Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča & Philippe Jaroussky Headline Théâtre Champs-Élysée’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Théâtre Champs-Élysée has announced its 2019-20 season featuring five opera productions, numerous concert performances, operas in concerts, a Beethoven celebration and a number of recitals. For this season announcement we have narrowed it down to only vocal or operatic performances. Here is a look at the massive season.

Deborah Cohen directs a new production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Jonathan McGovern in the title role, David Ireland, Camila Titinger, Sky Ingram, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, Mireille Asselin, Paul Whelan, and Thomas Faulkner. Douglas Boyd conducts.

Performance Date: Sept. 19, 2019

Christophe Lowrey sings the title role in Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” with Karina Gauvin as Cleopatra, Eve-Maud Hubeaux as Cornelia, Ann Hallenberg as Sesto, Kacper Selążek as Tolomeo, and Ashley Riches as Achilla. Christophe Rousset conducts the Les Talens Lyriques.

Performance Date: Sept. 24, 2019

Sopranos Ekaterina Bakanova and Marlène Assayag headline a concert with Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Handel’s “Dixit Dominus.” Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts the Ensemble Matheus.

Performance Date: Sept. 25, 2019

Véronique Gens, Tassis Christoyannis, Cyrille Dubois, Rodolphe Briand, Edgaras Montvidas, Olivier Py, Lara Neumann, and Emmanuel Ceysson headline a concert entitled “Palazzetto Bru Zane, Gala des 10 ans” with Hervé Niquet conducting the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2019

Masaaki Suzuki conudcts Mendelssohn’s “Elias” with Brenden Gunnell, Carolyn Sampson, Anna Stephany, and Roderick Williams performing.

Performance Date: Oct. 8, 2019

Bertrand de Billy conducts Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Emőke Baráth and Jean-Luc Bourré performing.

Performance Date: Oct. 11, 2019

Elīna Garanča headlines an evening of songs, zarzuela and opera arias from “Adriana Lecouvreur” and “Don Carlo.” Karel Mark Chichon conducts the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2019

Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Johanni Van Oostrum, Chiara Skerath, and Vladimir Baykov headline Weber’s “Der Freischütz” with Laurence Equilbey conducting. The production is set to be directed by Clément Debailleul and Raphaël Navarro.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19-23, 2019 

Francesco Meli brings his acclaimed “Ernani” to Verdi’s early opera in a concert performance that includes Carmen Giannattasio, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, and Roberto Tagliavini in the cast. Daniele Rustioni conducts the Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra National de Lyon.

Performance Date: Nov. 8, 2019

James Gray directs a new production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Sabine Devieilhe, Robert Gleadow, Stéphane Degout, Vannina Santoni, and Eléonore Pancrazi. Jérémie Rhorer conducts the production which is a co-production with the LA Opera, Opéra National de Lorraine, and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Performance Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 2019

Hila Baggio and the Quatuor de Jérusalem team for a concert of music by Schulhoff, and Korngold.

Performance Date: Nov. 27, 2019  

Anders J. Dahlin, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Thomas Dolié, Hasnaa Bennani, Arnaud Richard, Philipp Kapeller, and Victor Sicard star in a concert performance of Rameau’s “Platée” with Alexis Kossenko conducting.

Performance Date: Dec. 2, 2019

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Pastorale de Noël” gets a concert performance with Violaine Le Chenadec, Caroline Weynants, Caroline Bardot, Lucile Richardot, Davy Cornillot, Etienne Bazola, Renaud Bres, and Nicolas Brooymans. Sébastien Daucé conducts the Ensemble Correspondances.

Performance Date: Dec. 4, 2019

Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Isis” stars Eve-Maud Hubeaux, Ambroisine Bré, Bénédicte Tauran, Robert Getchell, Fabien Hyon, Philippe Estèphe, and Edwin Crossley-Mercer in a concert performance. Christophe Rousset conducts.

Performance Date: Dec. 6, 2019

Véronique Gens and Marie-Nicole Lemieux perform both the Scarlatti and Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Thibault Noally conducting and performing violin with Les Accents.

Performance Date: Dec. 10, 2019

Maria Agresta, Daniela Barcellona, René Barbera, and Vitalij Kowaljow star in Rossini’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Gustavo Gimeno. The program also includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 8.

Performance Date: Dec. 13, 2019

Clément Mao-Takacs conducts Marie-Laure Garnier and Eléonore Pancrazi in a program of arias and songs by Lehar, Strauss, Liszt, and Dvorak among others.

