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By Eloise Giegerich

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⓵ Russian soprano Elena Stikhina makes her Salzburg debut singing the title role in Simon Stone’s new Médée production at the Summer Festival (Jul. 30–Aug. 19). Pavel Cˇernoch (Jason), Vitalij Kowaljow (Créon) and Rosa Feola (Dircé) also star. Next season, Stikhina makes her Geneva debut sharing the title role in a new Aida staging, appears as Yaroslavna in a new Prince Igor production at Opéra Bastille and later sings Norma at Boston Lyric Opera.

⓶  Ben Bliss sings Ferrando in R. B. Schlather’s new staging of Così Fan Tutte at Santa Fe Opera, July 13 to August 22. In September, the tenor opens his 2019–20 season with Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, in his Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut, before heading to Lyric Opera of Chicago for Don Ottavio and, later, the Met, for another Ferrando.

⓷ On August 4, Plácido Domingo celebrates his fiftieth anniversary at the Arena di Verona, singing excepts from NabuccoI Due Foscari and Macbeth. Later, he heads to Salzburg for Miller in a concert Luisa Miller at the Summer Festival, and in the fall he sings two title roles: Macbeth at the Met and Nabucco in Zurich.

⓸ On August 28, at Lucerne Festival’s KKL Luzern, Kirill Petrenko leads the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Choir in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, as well as selections from Lulu, featuring soloist Marlis Petersen.

⓹  Angela Meade gives a recital at Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival (Aug. 17), singing works by Bellini, Verdi and Meyerbeer. On August 21, the soprano joins Lawrence Brownlee, Juan Diego Flórez and more for the Rossini Opera Festival Gala, where she’ll sing Rossini classics under the baton of Carlo Rizzi.

⓺ Romeo Castellucci’s Salome staging arrives at the Salzburg Summer Festival for three nights (Aug. 25–31). Franz Welser-Möst paces the cast, which is headlined by Asmik Grigorian and also features John Daszak (Herodes), Anna Maria Chiuri (Herodias) and Gábor Bretz (Jochanaan).

⓻  Antonio Pappano makes his Tanglewood debut in a one-night special, leading the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, as well as Berlioz’s Nuits d’Été, with guest soloist Isabel Leonard (Aug. 1). In the fall, Pappano returns to Covent Garden, where his 2019–20 season includes two new productions—Fidelio, directed by Tobias Kratzer, and Elektra, directed by Christof Loy. 

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⓼ Soprano Golda Schultz and mezzo Ekaterina Gubanova head to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland for Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony (Aug. 3). Fabio Luisi conducts. In September, Schultz returns stateside, singing Clara in the New York premiere of James Robinson’s Porgy and Bess staging at the Met.

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⓽ Conductor Philippe Jordan leads two Brahms concerts with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at Lake Constance in Bregenz, August 4 and 5. The first night features Symphonies No. 1 and 2, and the second Symphonies No. 3 and 4. For the remainder of August, Jordan paces Barrie Kosky’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg staging at the Bayreuth Festival, which stars Michael Volle as Hans Sachs. spacer 

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