San Francisco Opera has announced that soprano Ellie Dehn will step in to perform her role debut as the title role in Jules Massenet’s Manon for six performances in November 2017.
Ellie Dehn is excited to add Manon to her repertory and has already made plans to visit Paris and the Church of Saint-Sulpice as part of her preparation. She said, “It’s an honor to take on Manon for the wonderful audiences in San Francisco. I look forward to bringing this iconic role to life next season.”
Ms Dehn thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences earlier this summer as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème in what the San Francisco Chronicle called a “sumptuous, sparkling turn as the sexually irresistible Musetta—her Act 2 rendition of the showpiece ‘Quando me’n vo’ was as joyous and witty as ever.”
Dehn has performed on the world’s leading stages, including London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera and Naples’ Teatro di San Carlo, and she sings at Grand Théâtre de Genève prior to her return to San Francisco Opera. Dehn first appeared in San Francisco in 2010 as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In subsequent engagements with the Company, she completed the Mozart—Da Ponte trilogy of operas with performances as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (2011) and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte(2013), and also performed in La Bohème and Bizet’s Carmen, the latter in the production by controversial Spanish director Calixto Bieito. Other recent successes include her debut at Covent Garden as Countess Almaviva in a new production by David McVicar, Donna Elvira with the Metropolitan Opera, Donna Anna with the Bavarian State Opera and Oper Köln, Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with San Diego Opera, the title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and her debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
The San Francisco Opera production of Manon opens November 4 and runs through November 22, 2017.