Performance Date: Dec. 15, 2019

Jakub Józef Orliński and Il Pomo d’Oro join forces for a concert filled with arias by Cavalli, Haendel, Boretti, Conti, and Hasse.

Performance Date: Dec. 19, 2019

Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège and Paolo Arrivabeni perform a concert featuring Saimir Pirgu and Vannina Santoni. The concert will include music by Donizetti, Massenet, Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini, among others.

Performance Date: Jan. 7, 2020

Stéphanie d’Oustrac sings Berlioz’s “Les Nuits d’été” with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Douglas Boyd. The program also includes Mozart, Mendelssohn and Lavandier.

Performance Date: Jan. 9, 2020

Margarita Gritskova sings the title role in Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” with Peter Kálmán, Maxim Mironov, and Christian Senn. The concert performance is conducted Jean-Christophe Spinosi with Ensemble Matheus.

Performance Date: Jan. 11, 2020

Francesco Corti conducts Il Pomo d’Oro in Handel’s “Orlando” with Franco Fagioli in the title role. Kathryn Lewek, Delphine Galou, Nuria Rial, and Adam Plachetka round out the cast.

Performance Date: Jan. 13, 2020

Jonas Kaufmann takes the stage in Paris with the PKF-Prague Philharmonia and Jochen Rieder.

Performance Date: Jan. 20, 2020

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’ Magnificat Wq 215 and Jean-Sébastien Bach’ Magnificat BWV 243 get performances with Marie Henriette Reinhold and Patrick Grahl performing solo roles. Hans-Christoph Rademann conducts.

Performance Date: Jan. 21, 2020

Philippe Jaroussky performs a recital of Schubert lieder with pianist Jérôme Ducros.

Performance Date: Jan. 24, 2020

Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole and La Valse and Mahler’s “Le Chant de la terre” will get performed under the direction of Robert Trevino and the Orchestre Symphonique d’Euskadi. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston  and tenor Corby Welch perform solo roles.

Performance Date: Jan. 25, 2020

“Les Petites Noces” d’après Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart is set to be directed by Gilles Rico. The production will be conducted by Iñaki Encina Oyón with a cast that includes Tamara Bounazou, Kamil Ben Hsaïn Lachiri, Gilen Goicoechea, Chloé Chaume, and Albane Carrère.

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 9, 2020

Elsa Dreisig performs a recital of songs by Strauss, Rachmaninov, and Duparc with pianist Jonathan Ware.

Performance Date: Jan. 28, 2020

Emőke Baráth, Anthea Pichanick, Zachary Wilder, and István Kovács star in Mozart’s Requiem with György Vashegyi conducting.

Performance Date: Jan. 29, 2020

Haydn’s “La Création” andDie Schöpfung” will be showcased with Mari Eriksmoen, Patrick Grahl, and Florian Boesch performing solo parts. Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées.

Performance Date: Feb. 1, 2020

Roberto Alagna and conductor Yvan Cassar perform a surprise program with the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France.

Performance Date: Feb. 6, 2020

Marie-Nicole Lemieux headlines Vivaldi’s oratorio “Juditha triumphans” with a cast that includes Ekaterina Bakanova, Sonia Prina, Benedetta Mazzucato, ans Natalia Kawalek. Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts.

Performance Date: Feb. 11, 2020

Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten” gets a concert performance with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Rotterdam Philharmonic and an all-star cast that includes Amber Wagner, Elza Van Heever, Michaela Schuster, Stephen Gould,  and Michael Volle.

Performance Date: Feb. 17, 2020

Hasmik Torosyan, Anthea Pichanik, Cyrille Dubois, and Daniele Antonangeli headline Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle. Tanguy de Williencourt and Bart Rodyns will also be featured with Bart Van Reyn conducting.

Performance Date: Feb. 24, 2020

Nina Stemme, Michael Weinius, Malin Christensson, John Lundgren, Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, Johan Schinkler, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra headline Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Thomas Dausgaard conducts.

Performance Date: Feb. 27, 2020

Andris Nelsens conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The soloists include Annette Dasch, Gerhild Romberger, Klaus Florian Vogt, and Günther Groissböck. The program also includes the eighth symphony.

Performance Date:  Feb. 29, 2020

Ensemble Les Surprises is joined by soprano Eugénie Lefebvre, baritone Etienne Bazola, and conductor Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas in an evening of baroque staples from Purcell.

