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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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© Benjamin Ealovega (Graham); © Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass (Blue); © Kristina Kalinina (Volkov)
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⓵ On October 9, Susan Graham is scheduled to give a concert at Chicago’s Mandel Hall, singing Jalbert’s “Crossings,” Harbison’s “Songs America Loves to Sing,” and Danielpour’s “A Standing Witness.” In April, Graham returns to the Met as Mrs. Patrick De Rocher in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Dead Man Walking. 

⓶ Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s Blue, which recently won the Music Critics Association of North America award for best new opera, is scheduled to have its Lyric Opera of Chicago premiere in January 2021, conducted by Lyric’s music director designate Enrique Mazzola. The Lyric premiere was previously scheduled for June 2020, with Briana Hunter and Kenneth Kellogg, the stars of the opera’s 2019 world premiere, repeating their original roles of Mother and Father.

⓷ On October 23, mezzo Jamie Barton is scheduled to give a joint concert with soprano Angela Meade at Seattle Opera’s McCaw Hall. In November, Barton heads to Munich for Mother Marie in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Dialogues des Carmélites staging.

⓸  Russian tenor Bogdan Volkov is scheduled to sing Lenski in the Wiener Staatsoper’s Eugene Onegin staging by Dmitri Tcherniakov (Oct. 25–Nov. 6). In January, Volkov plans to head to Los Angeles for Don Ottavio in the LA Opera premiere of Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni production.

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© Cara Jovanovich (Jovanovich); © Roni Ely (Slack); © Guido Werner (Mühlemann); © Dario Acosta (Vargas)

⓹  Brandon Jovanovich is Siegmund in Stefan Herheim’s new 2021–22 Ring cycle, which is scheduled to have its premiere with Die Walküre at Deutsche Oper Berlin (Sep. 27–Oct. 11). Following Berlin, Jovanovich was scheduled to return stateside for Florestan in Washington National Opera’s new Fidelio staging; the house has now postponed the production, with new dates to be announced.

⓺ Soprano Karen Slack has been hosting “Kiki Konversations” on her Facebook page, talking with various artists throughout quarantine. Slack, who was scheduled to create the role of Mama in the Houston Grand Opera world premiere of Joel Thompson and Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Snowy Day in December, still plans to create the role in its post-COVID run, dates to be announced. She is slated to perform in a digital Voix Humaine at Madison Opera this season, dates also TBA.

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⓻  Issachah Savage was scheduled to make his role debut as Tannhäuser at LA Opera in October, prior to the house’s fall season cancellation due to COVID-19. Savage now plans to sing the role in 2021 in its rescheduled run. In June, he heads to Bordeaux for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra, and for Das Lied von der Erde.

⓼  Regula Mühlemann is scheduled to sing Blonde in Hans Neuenfels’s new Entführung aus dem Serail staging at the Wiener Staatsoper this month. Lisette Oropesa is Konstanze, and Daniel Behle is Belmonte; Antonello Manacorda conducts. In December, the Swiss soprano appears at the Staatsoper again, for Adele in Die Fledermaus. 

⓽  Ramón Vargas plans to open his (and Madrid’s) season as Riccardo in Teatro Real’s Ballo in Maschera production (Sep. 20–Oct. 14), sharing the role on alternating nights with Michael Fabiano. In February, Vargas takes the role to Seville’s Teatro de la Maestranza, and in April, he sings Oronte in Liège’s new Lombardi alla Prima Crociata staging. spacer 

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