NEW! Opera Buenos Aires 2017 With a Focus On Co-productions


Opera Buenos Aires 2017

A late in the year announcement for the Teatro Colón’s 2017 season revealed some surprises and a focus on co-productions, along with some bigger ‘names’ than has been the tendency in recent years.

2017 will have the same number of operatic productions as 2016, namely nine. But unlike the current year, they are all part of the subscription series. And for visitors it must be noted, ticket prices are now very much up with likes of, if not exceeding, Covent Garden.

So, to kick off the season in March, a local production of Adriana Lecouvreur, with Angela Gheorghiu in the title role – and making her Colón debut. Alongside her are Leonardo Caimi, Alessandro Corbelli and Nadia Krasteva, while production is by Aníbal Lápiz and the musical direction by Francesco Ivan Ciampa.

April/May sees the first of the co-productions – of Wagner’s second completed opera, Das Liebesverbot, a new production of the Teatro Real in Madrid in co-production with the Royal Opera House. This will be the local premiere of this work, which will be conducted by Oliver von Dohnányi and directed by Kasper Holten. Principals include Lise Davidsen, María Hinojosa, Peter Lodahl, Christian Hübner and Hernán Iturralde.

The appearance of Argentine artists of international stature is another feature of the year, with Franco Fagioli the first of these, in the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto in June. Another local production by Pablo Maritano with Martin Haselböck on the podium, the cast includes Amanda Majeski, Jake Arditti and Adriana Mastrangelo.

A highlight of the year will undoubtedly be the new production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier from the Met and Covent Garden by Robert Carsen in July. Alejo Pérez conducts a cast including Manuela Uhl – who has appeared previously in both Die Frau ohne Schatten and Elektra – the veteran bass Kurt Rydl and Jennifer Holloway.

Another co-production, this time with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and the Teatro Mayor de Bogotá, of Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny follows in August. Marcelo Lombardero is producer and Facundo Agudín the musical director and principals include Iris Vermillion, Nicola Beller-Carbone and Nikolai Schukoff.

Sofia Coppola’s production of La traviata for the Teatro de la Opera on Rome will be put on in September. Evelino Pidò conducts and principals include Ermonela Jaho, Saimir Pirgu and Fabián Veloz.

Peter Eötvös’ 1997 Three Sisters will represent the ‘contemporary’ in October. A new Colón production – and the Ibero-American premiere – by Rubén Szuchmacher with Peter Rundel conducting, principals including Ilseyar Khayrullova, Margarita Gritskova and Ivana Rusko.

The last of the co-productions, with the Teatro de Bellas Artes in México, will be Rusalka in November – also remarkably, a Colón premiere. Julian Kuerti conducts, Enrique Singer directs and principals are Ana María Martínez, Dmitry Golovin and Ante Jerkunica.

After his long awaited reappearance in Tosca earlier this year, Marcelo Álvarez will return in the title role in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier to close the season in December. The local production by Lucrecia Martel will be conducted by Donato Renzetti and will also include Roberto Frontali and Anna Pirozzi.

Buenos Aires indys

The two main independent companies have released only limited details on their 2017 seasons so far:

Buenos Aires Lírica has so far announced only its first production of the year – Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea to mark the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The new production in April by Marcelo Lombardero will be conducted by Marcelo Birman and will include Cecilia Pastawski in the title role, Santiago Bürgi and Martín Oro.

Juventus Lyrica will again put on three productions in 2017. These are Norma in May (Hernán Sánchez Arteaga, conductor; and Florencia Sanguinetti, director), Turandot in September (Antonio Maria Russo, c; Ana D’Anna, d) and perhaps the most novel of the three, Rossini’s Le Comte Ory in November (Hernán Schvartzman, c; María Jaunarena, d). No cast have been named.

In concert

Apart from the opera seasons there are also several noteworthy recitals coming in 2017:

Diana Damreau and baritone Nicolas Testé will appear with the BA Philharmonic with an eclectic selection of arias and duos on 27 April.

A new ‘Green Season’ of ‘great figures’ from the musical world will include Mexican tenor Javier Camarena with opera arias on July 27 and Jessye Norman with a lighter and more jazz oriented selection on November 15.

Last but by no means least – and another highlight for the year – Italian mezzo Romina Basso will appear with the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon in an all Vivaldi programme for Mozarteum Argentino in May

Jonathan Spencer Jones

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