Nina Stemme, Plácido Domingo & Piotr Beczala Headline Teatro Reals’ 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Real has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring a number of repertory staples and rarities. The season will also include a number of superstars and modern classics.

Here is a look at all the vocal highlights in the season.


The season opens with Gounod’s “Faust” with two different casts. Piotr Beczala and Ismael Jordi star in the title role alongside Marina Rebeka and Irina Lungu in the role of Marguerite. Àlex Ollé directs the new production which will also showcase Luca Pisaroni, Erwin Schrott, and Adam Palka as Méphistophélès. Dan Ettinger conducts the production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 19-Oct. 7, 2018

Saariaho’s last opera “Only the Sound Remains” makes its debut in Madrid with Philippe Jaroussky and Davone Tines starring. Peter Sellars directs the production conducted by Ivor Bolton.

Oct. 23-Nov. 9, 2018

Stefano Gervasoni’s Portuguese opera “Com que voz” takes the stage in a new production by Oscar García Villegas. The production is set to star fadistas Cristina Branco and barítono Frank Wörner. Nacho de Paz conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 26-28, 2018

Nina Stemme, Oksana Dyka, and Irene Theorin share the title role in Puccini’s final opera “Turandot.” Gregory Kunde sings Calaf sharing the role with Roberto Aronica and Jae-Hyoeung Kim. Robert Wilson directs a new production with Nicola Luisotti conducting.

Performance Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 30, 2018

The Teatro Real begins its first Ring Cycle for the first time since 1997 with “Das Rheingold.” Pablo-Heras Casado conducts a cast that includes Greer Grimsley, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Joseph Kaiser, Sophie Bevan, Sarah Connolly, and Samuel Youn. Robert Carsen directs.

Performance Dates: Jan. 17-Feb. 1, 2019

Idomeneo” gets a new production by Robert Carsen. Eric Cutler and Jeremy Ovenden share the title role with Eleonora Buratto and Hulkar Sabirova taking on the role of Elettra. David Portillo and Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani share Idamante, while Anett Fritsch and Sabina Puértolas both take on Illia. Ivor Bolton conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb.19-March 1, 2019

Raquel García-Tomás’ latest work “Je suis narcissiste” makes its world premiere with Vinicius Kattah conducting a production by Marta Pazos. Elena Copons, Toni Marsol, María Hinojos, and Joan Ribalta perform the lead roles.

Performance Dates: March 7-10, 2019

David Alden’s Bayerische Staatsoper production of Cavalli’s “La Calisto” arrives in Madrid with two cast headlined by Karina Gauvin, Monica Bacelli, Louise Adler, Tim Mead, and Xavier Sabata. Ivor Bolton and Christopher Moulds alternate at the pit with the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla.

Performance Dates: March 17-26, 2019

Sasha Waltz directs the first-ever production of Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas” for the Teatro Real. Christopher Moulds conducts the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin with a cast that is headlined by Marie-Claude Chappuis y Nikolay Borchev.

Performance Dates: March 31-April 4, 2019

Laurent Pelly directs a new production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Nicola Alaimo and Roberto de Candia sharing the title role. Rebecca Evans and Raquel Lojendi are Alice Ford while Joel Prieto and Albert Casals take on Fenton. Daniela Barcellona and Marianna Pizzolato share the role of Mistress. Quickly while Simone Piazzola and Àngel Òdena take turns as Ford. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Performance Dates: April 23-May 8, 2019

Malin Byström headlines a new production of Strauss’ “Capriccio.” The new production by Christof Loy will be conducted by Asher Fisch and is also set to star Anna Stéphany and Norman Reinhardt.

Performance Dates: May 28-June 15, 2019

Justin Way stages a unique work by Roberto Gerhard entitled “La Peste.” The work will be showcased alongside Benjamin Britten’s “Les illuminations” performed by Toby Spence and Britten’s “Sinfonia da requiem.”

Performance Dates: June 15-17, 2019

Francesco Meli and Piero Pretti take on the title role in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” alongside Maria Agresta, Hibla Gerzmava, and Lianna Haroutounian, sharing the role of Leonora. Ludovic Tézier, Artur Rucinski, and Dimitri Platanias take turns as the Count. Ekaterina Semenchuk and Marie-Nicole Lemieux share Azucena. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Performance Dates: July 3-25, 2019

Opera in Concert

Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Luca Pisaroni, and Jakub Józef Orlinski lead performances of Handel’s “Agrippina” under the baton of Maxim Emelyanychev.

Performance Dates: May 16, 2019

Carmen Giannattasio takes on the title role in Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco” alongside Michael Fabiano and Plácido Domingo. James Conlon conducts the early Verdi work.

Performance Dates: July 14-20, 2019

Concerts and Recitals

The season will also include concerts by Mariella Devia featuring Donizetti, Bryn Terfel featuring the music of Wagner and Max Emanuel Cencic, featuring baroque masterpieces.

Recitals will be given by Sonya Yoncheva and Matthias Goerne.