Voices of Summer  

The best of the European Festivals

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The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, home of the George Enescu Festival
© Jovanovic/age fotostock 2013

The Wagner, Verdi and Britten anniversaries monopolize much of the programming, but it’s not all history. Summer 2013 in Europe also promises the likes of living composers Harrison Birtwistle, Vasco Mendonça and even Jerry Herman. TRISTAN KRAFT and FRED COHN survey the opera and vocal repertoire at Europe’s best summer-festival destinations.

AUSTRIA | CZECH REPUBLIC | DENMARK | FINLAND | FRANCE | GERMANY | GREAT BRITAIN | ITALY | NORWAY | ROMANIA | RUSSIA | SPAIN | SWEDEN | SWITZERLAND 

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spacer   BREGENZ FESTIVAL
July 18–August 18
Ticket Center
Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 1
A-6900 Bregenz
Telephone: 43 5574 407 6
E-mail: 
 ticket@bregenzerfestspiele.com
Website:  www.bregenzerfestspiele.com
The festival revives its David Pountney staging of Die Zauberflöte, a production not seen here since 1986. Patrick Summers and Hartmut Keil lead Norman Reinhardt, Maximilian Schmitt and Rainer Trost, who share the role of Tamino. Laura Claycomb, Ana Durlovski and Kathryn Lewek are Queens of the Night. Pountney, who was a visiting director in 1985–86, now serves as the company’s artistic director, and he’s programmed the Festspielhaus repertoire with flair: audiences will hear the world premieres of André Tchaikowsky’s Shakespeare-inspired opera The Merchant of Venice (see p. 16) and Ben Frost’s music–theater work The Wasp Factory. Olga Neuwirth’s rework of Berg’s Lulu also shares the stage.
OPERA:
Die Zauberflöte. July 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
The Merchant of Venice (A. Tchaikowsky). July 18, 21, 28 (world premiere)
CONCERT:
Arpiné Rahdjian, Katrin Wundsam, Rainer Trost, Eike Wilm Schulte; Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Flor. July 29
Allan Clayton; Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Elder. Aug. 5
MUSIC–THEATER PERFORMANCE:
The Wasp Factory (Frost). Aug. 1, 3 (world premiere)
American Lulu (Neuwirth). Aug. 16, 17

spacer LEHÁR FESTIVAL
July 13–September 1
Büro des Lehár Festivals
Kurhausstrasse 8
A-4820 Bad Ischl
Telephone: 43 6132 23 839
E-mail: 
 info@leharfestival.at
Website:  www.leharfestival.at
OPERA:
Hello, Dolly! July 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31, Aug. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, Sept. 1
Gasparone (Millöcker). July 20, 25, 27, Aug. 2, 8, 10, 14, 18, 22, 25, 28, 31
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Where the Lark Sings (Lehár). Aug. 15, 16
RECITAL:
Dolores Schmidinger. Aug. 5
Maya Boog. Aug. 15

spacer SALZBURG FESTIVAL
May 17–20 (Whitsun)
July 19–September 1
Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz 11
Postfach 140
A-5010 Salzburg
Telephone: 43 662 8045 500

E-mail:  info@salzburgfestival.at
Website:  www.salzburgfestival.at  

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 Netrebko: Joan of Arc at Salzburg, glamorous everywhere else
© Dario Acosta 2013
 

The second festival under intendant Alexander Pereira examines the “common ground” — besides the same birth year 200 years ago — between Verdi and Wagner. On paper, with its mass of new productions and concerts, the festival resembles a six-week gesamtkunstwerk. Wagner and Verdi shared a high regard for Bellini, and the festival’s May Whitsun extension mounts that composer’s Norma with Cecilia Bartoli, Whitsun artistic director, in the title role. The production also features Rebeca Olvera as Adalgisa, John Osborn as Pollione, Michele Pertusi as Oroveso, Giovanni Antonini on the podium and Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s direction. Falstaff stars Ambrogio Maestri as the titular knight, with Fiorenza Cedolins as Alice, Eleonora Buratto as Nannetta, Elisabeth Kulman as Dame Quickly and Massimo Cavalletti as Ford. The festival also essays Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, with Daniele Gatti on the podium, Michael Volle as Hans Sachs, Roberto Saccà as Walther, Markus Werba as Beckmesser, Georg Zeppenfeld as Pogner and Anna Gabler as Eva. Stefan Herheim directs this new production. Antonio Pappano visits the festival to lead a new Peter Stein production of Don Carlo with Matti Salminen (Filippo II), Jonas Kaufmann (Carlo), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Eboli) and Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor). Mark Minkowski conducts Rolando Villazón (Lucio Silla) and Olga Peretyatko (Giunia) in Mozart’s early opera seria Lucio Silla. The festival introduces a new production of Mozart’s late Così Fan Tutte with Malin Hartelius (Fiordiligi), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Dorabella), Martina Janková (Despina), Martin Mitterrutzner (Ferrando), Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo) and Gerald Finley (Don Alfonso). The production marks the beginning of a Mozart–da Ponte cycle, directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. The festival’s originally announced György Kurtág world premiere has been postponed, but Arthurian Legend- (see also Monty Python-) appreciators will welcome Harrison Birtwistle’s 1991 Gawain instead. Ingo Metzmacher conducts Christopher Maltman as Gawain, John Tomlinson as the Green Knight and Laura Aikin as Morgan le Fay; Alvis Hermanis directs the production. Operas in concert include Rienzi, with Christopher Ventris as Rienzi, Emily Magee as Irene, George Zeppenfeld as Stefano, Sophie Koch as Adriano and Philippe Jordan at the helm. Riccardo Muti leads a concert version of Nabucco with Željko Lučić as the King of Babylon, Tatiana Serjan as Abigaille, Francesco Meli as Ismaele and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Zaccaria. The festival puts two opera renditions of the story of Joan of Arc on trial — Verdi’s 1845 Giovanna d’Arco and Walter Braunfels’s 1943 Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna. Paolo Carignani conducts the Verdi, with Anna Netrebko as Joan, Plácido Domingo as Giacomo, Fabio Sartori as Carlo VII and Roberto Tagliavini as Talbot. Manfred Honeck leads the Braunfels, with Juliane Banse as Johanna, Bryan Hymel as Michael and Pavol Breslik as Karl von Valois. Concert highlights include a residency of Gustavo Dudamel and members of El Sistema; Mozart’s Requiem on July 20 and 21; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 on July 24; Muti conducting Verdi from Aug. 15–18; and Pappano conducting Britten on Aug. 18. With children in mind, Salzburg produces abridged productions of Die Zauberflöte and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. As festival patrons say goodbye to the 2013 festival on September 1, the festival broadcasts a live performance of Entführung from the Salzburg Airport’s Hangar 7.
OPERA:
Norma. May 17, 19
Gawain (Birtwistle). July 26, 29, Aug. 2, 8, 15
Lucio Silla (Mozart). July 27, 30, Aug. 2, 4
Falstaff. July 29, 31, Aug. 3, 4, 6, 7
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Aug. 2, 9, 12, 20, 24, 27
Don Carlo. Aug. 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28
Norma. Aug. 17, 20, 24, 27, 30
Così Fan Tutte. Aug. 21, 23, 25, 28, 31
OPERA IN CONCERT: Jeanne d’Arc (Braunfels). Aug. 1
Giovanna d’Arco. Aug. 6, 10, 13
Rienzi. Aug. 11, 14
Nabucco. Aug. 29, 31, Sept. 1
ORATORIO:
Isacco Figura del Redentore (Jommelli). May 19
German Requiem (Brahms). May 20
Die Schöpfung (Haydn). July 19
Die Jahreszeiten (Haydn). July 27, 28
Il Ritorno di Tobia (Haydn). Aug. 19
ABRIDGED OPERA:
Die Entführung aus dem Serail. July 27, 28, Aug. 4, 10, 14, 16, 25
Die Zauberflöte. Aug. 8, 9, 11, 13, 28, 30
OTHER:
Entführung from Hangar 7. Sept. 1
CONCERT:
Katja Stuber, Marion Eckstein, Virgil Hartinger, Marek Rzepka; Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Detlef Bratschke,
     Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Henglelbrock. July 20, 21
Anna Larsson; Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Choir of
     Venezuela, Dudamel. July 20
Johanna Wokalek; Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Detlef Bratschke, Hengelbrock. July 22
Emily Magee, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Anna Prohaska, Yvonne Naef, Birgit Remmert, Klaus Florian Vogt, Detlef Roth,
     Robert Holl; Choristers of “Superar,” Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, Wiener Singverein,
     Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Venezuela, Dudamel. July 24
Genia Kühmeier, Michael Schade, Florian Boesch; Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna
     Philharmonic, Harnoncourt. July 27, 28
Claron McFadden; Klangforum Wien, Cambreling. July 31
Anna Prohaska, Roberta Invernizzi, Mauro Peter, Florian Boesch; Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela,
     Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Dudamel. Aug. 1, 2
Krassimira Stoyanova, Elina Garanča, Piotr Beczala, Dmitry Belosselskiy; Concert Association of the Vienna State
     Opera Chorus, Ernst Raffelsberger, Vienna Philharmonic, Muti. Aug. 15, 17, 18
Ian Bostridge, Nick Deutsch, Wolfgang Klinser, Frank Forst, Johannes Hinterholzer; Camerata Salzburg, J. Phillips.
     Aug. 15
Elena Mosuc; Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Bolton. Aug. 17, 18
Mojca Erdmann, Matthias Goerne, Matthias Pintscher; Scharoun Ensemble, members of the Berliner
     Philharmoniker, Dinter. Aug. 24
Anna Prohaska, Kakujo Nakamura, Kaoru Kakizakai; NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Dutoit. Aug. 25
Eva-Maria Westbroek, Peter Seiffert, Matti Salminen; Vienna Philharmonic, Maazel. Aug. 29, 30
Genia Kühmeier, Anna Larsson; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Peter Dijkstra; Symphonieorchester des
     Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons. Aug. 6
Dorothea Röschmann, Christian Tetzlaff; ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Meister. Aug. 12
Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson; Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, Wolfgang Götz,
     Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Ciro Visco, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa
     Cecilia, Pappano. Aug. 18
Patricia Petibon, Sen Guo, Ann Hallenberg, Mauro Peter, Ruben Drole; Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Erwin Ortner,
     Orchestra La Scintilla, Harnoncourt. Aug. 19
Hannah Morrison, Mauro Peter, Thomas E. Bauer; Monteverdi Choir, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Gardiner. Aug.
     24, 25
Barbara Hannigan; Berliner Philharmoniker, Rattle. Aug. 26
Roman Trekel, Peter Simonischek; Salzburger Bachchor, Alois Glassner, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Graf. Aug. 31,
     Sept. 1
L’uba Orgonášová, Gerhild Romberger, Roberto Saccà, René Pape; Wiener Singverein, Johannes Prinz,
     Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Chailly. Sept. 1
RECITAL:
Juliane Banse. July 20
Edita Gruberova. July 23
Erwin Schrott. July 28
Christian Gerhaher. Aug. 8
Michael Schade. Aug. 24
Juan Diego Flórez. Aug. 29
 


