Mar 11, 2010

Sneak peak: Lyon 2010-11 season [Villazon to direct Werther]

Even if the new season hasn't been revealed yet, the big news is already buzzing through town: Rolando Villazon will direct his first opera in Jan/Feb 2011 in Lyon, Werther (with Karine Deshayes).

I wonder if, having sung the role so many times, he thinks he can bring a vision to Massenet's piece. I doubt it, but of course, I wouldn't want to miss it either...

Next season will also feature :
  • Tristan und Isolde conducted by Kirill Petrenko, with Gary Lehman
  • Verdi's Luisa Miller directed by David Alden, conducted by Kazushi Ono, with Ermonela Jaho
  • Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias, played with Darius Milhaud's Boeuf sur le toit (both rarities) conducted by Lyon-born Ludovic Morlot (premiere in Lyon)
  • Stravinsky's Le Rossignol conducted by Kazushi Ono
  • Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy in March, shown separately over the past few years, conducted by Stefano Montanari
  • Rossini's Otello conducted by Evelino Pido [1]
  • Rachmaninov's Aleko and Monna Vanna
  • a Joyce DiDonato recital 

This 2010-11 season looks nothing like the current one, thank God.

[1] A new concert-versions cycle is announced for the next few years with Pido: after Donizetti's queens-cycle, this one should be all about Bellini.

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