Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko & Sonya Yoncheva To Be Featured In Paris Opera 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The 2018-19 Paris Opera will celebrate a double anniversary including the signing, in 1669, of the letters patent authorizing Perrin to establish an Academy of Opera – rapidly named the Royal Academy of Music and that of the inauguration of the Opéra Bastille in 1989.

The season will feature a number of new productions, classic revivals, and world premieres. It will also feature some of the top artists in the world.

The season opens on Sept. 11 with Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in Peter Sellars’ production.  Philippe Jordan conducts Andreas Schager and Martina Serafin, who portray the doomed lovers.  René Pape, Matthias Goerne, and Ekaterina Gubanova round the all-star cast.

Performance Dates: Sept. 11- Oct. 9

Diana Damrau and Bryan Hymel headline a new production of “Les Huguenots” by Andreas Kriegenburg. It will be conducted by Michele Mariotti will also star Ermonela Jaho, Patrick Bolleire, Nicolas Testé, and Florian Sempey.

Performance Date: Sept. 28-Oct. 24, 2018 

On Sept. 29, “Bérénice” makes its world premiere in a new production by Claus Guth.  Grammy winner Barbara Hannigan and Bo Skovhus star with music director Jordan conducting.

Performance Date: Sept. 29-Oct. 17

Benoit Jacquot’s classic production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” returns with a number of casts. In September, Aleksandra Kurzak will take on the iconic role alongside her husband Roberto Alagna and Jean‑François Borras. George Gagnidze and Luca Salsi round out the first cast with maestro Giacomo Sagripanti as the conductor. Then in December, the opera returns with Ermonela Jaho, Charles Castronovo, and Ludovic Tézier. Karel Mark Chichon conducts the December performances.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29-Dec. 29, 2018

Vittorio Grigolo and Paolo Fanale share the role of Nemorino in a revival of Donizetti’s “Elisir d’Amore.” Lisette Oropesa and Valentina Naforniţă share the role of Adina with Etienne Dupuis and Gabriele Viviani rounding out the cast. Sagripanti conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25-Nov. 25, 2018

Calixto Bieto directs a new production of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” with Fabio Luisi in the pit. Ludovic Tézier takes on the title role with Maria Agresta and Anita Hartig sharing the role of Amelia. Nicola Alaimo, Mika Kares, and Francesco Demuro round out the cast.

Performance Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 13, 2018

“La Cenerentola” stars with an all-star cast that includes Marianne Crebassa, Lawrence Brownlee, Florian Sempey, Alessandro Corbelli, and Adam Plachetka.

Performance Dates: Nov. 23-Dec. 26

Sonya Yoncheva, Bryan Hymel, and Ludovic Tézier will headline a New Year’s Eve gala conducted by Dan Ettinger. Vincent Huguet directs the evening.

Performance Dates: Dec. 30-31, 2018

Scarlatti’s “Il Primo Omicidio” will get a new production by Romeo Castellucci. René Jacobs conducts Birgitte Christensen, Kristina Hammarström, Olivia Vermeulen, Thomas Walker, Benno Schachtner and Robert Gleadow.

Performance Dates: Jan. 24-Feb 23, 2019

Dmitri Tcherniakov directs a new production of Berlioz’s “Les Troyens.” Stéphanie d’Oustrac stars as Cassandre while Hymel takes on his signature of Énée. Elīna Garanča takes on Didon with Michèle Losier, Véronique Gens, Stéphane Degout and Paata Burchuladze rounding out the cast. Jordan conducts the grand opera.

Performance Dates: Jan. 25-Feb. 12, 2019

Camilla Nylund leads the cast in Rober Carsen’s production of Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” Ekaterina Semenchuk, Klaus Florian Vogt, and Karita Mattila round out the cast. Susanna Mälkki conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 29-Feb. 13, 2019

Roberto Alagna and Aleksandrs Antonenko share the title role of Verdi’s “Otello” The revival is set to be conducted by Bertrand de Billy and also stars Aleksandra Kurzak and Hibla Gerzmava sharing the role of Desdemona and George Gagnidze as the villainous Iago.

Performance Dates: March 7-April 7, 2019

The Artist in residence at the Academy of the Opéra national de Paris will join forces for Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.” Fayçal Karoui conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: March 13-23, 2019

“Don Pasquale.” The production by Damiano Michieletto will also star Michel Pertusi in the title role and Mariusz Kwiecień. Michele Mariotti conducts.

Performance dates: March 22-April 16, 2019

Aušrinė Stundytė takes on the title role in Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth de Mzensk.” Krzysztof Warlikowski directs a new production that also stars John Daszak, Pavel Černoch, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk. Ingo Metzmacher conducts.

Performance Dates: April 6-25, 2019

Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s “Carmen” returns with Roberto Alagna and Jean-François Borras share the role of Don José while Anita Rachvelishvili and Ksenia Dudnikova share the title role. Nicole Car and Anett Fritsch share the role of Micaela while Roberto Tagliavini is Escamillo. Lorenzo Viotti conducts.

Performance Dates: April 11-May 23, 2019

Julien Behr, Florian Sempey, Chloé Briot, Vannina Santoni and Jodie Devos appear in “Die Zauberflöte.”

Performance Dates: April 27-June 15, 2019

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov celebrate the Paris Opera’s 350 anniversary in a gala concert with Giacomo Sagripanti conducting.

Performance Date: May 8, 2019

Valentina Naforniţă takes the title role in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” which will be performed in double bill with “The Nutcracker.” Dmitri Tcherniakov will also star Artur Ruciński, Dmytro Popov, and Johannes Martin Kränzle with Tomáš Hanus.

Performance Dates: May 9-24, 2019

Puccini’s “Tosca” returns in Pierre Audi’s production. Dan Ettinger conducts three different divas in the title role including Anja Harteros, Martina Serafin, and Sonya Yoncheva. Jonas Kaufmann and Marcelo Puente share the role of Cavaradossi, while Željko Lučić and Luca Salsi share Scarpia.

Performance Dates: May 16-June 23, 2019

Nicola Luisotti conducts Verdi’s rarely performed “La Forza del Destino” in Jean-Claude Auvray’s production. Anja Harteros and Elena Stikhina share the role of Leonora with Brian Jagde as Don Alvaro. Željko Lučić and Varduhi Abrahamyan round the cast.

Performance Dates: June 6-July 9, 2019

Ivo Van Hove directs a new production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” The co-production, which is headed to the Metropolitan Opera, is set to star Etienne Dupuis in the title role, Ain Anger, Jacquelyn Wagner, Nicole Car, Elsa Dreisig, and Philippe Sly. Jordan conducts.

Performance Dates: June 11-July 13, 2019

In the fall Pretty Yende and Nino Machaidze headline a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” directed by Simon Stone. Atalla Ayan and Benjamin Bernheim share the role of Alfredo with Ludovic Tézier and Jean‑François Lapointe singing Germont. Mariotti conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 12-Oct. 26, 2019

Rameau’s masterpiece “Les Indes Galantes” will get a new production by Clément Cogitore. Conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón conducts Sabine Devieilhe, Florian Sempey, and Jodie Devos.

Performance Dates: Sept. 27-Oct. 15, 2019

Clémence Poésy’s new work “Autour de Madrigaux de Monteverdi” gets a new production with more details to come in January 2019.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2-17, 2019

Borodin’s “Prince Igor” gets its Paris Opera production. Barrie Kosky directs the new production, which is set to star John Relyea in the lead role as well as Anita Rachvelishvili and Elena Stikhina and Pavel Černoch also star. Jordan conducts the new production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 26, 2019