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Prague’s 1911 Municipal House, with Smetana Hall inside
© Gregory Downer 2013
 

spacer SCHUBERTIADE
April 26–October 8
Villa Rosenthal
Schweizer Strasse 1
Postfach 100
A-6845 Hohenems
Telephone: 43 5576 72091
E-mail: 
 info@schubertiade.at
Website:  www.schubertiade.at
RECITAL:
Mauro Peter. May 2
Christoph Prégardien. June 14
Carolina Ullrich. June 15
Werner Güra. June 15
Andreas Schmidt. June 16
Bernarda Fink, Marcos Fink. June 18
Maximilian Schmitt. June 20
Robert Holl. June 21
Ian Bostridge. Aug. 27
Christoph Prégardien, Julian Prégardien. Aug. 28
Diana Damrau. Aug. 29
Dorothea Röschmann, Ian Bostridge.
     Aug. 30
Andreas Scholl. Aug. 31
Angelika Kirchschlager. Sept. 1
Christiane Karg. Sept. 1
Anja Harteros. Sept. 2
Angelika Kirchschlager, Mauro Peter.
     Sept. 3
Michael Volle. Sept. 4
Annette Dasch. Sept. 5
Daniel Schmutzhard. Sept. 6
Juliane Banse. Sept. 6
Markus Werba. Sept. 7
Christine Schäfer. Sept. 7
Christian Gerhaher. Sept. 22
Sylvia Schwartz, Mauro Peter, Olaf Bär. Oct. 2
Daniel Behle. Oct. 4
Kate Royal. Oct. 7
CONCERT:
Christoph Prégardien; Camerata Musica Limburg, Schumacher. May 1
MASTER CLASS:
Thomas Quasthoff. Aug. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

spacer SEEFESTSPIELE MÖRBISCH
July 11–August 24
Joseph-Haydn-Gasse 40/1
A-7000 Eisenstadt, Österreich
Telephone: 43 2682 66210 0
E-mail: 
 office@seefestspiele-moerbisch.at
Website:  www.seefestspiele-moerbisch.at
OPERETTA:
Der Bettelstudent (Millöcker). July 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16,
     17, 18, 23, 24

spacer WIENER FESTWOCHEN
May 8–June 17
Lehárgasse 11
A-1060 Wien
Telephone: 43 1589 22 0
E-mail: 
 festwochen@festwochen.at
Website:  www.festwochen.at
OPERA:
Il Trovatore. May 16, 29, 31, June 3
Written on Skin (Benjamin). June 14, 16, 17
MUSIC–THEATER PERFORMANCE:
The Ballad of El Muerto (Collatti). June 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 (world premiere) 

 

 CZECH REPUBLIC 

spacer PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
 

May 1–June 2
Pražské jaro, o.p.s.
Hellichova 18
118 00 Prague 1
Telephone: 420 257 312 547
E-mail: 
 tickets@festival.cz
Website: www.festival.cz
CHORAL AND ORATORIO:
La Passione di Gesù Cristo (Mysliveček). May 29
Missa Solemnis, Op. 81 (Tomášek). June 1
MUSIC–THEATER PERFORMANCE:
The Giacomo Variations. May 15, 16
CONCERT:
Claron McFadden; Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hanus. May 19
Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, Eben. May 20
Aleš Briscein, Lenka Máčiková; Prague Philharmonic, Švec. May 23
Angela Denoke; Prague Symphony Orchestra, Kühn Choir of Prague, Jenkins. May 25
Roman Janál, instrumentalists; Ars Cameralis. May 28
Olga Pasiecznik; Prague Symphony Orchestra, Kühn Choir of Prague, Casadesus. May 29
RECITAL:
Petra Vondrová, Lívia Obručník Vénosová. May 25
Matthias Goerne. May 27

