The 2019 Münchner Opernfestspiele will open this week, with numerous AH artists making appearances throughout the summer season.
Ailyn Pérez returns to the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, which she has sung to critical acclaim in many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper and Teatro alla Scala. Ailyn will appear alongside Atalla Ayan as Alfredo and Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont, with performances on 28 June and 1 July.
Thomas Søndergård returns to Munich to conduct Puccini’s final opera, Turandot, the same opera he conducted for his last appearance in Munich in 2016. The production will feature Nina Stemme in the title role, Stefano La Colla as Calaf and Golda Schultz as Liù, with performances on 13 and 16 July.
After appearing at the Staatsoper earlier this year to conduct Don Giovanni and a highly successful new production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, James Gaffigan returns for two final performancecs of Fanciulla on 26 and 29 July. The cast includes Anja Kampe as Minnie and Brandon Jovanovich as Dick Johnson.
After a highly successful tour with il pomo d’oro, Franco Fagioli and Andrea Mastroni will reprise their roles as Nerone and Pallante, respectively, in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Handel’s Agrippina from 23 – 30 July. They will be joined by Iestyn Davies who will sing the role of Ottone. The trio will reunite next season to perform the same production at Covent Garden with Joyce DiDonato in the title role.
Beyond the operatic stage, the festival will also feature a thrilling recital programme. Malcolm Martineau will appear in two concerts, firstly accompanying Sir Bryn Terfel on 8 July followed by a concert with Anna Netrebko on 17 July.
Further notable appearances throughout the festival include Peter Rose as Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Dorothea Röschmann in the title role of Gluck’s Alceste, Anne Schwanewilms as Isabella in Krenek’s Karl V and Rosa Feola as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème.
For full details of all performances at this year’s festival, check the Bayerische Staatsoper website.