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Opera and Music 2014/15

Details of The Royal Opera's 2014/15 Season have been announced.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

31 March 2014 at 9.35am | 73 Comments

Autumn Season

Anna Nicole
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Dir: Richard Jones
Cond: Antonio Pappano

A tale of sex, celebrity and scandal: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera explores the dramatic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.

Cast:

  • Anna Nicole – Eva-Maria Westbroek
  • Virgie – Susan Bickley
  • Shelley – Lore Lixenberg
  • The Lawyer Stern – Rodney Gilfry
  • Old Man Marshall – Alan Oke
  • Blossom – Allison Cook
  • Doctor – Andrew Rees
  • Larry King – Peter Hoare
  • Aunt Kay – Rebecca de Pont Davies
  • Billy – Grant Doyle
  • Mayor – Wynne Evans
  • Donald – Jeremy White
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

11 (Student Performance) | 16 | 18 | 20 | 24 September at 7.30pm; 13 September at 7pm

 

Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: Maurizio Benini (except 6 Oct) / Paul Griffiths (6 Oct)

Corruption and innocence collide in Verdi’s remarkable opera. David McVicar’s staging emphasizes the depravity at the heart of the court of Mantua.

Cast:

  • Duke of Mantua – Saimir Pirgu (12, 15, 20 mat, 23, 27, 30 Sept; 3, 6 Oct) / Piero Pretti (17, 21 mat Sept)
  • Rigoletto – Simon Keenlyside (12, 15, 20 mat, 23, 27, 30 Sept; 3, 6 Oct) / Dimitri Platanias (17, 21 mat Sept)
  • Gilda – Aleksandra Kurzak (12, 15, 20 mat, 23, 27, 30 Sept; 3, 6 Oct) / Eri Nakamura (17, 21 mat Sept)
  • Sparafucile – Brindley Sherratt (12, 15, 20 mat, 23, 27, 30 Sept; 3, 6 Oct) / Alexander Tsymbalyuk (17, 21 mat Sept)
  • Maddalena – Justina Gringyte (12, 15, 20 mat, 23, 27, 30 Sept; 3, 6 Oct) / Nadezhda Karyazina §
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

12 | 15 | 17† | 23 | 30 September at 7.30pm; 20 September at 12.30pm; 21 September at 2pm; 27 September at 7pm
3** | 6 October at 7.30pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist
† BP Big Screen Live Relay
**Sign-language interpreted

 

Il barbiere di Siviglia
Gioachino Rossini
Dir: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Cond: Mark Elder

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Rossini’s sparkling comedy is full of wit and energy.

Cast:

  • Rosina – Serena Malfi
  • Count Almaviva – Michele Angelini
  • Figaro – Lucas Meachem
  • Doctor Bartolo – Alessandro Corbelli
  • Don Basilio – Maurizio Muraro
  • Berta – Janis Kelly
  • Fiorello – Wyn Pencarreg
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

19 | 22 | 25 | 29 September at 7pm
2 October at 7pm; 5 October at 6.30pm

 

The Trial NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Philip Glass
Lib: Christopher Hampton
Dir: Michael McCarthy
Cond: Michael Rafferty

Philip Glass, one of the world's most popular contemporary composers, creates a new work for Music Theatre Wales based on Kafka's nightmarish novel.

Cast:

  • Soprano – Amanda Forbes
  • Mezzo-soprano – Rowan Hellier
  • Tenors – Paul Curievici, Michael Bennett
  • Baritones – Gwion Thomas, Johnny Herford
  • Bass-baritones – Nicholas Folwell, Michael Druiett
  • Music Theatre Wales Ensemble

10 | 11 | 14 | 15 | 17 October at 7.45pm; 18 October at 6pm

 

La scala di seta (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Gioachino Rossini
Dir: Greg Eldridge §
Cond: Jonathan Santagada §

The Jette Parker Young Artists present a fully staged performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, in one of the most popular highlights of Meet the Young Artists Week.

Cast:

  • Guilia – Lauren Fagan §
  • Lucilla – Anush Hovhannisyan §
  • Dorvil – Luis Gomes §
  • Dormont – Samuel Johnson §
  • Germano – Yuriy Yurchuk §
  • Blansac – James Platt §
  • Southbank Sinfonia

23 October at 7pm; 24 October at 1pm and 7pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

I due Foscari NEW
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Thaddeus Strassberger
Cond: Antonio Pappano (14, 17, 20, 23, 27 Oct) / Renato Balsadonna (30 Oct, 2 Nov)

A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.

Cast:

  • Francesco Foscari – Plácido Domingo
  • Jacopo Foscari – Francesco Meli
  • Lucrezia Contarini – Maria Agresta
  • Jacopo Loredano – Maurizio Muraro
  • Barbarigo – Samuel Sakker §
  • Pisana – Rachel Kelly §
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

14 | 17 | 20 | 23 | 27† | 30 October at 7.30pm
2 November at 3pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist
Live cinema relay

 

Idomeneo NEW
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dir: Martin Kušej
Cond: Marc Minkowski

Love and sacrifice vie in Mozart's sublime early masterpiece, directed by Martin Kušej in his UK debut.

