Saks, Graham Clark, and Christian Rivet. The opera will be conducted by Franck Ollu with a production by Thomas Jolly, who also directed the world premiere at La Monnaie.

Performance Dates: March 25-31, 2020

Alexandra Cravero conducts Laurent Pelly’s new production of Offenbach’s “Le voyage dans la Lune,” celebrating the composer’s 200th anniversary.

Performance Dates: May 25-31, 2020

Marc Minkowski  and Thibault Noally conduct Molière / Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.” the production by Jérôme Deschamps is set to star Flore Babled, Jean-Claude Bolle Reddat, Sébastien Boudrot, Vincent Debost, Jérôme Deschamps, Pauline Deshons, Aurélien Gabrielli, Guillaume Laloux, Josiane Stoleru, and Pauline Tricot.

Performance Dates: June 15-21, 2020

Gaëlle Arquez takes on the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen” with John Osborn, Nathalie Manfrino, and Jean-François Lapointe. The French opera will be conducted by Long Yu in a production by Andreas Homoki. 

Performance Dates: Sept. 25-Oct. 5, 2020

Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Hippolyte et Aricie” stars Reinoud van Mechelen, Elsa Benoit, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Stéphane Degout, Séraphine Cotrez, Nahuel di Pierro, Eugénie Lefebvre, Chasseresse, Lea Desandre, Edwin Fardini, Constantin Goubet, Olivier Coiffet, and Virgile Ancely. Raphaël Pichon conducts Jeanne Candel’s production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 12-22, 2020

Marianne Crebassa, Jodie Devos, Franck Leguérinel, Jean-Sébastien Bou, François Rougier, Anna Reinhold, Philippe Estèphe, and Bruno Bayeux star in Offenbach’s “Fantasio.” The production by Thomas Jolly will be conducted by Laurent Campellone.

Performance Dates: Dec. 14-23, 2020