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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-17-18/opera

    They're doing Don Carlos, I've found my fall opera trip!

    A great cast, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    A great cast, too!
    Yes, very much so! I think the first cast looks more interesting (not least of all because who is Pavel Cernoch?), which is a pity because the second cast dates can be combined with La Clemenza di Tito and From the House of the Dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-17-18/opera

    They're doing Don Carlos, I've found my fall opera trip!
    And it's the proper 5 act French version.

    I would most want to see Jephtha out of that line up - yummy cast.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    And it's the proper 5 act French version.

    I would most want to see Jephtha out of that line up - yummy cast.
    Wonder if there might eventually be a recording of the Don Carlos released -- the Salzburg production with JK and Anja Harteros is the five-act version, but sung in the Italian translation.

    I also like the looks of the second cast for La Clemenza di Tito.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Wonder if there might eventually be a recording of the Don Carlos released -- the Salzburg production with JK and Anja Harteros is the five-act version, but sung in the Italian translation.

    I also like the looks of the second cast for La Clemenza di Tito.
    As far as I know, for Don Carlos, there's only the 1996 Paris (though Thomas Hampson does nothing for me, and the Grand Inquisitor's not very good. Ladies are better overall) and the 2004 Konwitschny from Vienna (this is the one where the Auto-da-fe is done in the lobby, gentlemen are better).

    Who do you prefer in the second Clemenza cast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    That Don Carlo looks promising, and personally, I even want to see that unusual-looking production of Aida! (I'm a weirdo.)
    I'm more intrigued by both the Aida casts (Wilson! Wagner! Semenchuk! Prudenskaya!) than the Don Carlo(s? Can't seem to find language or number of acts on the website), but am probably going to try and see both. I really appreciate that the scheduling for Aida has the two casts alternating, so that there are a couple chances to see them back to back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    I'm more intrigued by both the Aida casts (Wilson! Wagner! Semenchuk! Prudenskaya!) than the Don Carlo(s? Can't seem to find language or number of acts on the website), but am probably going to try and see both. I really appreciate that the scheduling for Aida has the two casts alternating, so that there are a couple chances to see them back to back.
    Here is the WNO online brochure made available to subscribers:

    http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/...99#/ed28bc2f/1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    As far as I know, for Don Carlos, there's only the 1996 Paris (though Thomas Hampson does nothing for me, and the Grand Inquisitor's not very good. Ladies are better overall) and the 2004 Konwitschny from Vienna (this is the one where the Auto-da-fe is done in the lobby, gentlemen are better).

    Who do you prefer in the second Clemenza cast?
    Michael Spyres' Tito and Marianne Crebassa's Sesto. Aleksandra Kurzak is an interesting choice for Vitellia, a role often assigned to lirico-spinto sopranos like Anja Harteros or Melanie Diener.

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    Dallas Opera

    SAMSON ET DALILA - (10/20,22,25,28,11/5) - Clifton Forbis, Olga Borodina – Production borrowed from Pittsburgh Opera, which has sky imagery projected onto a backdrop behind the sets.

    LA TRAVIATA - (10/27,29,11/1,4,10,12) - Georgia Jarman, Zach Borichevsky, Vladislav Sulimsky – A well-traveled production by Desmond Seeley originally for Lyric Opera of Chicago (in fact, it was used in rival Fort Worth only 2 years ago…)

    THE RING OF POLYKRATES - (2/9,11,14,17) - Paul Groves, Laura Wilde, Craig Colclough – New Production! This one-act domestic comedy by Korngold will be performed with his Violin Concerto (!) as an opener. Sure, it’s probably a lightweight opera, but what a treat to see such a rarity!

    SUNKEN GARDEN - (3/9,11,14,17) - Roderick Williams, Miah Persson – The U.S. Premiere of this opera by Michel van der AA, had previously been announced by Dallas Opera, and I’ve already been extremely excited about it. The opera uses 3D projections (polarized glasses required), to pull off some spectacular imagery.

    DON GIOVANNI - (4/13,15,18,21,27,29) - Mariusz Kwiecien, Laura Claycomb, David Portillo, Ellie Dehn, Kyle Ketelson, Virginie Verrez – Robert Falls will return to direct his 2014 Chicago production (set during the Spanish Civil War, I believe?). Looks good, and with that cast, unmissable.

    Another good season for Dallas Opera, in my opinion. The fact that they put on only 5 productions per year, and most of them are rented from other companies, doesn't stop them from offering an exciting variety.

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    Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 season, now with cast details (http://www.cincinnatiopera.org/performances/)

    - Opera in the Park – 11 June
    Free outdoor concert in Washington Park with stars from the 2017 season, Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing selections from Spanish-themed operas and music theater works.