Cast:

  • Idomeneo – Matthew Polenzani
  • Idamente – Franco Fagioli
  • Ilia – Sophie Bevan
  • Elettra – Malin Byström
  • Arbace – Stanislas de Barbeyrac
  • High Priest of Neptune – Krystian Adam
  • Voice of Neptune – Graeme Broadbent
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

3 | 6 | 10 | 15 | 19 | 24 November at 6.30pm

 

Glare NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Søren Nils Eichberg
Lib: Hannah Dübgen
Dir: Thaddeus Strassberger
Cond: Geoffrey Paterson

Danish-German composer Søren Nils Eichberg presents his taut thriller about trust and reality.

Cast: TBC

TBC November

 

L’elisir d’amore
Gaetano Donizetti
Dir: Laurent Pelly
Cond: Daniele Rustioni

Laurent Pelly's acclaimed production of Donizetti's opera radiates tenderness, humour and southern sunshine.

Cast:

  • Adina – Lucy Crowe
  • Nemorino – Vittorio Grigolo
  • Dulcamara – Bryn Terfel
  • Belcore – Levente Molnár
  • Giannetta – Kiandra Howarth §
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

18 | 26† November at 7.30pm; 22 November at 3pm (Welcome Performance); 29 November at 7pm
4 | 9 December at 7.30pm; 13 December at 7pm

Live cinema relay
§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Orfeo NEW (Roundhouse, Camden)
Claudio Monteverdi
Dir: Michael Boyd / Trans: Don Paterson
Cond: Christian Curnyn

Michael Boyd directs a new production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, the first great opera, at the Roundhouse.

Cast:

  • Orfeo – Gyula Orendt
  • Euridice / Echo – Susanna Hurrell
  • Music / Nymph – Mary Bevan
  • Persephone – Rachel Kelly §
  • Pluto – Callum Thorpe
  • Charon – James Platt §
  • Messenger – Susan Bickley
  • Shepherd 1 – Anthony Gregory
  • Shepherd 2 / Apollo – Amar Muchhala
  • Shepherd 3 / Hope – Christopher Lowrey
  • Orchestra of the Early Opera Company

13 | 14 | 16 | 17 | 20 | 21 | 23 | 24 January

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Winter Season

Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner
Dir: Christof Loy
Cond: Antonio Pappano

Christof Loy brings intense insight to Wagner’s story of illicit love, told through music of thrilling power.

Cast:

  • Tristan – Stephen Gould
  • King Marke – John Tomlinson
  • Isolde – Nina Stemme
  • Kurwenal – Iain Paterson
  • Brangäne – Sarah Connolly
  • Melot – Neal Cooper
  • Sailor – Ed Lyon
  • Shepherd – Luis Gomes §
  • Steersman – Yuriy Yurchuk §
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

5 | 8 | 11 | 17 December at 5pm; 14 | 21 December at 3pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Un ballo in maschera NEW
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Katharina Thoma
Cond: Daniel Oren

Katharina Thoma directs a new production of Verdi's tragedy of illicit love, loyalty and betrayal.

Cast:

  • Riccardo – Joseph Calleja
  • Amelia – Liudmyla Monastyrska
  • Renato – Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Ulrica – Marianne Cornetti
  • Oscar – Rosemary Joshua
  • Sam – Anatoli Sivko
  • Tom – James Platt § (18, 22, 30 Dec; 2, 6 Jan) / Jihoon Kim (13, 17 Jan)
  • Silvano – Samuel Johnson §
  • Minister of Justice – Samuel Sakker §
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

18 | 22 | 30 December at 7.30pm
2 | 6 | 13 January at 7.30pm; 17 January at 7pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Listen to the Silence – A Journey with John Cage NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
John Cage
Dir: Wouter Van Looy / Letizia Renzini

Explore the mind-bending world of philosopher composer John Cage in Zonzo Compagnie's award-winning interactive family show.

Cast:

  • Actor – Tjyying Liu
  • Piano – Jeroen Malaise
  • Technicians – Pat Caers, Peter Quasters

30 January at 7pm; 31 January at 2pm and 4pm
1 February at 2pm and 4pm

 

Andrea Chénier NEW
Umberto Giordano
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: Antonio Pappano

David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano's passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution.

Cast:

  • Andrea Chénier – Jonas Kaufmann
  • Carlo Gérard – Željko Lučić
  • Maddalena de Coigny – Eva-Maria Westbroek
  • Bersi – Denyce Graves
  • Madelon – Elena Zilio
  • Countessa de Coigny – Rosalind Plowright
  • Roucher – Roland Wood
  • Pietro Fléville – Peter Coleman-Wright
  • Mathieu – Adrian Clarke
  • L’Incredibile – Carlo Bosi
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

20 | 23 | 26 | 29† | 31 January at 7.30pm
3 | 6 February at 7.30pm

Live cinema relay

 

Der fliegende Holländer
Richard Wagner
Dir: Tim Albery
Cond: Andris Nelsons

Tim Albery's acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner's early masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman.