 

DENMARK   

spacer  OPERA HEDELAND
August 2–10
Tranemosevej 8
Reerslev
2640 Hedehusene
Telephone: 45 30 70 46 16
E-mail: 
 info@operahedeland.dk
Website:  www.operahedeland.dk
OPERA:
Madama Butterfly. Aug. 2, 9, 10

 

FINLAND 

spacer HELSINKI FESTIVAL
August 16–September 1
Lasipalatsi
Mannerheimintie 22-24
FI-00100 Helsinki
Telephone: 358 9 6126 5100
E-mail: 
 info@helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi
Website:  www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi
OPERA:
Don Giovanni. Aug. 18, 20, 22, 24

spacer SAVONLINNA OPERA FESTIVAL
July 5–August 4
Olavinkatu 27
FI-57130 Savonlinna
Telephone: 358 15 476 750
E-mail: 
 info@operafestival.fi
Website:  www.operafestival.fi
OPERA:
Samson et Dalila. July 7, 9, 11, 16, 19
La Traviata. July 6, 10, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25, 27
Lohengrin. July 8, 12, 19, 24
Macbeth. July 13, 18, 23, 26
Norppaooppera (Kyllönen). July 20, 21 (world premiere)
Eugene Onegin. July 30, Aug. 1, 3
Un Ballo in Maschera. July 31, Aug. 2
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Verdi). July 28

 

FRANCE  

spacer FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
July 4–27
La Boutique du Festival
Palais de l’Ancien Archevêché
F-13100 Aix-en-Provence
Telephone: 33 4 34 08 02 17
E-mail:
 billetterie@festival-aix.com
Website:  www.festival-aix.com
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Orchestre de Paris in a new Patrice Chéreau staging of Elektra with Evelyn Herlitzius singing Elektra, Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra, Adrianne Pieczonka as Chrysothemis and Mikhail Petrenko as Orest. The festival unveils Robert Carsen’s production of Rigoletto. George Gagnidze takes the title role, Giuseppe Filianoti and Arturo Chacón-Cruz share the role of the Duke, Gábor Bretz is Sparafucile, and Irina Lungo is Gilda; Gianandrea Noseda leads the London Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere of The House Taken Over, by thirty-six-year-old Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça, stars Kitty Whately and Oliver Dunn as sister and brother; Katie Mitchell directs. The festival revives its 2010 Dmitri Tcherniakov “family drama” take on Don Giovanni, with Rod Gilfry as the Don, Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, Maria Bengtsson as Anna, Sonya Yoncheva as Elvira and Joelle Harvey as Zerlina; Mark Minkowski leads the LSO. Cavalli’s Elena tells the story of Helen of Sparta (later of Troy) to music. Leonardo García Alarcón leads Ermöke Barath (Helen), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Menelaus) and Fernando Guimarã es (King Theseus) with Cappella Mediterranea; Jean-Yves Ruf directs the new production. Concert offerings include Ian Bostridge singing Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, René Pape performing excerpts from Meistersinger, Tristan and Walküre and Maria Cristina Kiehr giving a concert of “Sacred and profane Venetian music of the Seicento.” The festival also offers more robust programming in June, acknowledging the fifty-year anniversary of Poulenc’s death, with the composer’s Mamelles de Tirésias and a pastiche, Je Fais Ce Qui Me Chante, about the correspondence between Poulenc, baritone Pierre Bernac and poet Paul Eluard.
OPERA:
Les Mamelles de Tirésias. June 15m
Je Fais Ce Qui Me Chante (pastiche). June 15, 16
Brundibár (Krása). June 21, 22
Rigoletto. July 4, 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 24 and 26
Don Giovanni. July 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23
The House Taken Over (Mendonça). July 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 17 (world premiere)
Elena (Cavalli). July 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 25, 27
Elektra. July 10, 13, 16, 19, 22
CONCERT:
Coro Gulbenkian, Corboz. July 9
Nora Gubisch; Orchestra de Paris, Altinoglu. July 12
Ian Bostridge; London Symphony Orchestra, Noseda. July 17
René Pape; Orchestra de Paris, Salonen. July 18
Maria Cristina Kiehr; Singers and instrumentalists of the Académie Européenne de Musique. July 16
CHAMBER MUSIC:
Lin Chi, Rodrigo Ferreira, Tomasz Kumiega; with piano. July 6
 

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Antonacci sings Bellini, Berlioz, Bizet, Cilèa and Verdi at Orange
© Jennifer Taylor 2013

 


spacer CHORÉGIES D’ORANGE
July 11–August 6
BP 205
F-84107 Orange Cédex
Telephone: 33 4 90 34 24 24
E-mail:
billetterie@choregies.com
Website:  www.choregies.asso.fr
OPERA:
Der Fliegende Höllander. July 12
Un Ballo in Maschera. Aug. 3, 6
CONCERT:
Anna Caterina Antonacci, Roberto Alagna; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Altinoglu. July 19
Patrizia Ciofi, Leo Nucci; Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Brignoli. Aug. 5

spacer FESTIVAL DE RADIO FRANCE ET MONTPELLIER LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON
July 11–25
Allée des Républicains Espagnols
CS 79912
F-34960 Montpellier Cédex 2
Telephone: 33 4 67 02 02 01
E-mail:
 billetterie@festivalradiofrancemontpellier.com
Website:  www.festivalradiofrancemontpellier.com
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Madame Sans-Gêne (Giordano). July 19
La Vivandière (Godard). July 24
ORATORIO:
Mass (Bernstein). July 11
CONCERT:
Raquel Andueza, L’Arpeggiata. July 17
Orchestre National de France, Gaffigan. July 18
Maîtrise de Radio France, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien. July 20
Max Emanuel Cencic; Il Pomo d’Oro, Minasi. July 23

 

GERMANY  

spacer FESTSPIELE BADEN-BADEN
Ongoing
Festspielhaus und Festspiele
Beim Alten Bahnhof 2
D-76530 Baden-Baden
Telephone: 49 72 2130 13101
E-mail:
info@festspielhaus.de
Website:  www.festspielhaus.de
Director Philipp Himmelmann continues his Mozart–da Ponte cycle with Don Giovanni in May. Erwin Schrott is the Don; Anna Netrebko is Donna Anna, and Luca Pisaroni is Leporello. Thomas Hengelbrock conducts. An eightieth-birthday celebration for choral conductor Helmuth Rilling features a new Wolfgang Rihm work written for the occasion. Rolando Villazón returns to the festival in June for an evening of Verdi arias, and the annual Baden-Baden gala in July features Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanča.
OPERA:
Don Giovanni. May 17, 20, 23, 26
CONCERT:
International Bach Academy Stuttgart, Rilling. May 19
Rolando Villazón; Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Voronkov. June 24
Elina Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann; Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Chichon. July 12, 14

