Ruxandra Donose makes debut as Kundry in Parsifal at Baden-Baden with Sir Simon Rattle & the Berlin Philharmonic
Ruxandra Donose makes her debut in the role of Kundry this month in a new production of Parsifal by Dieter Dorn at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus on 24 March 2018. The production's musical accompaniment comes from the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Donose is joined in the cast by Stephen Gould and Gerald Finley.
Donose’s transition to the dramatic repertoire began with a hugely acclaimed Eboli Don Carlo in 2016 and since then she starred to great acclaim as Elektra in a new production of Manfred Trojahn Orest at Opernhaus Zürich, Jocasta with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski in concert performances of Enescu Oedipe at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as singing her first Fricka in Das Rheingold.
Donose’s future highlights include a return to the role of Eboli as well as taking on roles such as the Foreign Princess Rusalka and Brangäne Tristan und Isolde.
Performances of Parsifal run until 2 April.
Ruxandra Donose sings her first Norma in house debut at Opéra de Rouen
Ruxandra Donose makes her debut in the title role of Norma at Opéra de Rouen on 29 September 2017, her first performance with the company. Conducted by Fabrizio Maria Carminati and directed by Frédéric Roels, Donose performs alongside Mirjam Tola and Marc Laho.
Following her "superb" (Times) debut as Eboli Don Carlo in 2016, this season Donose continues her exploration of dramatic repertoire making role debuts as Kundry Parsifal with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Fricka in the Ring Cycle at Grand Théâtre de Genève. Further ahead she also returns to Grange Park Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Performances of Norma run until October 7.
Sir Willard White, Dame Felicity Palmer, Christopher Purves & Ruxandra Donose sing Oedipe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Willard White, Dame Felicity Palmer, Christopher Purves and Ruxandra Donose join the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest on 2 September 2017 for a performance of Enescu Oedipe at the Enescue Festival. Conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, the performance also features the Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic and the Romanian Radio Children's Choir.
The four singers rejoin Jurowski and the LPO in London later in the month for a second performance of Oedipe at the Royal Festival Hall on 23 September.
Ruxandra Donose returns to Grand Théâtre de Genève as Adalgisa in new production of Norma
Ruxandra Donose returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève this month to perform as Adalgisa in the company's new production of Bellini Norma, which opens on 16 June 2017. Donose's previous visit to the company was in the title role of La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein. Norma is conducted by John Fiore and directed by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito.
Donose performed in Switzerland earlier this season, making a critically acclaimed appearance as Elektra in Manfred Trojan’s Orest at Zurich Opera House, which together with her debut as Eboli last summer, marked her transition to the high dramatic repertoire:
“The trio of female roles was also in the hands of top-notch singers. As Elektra, Orest’s sister who incites bloodshed in the name of justice, the phenomenal Ruxandra Donose... Donose’s voice was stellar, making her ‘blood must flow’ conviction entirely plausible.”
Bachtrack, February 2017
“Ruxandra Donose, with her voluminous, high dramatic mezzo as a revenge-addicted Elektra"
NMZ, February 2017
Adding to that repertoire, Donose debuts next season as Kundry in Parsifal at the Baden-Baden Festival with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Performances of Norma run until 1 July.
Ruxandra Donose returns to the Bolshoi Theatre as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier
Ruxandra Donose returns to the Bolshoi Theatre on 26 April to sing Octavian in R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier. Thomas Sanderling conducts Stephen Lawless’ 2012 production, which features music direction by fellow Intermusica artist Vassily Sinaisky.
Donose's return to the Bolshoi follows her recent acclaimed portrayal of Elektra in Manfred Trojahn’s Orest, presented in a new production at Openhaus Zürich:
“Donose’s voice was stellar, making her ‘blood must flow’ conviction entirely plausible.”
