Karine Deshayes, Sabine Devieilhe & Philippe Jaroussky Highlight Opéra de Rouen Normandie’s 2021-22 Season

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: © Aymeric Giraudel / Fabien Monthubert / © Simon Fowler)

Opéra de Rouen Normandie, France has announced its 2021-22 season. For the purpose of this article, we will only focus on the operatic and vocal performances.

Here is the full slate.

Opera and Musicals

Verdi‘s “Il Trovatore” opens the season with Lionel Lhote as Count di Luna, Brigitta Kele as Leonora, Ivan Gyngazov as Manrico, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo as Azucena, and Stefan Kocan in the role of Ferrando. Pierre Bleuse conducts a production by Clarac & Deloeuil / Le Lab.

Performance Dates: Sept. 24 – Oct. 2, 2021

Denis D’Arcangelo performs “Le Grand Orchestre de Madame Raymonde” alongside conductor Hervé Niquet.

Performance Date: Oct. 9, 2021

Ensemble Miroirs Étendus presents Monteverdi‘s “Les Vêpres de la Vierge” alongside conductor Romain Louveau.

Performance Date: Oct. 15, 2021

Jacques Offenbach‘s operatic jewel “La Vie Parisienne” stars Florie Valiquette, Aude Extrémo, Flannan Obé, Marc Mauillon, Éric Huchet, Philippe Estèphe, Franck Leguérinel, Marion Grange, Elena Galitskaya, Louise Pingeot, Marie Kalinine, and Ingrid Perruche. Romain Dumas conducts a production by Christian Lacroix.

Performance Dates: Nov. 7 – 13, 2021

Locke’s “Cupid and Death” spotlights Perrine Devillers, Lieselot De Wilde, Yannis François, Nicholas Merryweather, Lucile Richardot, and Antonin Rondepierre. Sébastien Daucé conducts a production by Jos Houben and Emily Wilson.

Performance Sates: Dec. 14 – 15, 2021

A special adaptation of Verdi’s popular opera, “Rigoletto ou les Mystères du Théâtre” stars Emy Gazeilles and Jeanne Gérard as Gilda, Diego Godoy as Duca di Mantua, and Florent Karrer and Ivan Thirion in the title role. The cast also includes Marion Lebègue, Nathanaël Tavernier, Benoît-Joseph Meier, Hugo Santos, and Edwin Fardini. Victor Jacob conducts a production by Manuel Renga.

Performance Dates: Jan. 14 – 23, 2022

Karine Deshayes stars in Robert Carsen’s production of Gluck‘s “Iphigénie en Tauride.” The mezzo-soprano will be joined onstage by Jérôme Boutillier, Ben Bliss, André Heyboer, and Iryna Kyshliaruk. Christophe Rousset conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 25 – March 1, 2022

Annie Hanauer, Stencia Yambogaza, and Tarek Aït Meddour perform “Baby Doll” in a production by Marie-Ève Signeyrole. Ryan Bancroft conducts.

Performance Dates: March 25 – 26, 2022

Janáček‘s “Jenůfa” stars Christine Rice as Kostelnička Buryjovka, Kyle van Schoonhoven as Laca Klemeň, Dovlet Nurgeldiyev as Števa Buryja, and Natalya Romaniw in the title role. The cast also includes Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Yoann Dubruque, Victor Sicard, Aline Martin, Séraphine Cotrez, Lise Nougier, Yete Queiroz, and Clara Guillon. Anthony Hermus conducts a production by Calixto Bieito.

Performance Dates: April 26 – 30, 2022

Lodie Kardouss’ production of Lavandier’s “L’Abrégé des merveilles de Marco Polo” spotlights Safir Behloul, Julie Mathevet, Pierre Baux, Léa Trommenschlager, and Vincent Vantyghem in the title role. Maxime Pascal conducts.

Performance Dates: May 13 – 14, 2022

Mozart‘s singspiel “Die Zauberflöte” closes the season. The opera stars Juan Francisco Gatell in the role of Tamino, Fatma Said as Pamina, and Nina Minasyan as Die Königin der Nacht. The cast will be rounded by Julie Martin du Theil, Alix Le Saux, Beth Taylor, Enguerrand de Hys, Benjamin Appl, and Sandrine Buendia. Ben Glassberg conducts a production by Pierre Rigal.

Performance Dates: June 10 – 20, 2022

Concerts of The Orchestra

Sopranos Francesca Aspromonte and Marie Lys, countertenor Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, tenor Benoît-Joseph Meier, and bass Arnaud Richard perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Händel‘s “Dixit Dominus” alongside Le chœur accentus and conductor Laurence Equilbey.

Performance Dates: Jan. 28 – 29, 2022

Soprano Hélène Carpentier, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, tenor David Butt Philip, and bass Christopher Purves perform Beethoven‘s “Missa solemnis” alongside conductor Ben Glassberg.

Performance Dates: March 11 – 12, 2021

Special Concerts and Recitals

Soprano Sabine Devieilhe performs works by Fauré and Poulenc alongside pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

Performance Date: Oct. 8, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre performs various works alongside the Ensemble Jupiter and conductor Thomas Dunford.

Performance Date: Nov. 16, 2021

Le chœur accentus presents works by Johannes Brahms alongside conductor Marcus Creed.

Performance Date: Nov. 18, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, tenors Francisco Manalich, and Benoit-Joseph Meier, and bass Virgile Ancely perform works by Antonio Vivaldi alongside conductor Vincent Dumestre.

Performance Date: Dec. 2, 2021

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky presents works by Dowland, Purcell, Mozart, Schubert, Granados, and Fauré. Thibaut Garcia plays guitar.

Performance Dates: Jan. 19 – 20, 2022

Rosemary Standley and the Ensemble Contraste perform works by Franz Schubert in a semi-staged production by Vincent Huguet.

Performance Date: Feb. 3, 2022

Countertenors Tim Mead and William Shelton, soprano Emilie Rose Bry, tenor Zachary Wilder, and basses Victor Sicard and Matthieu Heim present Henry Purcell’s “Hail! Bright Cecilia Of Old, When Heroes Thought It Base” alongside Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien and conductor François Lazarevitch.

Performance Date: March 15, 2022

Le chœur accentus presents works by Sviridov, Rachmaninoff, Rautavaara, and Vasks alongside conductor Sigvards Kļava.

Performance Date: March 24, 2022

Soprano Anna Devin and countertenor Christopher Lowrey present Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” alongside conductor Evgeny Sviridov.

Performance Date: March 29, 2022

Soprano Axelle Fanyo and baritone Julien Van Mellaerts perform Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” alongside conductor Mathieu Romano.

Performance Date: May 3, 2022