spacer BAYREUTH–RICHARD WAGNER FESTIVAL
July 25–August 28
Festspielhügel 1-2
D-95445 Bayreuth
Telephone: 49 921 78 78 0
E-mail:
info@bayreuth-tourismus.de
Website:  www.bayreuther-festspiele.de
Director Frank Castorf makes his Bayreuth debut in as big a way as possible — celebrating Wagner’s bicentenary with a complete new Ring. Kirill Petrenko conducts, with Wolfgang Koch as Wotan, Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, Lance Ryan as Siegfried and Martin Winkler as Alberich. The first three operas in the official Wagner canon make up the rest of the summer’s fare. Jan Philipp Gloger’s  Fliegende Holländer  returns for its second season, with Ricarda Merbeth and Samuel Youn as Senta and the Dutchman; once again, Christian Thielemann conducts. Sebastian Baumgarten’s 2011 Tannhäuser gets its third Green Hill outing, with Torsten Kerl in the title role and Axel Kober conducting. Hans Neuenfels’s 2010 Lohengrin returns for its fourth summer; Andris Nelsons leads a cast headed by Klaus Florian Vogt, Annette Dasch and Petra Lang.
OPERA:
Der Fliegende Holländer. July 25, Aug. 3, 6, 13, 20, 24
Das Rheingold. July 26, Aug. 14, 22
Die Walküre. July 27, Aug. 15, 23
Siegfried. July 29, Aug. 17, 25
Götterdämmerung. July 31, Aug. 19, 27
Tannhäuser. Aug. 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 18, 28

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Fliegende maestro: Thielemann visits Bayreuth, Dresden, Lucerne and Venice
© Matthias Creutziger 2013
 

spacer DRESDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 11–June 2
P.O. Box 10 04 53
D-01074 Dresden
Telephone: 49 351 656 06 700
E-mail:
 info@musikfestspiele.com
Website:  www.musikfestspiele.com
The festival salutes Wagner on his bicentenary with a pair of concerts from Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden. The first program includes the rarely heard choral piece Liebesmahl der Apostel; the second features Jonas Kaufmann in excerpts from the operas. Even more unusual is a concert with Louis Lortie playing piano transcriptions of Wagner’s works, while Thomas Quasthoff reads from the master’s writings. Other highlights include three big choral works — The Dream of Gerontius, the Verdi Requiem and the Britten War Requiem, under the respective batons of Roderich Kreile, Gianandrea Noseda and Andris Nelsons.
OPERA:
Falstaff. May 25
The Fairy Queen. June 2
ORATORIO:
The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar). May 12
Requiem (Verdi). May 28
War Requiem (Britten). June 1
CONCERT:
Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. May 18
Bejun Mehta; Dresden Festspielorchester, Bolton. May 20
Jonas Kaufmann; Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. May 21
Various choruses; Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen, Güttler. May 25
Simone Kermes; Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg. June 1
Rufus Wainwright, Sarah Fox; Residentie Orkest, Carneiro. June 2
RECITAL:
Louis Lortie, Thomas Quasthoff. May 22
Measha Brueggergosman. May 27

spacer GÖTTINGEN INTERNATIONAL HANDEL FESTIVAL
May 5–20
Hainholzweg 3
D-37085 Göttingen
Telephone: 49 551 38 48 13 10
E-mail: 
 info@haendel-festspiele.de
Website:  www.haendel.org
This season’s major opera offering is Siroe, Re di Persia, directed by Immo Karaman and conducted by Laurence Cummings, who also leads a performance of Joseph and His Brethren. A series called “Handel Crossover” features innovative fare such as the singer Özlem Bulut and her band, offering Baroque-flavored jazz and pop.
OPERA:
Siroe, Re di Persia (Handel). May 10, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20
ORATORIO:
Joseph and His Brethren (Handel). May 17
CONCERT:
Maria Keohane; European Union Baroque Orchestra, Mortenson. May 11
Johannette Zomer; Tulpen Consort. May 12
Özlem Bulut Band. May 13
Anne Sofie von Otter, Elin Rombo; Cappella Mediterranea, Alarcón. May 16
Sandrine Piau; Ensemble NAYA, Festspiel-Orchester Göttingen, Cumming. May 18
RECITAL:
Kirsten Blaise. May 11
Samuel Hasselhorn. May 12
Yosemeh Adjei, Annika Sophie Ritlewski. May 18

spacer HERRENCHIEMSEE FESTIVAL
July 16–28
Am Gasteig 7
D-83115 Neubeuern
Telephone: 49 89 93 60 93
E-mail:
 info@herrenchiemsee-festspiele.de
Website:  www.herrenchiemsee-festspiele.de
Carrying the rubric “Baroque Fantasies,” this year’s festival focuses not just on composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but on the music they inspired in later composers — a prime example being Mozart’s arrangement of Messiah, here led by Herrenchiemsee’s artistic director Enoch zu Guttenberg. The Hall of Mirrors of Herrenchiemsee Palace serves as the stand-in for the salon of the “the richest man in Vienna” in semi-staged performances of Ariadne auf Naxos.
OPERA:
Ariadne auf Naxos. July 19, 20
ORATORIO:
Bach cantatas. July 16
Messiah (Mozart). July 18, 28
CONCERT:
Susanne Bernhard, Katharina Persicke, Olivia Vermeulen, Jörg Dürmüller, Klaus Mertens; KlangVerwaltung Choir
     and Orchestra, Guttenberg. July 21
Lawrence Zazzo; Hofkapelle München, Lotter. July 26

spacer MUNICH OPERA FESTIVAL
June 27–July 31
Bayerische Staatsoper
Max-Joseph-Platz 2
D-80539 München
Telephone: 49 89 21 85 19 20
E-mail:
 tickets@staatsoper.de
Website:  www.bayerische.staatsoper.de
2013’s bicentenary birthday boys dominate the festival. Verdi starts off, with the premiere of a new Trovatore, directed by Olivier Py and starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, with Paolo Carignani conducting. Two Verdi productions, new to Munich earlier this season, return for the festival — Árpád Schilling’s  Rigoletto (Franco Vassallo, Patrizia Ciofi, Joseph Calleja; Fabio Luisi) and Dmitri Tcherniakov’s  Simon Boccanegra  (Željko Lučić, Krassimira Stoyanova, Ramón Vargas, Vitalij Kowaljow; Bertrand de Billy). Other Verdi fare includes Traviata with Marina Rebeka, Piotr Beczala and Simon Keenlyside; Don Carlo with Harteros, Kaufmann, Mariusz Kwiecien and René Pape; the three Shakespeare operas — Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff — and a free outdoor performance of the Requiem, conducted by Zubin Mehta. The festival’s Wagner celebration includes nearly the whole of the composer’s mature output — Der Fliegende Holländer (Johan Reuter, Anja Kampe; Asher Fisch), Tannhäuser (Robert Dean Smith, Anne Schwanewilms, Matthias Goerne; Kent Nagano), Lohengrin (Klaus Florian Vogt, Annette Dasch; Lothar Koenigs), Tristan und Isolde (Petra-Maria Schnitzer, Peter Seiffert, Pape; Nagano), Parsifal (Christopher Ventris, Petra Lang, Thomas Hampson; Nagano) and a complete Ring cycle, along with a recital of Wagner lieder featuring Ciofi, Calleja and Vassallo. Other fare includes two contemporary operas — Jörg Widmann’s Babylon and George Benjamin’s Written on Skin — Calixto Bieito’s take on Boris Godunov and Robert Carsen’s Ariadne auf Naxos, with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Strauss’s shipwrecked princess.
OPERA:
Il Trovatore. June 27, July 1, 5, 8
Der Fliegende Holländer. June 28
Tannhäuser. June 29
Lohengrin. July 3
Ariadne auf Naxos. July 4, 7, 10
Falstaff. July 6
La Traviata. July 9
Tristan und Isolde. July 11
Simon Boccanegra. July 12
Das Rheingold. July 13
Die Walküre. July 14
Siegfried. July 15
Otello. July 16
Rigoletto. July 17, 20, 24
Götterdämmerung. July 18
Babylon. July 21
Written on Skin. July 23, 25, 27
Don Carlo. July 25, 28
Boris Godunov. July 26, 30
Macbeth. July 29
Parsifal. July 31
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Verdi). July 27
CONCERT:
Opera Studio Festival Concert. July 18
RECITAL:
Dmitri Hvorostovsky. July 3
Pavol Breslik. July 5
Angela Brower, Tara Erraught, Okka von der Damerau. July 20
Diana Damrau. July 22
Patrizia Ciofi, Joseph Calleja, Franco Vassallo. July 22
Christian Gerhaher. July 28

