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Opera and Music at the Royal Opera House 2017/18

Details of The Royal Opera’s 2017/18 Season have been announced.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 April 2017 at 9.53am | 57 Comments

Details of The Royal Opera's 2017/18 Season have been announced. The full production list is as follows:

La bohème NEW PRODUCTION
11 September–10 October 2017, 16 June–20 July 2018
(Live in cinemas 3 October 2017)

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Director: Richard Jones
Conductors: Antonio Pappano / Paul Wynne Griffiths / Nicola Luisotti

Richard Jones directs a new production of Puccini’s passionate opera of love and death in 19th-century Paris.

  • Mimì – Nicole Car / Simona Mihai / Maria Agresta / Ekaterina Siurina
  • Rodolfo – Michael Fabiano / Benjamin Bernheim / Matthew Polenzani / Atalla Ayan
  • Marcello – Mariusz Kwiecień / Alessio Arduini / Andrei Bondarenko
  • Musetta – Nadine Sierra / Danielle de Niese / Vlada Borovko
  • Schaunard – Florian Sempey / Gyula Nagy / Duncan Rock / Rodion Pogossov
  • Colline – Luca Tittoto / Fernando Javier Radó / In Sung Sim
  • Benoît – Jeremy White
  • Alcindoro – Wyn Pencarreg

 

Die Zauberflöte
12 September—14 October 2017
(Live in cinemas 20 September 2017)

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Director: David McVicar
Conductors: Julia Jones / Richard Hetherington

Julia Jones conducts The Royal Opera’s gorgeous production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with two wonderful casts including Roderick Williams as Papageno and Janai Brugger as Pamina.

  • Pamina – Siobhan Stagg / Janai Brugger
  • Tamino – Mauro Peter / Tuomas Katajala
  • Papageno – Roderick Williams / Florian Sempey
  • Sarastro – Mika Kares / In Sung Sim
  • Queen of the Night – Sabine Devieilhe / Christina Poulitsi
  • First Lady – Rebecca Evans / Jennifer Davis
  • Second Lady – Angela Simkin
  • Third Lady – Susan Platts / Gaynor Keeble
  • Monostatos – Peter Bronder / Peter Hoare
  • Papagena – Christina Gansch / Haegee Lee
  • Speaker of the Temple – Sebastian Holecek / Darren Jeffery

 

Les Vêpres siciliennes
12 October–4 November 2017

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Stefan Herheim
Conductor: Maurizio Benini

Verdi’s spectacular grand opera is conducted by Maurizio Benini with a cast including Malin Byström and Rachele Stanisci, Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle and Erwin Schrott.

  • Hélène – Malin Byström / Rachele Stanisci
  • Henri – Bryan Hymel
  • Jean Procida – Erwin Schrott
  • Guy de Montfort – Michael Volle
  • Ninetta – Michelle Daly
  • Daniéli – Nico Darmanin
  • Thibault – Neal Cooper
  • Robert – Jihoon Kim
  • Mainfroid – Samuel Sakker
  • Le Sire de Béthune – Simon Shibambu
  • Le Comte de Vaudemont – Jeremy White

 

Lucia di Lammermoor
30 October–27 November 2017

Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Director: Katie Mitchell
Conductor: Michele Mariotti

Donizetti’s opera of a woman forced to breaking point is conducted by Michele Mariotti with a cast including Lisette Oropesa, Charles Castronovo and Christopher Maltman, in Katie Mitchell’s powerful production.

  • Lucia – Lisette Oropesa
  • Edgardo – Charles Castronovo / Ismael Jordi
  • Enrico Ashton – Christopher Maltman
  • Raimondo Bidebent – Michele Pertusi
  • Normanno – Andrew Tortise
  • Arturo Bucklaw – Konu Kim
  • Alisa – Rachael Lloyd

 

La Tragédie de Carmen NEW PRODUCTION
3–14 November 2017 (Wilton’s Music Hall)

Music: Georges Bizet
Director: Gerard Jones
Conductor: James Hendry

The youthful stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme perform Peter Brook’s radical reworking of Georges Bizet’s opera in the intimate setting of Wilton’s Music Hall.

