Grand Théâtre de Genève new season 2024-25

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by Opera Charm Team
May 1, 2024

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The Grand Théâtre de Genève has announced its 2024-25 season.

Opera

Tristan und Isolde

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde opens the season with Gwyn Hughes Jones, Burkhard Fritz, and Elisabet Strid in the title roles. Marc Albrecht conducts the production by Michael Thalheimer. The cast will also include Tareq Nazmi, Kristina Stanek, Craig Colclough, and Julien Henric.

Performance Dates: Sept. 15-27, 2024

La Clemenza di Tito

Tomáš Netopil conducts Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with Milo Rau directing. Bernard Richter, Serena Farnocchia, Maria Kataeva, Yuliia Zasimova, Giuseppina Bridelli, Justin Hopkins, and Mark Kurmanbayev star.

Performance Dates: Oct. 16-29, 2024

Fedora

Aleksandra Kurzak and Robert Alagna lead Giordano’s Fedora. The cast also includes Simone Del Savio, Mark Kurmanbayev, and Yuliia Zasimova. Antonino Fogliani conducts the production by Arnaud Bernard. Elena Guseva and Najmiddin Mavlyanov also star in the lead roles.

Performance Dates: Dec. 12-21, 2024

Salome

Olesya Golovneva, Gábor Bretz, John Daszak, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, and Matthew Newlin star in Strauss’ Salome. Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the production by Kornél Mundruczó.

Performance Dates: Jan. 22-Feb. 2, 2025

Dido and Æneas

Purcell’s Dido and Æneas will star Marie-Claude Chappuis, Jarrett Ott, Francesca Aspromonte, and Yuliia Zasimova. Emmanuelle Haïm & Atsushi Sakai conduct the production by Franck Chartier.

Performance Dates: Feb. 20-26, 2025

Khovanshchina

Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina will star Dmitry Ulyanov, Arnold Rutkowski, Dmitry Golovnin, John Relyea, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Chaklovity Vladislav Sulimsky, Ekaterina Bakanova, Michael J. Scott, Liene Kinča, and Emanuel Tomljenović. Alejo Pérez conducts the production by Calixto Bieito.

Performance Dates: March 25-April 3, 2025

Stabat Mater

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater will star Barbara Hannigan and Jakub Józef Orliński. Romeo Castellucci directs.

Performance Dates: May 12-18, 2025

La Traviata

Ruzan Mantashyan and Jeanine De Bique take on the lead role of Verdi’s La Traviata.The cast includes Enea Scala, Julien Behr, Luca Micheletti, and Tassis Christoyannis. Paolo Carignani conducts the production by Karin Henkel.

Performance Dates: June 14-27, 2025

Recital

Jakub Józef Orliński and Michał Biel will perform music by Henry Purcell and Franz Schubert.

Performance Date: Sept. 20, 2024

The Finalistes du Concours de Chant will showcase the Orchestre de Suisse Romande conducted by Alevtina Ioffe.

Performance Date: Oct. 22, 2024

Lisette Oropesa and Alessandro Praticò perform Maurice Ravel, Léo Delibes, Jules Massenet, Georges Bizet, Gioachino Rossini, Saverio Mercadante, and Giuseppe Verdi.

Performance Date: Nov. 3, 2024

Giulia Bolcato, Maria Kataeva, Omar Mancini, and Michael Mofidian star in Rossini’s “Petite messe solennelle” with Mark Biggins conducting.

Performance Date: Nov. 6 & 8, 2024

The New Year’s concert will be headlined by Camilla Nylund. The Orchestre Symphonique Bienne Soleure will be led by Yannis Pouspourikas and the program will include music by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehár, and Emmerich Kálmán.

Performance Date: Dec. 31, 2024

Aušrinė Stundytė and Andrej Hovrin take on “Erwartung” by Arnold Schönberg. The recital includes Richard Strauss and Alban Berg.

Performance Date: Feb. 9, 2025

Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu perform Lieder by Gustav Mahler, Alma Mahler, George Butterworth, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Performance Date: May 15, 2025

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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