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Noteworthy & Now

By Evelyn G. Kocak

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© Fanny Bergé (Hartig); © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL (Finley); © Darío Acosta (Courville, Kampe)
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© Darío Acosta

  In June, Anita Hartig is Countess Almaviva in the premiere of Jan Philipp Gloger’s staging of Le Nozze di Figaro at Zurich Opera (Jun. 19–Jul. 10). The Romanian soprano is joined by Daniel Okulitch (Count), Morgan Pearse (Figaro), Louise Alder (Susanna) and Lea Desandre (Cherubino). Stefano Montanari paces the cast. 

  Gerald Finley sings the title role in Falstaff at Vienna State Opera this month (Jun. 14–24). The Canadian bass-baritone is joined by Boris Pinkhasovich (Ford), Eleonora Buratto (Alice) and Monika Bohinec (Mrs. Quickly); Giampaolo Bisanti conducts. In September, Finley will star as Antony opposite Julia Bullock’s Cleopatra in the world premiere of John Adams’s Antony and Cleopatra at San Francisco Opera.

  This month, American bass-baritone André Courville is Colline in Alain Gauthier’s staging of La Bohème at Cincinnati Opera (Jun. 18–25). The performance, which also stars Talise Trevigne (Mimì), Ji-Min Park (Rodolfo) and Raven McMillon (Musetta), marks the summer festival’s return after a two-year hiatus. In August, Courville headlines performances of Don Giovanni at Berkshire Opera Festival.

❹ This month, Anja Kampe is Minnie in Lydia Steier’s staging of La Fanciulla del West at Staatsoper unter den Linden (Jun. 4–Jul. 2); Marcelo Álvarez (Dick Johnson) and Michael Volle (Jack Rance) also star. In August, the German soprano sings Leonore in the Gstaad Festival’s concert version of Fidelio. Jonas Kaufmann joins her as Florestan, with Jaap van Zweden on the podium.  

  Meigui Zhang makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Dai Yu in composer Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber (Jun. 14.–Jul. 3). The opera, adapted from the classic Chinese novel, features a libretto from Sheng and David Henry Hwang. Conductor Darrell Ang and tenor Konu Kim (Bao Yu) also make house debuts.

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© Edouard Brane (Bernheim); © Julie Edwards/Avalon via ZUMA Press (Redgrave); © Glyndebourne Productions LTD/James Bellorini (Glyndebourne) 

❶  Benjamin Bernheim sings the title role in Faust at Paris Opéra (Jun. 28–Jul. 13). The Tobias Kratzer-directed production also stars Christian Van Horn (Méphistophélès), Angel Blue (Marguerite) and Emily D’Angelo (Siébel). In the fall, the French tenor makes his Met debut singing the Duke of Mantua in Bartlett Sher’s staging of Rigoletto.

❷ Throughout June, Vanessa Redgrave is Mrs. Higgins in Bartlett Sher’s production of My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum. The show’s London arrival comes after a successful Lincoln Center Theater run and marks the first major West End revival of the popular musical in twenty-one years. Amara Okereke (Eliza) and Harry Hadden-Paton (Henry Higgins) also star, joined by the English National Opera orchestra.

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© Fay Fox (Acosta)

❸ On June 5, Andres Acosta creates the role of Mr. Rodriguez in the world premiere of Awakenings at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Based on the life of Dr. Oliver Sacks, the production also stars Jarrett Porter (Dr. Sacks) and Susanna Phillips (Rose); James Robinson directs. (See p. 37 for more.) In August, the Cuban–American tenor makes his Seattle Opera debut as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore.  

  The Glyndebourne Festival returns to full strength this season with programming that includes Floris Visser’s new production of La Bohème (Jun.11–Aug. 14). Chilean soprano Yaritza Véliz (Mimì) and Chinese tenor Long Long (Rodolfo) make their festival debuts in Glyndebourne’s first new staging of the work in more than twenty years. The season also features new productions of The Wreckers, Alcina and a Laurent Pelly-directed Poulenc double bill. spacer 

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