Marifé Nogales and Francis Tójar star in Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims” at Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional São Carlos


Starting on February 5th, Gioachino Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims” will be performed at Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. The sizeable cast features two Spanish singers whose careers are taking off. Mezzo-soprano Marifé Nogales is starring as Marchesa Melibea and bass Francis Tójar will play the role of Lord Sydney. Emilio Sagi is the stage director of the renowned production, which has been performed every year at Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival since its first show at this Festival in 2001. Four shows will be performed on February 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th. The Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa will be led by the young Yi-Chen Lin, who previously conducted this same production at Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival in 2011. Marifé Nogales’s upcoming commitments include her participation in the Gala de Zarzuela at Bilbao’s Teatro Arriaga. Francis Tojar will perform the role of Señor de Bethune in Giuseppe Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani” at Madrid’s Teatro Real.