Next summer’s Salzburg Festival, announced today, will concentrate on the bicentenarians Verdi and Wagner.
Zubin Mehta will conduct Falstaff, Antonio Pappano takes Don Carlo, Riccardo Muti will take Nabucco and Manfred Honeck will preside over the surprise package – the little-seen Verdi opera Giovanna d’Arco in a concert version with Trebs in the title role and Placido Domingo as her partner.
Trebs has talked of herself before as a famous martyr. In an interview last year, she said: ‘I don’t know if I’m really the Joan of Arc of the opera world because I don’t really think about anything like that. I feel lots of pressure and of course responsibility. Not for all the female singers, but towards the opera world that expects a lot from me every single time I go on stage and have to deliver 100%.’ Hmmmm….
On the Wagner front, Philippe Jordan will look after Rienzi in concert, while Daniele Gatti conducts Meistersinger.
But the biggest shock of all is British: Ingo Metzmacher will conduct Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain and the Green Knight. Now who’d have thought?
It replaces a Samuel Beckett opera by György Kurtag that wasn’t ready in time. Its new working title is Waiting for György.