 spacer ROSSINI IN WILDBAD 
July 11–21
König-Karl-Strasse 5
D-75323 Bad Wildbad
Telephone: 49 7081 10284
E-mail:
touristik@bad-wildbad.de
Website: www.rossini-in-wildbad.de
Guillaume Tell has been subject to cuts throughout its performance history, but in Wildbad this summer it will be given note-complete — all five-plus hours of it. Rising Rossinian Michael Spyres tackles the high Cs and C-sharps of the role of Arnold; Antonino Fogliani conducts. As an appendix of sorts, a special concert will feature music that Rossini composed for alternative versions of Tell. The festival also offers the composer’s Ricciardo e Zoraide and a true rarity — Adolphe Adam’s 1834 opéra comique hit, Le Chalet. Eugène Scribe’s libretto is based on a singspiel by none other than Goethe.
OPERA:
Le Chalet (Adam). July 11, 19
Guillaume Tell. July 13, 16, 18, 21
Ricciardo e Zoraide (Rossini). July 17, 20
CONCERT:
“Der Anderer Tell.” Vocal soloists; Virtuosi Brunenses, Fogliani. July 21
RECITAL:
Yuko Kakuta; Yukiko Sugawara. July 12

spacer SCHWETZINGEN FESTIVAL
April 26–June 8
Hans-Bredow-Strasse
D-76530 Baden-Baden
Telephone: 49 7221 300 200
E-mail:
 schwetzinger-festspiele@swr.de
Website:  www.swr.de
Purcell’s Indian Queen is Schwetzingen’s major opera offering this season. Joachim Schloemer directs and choreographs; Hervé Niquet leads the forces of Le Concert Spirituel. An examination of the works of contemporary Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas includes the world premiere of his opera Thomas.
OPERA:
The Indian Queen (Purcell). April 26, 30, May 1
Thomas (Haas). May 24, 26, 28 (world premiere)
CONCERT:
Wegener; Members of the SWR Symphony Orchestra. May 9
Katalin Károlyi; Amadinda Percussion Group. June 2
Christina Landshamer, Michael Nagy; SWR Symphony Orchestra, Denève. June 6
Sophie Karthäuser; L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Gaigg. June 7
RECITAL:
Krassimira Stoyanova. April 27
Christiane Karg. May 2
Michael Nagy. May 15
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller. May 26
CHAMBER MUSIC:
Sarah Wegener; Kairos Quartett. May 9
Sumi Hwang; Novus String Quartet. May 20
 

GREAT BRITAIN   

spacer ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL
June 7–23
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP
Telephone: 44 1 728 687 110
E-mail: 
 boxoffice@aldeburgh.co.uk
Website: www.aldeburgh.co.uk
Aldeburgh celebrates the centenary of its founder, Benjamin Britten, with three weeks’ worth of operas, concerts, dance events, films and lectures, ending with an “Albert Herring Feast.” Opening night is a concert version of Peter Grimes under the baton of Britten specialist Steuart Bedford. Later, the cast will take part in an “environmental” production of the opera, staged by Tim Albery on Aldeburgh’s beach. The three church parables will be staged at Orford Church, the site of their premieres. Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake lead a week’s worth of master classes focused on the composer’s songs. Non-Britten activity includes the St. Matthew Passion; John Eliot Gardiner leads the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, with Mark Padmore as the Evangelist.
OPERA:
Curlew River. June 16, 18
The Burning Fiery Furnace/The Prodigal Son. June 17, 19
Grimes on the Beach.” June 17, 19, 21
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Peter Grimes. June 7, 9
ORATORIO:
St. Matthew Passion. June 16
CONCERT:
Sandrine Piau; Britten Sinfonia, Wigglesworth. June 8
Jamie McDermott; The Irrepressibles. June 8
Lucy Schaufer; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. June 18
Iestyn Davies; Phantasm. June 20
Emma Bell; Hallé Orchestra, Elder. June 23
RECITAL:
Sandrine Piau. June 10
Mark Padmore. June 13
Ian Bostridge, Members of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme. June 22
MASTER CLASS:
Bostridge, Julius Drake. June 16, 17, 18, 20, 21

spacer BUXTON FESTIVAL
July 5–21
Water Street
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN
Telephone: 44 12 98 70 395
E-mail:
 lee@buxtonfestival.co.uk
Website:  www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
OPERA:
La Princesse Jaune (Saint-Saëns)/La Colombe (Gounod). July 5, 8, 11, 14, 20
La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart). July 6, 9, 12, 18, 21
Curlew River (Britten). July 14
The Prodigal Son (Britten). July 15
The Burning Fiery Furnace (Britten). July 15
Luci Mie Traditrici (Sciarrino)/Eight Songs for a Mad King (Maxwell Davies). July 16
Fortunio (Messager). July 17, 19
CONCERT:
Claire Rutter, Stephen Gadd; Northern Chamber Orchestra, Barlow. July 7
RECITAL:
Kate Ladner. July 9
Anne Sophie Duprels. July 10, 16
James Gilchrist. July 11
Diana Moore. July 20

VoicesofSummerEdinburgh 
Princes Street Gardens (foreground), with Edinburgh Castle in the distance
© filmstock/Alamy 2013
 

spacer EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 
August 9–September 1
The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh EH1 2NE
Telephone: 44 131 473 2000
E-mail: 
 marketing@eif.co.uk
Website:  www.eif.co.uk
Opéra de Lyon brings a futuristic Fidelio, the first operatic venture of video artist Gary Hill. The action takes place on a spaceship as it zooms past the galaxies. Kazushi Ono conducts a cast headed by Erika Sunnegårdh and Nikolai Schukoff. From Oper Frankfurt comes a double bill of two doomed romances — Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard’s Castle, directed by Barrie Kosky. American Lulu is Olga Neuwirth’s reworking of Berg. Set against the civil-rights struggles of the mid-twentieth century, the jazz-flavored adaptation is scored for a Las Vegas-style band.
OPERA:
Fidelio. Aug. 10, 12
Beauty and the Beast (Glass). Aug. 10, 11
Bluebeard’s Castle/Dido and Aeneas. Aug. 24, 25
MUSIC–THEATER PERFORMANCE:
American Lulu (Neuwirth). Aug. 30, 31
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Fauré). Aug. 17
Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms). Aug. 26
Requiem (Verdi). Aug. 31
CONCERT:
Genia Kühmeier, Anna Larsson; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Jansons. Aug. 12
Sabine Devieilhe; chamber ensemble. Aug. 14
Svetlana Sozdateleva, Maxim Paster; Russian National Orchestra, Pletnev. Aug. 20
RECITAL:
Christian Gerhaher. Aug. 10
Bernarda Fink. Aug. 13
Werner Gura. Aug. 16
Dorothea Röschmann. Aug. 19
Ian Bostridge. Aug. 22
Zuzana Zaimlová. Aug. 28
Andreas Scholl. Aug. 29
Veronique Gens. Aug. 30

spacer GARSINGTON OPERA
June 2–July 3
The Old Garage, The Green, Great Milton
Oxford OX44 7NP
Telephone: 44 1865 368201

