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Voices of Summer

MARIA MAZZARO and FRED COHN offer a calendar of the must-see events in Europe this summer.

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Martina Franca, Italy, home of the Festival della Valle d’Itria since 1975
© Realy Easy Star/Tullio Valente/Alamy 2015
This year’s European summer-festival planners have invested time, energy and inventive ideas into myriad programs, be they modern (Peter Eötvös’s 2014 Golden Dragon, set in a Chinese restaurant), traditional (Harry Kupfer’s orthodox Rosenkavalier) or funky (the “sweet transvestites” of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show). MARIA MAZZARO and FRED COHN list the vocal highlights from the best international summer festivals.

 

AUSTRIA 
 
BREGENZ FESTIVAL 
July 22–August 23 
Ticket Center 
Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 1 
A-6900 Bregenz 
Telephone: 43 5574 407 6 
This summer marks the first Bregenz season under the aegis of its new artistic director, Elisabeth Sobotka. The festival’s floating stage will be the venue for Turandot, designed and directed by Marco Arturo Marelli and conducted by Paolo Carignani. On dry land, Bregenz’s Festspielhaus hosts Stefan Herheim’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, led by Johannes Debus. The festival also includes two performances of Peter Eötvös’s 2014 Golden Dragon, set in a Chinese restaurant, and the new Opera Studio will present six young singers in Così Fan Tutte. Orchestral concerts will include Puccini’s rarely heard Messa di Gloria, as well as a morning presentation of Wagner’s WesendonckLieder featuring Measha Brueggergosman, who that same evening will give a recital of chansons.
OPERA: 
Turandot . July 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23
Les Contes d’Hoffmann . July 23, 26, 30, Aug. 3, 6
Così Fan Tutte . Aug. 17, 18, 20, 22
Golden Dragon (Eötvös). Aug. 19, 21
CONCERT: 
Rafael Rojas; Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Bregenz Festival Chorus, Frank. Aug. 2
Measha Brueggergosman; Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg, Korsten. Aug. 9
RECITAL: 
Measha Brueggergosman. Aug. 9
 
LEHÁR FESTIVAL 
July 11–August 30 
Büro des Lehár Festivals 
Kurhausstrasse 8 
A-4820 Bad Ischl 
Telephone: 43 6132 23 839 
OPERETTA:
Die Ungarische Hochzeit (Dostal). July 18, 23, 25, 31, Aug. 6, 8, 12, 14, 20, 23, 29
MUSICAL THEATER: 
My Fair Lady . July 11, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 30. Aug. 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30
CONCERT: 
Lehár Gala. Aug. 16
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Three early-music opera gems dazzle audiences in the city of Innsbruck this August
© Tim Graham/www.agefotostock.com 2015
 
INNSBRUCK FESTIVAL OF EARLY MUSIC 
July 14–August 28 
Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 21 
1. Stock 
A-6020 Innsbruck 
Telephone: 43 512 571032 
Website: www.altemusik.at 
OPERA: 
Il Germanico (Porpora). Aug. 12, 14, 16
Don Trastullo (Jommelli). Aug. 19, 20
Armide (Lully). Aug. 22, 24, 26
CONCERT: 
Roberta Invernizzi, “The Cardinals’ Harp.” July 23
Sunhae Im, Valer Sabadus; Hofkapelle München. Aug. 13
Nina Bernsteiner; Piccolo Concerto Wien. Aug. 19
Finalists of the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera; Academia Montis Regalis. Aug. 25
Sandrine Piau; Les Paladines. Aug. 27

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, poised to pace the Vienna
Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe

© Marco Borggreve 2015
 
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 
May 22–25 (Whitsun) 
July 18–August 30 
Hofstallgasse 1 
5020 Salzburg 
Telephone: 43 662 8045 500 
Salzburg’s major novelty this summer is Luc Bondy’s production of Wolfgang Rihm’s 1991 Eroberung von Mexico (The Conquest of Mexico), dramatizing the confrontation between the conquistador Cortez (Bo Skovhus) and the Aztec ruler Montezuma. (For Angela Denoke’s take on her portrayal of Montezuma, see “Homecoming” in the April 2015 edition of opera news.) The festival’s current artistic director, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, continues his Mozart–da Ponte cycle with Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Dan Ettinger and featuring Luca Pisaroni and Genia Kühmeier as the Almavivas and Adam Plachetka and Martina Janková as their servants. Claus Guth is the director of a new Fidelio, starring Adrianne Pieczonka and Jonas Kaufmann, led by Franz Welser-Möst. 2015 brings a revised production policy: under its former artistic director, Alexander Pereira, Salzburg offered only new stagings, but this summer it presents reprises of some choice productions from recent seasons. Cecilia Bartoli brings back her revisionist Norma (see “Settling the Score”); Harry Kupfer’s Rosenkavalier comes back with its cast — led by Krassimira Stoyanova’s Marschallin — largely intact; Alvis Hermanis’s Trovatore returns with a new conductor (Gianandrea Noseda) and Azucena (Ekaterina Semenchuck) joining original cast members Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli and Plácido Domingo. The festival features three operas in concert — Werther, with Piotr Beczala and Elina Garanča; Dido and Aeneas, led by Thomas Hengelbrock; and Ernani, under the mighty baton of Riccardo Muti. Mackie Messer, Julian Crouch’s reimagining of The Threepenny Opera, will be one of the summer’s major theatrical offerings; to put it in context, the festival will also present the original Brecht–Weill Dreigroschenoper in concert, led by HK Gruber. Salzburg’s “Ouverture Spirituelle” series, dedicated to religious music, will feature some of the colossi of the choral repertoire — Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s B-Minor Mass, Mozart’s C-Minor Mass, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Bruckner’s F-Minor Mass (with the Vienna Philharmonic led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin), along with a true rarity — fragments from Schubert’s unfinished oratorio Lazarus, which will be paired, naturally, with the composer’s “Unfinished” Symphony. May’s Whitsun Festival will keep its artistic director, Cecilia Bartoli, particularly busy. She’ll take the title role in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Iphigénie en Tauride, joined by Christopher Maltman (Oreste) and Topi Lehtipuu (Pylade); Diego Fasolis leads the early-music ensemble I Barocchisti. (When the production returns in August, Rolando Villazón will step in as Pylade.) Bartoli also headlines a concert Semele, featuring Charles Workman, Birgit Remmert and Andreas Scholl, with Fasolis again at the helm, and takes part in a starry closing-night gala concert.
OPERA: 
Iphigénie en Tauride . May 22, 25, Aug. 19, 22, 24, 26, 28
The Barber of Seville . July 25, 26, Aug. 3, 5, 13, 15, 19, 22 (children’s opera)
Die Eroberung von Mexico (Rihm). July 27, 29, Aug. 1, 4, 10
Le Nozze di Figaro. July 28, Aug. 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 18
Norma . July 31, Aug. 3, 6, 8
Fidelio . Aug. 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19
Il Trovatore . Aug. 8, 11, 14, 17
Der Rosenkavalier . Aug. 20, 23, 26, 28
OPERA IN CONCERT: 
Werther . Aug. 15, 18, 22
Dido and Aeneas. Aug. 18
Ernani . Aug. 27, 29
MUSICAL THEATER: 
Mackie Messer (Eine Salzburger Dreigroschenoper ). Aug. 11, 13, 14, 16, 20, 23, 25, 27
Die Dreigroschenoper . Aug. 15
ORATORIO: 
Semele (Handel). May 23
Die Schöpfung (Haydn). July 18
B-Minor Mass (Bach). July 19
Mass in C Minor (Mozart). July 22
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven). July 22
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Christopher Maltman returns to Salzburg in Iphigénie
en Tauride

