Weekend Preview – International (12/30- 1/1): ‘Die Fledermaus’ Dominates Throughout EuropeBy David Salazar
Many of the international opera houses will end the 2016 with a bang, ensuring that their companies put out their best to the very end.
At the Baden Baden Festival, Sonya Yoncheva and Piotr Beczala will come together for the yearly Silver Concert with music by Gounod, Massenet, Bizet, Offenbach, Lehar and Strauss. There will also be selections by Edith Piaf and Künneke. Domingo Hindoyan, Yoncheva’s husband, will conduct the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.
The Deutsche Oper Berlin will showcase the Nutcracker on Friday before presenting Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” two times on New Years Eve. The afternoon cast features Levy Sekgapane, Noel Bouley, Jana Kurucova and Thomas Lehman while the evening cast includes Antonino Siragusa, Mikheil Kiria, Irene Roberts and Nikolay Borchev among others. On the first day of 2017, the company will present Humberdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”
The Bayerische Statsoper ends the year with Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” on Friday and “Die Fledermaus” on Saturday.
The Vienna State Opera will present the ballet “Raymonda” on Friday the 30th before ringing in the New Year with Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” with a cast that includes Michael Schade, Regine Hangler, Elena Maximova, Norbert Ernst and Clemens Unterreiner among others. On January 1, 2017, the company will present “Die Fledermaus” with a cast that includes Herbert Lippert, Olga Bezsmertna, Zoryana Kushpler and Norbert Ernst.
The Volks Oper will present “My Fair Lady” on Friday before showcasing two “Fledermaus” productions on the 31st. The company will showcase that very same opera on January 1.
The Golden Cockerel will get its final performance at La Monnaie on December 30.
The Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman will showcase star baritone Simon Keenlyside in a concert featuring selections of Broadway musicals. He will perform alongside singer and actress Jodie Jacobs and the PFK-Prague Philharmonia.
There will be a New Year’s eve dinner and opera gala at the Chiesa di Santa Monaca in Florence featuring selections from “La Traviata,” “La Boheme,” “Madama Butterfly” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”
La Fenice will feature a end of year gala with music by Verdi, Bellini, Rossini and Beethoven. Soprano Rosa Feola and tenor John Osborn will performance alongside the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice under the baton of Fabio Luisi. The performance will be simulcast via Arte. Performances run from Friday through Sunday.