Karine Deshayes, Michael Spyres, Sabine Devielhe, Franco Fagioli, & Anne Sofie von Otter Headline Opéra National du Rhin’s 2023-24 Season

By David Salazar

The Opéra National du Rhin has announced its 2023-24 season.

First up is “Don Giovanni aux Enfers” by Simon Steen-Anderson. The opera is conducted by Basseem Akiki and directed by Simon Steen-Anderson. It stars Sandrine Buendia, Julia Deit-Ferrand, François Rougier, Christophe Gay, and Damien Pass, among others.

Performance Dates: Sept. 16 – 21, 2023 

Sabine Devielhe stars in “Lakmé,” conducted by Guillame Tournaire and directed by Laurent Pelly. The opera also stars Julien Behr, Ambroisine Bré, Lauranne Oliva, and Raphaël Brémard.

Performance Dates: Nov. 2 – 28, 2023

“Le Journal d’Helène Berr” will be directed by Matthieu Cruciani and stars Adèle Charvet, pianist Jeanne Bleuse, and Quatuor Béla.

Performance Dates: Dec. 3, 2023 – Jan. 12, 2024

Nicola Porpora’s “Polifemo” will be conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and directed by Bruno Ravella. It will star Franco Fagioli, Madinson Nonoa, Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Delphine Galou, Cassandr Wright, and José Coca Loza (in the title role).

Performance Dates: Feb. 5 – March 10, 2024

Harvey Schmidt’s “Les Fantasticks” will be directed by Myriam Marzouki and stars Ana Escudero, Jean Miannay, Bruno Khouri, Bernadette Johns, and Michael Karski.

Performance Dates: Feb. 18 – March 27, 2024

Michael Spyres, Johanni van Oostrum, Anaïk Morel, Josef Wagner, Edwin Fardini, and Timo Riihonen star in “Lohengrin.” Aziz Shokhakimov conducts and Florent Siaud directs.

Performance Dates: March 10 – April 10, 2024 

Magnard’s “Guercœur” will be conducted by Anthony Fournier and Ingo Metzmacher. Christof Loy directs a cast starring Stéphane Degout, Catherine Hunold, Antoinette Dennefeld, Julien Henric, and Catherine Trottmann, among others.

Performance Dates: April 28 – May 28, 2024

Karine Deshayes, Benedetta Torre, Alexey Tatarintsev, and Önay Köse. Andrea Sanguineti conducts and Marie-Eve Signeyrole directs.

Performance Dates: June 11-30, 2024


Baritone Huw Montague Rendall performs alongside pianist Hélio Vida. Their program features music by Schubert.

Performance Dates: Sept. 23, 2023

Gerard Finley and pianist Julius Drake perform music by Schumann, Schubert, Duparc, Mahler, and Vaughan-Williams, among others.

Performance Dates: Nov. 14, 2023

Anne Sofie von Otter performs in recital alongside pianist Leif Kaner-Lidström and guitarist Fabian Fredriksson. The program features music by Pärt, Fauré, Debussy, and Gainsbourg, among others.

Performance Dates: March 21, 2024

Julie Fuchs and pianist Alphonse Cemin perform works by Wolf, Ravel, Joni Mitchell, and Michel Legrand, among others.

Performance Dates: May 3, 2024

Cyrille Dubois and Tristan Raës perform music by Fauré, Beydts, Britten, and Poulenc.

Performance Dates: June 12, 2024 

L’Heure Lyrique

Performers from the Opéra Studio de l’Opéra du Rhin will perform as part of the “L’Heure Lyrique series.” First up is Fables de la Fontaine,” directed by Mathilde Waeber and choreographed by Jean-Gabriel Manoli.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19-Nov. 19, 2023

Next up is “Opérettes Françaises.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 9-10, 2023

Then comes “Noël avel la Maîtrise” directed by Frédérique Atret and Luciano Biblioni. It features Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg – Maîtrise de l’Opéra national du Rhin.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12, 2023

The Chœur de l’Opéra national du Rhin headlines “Noël de tout Chœur.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 20, 2023 

The Opéra Studio de l’Opéra national du Rhin will put on a performance centering the works of “Korngold.”

Performance Dates: Feb. 12 – 17, 2024

Soprano Clémence Baïz will perform in “Der Frühlung will kommen” alongside clarinetist Jérôme Salier and pianist Rémi Zeller.

Performance Dates: March 23, 2024 

The Opéra Studio de l’Opéra national du Rhin will put on a performance centering the music of Albéric Magnard.

Performance Dates: April 27 – 30, 2024 

Mezzo-soprano Fan Xie will lead an ensemble of artists in “Rêve d’amour.”

Performance Dates: June 22, 2024

The company will also feature its “Mecredis découverte” program which allows children ages 7-11 to learn about the different facets of the opera company including singing, lighting, art direction, props, dance, and makeup, among others.

They will also feature “Avec mon cousin” series for children ages 7-10.