© Pia Clodi 2015
 
CONCERT: 
Philippe Jaroussky; Orfeo 55, Stutzmann. May 24
Christoph and Julian Prégardien; Anima Eterna Brugge, van Immerseel. May 24
Anna Netrebko, Cecilia Bartoli, Juan Diego Flórez, Christopher Maltman; Camerata Salzburg, Langrée. May 25
Marlis Petersen, Christiane Libor, Sophie Karthäuser, Maximilian Schmitt, Werner Güra, Thomas E. Bauer; Camerata Salzburg, Salzburger Bachchor, Metzmacher. July 24
Anna Lucia Richter, Katharina Magiera, Julian Prégardien, Alex Esposito; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Salzburger Bachchor, Orozco-Estrada. July 25, 26
Dorothea Röschmann, Karen Cargill, Christiane Elsner, Franz-Josef Selig; Vienna Philharmonic, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Nézet-Séguin. July 25, 27
Anna Prohaska; Arcangelo, Cohen. July 29
Miah Persson; Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer. Aug. 2
Hilary Summers; Klangforum Wien, Cambreling. Aug. 7
Bejun Mehta; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Bolton. Aug. 8, 9
Anett Fritsch; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Á. Fischer. Aug. 22, 23
Members of the Young Singers Project; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Altstaedt. Aug. 27
RECITAL: 
Christian Gerhaher. July 27
Maria Agresta. July 30
Juan Diego Flórez. Aug. 3
Elina Garanča. Aug. 7
Christiane Karg. Aug. 11
Matthias Goerne. Aug. 17
Angela Denoke. Aug. 22
MASTER CLASSES: 
Christa Ludwig. July 18
Michele Pertusi. Aug. 2
Bejun Mehta. Aug. 12
Malcolm Martineau. Aug. 21
 
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Andreas Scholl, who leads a week of master classes at
Aldeburgh and sings recitals all over Europe

© Decca/James McMillan 2015
 
SCHUBERTIADE 
May 1–October 6 
Villa Rosenthal 
Schweizer Strasse 1 
Postfach 100 
A-6845 Hohenems 
Telephone: 43 5576 72091 
CONCERT: 
Valer Sabadus; recreationBAROCK, Hofstetter. July 16
Valer Sabadus, Terry Wey; recreationBAROCK, Hofstetter. July 28
RECITAL: 
Christoph Prégardien (Die Schöne Müllerin). May 1
Carolina Ullrich. May 2
Werner Güra. May 2
Benjamin Bruns, Julian Prégardien, Daniel Schmutzhard, Thomas Tatzl. May 3
Benjamin Appl. May 3
Annette Dasch. May 4
Mark Padmore (Winterreise). May 8
Andreas Scholl. May 9
Sylvia Schwartz, Mauro Peter, Benjamin Appl. June 20
Diana Damrau. June 21
Markus Werba. June 21
Christine Schäfer. June 22
Elisabeth Kulman. June 23
Ian Bostridge. June 24
Michael Volle (Schwanengesang). June 25
Michelle Breedt. June 26
Violeta Urmana. June 27
Christiane Karg. Aug. 22
Mauro Peter. Aug. 22
Luca Pisaroni. Aug. 23
Sarah Connolly, Markus Werba. Aug. 24
Julia Kleiter, Christoph Prégardien. Aug. 25
Brenda Rae. Aug. 26
Piotr Beczala (Die Schöne Müllerin). Aug. 27
Robert Holl. Aug. 28
Daniel Behle. Aug. 29
Matthias Goerne. Oct. 1
Matthias Goerne (Winterreise). Oct 3
Christoph Prégardien (Schwanengesang). Oct 5
Juliane Banse, Mojca Erdmann, Angelika Kirchschlager and others. Oct. 6
MASTER CLASS: 
Peter Schreier. Aug. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
 
SEEFESTSPIELE MÖRBISCH 
July 9–August 22 
Joseph Haydngasse 40 
A-7000 Eisenstadt 
Telephone: 43 2682 66210 
OPERETTA: 
Eine Nacht in Venedig (J. Strauss). July 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31 Aug. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
 
STYRIARTE FESTIVAL 
June 26–July 26 
Sackstrasse 17, Palais Attems 
A-8010 Graz 
Telephone: 43 316 825 000 
Website: www.styriarte.com 
OPERA: 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia. July 3, 5, 7
ORATORIO: 
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven). July 4, 5, 6
CONCERT: 
HK Gruber; Styriarte Festspiel-Orchester, Hofstetter. July 10, 12
Carla Nahadi Babelegoto, Andrés Montilla Acurero, Luca Cervoni, Giacomo Farioli; Concerto Romano, Quarto. July 13
Sophie Karthäuser; soloists of the Hofkapelle Münchner, Silberschneider. July 18
Marie Friederike Schöder; soloists of the Styriarte Festspiel-Orchesters, Hofstetter. July 22
Valer Sabadus; recreationBAROCK, Hofstetter. July 23
RECITAL: 
Chen Reiss, Stephanie Houtzeel and others. July 15
Agnes Palmisano. July 16
Simona Šaturová; Dvořák Trio. July 25
MIXED MEDIA: 
The Name of the Rose . June 27
 
