Opéra Grand Avignon Announces Its 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Opéra Grand Avignon has announced its 2019-20 season.


The opera season will kick off with a new production o Offenbach’s “La Périchole,” directed by Eric Chevalier. Marie Karall stars in the title role, alongside Pierre Derhet as Piquillo, Philippe Ermelier as Viceroy of Peru, Enguerrand de Hys as Don Pedro of Panatellas, and Ugo Rabec as Don Pedro of Hinoyosa, Marquis of Tarapote. They will be joined by the Choeur et Ballet de l’Opéra Grand Avignon. Samuel Jean will lead the Orchestre Régionale Avignon-Provence.

Performance Dates: Nov. 8 & 10, 2019

A co-production with l’Opéra de Reims and the Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne, Valérie Marestin will direct Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” The cast will feature Coline Dutilleul and Déborah Salazar-Sanfeld in the title roles. They will be joined by Christine Craipeau as Mother / Witch and Géraldine Jeannot as Sandman / Dewman.

Performance Date: Dec. 21, 2019

In partnership with l’Opéra Royal de Versailles, Opéra Grand Avignon will present Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” starring Florie Valiquette as Pamina, Mathias Vidal as Tamino, Marc Scoffoni as Papageno, and Chantal Santon-Jeffery as Queen of the Night. They will be joined by Tomislav Lavoie as Sarastro, Olivier Trommenschlager as Monostatos, and Pauline Feracci as Papagena. Hervé Niquet will lead the orchestra.

Performance Dates: December 27 – 31, 2019

A co-production with Les Folies Lyriques and l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Shirley et Dino will direct Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment.” Anaïs Constans will star as Marie, alongside Julien Dran as Tonio, Marc Labonnette as Sulpice, Julie Pasturaud as La Marquise de Berkenfield, and João Fernandes as Hortensius / La Duchesse de Crakentorp. Jérôme Pillement will conduct.

Performance Dates: Jan. 17 & 19, 2020

A co-production with Le Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne, l’Opéra de Massy, l’Opéra de Reims, and Opéra Eclaté – Festival de Saint Céré, Eric Pérez will direct Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.” “Cavalleria” will star Chrystelle di Marco as Santuzza, Ania Wozniak as Lola, Denys Pivnitskyi as Turiddu, Dongyong Noh as Alfio, and Cátia Moreso as Lucia, while “Pagliacci” will feature Pivnitskyi as Canio, Solen Mainguene as Nedda, Noh as Tonio, Jean Miannay as Beppe, and Jiwon Song as Silvio. Miguel Campos Neto will conduct.

Performance Dates: Mar. 6 & 8, 2020

A co-production with La Régie Culturelle Régionale, l’Opéra de Toulon Provence-Méditerranée, l’Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur, and l’Opéra de Marseille, Yves Coudray will direct Serpette’s “Le Singe d’une Nuit d’Été” and Offenbach’s “Pomme d’Api.” “Le Singe d’une Nuit d’Été” will star Clara Leloup / Amélie Tati as Atala and Mathieu Justine / Pierre-Emmanuel Roubet as Babylas, while “Pomme d’Api” will feature Leloup / Tati as Catherine, Antoine Philippot / Gilen Goicoechea as Rabastens, and Justine / Roubet as Gustave.

Performance Dates: Mar. 11 & 13, 2020

A co-production with Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, l’Opéra de Rouen-Normandie, and l’Opéra de Toulon Provence-Méditerranée, Gilles Rico will direct an adaptation of Mozart’s “La Nozze di Figaro” titled “Les Petites Noces.” This new production, sung in French, will feature Victor Sicard as Comte, Chloé Chaume as Comtesse, Tamara Bounazou as Suzanne, Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin as Figaro, Albane Carrère as Cherubin, and Mathieu Justine as Basilio.

Performance Date: Mar. 14, 2020

Daniel Benoin will direct Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” starring Noriko Urata as Cio-Cio-San and Avi Klemberg as Pinkerton. They will be joined by Marion Lebègue as Suzuki, and Igor Mostovoi as Sharpless. Patrick Davin will conduct.

Performance Dates: Apr. 26 & 28, 2020

A co-production with Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini di Pesi, l’Opéra de Massy, l’Opéra-Théâtre de Metz-Métropole, l’Opéra de Reims, and Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne, Paul-Émile Fourny will direct Bizet’s “Carmen.” Ahlima Mhamdi will star in the title role, alongside Irakli Kakhidze as Don José, and Ludivine Gombert as Micaëla. Samuel Jean will lead the orchestra.

