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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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© Simon Pauly (Hindoyan); © Ada Nieuwendijk (Soldier Songs); © Devon Cass (Graves); © Kika Press via ZUMA Press (Turturro); © Marica Rosengard (Mattila)

LA Opera stages a single performance of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs, in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects, on October 13. Directed by Ashley Tata, the production combines theater, opera and rock music, set against film footage by Bill Morrison. David Adam Moore stars as the Soldier. 

Domingo Hindoyan conducts the U.S. premiere of Richard Jones’s production of La Bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago, October 6–20 (and later, Jan. 10–25). Maria Agresta sings Mimì and Michael Fabiano, in his Lyric debut, sings Rodolfo. Later that month, the Venezuelan conductor paces Aida in Stockholm: in the new year, he leads Turandot at Wiener Staatsoper, with Lise Lindstrom in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Calàf.

American mezzo Denyce Graves makes her return to the Met, after more than a decade, singing Marnie’s Mother in the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie (Oct. 19–Nov. 10). Isabel Leonard sings the troubled title heroine, and Christopher Maltman sings Mark Rutland. Robert Spano conducts.

Italian–American actor John Turturro makes his opera debut directing a new Rigoletto at Teatro Massimo, in a coproduction with Turin, Liège and the Shaanxi Opera House (Oct. 13–21). Stefano Ranzani paces the cast, which includes George Petean in the title role, Giorgio Berrugi as the Duke and Maria Grazia Schiavo as Gilda.

Opera superstar Karita Mattila makes her company debut as Plotina in Canadian Opera Company’s world premiere of Hadrian, from composer (and singer/songwriter) Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor (Oct. 13–27). Thomas Hampson, also making his company debut, creates the title role; Isaiah Bell sings Antinous, Hadrian’s doomed lover. (See “First Look,” p. 64, for more on Hadrian.)

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American tenor Frederick Ballentine makes his U.K. debut singing Sportin’ Life in English National Opera’s first staging of Porgy and Bess (Oct. 11–Nov. 17). A coproduction with the Met and Dutch National Opera, the new Porgy is directed by James Robinson and features Eric Greene (Porgy), Nicole Cabell (Bess), Nmon Ford (Crown) and Latonia Moore (Serena). John Wilson conducts.

Es Devlin  designs the sets for David McVicar’s new Troyensstaging at the Wiener Staatsoper, October 14–November 4; Brandon Jovanovich (Enée), Joyce DiDonato (Didon) and Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cassandre) star. In December, catch the British designer’s sets at the Met, in Bartlett Sher’s Otello production.

At the Garnier, Paris Opera pays tribute to choreographer Jerome Robbins, with a ballet program featuring works of Bernstein, Glass, Bach and Debussy (Oct. 27–Nov. 14). Robbins’s centennial was celebrated earlier this year with Francesca Zambello’s West Side Story staging, which has been presented at Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. It travels, in May, to Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orlinński sings Unulfo in Jean Bellorini’s new production of Rodelinda at Opéra Lille, October 4–14. Emmanuelle Haïm paces the cast, which also includes Jeanine De Bique in the title role, Tim Mead (Bertarido) and Avery Amereau (Eduige). Following Lille, Orliński travels to Frankfurt to sing the title role in Rinaldo, before heading to the Champs-Élysées for Stabat Mater.

German soprano Elsa Dreisig sings Glauce in Andrea Breth’s new Medea staging, headlined by Sonya Yoncheva (Oct. 7–28); Daniel Barenboim conducts. Following the Cherubini, Dreisig remains at Unter den Linden, first for Diane in Aletta Collins’s new Hippolyte et Aricie staging, then for the world premiere of Claus Guth’s Violetter Schnee (Violet Snow), where she creates the role of Natascha alongside Anna Prohaska’s Silvia. spacer

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