WIENER FESTWOCHEN 
May 14–June 21 
Lehárgasse 11/1/16 
A-1060 Wien 
Telephone: 43 1 589 22 0 
Website: www.festwochen.at 
Amid its celebration of world theater, the Festwochen delivers the kind of adventurous operatic ventures seldom seen in Vienna during the other eleven months of the year, such as comedian Herbert Fritsch’s Untitled No. 1, billed as an “opera” but filled with multimedia tomfoolery. Director Andrea Breth has come up with a double bill that pairs Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with a staging of Schumann’s late piano work Geistervariationen. Achim Freyer stages Salvatore Sciarrino’s 1998 opera Luci Mie Traditrici, an account of the life of the Renaissance composer (and murderer) Gesualdo. Handel’s oratorio Jephtha gets a full operatic treatment in the hands of director Lydia Steier.
OPERA: 
Luci Mie Traditrici (Sciarrino). May 16, 18, 19
Jephtha (Handel). May 24, 25
Untitled No. 1 (Fritsch). June 16, 17, 18, 19
Bluebeard’s Castle . June 19, 21, 23, 25
CONCERT: 
Alexei Mochalov; Kremerata Baltica, Gražinyte-Tyla. June 13

 

CZECH REPUBLIC 
PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL 
MUSIC FESTIVAL 
May 12–June 3 
Pražské jaro, o.p.s. 
Hellichova 18 
118 00 Prague 1 
Telephone: 420 257 312 547 
Website: www.festival.cz 
OPERA: 
From the House of the Dead . May 14
Salome . May 17
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Čekovská). May 19
Philoctete (Klusák). May 23
STAGED CONCERT: 
Songs of War (Goebbels). May 25
CONCERT: 
Hana Blažíková; Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki. May 17
Dagmar Pecková, Štefan Margita; Prague Philharmonia, Vavřínek. May 18
Elisabeth Kulman; Czech Philharmonic,Bělohlávek. May 22
Michaela Kušteková, Simona Mrázová, Petr Nekoranec, Roman Hoza, Adam Plachetka; Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brauner. May 23
Lisa Larsson; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko. June 3
RECITAL: 
Kateřina Kněžíková. May 20
Roman Janál. May 24

 

DENMARK 
 
OPERA HEDELAND 
August 1–9 
Tranemosevej 8 
2640 Hedehusene 
Telephone: 45 30 70 46 16 
OPERA: 
Così Fan Tutte . Aug. 1, 7, 9

 

FINLAND 
 
HELSINKI FESTIVAL 
August 14–30 
Lasipalatsi 
Mannerheimintie 22–24 
FI-00100 Helsinki 
Telephone: 358 9 6126 5100 
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Island time: five productions arrive at Olavinlinna Castle for the Savonlinna summer season
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SAVONLINNA OPERA FESTIVAL 
July 3–August 2 
Olavinkatu 27 
FI-57130 Savonlinna 
Telephone: 358 15 476 750 
Savonlinna this summer welcomes two visiting companies: Vienna’s Volksoper brings Die Lustige Witwe, and Semperoper Dresden presents Le Nozze di Figaro. The festival’s resident forces offer Boris Godunov, with Matti Salminen as the Tsar and Leif Segerstam on the podium; Tosca, conducted by Philippe Auguin, with rotating casts that include Elena Pankratova and Giuseppe Filianoti; and La Traviata, with Joyce El-Khoury and Aurelia Florian alternating in the title role.
OPERA: 
Boris Godunov . July 11, 15, 22, 17, 30
Le Nozze di Figaro . July 13, 14, 16, 17
Tosca . July 18, 21, 24, 28, 31
La Traviata . July 20, 23, 25, 29, Aug. 1
OPERETTA: 
Die Lustige Witwe . July 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
ORATORIO: 
Die Schöpfung (Haydn). July 26

 

FRANCE 
FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE 
July 2–24 
La Boutique du Festival 
Palais de l’Ancien Archevêché 
F-13100 Aix-en-Provence 
Telephone: 33 20 922 923 
Aix marks the spot with three new productions — Alcina with Patricia Petibon, Philippe Jaroussky and Anna Prohaska; Die Entführung aus dem Serail, directed by Martin Kusej; and Svadba, an a cappella opera for six female voices.
OPERA: 
Alcina . July 2, 4, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
Die Entführung aus dem Serail . July 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 17, 21
Svadba (Sokolovic). July 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16
A Midsummer Night’s Dream . July 4, 7, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
Iolanta (Tchaikovsky)/Perséphone (Stravinsky). July 5, 11, 14, 17, 20
A Monster in the Maze (Dove). July 8, 9 (children’s opera)
CONCERT: 
Nadezhda Pavlova, Nataliia Liaskova, Stanislav Leontiev, Dmitry Ulyanov; MusicAeterna, Currentzis. July 16
RECITAL: 
Contemporary Music Concert. July 10
 
CHORÉGIES D’ORANGE 
July 7–August 4 
18 Place Silvain 
84100 Orange 
Telephone: 33 4 90 34 24 24 
OPERA: 
Carmen . July 8, 11, 14
Il Trovatore . Aug. 1, 4
CONCERT: 
Ekaterina Siurina, Joseph Calleja; Orchestre National de Lyon, Mazzola. July 7
Marie-Laure Garnier, Héloïse Mas, Florian Cafiero, Mathieu Gardon, with chamber ensemble. July 11
RECITAL: 
Nicolas Courjal. Aug. 1
 
FESTIVAL DE RADIO FRANCE & 
MONTPELLIER LANGUEDOC- 
ROUSSILLON 
July 13–26 
Allées des Républicains Espagnols 
34043 Montpellier 
Telephone: 33 4 67 61 66 81 
E-mail: 

 

GERMANY 
 
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Diana Damrau, Countess of Baden-Baden and mad
bride of Munich

