Three hundred and sixty-six curtain raisers and around thirty programs, including fourteen new shows with parity between opera and ballet, the next season of the Paris Opera hopes to put an end to postponements and cancellations (national strikes, internal conflicts, Covid-19 pandemic) which have weakened its operation for three seasons.
Eighteen operas are on the program, compared to twenty-one the previous year, i.e. eleven revivals and seven new productions (one less than in 2021-2022), including three entrusted to directors invited for the first time to the Paris Opera – Valentina Carrasco, Deborah Warner and Lydia Steier, the latter opening the ball.
It’s with Salome, by Richard Strauss that the American will make her debut in October on the Bastille plateau, the pit hosting the baton of Simone Young. Second shock female tandem in January 2023 with the Peter Grimes, de Britten: Deborah Warner will sign the management while Joana Mallwitz will start in the pit of the Palais Garnier. But it’s to the highly anticipated repertoire entry of Nixon in China, by John Adams, in March 2023, which Valentina Carrasco will tackle, the music of the American composer being defended in Bastille by the musical director in person, Gustavo Dudamel.
Two French operas inspired by Shakespeare will also share the stage on the 12and arrondissement : Hamlet, by Ambroise Thomas, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock (March 2023), Thomas Jolly being entrusted with the Romeo and Juliet de Gounod who will end the season in June 2023. As for Robert Carsen, he will continue his Handelian journey in April 2023 with Ariodante, under the direction of Harry Bicket at the head of the English Concert, while the young singers of the Academy will play with the Rossinian traps of La Scala di Seta at the Théâtre de l’Athénée (Pascal Neyron, Jean-François Verdier).
Among the eleven covers, the mythical Tristan and Isolda of Wagner conceived with four hands in 2005 by Peter Sellars and Bill Viola, under the explosive direction of Gustavo Dudamel. Many Italian titles will give pride of place to the new baguettes. From the talented Speranza Scappucci in Bellini (The Capulet and the Montagues by Robert Carsen) to Aziz Shokhakimov in Donizetti (the Lucia di Lammermoor by Andrei Serban), via Diego Matheuz in La Cenerentola, by Rossini (Guillaume Gallienne) or Jader Bignamini in The Force of Destiny, by Verdi (Jean-Claude Auvray). Without forgetting the Carmen by Fabien Gabel (Calixto Bieito), or Paolo Bortolameolli, who will share at the start of the season Tosca (Pierre Audi) with Gustavo Dudamel. The line-up will be completed by two Italians – The Trouvère Verdian by Alex Ollé and Bohemian Puccinienne by Claus Guth – and two Mozarts – The Marriage of Figaro by Netia Jones and The Magic Flute by Robert Carsen.
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