  • Carmen – Aigul Akhmetshina
  • Don José – Thomas Atkins
  • Escamillo – Gyula Nagy
  • Micaela – Francesca Chiejina


Semiramide
NEW PRODUCTION
19 November—16 December 2017

Music: Gioachino Rossini
Director: David Alden
Conductors: Antonio Pappano / Christopher Willis

Antonio Pappano conducts Rossini’s epic tragedy with a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee in a new production by David Alden.

  • Semiramide – Joyce DiDonato
  • Assur – Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
  • Arsace – Daniela Barcellona
  • Idreno – Lawrence Brownlee
  • Azema – Jacquelyn Stucker
  • Oroe – Bálint Szabó
  • Mitrane – Konu Kim
  • Nino's Ghost – Simon Shibambu

 

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
29 November 2017—13 January 2018

Music: Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Daniel Oren

Catch this classic double bill of Italian opera in The Royal Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production, with Daniel Oren conducting two excellent casts.

  • Santuzza – Elīna Garanča / Anna Pirozzi
  • Turiddu – Bryan Hymel
  • Mamma Lucia – Elena Zilio
  • Alfio – Dimitri Platanias
  • Lola – Martina Belli
  • Canio – Fabio Sartori
  • Tonio – Simon Keenlyside / Roberto Frontali
  • Nedda – Carmen Giannattasio / Simona Mihai
  • Silvio – Andrzej Filończyk / Samuel Dale Johnson
  • Beppe – Luis Gomes

 

Rigoletto
14 December 2017—16 January 2018
(Live in cinemas 16 January 2018)

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: David McVicar
Conductor: Alexander Joel

Alexander Joel conducts two excellent casts led by Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Dimitri Platanias in David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera.

  • Duke of Mantua – Michael Fabiano / Ivan Magrì
  • Rigoletto – Dmitri Hvorostovsky / Dimitri Platanias
  • Gilda – Sofia Fomina / Lucy Crowe
  • Sparafucile – Andrea Mastroni
  • Maddalena – Nadia Krasteva
  • Giovanna – Sarah Pring / Kathleen Wilkinson
  • Count Monterone – James Rutherford / Darren Jeffery
  • Marullo – Dominic Sedgwick
  • Matteo Borsa – Thomas Atkins
  • Count Ceprano – Simon Shibambu
  • Countess Ceprano – Francesca Chiejina / Jacquelyn Stucker

 

Salome
8–30 January 2018

Music: Richard Strauss
Director: David McVicar
Conductor: Henrik Nánási

Malin Byström takes on the title role in Richard Strauss’s searing opera, as featured in the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

  • Salome – Malin Byström
  • Jokanaan – Michael Volle
  • Herod – John Daszak
  • Herodias – Michaela Schuster
  • Narraboth – David Butt Philip
  • Page of Herodias – Christina Bock
  • First Jew – Dietmar Kerschbaum
  • Second Jew – Thomas Atkins
  • Third Jew – Hubert Francis
  • Fourth Jew – Konu Kim
  • Fifth Jew – Jeremy White
  • First Soldier – Levente Páll
  • Second Soldier – Alan Ewing
  • First Nazarene – Kihwan Sim
  • Second Nazarene – Dominic Sedgwick
  • Cappadocian – John Cunningham

 

The Return of Ulysses NEW PRODUCTION
10–21 January 2018 (Roundhouse)

Music: Claudio Monteverdi
Director: John Fulljames
Conductor: Christian Curnyn

The Royal Opera returns to the Roundhouse with Monteverdi’s great late work, in a new production directed by John Fulljames starring Christine Rice and Roderick Williams, sung in English.

  • Ulysses – Roderick Williams
  • Penelope – Christine Rice
  • Telemachus – Samuel Boden
  • Minerva – Catherine Carby
  • Eurycleia – Susan Bickley
  • Melantho – Francesca Chiejina
  • Eurymachus – Andrew Tortise
  • Eumaeus – Mark Milhofer
  • Irus – Stuart Jackson
  • Amphinomus – Nick Pritchard
  • Peisander – Tai Oney
  • Antinous – David Shipley

 

Tosca
15 January—3 March 2018
(Live in cinemas 7 February 2018)

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Director: Jonathan Kent
Conductors: Dan Ettinger / Plácido Domingo

Three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin and conducted by Dan Ettinger and Plácido Domingo, star in The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s thriller.

