Simon Keenlyside, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Michele Losier Headline Opéra de Lyon’s 2020-21 Season

By David Salazar

The Opéra de Lyon has unveiled its 2020-21 season.

It all kicks off with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Le Coq d’Or” in a production directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Aziz Shokhakimov. Andrei Popov, Sabine Devieilhe, Dmitry Ulyanov, and Mischa Schelomianski star.

Performance Dates: Oct. 10-22, 2020

Next up is Massenet’s “Werther” starring Simon Keenlyside, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Jean-Sébastien Bou, and Marc Barrard. Daniele Rustioni conducts the concert performance.

Performance Date: Nov. 20, 2020

Daniele Rustioni conducts Damiano Michieletto’s production of “Béatrice et Bénédict” starring Michele Loisier, Julien Behr, Hélène Guilmette, and Thomas Dolié.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12, 2020 -Jan. 1, 2021

Robert Lepage directors Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol et autres fables” with a cast that includes Anna Denisova, Yulia Pogrebnyak, Mairam Sokolova, Taras Berezhasnky, Nabil Suliman, Andrey Danilov, and Roman Chabaranok. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

The company will also present Isabelle Aboulker’s “Les Enfants du Levant” in a production by Pauline Laidet, conducted by Karine Locatelli.

Performance Dates: April 7-14, 2021

Carl Maria von Weber’s “Die Freischütz” gets a production by Dmitri Tcherniakov conducted by Daniele Rustioni. Tuomas Katajala and Mandy Fredich star.

Performance Dates: May 20 – June 4, 2021

Opera Festivals

Performance Dates: Jan 22-31, 2021

In March, the company kicks off a festival dedicated to “Free Women?” “Bluebeard’s Castle” gets a production by Andriy Zholdak conducted by Titus Engel. Kàroly Szemerédy stars as Bluebeard with Eve-Maud Hubeaux and Victoria Karkacheva rotating as Judith.

Performance Dates: March 12-28, 2021

Paul Dukas’ “Ariane et Barbe-Bleue” gets a production by Alex Ollé and La Fura dels Baus under the musical direction of Lothar Koenigs. Alexandra Deshorties and Tomislav Lavoie take on the title roles.

Performance Dates: March 13-27, 2021

The company will stage a concert based on Maeterlinck’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” headlined by Judith Chemla in a production by Richard Brunel. The performance features music by Debussy, Fauré, and Sibelius.

Performance Dates: March 14-20, 2021

In April, the company will start off a festival dedicated to fairy tales. First up is Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” with musical direction by Vincent Renaud and direction by James Bonas. Soloists from the Opéra de Lyon studio will star.

Performance Dates: April 22-24, 2021 

Next up is Carl Orff’s “La Lune,” also starring soloists from the Opéra de Lyon studio. Hugo Peraldo conducts.

Performance Dates: April 22-28, 2021 

The final opera to be presented in this April festival is Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges” with with soloists from the Opéra de Lyon studio.

Performance Dates: April 23-28, 2021




Soloists from the Studio of the Opéra de Lyon will perform in a gala soirée in early November.

Performance Date: Nov. 3, 2020

In December, Daniele Rustioni will conduct two concerts for the holidays with music by Rossini, Donizetti, Strauss.

Performance Dates: Dec. 30, 31, 2020

Stefano Montanari will conduct Jane Archibald, Ann Hallenberg, and Andrea Mastroni in “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo.”

Performance Date: April 2, 2021

Opéra Citoyen

As part of its Opéra Citoyen series, the company will present Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” with musical direction by Karine Locatelli and a production directed by Jean Lacornerie.

Performance Dates: Dec. 2-3, 2020

Nicholas Ligeon, Julien Nini, and Carole Villiès lead “Échos de la Fabrique.”

Performance Dates: May 27-29, 2021