Bachtrack, February 2017
“Ruxandra Donose, with her voluminous, high dramatic mezzo as a revenge-addicted Elektra"
NMZ, February 2017
“a bitter mezzosoprano role with corresponding gestures, Ruxandra Donose portrays [Elektra] as one who accepts death, but wants to take as many as possible along the way - it makes you shudder when you hear it.”
Der Bund, February 2017
Ruxandra Donose makes her debut as Elektra in Orest at Opernhaus Zürich
Ruxandra Donose makes her debut in the role of Elektra this month, joining the cast of Manfred Trojahn Orest at Openhaus Zürich from 26 February 2017. Hans Neuenfels' new production is conducted by Erik Nielsen and also stars Georg Nigl (Orest), Raymond Very (Menelaos), Airam Hernandez (Apollo/Dionysos), Claire de Sévigné (Hermione) and Claudia Boyle (Helena).
Donose's other highlights this season include a return to the Bolshoi Theatre to sing Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Adalgisa Norma at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Orest runs until 24 March.
"A compelling, fearless Eboli": Ruxandra Donose receives rave reviews at Grange Park
Ruxandra Donose has received sensational reviews following her role debut as Princess Eboli at Grange Park Opera on 18 June 2016. Given an ovation for her "emphatic delivery", Donose, under the baton of conductor Gianluca Marcianò, has been praised for her powerful performance in this gripping production of Don Carlo by Jo Davies.
"The Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose is nothing short of superb as the disruptive seductress Princess Eboli, scattering sinuous charm on her playful 'Veil' song and fire and brimstone when it comes to her vengeance and remorse."
"Best of all was Ruxandra Donose, a compelling, fearless Eboli."
"Ruxandra Donose’s dynamism and flair create a glamorous, dangerous Eboli"
"There’s a superb Princess Eboli from the vibrant Romanian mezzo, Ruxandra Donose."
"Ruxandra Donose was a powerful Eboli, suggesting genuine bitterness and remorse at her crucial moments; ‘O don fatale’ was given quite an ovation for its emphatic delivery."
"Ruxandra Donose had power to burn as Eboli, thoroughly convincing in the ensemble passages and her closing 'O don fatale'"
"Ruxandra Donose as Princess Eboli delivered a beautifully stylish song of the veil to the queen’s ladies-in-waiting. Eboli can so often be a dull and dumpy mezzo, but Ms Donose is every inch the beauty known to history and her portrayal of the role developed from coquettishness to scheming fury, and eventually abject sorrow as she admits to unjustly traducing the queen, sleeping with the king, and finally cursing her own beauty — one of the highlights of the evening."
There are further performances of Don Carlo on 30 June, 3, 7, 10 July.
Next season Donose sings Elektra in a new production of Manfred Trojahn Orest at Zurich Opera House, and returns to Grand Théâtre de Genève to sing Adalgisa in a new production of Norma as well as Rodelinda at the Bolshoi.
Ruxandra Donose sings her first Eboli in Don Carlo
Ruxandra Donose makes her role debut as Eboli in Verdi Don Carlo this month, performing at Grange Park Opera from 18 June 2016. Conducted by Gianluca Marciano and directed by Jo Davies, Donose performs alongside Stefanno Secco in the title role, Virginia Tola, Clive Bayley and David Stout.
Donose's recent performances in the UK include Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the title role of Carmen for English National Opera in the UK premiere of Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production. On the concert platform she has performed works including La damnation de Faust, La mort de Cléopâtre, Mozart Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, singing under conductors Charles Dutoit, Ilan Volkov, Edward Gardner, Donald Runnicles, Christoph von Dohnányi and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She also performed a Rosenblatt Recital at Wigmore Hall with Roger Vignoles.
Future highlights for Donose include Elektra in a new production of Manfred Trojahn Orest at Zurich Opera House, a return to Grand Théâtre de Genève to sing Adalgisa in a new production of Norma and Rodelinda at the Bolshoi.
Following opening night, further performances of Don Carlo are on 22, 25 and 30 June and 3, 7 and 10 July.
