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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Giordano: Andrea Chenier. July 13

Giordano:  Andrea Chenier.  July 13
Roberto Alagna is the title character in this historically-accurate rendition of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Sandra RAdvonvosky and Dimitri Platanis are Maddalena di Coigny and Carlo Gerard.

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd. July 6

Benjamin Britten:  Billy Budd.  July 6
This was the first time that the Royal Opera House had performed Billy Budd in over twenty years. Jacques Imbrailo is the title character with Toby Spence as Captain Vere and Brindley Sherratt as the villainous Claggart.

Verdi: La Forza del Destino. June 29

Verdi:  La Forza del Destino.  June 29
Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufman scored rave reviews as Leonora and Don Alvaro. Pictured are Anna Netrebko as Leonora and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Padre Guardiano in Act II.

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades. June 22

Tchaikovsky:  The Queen of Spades.  June 22
The director of this production of Queen of Spades puts Tchaikovsky himself into the opera, letting him morph into Prince Yeletsky, who loves and loses Lisa. Vladimir Stoyanova sings the prince, with Eva-Marie Westbroek as Lisa and Aleksandr Antonenko as Ghermann, the gambler. Felicity Palmer scored a triumph as the Countess, Lisa's grandmother.

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra. June 15

Verdi:  Simon Boccanegra.  June 15
Verdi's story of politics and revenge in 14th-century Genoa returned last fall to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Carlos Alvarez as Simon Boccanegra and Ferrucio Furlanetto as his archrival Jacopo Fiesco.

Wagner: Siegfried. June 8

Wagner:  Siegfried.  June 8
Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde with Stefan Vinke as Siegfried, John Lundgren as the Wanderer, and Gerhard Siegel as Mime in the third installment of the Ring of the Nibelung at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, last fall.

Wagner: Die Walkure. 1 June

Wagner:  Die Walkure.  1 June
This is a very strongly-cast performance, with Nina Stemme and John Lundgren as Brunnhilde and Wotan and Dame Sarah Connolly as Fricka. At age 50, Stuart Skelton is one of the premiere heldentenors of today and Emily Magee a very strong Sieglinde.



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