Rihab Chaieb, Elsa Dreisig & Jakub Józef Orliński Headline Opera Orchestre National De Montpelier’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Opera Orchestre National de Montpelier has announced its 2018-19 season featuring a vast array of repertoire. The season will feature established artists as well as rising stars.

For this season announcement, we have only focused on the vocal events.


Hervé’s “Mam’zelle Nitouche” opens the season with Laura Neumann, Damien Birgourdain, Samy Camps, and Olivier Py in the lead roles. Christophe Grapperon conducts the production by Pierre-Andre Weitz.

Performance Dates: Nov. 23-25, 2018

The holiday season is celebrated with Rihab Chaieb headlining Offenbach’s “Fantasio” with Pierre Dumoussaud conducting the production.

Performance Dates: Dec. 21, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019

Stefan Vinke and Katherine Broderick sing Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Stephen Milling, Karen Cargill, Jochen Kuppfer, and Paul Curievici. Michael Schønwandt conducts concert performances.

Performance Dates: Jan. 17-20. 2019

Michele Spotti conducts Valentin Schwarz’s new production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” The cast is led by Bruno Taddia, Julia Muzychenko, Edoardo Milletti, and Tobias Greenhalgh.

Performance Dates: Feb. 20-26, 2019

Britten’s “Midsummer Night Dream” stars James Hall, Florie Valiquette, Richard Wiegold, Polly Leech, Thomas Atkins, Matthew Durkan, Virginie Verrez, Marie-Adeline Henry, Luiz-Ottavio Faria, and Nicholas Crawley. Tito Muñoz conducts Ted Huffman’s production.

Performance Dates: May 8-12, 2019

Magnus Fryklund conducts Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with Sébastien Dutrieux.

Performance Dates: May 25-26, 2019

David Hermann directs a production of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” starring Vladimir Stoyanov in the title role. Myrtò Papatanasiu, Jean Teitgen, and Vicenzo Costanzo also star with Michael Schønwandt conducting.

Performance Dates: June 16-18, 2019


Elsa Dreisig performs a concert featuring arias from “Salome,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” while Ewa Plonka performs in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.

Philippe Jaroussky sings a recital featuring the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Vinci, Scarlatti, and Porpora, while Nathalie Stutzmann and Siobhan Stagg perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and works by Scarlatti, and Porpora.

Jakub Józef Orliński sings a concert with Il Pomo d’Oro with music by Heinichen, Corelli, Vivaldi, Zelenka, Fago, and Hasse. There will also be a French version of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” performed for kids and a concert featuring rising stars of the opera world.