Marina Rebeka, Joyce DiDonato, Carlos Álvarez, Pretty Yende, Lisette Oropesa Headline the Palau de les Arts 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

The Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, has announced its 2021-22 season.

For the purposes of this article, we will highlight the vocal and operatic performances.

The season opens with Verdi’s “Requiem.” James Gaffigan conducts a production by Romeo Castellucci starring Elena Tsallgova, Sara Mingardo, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Nahuel Di Piero, and the Escolania Mare de Déu dels Desemparats.

Performance Dates: Sept. 30- Oct. 10, 2021 

William Christie will lead a performance of “Partenope” starring Ana Vieira Leite, Helen Charlton, Hugh Cutting, Alberto Miguélez Rouco, Jacob Lawrence, and Mathieu Walendzik. Sophie Daneman directs.

Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2021 

Doña Francisquita” will star Ruth Iniesta, Ismael Jordi, Ana Ibarra, Albert Casals, and María José Suárez. Jordi Benàcer conducts a production by Lluis Pasqual.

Performance Dates: Nov. 3-10, 2022

Manuel Garcia’s “Un Avvertimento al Gelosi” will be directed by Barbara Lluch and conducted by Rubén Fernández Aguirre. The showcase will star artists from the Centre Perfeccionament.

Performance Dates:  Nov. 12-Dec. 17, 2021

Madama Butterfly” will be conducted by Antonio Fogliani and directed by Emilio López. Marina Rebeka and María Teresa Leva take on the lead role with Cristina Faus, Piero Pretti, and Ángel Órdena rounding out the cast.

Performance Dates: Dec. 10-22, 2021

Marc Minkowski conducts a production of “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” as directed by Johannes Erath. Pretty Yende, John Osborn, Alex Esposito, Moisés Marín, and Tomislav Lavoie headline the cast.

Performance Dates: Jan. 20-31, 2022

Ariodante” will be directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Andrea Marcon. Luca Tittoto, David Hansen, Jane Archibald, David Portillo, Christophe Dumeaux, and Sandrine Piau headline the cast.

Performance Dates: March 1-6, 2022

Singers from the Centre de Perfeccionament headline “Trouble in Tahiti.” Jordi Francés conducts a production by Ted Huffmann.

Performance Dates: March 3-13, 2022

Carlos Álvarez, Anna Pirozzi, Marco Mimica, and Giovanni Sala headline “Macbeth.” Michele Mariotti conducts a production directed by Benedict Andrews.

Performance Dates: March 31- April 10, 2022

Peter Mattei, Christopher Ventris, and Eva-Maria Westbroek headline “Wozzeck.” James Gaffigan conducts a production by Andreas Kriegenburg.

Performance Dates: May 26-June 5, 2022


Joyce DiDonato will perform the first recital of the season. Program TBA.

Performance Dates: Oct. 30, 2021

Matthias Goerne will perform a recital. Program TBA.

Performance Dates:  Jan. 29, 2022

Benjamin Bernheim will present a recital. Program TBA.

Performance Dates:  Feb. 20, 2022

Lisette Oropesa will also appear in recital. Program TBA.

Performance Dates:  March 5, 2022

Marianne Crebassa will perform a recital. Program TBA.

Performance Dates:  April 2, 2022

Jakub Jósef Orlinski will deliver the final recital of the season. Program TBA.

Performance Dates:  May 15, 2022


Erwin Schrott and Leo Nucci will team up for a concert alongside the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Performance Dates: Nov. 11, 2021

The Harmonia del Parnàs will feature a concert starring sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Olalla Alemán.

Performance Dates: Nov. 24, 2021 

Soprano Raquel Andueza will perform alongside La Galania.

Performance Dates: Dec. 3, 2021

There will also be several symphonic and dance performances throughout the season.