Renée Fleming, Diana Damrau, Angela Gheorghiu, Benjamin Bernheim, Erin Morley, John Osborn Lead Opéra National de Bordeaux’s 2021-22 SeasonBy Dejan Vukosavljevic
Opéra National de Bordeaux has announced its rich 2021-22 season. For the purpose of this article we will focus only on vocal performances.
Here is the full slate.
A semi-staged version of Meyerbeer‘s “Robert Le Diable” opens the season. The opera stars Erin Morley, Nicolas Courjal, Amina Edris, Nicolas Darmanin, Joel Allison, Paco Garcia, and John Osborn in the title role. Marc Minkowski conducts a production by Luc Birraux.
Performance Dates: Sept. 20 – 25, 2021
A double bill of Poulenc’ “La Voix Humaine” and Escaich’s “Point d’Orgue” will showcase soprano Anne Catherine Gillet, baritone Jean Sébastien Bou, and tenor Cyrille Dubois. Domingo Hindoyan conducts a production by Olivier Py.
The opera is a co-production with the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Saint-Etienne, and Opéra de Tours.
Performance Dates: Oct. 4 – 10, 2021
Lully and Molière’s “Le Bourgeois gentilhomme” spotlights Sébastien Boudrot, Josiane Stoleru, Guillaume Laloux, Bénédicte Choisnet, Pauline Deshons, Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat, Vincent Debost, Jérôme Deschamps, and Aurélien Gabrielli. Thibault Noally conducts a production by Jérôme Deschamps.
Performance Dates: Jan. 11 – 21, 2022
Michèle Losier portrays Charlotte, Lionel Lhote performs Albert, Florie Valiquette sings Sophie, and Benjamin Bernheim stars in the title role of Massenet‘s “Werther.” Pierre Dumoussaud conducts a production by Romain Gilbert.
Performance Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 12, 2022
Donizetti‘s “L’Elisir d’amore” will have two casts, with Golda Schultz and Catherine Trottmann alternating in the role of Adina, and Kévin Amiel and Yu Shao alternating as Nemorino. David Bizic and Dominic Sedgwick perform Belcore, while Giorgio Caoduro and Julien Véronèse portray Dulcamara. Nil Venditti conducts a production by Adriano Sinivia.
Performance Dates: April 1 – 10, 2022
Florian Sempey and Thomas Dolié sing Count Almaviva, and Ana Maria Labin portrays Countess Almaviva in Ivan Alexandre’s production of Mozart’s operatic masterpiece “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Angela Brower and Megan Marino perform Susanna, while Robert Gleadow stars in the title role. The cast will be rounded out by Miriam Albano, Paco Garcia, Ariana Venditelli, Manon Lamaison, and Norman Patzke. Marc Minkowski conducts.
Performance Dates: May 20 – June 4, 2022
Alexandre Duhamel stars in the title role of “Don Giovanni” alongside Robert Gleadow as Leporello, Iulia Maria Dan as Donna Anna, Ariana Venditelli as Donna Elvira, James Ley as Don Ottavio, Leonard Bernad as Masetto, and Angela Brower and Megan Marino as Zerlina. Marc Minkowski conducts a production by Ivan Alexandre.
Performance Dates: May 22 – June 5, 2022
“Così fan tutte” closes the season. The opera stars Ana Maria Labin, Angela Brower, Megan Marino, James Ley, Robert Gleadow, Miriam Albano, and Alexandre Duhamel. Marc Minkowski conducts a production by Ivan Alexandre.
Performance Dates: May 23 – June 6, 2022
Jeune Académie Vocale d’Aquitaine performs Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9 “Choral.”
Performance Dates: Oct. 28 – 30, 2021
The Chorus of the Opéra National de Bordeaux performs works by Arvo Pärt alongside conductor Salvatore Caputo.
Performance Date: Jan. 25, 2022
A performance of Bach’s “Vie du Christ” spotlights soprano Ying Fang, alto Sara Mingardo, tenors Julian Prégardien and Laurence Kilsby, baritone Huw Montague-Rendall, and bass Christian Immler alongside the Chorus Pygmalion and conductor Raphaël Pichon.
Performance Dates: Feb. 24 – 26, 2022
The Chorus of the Opéra National de Bordeaux performs works by Fouilloux, Rabaud, and Lesur.
Performance Date: March 2, 2022
Soprano Ingela Brimberg perform Richard Strauss‘ “Vier Letzte Lieder” alongside conductor Paul Daniel.
Performance Dates: April 14 – 15, 2022
Mezzo-soprano Anaïk Morel and sopranos Nikola Hillebrand and Ana Maria Labin present excerpts from Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” alongside conductor Paul Daniel.
Performance Dates: June 16 – 19, 2022
Mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and countertenor Iestyn Davies present works by Händel alongside Ensemble Jupiter and conductor Thomas Dunford.
Performance Date: Sept. 29, 2021
Soprano Sabine Devieilhe performs works by Bach and Händel alongside the Chorus Pygmalion and conductor Raphaël Pichon.
Performance Date: Oct. 16, 2021
Soprano Diana Damrau sings music by Duparc, Schumann, and Richard Strauss alongside pianist Maciej Pikulski.
Performance Date: Oct. 17, 2021
Soprano Jessica Pratt and contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux present arias from belcanto operas alongside conductor Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas.
Performance Dates: Nov. 13 – 15, 2021
Soprano Yae-Eun Seo and baritone Marc Scoffoni sing music by Verdi.
Performance Date: Nov. 24, 2021
Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky performs works by Dowland, Purcell, Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, Fauré, Britten, and Granados.
Performance Date: Dec. 7, 2021
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená sings music by Brahms, Dvořák, Martinů, Mussorgsky, and Bartók alongside pianist Ohad Ben Ari.
Performance Date: Dec. 9, 2021
The Chorus of the Opéra National de Bordeaux performs works by Liszt and Couson alongside pianist Maria Luisa Macellaro La Franca and conductor Salvatore Caputo.
Performance Date: Dec. 10, 2021
Baritone Stéphane Degout presents works by Mahler, Schumann, Pfitzner, Fauré, Berg, and Poulenc alongside pianist Simon Lepper.
Performance Date: Dec. 17, 2021
Baritone Florian Sempey sings music by Bernstein, Rossini, Mozart and Gounod alongside conductor Ariane Matiakh.
Performance Dates: Jan. 7 – 9, 2022
Soprano Véronique Gens sings music by Berlioz, Fauré, Chausson, and Saint-Saëns alongside Ensemble I Giardini.
Performance Date: Jan. 26, 2022
Soprano Sabine Devieilhe performs works by Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc, and Ravel alongside pianist Alexandre Tharaud.
Performance Date: Feb. 19, 2022
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards gives a recital alongside pianist Sophie Teboul-Rougier.
Performance Date: April 8, 2022
Soprano Renée Fleming gives a special recital.
Performance Date: April 9, 2022
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu performs music by Puccini, Debussy, Cilea, Bellini, Donizetti, Rachmaninoff, and Stephănescu alongside pianist Jeff Cohen.
Performance Date: April 26, 2022
Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński sings music by Purcell, Schubert, Haendel, Karłowicz, Naginski, and Copland alongside pianist Michal Biel.
Performance Date: May 8, 2022
Soprano Manon Lamaison and tenor Paco Garcia give a recital alongside pianist Jean Marc Fontana.
Performance Date: June 3, 2022