    - Puccini: La Bohème - 15, 17, 22, and 24 June
    Proctor and Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts
    Sung in Italian
    Conductor: Louis Langrée
    Director: Natasha Metherell
    Cast: Nicole Cabell (Mimi), Sean Panikkar (Rodolfo), Jessica Rivera (Musetta), Rodion Pogossov (Marcello), Nathan Stark (Colline), Edward Nelson (Schaunard), Marco Nisticò (Benoit/Alcindoro)
    This is a co-production with English National Opera

    - Robert Xavier Rodrìguez: Frida – 23, 25, 27. 29 June; 1, 6, and 8 July
    Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts
    Sung in English and Spanish
    Conductor: Andrés Cladera
    Director: José Maria Condemi
    Cast: Catalina Cuervo (Frida Kahlo), Ricardo Herrera (Diego Rivera)

    - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte – 15, 20, 22, and 23 July
    Proctor and Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts
    Sung in German
    Conductor: Christopher Allen
    Director: Daniel Ellis
    Concept: Suzanne Andrade, Paul Barrit, and Barrie Kosky
    Cast: Aaron Blake (Tamino), Kim-Lillian Strebel (Pamina), Rodion Pogossov (Papageno), Tom McNichols (Sarastro/Temple Speaker), Jeni Houser (Queen of the Night), John Robert Lindsey (Monostatos), Alexandra Schoeny (First Lady)

    - Missy Mazzoli: Song from the Uproar – 17, 18, 19, and 21 July
    Fifth-Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts
    Mazzoli’s opera, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek, is based on the life and writings of the Swiss traveler/explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, and her journey through the desert in the years surrounding the turn of the 20th century. This collaboration with concert:nova is not part of the regular season subscription package.

    When I first saw the list of operas to be performed this summer, I was a bit dismayed to discover that Die Zauberflöte was again among the selections, as it had only been staged here a "few" years previously. Actually, it was six years ago, and since this is one of my favorite operas, I need to quit fussing and just enjoy it. (And it's being sung in the original German, thank goodness.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    When I first saw the list of operas to be performed this summer, I was a bit dismayed to discover that Die Zauberflöte was again among the selections, as it had only been staged here a "few" years previously. Actually, it was six years ago, and since this is one of my favorite operas, I need to quit fussing and just enjoy it. (And it's being sung in the original German, thank goodness.)
    It's the Barrie Kosky production of it, too, which looks so cool. I've been seriously considering a weekend trip up there for that and the Mazzoli.

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    Chicago Lyric Opera:

    https://www.lyricopera.org/concertst...c-opera-season


    I have to say that I don't find the season particularly inspiring - either because of the line up or the casts. I like that Chicago is working its way toward staging a full Ring, when? 2020, I guess. Christine Goerke singing Brunnhilde and Eric Owens singing Wotan could be interesting.

    I love Chicago, but nothing coming up there that I want to travel for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Chicago Lyric Opera:

    https://www.lyricopera.org/concertst...c-opera-season


    I have to say that I don't find the season particularly inspiring - either because of the line up or the casts. I like that Chicago is working its way toward staging a full Ring, when? 2020, I guess. Christine Goerke singing Brunnhilde and Eric Owens singing Wotan could be interesting.

    I love Chicago, but nothing coming up there that I want to travel for.
    Pearl fishers looks good - great set and a good cast.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I have to say that I don't find the season particularly inspiring - either because of the line up or the casts.
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    I love Chicago, but nothing coming up there that I want to travel for.
    I agree! Chicago is lovely but not excited about this season. I saw Edward Parks when he filled in as Figaro that one performance when Mattei was out with a cold. I'm kind of a fan - he could do a pretty great Valentin, but I'm not going to go see it.

    Unlike people of taste and discernment, I don't like Eric Owens singing anything other than Alberich, and having just heard Brandon Jovanovich in Rusalka, I am dubious about his singing Siegmund. Definitely not seeing that.

    Also, I thought Kwiecien a little small voiced as Zurga at the Met, but Polenzani does a really fabulous Nadir! I do like Marina Rebekah, maybe I'll see this.

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    I Puritani looks the most appealing to me in terms of the casting, especially Larry Brownlee's Arturo. And it's interesting that Fellow Travelers, which had its world premiere here last summer, is making its way up to Chicago.
    I'm another big fan of the Windy City. Love the original Marshall Field's store down in the Loop -- the hotels where I stayed (Allegro for the Lyric Opera, Palmer House for the Symphony) are both just a few blocks away.

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