Friday, June 12, 2009

What In The World Are They Up To?

While the 2010 International Season is still a few months away, we thought it would be a fitting task this gray Friday afternoon to take a look at the “international” part of our season to see what the singers who will be joining us next year are currently up to. Yes, I am secretly hoping that someone is singing in Bora Bora and I’ll be sent to go do some research. Alas, this not the case…

Anja Harteros, who will join us as Mimi in La boheme is currently in Munch between engagements. She just finished up Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and will sing Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin and Alice Ford in Falstaff next month.

Joining Anja as her Rodolfo, Piotr Beczala just wrapped up some performances of A Masked Ball in Berlin and heads over to the Vienna State Opera later this month to sing the title role of Faust.

Zeljko Lucic who makes his house debut in the title of Nabucco next year is finishing up the title role of Rigoletto in Madrid before heading over to Munich next month for the title role of Macbeth.

Bass Raymond Aceto, who sings Zaccaria in Nabucco is currently in Berlin singing Escamillo in Carmen.

Sylvie Valayre, Abigaille in Nabucco just wrapped up her Turandot at Washington National Opera and will take a bit of a break before singing Turandot again in Monte-Carlo.

Stephen Costello, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet is singing Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Montreal. After a bit of a break he heads off to London to sing Carlo in Linda di Chamounix.

His wife, Ailyn Perez, who will sing Juliet with us in Romeo and Juliet, just finished up her Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in Philadelphia and will next take on Leila in The Pearl Fishers in Santiago. In between, she’ll sing a Violetta in San Francisco replacing Anja Harteros and Elizabeth Futral.

David Adam Moore, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, is wrapping up his Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at La Scala and next heads to Glimmerglass Opera for Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas.

Elizabeth Futral our Violetta in La traviata, is currently embarking on the great California Violetta tour with engagements in Los Angeles and San Francisco this month and next. Afterwards she heads off to Kentucky Opera for, you guessed it, Violetta. (We’ll have an interview up with Elizabeth shortly.)

Marius Brenciu, Alfredo to Futral’s Violetta, has a run of Lensky’s in Eugene Onegin in Zurich, Vienna and Munich.

We'll follow up again with these artists again in the Fall.

- Edward

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