Ruxandra Donose returns to the Bolshoi Theatre to reprise Eduige in Rodelinda
Ruxandra Donose returns to the Bolshoi Theatre following her house debut in December to reprise her role as Eduige Rodelinda from 3 April 2016. Donose reunites with the cast of Rodelinda once again, performing alongside Dina Kuznetsova in the title role under the baton of Christopher Moulds.
Donose was highly praised for her recent performance in Covent Garden’s Ariadne auf Naxos
“The standout performance during the Prologue comes from Ruxandra Donose, whose mezzo-soprano is lively and engaging.”
There are further performances of Rodelinda on 5, 7 and 9 April. Donose returns to the UK over the summer to sing Eboli Don Carlo with Grange Park Opera before returning to the Bolshoi to once again reprise her role in Rodelinda.
Ruxandra Donose makes house debut at the Bolshoi in Rodelinda
Ruxandra Donose makes her house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre on 13 December 2015 in a new production of Rodelinda directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Christopher Moulds. Donose sings the role of Eduige alongside Dina Kuznetsova as Rodelinda, David Daniels as Bertarido and Matt Casey as Flavio.
Further engagements in the 2015/16 season include further performances as Eduige Rodelinda at the Bolshoi Theatre in addition to Ramise Arminio at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Further performances are on 15, 17 and 19 December.
Ruxandra Donose and Sofia Fomina return to Covent Garden for acclaimed Ariadne auf Naxos
Ruxandra Donose and Sofia Fomina return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 10 October 2015 for the revival of Christof Loy's production of Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos.
Ruxandra Donose reprises her “committed and passionate” role as the Composer, an interpretation that was widely praised in 2014:
“Ruxandra Donose charismatically holds things together as the Composer, with a wonderfully pure melodic line; the way Donose melds her sound with that of Jane Archibald’s Zerbinetta - as they realise they are each other’s emotional mirror-image - creates a strangely tender magic.”
Donose has a busy season ahead of her with performances as Eduige Rodelinda at the Bolshoi Theatre, La Damnation de Faust with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ramise Arminio Karlsruhe as well as performance in the Philharmonia’s anniversary season opening at the Royal Festival Hall and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Enescu Festival.
Sofia Fomina, now a regular at the Royal Opera House following her acclaimed Jemmy Guillame Tell, returns as Naiad, one of the Nymphs in the opera.
“One of the two true stars … [was] Russian light soprano Sofia Fomina whose personality in the Greek-chorus nymphs’ trio is matched by the luxury casting of Karen Cargill.”
In the 2015-16 season, Fomina returns to Bayerische Staatsoper as Blondchen and Oscar in a new production of Un ballo in maschera conducted by Zubin Mehta. On the concert platform she sings Carmina Burana in a New Year Gala Concert with the Czech Philharmonic and Jakub Hrusa as well as making her City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra debut in a concert version of Falstaff, conducted by Edward Gardener. Further ahead, engagements include leading roles at Royal Opera House and Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse.
Following the opening night on the 10 October there will be two subsequent performances on 13 and 16 October.
Ruxandra Donose sings Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Philharmonia in London
Ruxandra Donose joins the Philharmonia Orchestra for the opening concert of their 70th Anniversary Season for a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the Royal Festival Hall on 27 September 2015.
The concert is conducted by the Philharmonia’s Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi, with Carlotta Larsson, Michael König and James Rutherford completing the line-up. The concert also features Martin Helmchen performing Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor. It follows on from performances earlier in September at the Konzerthaus Dortmund on the 9 September and Kölner Philharmonie on 13 September.
Further engagements in the 2015/16 season include a return as Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos at Royal Opera house, Covent Garden, Eduige Rodelina Bolshoi Theatre, La damnation de Faust with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Ramise Arminio at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Roger Vignoles gives recitals in Santiago de Compostela with Ruxandra Donose, Kate Royal and Roderick Williams
Roger Vignoles returns to Santiago de Compostela this month for recitals with Ruxandra Donose, soprano Kate Royal and baritone Roderick Williams on 22, 24 and 29 September 2015.
