Paris National Opera 2017-18 Season Leaked; Jonas Kaufmann to Open Season in ‘Don Carlo’

By David Salazar

The 2017-18 season for the Paris National Opera was leaked online before the company ensured that the information taken offline.

Despite the quick action from the Paris Opera, the information was online long enough to learn about the new engagements and that information currently resides on the blog Opera Critiques by David Le Marrec.

Opening night at the Bastille will feature Verdi’s “Don Carlo (the blog lists the Italian and French title of the work, suggesting both might be performed)” with Jonas Kaufmann in the lead role. Bryan Hymel will share the title role in a production that will also star Sonya Yoncheva and Elina Garanca. There are also four other Verdi operas including “La Traviata,” “Il Trovatore,” “Falstaff,” and “Un Ballo in Maschera.” “Il Trovatore” is listed as “Il Trouvere,” suggesting that the French version might be employed here.

There will only be one Wagner opera, “Parsifal,” and a new production of Berlioz’ “Benvenuto Cellini” by Terry Gilliam. Claus Guth will direct a new production of “La Boheme” and Pretty Yende and Lawrence will star in a new “Don Pasquale.”

At the Palace Garner, audiences will get a chance to see Handel’s “Jephtha,” Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” and “La Clemenza di Tito,” a Poulence / Bartok double bill and Saariaho’s “Only the Sound Remains.”

There will also be five recitals at the Garnier featuring Angela Gheorghiu, Sophie Koch, Piotr Beczala, Simon Keenlyside and Mattias Goerne.

There is no information on when the Paris National Opera plans to officially announce its new season.