© Michael Tammaro 2015
 
FESTSPIELE BADEN-BADEN 
May 22–30 (Whitsun) 
July 9–12 
Festspielhaus und Festspiele 
Beim Alten Bahnhof 2 
D-76530 Baden-Baden 
Telephone: 49 72 2130 13101 
This year at Baden-Baden, Rolando Villazón directs his first opera, La Traviata, starring Olga Peretyatko as Violetta. Valery Gergiev conducts two operas — Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, in a new staging by the Mariinsky Theatre, and a concert version of Les Troyens. For the annual gala, Yannick Nézet-Séguin paces an all-star cast that includes Bryn Terfel as Almaviva, Diana Damrau as his wife, Anne Sofie von Otter as Marcellina, Rolando Villazón as Basilio and Luca Pisaroni in the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro.
OPERA: 
La Traviata. May 22, 25, 29
L’Orfeo (Monteverdi). June 19, 21
Queen of Spades. July 9, 11
Les Troyens. July 12
Le Nozze di Figaro. July 16, 19
CONCERT: 
Carmina Burana . May 2
RECITAL: 
Edita Gruberova. May 3
 
BAYREUTH–RICHARD WAGNER FESTIVAL 
July 25–August 28 
Festspielhügel 1-2 
D-95445 Bayreuth 
Telephone: 49 921 78 78 0 
This season’s festival brings a sole new production (a step up from the 2014 festival, which had no new productions) — Tristan und Isolde, directed by Katharina Wagner, the great-granddaughter of Richard; Christian Thielemann conducts. Among the revivals, Lohengrin, directed by Hans Neuenfels, is in its sixth year, though it takes on a new conductor in Alain Altinoglu. Frank Castorf’s full Ring cycle was first seen in 2013 and has since made consecutive appearances with Kirill Petrenko on the podium. This year’s Fliegende Holländer brings in Axel Kober to replace Christian Thielemann, who had conducted the production in its first three years.
OPERA: 
Tristan und Isolde. July 25, Aug. 2, 7, 13, 18, 23
Lohengrin . July 26, Aug. 4, 16, 20, 27
Das Rheingold . July 27, Aug. 9, 21
Die Walküre . July 28, Aug. 10, 22
Siegfried . July 30, Aug. 5, 12, 24
Der Fliegende Holländer . July 31, Aug. 3, 8, 15, 19, 28
Götterdämmerung . Aug. 1, 14, 26
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The early-baroque Palais in Grossen Garten, a picturesque Dresden Music Festival venue
© Antje Heinze 2015
 
DRESDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL 
May 13–June 7 
P.O. Box 10 04 53 
D-01074 Dresden 
Telephone: 49 351 478 560 
This year’s festival calls itself “Fire and Ice,” characterized by music of heated passion and cool classics. The Opening Gala features Simone Kermes singing one aria by Rossini and one by Verdi to inaugurate a new concert venue, the Messe Dresden. Julia Lezhneva joins the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra for a Handel and Mozart concert program. Dresden then turns to Spanish Baroque music with Al Ayre Español, featuring soprano Raquel Andueza. Vocal Concert Dresden performs Mikis Theodorakis’s Liturgy No. 2 for A Cappella Choir, which the Dresden Festival commissioned in 1983. Olga Peretyatko’s recital will include a program of works by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini and Richard Strauss. The Venice Baroque Orchestra performs an all-Vivaldi program with Karina Gauvin as the featured soloist.
CONCERT: 
Simone Kermes; Dresden Festival Orchestra, Bolton. May 14
Julia Lezhneva; Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Häkkinen. May 15
Raquel Andueza, Al Ayre Español. May 19
Vocal Concert Dresden, Kopp. May 26
Karina Gauvin; Venice Baroque Orchestra, Marcon. June 5
RECITAL: 
Olga Peretyatko. June 1
 
GÖTTINGEN INTERNATIONAL
HANDEL FESTIVAL 
 
May 14–25 
Hainholzweg 3 
D-37085 Göttingen 
Telephone: 49 551 38 48 13 0 
Website: www.haendel.org 
The opera this season is Agrippina, conducted by Laurence Cummings, who conducted last season’s opera, Faramondo. Also noteworthy is the Ensemble Odd Size, singing a shortened Messiah with only four people, devoid of chorus, orchestra and conductor.
OPERA: 
Agrippina (Handel). May 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25
ORATORIO: 
Deborah (Handel). May 16
Messiah . May 20 (abridged)
Theodora (Handel). May 23
CONCERT: 
Maria Espada; Ghislieri Choir and Consort, Prandi. May 14
Suzana Ograjenšek; Odisea Ensemble. May 24
RECITAL: 
Sarah Connolly. May 21
Olivia Chaney. May 21
Markéta Cukrová. May 22
Ann Hallenberg. May 24
 
HERRENCHIEMSEE FESTIVAL 
July 14–26 
Am Gasteig 7 
D-83115 Neubeuern 
Telephone: 49 89 93 60 93 
This year’s motto is “Of Foreign Lands and Peoples,” which reflects the title of a Robert Schumann piece; the festival presents works by Czech, English, German and Italian composers.
OPERA: 
Manon Lescaut. July 18, 19
King Arthur (Purcell). July 20
ORATORIO: 
Bach cantatas. July 14
Stabat Mater (Dvořák). July 16
Das Paradies und die Peri (Schumann). July 26
CONCERT: 
Susanne Bernhard; Merel Quartet. July 24
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Puccini prima donna: Kristine Opolais is Manon Lescaut
and Madama Butterfly in Munich

kristineopolais.com
 

MUNICH OPERA FESTIVAL  

June 24–July 31 
Bayerische Staatsoper 
Max-Joseph-Platz 2 
D-80539 München 
Telephone: 49 89 218501 
Though Strauss’s 150th birthday occurred last season, his works still abound in Munich in 2015: Barrie Kosky’s spin on Die Schweigsame Frau, with a cast led by Brenda Rae, harks back to a 1609 Ben Jonson poem; Arabella gets a new production conducted by Philippe Jordan; and another Hofmannsthal collaboration, Elektra, plays in a 1997 production with Evelyn Herlitzius in the title role. Forbidden lovers also dominate: Elliot Madore and Elena Tsallagova star in a new Christiane Pohle production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and a Tristan und Isolde revival stars Peter Seiffert and Waltraud Meier, with René Pape as King Marke. Other new production highlights include Janáček’s Makropulos Case, directed by Árpád Schilling, with Nadja Michael as Emilia Marty and Pavel Černoch as Albert Gregor, and Diana Damrau’s Lucia in Barbara Wysocka’s take on the bride of Lammermoor. Hans Neuenfels’s Manon Lescaut, which had its premiere in November with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann, plays with the same amorous duo. Revivals include Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma; Opolais and Joseph Calleja in Butterfly; Don Carlo with Ramón Vargas, René Pape, Simon Keenlyside, Anja Harteros and Anna Smirnova; and Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien as Tatiana and Eugene Onegin. The award for most interesting recital goes to Erwin Schrott, who sings a Latin-American program entitled “Cuba Amiga.”
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Tender tenor: Jonas Kaufmann woos throughout Austria
and Germany

© Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music 2015
 
OPERA: 
Pelléas et Mélisande . June 28, July 1, 4, 7
Norma . June 29
The Makropulos Case . July 2
Die Schweigsame Frau (R. Strauss). July 5, 9
Arabella . July 6, 11, 14, 17
Tristan und Isolde . July 8, 12
Roberto Devereux . July 10, 15
Eloise (Jenkins). July 13m (children’s opera)
Madama Butterfly . July 13
Elektra . July 16, 19
L’Orfeo. July 18, 21, 23
Lucia di Lammermoor . July 22, 25
Don Carlo . July 24, 27, 30
Eugene Onegin . July 26, 29
Manon Lescaut . July 28, 31
CONCERT: 
Opera Studio Soloists. July 12, 18
Vespro della Beata Vergine (Monteverdi). July 19, 20
Tara Erraught, Orchestra Academy. July 20
RECITAL: 
Pavol Breslik. June 30
Edita Gruberova. July 3
Anne Schwanewilms. July 19
Jonas Kaufmann. July 20
Erwin Schrott. July 23
 
 
ROSSINI IN WILDBAD 
July 10–26 
König-Karl-Strasse 5 
D-75323 Bad Wildbad 
Telephone: 49 7081 10280 
OPERA: 
L’Inganno Felice (Rossini). July 11, 17, 23
Le Cinesi (Gluck). July 12, 18, 25
Bianca e Falliero (Rossini). July 18, 24, 26
L’Italiana in Algeri. July 19, 22
RECITAL: 
Margarita Gritskova. July 10
Rossini arias and ensembles. July 16, 17, 24
 
SCHWETZINGEN FESTIVAL 
April 25–May 30 
Schloss 
68723 Schwetzingen 
Telephone: 49 7221 300 200 
Website: www.swr.de 
The opening event is a zarzuela smorgasbord featuring the seldom-seen Acis y Galetea, by Spanish composer Antonio de Literes, alongside various selections by Luis de Milan, Diego Ortiz and others, performed by the ensemble La Traditora and soprano Mariana Flores. The festival also offers the premiere of an opera by Hèctor Parra, whose métier is electroacoustic composition.
OPERA: 
Wild  (Parra). May 22, 24, 25 (world premiere) 
CONCERT: 
Zarzuela concert. Apr. 25
SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble, Helgath. Apr. 30
Marianne Beate Kielland; SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Immerseel. May 9
Tenebrae, English Choral Music A Cappella. May 21
Christiane Karg; Arcangelo, Cohen. May 25
RECITAL: 
Krassimira Stoyanova. Apr. 26
Christian Gerhaher. May 12
Matthias Goerne, Zwölf Gedichte (Schumann). May 26
 
 RUHR TRIENNALE
August 14-September 26
Leithestrasse 35
D-45886 Gelsenkirchen
Telephone: 49 209 60 50 71 00
E-mail: info@ruhrtriennale.de
Website: ruhrtriennale.de

OPERA:
Accatone (after Bach). Aug. 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23 (world premiere)
L’Orfeo. Aug. 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, Sept.3, 4, 5, 6
Prometeo (Nino). Sept. 8, 11, 12, 13
Das Rheingold. Sept. 12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26
CONCERT:
“Homage to Gerard Mortier.” Aug. 16
Die Schöpfung. Aug. 27
Requiem (Mozart). Sept. 5

 

GREAT BRITAIN 

 

 

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Mark Padmore sings the world premiere of The Cure in Aldeburgh
© Marco Borggreve 2015
 

ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL 

June 12–28 
Snape Maltings Concert Hall 
Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP 
Telephone: 44 1 728 687 110 
Mark Padmore and Elizabeth Atherton open the festival in a Birtwistle double bill of The Corridor and The Cure, the latter of which is a world-premiere chamber opera that begins with Jason’s return home with the Golden Fleece and traces his relationship with the sorceress Medea. Notable concert and recital performances include Andreas Scholl singing Purcell and Dowland; Alice Coote tackling Haydn, Britten, Mozart and Schubert; and John Eliot Gardiner leading Mozart’s Requiem and “Ave verum corpus,” as well as a Bach cantata.
OPERA: 
The Corridor (Birtwistle)/The Cure (Birtwistle). June 12, 14, 15 (world premiere of The Cure)
CONCERT: 
Claire Booth; Mahler Chamber Orchestra, G. Benjamin. June 13
English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir, Gardiner. June 19
Alice Coote; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oramo. June 24
RECITAL: 
Andreas Scholl. June 13
Alice Coote. June 18
MASTER CLASS: 
Andreas Scholl. June 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16
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A bustling boulevard of Buxton, home of a two-week summer festival
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BUXTON FESTIVAL 
July 10–25 
Water Street 
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN 
Telephone: 44 12 98 70 395 
OPERA: 
Giovanna d’Arco. July 11, 14, 17, 21, 24
Lucia di Lammermoor. July 12, 15, 18, 22, 25
Louise (Charpentier). July 16, 19, 23
CONCERT: 
Madeleine Pierard; English Chamber Orchestra, Barlow. July 10
RECITAL: 
Soraya Mafi. July 11
Roderick Williams. July 12
James McOran-Campbell. July 16
Lizzie Ball. July 16, 17
Ben Johnson. July 19
Rosalind Coad. July 21
Gillian Keith. July 23