Performance Date: March 8, 2020

Renée Fleming and Evgeny Kissin present a recital of music by Brahms, Liszt, Duparc, and Debussy.

Performance Date: March 19, 2020

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” arrives in France with a cast that includes Maria Agresta, Artur Ruciński, Karine Deshayes, and Francesco Demuro. Roberto Abbado conducts the third opera in the trilogy.

Performance Dates: March 20-30, 2020

Soprano Elena Galitskaya joins clarinetist Michel Portal and pianist Michel Dalberto for a recital that includes music by Schubert and Brahms.

Performance Date: March 22, 2020

Masaaki Suzuki conducts Bach’s Johannes-Passion with soloists Hana Blažíková, Damien Guillon, James Gilchrist, Zachary Wilder, and Christian Immler.

Performance Date: March 23, 2020

Sabine Devieilhe and Cyrille Dubois sing the title roles in a concert performance of Rameau’s “Acanthe et Céphise.”  Alexis Kossenko conducts Les Ambassadeurs.

Performance Date: March 24, 2020

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts soprano Rebecca Nelsen in Berg’s Lulu Suite. The program with the Philharmonia Orchestra also includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Performance Date: March 26, 2020

Vannina Santoni and Jean-François Borras sing the title roles in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” with David Reiland conducting. The cast also includes Jean Teitgen, Guillaume Andrieux, and Eléonore Pancrazi.

Performance Date: April 1, 2020

Handel’s “Serse” gets an exceptional cast with Emily D’Angelo, Mari Eriksmoen, Jakub Józef Orliński, Emőke Baráth, and Lucile Richardot heading the cast. Enrico Onofri conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie

Performance Date: April 4, 2020

Bach’s Matthäus-Passion gets a performance with Philippe Herreweghe conducting soloists Dorothee Mields, Damien Guillon, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Peter Kooij, Grace Davidson, William Shelton, Hugo Hymas, and Tobias Berndt.

Performance Date: April 8, 2020

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” with Michelle DeYoung and Matthias Goerne in the lead roles. The program which is played by the Orchestre National de France also includes Dvorak’s Le Rouet d’or.

Performance Date: April 20, 2020

Mari Eriksmoen, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Pavol Breslik, and Christof Fischesser perform in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. Jérémie Rhorer conducts.

Performance Date: April 22, 2020

Emőke Baráth, Anthea Pichanick, Philippe Jaroussky, and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro join Ensemble I Gemelli for a program which includes music by Monteverdi, Carissimi, Cavalli, Sances, Frescobaldi, and Rossi.

Performance Date: April 30, 2020

Matthias Goerne and Jan Lisiecki celebrate Beethoven’s 250th with a recital dedicated to the composer.

Performance Date: May 7, 2020

Rolando Villazón headlines Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” with a cast that includes Anne-Kathryn Olsen, Luciana Mancini, Céline Scheen, Benedetta Mazzucato, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Aidan Coburn, Zachary Wilder, John Taylor Ward, Dingle Yandell, and Benoît Arnould. Christina Pluhar conducts.

Performance Date: May 11, 2020

Philippe Jaroussky is joined by the Ensemble Artaserse for an evening of Vivaldi and Handel.

Performance Date: May 15, 2020

Hervé Niquet conducts Fauré’s requiem and Gounod’s Messe de Clovis. Regula Mühlemann and Jean-Sébastien Bou perform solo parts.

Performance Date: May 16, 2020

Diego Fasolis conducts Handel’s rarely performed work “Alessandro” with Bejun Mehta, Julia Lezhneva, Lucia Cirillo, Raffaele Pe, Sonia Prina, and Carlo Allemano.

Performance Date: May 18, 2020

Aleksandra Kurzak showcases a program with music by Verdi, Ponchielli, Massenet, and Puccini alongside the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Limoges and conductor Robert Tuohy.

Performance Date: May 19, 2020

Stephen Langridge directs a new production of Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” with Christophe Rousset conducting. The cast includes Anne-Catherine Gillet in the title role, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Alice Coote, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Delphine Galou, and Jean Teitgen Sénèque.

Performance Date: June 11-20, 2020

Jodie Devos sings the title role of Thomas’ “Psyché” with Karine Deshayes, Tassis Christoyannis, Ludivine Gombert, Marie Gautrot, Artavazd Sargsyan, Jérôme Boutillier, and Patrick Bolleire. Pierre Bleuse conducts the Orchestre de chambre de Paris in a concert performance.

Performance Date: June 25, 2020