Roberto Alagna, Catherine Hunold, Véronique Gens & Valerio Contaldo Headline Opéra de Massy’s 2021-22 Season

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music / Brennecke Art official website / Franck Juery / Alpha Classics / Operabase official website)

Opéra de Massy in France has announced its 2021-22 season.

Here is the full slate.


Bizet‘s “Carmen” opens the season. Thomas Bettinger performs Don José, Christian Helmer portrays Escamillo, and Ahlima Mhamdi takes on the title role. The cast also includes Gabrielle Philiponet, Benjamin Mayenobe, Lionel Peintre, Kaëlig Boché, Léonie Renaud, Violette Polchi, Jean-Vincent Blot, and Massimo Riggi. Dominique Rouits conducts the production by Paul-Émile Fourny.

Performance dates: Oct. 1 – 3, 2021

Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer spotlights Catherine Hunold as Senta, Mischa Schelomianski as Daland, and Nicolas Cavallier in the title role. The cast will be rounded out by Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Ewandro Stenzowski, and Christophe Berry. Case Scaglione conducts the production by Charles Roubaud.

Performance dates: Nov. 12 – 14, 2021

An operatic adaptation of Peter Brook’s “The Valley of Astonishment” showcases Agathe Peyrat, Paul-Alexandre Dubois, Vincent Bouchot, and Philippe Cantor. Laurent Cuniot conducts the production by Sylvain Maurice.

Performance date: Nov. 26, 2021

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Le Malade Imaginaire” will be directed by Vincent Tavernier.

Performance dates: Jan. 15 – 16, 2022

Milan Otal, Ismaël Tifouche-Nieto, Joana Schweizer, and Vincent Trollet’s contemporary adaptation of Monteverdi’s “Arianna” will spotlight Joana Schweizer.

Performance date: Feb. 18, 2022

Krešimir Špicer stars in the title role of Mozart‘s “Idomeneo” alongside Adèle Charvet as Idamante, Marie-Adeline Henry as Elettra, Marianne Lambert as Ilia, and Sébastien Droy as Arbace. David Stern conducts the production by Bernard Lévy.

Performance dates: March 11 – 13, 2022

Verdi‘s “Nabucco” spotlights soloists and choir of the Compagnie Lyrique OPERA 2001. Dominique Rouits conducts.

Performance dates: April 7 – 10, 2022

The double bill of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” will spotlight Chrystelle Di Marco as Santuzza, Denys Pivnitskyi in the roles of Turiddu and Canio, and Solen Mainguené as Nedda. The cast also includes Ania Wozniak, Jean Miannay, and Dongyong Noh. Constantin Rouits conducts the production by Éric Perez.

Performance dates: May 13 – 15, 2022



Musical Works, Concerts and Recitals

A performance of Monteverdi‘s “Vespro della Beata Vergine” showcases sopranos Mariana Flores and Gwendoline Blondeel, countertenor David Sagastume, tenors Valerio Contaldo and Mathias Vidal, and bass Alejandro Meerapfel. Leonardo García Alarcón conducts.

Performance date: Oct. 15, 2021

Les Fables de la Fontaine” spotlights mezzo-soprano Marie Blanc and baritone Philippe Scagni. Léna Rondé is the director, while Ernestine Bluteau plays the piano.

Performance date: Oct. 19, 2021

Natalie Dessay will narrate a presentation of Tchaikovsky’s “Casse-Noisette.”

Performance date: Dec. 3, 2021

D.I.V.A” will feature Flore Philis, Alexandra Hewson, Aurélie Jarjaye, Marie Menand, and Céline Akçag. Manon Savary is the director.

Performance date: Dec. 7, 2021

The presentation of Molière’s “Dom Juan” spotlights soprano Claire Debono and baritone Arnaud Marzorati alongside Les Lunaisiens ensemble. Jean-Philippe Desrousseaux is the director.

Performance date: Feb. 4, 2022

James Shirley’s “Cupid and Death” features Perrine Devillers, Lieselot De Wilde, Yannis François, Lucile Richardot, Nicholas Merryweather, and Antonin Rondepierre. Sébastien Daucé conducts the production by Jos Houben and Emily Wilson.

Performance dates: Feb. 11 – 12, 2022

Extracts from Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo,” “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” “Les Vêpres à la Vierge,” and “Madrigaux du Livre 8” star sopranos Jehanne Amzal and Anne-Sophie Honoré, tenors Jean-François Lombard, Jordan Mouaissia, and Antonin Rondepierre, and bass Matthieu Heim. Jérôme Correas conducts the production by Guillaume Marmin.

Performance date: Feb. 16, 2022

Baritone Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian performs music by William Byrd, John Dowland, and Henry Purcell. Laurent Cuniot conducts.

Performance date: March 19, 2022

Gounod’s “Le Médecin Malgré Lui” spotlights Nicolas Rigas who is also the director. Other cast members include Philippe Ermelier, Loïc Guguen, Antonine Bacquet, Martin Loizillon, Mylène Bourbeau, Romain Canonne, and Salvatore Ingoglia.

Performance date: March 22, 2022

Tenor Roberto Alagna will make a special appearance.

Presentation date: March 23, 2022

Sandrine Piau and Véronique Gens perform music by Gluck, Grétry, Monsigny, Gossec, Piccinni, Dalayrac, Sacchini, Persuis, Bach, Cherubini, and Edelmann alongside violinist Julien Chauvin.

Performance date: April 12, 2022

Jean-Christophe Feldhandler’s opera “Jungle” showcases Vivien Simon, Sylvain Manet, Clara Pertuy, and Halidou Nombre. Stéphane Guignard conducts and directs.

Performance date: April 14, 2022

Finally, a performance of extracts from Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” will star François Deblock, Mathieu Delmonté, Karyll Elgrichi, Anke Engelsmann, Aliénor Feix, Jacques Hadjaje, Clara Mayer, Liza Alegria Ndikita, Hélène Patarot, Marc Plas, and Ulrich Verdoni. Sébastien Trouvé conducts.

Performance dates: April 20 – 21, 2021