Friday, March 14, 2014

Bavarian State Opera

What would interest us?

The Makropulos Case with Nadja Michael, who was our Salome a few years back, as Emilia Marty.

Of course, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko in Manon Lescaut.  This is popular all over the world.

Marlis Peterson is doing Lulu.

Anja Harteros is doing Arabella. This is an opera that benefits from repeated viewings.  She's also singing Tosca.  Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann will repeat in La Forza del Destino.  Harteros will repeat in Don Carlo, but not Kaufmann.  Ditto for Il Trovatore.

Radvanovsky is doing Norma, but I think she's doing that here, too.

Ailyn Pérez and Charles Castronovo are doing Elixir.

Edita Gruberova will do Roberto Devereaux.  Is she the only one who does that now?

Larry Brownlee is singing Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte.  He's also doing the tenor in Rosenkavalier in Baden Baden.

They have a very distinguished cast for Don Giovanni with Christopher Maltman, Veronique Gens, Charles Castronovo and Erin Wall.  Is there a reason they are doing all three Mozart/Da Ponte operas next season?  Did I miss something?  They're also doing both of the German language Mozart operas.  Luca Pisaroni is singing Figaro so why is he doing the count in the US?  I'm confused. 

This is your chance to see Rolando Villazon do Hoffmann.

Opolais and Calleja will do Butterfly.

Waltraud Meier is in Elektra.  Wow.  If this isn't enough Strauss, they are also doing Frau ohne Schatten and Schweigsame Frau.  It's the Strauss 150 anniversary.

Opolais is singing Tatiana in Onegin.

They appear to have a rule there:  do 3/4 of Mozart, 2/3 of Strauss and 1/2 of Verdi every season plus a Ring.  No space for any new operas.  At least they're doing Lulu instead of Wozzeck.

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