Marina Rebeka, Nadine Sierra & Levy Sekgapane Headline Opera de Bordeaux’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Opera de Bordeaux has announced its 2018-19 season featuring six productions, recitals and a number of concert performances of diverse repertoire for opera lovers. The season will also include a number of international opera singers making role debuts and anticipated debuts.

Here is a look.


Bordeaux opens a new production of Offenbach’s “La Perichole” with Aude Extremo in the title role, Laurent Alvaro, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac. Romain Gilbert directs a new production with Marc Minkowski conducting.

Performance Dates:  Oct. 13-15, 2018

Marina Rebeka makes her role debut in the title role in Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” with Ekaterina Semenchuk and Michele Losier sharing the role of Giovanna Seymour. Pene Pati and Dimitry Ivashchenko round out the cast with Paul Daniel conducting.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-18, 2018

Laurent Pelly directs a new production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Florian Sempey and Anas Seguin in the title role. Levy Sekgapane and Elgan Llyr Thomas share the role of Almaviva while Miriam Albano and Adele Charvet alternate Rosina. Marc Minkowski and Marc Leroy-Calatayud conduct.

Performance Dates: Feb. 1-13, 2019

Nadine Sierra and Benjamin Bernheim team up for a new production of Massenet’s “Manon.” Olivier Py directs the production, which will be conducted by Marc Minkowski.

Performance Dates: April 5-14, 2019

Purcell’s “Miranda” is set to star Kate Lindsey and Katherine Watson. Raphael Pichon conducts Katie Mitchell’s production, which will also star Rupert Charlesworth and Marc Mauillon.

Performance Dates: May 3-6, 2019 

Julia Burbach directs a new production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with Evgeny Nikitin and Ingela Brimberg in the lead roles of Wotan and Brunnhilde. Sarah Cambridge and Issachah Savage star as Sieglinde and Siegmund, while Stefan Koçan is Hunding. Paul Daniel conducts.

Performance Dates: May 17-23, 2019


The season will also include a number of concerts with Marie-Nicole Lemieux performing Berlioz’s “L’Nuits d’Ete,” Adriana Bignagni  Lesca singing Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps,” Julie Fuchs, David Portillo and John Brancy performing “Carmina Burana” and Marion Lebegue performing arias by Mozart.


Jonas Kaufmann, Renee Fleming, Julie Fuchs, Sir Bryn Terfel, Micheal Spyres, Sondra Radvanovsky, Natalie Dessay, and Florian Sempey will also give recitals featuring diverse music and lieder. Meanwhile, Nadine Sierra will give a concert featuring the music of Massenet, Bernstein, Verdi, and Stravinsky.