 
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL 
FESTIVAL 
 
 
August 7–31 
The Hub, Castlehill 
Edinburgh EH1 2NE 
Telephone: 44 131 473 2000 
E-mail: eif@eif.co.uk 
Website: www.eif.co.uk 
Three operas take to the concert stage: Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress receives one performance by Emily Birsan, Elizabeth DeShong, Andrew Staples and Peter Rose; Mozart’s Figaro (Hanno Müller-Brachmann) weds Susanna (Ekaterina Siurina); and Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comedy, H. M. S. Pinafore, assembles a fine assortment of British singers, including Toby Spence and Elizabeth Watts. In the fully staged realm, Barrie Kosky brings his Magic Flute filled with film animations and a 1920s-style flair, while the one-act chamber opera The Last Hotel receives its world premiere, with music by Donnacha Dennehy and a libretto by Irish playwright Enda Walsh. Another noteworthy presentation has John Eliot Gardiner conducting a Berlioz program — the Symphonie Fantastique followed by its intended sequel for two voices, chorus and orchestra, Lélio.
OPERA: 
Die Zauberflöte. Aug. 27, 28, 29, 30
The Last Hotel (Dennehy). Aug. 8, 10, 11, 12 (world premiere) 
OPERA IN CONCERT: 
The Rake’s Progress. Aug. 12
Le Nozze di Figaro. Aug. 13, 15, 16
H. M. S. Pinafore. Aug. 23
ORATORIO: 
Requiem (Mozart). Aug. 18
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven). Aug. 29
CONCERT: 
Michael Spyres, Laurent Naouri (Lélio); Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Gardiner. Aug. 13
Anna Larsson, Johan Reuter; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, E. Gardner. Aug. 14
Lawrence Brownlee; Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen. Aug. 22
Diana Damrau, Nicolas Testé; European Union Youth Orchestra, Noseda. Aug. 25
RECITAL: 
Valentina Nafornita. Aug. 12
Sarah Connolly. Aug. 17
Iestyn Davies. Aug. 19
James Gilchrist. Aug. 20
Christine Brewer. Aug. 22
Matthias Goerne. Aug. 29
 
GARSINGTON OPERA 
June 5–July 18 
The Old Garage, The Green, Great Milton 
Oxford OX44 7NP 
Telephone: 44 1865 368201 
OPERA: 
Così Fan Tutte. June 5, 7, 13, 19, 22, 25, 28, July 3, 8, 11
Intermezzo (R. Strauss). June 6, 8, 14, 20, 26, July 2, 5, 7, 9
Death in Venice. June 21, 23, 27, July 1, 4, 10
 
GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA 
May 21–August 30 
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU 
Telephone: 44 1273 815000 
This year’s festival includes three new productions — Poliuto, with Michael Fabiano in the title role alongside Ana María Martínez as Paolina; Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail, in a David McVicar staging conducted by festival music director Robin Ticciati; and Saul, which marks Barrie Kosky’s Glyndebourne debut. Fans of Ravel can catch his only two operas in a revival of Laurent Pelly’s 2012 festival production; Ticciati conducts Danielle de Niese in the double bill. Fiona Shaw directs her two-year-old Rape of Lucretia, and David McVicar guides Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Pavel Černoch and Paulo Szot as Carmen, Don José and Escamillo, respectively.
OPERA: 
Poliuto (Donizetti). May 21, 24, 29, June 2, 5, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 26, July 2, 9, 12, 15
Carmen. May 23, 28, 31, June 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, July 1, 4, 11
Die Entführung aus dem Serail. June 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 30, July 3, 8, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25, 31, Aug. 2, 7, 10
The Rape of Lucretia. July 5, 10, 17, 24, 30, Aug. 4, 9, 14, 19
L’Heure Espagnole (Ravel)/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel). Aug. 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
ORATORIO: 
Saul (Handel). July 23, 26, Aug. 1, 6, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
 
GRANGE PARK OPERA 
June 4–July 18 
24 Broad Street 
Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AQ 
Telephone: 44 1962 73 73 73 
OPERA: 
La Bohème. June 6, 11, 14, 27, July 11, 17
Samson et Dalila. June 20, 24, 28, July 4, 9, 16
Eugene Onegin. July 10, 12, 15, 18
MUSICAL THEATER: 
Fiddler on the Roof. June 4, 5, 12, 13, 18, 21, 25, 26, July 2, 3
 
IFORD ARTS FESTIVAL 
June 6–August 8 
The Gatehouse 
Iford, Bradford on Avon 
Wiltshire BA15 2BA 
Telephone: 44 1225 868 124 
OPERA: 
Un Ballo in Maschera. June 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). June 27, July 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10
Agrippina (Handel). July 25, 29, 31, Aug. 1, 4, 5
 
OPERA HOLLAND PARK 
June 2–July 31 
Stable Yard 
London W8 6LU 
Telephone: 44 300 999 1000 
OPERA: 
Il Trittico. June 2, 5, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
Flight (Dove). June 6, 10, 12, 17, 19
Aida. June 24, 26, July 1, 4, 8, 10, 16, 19, 21, 24
Lakmé (Delibes). July 9, 11, 15, 18, 23, 27, 29, 31
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Todd). July 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, Aug. 1
L’Amore dei Tre Re (Montemezzi). July 22, 25, 28, 30, Aug. 1
 
OPERA NORTH, U.K. 
April 23–July 10 
On tour 
Telephone: 44 113 243 9999 
OPERA: 
Der Ring des Nibelungen. Apr. 23, 30, May 14, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 (Leeds); June 6, 7, 9, 11 (Nottingham); 13, 14, 16, 18 (Salford Quays); 28, 29, July 1, 3 (London); 5, 6, 8, 10 (Gateshead)
 
ISRAEL 

 
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Masada in Israel overlooks a 2012 performance of Carmen
Courtesy The Israel Opera
 
ISRAELI OPERA FESTIVAL 
June 4–25 
19 Shaul Hamelech Blvd. 
Tel-Aviv 61332 
OPERA: 
Tosca. June 4, 6, 11, 13
L’Elisir d’Amore. June 24, 25
CONCERT: 
Carmina Burana. June 5, 12

 

ITALY 

 
ARENA DI VERONA 
June 19–September 6 
Via Dietro Anfiteatro, 6b 
I-37121 Verona 
Telephone: 39 458 005151 
Website: www.arena.it 
Not surprisingly, Italians dominate this festival. Verdi’s Nabucco leads off the program, with the first performances conducted by Riccardo Frizza, followed by Aida, in Franco Zeffirelli’s production. Zeffirelli’s Don Giovanni also takes the stage, along with Hugo de Ana’s productions of Tosca and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. For color, Verona adds the French Roméo et Juliette and Carmen, plus Orff’s Carmina Burana.
OPERA: 
Nabucco. June 19, 25, July 3, 9, 15, 18, 23, Aug. 13, 18, 22, 26, 29, Sept. 1, 5
Aida. June 20, 27, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 25, 31, Aug. 9, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 30, Sept. 2, 6
Tosca. June 26, July 8, 11, 16, Aug. 6, 14
Don Giovanni. July 4, 10, 17, 30
Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Aug. 1, 7, 20, 28, Sept. 4
Roméo et Juliette. Aug. 8, 21, Sept. 3
OPERA IN CONCERT: 
Carmen. July 24
CONCERT: 
Carmina Burana. Aug. 25
 