Cast:

  • The Dutchman – Bryn Terfel
  • Senta – Adrianne Pieczonka
  • Daland – Peter Rose
  • Steersman – Ed Lyon
  • Mary – Catherine Wyn-Rogers
  • Erik – Michael König
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

5 | 9 | 12 | 17 | 20 | 24† February at 7.30pm

Live cinema relay

 

Die Zauberflöte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: Cornelius Meister

Comedy and philosophy unite in Mozart’s glorious The Magic Flute, brought enchantingly to life by David McVicar.

Cast:

  • Tamino – Toby Spence (23, 26 Feb; 2, 6, 9, 11 Mar) / Pavol Breslik (28 Feb; 4, 7 March)
  • Pamina – Janai Brugger (23, 26 Feb; 2, 6, 9, 11 Mar) / Christiane Karg (28 Feb; 4, 7 March)
  • Queen of the Night – Anna Siminska
  • Papageno – Markus Werba
  • Sarastro – Georg Zeppenfeld
  • Monostatos – Colin Judson
  • Papagena – Rhian Lois (23, 26, 28 Feb; 2, 4, 6 Mar) / Lauren Fagan § (7, 9, 11 Mar)
  • The Speaker – Benjamin Bevan (23, 26 Feb; 2, 6, 9, 11 Mar) / Robert Lloyd (28 Feb; 4, 7 March)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

23 | 26 | 28 February at 7pm
2 | 4 | 6 | 7 | 9 | 11 March at 7pm

 

Spring Season

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny NEW
Kurt Weill
Dir: John Fulljames
Cond: Mark Wigglesworth

John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned satire on consumerism.

Cast:

  • Leocadia Begbick – Anne Sofie von Otter
  • Fatty – Peter Hoare
  • Trinity Moses – Willard W White
  • Jenny Smith – Christine Rice
  • Jimmy McIntyre – Kurt Streit
  • Jack O’Brien – Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
  • Bank Account Billy – Darren Jeffrey
  • Alaska Wolf Joe – Neal Davies
  • Toby Higgins – Hubert Francis
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

10 | 12 | 14 | 24 March at 7.30pm; 28 March at 12.30pm
1† | 4 April at 7.30pm

Live cinema relay

 

Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
Dir: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Cond: Nicola Luisotti

East meets West with devastating effect in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s poignant opera.

Cast:

  • Cio-Cio-San – Kristine Opolais (20, 23, 28, 31 Mar; 4 mat, 9 April) / Alexia Voulgaridou (6, 11 April)
  • BF Pinkerton – Brian Jagde (20, 23, 28, 31 Mar; 4 mat, 9 April) / Noah Stewart (6, 11 April)
  • Sharpless – Gabriele Viviani
  • Goro – Carlo Bosi
  • Suzuki – Enkelejda Shkosa
  • The Bonze – Jeremy White
  • Prince Yamadori – Yuriy Yurchuk §
  • Imperial Commissione – Samuel Johnson §
  • Kate Pinkerton – Anush Hovhannisyan §
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

20 | 23 | 28 | 31 March at 7.30pm
4 April at 2.30pm; 6 April at 7.30pm; 9 | 11 April at 12.30pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Swanhunter (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Jonathan Dove
Alasdair Middleton
Dir: Hannah Mulder / Rachael Canning
Cond: Catriona Beveridge

In a new co-production, Opera North and The Wrong Crowd present Jonathan Dove's family opera, with a beguiling blend of evocative music, stunning puppetry and visual storytelling.

4–11 April

 

Il turco in Italia
Gioachino Rossini
Dir: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Cond: Evelino Pidò

Rossini's irresistible comedy glows with Fellini-esque glamour in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's sun-drenched production.

Cast:

  • Selim – Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
  • Fiorilla – Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Don Geronio – Alessandro Corbelli
  • Don Narciso – Barry Banks
  • Prosdocimo – Thomas Allen
  • Zaida – Rachel Kelly §
  • Albazar – Luis Gomes §
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

11 | 15 | 20 | 27 April at 7.30pm; 18 | 25 April at 7pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Król Roger NEW
Karol Szymanowski
Dir: Kasper Holten
Cond: Antonio Pappano

Kasper Holten presents a new production of Szymanowski's sumptuously scored meditation on identity and desire.

Cast:

  • Król Roger II: Mariusz Kwiecień
  • Shepherd – Saimir Pirgu
  • Roxana – Georgia Jarman
  • Edrisi – Kim Begley
  • Archbishop – Alan Ewing
  • Deaconess – Agnes Zwierko
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

1 | 6 | 12 | 19 May at 7.30pm; 9 | 16 May at 7pm

 

Antonio Pappano Orchestral Concert
Cond: Antonio Pappano
Soprano: Anna Caterina Antonacci
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano conducts a captivating programme that celebrates the award-winning Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

4 May at 7.30pm

 

The Virtues of Things NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Matt Rogers
Lib: Sally O’Reilly

Rising stars Matt Rogers and Sally O'Reilly present a new opera as part of the annual collaboration between The Royal Opera, Opera North and Aldeburgh Music.