Straight from her performance at the Enescu Festival with the Monte Carlo Symphony Orchestra, Ruxandra Donose joins Vignoles to perform a programme of Enescu Sept Chansons de Clément Marot, Bretan’s The Reluctant Debt Payer, and Brahms’ Liebestreu.
Further engagements for Donose in the 15/16 season include a much anticipated return as Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Eduige Rodelina at Bolshoi Theatre, La damnation de Faust with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Ramise Arminio at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
On 24 September, Royal and Vignoles perform a programme of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, as well as Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and Barber’s Hermit Songs. The duo repeat the programme at Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh this November, as part of the New Town Concerts recital series. On 29 September, Vignoles is joined by Roderick Williams for a programme of songs by Wolf, Brahms, and Ravel. Williams and Vignoles are frequent collaborators, most recently appearing together at Wigmore Hall for Vignoles’ 70th birthday celebrations this past July.
Further ahead this season, Vignoles makes appearances at the Oxford Lieder festival, and will return to Netherlands Opera as musical director of their production of Poulenc Les Mamelles de Tiresias.
Ruxandra Donose sings Das Lied von der Erde with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic at Enescu Festival
Ruxandra Donose continues a busy opening of the new season when she returns to her native Romania for the Enescu Festival for a performance of Das Lied von der Erder on 16 September 2015. Donose joins the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and conductor Cristian Mandeal, who also perform Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches and Enescu’s Suite No.3 in D 'Villageoise' at the Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest.
Further engagements in the 2015/16 season include a return as Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Eduige Rodelina at the Bolshoi Theatre, La damnation de Faust with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Ramise Arminio at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Intermusica at the George Enescu Festival 2015
Valentina Nafornita, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon, Leo Hussain and Ruxandra Donose all perform at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest this year, the annual celebration of Romanian composer George Enescu.
On 9 September, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon join the London Symphony Orchestra to play the Brahms Double Concerto. Ion Marin conducts the orchestra and the Capuçon brothers at Bucharest Grand Palace Hall.
Leo Hussain returns to the festival for a concert performance of Berg Wozzeck on 14 September, with Michael Volle in the title role and Evelyn Herlitzius as Marie. This follows his appearance at the 2013 festival when he conducted Schoenberg Gurrelieder.
Ruxandra Donose sings Mahler Das Lied von der Erde on 16 September with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and conductor Christian Mandeal.
Then, also on 16 September, Valentina Nafornița joins the Wiener Philharmoniker to perform Enescu’s 7 Chansons de Clément Marot, Op.15. Semyon Bychkov conducts the programme, which also features Haydn Symphony No.44 and Brahms Symphony No.3.
The Romanian composer Enescu has been celebrated with the Enescu Festival in Bucharest since 1958. This year’s festival will be the twenty-second edition, and will feature dozens of concerts by leading orchestras and performers, most including works by Enescu.
Ruxandra Donose performs in Cosi fan tutte at the Festival di Spoleto
Ruxandra Donose makes her Festival di Spoleto debut on 26 June 2015 as Dorabella in a new production of Cosi fan tutte by Giorgio Ferrara. Donose stars alongside Francesca Dotto as Fiordiligi, Rodsion Pogossov as Guglielmo and Joel Prieto as Ferrando. The performance, which opens the festival, is accompanied by the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and conducted by James Conlon.
Next season Donose returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos. Further ahead she performs leading roles at Grand Theatre de Geneve, Opera de Lyon, Royal Danish Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. A CD of French Romantic repertoire with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra is due for release next year.
Sir Willard White & Ruxandra Donose in La Damnation de Faust in Cleveland & Chicago
Sir Willard White returns to the role of Méphistophélès for concert performances of Berlioz La damnation de Faust on 7, 9 and 10 May 2015 with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. White has previously sung this same role with Dutoit in Verbier, Amsterdam and at the Royal Festival Hall to great acclaim:
“What a joy it was to welcome the massively experienced Sir Willard White as Mephistopheles. His acting was a joy, and his voice as its best was miraculous”
Seen and Heard International, May 2013
The cast for these performances also includes Ruxandra Donose in her signature role as Marguerite and Paul Groves as Faust.
