Northern California native Irene Roberts makes a special debut this summer when she takes to the stage of San Francisco Opera for the first time in their new production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. The mezzo-soprano takes on the role of Giulietta, the Venetian courtesan who steals Hoffmann’s heart, and then his soul, for a nine show run beginning on June 5 and ending July 6. The new production by Laurent Pelly also stars Matthew Polenzani as the lovelorn poet Hoffmann, French soprano Natalie Dessay as Antonia, and Christian van Horn as the four villians.
The 2013-14 season kicks off with a double debut for Irene Roberts, when she tackles the role of Janthe in Marschner’s Der Vampyr for the first time, which also marks her debut with New Orleans Opera. The production, set in modern day New Orleans, also stars Nicholas Pallesen as Lord Ruthven, the vampire who takes Janthe’s life.
Palm Beach Opera sees mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts make her return to the house where she was a young artist for two seasons this spring when she takes on the role of Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for the first time. The production also stars Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti as Hoffmann and bass-baritone Mark Delavan as the Four Villians. Roberts is an audience favorite at the south Florida company, appearing there nearly every year since 2008, most recently as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which garnered Roberts praise for her “commanding, dark voice” (Palm Beach Post).
For her second show of the season at the Metropolitan Opera, American mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts takes on Wagner’s Parsifal. As one of the temptress Flowermaidens in Wagner’s epic final opera, Roberts will also be seen in movie theaters worldwide in her first appearance in the Met’s popular Live in HD series. The critically-acclaimed new production stars Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as Gurnemantz and Peter Mattei as Amfortas. Italian maestro Daniele Gatti leads from the pit.
American mezzo-soprano is no stranger to southern Florida, having spent two years as a young artist with Palm Beach Opera, with which Roberts continues to perform regularly. Now she makes her debut on the concert stage at Miami’s New World Center with Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony. Orchestral songs of Cantaloube and Bernstein are on the program for the evening, which is part of the orchestra’s Pulse 2.0 series, and the orchestra will be conducted by New World conducting fellow Joshua Gersen.