TBC May

 

La traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Richard Eyre
Cond: Marc Minkowski (18 | 22 | 25 | 28 May; 3 | 19 | 24 | 27 | 30 June; 4 July) / Alexander Joel (6 | 9 | 11 | 13 | 15 | 17 June)

Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

Cast:

  • Violetta Valéry – Sonya Yoncheva (18, 22, 25, 28 May; 3, 19, 24, 27, 30 Jun; 4 Jul) / Marina Rebeka (6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 Jun)
  • Alfredo Germont – Ismael Jordi (18, 22, 25, 28 May; 3, 19, 24, 27, 30 Jun; 4 Jul) / Dmytro Popov (6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 Jun)
  • Giorgio Germont – Franco Vassallo (18, 22, 25 May; 19, 24, 27, 30 Jun; 4 July) / Plácido Domingo (28 May, 3 Jun) / George Petean (6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 Jun)
  • Flora Bervoix – Nadezhda Karyazina § (18, 22, 25, 28 May; 3, 19, 24, 27, 30 Jun; 4 Jul) / Rachel Kelly § (6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 Jun)
  •  Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

18 | 22 | 25 | 28 May at 7pm
3 | 6 | 9 | 11 | 13 | 15 | 17 | 19 | 24 | 27 | 30 June at 7pm
4 July at 7pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Summer Season

La bohème
Giacomo Puccini
Dir: John Copley
Cond: Dan Ettinger (23, 27, 30 May; 2, 5, 8, 10 June) / Alexander Joel (9 mat, 11, 13, 16 July)

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the greatest romances of all opera.

Cast:

  • Mimì – Anna Netrebko (23, 27, 30 May; 2, 5, 8, 10 June) / Lianna Haroutounian (9 mat, 11, 13, 16 July)
  • Rodolfo – Joseph Calleja (23, 27, 30 May; 2, 5, 8, 10 June) / Piotr Beczala (9 mat, 11, 13, 16 July)
  • Marcello – Lucas Meachem (23, 27, 30 May; 2, 5, 8, 10 June) / Levente Molnár (9 mat, 11, 13, 16 July)
  • Musetta – Jennifer Rowley (23, 27, 30 May; 2, 5, 8, 10 June) / Ekaterina Bakanova (9 mat, 11, 13, 16 July)
  • Schaunard – Simone Del Savio (23, 27, 30 May; 2, 5, 8, 10 June) / Dionysios Sourbis (9 mat, 11, 13, 16 July)
  • Colline – Marco Vinco (23, 27, 30 May; 2, 5, 8, 10 June) / Nahuel Di Pierro (9 mat, 11, 13, 16 July)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

23 | 27 | 30 May at 7.30pm
2 | 5 | 8 | 10† June at 7.30pm
9 July at 12.30pm; 11 | 13 | 16 July at 7.30pm

Live cinema relay

 

King Size NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Christoph Marthaler

A somnolent couple in a huge hotel bedroom sing songs ranging from Purcell to pop, in Christoph Marthaler's acclaimed reimagining of the Liederabend (‘evening of song’).

TBC June

 

The Cure / The Corridor NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Harrison Birtwistle
Lib: David Harsent
Dir: Martin Duncan
Cond: TBC

A double programme of chamber operas celebrates the work of Harrison Birtwistle, marking his 80th birthday.

TBC June

 

Dot, Squiggle and Rest NEW (Clore Studio Upstairs)
Elspeth Brooke and Joy Haynes

The award-winning Polka Theatre presents an enchanting children's opera in collaboration with The Royal Opera's former Composer in Residence, Elspeth Brooke.

TBC June

 

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dir: Kasper Holten
Cond: Alain Altinoglu

ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten directs a mesmerizing reading of Mozart’s tragicomedy.

Cast:

  • Don Giovanni -  Christopher Maltman
  • Leporello – Alex Esposito
  • Donna Anna – Albina Shagimuratova
  • Donna Elvira – Dorothea Röschmann
  • Don Ottavio – Rolando Villazón (12, 16, 18, 25 Jun; 1, 3 Jul) / Michele Angelini (20, 22 June)
  • Zerlina – Julia Lezhneva
  • Masetto – Nahuel Di Pierro
  • Commendatore – Eric Halfvarson
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

12 | 16 | 18 | 20 | 22 | 25 June at 7pm
1 | 3 July at 7pm

 

Guillaume Tell NEW
Gioachino Rossini
Dir: Damiano Michieletto
Cond: Antonio Pappano

Damiano Michieletto makes his UK debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece.

Cast:

  • Guillaume Tell – Gerald Finley
  • Arnold Melcthal – John Osborn
  • Mathilde – Malin Byström
  • Walter Furst – Alexander Vinogradov
  • Jemmy – Sofia Fomina
  • Gesler – Nicolas Courjal
  • Melchtal – Eric Halfvarson
  • Rodolphe – Michael Colvin
  • Ruodi – Mikeldi Atxalandabaso
  • Hedwige – Enkelejda Shkosa
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

29 June at 6pm
2 | 8 | 10 | 14 | 17 July at 6pm; 5† July at 3pm

Live cinema relay

 

Falstaff
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Robert Carsen
Cond: Michael Schønwandt

Robert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s comic masterpiece is filled with wit, humour and joie de vivre.

