The Royal Opera House presents Puccini’s La Bohème from 9- 19 July. ‘A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the greatest romances of all opera.’ Direction is by John Copley, Cornelius Meister conducts, and in the cast are Ermonela Jaho/ Angela Gheorghiu, Charles Castronovo/ Vittorio Grigolo, Markus Werba/ Massimo Cavalletti, Simona Mihai/ Irina Lungu, Daniel Grice/ Lauri Vasar, Jongmin Park/ Gábor Bretz, Jeremy White, and Donald Maxwell.
Los Angeles Opera presents André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire from 17 – 24 May. ‘Clinging desperately to a masquerade of Southern grace, Blanche DuBois moves into her sister’s cramped apartment, creating all the wrong kinds of sparks with her crude brother-in-law. When dark truths about Blanche’s past begin to emerge, her world comes apart at the seams in a spiral of violence and madness.’ Evan Rogister conducts, Brad Dalton directs, and in the cast are Renée Fleming, Ryan McKinny, Anthony Dean Griffey, Stacey Tappan, Victoria Livengood, Joshua Guerrero, Cullen Gandy, Robert Shampain, and Cynthia Marty.
Minnesota Opera presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute from 12 – 27 April, a production of the Komische Oper Berlin, presented in co-production with LA Opera. ‘Connecting the tale’s enduring meaning with modern metaphor, this extraordinary staging has thrilled audiences with its stunning interaction between film animation and live performance.’ Aaron Breid conducts, Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky direct, and in the cast are Julien Behr/ Aaron Blake, Layla Claire/ Christie Hageman, Andrew Wilkowske/ Jesse Blumberg, Christian Zaremba, Jennifer O’Loughlin, Tricia Van Ee, Bergen Baker, Victoria Vargas, John Robert Lindsey, Tracey Engleman, Robb Asklof, Matthew Opitz, Claire Walsh, John Gisselquist, and Riley Eddins.
Houston Grand Opera presents Wagner’s Das Rheingold from 11 – 26 April. ‘Deep beneath the surface of the Rhine, Alberich, a wily and treacherous dwarf, lusts after the Rhinemaidens’ treasure: a cache of gold. Whoever owns the gold and forges it into a ring will have power over the world. Unable to catch one of the beautiful maidens, Alberich steals the gold. And so, the legend of the ring, the greatest musical achievement of all time, begins.’ Carlus Padrissa directs, Patrick Summers conducts, and in the cast are Iain Paterson, Stefan Margita, Christopher Purves, Rodell Rosel, Jamie Barton, Meredith Arwady, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Andrea Silvestrelli, Melody Moore, Ryan McKinny, Chad Shelton, Andrea Carroll, Renee Tatum, and Catherine Martin.
La Monnaie presents the world premiere of Au Monde by Philippe Boesmans from 30 March – 12 April. ‘The family of an influential yet weakened rich industrialist are awaiting the return of the younger son, Ory, for his father to transfer his empire to him. What first seemed to be simple turns out to be a psychological knot of complex human relationships.’ Direction is by librettist Joël Pommerat, Patrick Davin conducts, and in the cast are Frode Olsen, Werner Van Mechelen, Stéphane Degout, Charlotte Hellekant, Patricia Petibon / Ilse Eerens, Fflur Wyn, Yann Beuron, and Ruth Olaizola.
American Modern Ensemble (AME), in partnership with American Opera Projects (AOP) and presented by Ear Heart Music (EHM), performs The Wanton Sublime & The Companion, a pair of one-act chamber operas, on 22 April at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY. The Wanton Sublime, from composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist Anna Rabinowitz, explores the human and mythic aspects of the Virgin Mary. In this one-act monodrama for mezzo-soprano and amplified chamber ensemble, Mary struggles to retain her flesh and blood identity in the face of external forces intent on symbolizing her as the ideal woman. Featuring mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn under the direction of Mallory Catlett. In The Companion, a futuristic one-act opera by composer Robert Paterson and librettist David Cote, people live with biomorphic androids that cook, clean, and make love on demand. Maya is not completely satisfied with her model so she calls in tech-support worker Dax. But can Maya handle Joe 2.0? Featuring soprano Nancy Allen Lundy, tenor Brandon Snook, and baritone Kyle Guglielmo under the direction of Walker Lewis. Both semi-staged premieres are conducted by Tyson Deaton.
Washington National Opera presents L’elisir d’amore from 20 – 29 March. ‘Handsome Nemorino employs a “magical tonic” to win feisty Adina’s affections in Donizetti’s loveable comic opera–a warm and inspired masterpiece cherished for its whimsical wit, endearing characters, beautiful arias, and intoxicating duets.’ Ward Stare conducts, Stephen Lawless directs, and starring in the cast are Ailyn Pérez / Sarah Coburn, Stephen Costello / Daniel Montenegro, Simone Alberghini / Aleksey Bogdanov, and Nicola Ulivieri / Peixin Chen.
Los Angeles Opera presents a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor from 15 March – 6 April. ‘Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.’ Elkhanah Pulitzer directs, James Conlon conducts, and in the cast are Albina Shagimuratova, Saimir Pirgu, Stephen Powell, James Creswell, Joshua Guerrero, D’Ana Lombard, and Vladimir Dmitruk.
The Metropolitan Opera presents Bellini’s La Sonnambula from 14 March – 1 April. ‘La Sonnambula is set in a Swiss village. Mary Zimmerman’s new production is set in a rehearsal room where singers are rehearsing a production of La Sonnambula set in a Swiss village. The story, actions and characters of the village are all coincident with those of the rehearsal room.’ Marco Armiliato conducts, and starring in the cast are Diana Damrau, Javier Camarena, and Michele Pertusi.
The National Gallery of Art will offer a free presentation of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia on 6 April. The production is part of Andriessen 75, a week-long festival celebrating the composer’s music on his 75th birthday. The five- act film opera is based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The Sunday Times (UK) has called La Commedia “the distillation of a lifetime’s creativity… Its questing vigour is of a materialist, Brechtian, Godardian kind. It relishes the mixture of media, musical quotations and parody, intellectual subtexts and ironic commentary while remaining spunkily itself — a brilliant, new-fangled circus.” Armando Bayolo conducts, and singing the lead roles are Cristina Zavalloni, Andrew Sauvageau, and Lindsay Kesselman.