This week, Italian bass Andrea Mastroni, American contralto Avery Amereau, and English tenor Benjamin Hulett will make their house and role debuts as Garibaldo, Eduige, and Grimoaldo in Rodelinda, with Emmanuelle Haïm and her Le Concert d’Astrée in the pit at the Opéra de Lille. The production, directed by Jean Bellorini, will travel on to Caen, and to the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
This begins a very busy season for Andrea, whose upcoming engagements include La Calisto and Turandot at the Teatro Real Madrid, and Die Zauberflöte at Hamburgische Staatsoper conducted by Kent Nagano. He will also sing Agrippina on tour with il pomo d’oro and a cast that includes Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli and Luca Pisaroni, as well as at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Barrie Kosky’s new production. He will also make his role debut in Boito’s Mefistofele at the Filarmonico Verona.
At only 27, Avery is enjoying an extraordinary start to the season. She recently made a successful debut at the Salzburg Festival as Page in Salome, and plans for this season include her debut with the Early Opera Company in Dido and Aeneas, her BBC debut as Ursula in Beatrice et Benedict, and a return to Glyndebourne as Goffredo Rinaldo.
Benjamin joins the production after a busy summer at Garsington Opera performing Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, where his portrayal was described by the Independent as “the most forcefully-sung Tamino we have heard in years”. Benjamin also returned to the BBC Proms for Handel’s Theodora alongside Iestyn Davies and Louise Alder. Future engagements include his debut at Teatro Real Madrid for Idomeneo, and his return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Tamino.
Rodelinda opens this Thursday 4 October, with five initial performances in Lille, finishing on 14 October. The revivals take place at Théâtre de Caen on 9 and 11 November, and at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées on 10 December. The performance on 11 October will be broadcast live to audiences across the world through mezzo live hd.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Opéra de Lille website.