Cast:

  • Sir John Falstaff – Ambrogio Maestri
  • Alice Ford – Marina Poplavskaya
  • Nanetta – Anna Devin
  • Meg Page – Kai Rüütel
  • Mistress Quickly – Agnes Zwierko
  • Fenton – Paolo Fanale
  • Ford – Roland Wood
  • Dr Caius – Peter Hoare
  • Bardolfo – Alasdair Elliott
  • Pistol – Lukas Jakobski
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

6 | 9 | 15 | 18 July at 7.30pm; 12 July at 7pm

 

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance
Staging: Greg Eldridge §

18 July at 1pm

§ Jette Parker Young Artist

 

Plácido Domingo’s Operalia
Competition Final

The final of Plácido Domingo's international singing competition comes to the Royal Opera House for the first time, in an extravaganza of operatic song.

19 July at 6pm

 

Peter Pan NEW
Richard Ayres
Lib: Lavinia Greenlaw
Dir: Keith Warner
Cond: TBC

Welsh National Opera presents Richard Ayres and Lavinia Greenlaw's new family opera adapted from J.M. Barrie's beloved fairytale.

24 | 25 July at 7.30pm

 

mad boy clever girl (double bill) NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
David Sawer
Dir: Richard Jones
Cond: TBC

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs two chamber works by leading British composer David Sawer, brought together as the composer intended for the first time.

TBC July

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

31 March 2014 at 9.35am

This article has been categorised Music, Opera and tagged 14/15, 2014/15, booking announcement, new season, opera, season, Season 14/15, season announcement, The Royal Opera

This article has 73 comments

  1. Ivis Bohlen responded on 31 March 2014 at 10:19am Reply

    Really? you misspelled Jonas Kaufmann's name?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 31 March 2014 at 10:33am

      Apologies Ivis, this has been amended.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer (Social Media and News)

  2. Some interesting productions notwithstanding, I bemoan the absence of Handel and Janacek from the programme. Just a few years ago, I thought we'd reached the point where a season without Handel would have been as inconceivable as a season without Verdi, but it seems the Handel revival is losing steam...

    • Joanne responded on 7 June 2014 at 12:00pm

      Thank God that he (Handel) is alive and well at the ENO then! I also agree with the comment about the dearth of countertenors when there are so many brilliant ones to choose from these days. A great shame. On a positive note - more Early Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre please. L'Ormindo was truly a delight.

    • Pim den Hartog, Zurich responded on 12 August 2014 at 9:09pm

      That's right! I'm dying to fly over to London for a Handel opera at Covent Garden as I used to do. Again, not during the 2014/2015 season. Let's hope for 2015/2016. What, for heaven's sake, is wrong with Handel? Or with other baroque composers for that matter: Rameau, Charpentier, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Steffani, etc etc?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 13 August 2014 at 10:04am

      Hi Pim,

      Though there are no baroque works at the Royal Opera House during the 2014/15, The Royal Opera are collaborating with the Roundhouse to stage Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Roundhouse.

      http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/orfeo-by-michael-boyd

      As for future seasons, do keep an eye out for production confirmations during 2015.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  3. James responded on 31 March 2014 at 11:30am Reply

    Operalia final is described as featuring former winners - is this a misprint? Or will they be appearing alongside the competitors?

    Thank you for such a clear breakdown of the season - looks wonderful!

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:28pm

      Hi James,

      Apologies - this is a misprint. It should have been amended now.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  4. No Janacek? For the fourth consecutive season? Last outing for a Janacek opera was in March 2010 (The Cunning Little Vixen). :-(

  5. David Patterson responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:04pm Reply

    I have the greatest respect for Domingo who has been a wonderful artist over the years. In his prime and as a tenor he was, in my view, unsurpassed. But do we have to put up with him again sounding like a tenor trying to sing a baritone role and that in an opera rarely seen and without any alternative cast? Please give us proper baritones in baritone roles.

    • LeeS responded on 31 March 2014 at 4:16pm

      Hear hear! Probably my only opportunity to see this opera in Italian, in London and with a world class cast and production and no chance of seeing the lead role sung by anything approaching the baritone the role was written for. I was banking on an alternative cast as with Nabucco a few years ago. So disappointing.

    • Michael responded on 17 April 2014 at 8:09am

      Agreed. Foscari is rarely performed. Put in Domingo and there is no chance I will get tickets! All the city boys will have snapped them up. Guzzling champagne and not knowing who verdi is.

  6. Dennis responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:07pm Reply

    Some exciting productions to salivate over. However I do not intend to book again for Anna Netrebko unless the ROH guarantees to refund my ticket cost when she withdraws.

    • Maria Maher responded on 5 April 2014 at 8:42am

      I just saw Faust last night with Netrebko replacement Yoncheva. You won't miss Netrebko a bit. Yoncheva was thrilling and it was great to hear her sing. I say ROH should stop casting prima donnas that keep cancelling and give the Yoncheva's of the world the roles!

    • Y L responded on 5 April 2014 at 9:41pm

      I was at opening night of Faust as well.
      (Friday, 4th April.)
      Miss Yoncheva sang very well.
      I miss Christina Rice (the best Siebel I heard !)
      more than Miss Netrebko. I rather ROH spend more effort in persuading Miss Rice to appear at Covent Garden as often as possible than wasting time on Anna Netrebko.