Further highlights for Donose this season include Doreblla Cosi fan tutte at Festival dei Due Mondi and a return to the Royal Opera House to revive Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos.
Immediately following the Cleveland performances, White will sing the role of Arkel Pelléas et Mélisande with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen for two concert performances on 16 and 19 May. The cast also includes Christine Rice as Mélisande, Stéphane Degout as Pelléas, Eric Owens as Golaud and Elodie Méchain as Geneviève.
White then ends the season singing the role of Ibn-Hakia Iolanta at the the Festival d’Aix en Provence.
Ruxandra Donose stars in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at Grand Théâtre de Genève
Ruxandra Donose perform the title role in Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at Grand Théâtre de Genève on 15 December. In this Laurent Pelly production, conducted by Franch Villard, Donose will perform alongside Bénédicte Tauran as Wanda, and Fabio Trümpy as Fritz. Donose recently made her UK recital debut at the Wigmore Hall, where her performance “quickly won the audience over.” (Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, October 2014).
Further performances take place on 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 29 and 31 of December.
Following on from her successful role debut as Arsace Semiramide in Lyon and Paris under the baton of Evelino Pidò this November she will make her debut as Bradamante Alcina at Royal Danish Opera and will also make her Gran Teatre del Liceu debut in Così fan tutte. On the concert platform she sings La Damnation de Faust in Cleveland with Charles Dutoit and continues the tour of Tamerlano with an appearance in Krakow.
Evelino Pidò conducts Semiramide with Ruxandra Donose in Lyon and Paris
Ruxandra Donose will join Evelino Pidò for a role debut as Arsace in Rossini's Semiramide at the Opéra de Lyon on 18 and 20 November, with a further performance in Paris at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 23 November.
Pidò, an annual visitor to the theatre, conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Lyon in these three concert performances and will also be conducting Tosca for Opéra National de Paris during the same period. This will be followed by Rigoletto at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Il Turco in Italia and to the Wiener Staatsoper for La Cenerentola.
Celebrated for her interpretations of Rossini's work, Donose has performed in houses across Europe in roles such as Isaura Tancredi at the Salzburg Festival, title role La Cenerentola for Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opera de Nice, Elena in La Donna del Lago for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Desdemona in Otello. Her performance in the title role of Glyndebourne's recent release of La Cenerentola has been highly praised:
"Ruxandra Donose is everything that Rossini himself might have hoped for: a mezzo with a top extension for whom that final death-defying aria 'Naqui all'affano e al pianto', littered with coloratura, holds no fears."
Christopher Cook, BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
Further highlights for Donose in the 2014/15 season include a new production of La Grande Duchesse de Gerlostein by Laurent Pelly at Grand Théâtre de Genève and her role debut as Bradamante Alcina at Royal Danish Opera. On the concert platform she continues her European tour of Handel's Tamerlano, released by Naïve earlier this year, and later joins Cleveland Orchestra and Charles Dutoit for performances of La damnation de Faust.
Ruxandra Donose and Roger Vignoles give a Rosenblatt recital at the Wigmore Hall
Fresh from her success as the Composer in Covent Garden, Ruxandra Donose steps in at short notice to perform in the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital Series on 6 October at the Wigmore Hall, joined by Roger Vignoles at the piano. Together they will present a programme of songs and arias by Bizet, Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Offenbach, Fauré, Enescu and Bretan.
Donose has already established herself as a firm favourite with the British public having appeared in numerous opera and concert performances throughout London and the UK, but this marks her UK recital debut and her first collaboration with celebrated accompanist Roger Vignoles.
