Our 2024 season

Our 2024 season

Our 2024 season will be our most ambitious ever. Not only are we producing Don Carlo, a large-scale work which requires truly excellent singers including three basses, but we are putting on more concerts than ever before. And, as for the first time last year, we are organising a short season of cinema with films which illuminate the historical background to our operas.

Click on “2024 diary” at the top of the page to see the dates and times of all of our events.

Operas

We produced Carmen in 2006 and think that now is a good time to return to this most popular opera. In the meantime our artistic standards have risen considerably and we can promise you a wonderful and moving evening.

The title role of Carmen will be sung by Kadi Jürgens, whom you may remember for her superb performances in L’enfant et les sortilèges and Cavalleria rusticana last year. The musical director will be Chanmin Chung, who made a very favourable impression on audiences and colleagues alike in our productions of the same two operas.

You can see Kadi as the “tasse chinoise” here.

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Please note that we are repeating the experiment of 2023 by organising one performance of Carmen as a matinee.

In 2013 we mounted our first production of L’elisir d’amore and we are very pleased to return to this tuneful and amusing opera in 2024. Nemorino will be played by Paul Curievici who sang in The Bartered Bride and Un ballo in maschera in 2023. It will be conducted by Konstantinos Diminakis who will also direct our international conducting course.

And so to Don Carlo (Italian version). We are thrilled to have essentially the same brilliant cast of soloists as for Un ballo in Maschera in 2023, which was so highly praised by critics and public. Our two new basses, joining Denis Sedov who has delighted us all over many years, will be Blaise Malaba and Volodymyr Morozov. And Vlada Borovko, who sang Leonora in Il Trovatore in 2019, will return to our stage. Gary Matthewman will return as musical drector.

Concerts at the CCRA* (except for Les Nuits d’Eté)

Our programme consists of:

  • A concert of operatic arias by selected members of our cast.
  • A concert by Monika-Evelin Liiv, the renowned Estonian mezzo who is well-known at Baugé, and Vlada Borovko, a fabulous Russian soprano who performed with us in 2019 as Leonora in Il Trovatore.
  • A concert for flute and harp by Elizabeth Marr and Richard Allen, members of the orchestra.
  • A masterclass with James Black.
  • Our 6th international conducting competition at the CCRA.
  • A performance of Les Nuits d’Eté (Berlioz) by Anna Erokhina, followed by string quartet concert. This concert will take place at Les Capucins after the matinee of Carmen.
* Centre Culturel René d’Anjou, Baugé-en-Anjou

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