May 21, 2008

Opéra National de Lorraine 08-09

Ever heard of this Opera House? I won't blame you if you haven't, since it's a very small one in Nancy with little to offer.

I don't know where they found the money, but the 2008-09 season is indeed worth noticing.

It will open on Sept.30 with the world premiere of Divorce à l'italienne composed by Giorgio Battistelli (who is also responsible for the libretto, inspired from the Pietro Germi's movie Divorzio all'Italiana). The director brought in is David Pountney, not a bad name for opening a season.

Rossini's La Cenerentola will be up next (November and early December) with Nicolas Testé as Alidoro and Donato di Stefano as Don Magnifico.

The comic opera staged next season will be a very original choice indeed: Les neveux du Capitaine Grant from Manuel Fernandez Caballero (1877), with a libretto by Ramos Carrion (from Jules Verne) in January and February.

To broaden the audience, Rigoletto is scheduled in March and Haendel's The Messiah in April (Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducting his Matheus Ensemble).
Back to original choices in May with Maurizio Kagel's Le Tribun (1979) with a singing cast of one (a calvary if Dominique Pinon turns out to be bad).
Finally, the season will end with Mozart's Idomeneo in June.

Not bad a season for such a small Opera House, wouldn't you say?

Season brochure available for download here.

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