American soprano Renée Fleming will make rare operatic appearances as Pat Nixon in a new production of John Adams’ “Nixon in China” at the Paris Opera next season.
The opera is to be given eight performances at the Bastille from March 25 to April 16, 2023, the company announced on Wednesday. Musical director Gustavo Dudamel will lead a cast that includes baritone Thomas Hampson as Nixon and soprano Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao. Valentina Carrasco directs.
Fleming, 63, stopped singing central repertoire roles in 2017 but continued gigs and contemporary works, and she received a Tony Award nomination in 2018 for her portrayal of Nettie Fowler in Rodgers’ “Carousel” and Hammerstein. Fleming returns to the Metropolitan Opera in New York for the first staging of Kevin Puts’ “The Hours,” which opens November 22 in the first of eight performances through December 15.
The Paris Opera season includes new stagings of “Salome” by Strauss (premiering October 15 at the Bastille), “Peter Grimes by Britten (January 26 at the Palais Garnier), “Hamlet” by Thomas ( March 11 at the Bastille), “Ariodate” by Handel (April 20 at the Palais Garnier) and “Romeo and Juliet” by Gounod (June 17 at the Bastille).
Soprano Anna Netrebko, rejected by the Metropolitan Opera for failing to repudiate Russian President Vladimir Putin, is due to sing Leonora in a revival of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” on December 12 and 21 at the Bastille.