Thursday, February 11, 2016

Opéra National de Paris announced 2016/2017 season

While currently still showing the cashcow, new production of Il Trovatore with Netrebko, the Paris opera house announced the program for their next season earlier today. A few highlights include Jonas Kaufmann's appearances as the title roles in the revival of Les Contes D'Hoffmann and the new Claus Guth's production of Lohengrin, the one premiered 4 years ago in La Scala. Anja Harteros is Tosca alongside Bryn Terfel as Scarpia in the production revival, Anna Netrebko will portray Tatjana in the revival of Willy Decker's gorgeous Eugene Onegin near the season's end in June 2017. 

New productions are Eliogabalo, Samson et Dalila, Cavalleria Rusticana(innovatively coupled not with Pagliacci but...)/Sancta Susanna, Lohengrin (as seen in the photo above from La Scala), Cosi fan tutte, Carmen (with Roberto Alagna, Elīna Garanča, Maria Agresta, Ildar Abdrazakov etc.), The Snow Maiden (directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov) & La Cenerentola. GMD Philippe Jordan will conduct various concerts and accompany the recital of Joyce DiDonato, he will also conduct Samson, Hoffmann, Lohengrin & Cosi fan tutte. With other exciting revivals just as this running season, the house is on its way of becoming a solid opera company again after quite a few years of setbacks. Explore more here.

The press for the next season also came with a sad, devastating news regarding the planned live stream of the Trovatore production: Netrebko currently suffers acute bronchitis and will not be performing on the live stream event on February 11. I suppose Hui He will replace her, because she is also planned to sing Leonora on the rest of the shows until March. The international fans of Netrebko should then be content with the live stream of Trovatore from the Met last October - that one revival of a boring production, instead of being able to see a new fresh production from Paris, which received a positive resonance from both the critics and audience. What a cruel world.

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