In Quest of Operas Based on Myths and Fairy Tales – November 2018 – August 2019

I am scheduled to review the following operas, to be presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, the San Francisco Opera or the Santa Fe Opera between November 2018 and August 2019:

Siegfried (Wagner), Lyric Opera of Chicago, November 3, 7, 11(m) and 16, 2018.

Buckhard Fritz and Matthias Klink make their Lyric Opera debuts, respectively as Siegfried and Mime. Christine Goerke is Brünnhilde and Eric Owens is The Wanderer.

[Below: Siegfried (Burkhard Fritz) prepares to awaken Brunnhilde (Christine Goerke); edited image, based on a Todd Rosenberg photograph, courtesy of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.]

Others in the cast are Patrick Guetti (Fafner), Ronnita Miller (Erda), Diana Newman (The Woodbird) and Samuel Youn as Alberich.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts. The new production is by David Pountney, with scenic design by Robert Innes Hopkins, based on ideas of the late Johan Engels.

[For my performance review, see: Review: Explosive Ovations for Chicago’s Spectacular New “Siegfried” – Lyric Opera, November 3, 2018.]

Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Los Angeles Opera, November 17, 25(m), December 6, 9(m), 12 and 15, 2018.

Sasha Cooke and Liv Redpath are Hansel and Gretel. The Witch is played by Susan Graham. Melody Moore is the Mother (Gertrude) and Craig Colclough is the Father (Peter).

[Below: a scene from the Los Angeles Opera’s 2006 Doug Fitch production of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”; edited image, based on a production photograph, from]

Maestro James Conlon conducts. The designer is Doug Fitch, who directs the production’s revival.

[For my performance review, see: A joyous “Hansel and Gretel” in Doug Fitch’s enchanting production – Los Angeles Opera, December 9, 2018.]

Rusalka (Dvorak), San Francisco Opera. June 16(m), 19, 22, 25 and 28, 2019.

Rachel Willis-Sørensen is Rusalka, with Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince. Ferruccio Furlanetto is Vodnik, Jamie Barton is Jezibaba, Sarah Cambidge is the Foreign Princess and Laura Krumm is the Kitchen Boy.

[Below: Rusalka (Rachel Willis-Sørensen, left) and The Prince (Brandon Jovanovich, right) are finally visible to each other, although she cannot speak to him in Sir David McVicar’s 2019 San Francisco Opera “Rusalka” production; edited image, based on a Cory Weaver photograph, courtesy of the San Francisco Opera.]

Maestra Eun Sun Kim conducts. The production’s direction was conceived by Sir David McVicar. The sets are by John MacFarlane.

[For my review of the 2014 David McVicar production of “Rusalka” at the Lyric Opera, see: Martinez, Jovanovich Lead Brilliant Cast for McVicar’s Exotic “Rusalka” Dreamworld – Lyric Opera of Chicago, March 10, 2014.]

[For my performance review, see: Review, “Rusalka”: Beautiful Singing, Insightful Drama – An Opera “Not to be Missed” – San Francisco Opera, June 16, 2019.]

The Thirteenth Child (Ruders), Santa Fe Opera, July 27, 31, August 9, 14 and 21, 2019.

The world premiere production of Paul Ruders’ new opera, based on a Grimm fairy tale, about a princess who discovers she has 12 elder brothers about whom she had no previous knowledge.

Kirsten Mackinnon is Princess Lyra. David Leigh is King Hjarne and Tamara Mumford is Queen Gertrude. Joshua Dennis is Prince Frederic and Bradley Garvin is the villainous Drokan.

[Below: Princess Lyra (left) receives some unexpected news from Queen Gertrude (Tamara Mumford, right); edited image, based on a Ken Howard photograph, courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera.]

Maestro Paul Daniel conducts; Darko Tresnjak directs. Alexander Dodge creates the scenic design, Rita Ryack the costumes.

[For my performance review, see: World Premiere Review: Poul Ruders’ “Thirteenth Child” – Santa Fe Opera, July 27, 2019.]

This list is supplementary to previous lists in this “Quests and Anticipations” series of selected operas being performed through August 2019:

RIchard Strauss’ “Arabella” at the San Francisco Opera, Verdi’s “Falstaff” at The Dallas Opera, Bizet’s “The Pearlfishers” and Janacek’s “Jenufa” at the Santa Fe Opera [In Quest of Less Often Performed Repertory Operas – October 2018 – August 2019.]

Puccini’s “Tosca” at the San Francisco Opera, Puccini’s “La Boheme” at the Houston Grand Opera and the Santa Fe Opera and Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Glimmerglass Festival [See In Quest of Italian Opera Favorites, October 2018-August 2019.]

Mozart’s “Idomeneo” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the San Diego Opera, Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” at the Los Angeles Opera and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Houston Grand Opera [See In Quest of Mozart Operas (October 2018-April 2019)].

Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” at the San Francisco Opera [See In Quest of Rossini and Donizetti – June-September, 2018.]

Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the Los Angeles Opera and Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” at the Seattle Opera [See In Quest of Verdi Operas, March 2018-January 2019.]

Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” at the San Francisco Opera [See In Quest of “Core” Verismo Operas, February-September, 2018.]