Lawrence Brownlee, María José Siri & Saimir Pirgu Highlight Teatro Colon’s 2020 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires has announced its 2020 season, which will feature eight productions and a number of concerts and chamber works. Here is a look at the operas that will be presented.

Main Stage

The season opens with Verdi’s “Nabucco” starring Sebastián Catana and Leonardo López Linares in the title role, Rebeka Lokar and Mónica Ferracani sharing the role of Abigaille, and Abramo Rosalen and Christian Peregrino as Zaccaria. The cast is rounded out by Sergio Escobar and Dario Schmunck in the role of Ismael and Guadalupe Barrientos and Florencia Machado as Fenena.

Renato Palumbo conducts the production by Stefano Poda.

Performance Dates: March 17-28, 2020

Menotti’s “The Consul” gets a rare performance with Justin Brown conducting a production by Ruben Szuchmacher.

Leonardo Neiva heads the cast with Carla Filipcic Holm, Adriana Mastrángelo, Alejandra Malvino, Héctor Guedes, Carlos Ullán, Marisú Pavón, and Marina Silva.

Performance Dates: May 5-13, 2020

Fabián Veloz, Lawrence Brownlee, Sergey Romanovsky, Hasmik Torosyan, and Jaquelina Livieri star in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” with Srba Dinic conducting Michal Znaniecki’s production.

Performance Dates: May 26-June June 3, 2020

María José Siri, Virginia Tola, and Mónica Ferracami headline Puccini’s “Tosca” in a production by Roberto Oswald.

Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the production with Marcelo Puente, Jonathan Tetelmann, and Gustavo López Manzitti sharing the role of Cavaradossi, and Erwin Schrott, Hernán Iturralde, and Ricardo Seguel as Scarpia.

Performance Dates: June 19-July 1, 2020

Enrique Arturo Diemecke conducts Arnaud Bernard’s production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” Greer Grimsley headlines as Wotan with Sergio Spina, Guadalupe Barrientos, Denyce Graves, Fernando Radó, Lucas Debevec Mayer, Andrew Cummings, Gustavo López Manzitti, and Carla Filipcic Holm.

Performance Dates: August 18-25, 2020

Albina Shagimuratova and Jaquelina Livieri share the title role of Donzietti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Miguel Martínez conducts Nicola Berloffa’s production with Saimir Pirgu and Alejandro del Cerro as Edgardo, Andrei Kymach and Alfredo Daza as Enrico, and George Andguladze and Andrei Nicoara as Raimondo.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2020

Handel’s “Xerxes” returns to the stage of the Teatro Colón for the first time since 1971 with Iñaki Encina conducting Alejandro Tantantian’s new production. The cast is led by Raffaele Pe, Constanza Díaz Falú, Verónica Cangemi, Paola Gardina, Nidia Palacios, and Luigi De Donato.

Performance Dates: Nov. 6-11, 2020

Falla’s “La Vida Breve” ends the season in a concert version conducted by Miguel Martínez. Nancy Fabiola Herrera leads the cast, which also includes Andeka Gorrotxategi, Anabella Carnevali, Ricardo Seguel, and Lucero Tena.

Performance Dates: Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2020

Chamber Opera

Ezequiel Fautario conducts Donnacha Dennehy’s “The Second Violinist.”

Performance Dates: TBA

Daniel Catán’s “La Hija de Rappaccini” is conducted Natalia Salinas.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-4, 2020

Tomás Bordalejo’s “Oficina 47” is set to be conducted by Mariano Moruja and directed by Diana Theocharidi.

Performance Dates: Dec. 10-13, 2020


Enrique Arturo Diemecke conducts mezzo Hanna Ludwig and tenor Norbert Ernst in Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde.” Beethoven’s Symphony No.1  is set to be featured in the program.

Performance Date: June 8, 2020

Ramón Tebar and María José Montiel join forces for an evening of music by Chausson, Gandini, and Beethoven.

Performance Date: Nov. 5, 2020

Enrique Arturo Diemecke conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with soloists Mónica Ferracani, Florencia Machado, Darío Schmunck, and Ricardo Seguel as soloists. Pianist Jean-Louis Steuerman plays João Guilherme Ripper’s Fantasia Tarumã.

Performance Date: Nov. 19, 2020

Verónica Cangemi and Sonia Prina perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with César Bustamante conducting.

Performance Date: June 5, 2020

Mónica Ferracani, María Luján Mirabelli, and Darío Schmunck perform Beethoven’s Misa Solemnis with conductor Miguel Martínez leading the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón.

Performance Date: July 29, 2020

Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” is set to star Jaquelina Livieri, Guadalupe Barrientos, Santiago Martínez, and Hernán Iturrald with pianists Martha Argerich, Dong Hyek Lim, Iván Rutkauskas, and Marcelo Ayub. Charles Dutoit conducts.

Performance Date: Nov. 15, 2020

Great Performers

Mariella Devia makes her Colón debut alongside pianist Giulio Zappa.

Performance Date: May 30, 2020

Pretty Yende gives her long awaited concert at the Colón in her company debut.

Performance Date: June 5, 2020

Philippe Jaroussky returns to the Teatro Colón with conductor Julien Chauvin.

Performance Date: Oct. 10, 2020