  • Floria Tosca – Adrianne Pieczonka / Angela Gheorghiu / Martina Serafin
  • Mario Cavaradossi – Joseph Calleja / Riccardo Massi / Massimo Giordano
  • Baron Scarpia – Gerald Finley / Marco Vratogna
  • Spoletta – Aled Hall / Hubert Francis
  • Cesare Angelotti – Simon Shibambu
  • Sacristan – Jeremy White
  • Sciarrone – Jihoon Kim

 

Carmen NEW PRODUCTION
6 February—16 March 2018
(Live in cinemas 6 March 2018)

Music: Georges Bizet
Director: Barrie Kosky
Conductors: Jakub Hrůša / Christopher Willis

Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role.

  • Carmen – Anna Goryachova / Gaëlle Arquez
  • Don José – Francesco Meli / Andrea Carè
  • Escamillo – Kostas Smoriginas / Alexey Markov
  • Micaëla – Anett Fritsch / Susanna Hurrell
  • Zuniga – David Soar / David Shipley
  • Frasquita – Jacquelyn Stucker / Haegee Lee
  • Mercédès – Angela Simkin / Aigul Akhmetshina
  • Le Dancaïre – Pierre Doyen
  • Moralès – Gyula Nagy / Dominic Sedgwick
  • Le Remendado – Jean-Paul Fouchécourt

 

From the House of the Dead NEW PRODUCTION
7–24 March 2018

Music: Leoš Janáček
Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth

Janáček’s final work receives its Royal Opera premiere in a new production directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, with Mark Wigglesworth conducting an excellent cast including Johan Reuter and Willard W. White.

  • Alexandr Petrovic Gorjancikov – Willard W. White
  • Aljeja – Pascal Charbonneau
  • Luka Kuzmic – Štefan Margita
  • Skuratov – Ladislav Elgr
  • Šiškov/Priest – Johan Reuter
  • Prison Governor – Alexander Vassiliev
  • Big Prisoner/Nikita – Nicky Spence
  • Small Prisoner/Cook/Cekunov – Grant Doyle
  • Elderly Prisoner – Graham Clark
  • Voice – Konu Kim
  • Drunk Prisoner – Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
  • Šapkin – Peter Hoare
  • Prisoner/Kedril – John Graham-Hall
  • Prisoner/Don Juan/Brahmin – Aleš Jenis
  • Young Prisoner – Florian Hoffmann
  • Prostitute – Rinat Shaham
  • Cerevin – Alexander Kravets

 

Macbeth
25 March—10 April 2018
(Live in cinemas 4 April 2018)

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

  • Macbeth – Željko Lučić
  • Lady Macbeth – Anna Netrebko / Anna Pirozzi
  • Banquo – Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
  • Macduff – Yusif Eyvazov / David Junghoon Kim
  • Lady-in-waiting – Francesca Chiejina
  • Malcolm – Konu Kim
  • Doctor – Simon Shibambu

 

Coraline WORLD PREMIERE
27 March—7 April 2018 (Barbican Theatre)

Music: Mark-Anthony Turnage
Director: Aletta Collins

The world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, in a production at the Barbican directed by Aletta Collins.

 

4.48 Psychosis
Dates TBC

Music: Philip Venables
Director: Ted Huffman

Philip Venables’s award-winning opera is inspired by Sarah Kane’s extraordinary final play.

 

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
12–27 April 2018

Music: Dmitry Shostakovich
Director: Richard Jones
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Richard Jones’s critically acclaimed production returns after more than a decade, with Antonio Pappano conducting a cast led by Eva-Maria Westbroek in Shostakovich’s masterpiece.

