Opera de Marseille 2017-18 Season To Include Roberto Alagna, Francsco Meli & Clémentine Margaine

By Francisco Salazar

The Opera de Marseille has announced its 2017-18 season.

It all begins with David Alagna’s “Le dernier jour d’un condamné.” Conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonce in a production by  Nadine Duffaut, the opera will star Adina Aaron and Roberto Alagna. The opera will be presented three times starting on Sept. 28, 2017.

Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Favorite” will be presented on Oct. 13, 2017, with Paolo Arrivabeni conducting a luxury cast that includes Clémentine Margaine, Paolo Fanale and Jean-François Lapointe., Subsequent performances will be on Oct. 15 15, 18 and 2.

The season continues with Gioachino Rossini’s “Tancredi” Daniela Barcellona stars in the title role with Annick Massis and Yijie Shi. Giuliano Carella conducts both performances on Oct. 14 and 26, 2017.

On Nov 7 and 8, 2017, Martin Matalon’s “L’ombre de Venceslao” will be shown in a production by Jorge Lavelli. Conducted by Ernest Martinez Izquierdo, the opera will star Estelle Poscio, Sarah Laulan and Thibaut Desplantes.

Frederick Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” will open on Dec. 30, 2017, for five performances. The musical will be conducted by  Bruno Membrey and will be directed by Jean Liermier. Marie-Ève Munger, Cécile Galois and François Le Roux star in the timeless work.

Laurent Pelly directs a production of Gioachino Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Philippe Talbot, Florian Sempey, Carlos Chausson and Mirco Palazzi. Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli conducted five performances starting Feb. 6, 2018.

Jules Massenet’s rarely performed “Hérodiade” will get four performances starting on March 23, 2018. The opera will star  Inva Mula, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Florian Laconi, Jean-François Lapointe and  Nicolas Courjal with Lawrence Foster conducting. Jean-Louis Pichon directs the production.

Barbara Haveman, Petra Lang and Norbert Ernst star in Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin.”  Paolo Arrivabeni conducts Louis Désiré’s production which gets three performances in March 2018.

The season concludes with Verdi’s “Ernani” starting June 6, 2018. Hui He, Francsco Meli, Ludovic Tézier  and Alexander Vinogradov star Jean-Louis Grinda’s production. Larence Foster conducts.