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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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© Dario Acosta (Bridges, Pursell); © Ksenia Kuznetsova (Stikhina)
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❶  J’Nai Bridges makes her role and house debut as Santuzza in Sarna Lapine’s Cavalleria Rusticana staging at Boston Lyric Opera (Oct. 1–10). Alfred Walker (Alfio) also stars, led by BLO music director David Angus.

❷  Kang Wang makes his Seattle Opera debut as Rodolfo in David Gately’s double-cast Bohème staging (Oct. 17–27). Karen Vuong (Mimì), Michael Chioldi (Marcello) and Brandie Sutton (Musetta) also star; Joseph Colaneri conducts. In the spring, the Australian–Chinese tenor makes a house and role debut, singing Ferrando in Washington National Opera’s Così Fan Tutte staging.

❸  Christian Pursell makes his Houston Grand Opera debut as Escamillo in the house revival of Rob Ashford’s Carmen production (Oct. 22–Nov. 7). Lidiya Yankovskaya, also in her house debut, conducts the cast, which stars Carolyn Sproule (title role), Richard Trey Smagur (José) and Heidi Stober (Micaëla).

❹  Elena Stikhina headlines Zurich Opera’s new Salome staging by Andreas Homoki (Sep. 12–Oct. 17). Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Herodes), Michaela Schuster (Herodias) and Kostas Smoriginas (Jochanaan) also star; Simone Young conducts. In January, the Russian soprano returns to New York, for performances of Tosca, alongside the Cavaradossi of Joseph Calleja and the Scarpia of George Gagnidze.

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© Jiyang Chen (Van Den Heever); © Marco Borggreve (Upload); © Zoe Tarshis (Hopkins); © Merri Cyr (Sierra)

❺  Elza van den Heever stars as Leonore to Russell Thomas’s Florestan in the San Francisco Opera premiere of Matthew Ozawa’s Fidelio staging (Oct. 14–30). Greer Grimsley (Don Pizarro), James Creswell (Rocco) and Soloman Howard (Don Fernando) also join; Eun Sun Kim conducts. In November, the South African soprano heads to Paris for a program of Berg and Brahms alongside Wolfgang Koch, paced by Simone Young.

❻  On October 1, Michel van der Aa’s new film opera Upload has its Dutch National Opera premiere. Featuring Ensemble MusikFabrik under the baton of Otto Tausk, and starring Roderick Williams and Julia Bullock, the immersive film and stage performance will be presented for the first time in front of a live audience.

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❼  R. B. Schlather directs a new production of L’Italiana in Londra at Frankfurt Opera (Sep. 26–Nov. 5), the first performance of the Cimarosa work at the house. Leo Hussain conducts the cast, which features Angela Vallone (Livia), Bianca Tognocchi (Madama Brillante), Theo Lebow (Sumers), Iurii Samoilov (Milord Arespingh) and Gordon Bintner (Don Polidoro).

❽  Joshua Hopkins sings Belcore in the Lyric Opera of Chicago premiere of Daniel Slater’s Elisir d’Amore production (Sep. 26–Oct. 8). Ailyn Pérez (Adina), Charles Castronovo (Nemorino) and Kyle Ketelsen (Dulcamara) also star, paced by Enrique Mazzola. In November, the Canadian baritone returns to New York for Orpheus in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, directed by Mary Zimmerman and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

❾  Nadine Sierra makes her role and house debut as Violetta in Davide Livermore’s new Traviata staging at Florence’s Teatro del Maggio (Sep. 17–Oct. 4). Francesco Meli sings Alfredo; Leo Nucci and Plácido Domingo share Germont. Zubin Mehta conducts. Later this month, Sierra heads to Paris for Gilda in Claus Guth’s Rigoletto production at Opéra Bastille. spacer 

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