This weekend sees the premiere of Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto at Teatro Real Madrid. Under maestro Ivor Bolton, this is the first time the opera has been performed at the house, and marks role debuts for AH artists Louise Alder in the title role and Andrea Mastroni as Silvano.
Performances of La Calisto also mark Louise’s house debut at Teatro Real, and comes in the middle of a very exciting season. She recently made her Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Gretel in Engelbert Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel. Louise continues as a member of Oper Frankfurt’s ensemble, where her roles in the 2018/19 season include Romilda Serse , Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Monica in a new production of Menotti’s The Medium. Next, Louise embarks on a European tour of Handel’s Semele with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, performing in London, Paris, Rome, Milan, and Barcelona. She will also perform Carmina Burana with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
Andrea is a regular guest artist at the Teatro Real, most recently performing as Timur Turandot under Luisotti, and as Sir Gualtiero Raleigh in Roberto Devereux. He returns to Teatro Real later this season on tour with il pomo d’oro: under Maxim Emelyanychev the ensemble perform Agrippina in Luxembourg, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London and Turku with Joyce DiDonato and Samantha Hankey in the title role, Franco Fagioli as Nerone, and Andrea as Pallante. He will also appear in two further productions in the 2019/20 season. Next month sees Andrea’s Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 under Thomas Søndergard, and later he returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper and Royal Opera House for Agrippina: the former a Barrie Kosky production under Ivor Bolton; the latter under Antonio Pappano.
La Calisto premieres this Sunday 17 March with a total of nine performances through to 26 March. Louise performs on 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25 March, Andrea performs on all dates. Find out more here.