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Valencia Opera Season

2011-2012 Season at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia

Valencia Opera Season

The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia presents a rich in nuances 2011-2012 season. It combines well known and less well known titles; young singers and international stars with the highest quality as a common denominator.

Borís Godunov by Modest Músorgski opens the sixth season of the Palau, the 5th November. Also, ton 22nd November, music of Rossini takes the Main Hall for the first time in the history of the Palau de les Arts with the second opera of the season, La Cenerentola. On the other hand, the Milanese Riccardo Chailly will be added to the list of great conductors who have led the Orchestra of the Region of Valencia with a concert version of Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, scheduled for 16th and 18th December.

In addition, Valeri Guerguiev returns to Valencia after his acclaimed version of Les Troyens by Berlioz in 2009. The Muscovite conducts again the Orchestra of the Region of Valencia, the only Spanish orchestra which he has directed along his career, to offer the dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette by Berlioz. Finally, it should be noted that Plácido Domingo will strengthen its presence in the programmed activities for the 2011-2012 Season as a singer and conductor.

2010-2011 Season at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia

Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, conducted by Lorin Maazel, conductor at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and guest principal conductor Omer Wellber, opened the 2010-2011 season at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia. Six operas, one in concert version, plus two more titles as part of the 4th Festival del Mediterrani, make up the bulk of the fifth season at the Valencian arts centre, which also includes symphonic concerts, chamber music, recitals and a large number of activities.

On 13th November, a new production of Aida with the participation of the Palau de les Arts itself, the Covent Garden Opera House in London and the Den Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo, raised the curtain to the fifth opera season at the Palau de les Arts. The Scotsman David McVicar is responsible for the staging of this production, which premiered in May in London. Nine shows with two casts have been planned with the sopranos Indra Thomas and Hui He in the role of Aida.

In December, the French repertoire returns with Manon by Jules Massenet. Lorin Maazel is responsible for directing this co-production between the Los Angeles Opera and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, with stage direction by Vincent Paterson. The soprano Ailyn Pérez and the tenor Vittorio Grigolo bring Manon and the Chevalier Des Grieux to life.

Following the success of Prokófiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, Russian opera returns to the Main Hall in January with Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin. Mariusz Treli ski is responsible for the stage direction of this production by the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. Omer Wellber takes the reins of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana and a high calibre cast headed by the baritone Artur Ruci ski, the soprano Amanda Echalaz, the mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and the tenor Dimitri Korchak. On 20th January there will be a performance of this opera aimed exclusively at children. On 23rd February Lorin Maazel will direct the Spanish premiere of his opera 1984, based on the famous novel by George Orwell, with staging by the Canadian actor and director Robert Lepage. On 27th Feburary the maestro Maazel will also star in a concert of his own compositions.

Following the warm reception of Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti and his music return with L’elisir d’amore, a new production at the Palau de les Arts and the Teatro Real de Madrid. Damiano Michieletto, as stage director, and Omer Wellber, as musical director, tackle this beautiful and entertaining opera that will premiere on 26th March and offers six additional performances. In addition, on 24th March there will be a didactic performance as part of the Educational Programme at the Palau de les Arts.

The concert version of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, directed by Nicola Luisotti, to be held in the Auditori on 27th and 30th April, will bring the fifth opera season at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía to a close.

Additionally, the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana will once again be the star of the symphonic programming during the next season. Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta – as part of the 4th Festival del Mediterrani -, Omer Wellber and the Spaniards Jesús López Cobos, Pablo González, José Miguel Pérez Sierra and Enrique García Asensio will be the key figures leading the line-up at the Palau de les Arts.

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