Valentina Nafornița, Gaëlle Arquez & Franco Fagioli Headline Opéra Royal de Versailles’ 2021-22 SeasonBy Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: EPV / Christian Millet)
Opéra Royal de Versailles has announced its 2021-22 season, featuring number of rarely performed operas and vocal works. Here is the full slate.
André Grétry’s opera “Richard Cœur de Lion” features Rémy Mathieu as Blondel and Pierre Derhet in the title role. The cast will be rounded out by Melody Louledjian, Marie Perbost Antonio, Geoffroy Buffière, Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin, François Pardailhé, Cécile Achille, Charles Barbier, Laura Jarrell, and Virginie Lefèvre. Hervé Niquet conducts a production by Marshall Pynkoski.
Performance dates: Nov. 11 – 14, 2021
Phillip Addis stars as Count Almaviva, and Valentina Nafornița portrays Countess Almaviva in Mozart‘s timeless opera “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Florie Valiquette performs Susanna, while Robert Gleadow stars in the title role alongside Giuseppina Bridelli, Lucia Cirillo, Gregory Bonfatti, Ugo Guagliardo, Cécile Achille, and Matthieu Lécroart. Gaétan Jarry conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal in a production by James Gray.
Performance dates: Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2021
Luigi Rossi’s “Le Palais Des Sortileges” spotlights Victor Sicard as Orlando, Arianna Vendittelli as Angelica, Fabio Trümpy as Ruggiero, and Deanna Breiwick in the role of Bradamante.
The cast also includes Mark Milhofer, Lucía Martín-Cartón, Mariana Flores, Grigory Soloviov, Kacper Szelążek, André Lacerda, Valerio Contaldo, Gwendoline Blondeel, Alexander Miminoshvili, and Joy Alpuerto alongside Chœur de l’Opéra de Dijon and the Chœur de chambre de Namur. Leonardo García Alarcón conducts the Cappella Mediterranea in a production by Fabrice Murgia.
The opera is a co-production with the Opéra de Dijon and Opéra national de Lorraine.
Performance dates: Dec. 11 – 12, 2021
A concert version of Henri Desmarets’ opera “Circé” spotlights Caroline Mutel, Hélène Carpentier, Sébastien Droy, Nicolas Courjal, and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role alongside conductor Sébastien d’Hérin.
Performance date: Jan. 11, 2022
Karina Gauvin stars in the title role in Händel‘s “Alcina” alongside Mirella Hagen as Morgana, Kangmin Justin Kim as Ruggiero, Václava Krejčí Housková as Bradamante, Krystian Adam in the role of Oronte, Andrea Široká as Oberto, and Tomáš Král in the role of Melisso. Václav Luks conducts the Collegium Vocale 1704 in a production by Jiří Heřman.
Performance dates: March 10 – 13, 2022
Matthew Newlin performs the title role in Lully’s “Atys” alongside Samuel Boden, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Giuseppina Bridelli, Ana Quintans, Andreas Wolf, Gwendoline Blondeel, Michael Mofidian, Valerio Contaldo, José Pazos, Luigi De Donato, and Lore Binon.
The performances also feature the Chœur du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. Leonardo García Alarcón conducts the Cappella Mediterranea in a production by Angelin Preljocaj.
Performance dates: March 19 – 23, 2022
Matthew Locke’s operatic jewel “Cupid and Death” spotlights Perrine Devillers, Lieselot De Wilde, Yannis François, Nicholas Merryweather, Lucile Richardot, and Antonin Rondepierre. Sébastien Daucé conducts a production by Jos Houben and Emily Wilson.
Performance dates: March 26 – 27, 2022
Mathias Vidal stars in the title role of Rameau’s “Platée” alongside Jean-Christophe Lanièce, Marc Labonnette, Pierre Derhet, Lila Dufy, Jean-Vincent Blot, Marie Perbost, and Marie-Laure Garnier. Hervé Niquet conducts a production by Corinne and Gilles Benizio.
Performance dates: May 18 – 22, 2022
Finally, Mondonville’s “Titon Et L’Aurore” stars Emmanuelle de Negri, Marc Mauillon, Renato Dolcini, and Reinoud Van Mechelen and Gwendoline Blondeel in the title roles. William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants in a new production by Basil Twist.
Performance dates: July 8 – 9, 2022
Countertenor Franco Fagioli presents works by Girolamo Crescentini alongside conductor Stefan Plewniak.
Performance date: Oct. 2, 2021
Countertenor Mathias Vidal sings works by Jean-Philippe Rameau in a special concert. Gaétan Jarry conducts the Ensemble Marguerite Louise.
Performance date: Oct. 3, 2021
Soprano Florie Valiquette presents various works in a concert alongside conductor Gaétan Jarry.
Performance date: March 16, 2022
Sopranos Sophie Junker and Florie Valiquette perform Couperin’s “Leçons de Ténèbres” alongside conductor Stéphane Fuget.
Performance date: April 15, 2022
Male soprano Samuel Mariño and countertenor Filippo Mineccia present Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” alongside conductor Marie Van Rhijn.
Performance date: April 16, 2022
Soprano Melody Louledjian gives a concert alongside pianist Vardan Mamikonian. Chouchane Siranossian plays the violin, and Astrig Siranossian plays the cello.
Performance date: April 23, 2022
Sopranos Eugénie Lefèbvre and Danaé Monnié, and countertenor Clément Debieuvre perform a concert alongside conductor Thibaut Roussel.
Performance date: May 24, 2022