Strasbourg operastad i Frankrike
Strasbourg är huvudstad i regionen Alsace i östra Frankrike, samt säte för Europaparlamentet, Europarådet, Europadomstolen och Eurokåren. I egenskap av detta omnämns den ofta även “Europas huvudstad”. Staden har cirka 272 975 invånare.
Opéra national du Rhin
The Opéra national du Rhin owes its exemplary reputation to the specific contribution of the three participating cities: Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar. The Opéra national du Rhin is a Syndicate run jointly by the three cities, each boasting its own creative branch: the Opéra in Strasbourg, the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin, a national choreographic centre since 1985, in Mulhouse and Opéra Studio, a centre for training young singers, in Colmar. Backed by more than 40 years of experience, the Alsace experiment has become a model in its own right. While remaining firmly attached to its regional and European roots, the Opéra national du Rhin has become a firm favourite on the French and international lyrical scene and in 1997 was awarded the prestigious title of “national opera house”.
The Opéra national du Rhin has gained its excellent reputation on the international lyrical scene notably thanks to the work of renowned directors such as Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Achim Freyer, David Pountney, Philippe Arlaud, Georges Lavaudant, Klaus Michael Grüber, Keith Warner, Vincent Boussard, Mariame Clément, Olivier Py and Robert Carsen.
From Teresa Berganza, Régine Crespin, Montserrat Caballé and José Van Dam to Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Graham, Ludovic Tézier, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, George Petean, Karine Deshayes, Max Emanuel Cencic and Stéphane Degout, the Opéra national du Rhin plays host to the great voices of our time. Highlights in the 2014-2015 season include performances by Mireille Delunsch, Paul Gay, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Ian Storey, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Anne Sofie von Otter and Franz-Josef Selig.
In terms of musical direction, the Opéra national du Rhin welcomes exceptional conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Ivor Bolton, William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Claus Peter Flor, Kirill Karabits, Bernhard Kontarsky, Louis Langrée, Alain Lombard, Enrique Mazzola, Kent Nagano, Michel Plasson, Carlo Rizzi, Christophe Rousset, Claude Schnitzler and Constantin Trinks. This season, we will also welcome back Paolo Carignani, Daniele Callegari, Patrick Davin and Marko Letonja.
The Opéra national du Rhin works in close cooperation with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, which accompany the lyrical and choreographic productions.
Eager to meld the grand repertoire with contemporary creations, the Opéra national du Rhin has staged a number of creations, including Prova d’orchestraand Impressions d’Afrique by Giorgio Battistelli, Tristes Tropiques by Georges Aperghis, Die Gespenstersonate by Aribert Reimann, Aleksis Kivi by Rautavaara, Héloïse et Abélard by Ahmed Essyad, Ion by Param Vir, L’Autre Côté by Bruno Mantovani, Love and Other Demons by Peter Eötvös and La Nuit de Gutenberg by Philippe Manoury. After the French creation of Doctor Atomic in 2013-2014, the OnR is staging the world creation of Quai Ouest in 2014-2015.
The Opéra national du Rhin works on co-productions with the great international festivals, theatres and operas: the festivals of Savonlinna, Schwetzingen, Aix-en-Provence and Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, Staatsoper in Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Théâtre royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Opéra in Lausanne, Teatro Real in Madrid, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra national in Bordeaux and the Bolshoi in Moscow. This season, Quai Ouest is being co-produced with Staatstheater Nürnberg and The Queen of Spades with Opernhaus Zürich.
With 8 new lyrical productions including a world creation, the OnR will be raising the curtain about 200 times in 2014-2015 with 9 operas, 5 ballets, 6 recitals and 14 aperitif concerts.
For several years now, the OnR has been running a highly dynamic awareness campaign with young audiences. Each season, an opera dedicated to young audiences is performed by the singers of the OnR’s Opéra Studio, which since 2009, has become a centre for creating children’s operas. This year will witness the French creation of Sleeping Beauty by Ottorino Respighi, based on Perrault’s fairy tale.
The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin is one of the rare French companies that can happily move from baroque to modern and classical to contemporary dance displaying the full gamut of styles. This is proven by the long list of choreographers exploring every facet of dance from Bournonville to Heinz Spoerli, not forgetting Balanchine, Uwe Scholz, Kylián, Béjart, Forsythe and Lucinda Childs. Its repertoire includes “benchmark” ballets such as La Sylphideand Giselle together with iconoclastic reinterpretations of the great repertoire such as Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Coppelia, and also landmark works by ground-breaking choreographers of the 20th century and creations commissioned from both young talents and seasoned artists.