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May 18, 2022
On May 18, 2022, Irina Lungu will sing the role of Marguerite in Faust at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon, in the premiere of a new production by Alfonso Romero Mora and under the musical direction of Maestro Antonio Pirolli. She will share the stage with Mario Bahg in the title role, Rubén Amoretti as Méphistophélès, André Baleiro as Valentin and Càtia Moreso as Siebel. There will be two additional performances on May 20 and 22, 2022. "Marguerite is a character that undergoes an extraordinary transformation throughout the opera", says the Russian soprano. "She has a strong duality, and one never knows to what extent she is a victim and to what extent she is a sinner. And I find that very interesting. From a vocal point of view, I can say that I don't find it particularly difficult. I’ve noticed that my voice is able to express very well her feelings and moods. The challenge of this role mostly lies in its musical language, which is extremely tied with the particularities of the French language. I needed to do a full immersion in the mentality of the French language so as to express as best as I could all that the composer required." Irina Lungu, who is making her Teatro Nacional de São Carlos debut, has already performed the role of Marguerite on numerous prestigious international stages including the Teatro alla Scala for her role debut, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Teatro Regio Turin, the Sydney Opera House, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and, just this past month and the Green National Opera Athens.
May 10, 2022
Raffaella Lupinacci will make her house debut at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam on May 10, singing Giovanna Seymour in a new production of Anna Bolena by Jetske Mijnssen and under the musical direction of Maestro Enrique Mazzola. This is the premiere of a series of seven performances running through May 29, 2022. She will share the stage with Marina Rebeka in the title role, Adrian Sâmpetrean as Enrico VIII, Ismael Jordi as Lord Riccardo Percy and Alice Molinari as Smeton. "The role of Giovanna Seymour is very challenging", states the young mezzo-soprano. "Vocally, it sits on a particularly high tessitura, and the goal of the interpreter should be trying to convey all the colors, nuances and intentions required by Donizetti through breath control. From a stage point of view, the challenge is to make the "good" Giovanna as described in literature coexist with her undeniable ambitious traits. My goal is to be able to express both her sensuality and personal ambitions with the sense of guilt she undeniably feels for Anna." The Calabria born singer made her highly acclaimed role debut as Giovanna Seymour at the Lithuanian Opera Vilnius in 2020 and reprised it earlier this year at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. [Photo by Chiara Mirelli]
April 20, 2022
On April 20, 2022, Sonya Yoncheva will perform her much celebrated recital Ad una stella at the Berlin Philharmonie, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau on the piano. The Bulgarian soprano has already presented Ad una stella, which includes music by Henri Duparc, Pauline Viardot, Ernest Chausson, Léo Delibes, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Martucci, Paolo Tosti and Giuseppe Verdi, on numerous prestigious stages worldwide including the Metropolitan Opera, Salle Gaveau Paris, Enescu Festival Bucharest, Munich Opera Festival, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Théâtre du Capitol Toulouse, Teatro Real Madrid, Salle Garnier Monte-Carlo, and the Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek Colorado. Previous appearances at the Berlin Philharmonie include a Verdi Tour-Gala Concert and Desdemona in Otello. Following this recital, Sonya will make her highly anticipated house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in a solo concert led by Nayden Todorov on April 30. The programme will include “Toi qui sus le néant des grandeurs de ce monde” from Verdi's Don Carlos, “In quelle trine morbide” from Puccini's Manon Lescaut, “Pace, pace, mio Dio” from Verdi's La forza del destino, "Se come voi piccina io fossi" from Puccini's Le villi, “Vissi d'arte” from Tosca and "Un bel dì vedremo" from Madama Butterfly. On May 6 and 9, Sonya will head to another prestigious Spanish opera house, the Teatro Real of Madrid to reprise Giordano's Siberia in the very first performances of the Verismo opera in the theatre's history. Singing the role of Stephana, Sonya will share the stage with Murat Karahan, George Petean, Elena Zilio, Mercedes Gancedo, Alejandro del Cerro, Albert Casals, Tomeu Bibiloni and Fernando Radó in the other parts. Domingo Hindoyan will lead the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real. Sonya Yoncheva made her role debut as Stephana in summer 2017 in concert at the Festival Radio France of Montpellier and reprised it last year for a staged run at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.
April 20, 2022
George Gagnidze will return to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for two performances of Tosca, singing his signature role of Scarpia on April 20 and 23. Replacing an ailing colleague, he will star alongside Oksana Dyka in the title role and Jonas Kaufmann as Cavaradossi. Juraj Valčuha will conduct Edoardo De Angelis' staging, which the Georgian baritone has already performed when it was created in 2020. At the Teatro San Carlo, he has also sung Germont in La traviata and Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana. He has long made a specialty of the role of Puccini’s evil Baron, having interpreted it to constant high acclaim in virtually all the most prestigious international opera houses such as the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. [Photo: Luciano Romano]
April 17, 2022
On April 17, 2022, Sonya Yoncheva will lead a performance of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, singing the title role in a one-off concert performance conducted by Kirill Petrenko. With the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit, she will share the stage with Mika Kares as King Renè, Liparit Avetisyan as Count Vaudemont, Andrey Zhilikhovsky as Robert, Duke of Burgundy and Michael Kraus as Ebn Chakia. The soprano, who has already graced the stage the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as Desdemona in Otello, Marguerite in Faust as well as in various gala concerts, is not new to the role of Iolanta, having performed it at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Opéra National de Paris.
April 14, 2022
On April 14 and 18, 2022, George Gagnidze will sing the role of Giorgio Germont in La traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in a production by Götz Friedrich and under the musical direction of Marie Jacquot. He will perform alongside Mané Galoyan as Violetta Valéry and Attilio Glaser as Alfredo Germont. The Georgian-German baritone has sung the role of Germont père on the most prestigious international stages such as the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Opéra National de Paris, Arena of Verona and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona. His numerous Deutsche Oper roles include the titles part of Rigoletto and Nabucco, Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier, Barnaba in La Gioconda and Scarpia in Tosca.