15 April 2015 at 9.56am | 12 Comments
Opera and music fans will be treated to five productions new to Covent Garden during autumn, including a world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's Morgen und Abend. Eminent British conductor John Eliot Gardiner returns with his much-admired English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir, and the internationally acclaimed Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, for John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter's production of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice. In addition, Damiano Michieletto brings Cavelleria rusticana/Pagliacci to the ROH main stage, while Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh present The Last Hotel, an intense psychological thriller, in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Notable transfers include Opera Holland Park's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow's Opera North production of Lulu: A Murder Ballad. In addition, The Royal Opera will return to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a new production of Luigi Rossi's baroque opera Orpheus from director Keith Warner.
Audiences will also have the chance to meet the Jette Parker Young Artists during Meet the Young Artists Week, of which the highlight is a fully-staged production of Peter Maxwell Davies's The Lighthouse, directed by former Jette Parker Young Artist Greg Eldridge.
Ballet and dance productions include the world premiere of Carlos Acosta's Carmen on the main stage, performed alongside Liam Scarlett's Viscera, Jerome Robbins's Afternoon of a Faun, and George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky pas de deux in a mixed programme. Other main stage works during autumn include Kenneth MacMillan's masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, performed in the year of its 50th anniversary and a Frederick Ashton double bill featuring Monotones I and II and The Two Pigeons.
A note from Kevin O'Hare on ballet casting for Autumn Season (updated 29/04/15)
Some patrons have asked about casting details for Autumn Season. As it becomes increasingly difficult to create accurate detailed information so far in advance of the published performances I feel that it is preferable to delay announcing casting in order to try and minimize the likelihood of changes. I am now pleased to be able to confirm that the casting will be released on 5 May in advance of booking opening.
Dance productions in the Linbury include contemporary Québécois company Cas Public's Symphonie Dramatique, which forms part of the Deloitte Ignite 2015 programme. Alessandra Ferri returns to the Royal Opera House in Chéri. Martha Clarke’s impassioned work of dance-theatre is based on the novels by Colette and was created with Ferri and Herman Cornejo, who both reprise their roles. Performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre, the piece tells the story of a love affair between a woman and a man half her age in belle-époque Paris.
View the Autumn Season Seating Plan (PDF 1MB)
Booking for Autumn Season 2015/16 opens to Friends of Covent Garden on 16 June 2015 for dance productions and 17 June 2015 for opera productions. General booking opens on 14 July 2015.