NEW! Opera Buenos Aires in 2019 – Largely Traditional

12/12/2018

Teatro Colón’s 2019 season

Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Teatro Colón’s artistic & production director-general
presents the 2019 season (c) Teatro Colón/Juan José Bruzza

Announcing the Teatro Colón’s 2019 season, artistic and production director-general Enrique Arturo Diemecke described it as ‘traditional with innovation’, which appears to be an accurate summation.

Opera

At least as far as the opera season is concerned, the slant is more towards the former, with the difficult economic times presumably also reflected in the few top name singers lined up. For those, we need to look to the ‘Great international interpreter’ series.

Numerically the season is the same as 2018, with eight operas (one in concert) and three chamber operas, as well as the now becoming regular choral symphony series.

The season kicks off on 12 March with a new local production of Rigoletto. Argentine Fabián Veloz will be in the title role, with Ekaterina Siurina as Gilda, Pavel Valuzhin as the Count of Mantua and Goderdzi Janelidze as Sparafucile and Maurizio Benini is the guest musical director.

Previn’s Streetcar Named Desire will have its Colón premiere in May. David Brophy is the musical director with a cast including Daniela Tabernig, David Adam Moore, Sarah Jane McMahon, Eric Fennell and Victoria Livengood.

Roberto Oswald’s 1993 production of Turandot follows in June/July. Christian Badea conducts with María Guleghina in the title role, Verónica Cangemi as Liu, Kristian Benedikt as Kalaf, James Morris as Timur and Raúl Giménez as Altoum.

July/August will see a highlight of the year with a return after over 25 years of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. The mainly local cast includes Carla Filipcic Holm, Gustavo López Manzitti and Hernán Iturralde along with Jennifer Holloway as the Composer and Ekaterina Lekhina as Zerbinetta. Alejo Pérez conducts.

Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea will be given in a concert production in August/September by the Ensemble Matheus led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Principals include Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Fillipo Mineccia, Anna Sohn, Francesco Fernandes-Rueda, Rupert Charlesworth, Carlo Allemano and Emilie Rose-Brey.

Donizetti’s buffa Don Pasquale follows in September/October with Srba Dinić as musical director. Nicola Ulivieri in the title role leads a largely local cast including Jaquelina Livieri, Santiago Ballerini and Darío Solari.

November sees a return in a new production of Orfeo ed Euridice. Counter tenor Daniel Taylor and Marisú Pavón are in the title roles, Ellen McAteer is Amore and Manuel Coves conducts.

The season closes marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jacques Offenbach with a new production of his arguably best-known opera The Tales of Hoffmann in November/December. Enrique Arturo Diemecke has designated himself musical director with principals including Ramón Vargas in the title role, Rubén Amoretti as the four villains, Rachel Gilmore as Olympia, Milijana Nikolic as Giulietta, Virginia Tola as Antonia and Sophie Koch as Niklausse.

Chamber and choral

The three chamber operas for the year are a reprise of the December 2018 production of Thomas Adès’ Powder her face in March, Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince in its Latin American premiere in September and the 14-year-old Mozart’s Mitridate, rè di Ponto, also a Latin American premiere, in December.

The choral symphony series also comprises three works. These are Mozart’s Requiem in April, Roberto Caamaño’s Magnificat in May and Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust in August.

Other highlights

As alluded to, look to the ‘Great international interpreters’ for the stars and programmed are recitals from Elina Garanča (19 June), Aida Garifullina (16 August) and a provocatively entitled ‘No tenors allowed’ of extracts from operas and musicals from Thomas Hampson and son-in-law Luca Pisaroni (4 October). John Elliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir also appear in this series (13 November).

And courtesy of Mozarteum Argentino, Joyce DiDonato will be returning for the fourth of what has become a traditional biennial concert series, this time with Il Pomo d’Oro (28 & 30 October).

(At the time of writing, no 2019 season announcements had been made by the local independents.)

Jonathan Spencer Jones

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NEW! Some Forthcoming London Events from Temple Music

28/11/2018

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This year’s Temple Winter Festival will be held between 10 and 14 December at Temple Church, just off Fleet Street in London.

The festival continues to bring together some of the UK’s finest talent from the choral world, including SansaraORA Singers, and The Tallis Scholars, who return for this year’s festival. The concerts take place in the magnificent and centrally located Temple Church, built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar.  Read more

NEW! Royal Opera House Cinema Festival Begins Monday 3 December in State-of-the-Art Linbury Theatre

20/11/2018

Antonio Pappano and Darcey Bussell among guest presenters at the new Royal Opera House Cinema Festival

Guest presenters will offer exclusive performance insights during the Royal Opera House Cinema Festival, which opens on Monday 3 December in the state-of-the-art Linbury Theatre. Famous faces include former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell (presenting Sylvia, 7 December, 7pm) and Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano (presenting Otello, 21 December, 7pm, and The Flying Dutchman, 29 December, 7pm). The festival, which includes 11 free opera and ballet performances for children, runs until Sunday 6 January. Read more

NEW! English National Ballet at the London Coliseum 13 December 2018 – 20 January 2019

14/11/2018

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English National Ballet
Nutcracker … Swan Lake … Manon

London Coliseum
13 December 2018 – 20 January 2019
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This Winter, English National Ballet presents three critically acclaimed productions, NutcrackerSwan Lake and Manon, at the London Coliseum. The company today announces Principal Casting for performances of Nutcracker and Manon, and, an additional performance of Manon. Read more

NEW! Looking Ahead to the 2019 Lucerne Festivals

29/10/2018

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Lucerne Festival: Advance concert details for the Spring and Summer Festivals 2019 Read more

NEW! Sándor Végh Memorial Concerts 2019

26/10/2018

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Sándor Végh Memorial Concerts 11-14 January 2019

MOZART – Adagio and Fugue K546
BEETHOVEN – Grosse Fuge Op.133
BEETHOVEN – String Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131 Read more

NEW! Bampton Classical Opera Perform Amahl and the Night Visitors in December

20/10/2018

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Gian-Carlo Menotti’s AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

St John’s Smith Square, London:  16 December 3pm

St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire:  21 December 7.30pm

Semi-staged production, performed in Menotti’s 2-piano version
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NEW! Opera Holland Park’s 2019 Season

18/10/2018

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Investec Opera Holland Park announces 2019 Season casts and dates
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