Further highlights for Donose in the 2014/15 season include two role debuts as Arsace Semiramide in Lyon and Paris under the baton of Evelino Pidò and as Bradamante Alcina at Royal Danish Opera. In Genève she stars as La Grande Duchesse de Gerlostein in a new production by Laurent Pelly and makes her Gran Teatre del Liceu debut in Così fan tutte. On the concert platform she continues her tour of Europe presenting Handel’s Tamerlano, released by Naïve earlier this year, and joins Clevland Orchestra and Charles Dutoit for performances of La Damnation de Faust, a work which she is very often associated with.
Gramophone Editor's Choice award for Ruxandra Donose
Ruxandra Donose's recent recording has been awarded the prestigious accolade of Editor’s Choice in the August issue of Gramophone. Donose stars as Irene in Handel's Tamerlano with Il Pomo d’Oro, released on Naïve.
The release has received excellent reviews:
“Bursting with an energetic, dramatic drive and great characterisation from the soloists. An all-round excellent Handel release.”
Gramophone, August 2014
“The lovely mezzo of Ruxandra Donose [completes] the cast in one of the best new opera recordings to have come my way this year.”
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, June 2014
“Mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose flirts mischievously with the audience and her co-singers and demonstrates a skillful handling of the coloratura.”
Miriam Rosenbohm, Opernnetz, May 2014
Sir Willard White & Ruxandra Donose perform Le Damnation de Faust at Verbier Festival
Sir Willard White and Ruxandra Donose head the cast in a concert performance of Berlioz’s Le Damnation de Faust at the Verbier Festival on 21 July, under the baton of Charles Dutoit. As Méphistophélès and Marguerite respectively, they perform alongside Ramón Vargas in the title role and Charles Dekeyser as Brander, with the Collegiate Chorale of New York.
Ruxandra Donose last worked with Dutoit as Marguerite in a concert performance of Le Damnation de Faust with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. She has also performed the role with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich, Tokyo, San Francisco, London, and Amsterdam, with the Berlin Sinfonie-Orchester, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, Orchestre National du Capitôle in both Toulouse and Valencia, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Berlioz’s works have featured heavily in Ruxandra Donose’s 2013/14 season: she recently performed Les nuits d'été on tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège in Belgium and Austria and at the Al Bustan Festival Lebanon, and La mort de Cléopâtre with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner.
Sir Willard White also performed as Méphistophélès under Dutoit with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in addition to performances with the Dutoit in Lisbon and Toronto. Sir Willard White arrives at the Verbier Festival having just completed a run of performances at the English National Opera, playing the role of Pope Clement VII in Terry Gilliam’s new production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini.
Ruxandra Donose and Sofia Fomina in Ariadne auf Naxos at Royal Opera House
Ruxandra Donose and Sofia Fomina appear at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 25 June in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Donose sings Komponist and Sofia Fomina takes the role of Naiad and covers Zerbinetta. Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, this classic production is directed by Christof Loy. Donose and Fomina are joined by Roberto Saccà as Bacchus/The Tenor, Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta, Markus Werba as Harlequin, Sir Thomas Allen as Music Master and Ed Lyon as Dancing Master.
Ariadne auf Naxos is the penultimate engagement in a busy season for Ruxandra Donose, whose recent highlights have included Les nuits d’ete and La mort de Cleopatre on tour with Orchestra Philharmonique Royal de Liege and Christian Arming, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Edward Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall. She finishes the 2013/14 season in the role of Marguerite Le Damnation de Faust at the Verbier Festival, alongside Sir Willard White.
Sofia Fomina returns to the Royal Opera House following her house debut as Isabelle in Laurent Pelly’s 2012 production of Robert le Diable. A member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt, this season’s roles have included Oronte Ezio, Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte, Sophie Werther; Angelica Orlando Furioso and Nanetta Falstaff. Fomina returns to the Royal Opera House next season as Jemmy in Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Guillaume Tell alongside Gerald Finley.
Ariadne auf Naxos opens on 25 June with further performances on 30 June, 3, 10 and 13 July.