FESTIVAL DELLA VALLE D’ITRIA 
July 15–August 4 
Centro Artistico Musicale Paolo Grassi 
Palazzo Ducale 
I-74015 Martina Franca 
Telephone: 39 080 4805100 
OPERA: 
Le Braci (Tutino). July 15, Aug. 1
L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). July 16, 18, 29
Don Checco (De Giosa). July 21, 31
Medea in Corinto (Mayr). July 30, Aug. 2, 4
 
MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO 
April 27–June 28 
Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7 
50123 Firenze 
Telephone: 39 055 2779 350 
Although this is the seventy-eighth festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, it will be the first festival in the new Opera di Firenze, which replaced the Teatro Communale as the primary opera house of Florence in 2014.
OPERA: 
Fidelio. Apr. 27, 30, May 3, 5
The Turn of the Screw. May 22, 24, 26, 28
Lo Specchio Magico (Vacchi). June 5, 7, 10, 12
Pelléas et Mélisande. June 18, 21, 23, 26
CONCERT: 
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Chorus and Orchestra, Mehta. May 2, 7, 14
 
FESTIVAL PUCCINI 
July 24–August 30 
Via delle Torbiere, 1 
55049 Torre del Lago Puccini 
Telephone: 39 584 359322 
OPERA: 
Tosca. July 24, 31, Aug. 15, 21, 30
Turandot. July 25, Aug. 7, 16, 23, 28
Madama Butterfly. Aug. 1, 8, 14, 22, 29
La Rondine. Aug. 9, 13, 20, 27
 
RAVENNA FESTIVAL 
May 23–July 26 
Via Dante Alighieri, 1 
I-48100 Ravenna 
Telephone: 39 544 249244 
OPERA: 
Falstaff. July 23, 25, 26
MUSICAL THEATER: 
The Rocky Horror Show. May 22, 23, 24
CONCERT: 
Roberto Vecchioni; Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, Menicagli. June 14
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Olga Peretyatko, recitalist in Dresden and Pesaro
© Uwe Arens 2015
 
ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL 
August 10–22 
Via Rossini 24 
I-61121 Pesaro 
Telephone: 39 721 38001 
OPERA: 
La Gazza Ladra. Aug. 10, 13, 16, 19
La Gazzetta. Aug. 11, 14, 17, 20
L’Inganno Felice. Aug. 12, 15, 18, 21
Il Viaggio a Reims. Aug. 14, 17
ORATORIO: 
Messa di Gloria. Aug. 15, 18
Stabat Mater. Aug. 22
RECITAL: 
Chiara Amarù. Aug. 16
Olga Peretyatko. Aug. 19
Florian Sempey. Aug. 21
 
TEATRO LA FENICE 
Ongoing 
Campo S. Fantin 1965 
I-30124 Venezia 
Telephone: 39 041 786511 
OPERA: 
La Traviata. Apr. 24, 26, May 3, 7, 9, 21, 23, 29, June 4, 7, 9, 13
Madama Butterfly. May 8, 10, 22, 26, 28, 31
Norma. May 20, 24, 27, 30, June 3, 6
La Scala di Seta (Rossini). June 24, 26, 28, July 2, 4
Tosca. Aug. 29, Sept. 2, 4, 13, 16, 20, 22, 25
La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Rossini). Sept. 9, 17, 19, 24, 26
ORATORIO: 
Juditha Triumphans (Vivaldi). June 25, 27, 30, July 3, 5
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The third century Baths of Caracalla, Rome
© Adam Eastland/Alamy 2015
 
TERME DI CARACALLA 
July 6–August 7 
Biglietteria del Teatro dell’Opera 
Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 1 
00184 Roma 
Telephone: 39 06 4816 0255 
Website: www.operaroma.it 
OPERA: 
Madama Butterfly. July 6, 9, 14, 16, 30, Aug. 6
Turandot. July 15, 18, 20, 24, 28, 31, Aug. 4, 8
La Bohème. July 25, Aug. 1, 3, 5, 7

 

NETHERLANDS 
 
HOLLAND FESTIVAL 
May 30–June 28 
Piet Heinkade 5 
1019 BR Amsterdam 
The Netherlands 
Telephone: 31 20 523 77 87 
OPERA: 
Lulu. June 1, 6, 8, 14, 20, 23, 25, 28
MIXED MEDIA: 
Innerlijke Landschap (Wenjing). June 16

 

NORWAY 

 
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Troldhaugen, the once-home of Edvard Grieg and a current Bergen Festival concert venue
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BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 
May 27–June 10 
Vaskerelvsmauet 6 
5012 Bergen 
Telephone: 47 55 21 06 30 
E-mail: info@fib.no 
Website: www.fib.no 
OPERA: 
Adam and Eve — A Divine Comedy (Ore). May 28, 29
Orfeo. June 10
OPERA IN CONCERT: 
Porgy and Bess. May 27, 28 (abridged)
Catone in Utica (Vinci). June 1
MUSICAL THEATER: 
King Size (Marthaler). June 2, 3
RECITAL: 
Bo Skovhus (Winterreise). May 31
Anne Sofie von Otter. June 2

 

