Oper Frankfurt Announces Cast Changes For ‘Fedora’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
***This article has been edited from its original version published on Dec. 31, 2021. This version has added a final paragraph that includes information on the creative team and the historic importance of the performance for Oper Frankfurt.
(Credits: Nadja Stefanoff official website / © Alessandro Moggi)

Oper Frankfurt has announced multiple cast changes for its upcoming new production of Umberto Giordano’s “Fedora.”

Per the official press release, soprano Nadja Stefanoff will take over the title role on April 3, 8, 10, 16, 18, 21, 23, and 28, 2022, replacing Olesya Golovneva. Asmik Grigorian will perform the title role on May 6 & 14, 2022.

Meanwhile, tenor Giorgio Berrugi will sing the role of Count Loris Ipanow on April 28, and May 6 and 14, 2022. Jonathan Tetelman will perform the role of Loris Ipanow for all other dates in the run.

Stefanoff and Berrugi join a cast that includes Nicholas Brownlee, Bianca Tognocchi, Frederic Jost, Bianca Andrew, Peter Marsh, Michael McCown, Anthony Robin Schneider, Gabriel Rollinson, and Pilgoo Kang. Lorenzo Passerini conducts a production by Christof Loy.

Stefanoff has appeared at the Theater Erfurt, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Theater Bremen, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Komische Oper Berlin, and Oper Bonn, among others.

Berrugi is a well-known tenor who has performed at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wigmore Hall in London, Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera in Chicago, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among many others.

These performances represent the first time that the company presents the opera in its history. The opera will be directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Lorenzo Passerini. The production, which is done in collaboration with the Royal Opera Stockholm, was originally scheduled for the 2020-21 season but was canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.