    • Y L responded on 6 April 2014 at 4:09am

      I saw Faust on opening night. Miss Yoncheva sang very very well, so did the other three stars, especially Mr Keenlyside as Valentin. My husband and I wish to thank the Royal Opera for a wonderful evening.
      Next season, I will be very suprised if Miss Netrebko and her agent write to ROH saying she would not be ready for the role of Mimi.

  7. Excellent programme. Delighted to see Operalia here in the UK and Maestro Domingo here for two other productions.(Sorry David Patterson, we must agree to dis- agree!) I just hope all who want to get tickets are able to do so.

  8. Faochagach responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:46pm Reply

    Could this be the first-ever ROH season with four Rossini operas, if you include "Silken Ladder" at the Linbury? (Not that I'm complaining - far from it!)

    And will the Szymanowski mark the first time that Polish will ever have been sung on the stage of the ROH?

    • michael dempsey responded on 1 April 2014 at 4:09pm

      Such a dull season. And surely King Roger, a very welcome inclusion, should be in English?

  9. Disappointed to see that Bryan Hymel was missing on the rosters. He saved the day a few seasons back in Les Troynes.

  10. Eric Dowes-Keanne responded on 31 March 2014 at 1:08pm Reply

    Where is Angela Gheorghiu in all this?

    • James responded on 31 March 2014 at 2:23pm

      Yes I wondered about this too. Given that she was the face of your Olympic year it's a little strange that she's not featured. I suppose there isn't much left to offer her at this stage apart from a revival of Adriana, as she's done all her other roles a dozen times in London already. She's doing Charlotte in Werther in Vienna so I hope that will come to London soon for us to enjoy.

  11. Cillian Michael responded on 31 March 2014 at 1:17pm Reply

    Plenty to look forward to, but I would also like to take a second to bemoan Handel and Janacek's absence. It has been too long.

  12. Delighted to see Mcvicar productions of rigoletto ad well Andrea chenier and The magic flute. Very disapppimted to see michiletto for this william tell!!!!

  13. Giovanni responded on 31 March 2014 at 1:58pm Reply

    Is the performance of Guillaume Tell in the Italian version ? or in French version ? On your web site, it's written "Sung in Italian with English surtitles". It's a little strange because Pappano has always conduct the original French version

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 31 March 2014 at 3:43pm

      Dear Giovanni

      Thank you for your comment. I have double checked with Opera Company and you are in fact correct - the production will be sung in French. We will update our production page accordingly.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  14. David Dray responded on 31 March 2014 at 2:03pm Reply

    If Ballo is set in Boston I'm not coming.

  15. Athos_cro responded on 31 March 2014 at 2:10pm Reply

    Very disapointing season. Domingo as baritone again???!!! After the disaster in Berlin as Luna???!!! He is my favourite singer, but he is making clown out of himself now. IT IS OVER!!!!
    No Gheorghiu whole season?
    Why Kaufmann is singing Chenier? He is going to destroy his voice like Carreras did! Why not Botha!? He was splendid Chenier in Vienna.
    No Russian title???
    I think I will not bother to fly to London next 12 months. :(((((

    • james ferrara, responded on 7 May 2014 at 1:12pm

      I agree with your comments, especially about
      Domingo. He doesn't seem to want to go away.
      nyc,

  16. Lars Erik Andrenius responded on 31 March 2014 at 3:04pm Reply

    King Roger at ROH. There, in my schedule!

  17. Alexander Jacoby responded on 31 March 2014 at 4:05pm Reply

    Looks like an exciting season. Delighted about Idomeneo, Chenier and King Roger; pleased by the Rossinis; and really looking forward to some of the more standard works as well. But two objections:

    1) King Roger answers my plea last year for more Slavic opera, but I stand with several other posters above - it is high time Janacek made a return to Covent Garden! When was the last time we had a Jenufa? And the total absence of Russian opera is also a matter of regret.

    2) While it pleasing to see the ROH finally begin to explore the early opera repertoire with the current L'Ormindo at the Globe and next year's Orfeo, Covent Garden has allowed Gluck's tercentenary to pass by unnoticed. Hopefully this omission is something you will compensate for in future seasons.

    Nevertheless, this is a season I'm anticipating with great pleasure. Thanks in advance!

  18. Raina Steiner responded on 31 March 2014 at 5:12pm Reply

    Why no broadcast of Ballo? The world is full of people who are intensely wanting to see Dmitri Hvorostovsky on the big screen. I don't understand why his performances are so infrequently documented. The day will come when this will be understood to be a big mistake. His fans already understand this.

  19. opera_cabbie responded on 31 March 2014 at 5:44pm Reply

    'onest guvnor there's sum top johnny banana stuff there.
    Y'ain't gunna pleeze everyone but in terms of castin' that's one of the strongist cast seasons fer donkeys years.
    nice mix of established singers & some yung 'uns.

  20. Ian Munro responded on 31 March 2014 at 6:44pm Reply

    Interesting and exciting programme. I would really like to see Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk though.

