Musical Europe returns strong in July and August. We review the intense upcoming programming. In Aix-en-Provence the opera has always been its emblem and in this edition “Falstaff” will be offered with musical direction by Rustioni and stage by Barrie Kosky (July 1 to 13); “Marriage of Figaro”, with Thomas Hengelbrock and Lotte de Beer respectively in moat and regal (July 2-14); “Tristan and Isolde” (July 2-15); “I due Foscari” in concert with Nucci, Meli and Rebeka (July 16); “El gallo de oro” (July 22-25) in a new production that will feature the aforementioned Rustioni and Barrie Kosky; Saariaho’s “Innocence” (July 3-12) and other lesser known ones. Rattle will return with the London Symphony (July 7) and Klaus Mäkelä will perform with the Paris Orchestra (July 13) and Nina Stemme will give a recital on July 19. Back to his best years.
Salzburg will recover part of what was canceled last year from July 17 to August 31 and its box office is almost sold. To the already seen, and not much praised productions, of “Cosi fan tutte” by Loi and “Elektra” by Warlikowski, will be added “Don Giovanni” with Castellucci in the regia and Currentzis in the pit; “Tosca” with Netrebko, Eyvazov and Tézier; Nono’s “Intolleranza”; “Il trionfo del tempo” with Carsen and Bartoli … As usual, concerts by great groups such as the five of the Vienna Philharmonic with Welser-Möst, Thielemann, Nelsons, Muti and Blomstedt or those of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, SWR Symphonieorchester, Orchester des Champs-Élysées, MusicAeterna, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Berliner Philharmoniker. And, of course, concerts by DiDonato, Flórez, Yoncheva, Gerhaher, Goerne, Bernheim, Levit, Capuçon & Argerich, Sokolov, Volodos, Schiff, Kissin, Pollini, Trifonov, Uchida …
Also at the end of July, the sacred hill of Bayreuth, albeit in a reduced form. Tcherniakov and Oksana Lyniv sign the new production of “The Flying Dutchman” that will open on July 25 with the voices of Grigorian, Cutler, Zeppenfeld and Prudenskaya. “The Master Singers of Nuremberg” will have Philip Jordan in the pit and Barrie Kosky on stage with Michael Volle as Sachs and Vogt as Walther. “Tahnnhauser”, with Gould as the protagonist, will mean the reappearance of the Spanish Jorge Rodríguez-Norton as Heinrich and “The Valkyrie” will have the stage direction of Hermann Nitsch, who can bring surprises given his personality. In addition to the interpreters already mentioned there are Davidsen, Therin, Mayer, Gubanova, etc. Andris Nelsons will conduct two concerts featuring Klaus Florian Vogt, Christine Goerke and Günther Groissböck with scenes from Wagnerian operas.
Juan Diego Flórez will celebrate 25 years of his debut in Pésaro, festival that will begin on the 9th and will end on the 22nd of August. Pizzi will stage “Moises and Pharao”, with the baton of Sagripanti and the singers Roberto Tagliavini, Erwin Schrott and Eleonora Buratto. “Elisabetta Regina d’Inghilterra” will star Deshayes, musical director for Pidó and stage director for Livermore. In “Il Signor Bruschino” the Spanish soprano Marina Monzó will take part, along with Caoduro, Spagnoli and Amati, with regia by Barbe & Doucet and Spotti in the pit. One more year will return to «Il viaggio a Reims» by Emilio Sagi, with the students of the Accademia Rossiniana Alberto Zedda. A “Stabat Mater”, a Rossini Gala and several concerts with Flórez, Bonitatibus, Machaidze, Schrott, Massis and Prina.