E-mail:  office@garsingtonopera.org
Website: www.garsingtonopera.org
OPERA:
Die Entführung aus dem Serail. June 7, 9, 15, 19, 22, 25, July 1, 6
Maometto II (Rossini). June 8, 10, 16, 20, 26, 28, July 2, 4, 10
Hänsel und Gretel. June 23, 27, 29, July 5, 7, 9, 11

spacer GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA
May 18–August 25
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU
Telephone: 44 1273 815000
E-mail: 
 boxoffice@glyndebourne.com
Website:  www.glyndebourne.com
In his final season as Glyndebourne’s music director, Vladimir Jurowski conducts his first fully staged Strauss opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, with Soile Isokoski in the title role. Kate Lindsey is the Composer, Teodora Gheorghiu is Zerbinetta, and Thomas Allen is the Music Master in Katharina Thoma’s new production. Richard Jones’s 2009 Falstaff returns with Laurent Naouri as the fat knight and Mark Elder conducting. The 2012 Michael Grandage production of Le Nozze di Figaro comes back for a second outing, with conductor Jérémie Rhorer. Conductor William Christie, director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown, who scored a hit in 2009 with Purcell’s Fairy Queen, reunite for Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie; their cast includes Sarah Connolly, Stéphane Degout, Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg. Mariane Clément’s production of Don Pasquale, first seen in 2011 with Glyndebourne on Tour, makes its main-stage debut; Alessandro Corbelli, Alek Shrader and Danielle de Niese head the cast. Benjamin Britten’s centenary will be marked by a revival of Grandage’s 2010 Billy Budd, with Jacques Imbrailo as Budd and Mark Padmore as Vere; Andrew Davis conducts.
OPERA:
Ariadne auf Naxos. May 18, 22, 25, 30, June 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 20, 23, 28, July 5, 11
Falstaff. May 19, 24, 26, 29, June 1, 6, 9, 15, 22, 27, July 4, 9, 14
Le Nozze di Figaro. June 8, 12, 14, 19, 21, 25, 30, July 2, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 26, 28, 31, Aug. 2
Hippolyte et Aricie. June 27, July 3, 7, 12, 16, 19, 25, Aug. 1, 4, 8, 13, 18
Don Pasquale. July 18, 21, 24, 27, Aug. 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16, 19, 21, 24
Billy Budd. Aug. 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25
CONCERT:
Sarah Connolly, Lucy Crowe; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski. Aug. 23

spacer GRANGE PARK OPERA
May 30–July 13
24 Broad Street
Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AQ
Telephone: 44 1962 73 73 66
E-mail:
info@grangeparkopera.co.uk
Website: www.grangeparkopera.co.uk
OPERA:
Eugene Onegin. May 30, June 1, 6, 9, 12, 15, 23, 27, July 5, 11
I Puritani. May 31, June 8, 16, 18, 20, 26, 29
Dialogues des Carmélites. June 11, 14, 22, 30, July 6, 12
Fortunio (Messager). July 10, 13
RECITAL:
Joseph Calleja. June 19

spacer OPERA HOLLAND PARK
June 4–August 3
Central Library
Phillimore Walk
London W8 7RX
Telephone 44 300 999 1000
E-mail:
boxoffice@operahollandpark.com
Website:  www.operahollandpark.com
OPERA:
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci. June 4, 7, 11, 15, 19, 22, 26, 28
Madama Butterfly. June 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 24, 29, July 2, 4
Les Pêcheurs de Perles. June 25, 27, July 3, 6, 9, 11, 13
L’Elisir d’Amore. July 16, 18, 29, 24, 26, 30, Aug. 1, 3
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Todd). July 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, Aug. 1, 3 (world premiere) (family opera)
I Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari). July 23, 25, 27, 31, Aug. 2

spacer IFORD ARTS FESTIVAL June 8–August 10
The Gatehouse
Iford, Bradford on Avon
Wiltshire BA15 2BA
Telephone: 44 1225 448 844

E-mail:  music@ifordarts.co.uk
Website:  www.ifordarts.co.uk
OPERA:
La Traviata. June 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22
La Vie Parisienne. July 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16
Acis and Galatea. July 27, 28, Aug. 2, 3
 

ITALY  

spacer ARENA DI VERONA
June 14–September 8
Via Dietro Anfiteatro, 6b
I-37121 Verona
Telephone: 39 458 005151
E-mail:
biglietteria@arenadiverona.it
Website:  www.arena.it
The Arena celebrates two important 2013 birthdays — its own centennial, and Verdi’s 200th. Appropriately, the Italian master’s works make up the bulk of the season, with Roméo et Juliette as the sole outlier. The festival is highlighted by two different takes on Aida — a new staging by La Fura dels Baus and a reconstruction of the Arena’s original 1913 production. The summer’s other Verdi offerings are Nabucco, Traviata, Trovatore, Rigoletto, a gala of single acts and a performance of the Requiem under Myung-Whun Chung. Singers include Hui He, Daniela Dessì, Carlo Ventri, Daniela Barcellona, Elena Mosuc, Matthew Polenzani, Leo Nucci, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Leah Crocetto, Nino Machaidze, Saimir Pirgu, Fiorenza Cedolins, Marco Berti, Violeta Urmana, Marina Rebeka, Vittorio Grigolo and Ildar Abdrazakov. Plácido Domingo shows up in several different guises — taking on the title role of Nabucco, conducting a performance of Aida, headlining one gala concert and showing off past winners of his Operalia Competition in another.
OPERA:
Aida. June 14, 23, 27, July 3, 7, 9, 14, 18, 21, 28, Aug. 3
Nabucco. June 15, 21, 29, July 4, 11, 25, Aug. 1, 4, 11, 14, 18, 21, Sept. 5
La Traviata. June 22, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 23, 26, Aug. 2, 8
Il Trovatore. July 6, 10, 20, 24, 27
Verdi Gala. July 17
Rigoletto. Aug. 9, 13, 16, 23, 30
Aida (1913 design). Aug. 10, 17, 24, 29, Sept. 1, 3, 8
Roméo et Juliette. Aug. 31, Sept. 4, 7
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Verdi). July 13
CONCERT:
Domingo, Evelyn Herlitzius, Urmana, Martina Serafin, Vitalij Kowaljow; Harding. Aug. 15
Domingo, winners of the Operalia Competion; Oren. Aug. 20