  21. Stephen Diviani responded on 31 March 2014 at 7:16pm Reply

    Enough in each season to draw me to the ROH in 2014/15: 'King Roger', 'Orfeo', 'Guillaume Tell', 'Andrea Chernier' and 'Idomeneo'. And a lot of interesting directors. And there is much that I want to see in the Linbury. Agree with comments about the absence of Russian opera and Janacek. Handel? That would be good, but maybe Mr Holten has decided that ENO is the home of Handel?

  22. Walter M. St.John responded on 31 March 2014 at 7:53pm Reply

    Many thrilling productions are planned for the 2014-2015 season. Most thrilling is the return of Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolte. However, it is literally disconcerting to note that this production is being directed by Christof Loy. I was in attendance on First Night in 2009 when Mr. Loy's new production of Tristan und Isolte was presented. As many have noted, Nina Stemme's performance that night was extraordinary while Mr. Loy's staging was abysmal. If Mr. Loy's staging was "deeply insightful," it was not so to the majority of the audience which found it confused and distracting.

    One can only hope that Mr. Loy has altered his staging from the 2009 version.

    • michael dempsey responded on 1 April 2014 at 4:12pm

      Nine Stemme yes. But Stephen Gould? One of the most unmusical Wagner tenors of recent years

  23. Matteo responded on 31 March 2014 at 8:48pm Reply

    Domingo in baritone roles is a tragedy

  24. jeffrey riley responded on 31 March 2014 at 8:58pm Reply

    It was only after a visit to Glyndebourne last summer that I came to appreciate fully what Strauss had in mind when he wrote Ariadne. Although he set the opera on the island of Naxos it was only when I re-read the libretto and listened again to the music that I realised that he had all the time had in his mind a hospital ward containing post-traumatic stress victims.
    So it is with eager anticipation that I look forward to the new production of Un ballo in maschera. Verdi appeared to write a melodrama involving love, loyalty and betrayal but I am in no doubt that my understanding and appreciation of the work will prove to have been far too naïve and superficial.

  25. SH responded on 31 March 2014 at 9:48pm Reply

    Kurt Weill! How utterly marvellous :)

  26. bill worley responded on 31 March 2014 at 11:30pm Reply

    Yet more Traviatas. Why? Sorry to learn that the performances of Boheme will be the last of the current production. I shudder to imagine what it will be replaced with. I agree with comments above about Domingo. As a tenor he was unsurpassable. It is time he stopped and let us remember all the glorious performances of Otello, Boheme etc. f you want to get rid of something, then Traviata would get my vote to be replaced.

  27. Renata P. responded on 1 April 2014 at 1:44am Reply

    I am dismayed by the fact that ROH's reigning diva Angela Gheorghiu was left out of this season. Surely she could have been persuaded to do a few Traviatas - the 2014-2015 season marks 20 years since her spectacular debut as Violetta (December 1994).

    It's true she sang Mimi and Magda recently, but she hasn't sung either Violetta or Adriana since 2010.

    To sum up, I am utterly dismayed...I really re-read the list of operas for next season three times unable to believe that she was left out.

  28. Michael responded on 1 April 2014 at 1:56am Reply

    First of all let me say that it is quite impossible to please everyone. As opera fans we all have our own favorite singners our own favorite composers and our own favorite period. But I must honestly say that I think this is a much better season than what the ROH has offered us in the last few seasons.
    Overall extremely strong casts for most
    productions.
    My only negative comments is regarding the complete lack of interesting project that the ROH has been offering to Netrebko.
    She is signing Lady Macbeth, Trovatore, Manon Lescault and Anna Bolena and the only thing that the ROH can offer her for next season is Mimi...no wonder she keeps cancelling her ROH performances.
    But you know what...even if she doen't show up for Mimi you still have a wonderful season for next year.
    P.S. I am still hopeful to get a great Lucia sometime soon ...

  29. david thorpe responded on 1 April 2014 at 7:26am Reply

    One of the most interseting seasons for a long time with something for people of all tastes. Obviously the Kaufmann Andrea Chenier stands out and, thank goodness, we are promised 'traditional' costumes and settings. Unlike it seems the Idomeneo and Ballo. King Roger is a great piece to have in the repertory too, as is the Kurt Weill and the William Tell.. People are unkind about I Due Foscari and Domingo. So much better to have the rarities than another Traviata. Talking of rarities Richard Strauss's Die Aegyptische Helena is long overdue a Covent Garden debut. It is one of his most melodious and attractive works.

  30. James responded on 1 April 2014 at 11:36am Reply

    I completely agree about Anna Netrebko - she is one of the most exciting voices in the world right now yet it seems that the only thing the Royal Opera offers her is parts that most of your young artists (and other emerging performers) could sing. Why not Anna Bolena or another major challenge which very few people can take on at a high level? Operatic careers are generally short, and at this rate the Royal Opera will not play a significant part in Netrebko's career.

  31. Anamaria responded on 1 April 2014 at 3:02pm Reply

    Where is Angela Gheorghiu? It seems imposible not to listen her this year. She will sing Werther, Adriana Lecouvreur, Faust the next season... Just disapointed :(

  32. Neeltje responded on 1 April 2014 at 9:03pm Reply

    Great news that Mr.Domingo will sing Foscari at the ROH, but unfortunately not for people as myself, who lives abroad and have no creditcard because of a too low income.

