360Fabio Luisi takes the Opéra de Paris podium on May 20 for a new staging of Aribert Reimann’s opera Lear by radical Spanish director Calixto Bieito, starring Bo Skovhus in the title role. Fabio characterizes Aribert’s treatment as “a deep, dark interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy” and “a major opera masterwork of the last fifty years in a production with superb singers and a great director.” Based on Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear and originally written specifically for the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, this will be the neglected opera’s first return to this opera house since its French premiere in 1982. Repeat performances take place on May 23, 26, and 29 plus June 1, 6, 9, and 12 at the Palais Garnier. Find tickets and more information here.

During the same time period, Fabio also leads a production of Strauss’s Salome at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, starring Lise Lindstrom in the title role. Salome opens on May 21, with repeat performances on May 22, 25, and 28. Find tickets and more information about this production here.