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Opera Preview, September 2005

Last summer, I put together a Preview of the Opera Season, 2004–2005. It was only a list of operas, interesting to me, to be produced over the year. Well, it was useful for me to track reviews of those operas, so I have decided to do it again. Once again, this is not complete, by any stretch of the imagination. We will start off here with what is on our plate for the month of September. To look ahead for the whole year, go to the complete Opera Preview, 2005–2006.


Antonin Dvořák, Rusalka
September 9 to 27
Opéra national de Paris (also a production at the Prague National Theatre and Prague State Opera, September 1 to June 12)

Isabel Mundry, Ein Atemzug - Die Odyseee [WORLD PREMIERE]
September 7 to 11
Deutsche Oper (Berlin)

Offenbach, La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein
September 10 to October 1
Frederica von Stade and Paul Groves, directed by Garry Marshall
Los Angeles Opera

Verdi, I Vespri Siciliani
September 17 to October 4
Maria Guleghina as Elena
Washington National Opera

Dvořák, Čert a Káča (Kate and the Devil)
September 17 to June 17 (7 performances)
Prague National Theatre

Carl Nielsen, Maskarade
September 19 to October 13
Royal Opera House at Covent Garden

Gaetano Donizetti, Roberto Devereux (concert performances)
September 20 and 24
Opéra de Lyon

Paul Hindemith, Cardillac
September 24 to October 20
Alan Held, new production conducted by Kent Nagano
Opéra national de Paris

Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos
September 24 to October 11
Metropolitan Opera

Aribert Reimann, Das Schloss
Based on Franz Kafka's The Castle
September 25 to October 1
Deutsche Oper (Berlin)

Jan van Vlijmen, Thyeste [WORLD PREMIERE]
September 27 to October 10
Théâtre de la Monnaie (Brussels)

Smetana, Libuše
September 28, October 28, May 8
Prague National Theatre

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