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By Eloise Giegerich

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⓵ American soprano Corinne Winters solos with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra for Berlioz’s Nuits d’Été (Apr. 11) before heading to the New York Festival of Song (Apr. 24), where she performs alongside baritone Efraín Solís in García Lorca: Muse and Magician, a vocal program that celebrates the Spanish poet and features the music of Poulenc, Montsalvatge and more. In June, Winters heads west to Santa Fe, for Leïla in The Pearl Fishers.

Robert Carsen directs the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Oceane, a two-act opera based on Theodor Fontane’s novella draft, Oceane von Parceval, at Deutsche Oper Berlin (Apr. 28–May 24). Named after the title character, the opera tells the story of a “mysterious woman from the sea” (sung by Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson), who attempts to fit into human society. Following Berlin, the Canadian director heads to Paris, for Iphigénie en Tauride at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Joseph Calleja sings a selection of arias for a special gala concert at the Budapest Spring Festival on April 19. The program, which includes composers from Mozart and Donizetti to Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Puccini and more, will be paced by Pier Giorgio Morandi, with accompaniment by the Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera. After Hungary, the Maltese tenor travels to Vienna, for the Duke of Mantua in the Staatsoper’s Rigoletto.

Sabine Devieilhe is Zerbinetta in Frederic Wake-Walker’s new Ariadne auf Naxos production at La Scala (Apr. 23–Jun. 22); Krassimira Stoyanova sings the title role, with pacing by Franz Welser-Möst. Following the Strauss, the French soprano returns to her home country, singing Gilda in Opéra de Marseille’s Rigoletto production, by Charles Roubaud.

⓹ On April 4–6, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Leoš Janáček’s song cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, which chronicles the courtship of a village boy and a Romany girl. The production, which makes its U.S. premiere at BAM, is directed by Ivo van Hove in collaboration with Flemish opera company Muziektheater Transparant.

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⓵ The world premiere of Jonathan Berger’s chamber opera, Leonardo, arrives at the 92nd Street Y on April 6. Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan sings the title role of the work, which explores the life of legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci and his search for the physical location of the human soul. Leonardo is the first chamber opera commissioned by the 92nd Street Y, and its stage design, by Gabriel Calatrava, will incorporate projections, shadow puppets and beams of light.

⓶ Deborah Warner’s Billy Budd staging arrives at the Royal Opera House, April 23 to May 10. The production, coproduced with Teatro Real Madrid and Opera di Roma, is the first Billy Budd to appear at Covent Garden in nearly two decades. Jacques Imbrailo (title role), Toby Spence (Edward Fairfax Vere) and Brindley Sherratt (John Claggart) star, with pacing by Ivor Bolton. 

⓷ French soprano Julie Fuchs sings Donna Fiorilla in Zurich Opera’s new staging of Il Turco in Italia, by director Jan Philipp Gloger (Apr. 28–May 29). Enrique Mazzola leads the cast, which also includes Nahuel Di Pierro (Selim) and Renato Girolami (Don Geronio). In between Turco performances, Fuchs gives a concert at the Opernhaus (May 13), singing Handel selections with the Orchestra La Scintilla; in June, she travels to Salzburg for the Whitsun Festival’s Farinelli & Friends gala concert.

⓸ In January, between performances of Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s Ring cycle, Tomasz Konieczny was named a Kammersänger at the Wiener Staatsoper, This month, the Polish bass-baritone continues his Wagner streak, appearing at the Met as Alberich in Robert Lepage’s Ring cycle, first in Siegfried (Apr. 13–May 9) and then in Götterdämmerung (Apr. 27–May 11). In May, Konieczny returns to Vienna, for the title role in Dantons Tod at the Staatsoper.

⓹ Pavel Černoch sings Sergei in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Paris Opera, April 2 to 25; Dmitry Ulyanov (Boris), John Daszak (Zinovy) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Katerina) also star, led by conductor Ingo Metzmacher. After Paris, the Czech tenor heads to Hamburg, for the title role in the Staatsoper’s Don Carlos, directed by Peter Konwitschny. spacer 

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