  • Katerina Ismailova – Eva-Maria Westbroek
  • Sergey – Brandon Jovanovich
  • Boris Ismailov – John Tomlinson
  • Zinovy Ismailov – John Daszak
  • Sonyetka – Aigul Akhmetshina
  • Aksinya – Rosie Aldridge
  • Shabby Peasant – Peter Bronder
  • Priest – Wojtek Gierlach
  • Police Inspector – Mikhail Svetlov
  • Teacher – Thomas Atkins
  • Old Convict – Paata Burchuladze
  • Female Convict – Miranda Keys
  • Sentry – Simon Shibambu
  • Coachman/Second Workman – Hubert Francis

 

Lessons in Love and Violence WORLD PREMIERE
10–26 May 2018

Music: George Benjamin
Director: Katie Mitchell
Conductor: George Benjamin

George Benjamin conducts the world premiere of his new collaboration with Martin Crimp – a hotly anticipated work from the creators of Written on Skin, with an excellent, hand-picked cast.

  • Samuel Boden
  • Stéphane Degout
  • Jennifer France
  • Barbara Hannigan
  • Peter Hoare
  • Gyula Orendt
  • Andri Björn Róbertsson
  • Krisztina Szabó

 

Tansy Davies and Nick Drake WORLD PREMIERE
June 2018 (Printworks)

Music: Tansy Davies
Director: Lucy Bailey

The latest opera from composer Tansy Davies and librettist Nick Drake, the award-winning team behind Between Worlds.

 

Mamzer Bastard WORLD PREMIERE
June 2018

Music: Na'ama Zisser

The Royal Opera presents the world premiere of a new work by exciting young composer Na’ama Zisser, in a soundworld that thrillingly unites contemporary idioms with the music of Orthodox Hasidic Judaism.

 

Lohengrin NEW PRODUCTION
7 June—1 July 2018

Music: Richard Wagner
Director: David Alden
Conductor: Andris Nelsons

Wagner’s great romantic opera is conducted by Andris Nelsons with a cast including Klaus Florian Vogt, Kristine Opolais and Christine Goerke in a new production directed by David Alden.

  • Lohengrin – Klaus Florian Vogt
  • Elsa von Brabant – Kristine Opolais
  • Ortrud – Christine Goerke
  • Friedrich von Telramund – Thomas J. Mayer
  • Heinrich I – Georg Zeppenfeld
  • Herald – Kostas Smoriginas
  • First Noble of Brabant – Konu Kim
  • Second Noble of Brabant – Thomas Atkins
  • Third Noble of Brabant – Gyula Nagy
  • Fourth Noble of Brabant – Simon Shibambu

 

Don Giovanni
29 June—17 July 2018

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Director: Kasper Holten
Conductor: Marc Minkowski

In Mozart’s dazzling tragicomic opera, Marc Minkowski conducts a world-class cast led by Mariusz Kwiecień with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Pavol Breslik and Hrachuhi Bassenz.

  • Don Giovanni – Mariusz Kwiecień
  • Leporello – Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
  • Donna Anna – Rachel Willis-Sørensen
  • Don Ottavio – Pavol Breslik
  • Donna Elvira – Hrachuhi Bassenz
  • Zerlina – Chen Reiss
  • Masetto – Anatoli Sivko
  • The Commendatore – Willard W. White

 

Falstaff
7–21 July 2018

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Robert Carsen
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

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

  • Sir John Falstaff – Bryn Terfel
  • Alice Ford – Ana María Martínez
  • Ford – Simon Keenlyside
  • Nannetta – Anna Prohaska
  • Fenton – Frédéric Antoun
  • Mistress Quickly – Marie-Nicole Lemieux
  • Meg Page – Pamela Helen Stephen
  • Dr Caius – Carlo Bosi
  • Bardolfo – Michael Colvin
  • Pistol – Craig Colclough

 

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2018
15 July 2018

The Jette Parker Young Artists return to the main stage in their annual summer performance.

 

L'Ange de Nisida in concert
18–21 July 2018

Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor: Mark Elder

Opera Rara gives the world premiere of Donizetti’s opera – some of which is familiar from La Favorite – in a concert performance starring Joyce El-Khoury and conducted by Mark Elder.