spacer FESTIVAL DELLA VALLE D’ITRIA
July 13–August 4
Centro Artistico Musicale Paolo Grassi —
Biglietteria
Palazzo Ducale
I-74015 Martina Franca
Telephone: 39 080 4805100
E-mail:
info@festivaldellavalleditria.it
Website: www.festivaldellavalleditria.it
OPERA:
Crispino e la Comare (Luigi and Federico Ricci). July 13, 25
L’Ambizione Delusa (Leonardo Leo). July 14, 17, Aug. 1
Giovanna d’Arco (Verdi). July 23, 28, Aug. 3
L’Orfeo (Rossi). July 30, Aug. 1
Maria di Venosa (Francesco D’Avalos). Aug. 2
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Verdi). Aug. 4
CONCERT:
“Serata Wagner” (Wesendonck-Lieder, Die Walküre Act I). July 27

spacer MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
May 5–June 24
Corso Italia 16
I-50123 Firenze
Telephone: 39 055 2779 350
E-mail:
infoboxoffice@maggiofiorentino.com
Website:  www.maggiofiorentino.com
The festival opens with a new Luca Ronconi production of Don Carlo; music director Zubin Mehta conducts. Jonathan Webb leads The Rape of Lucretia, in a Daniele Abbado production. George Benjamin’s Written on Skin receives its Italian premiere under the composer’s baton. Concert performances of Maria Stuarda feature Mariella Devia as the doomed Scottish queen and Laura Polverelli as her vengeful cousin Elizabeth. Graham Vick’s new production of Macbeth opens with James Conlon at the helm. Maggio Musicale ventures into the Baroque with Vivaldi’s Farnace in a pair of semi-staged performances under Federico Maria Sardelli.
OPERA:
Don Carlo. May 2, 5, 8, 12
The Rape of Lucretia. May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25
Written on Skin. May 28, 30, 31
Farnace. June 13, 15
Macbeth. June 17, 18, 19, 21, 22
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Maria Stuarda. June 20, 23

spacer FESTIVAL PUCCINI
July 12–August 24
Via delle Torbiere
I-55049 Torre del Lago
Telephone: 39 584 359322
E-mail: 
 ticketoffice@puccinifestival.it
Website: www.puccinifestival.it
OPERA:
Cavalleria Rusticana/Il Tabarro. July 12, Aug. 10, 17
Turandot. July 13, 20, Aug. 8, 24
Rigoletto. July 19, 27, Aug. 9, 23
Tosca. July 26, Aug. 7, 16, 22

spacer RAVENNA FESTIVAL
May 30–July 14
Via Dante Alighieri
I-48100 Ravenna
Telephone: 39 544 249244
E-mail:
tickets@ravennafestival.org
Website:  www.ravennafestival.org
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Nabucco. July 13

spacer ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL
August 10–23
Via Rossini 24
I-61121 Pesaro
Telephone: 39 721 38001
E-mail:
 boxoffice@rossinioperafestival.it
Website:  www.rossinioperafestival.it
Graham Vick’s new production of Guillaume Tell features Nicola Alaimo, Marina Rebeka and Juan Diego Flórez under Michele Mariotti’s baton. Director Davide Livermore, responsible for last summer’s Ciro in Babilonia, returns with a new Italiana in Algeri; Anna Goryachova takes the title role. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s 1987 production of L’Occasione Fa il Ladro comes back, as restaged by Sonja Frisell and conducted by Yi-Chen Lin.
OPERA:
L’Italiana in Algeri. Aug. 10, 13, 16, 19, 22
Guillaume Tell. Aug. 11, 14, 17, 20
L’Occasione Fa il Ladro. Aug. 12, 15, 18, 21
Il Viaggio a Reims. Aug. 13, 16
OPERA IN CONCERT:
La Donna del Lago. Aug. 23

spacer TEATRO LA FENICE
Ongoing
Campo S. Fantin 1965
I-30124 Venezia
Telephone: 39 041 786511
E-mail: 
 info@teatrolafenice.org
Website:  www.teatrolafenice.it
La Fenice offers a Mozartean immersion course during the month of May — the da Ponte trilogy, in Damiano Michieletto’s productions. Antonello Manacorda conducts all three operas. A new Butterfly features the sets and costumes of artist Mariko Mori. In July, the company moves to the courtyard of the Doge’s palace for three Otellos under Myung-Whun Chung, who also leads a Verdi Requiem.
OPERA:
Don Giovanni. April 30, May 4, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Le Nozze di Figaro. May 5, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25
Così Fan Tutte. May 12, 16, 19, 23, 26
Madama Butterfly. June 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Otello. July 10, 14, 17
La Traviata. Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 1, 3, 8, 10, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Verdi). July 19.
CONCERT:
Johan Botha; Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. May 30

spacer TERME DI CARACALLA
Biglietteria del Teatro dell’Opera
Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 1
00184 Roma
Telephone: 39 06 48078400
E-mail:
 ufficio.biglietteria@operaroma.it
Website:  www.operaroma.it
For information on the Baths of Caracalla concerts, please visit www.operaroma.it.

NORWAY  

spacer BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
May 22–June 5
Festspillene i Bergen, Pb.
183 Sentrum
N-5804 Bergen
Telephone: 47 55 21 61 50
 

E-mail:  info@fib.no
Website:  www.fib.no
OPERA:
Marco Polo (Tan Dun). May 22, 23
RECITAL:
Andreas Scholl. May 27

 

ROMANIA  

spacer GEORGE ENESCU FESTIVAL
September 1–28
Str. Polona no. 15, sector 1
RO-010491 Bucharest
 

Telephone: 40 21 317 8081
E-mail: 
 enescu@eventim.ro
Website:  www.festivalenescu.ro
Bucharest’s biennial classical-music marathon honors Verdi with a staging of Otello, featuring Peter Seiffert as the Moor, and a performance of the Requiem, with Liudmyla Monastyrska, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Johan Botha and René Pape under Antonio Pappano’s baton. Wagner gets his due with a staged Tannhäuser and the complete Ring in concert, the latter conducted by Marek Janowski. The international array of orchestras includes the Concertgebouw, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Academy of Santa Cecilia, the Russian National Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.
OPERA:
Otello. Sept. 6, 9
Tannhäuser. Sept. 13
Oedipus (Enesco). Sept. 26
OPERA IN CONCERT:
L’Orfeo. Sept. 7
Das Rheingold. Sept. 15
Die Walküre. Sept. 16
Siegfried. Sept. 19
Götterdämmerung. Sept. 22
ORATORIO:Gurrelieder. Sept. 7
Alessandro (Handel). Sept. 8
Requiem (Verdi). Sept. 12
War Requiem (Britten). Sept. 20
Masses (Schubert). Sept. 21
MUSIC–THEATER PERFORMANCE:
The Infernal Comedy. Sept. 9
CONCERT:
Marius Vlad Budiou; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus, Pappano. Sept. 11
Anita Hartig, Bernarda Fink; Russian National Orchestra, Andreescu. Sept. 26
Jennifer Johnson Cano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mandeal. Sept. 28

RUSSIA  

spacer STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 24–July 14
1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Telephone: 7 812 326 4141
E-mail: 
 tickets@mariinsky.ru
Website:  www.mariinsky.ru
Jennifer Melick ("Capital Gains") and Philip Kennicott ("Risk and Return") survey the political landscape of the Mariinsky. Visit www.mariinsky.ru for 2013 Festival details.

