Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, & Jonas Kaufmann To Be Featured At Theatre Des Champs-Élysées 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Théâtre Champes-Élysées has announced its 2018-19 season. Let’s break it down

Staged Productions 

Jérémie Rhorer conducts a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Deborah Warner directing. Vannina Santoni stars in the title role alongside Saimir Pirgu and Laurent Naouri. 

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2018

Katie Mitchell directs Strauss’ “Ariadne Auf Naxos” with Camila Nylund and Roberto Sacca. Kate Lindsey and Olga Pudova round out the cast, which will be conducted by Jérémie Rhorer.

Performance Dates: March 21-30, 2019

A bright new production of “Une Carmen, étoile du cirque” will be directed by Andrea Bernard. Alexandra Cravero conducts a cast that includes Eléonore Pancrazi, Samy Camps, Jean Kristof Bouton, and Hélène Carpentier.

Performance Dates: May 12-19, 2019

Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” gets a new production by Robert Carsen. Gaëlle Arquez, Stéphane Degout, and Paolo Fanale headline the new production with Thomas Hengelbrock conducting.

Performance Dates: June 22-30, 2019

Concert Operas 

Simon Keenlyside headlines a concert performance of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Ekaterina Siurina, Saimir Pirgu, Stanislav Trofimov, and Alisa Kolosova.

Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2018

Beethoven’s “Fidelio” will star Adrianne Pieczonka and Michael Spyres in the leading roles. Regula Mühlemann, Sebastian Holecek, Matthias Winckhler, and Patrick Grah round out the cast with Giovanni Antonini conducting.

Performance Date: Oct. 6, 2018

To celebrate Bernstein’s ‘centennial the Champs-Élysées presents “Candide” with Jack Swanson, Sabine Devieilhe, Nicolas Rivenq, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Jennifer Courcier. Robert Tuohy conducts the operatic masterpiece.

Performance Date: Oct. 17, 2018

Mozart’s “Requiem” gets a performance with Emőke Baráth, Eva Zaïcik, Maximilian Schmitt, and Florian Boesch leading the cast. Philippe Herreweghe conducts.

Performance Date: Oct. 19, 2018

Franco Fagioli sings the title role of Handel’s “Serse” with Inga Kalna, Vivica Genaux, Francesca Aspromonte, Delphine Galou, Andreas Wolf, and Biagio Pizzuti. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Il Pomo d’Oro.

Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2018

Erika Grimaldi, Iván Ayón Rivas, and Francesca Sassu sing Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Gianandrea Nosea and the Teatro Regio di Torino.

Performance Date: Oct. 27, 2018

Leo Nucci sings Verdi’s “Nabucco” with Anna Pirozzi and Antonio Poli under the direction of Daniele Rustioni and the opera d’Lyon.

Performance Date: Nov. 9, 2018

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” alongside Carmen Giannattasio and René Barbera. Speranza Scappucci conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Paris.

Performance Date: Dec. 6, 2018

Handel’s “Rodelinda” comes to life with Jeanine de Bique in the title role. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Le Concert d’Astrée.

Performance Date: Dec. 10, 2018

Stéphanie D’Oustrac, Bernard Richter, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, and Nicolas Testé perform Berlioz’s ‘L’Enfance du Christ” under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine .

Performance Date: Dec. 14, 2018

Anja Harteros headlines Strauss’ “Arabella” with Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Michael Volle. The Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra is conducted by Constantin Trinks.

Performance Dates: Jan. 11, 2019

Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” gets one performance of with soprano Katherine Watson and countertenor
Jakub Józef Orliński.

Performance Date: Feb. 18, 2019

Bach’s “St. John’s Passion” will be performed with Hans-Christoph Rademann conducting an ensemble that includes Johanna Winkel, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Nicholas Mulroy, Peter Harvey, and Matthias Winckhler.

Performance Date: March 29, 2019

Véronique Gens sings the title role in Lully’s “Armide” with Hervé Niquet conducting the Chœur et orchestre du Concert Spirituel.

Performance Date: April 1, 2019

Harry Bicket conducts Handel’s “Semele” with Brenda Rae singing the title role, Elizabeth DeShong, Benjamin Hulett, Soloman Howard, Christopher Lowry, and Ailish Tynan.

Performance Date: April 3, 2019

Juan Diego Flórez and Nino Machaidze sing Massenet’s “Manon” with Frédéric Chaslin conducting the Orchestre National de Belgique.

Performance Date: April 6, 2019 

Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” will be performed with Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro and Emőke Baráth leading the cast. Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro conducts.

Performance Date: May 28, 2019

After a successful “Les Troyens,” Joyce DiDonato and Marie-Nicole Lemieux reteam for Handel’s “Agrippina.” The star-studded cast will also include Luca Pisaroni, Franco Fagioli, Andrea Mastroni, Jakub Józef Orliński, and Kathryn Lewek. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Il Pomo d’Oro.

Performance Date: May 29, 2019

The season concludes with Offenbach’s “Maître Péronilla” with Véronique Gens headlining a huge cast and Markus Poschner conducting the Orchestra National d’Paris

Performance Date: June 1, 2019

Recital and Concerts

The season will also include recitals and concerts by Jonas Kaufmann, Elsa Dresig, Pretty Yende, Nadine Sierra, Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna. Others who will participate include Patricia Petibon, Barbara Hendricks, Magdalena Kozena, Michael Volle, Marianne Crebassa, Philippe Jarrousky, and Sandrine Piau.