ROMANIA 
 
GEORGE ENESCU FESTIVAL 
August 30–September 20 
Strada Benjamin Franklin 
010491 Bucharest 
Telephone: 40 21 317 8081 
The opening concert includes instrumental work by Enescu alongside Orff’s Carmina Burana. Anja Harteros sings an all-German program featuring Strauss’s Four Last Songs, and Carolyn Sampson appears in both the Paulus oratorio and a Purcell, Britten and Handel program entitled “Odes for St. Cecilia.” Other soloists in concert include Elena Pankratova, Anne Schwanewilms, René Pape, Paul Appleby, Iestyn Davies, Michael Volle, Evelyn Herlitzius, Sarah Connolly, Ian Bostridge and Anna Prohaska.
OPERA: 
Catone in Utica (Vinci). Sept. 6
Wozzeck. Sept. 14
L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Sept. 18
Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. Sept. 19
OPERA IN CONCERT: 
Elektra. Sept. 13
CONCERT: 
Jennifer O’Loughlin, Max Emanuel Cencic, Levente Molnár; Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic, Järvi. Aug. 30
Madrigal National Choir, Ungureanu. Aug. 30
Marius Vlad Budoiu; Israel Philharmonic, Mehta. Aug. 31
Symphony No. 8 (Mahler). Sept. 2
Anja Harteros; Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Sept. 5
Various Soloists; The King’s Consort, King. Sept. 5
Valery Sokolov; Radio Academic Choir, Temirkanov. Sept. 11
Elisabeth Kulman; Wiener Philharmoniker, Bychkov. Sept. 15
Ruxandra Donose, Vincent Wolfsteiner; Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Mandeal. Sept. 16
Valentina Nafornita; Wiener Philharmoniker, Bychkov. Sept 16
ORATORIO: 
Paulus (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy). Sept. 4
Saul (Handel). Sept. 13

 

RUSSIA 

 

STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS 
 
MUSIC FESTIVAL 
May 24–August 14 
1 Theatre Square 
St. Petersburg 
Telephone: 7 812 326 4141 
Website: www.mariinsky.ru 

 

SPAIN 
 
ÓPERA DE LAS PALMAS 
DE GRAN CANARIA 
Ongoing 
Calle San Francisco, 6 
35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 
Telephone: 34 928 37 01 25 
OPERA: 
Faust. Apr. 21, 23, 25
Madama Butterfly. May 27, 29, 31
 
SWEDEN 

 

DROTTNINGHOLM COURT 
THEATER FESTIVAL 
August 2–16 
Drottningholms Slottsteater 
Box 6 
SE-178 02 Drottningholm 
Telephone: 46 8 556 931 00 
E-mail: dst@dtm.se 
Website: www.dtm.se 
OPERA: 
Le Nozze di Figaro. Aug. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

 

SWITZERLAND 
 
LUCERNE FESTIVAL 
August 14–September 13 
Hirschmattstrasse 13 
CH-6002 Luzern 
Telephone: 41 41 226 44 00 
Vocal highlights of this year’s festival include a staging of Britten’s Albert Herring, with Howard Arman conducting soloists of the Luzerner Theater under the direction of Tobias Heyder; a semi-staged performance of Verdi’s Falstaff, featuring Ambrogio Maestri as the fat knight, Eva Mei as Mistress Ford, and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott; and The Dream of Gerontius, with Simon Rattle leading the Vienna Philharmonic and soloists Magdalena Kožená, Toby Spence and Roderick Williams. Matthias Goerne joins Andris Nelsons and the festival orchestra in selections from Mahler’s Knaben Wunderhorn; later, Nelsons’s reading of Stravinsky’s ballet score Pulcinella will feature a trio of vocal soloists led by Anna Caterina Antonacci. Anja Harteros offers the Four Last Songs in an all-Strauss program, with the Dresden Staatskapelle and its music director, Christian Thielemann. Violinist Isabelle Faust will join Christine Schäfer for György Ligeti’s knotty Kafka Fragments.
OPERA: 
Falstaff. Aug. 26 (semi-staged)
Albert Herring. Sept. 5, 9, 11, 13
ORATORIO: 
The Dream of Gerontius. Sept. 13
CONCERT: 
Anna Lucia Richter; Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Haitink. Aug. 14, 15
Matthias Goerne; Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Nelsons. Aug. 19
Ruby Hughes, Ursula Eittinger; Basel Chamber Orchestra, Pinnock. Aug. 21
Maria Korovatskaya; Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland, Wyttenbach. Aug. 22
Anna Caterina Antonacci, Paolo Fanale, Alex Esposito; Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gatti. Aug. 24
Graduates of the “Jardin des Voix”; Les Arts Florissants, Christie. Sept. 5
Anja Harteros; Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Sept. 7
Christine Schäfer; Isabelle Faust (violin). Sept. 12
Elisabeth Kulman; Vienna Philharmonic, Bychkov. Sept. 12
RECITAL: 
Silke Gäng. Sept. 3
 
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A busy tent in the village of Verbier in the Swiss Alps
© Nicolas Brodard 2015
 
VERBIER FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY 
 
July 18–August 3 
4, Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 
CH-1800 Vevey 
Telephone: 41 848 771 882 
The festival’s operatic highlights include a concert of excerpts from Luisa Miller, with diva-of-the-moment Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, supported by Daniela Barcellona, Piotr Beczala, Simone Piazzola and Ildar Abdrazakov; Gianandrea Noseda conducts the festival orchestra. Matthias Goerne will be the Duke in a concert Bluebeard’s Castle, with Ildikó Komlósi as his unfortunate bride and Charles Dutoit on the podium. A semi-staged Bohème will feature the students of the festival’s academy.
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Soprano Pretty Yende, active soloist in
Switzerland
 
OPERA IN CONCERT:
 
Luisa Miller (excerpts). July 20
La Bohème (semi-staged). Aug. 2
Bluebeard’s Castle. Aug. 2
ORATORIO: 
Saint Matthew Passion (Bach). July 24
CONCERT: 
Malin Hartelius, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Tilman Lichdi, Konstantin Wolff; Festival Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Koopman. July 21
Pretty Yende and instrumentalists. July 22
Tatiana Monogarova; Festival Chamber Orchestra, Takács-Nagy. July 27
Resurrection Symphony (Mahler). July 29
Pretty Yende; Joshua Bell, Festival Chamber Orchestra. Aug. 1
RECITAL: 
Mark Padmore. July 20
Mikhail Petrenko. July 21
Angela Gheorghiu. July 25
Matthias Goerne. July 30
Pretty Yende. July 30
 
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Zurich Opera House at twilight
© travelstock 44/Alamy 2015
 
ZURICH FESTIVAL 
 
June 12–July 12 
Rämistrasse 4 
CH-8001 Zurich 
Telephone: 41 44 269 90 90 
OPERA: 
La Verità in Cimento (Vivaldi). June 13, 16
Aida. June 14, 17, 20
I Capuleti e i Montecchi. June 21, 24, 27, 30, July 5, 7, 9, 12
L’Elisir d’Amore. June 26, 28, July 2, 5
Robin Hood. June 27 (family opera)
Elektra. June 28, July 3, 10
La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart). July 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11
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