17 March 2012 at 1.09pm | 4 Comments
Following this week's announcement of what will be on stage and screen for the 2012/13 season, we've picked out a few of the highlights.
Following epic season opener Der Ring des Nibelungen comes Laurent Pelly’s production of Robert le diable - Meyerbeer’s opera telling the tale of Duke Robert the Magnificent of Normandy. Having recently directed The Royal Opera’s productions of Cendrillon and La fille du régiment, Pelly’s latest production is not to be missed, starring Bryan Hymel in the title role and John Relyea as Bertram.
A new production of Eugene Onegin sees Kasper Holten direct his first production at Covent Garden. The Director of The Royal Opera says he has always loved Onegin: "The opera is full of poetry and melancholy, encapsulating the fragile and turbulent emotions of youth, self-realization and the yearning to go back and undo what cannot be undone". Simon Keenlyside sings the title role.
British opera is strongly represented with the UK premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin and a new production of Gloriana by Richard Jones, the latter of which celebrates both the centenary of Britten’s birth and the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Stephen Langridge’s The Minotaur also receives its first revival, starring John Tomlinson in the title role alongside Johan Reuter as Theseus and Christine Rice as Ariadne. The cast will be conducted by Antonio Pappano.
The Verdi bi-centenary is celebrated with a new production of Nabucco from Daniele Abbado, starring Plácido Domingo for four performances , with further performances of Don Carlo starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role for five performances and 6 performances of Simon Boccanegra with Thomas Hampson in the title role. There are also revivals of some of our classic and popular productions - Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca and Die Zauberflöte directed by David McVicar.
Royal Opera Associate Director John Fulljames directs his first production for The Royal Opera, a new production of La donna del lago, featuring a stellar cast which includes Juan Diego Flórez and Joyce DiDonato.
Renée Fleming returns to the Royal Opera House to sing Countess Madeleine in a concert version of Richard Strauss's Capriccio and other great singers returning to The Royal Opera in the 2012-13 Season include Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna in L’elisir d’amore; Rolando Villazón, Vittorio Grigolo and Barbara Frittoli in La bohème; Massimo Giordano in Tosca; Christopher Maltman in Die Zauberflöte; and Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo in La rondine.
The 2012/13 Royal Ballet season opens with the ever-popular Swan Lake. The ballet will be broadcast internationally as part of our Cinema season in a performance starring Nehemiah Kish and Zenaida Yanowsky. A magical production that is always a sell-out, Swan Lake is one not to miss.
John Cranko’s Onegin, one of the great narrative ballets of the 20th century, returns in the New Year. As part of a broad celebration of Pushkin’s famed novel-in-verse, Eugene Onegin, both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera will be staging interpretations this season.
Another full-length classic to feature this season is the Natalia Makarova’s magnificent production of La Bayadère. A romantic Indian fantasy famed for its hypnotic dance sequences, it returns after a three year break.
In May, Liam Scarlett presents Sweet Violets which will premiere in the Linbury. Rapidly becoming one of the most exceptional choreographic talents, Liam has already produced a distinguished repertory of short pieces, including the highly acclaimed Asphodel Meadows, and his first full-length narrative work is hotly anticipated. Scarlett’s Viscera, a production he created for the Miami City Ballet that premiered to rave reviews in January 2012, will also be performed.
Other appetite-whetting works this season include contemporary fairytale Raven Girl, a collaboration between Wayne McGregor and Audrey Niffinegger, author of the award-winning novel The Time Traveler’s Wife. The work premiers in May alongside Balanchine’s energetic Symphony in C.
A further gem of literary origin is on offer in the revival of Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis, which has been nominated for Best New Dance Production in this year’s Olivier Awards. Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson, whose harrowing performance was also recognised by the Olivier Awards with a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, returns to take the leading role in the Linbury Studio. Based on Kafka’s novella, the dance theatre adaptation with Frank Moon’s dark and atmospheric score is sure to delight.
Fans of Alexei Ratmansky, the Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre, will also be catered for. A versatile and inventive choreographer, Ratmansky’s as yet untitled debut work for The Royal Ballet is his first commission by a British ballet company. It will be performed as part of an exciting trio, debuting alongside a world premier by the acclaimed Christopher Wheeldon, and Balanchine’s masterly Apollo.
What are you most looking forward to seeing?