by OPERA Charm Team
October 23, 2023

M° Paolo Arrivabeni, one of the most sought-after Italian conductors of his generation, returned on the podium of the Opera de Marseille after the great success with Verdi’s Macbeth in 2022 and Nabucco in March-April 2023, with another famous Verdian opera, Attila in concert form, having the bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role.

Performances on October 29th, November 2nd, 4th, 2023


Arrivabeni is a constant guest of some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, as the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus in Leipzig, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Semperoper in Dresden, Staatsoper in Hamburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Wiener Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, Zurich Opernhaus, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Chorégies d’Orange, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Opera Municipal de Marseille, Opéra de Montecarlo, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, Opera in Oviedo, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Rossini Opera Festival, Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata, Festival Verdi in Parma, New National Theatre in Tokyo, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Santa Fe Opera, Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Die Königliche Oper, but also of concert halls as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where he conducted Rossini’s Stabat Mater in 2003, the Hall of Accademia Santa Cecilia, the Verdi Hall of the Milan Conservatory, Theater Royal de Versailles with the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice (2003), Copenhagen Danish Radio Symphonietta (2004), Auditorium Toscanini (2006), Auditorium de Pharo (Marseille), Theater des ChampsElysee, with the Orchestra National and Chorus of Radio France (2015), Victoria Hall in Geneve, Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Teatro Tivuli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, just to name a few.

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The collaboration between M° Arrivabeni and the Opéra de Marseille has been going on since his debut in this theatere, in 2004, with Il Turco in Italia by Gioachino Rossini, and continued up to the 23/24 season with Rigoletto (Verdi, 2006), La Straniera (Bellini, 2013), Moïse et Pharaon (Rossini, 2014), I Due Foscari (Verdi, 2015), Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky, 2017), La Favorite (Donizetti, 2017), Lohengrin (Wagner, 2018) to name chronologically a few.

With a libretto by Temistocle Solera based on Zacharias Werner’s tragedy Attila, König der Hunnen, the Verdian masterpiece had its first performance in Venice, was on March 17th, 1846, at Teatro La Fenice.
The last performance of Attila at the Opéra de Marseille was on April 4th, 2010.

Alongside the bass-baritone Ildebrando D’ARCANGELO, on the stage of the Opéra de Marseille will step Csilla BOROSS (Odabella), replacing Angela Meade, who was initially announced, Juan Jesús RODRÍGUEZ (Ezio), Antonio POLI (Foresto), Louis MORVAN (Léon) and Arnaud ROSTIN-MAGNIN (Uldino).

M° Arrivabeni will be back to the Opera de Marseille for Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi in June 2024, with Marta Torbidoni, Enea Scala & Gezim Myshketa in the main roles, in a production by Waut Koeken. 


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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.


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