  33. Richard responded on 1 April 2014 at 10:16pm Reply

    Some very tempting productions!

    When will ticket prices be announced for the season? Or is this info already out there somewhere?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 1 April 2014 at 11:40pm

      Hi Richard

      Glad that you find the Season tempting! Ticket prices will be announced closer to the time.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  34. Joanne Wood responded on 2 April 2014 at 5:25pm Reply

    I agree with the above comments about Janacek and Handel. And there's pretty much nothing for lovers of the countertenor voice, as usual.

  35. Delia Ferguson responded on 2 April 2014 at 8:02pm Reply

    Yes, we have Rossini but no Florez , Di Donato or Brownlee.

    Appears Florez is concentrating on Vienna next season. When will he be back?

  36. Great, I can start planning to be in London over December for Tristan and Ballo.

  37. Looks like a good season and I appreciate that it is difficult to please everyone but it would be nice if ROH were a bit more adventurous. I understand the need to provide a variety of operas from the standard repertoire of Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, etc. As someone who goes to around 30 operas a year, I love the opportunity to hear new operas or ones that are not performed that often. I am looking forward to hearing Anne Nicole and King Roger. Weill, along with Birtwistle and Glass in the Lindbury!

    Suggestions for the future - Prokofiev's Fiery Angel (which I've only heard once, at the ROH some 20 years ago, and it was so breathtaking I still remember it), Adams' Nixon in China or Dr Atomic, Glass' Satyagraha, and more Britten.

    Casting also looks great for next season, but Domingo is definitely over. Would love to hear Peter Mattei - surely ROH could cast him in something.

    • You responded on 26 August 2014 at 8:34pm

      I watched Yoncheva as Violetta at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich earlier this year. She was amazing!

  38. Zoe responded on 5 April 2014 at 11:47am Reply

    Hi,

    Is it possible to receive a printed programme ?

  39. Andrew responded on 7 April 2014 at 10:26pm Reply

    In Tristan and Isolde, will most of the action be invisible to a third of the house, as it was on the first run? Just asking.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 8 April 2014 at 10:42am

      Hi Andrew,

      Sightlines have been re-examined for this revival.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  40. Pasbro responded on 17 April 2014 at 3:51pm Reply

    I won't fly to London either.... So sad!

  41. Romano Endrighi responded on 28 April 2014 at 6:59pm Reply

    I personally think this upcoming season has a lot to offer. I would fly over from DC just to see Andrea Chenier and Un ballo in maschera. Also glad to see reliable, good sopranos on the cast and only very few tired Divas. Well done ROH

  42. Simon Banks responded on 30 April 2014 at 11:10pm Reply

    Lots of good things - but I am also disappointed that there is no I Due Foscari without Domingo. This effectively makes one of the operas we dream of, but will only rarely get to see, almost inaccessible. Bad mistake!

  43. Camilla responded on 19 May 2014 at 9:44am Reply

    Which performances will be selected for the student standby scheme?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 20 May 2014 at 4:18pm

      Hi Camilla

      Student Standbys are always last minute, but we do have 5 Student Amphitheatre performances - this is how they work:

      We will send you an email around a month in advance of the first event in each of our booking periods, to alert you to the special dedicated student performances in which all 700 Amphitheatre seats are up for grabs.

      You will be invited to purchase up to two tickets per valid student card. Performances will be sold online on a first come first served basis. Tickets go fast, so keep an eye on your email, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to make sure you’re the first in line!

      The Student Amphitheatre Performances for the 2013/14 Season are:
      Don Quixote on 18 October at 7.30pm
      Wozzeck on 12 November at 7.30pm
      Chroma / New Dawson / Rite of Spring on 23 November at 1.30pm
      The Sleeping Beauty on 21 March at 7.30pm
      La traviata on 12 May at 7pm

      Visit our Student page for more details: http://www.roh.org.uk/for/students

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  44. jeri hall responded on 10 June 2014 at 10:13pm Reply

    Which theatres in Naples, FL 34110 will be hosting these performances?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 10 June 2014 at 11:43pm

      Dear Jeri

      It appears that the theatres haven't been confirmed yet - do check closer to the start of the Season.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  45. Pim den Hartog responded on 3 July 2014 at 7:56am Reply

    Why - again - no baroque at Covent Garden? Orfeo in Camden doesn't justify flying over from Zurich

  46. Luckvinder Birdy responded on 28 July 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

    I saw Tosca earlier this year, but sadly didn't make La Boheme or Madam Butterfly. Any other Puccini works in the pipeline?

    • Rachel Beaumont (Content Producer (Web Copy)) responded on 29 July 2014 at 12:21pm

      Hi,
      Next year The Royal Opera is performing both Madama Butterfly (20 March–11 April 2015) and La bohème (23 May–16 July 2015). You might also enjoy Giordano's Andrea Chénier (20 January–6 February 2015). You can find the full list of upcoming productions here.
      All best,
      Rachel

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