Operas

Eugene Onegin @ Garsington opera 2016 - Duet

Tchaikovsky – EUGENE ONEGIN

The 2016 season at Garsington Opera brings a second production of EUGENE ONEGIN to THE OPERA PLATFORM. Immortal melodies and heart-rending drama combine to open a window into the Russian soul.

Aix-en-Provence: Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy – PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, Claude Debussy’s only complete opera, returns to Festival d’Aix-en-Provence after a 40-year absence. Inspired by Maurice Maeterlinck’s play, the mysterious story of two fallen lovers is presented in a new production filled with dream-like realism.

Latvian National Opera: Macbeth

Verdi – MACBETH

Thought is the most powerful weapon. Verdi’s first Shakespearean opera is a parable on political immorality – and a revolution of the then-existing opera conventions. Macbeth is a man who sees what he wants to see. His world isn’t ruled by tyrants, but by ideas.

Welsh National Opera: In Parenthesis

Bell - IN PARENTHESIS

The world premiere of IN PARENTHESIS is British composer Iain Bell’s adaptation of the epic poem by Welsh writer David Jones. Directed by David Pountney, the opera was commissioned as part of the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary....

Dutch National Opera: The Queen of Spades

Tchaikovsky – THE QUEEN OF SPADES

‘What is life? A game!’ Renowned director Stefan Herheim directs Tchaikovsky’s much-loved opera about a young man who, for the prospect of earthly wealth, gambles away his chance for love and happiness.

Oper Stuttgart: Reigen

Boesmans - REIGEN

Ten more or less erotic encounters – from all walks of life. Celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday, Oper Stuttgart presents Philippe Boesmans’ REIGEN, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play LA RONDE.  As at the premiere in 1993, the performance is conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.

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Puccini – MANON LESCAUT

Youthful vitality characterises Puccini’s sumptuous, richly-coloured score. Asmik Grigorian leads an exceptional cast in the title role of MANON LESCAUT in the new production from Latvian National Opera.

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Wagner - PARSIFAL

Richard Wagner’s last and most enigmatic opera PARSIFAL takes its hero on a quest which leads from the mysterious but decaying community of the Grail, through sexual awakening in Klingsor’s magic garden, towards transformation of the soul and rebirth of the devastated land.

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Wagner – THE VALKYRIE

Genius creator of the most extensive work in the history of opera, Wagner made his mighty ‘RING’ in a world where man exists alongside dwarfs, giants and gods. Director, Pierre Audi offers a simple but yet ingenious look on the fatal love story between Siegmund and Sieglinde.