Anaïk Morel made her successful and most auspicious role-debut as Carmen at the Stuttgart State Opera in 2016, followed by further appearances with Bizet’s title-role in Zurich and Montpellier. Now this legendary role enables our mezzo-soprano from Lyon to make her debut with a legendary opera-company, the Royal Opera House London Covent Garden in London. First performance on June 22, 2019
The world of music is ceremonially celebrating the 200th anniversary of a great composer who first created the operetta-genre and then developed it straight to the summit of melodic inspiration, virtuosity, charm, humanism and humour with an ambiguous satire of our society: Jacques Offenbach!
Here to follow – in chronologic order - the upcoming Offenbach-events in which our artists will be involved:
Patrick Kabongo: Maître Peronilla at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on June 1st, 2019
Julien Behr: Offenbach-Galas at the Cologne Philharmony on June 22nd and at the Essen Philharmony on June 23rd, 2019
Sébastien Rouland and Les Musiciens du Louvre: Offenbach-Soirée Parisian Debaucheries at the Grafenegg-Festival on July 20th, 2019
Nicolas André (conductor) and Marie-Claude Chappuis (title-role): new production of La belle Hélène at the St Gallen Theatre - opening-night on December 7th, 2019
You will find further information on every individual artist’s pages under “Appearances”.
Second role-debut for Gabrielle Philiponet within the current season! After having successfully sung her first Leïla in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Nice Opera (a role which she will be performing again in Lille next season) and after making her debut with the Paris Opera (Frasquita in Carmen) she is now performing the role of Micaëla (Carmen) at the Metz Opera.
A logical extension of her repertoire which includes next to roles such as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Violetta (La Traviata) and Mimi (La Bohème) also roles of the French repertoire like Marguerite (Faust) and henceforth Leïla and Micaëla. Opening-night in Metz on June 16, 2019
Directly after an extensive series of La Traviata at the Vienna Volksoper throughout the month of June, Alfred Eschwé will be conducting a run of Tosca-performances at the Cologne Opera for the conclusion of the opera-season. In Cologne Adina Aaron, José Cura and Samuel Youn will get together for Puccini’s Verismo-thriller in quite a fierce staging at the Statenhaus. Following the official revival on June 30th further performances will take place on July 2nd, 5th, 11th and 14th.
During the last weeks Elsa Dreisig was shining at the Zurich Opera when making her overwhelming debut with the very difficult and demanding role of Manon (Massenet). Among many excellent reviews one could find the following one which expresses exquisite enthusiasm:
“This role-debut cannot be reported with the common verbiage “successful” only. Elsa Dreisig - not yet 30 years old – as Manon was downright sensational, outstanding and superior - simply to kneel down. Her vocal and musical interpretation of captivating easiness, commands over a wide range of dynamic facets with a timbre which is neither too bright nor too dark. Crystal clear is her vocal line, intonation and intervallic leaps. Thanks to her French-Danish parentage her phrasing is stupendously natural. Moreover her compliance in performing the young Manon Lescaut as a stage-character gives proof of the artist Elsa Dreisig’s enormous maturity and touching empathy“. (Oper Aktuell, Kaspar Sannemann, 07.04.2019)
Elsa Dreisig is now Zerlina within a new-production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Paris Opera (Palais Garnier). Conductor is Philippe Jordan, stage-director Ivo van Hove. Opening-night on June 11, 2019.
Rating the production of Le Postillon de Lonjumeau at the Opéra Comique in Paris as “successful” would be an understatement – to put it mildly. In fact this was a real triumph which Sébastien Rouland’s superior direction was a significant part of. Some press-cuts referring to this production:
„Here is a conductor who does not treat this music lightly, because this would eventually be “light” music. On the contrary, he reveals its lineage from the classic with harmonious accurateness.“ (Le Figaro)
„The Orchestra of the Rouen Opera follows Sébastien Rouland’s both animated and subtle direction with vivid spirit and brilliancy.“ (La Croix)
„Like a martial postillon Sébastien Rouland commands the Choeur Accentus and the Orchestra of the Rouen Opera with flowing ease and all requested brio, litheness and self-assuredness “. (Les Echos)
„From the conductor’s desk Sébastien Rouland elicits the best out of the Orchestra of the Rouen Opera, carving and enchasing the numerous jewels of the score like a goldsmith does.“ (Diapason)
Many more reviews could be quoted since Sébastien Rouland received cascading accolades!
Before reviving this marvellous production at the Rouen Opera in December of this year, Sébastien Rouland is presently back to the Saarbrucken Theater conducting his sixth and last opera production of the current season:
Charles Gounod’s Faust.
Opening night on May 31, 2019.