Anita Hartig will make her role debut as Marguerite in Gounod’s ‘Faust’ at the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse on Wednesday 22 June. She will be joined by Teodor Ilincai as Faust and Alex Esposito as Méphistophélès, along with Maite Beaumont (Siébel), John Chest (Valentin), Constance Helle (Marthe) and Rafal Pawnuk (Wagner). Claus Peter Flor conducts Nicolas Joël’s production.
Anita spoke about making her debut as Marguerite in a recent interview
: “It’s a new challenge. As a character it’s true that she’s close to Mimi, but it’s in French so I will be thinking about the details of vocal production such as how, in French, to make sure that the words are understood but not at the expense of the roundness of the voice. It’s a longer opera too; after singing for two and a half hours it ends with a very difficult finale which tests the limits of even the most experienced sopranos. I like the tessitura of this role though. Also the simplicity of the character. It suits both my personality and my voice, I think. So, I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me and how my voice is going to develop as I discover and sing it”
Following Toulouse, Anita will finish the season with an open-air semi-staged performance as Violetta in ‘La Traviata’ with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover at Maschpark Hannover (23 July
). She will begin the 16/17 season with a reprise of the role of Marguerite for Opernhaus Zurich (20 Sept – 7 Oct
) followed by Mimi in ‘La bohème’ for the Wiener Staatsoper (14 – 20 Nov
, with Jongmin Park
) and for Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (11 – 24 Feb
‘Faust’ opens at the Theatre du Capitole on Wednesday 22 June, with further performances 24, 26, 28 June, 1, 3 July 2016. More information here.