Performance Dates: Jun. 5 & 7, 2020

Concert Lyrique

Soprano Claudia Muschio and tenor Matteo Roma will present “Duetti d’Amore.” The program will include selections from Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and “La Traviata.” They will be accompanied by pianist Kira Parfeevets.

Performance Date: Oct. 4, 2019

Aurore Marchand will lead “Airs et Choeurs d’Opéras Célèbres,” featuring pianists Maya Berdieva and Florence Goyon-Pogemberg with the Choeur de l’Opéra Grand Avignon. The program will include works by Verdi, Donizetti Gounod, Offenbach, Varney, and Lopez.

Performance Dates: Oct. 5 & 12, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Valentine Lemercier, accompanied by pianist Hélène Blanic, will perform pieces by De Falla, Bizet, Massenet, Gluck, Cilea, and Mascagni.

Performance Date: Oct. 12, 2019

Soprano Mélody Louledjian and pianist Giulio Zappa will perform pieces by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Chopin, Marchetti, Lehár, Torroba, Piazzola, Weil, and Kosma.

Performance Date: Nov. 16, 2019

Soprano Mirjam Myklebust, accompanied by Kira Parfeevets, will perform pieces by Grieg, Sibelius, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Lehár, and Strauss Jr.

Performance Date: Dec. 7, 2019

Jean-Michel Schmitt will lead “Noël d’Alsace,” featuring pianist Andrzej Rytwinski and the Choeur de Garçons de Mulhouse. The holiday program will include works of varying periods and styles.

Performance Dates: Dec. 14 & 15, 2019

Anaïs Constans, accompanied by pianist Catherine Chaine, will perform works by Bellini, Bizet, Hahn, Massenet, Mozart, Poulenc, Puccini, R. Strauss, and Satie.

Performance Date: Jan. 11, 2020

Soprano Charlotte Bonnet and baritone Alban Legos will present “L’Amour a la Française,” featuring selections from André Messager’s “Monsieur Beaucaire” and “Veronique,” Vincent Scotto’s “Violettes Impériales,” Robert Planquette’s “Les Cloches de Corneville,” and Franz Lehár’s “La Veuve Joyeuse.”

Performance Date: Jan. 25, 2020

Caroline Semont-Gaulon will lead Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” featuring soprano Ludivine Gombert, baritone Philippe-Nicolas Martin, organists Jean-Pierre Lecausey and Luc Antonini, and Êkhô – Choeur de Chambre.

Performance Date: Jan. 31, 2020

Tenor Gentin Ngjela and Héléna Vautrin will take to the stage on Valentine’s Day for “Mille et Une Nuits.” The program will include pieces by Lalo, Donizetti, Velazquez, Lara, Rossini, Bernstein, Di Capua, and De Curtis.

Performance Date: Feb. 14, 2020

Soprano Déborah Salazar-Sanfeld and pianist Pauline Magneres will perform works by Bellini, Donizetti, Mascagni, Puccini, Rossini, and Verdi.

Performance Date: Feb. 29, 2020

Soprano Marie Simoneau, tenor Cyril Héritier, baritone Jean-François Baron, and pianist Hélène Blanic will present “Opérette Années Folles,” featuring works by Yvain, Christiné, Messager, Moretti, and Kálmán.

Performance Date: Apr. 18, 2020

Pierre Guiral will conduct the Orchestre Régional Avignon-Provence during a performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Requiem.” Featured vocalists will include soprano Aurélie Jarjaye, mezzo-soprano Lisa Nannucci, bass Adrien Djouadou, and tenor Camille Tresmontant. They will be joined by organist Luc Antonini, as well as the Choeur de l’Opéra Grand Avignon and Choeur Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Performance Date: May 24, 2020

Soprano Claire de Montell, accompanied by pianist Hélène Blanic, will perform arias by Verdi and Puccini.

Performance Date: May 30, 2020

Lisa Chaïb-Auriol, accompanied by pianist Catherine Chaine, will present “Les Femmes Amoureuses,” featuring selections from Massenet’s “Manon,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” and Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”

Performance Date: Jun. 13, 2020