After this fantastic summer time, with so many good musicians, in cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, and even a jump in Toronto, here I am , back in Europe!
The season started with a stop at the Opéra National de Paris, to work a bit on the Michael Jarrel “Bérénice” score, with Philippe Jordan and a fantastic cast, including Barbara Hannigan and Bo Skovhus. It was a real pleasure. Even if i didn’t have the chance to conduct myself (it will come in March this season, be patient Yannis). To work on this level is always a gift from God.
And now, before going to Switzerland for two other modern operas, (new production that I have the pleasure to conduct in Biel, Solothurn and even Wien later on), a quick beautiful stop in Germany in Mannheim. Fantasitc house where I will have to deal with an old friend called “Werther”: such a pleasure to (re)conduct this score. The Carlos Wagner production I did already was really poetic, the one here from David Mouchtar-Samorai is more direct, “going to the point”, putting the drama really high in the perception of the evening.
A really powerful cast here as well, let’s see this evening how we managed all together the poetic drama from Goethe, served by the french taste of Massenet. I will have a very nice Sunday for sure!