After having focussed his interest on other repertory for quite a long time, Sébastien Rouland finally succumbed to the temptation of Giuseppe Verdi! His first choice being the French original-version of Don Carlos. He will conduct the opera in a new staging (by Roland Schwab) at his home-theatre, the Saarbrücken State Theatre, opening-night on January 24, 2020.
There are more reasons than only one for rejoicing! First of all, Arie van Beek who is usually fully booked with symphony-concerts, is finally conducting opera again! And then this opera is nothing less than a world-premiere; even the first ever opera written by the French composer Guillaume Connesson who has meanwhile been highly acclaimed not only in France, but also internationally. The opera with the title Les Bains Macabres will be premiered on January 24, 2020 at the Théâtre Impérial in Compiègne, followed by a series of performances at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet in Paris as from January 31. The orchestra is Les Frivolités Parisiennes (Choir: Les Eléments) and the stage-director Florent Siaud.
After having had a tremendous success in Offenbach’s Barkouf at the Cologne Opera, Patrick Kabongo returns to his standard-repertoire, to Rossini! He will appear as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia first at the Tours Opera and a few months later at the Heidelberg Theatre. In between these two engagements he will be performing the title-role of Le Comte Ory at the Metz Opera.
Opening-night in Tours on January 29, 2020
Following her acclaimed Dido within the highly successful revival of the Sasha-Waltz-production of Dido&Aeneas at the Berlin State Opera, Marie-Claude Chappuis is making a role-debut in St. Gallen: Celebrating Jacques Offenbach’s 200th anniversary she is singing the title-role in La Belle Hélène for the very first time!
Conductor: Nicolas André, stage-director: Ansgar Weigner.
Opening-night on December 7, 2019
Having been born in Vienna, Kristiane Kaiser is taking over the role of the Viennese aristocratic daughter Lisa in Lehár’s operetta The Land of Smiles at the Cologne Opera. The performances in concert-version conducted by Stefan Soltesz and with Cologne’s rising tenor-star Young Woo Kim as Chinese Prince Sou-Chong are taking place on New Year Eve and on January 4th, 2020.
Kristiane Kaiser enjoys cultivating also her lyric competence continuously in addition to the dramatic roles which she conquered in recent years (Tannhäuser-Elisabeth, Salome, Senta). Thus appearances as Mozart’s Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at her Vienna home-theatre on December 12th and 17th as well as on January 2nd, 2020 are framing her Cologne guest-appearances.