Natalie Dessay, Erin Morley, Benjamin Bernheim & Varduhi Abrahamyan Lead Opéra National de Bordeaux’s 2022-23 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra National de Bordeaux has announced its 2022-23 season featuring opera, ballet, concert, and great voices.


Paul Daniel conducts Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Yoshi Oïda directing. Karah Son, Virginie Verrez, Riccardo Massi, and André Heyboer.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10-21, 2022

Roberto González-Monjas conducts Mozart’s Requiem in a production by Stéphane Braunschweig. The cast includes Hélène Carpentier, Fleur Barron, Oleksiy Palchykov, and Thomas Dear.

Performance Dates: Jan. 20-28, 2023

The Academy of the Opera de Bordeaux will perform “Didon et Enee revisited.”

Performance Dates: Feb. 4-6, 2023

Marc Minkowski conducts Handel’s “Alcina” with Magdalena Kožená, Erin Morley, Elizabeth DeShong, Anna Bonitatibus, Valerio Contaldo, and Alex Rosen.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9, 2023

Paolo Olmi conducts Donizetti’s “La Favorite” with Valentina Carrasco directing. Varduhi Abrahamyan stars in the title role alongside Pene Pati, Florian Sempey, and Sébastien Droy.

Performance Dates: March 4-14, 2023

Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk conducts “La Cenerentola” with Daniele Menghini directing. The cast includes Juliette Mey, Anne-Sophie Vincent, Sergio Villegas-Galvain, Nicolas Brooymans, Antoine Foulon, and Benoit Joseph Meier.

Performance Dates: March 19, 2023

Robert Wilson directs “Jungle Book” with music by CocoRosie.

Performance Dates: March 28-April 1, 2023

Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” will be conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Mireille Delunsch. Frédéric Caton, Thomas Bettinger, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Mireille Delunsch, Lucie Roche, Lila Dufy, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur, Patrizia Ciofi, Sébastien Droy, and Timothée Varon star.

Performance Dates: June 2-11, 2023

Salvatore Caputo conducts Emmanuelle Bastet’s production of Gerswhin’s “Porgy and Bess.” Timothée Varon and Marie-Laure Garnier star.

Performance Dates: July 6-8, 2023

Grandes Voix 

Emmanuel Villaume and Benjamin Bernheim perform alongside the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine in a program of Hector Berlioz, Luigi Cherubini, and Gaetano Donizetti.

Performance Date: Sept. 15, 2022

Véronique Gens joins the Ensemble Les Surprises and Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas for a concert.

Performance Date: Sept. 26, 2022

Sabine Devieilhe and Mathieu Pordoy perform in recital with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf, and Alban Berg.

Performance Date: Oct. 18, 2022

Marie Lombard and Jean-Marc Fontana perform in recital in music by Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Messager, and Delibes.

Performance Date: Oct. 21, 2022

Keri-Lynn Wilson and Ekaterina Semenchuk perform in concert music by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky.

Performance Date: Oct. 27, 2022

Lea Desandre and Ensemble Jupiter perform music by Francesco Provenzale, Francesco Cavalli, Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Georg Caspar Schürmann, Carlo Pallavicino, François-André Danican Philidor, Louis Couperin, André-Cardinal Destouches, Marin Marais, François Couperin, Antonio Vivaldi, and Giuseppe De Bottis. Thomas Dunford conducts.

Performance Date: Nov. 9, 2022

Kristel Barriaux, Sima Ouahman, Marcos Alvarez, Adrien Mathonat, and Martine Marcuz perform a vocal recital.

Performance Date: Nov. 17, 2022

Natalie Dessay leads a recital with Pierre Fouchenneret and Shani Diluka of music by Debussy, Wagner, Hahn, and Gluck, among others.

Performance Date: Jan. 8, 2023

Irina Sherazadishvili and Jean-Marc Fontana perform music by Gaetano Donizetti, Pietro Mascagni, Georges Bizet, Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski, and Jules Massenet.

Performance Date: Jan. 27, 2023

Thomas Dolié and Martine Marcuz perform a recital of music by Wagner, David, and Berlioz.

Performance Date: March 10, 2023

Matthias Goerne and Alexandre Kantorow perform in recital.

Performance Date: April 25, 2023

Olga Maslova performs arias by Verdi with pianist Jean-Marc Fontana.

Performance Date: April 28, 2023

The Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine performs a program of music by Chausson, Tüür,and Dvořák with Anu Tali and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Performance Dates: March 11 & 12 2023

In-ho Jeong performs arias by Rossini and Verdi with Jean-Marc Fontana.

Performance Date: May 26, 2023


Ariane Matiakh conducts a program of Verdi, Bizet, and Puccini with Marie-Laure Garnier and Andreï Kimach.

Performance Dates: Sept. 10 & 11, 2022

Simone Menezes and Camila Titinger perform Philip Glass’ Aguas da Amazonia and Heitor Villa-Lobos’ A Floresta do Amazonas.

Performance Dates: April 7 & 8, 2023

Choral Programs

Salvatore Caputo conducts Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem.

Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2022

Josep Vila i Jover conducts the Veus – Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió in music by Ola Gjeilo, Susan LaBarr, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé, Susanna Lindmark, and Tracy Wong.

Performance Date: Oct. 1, 2022

Salvatore Caputo conducts Julius Reubke’s Sonate en do mineur « psaume 94 »  and Robert Schumann’s Missa sacra op. 147.

Performance Date: Oct 16 , 2022

Salvatore Caputo conducts choruses based on Shakspeare from Ambroise Thomas (Hamlet), Giuseppe Verdi (Otello, Macbeth), and Charles Gounod (Roméo et Juliette).

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2022

Ariel Ramirez’s Missa criolla will be conducted by Salvatore Caputo and star Mara Szachniuk.

Performance Date: Dec. 22, 2022

Salvatore Caputo will conduct Gounod’s Requiem.

Performance Date: Feb. 7, 2023

Salvatore Caputo conducts Gioachino Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with Marianne Croux, Lauriane Trégan, Léo Vermot Desroches, and Thomas Dear.

Performance Date: March 18, 2023

Salvatore Caputo conducts a program inspired by Lili Boulanger.

Performance Date: March 28, 2023

Salvatore Caputo conducts a vocal concert.

Performance Date: June 16, 2023