Early 2016 meets Sébastien Rouland busy with music by Charles Gounod twice. First he will conduct Faust for his return to the Aalto-Theater in Essen where he conducted Werther highly acclaimed in 2013. And then will take the lead of a rare opera, Le médecin malgré lui, for his debut with the Grand Théâtre in Geneva (stage director: Laurent Pelly). Although there is no direct correlation between these two new productions (except the conductor!), it is interesting to say that Le médecin malgré lui opened in 1858 in the same theatre, the Théâtre lyrique in Paris as Gounod’s Faust which had its world premiere there the following year.
Opening night of Faust in Essen on January 31, 2016.
Opening night of Le Médecin malgré lui in Geneva on April 4, 2016.