 

SPAIN  

spacer ÓPERA DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Ongoing
c/ Francisco Gourié, 36-38
Edificio Masiega
35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Telephone: 34 928 37 01 25
E-mail:
 administracion@operalaspalmas.org
Website:  www.operalaspalmas.org
OPERA:
Die Entführung aus dem Serail. May 19, 21, 23
La Bohème. June 19, 21, 23, 25

 

SWEDEN  

spacer DROTTNINGHOLM COURT THEATER FESTIVAL
May 26–August 24
Drottningholms Slottsteater
Box 6
SE-178 02 Drottningens Paviljong
Telephone: 46 8 556 931 00
E-mail: 
 dst@dtm.se
Website:  www.dtm.se
OPERA:
Il Matrimonio Segreto. May 26, 29, 31, June 2, 5, 8, 9
La Clemenza di Tito. Aug. 11, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22, 24

 

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spacer LUCERNE FESTIVAL
August 16–September 15
Hirschmattstrasse 13
CH-6002 Luzern
Telephone: 41 41 226 44 00
E-mail: 
 info@lucernefestival.ch
Website:  www.lucernefestival.ch
The festival opens with Claudio Abbado on the podium leading Mihoko Fujimura in Schoenberg’s “Song of the Wood Dove,” from Gurrelieder; Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra also perform Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Beethoven’s Third Symphony. Jonathan Nott leads a complete Ring cycle in concert with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Christianne Stotijn, Paul Groves, Gerald Finley and the Philharmonia Orchestra in a concert performance of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette. The festival mounts Chaya Czernowin’s Pnima … Inwards, with David Hermann’s stage direction and Howard Arman on the podium. Christian Thielemann and Johan Botha perform Rienzi’s prayer, Lohengrin’s grail narrative and Tannhäuser’s Rome narrative. Thielemann returns with Thomas Hampson for a performance of Hanns Eisler’s Ernste Gesänge. Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic accompany Barbara Hannigan for Berg’s Three Fragments from Wozzeck. On September 7, Pierre Boulez takes the baton for his own compositions Cummings ist der Dichter and Le Soleil des Eaux; the program also includes world premieres from twenty-something composers Christian Mason and Benjamin Attahir. Mariss Jansons conducts Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony on September 8.
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Das Rheingold. Aug. 30
Die Walküre. Aug. 31
Siegfried. Sept. 2
Götterdämmerung. Sept. 4
Roméo et Juliette (Berlioz). Sept. 13
CHAMBER OPERA:
Pnima … Inwards (Czernowin). Aug. 29, Sept. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8
CONCERT:
Mihoko Fujimura; Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado. Aug. 16, 17
Barbara Hannigan; Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle. Aug. 29
Thomas Hampson; Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Sept. 5
Johan Botha; Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Sept. 6
Yeree Suh; Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, SWR Vokalensemble, Boulez, D. Cohen, Heras-Casado, Madaras.
     Sept. 7
Martina Janková; Collegium 1704, Luks. Sept. 7
Genia Kühmeier, Anna Larsson; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Choir, Jansons. Sept. 8
RECITAL:
Dorothea Röschmann. Aug. 27
Regula Mühlemann. Sept. 3
Julia Westendorp. Sept. 10

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Salonen leads Elektra at Aix and Roméo et Juliette at Lucerne.
© Clive Barda 2013
 

spacer VERBIER FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY
July 19–August 4

4 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
CH-1800 Vevey
Telephone: 41 848 771 883
E-mail: 
 ticketing@verbierfestival.com
Website:  www.verbierfestival.com
The festival offers no complete opera in concert this summer, but that doesn’t preclude it from treating opera fans quite well: Valery Gergiev brings Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel to the festival for a performance on July 25. Netrebko and Aleksandrs Antonenko perform Act I of Otello, while Terfel, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Iréne Theorin unite for Act III of Die Walküre. Gianandrea Noseda leads the Verdi Requiem with another prodigious cast on August 1. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony on July 29. Charles Dutoit, the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Collegiate Chorale perform Beethoven’s 9th (July 19) and Schubert’s Mass No. 6 (July 23) with Miah Persson, Lilli Paasikivi, Pavol Breslik and Matthew Rose. Singer/composer Rufus Wainwright gives a soirée on July 28. Simon Keenlyside and Emanuel Ax perform Brahms, Duparc, Poulenc and Ravel on July 28.
CONCERT:
Miah Persson, Lilli Paasikivi, Pavol Breslik, Matthew Rose; Verbier Festival Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Dutoit. July 19
Miah Persson, Lilli Paasikivi, Pavol Breslik, Marco Jentzsch, Matthew Rose; Verbier Festival Orchestra, Collegiate
     Chorale, Dutoit. July 23
Anna Netrebko, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Iréne Theorin, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Francesco Demuro, Alexey Markov,
     Bryn Terfel; Verbier Festival Orchestra, Gergiev. July 25
Lilli Paasikivi; Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Salonen. July 29
Maria Agresta, Daniela Barcellona, Francesco Meli, Ildar Abdrazakov; Verbier Festival Orchestra, Choir of the Teatro
     Regio, Turin, Noseda. Aug. 1
RECITAL:
Barbara Hendricks, instrumentalists. July 21
Simon Keenlyside. July 24
Francesco Demuro. July 28
Rufus Wainwright. July 28
Natalie Dessay, Stella Grigorian. Aug. 4
 
spacer ZURICH FESTIVAL
June 14–July 14
Festspielbüro und Geschäftsstelle
Falkenstrasse 1
CH-8008 Zurich
Telephone: 41 44 269 90 90
E-mail: 
 info@festspiele-zuerich.ch
Website:  www.festspiele-zuerich.ch
The program was still accruing concerts as we went to press, but as it stands, the festival seems to have narrowed its sights on the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth. A pastiche, Richard Wagner — Wie Ich Welt Wurde (How I Became World), starts the festival off with Wagner music compiled and staged by Hans Neuenfels. Another follows ten days later: Tannhäuser — Liebe Lust und Leid set to a libretto by Kaspar Ewald and features Zurich University of Arts students as composers and performers. Wagner fans will find more solid ground with Das Rheingold, led by David Marton. Fabio Luisi conducts a new Christof Loy production of La Straniera, with Edita Gruberova, Gregory Kunde and Franco Vassallo. The festival delves further into Wagner’s oeuvre, mounting two programs with titles that might have made the master cringe — “Wagner Idyll?” (June 28) and “Wagner the Adorable” (June 26, 27).
OPERA:
Richard Wagner — Wie Ich Welt Wurde (Wagner pastiche). June 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
La Straniera (Bellini). June 23, 28, July 2, 6, 10, 14
Tannhäuser — Liebe Lust und Leid (pastiche). June 24, 25
Das Rheingold. June 26, 27
MUSIC–THEATER PERFORMANCE:
Elegante Nichtlichkeit (Elegant Nullity). June 15
Maria Wagner in Field. June 16
Tristan und Isolde (pastiche). June 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 (abridged)
Nietzsche contra Wagner Nueva Germania Opera Tropical. July 4, 5
CONCERT:
Yvonne Naef, Detlef Roth; Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Zinman. June 15
Melanie Diener; Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Zinman. June 21
Anja Schlosser, Marlene Mild; Collegium Novum Zurich. June 28
RECITAL:
Dieter Ilg’s “Parsifal.” June 16

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