  • Sylvia – Joyce El-Khoury
  • Leone de Casaldi – David Junghoon Kim
  • King Fernand of Naples – Ludovic Tézier
  • Don Gaspar – Laurent Naouri
  • Monk – Evgeny Stavinsky

 

What are you most looking forward to in the 2017/18 Season?
Let us know in the comments below or using the #ROH201718 hashtag on Twitter.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 April 2017 at 9.53am

This article has been categorised Music, Opera and tagged 2017-18, 2017/18, 2017/18 Season, announcement, booking announcement, Covent Garden, London, Music, opera, Royal Opera, season announcement, The Royal Opera

This article has 57 comments

  1. Nina Weaver responded on 5 April 2017 at 11:10am Reply

    Disappointed that neither Lohengrin, Don Giovanni nor Falstaff are being live screened. They were the productions I most wanted to see. Can't afford to go to London to see them at ROH as it would involve rail fare, overnight in an hotel as well as the cost of the seat at ROH. More live screenings please.

    • Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 5 April 2017 at 11:34am

      Dear Nina,

      It's great that you're interested in the live screenings, and I'm sorry to hear that your favorites aren't being shown. We try and share as much as possible in cinemas to increase the accessibility of ROH production beyond those able to visit London, but sometimes we simply don't have the budget to be able to capture and broadcast everything in our season.

      Also, there are many legal and financial agreements with all those involved in the production that have to be checked before filming and broadcasting. We do try to offer a good balance of repertory classics and new productions within each cinema season, so even though not all of our productions are broadcast, we hope there's enough to cater for as many people as possible.

      Hope that helps!

      All the best,

      Asher Korner

    • Jane Susanna ENNIS responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:12pm

      I would have liked to see more in the cinema too.

    • Vera responded on 1 September 2017 at 12:44pm

      I agree totally. I live in Newcastle and like you my trip to the roh involve costly rail tickets, hotel overnight etc.
      I vote for my live screenings too.

    • Luis responded on 13 October 2017 at 2:13pm

      I think at least two of these productions you mentioned will be released through the BP big screens; but that will be announced later on time ;)

  2. Miriam responded on 5 April 2017 at 11:11am Reply

    Is Dmitri Hvorostovsky really supposed to be appearing in Rigoletto? He had announced that he was not appearing in staged opera for the foreseeable future for medical reasons.

    I particularly look forward to seeing From the House of the Dead and Semiramide for the first time. Also I am pleased to see that there will be revivals of Les Vêpres siciliennes and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

    • Catherine W. responded on 6 July 2017 at 2:28pm

      Hi,

      For "Rigoletto", the Winter Magazine does not mention Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the cast, as expected since the baritone has withdrawn from all staged opera performances.
      Like some other opera houses, the ROH has chosen to maintain his name while announcing the season 2017/18 (probably because contracts had been signed before Mr. Hvorostovsky's withdrawal from staged performances and maybe to give a more prestigious appearance to the new season?).
      Now, why the ROH still keeps his name on the website? That is not fair to its audience!

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 17 July 2017 at 2:18pm

      Dear Catherine,

      With apologies for the delay: The cast changes that have accumulated for the upcoming Season are being distributed right now and we will be changing the website as soon as possible, making all the changes at once now the 16/17 Season has ended.

      Dmitri has indeed withdrawn from all future staged performances. Due to the sensitive nature of this change, we have not made any further announcements (which has included changing the website) following the news story in which we announced his withdrawal.

      Many thanks,

      Mel

  3. Will G responded on 5 April 2017 at 11:47am Reply

    Hi. Do you know which translation of the Return of Ulysses you are using? Thanks

  4. David O'Brien responded on 5 April 2017 at 12:25pm Reply

    There are three opera productions with no Saturday evening performances .. come on schedulers. . . we are not always able to go during week because of work commitments and a Sunday night does not solve the problem with early rise on Monday. I am particularly frustrated that I may have to miss Salome and Lady Macbeth unless I can use my holiday entitlement for a day off.

  5. r.a. responded on 5 April 2017 at 12:26pm Reply

    Please correct typo in Magic Flute cast list. Roderick Williams will be singing Papageno not Papagena.

    • Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 5 April 2017 at 4:40pm

      Thanks for pointing this out, we've taken it on board and have made the correction.

      Asher.

  6. David responded on 5 April 2017 at 1:41pm Reply

    I think that Asher Korner is being disingenuous about the cinema presentations.

    It's not so much the balance between new and returning productions that needs to be addressed but the balance between productions that have already been broadcast and those which haven't.

    Zauberflote, Tosca, Rigoletto and Macbeth have all been seen on screen before and two of those also clash with the New York Met's offerings.

    I can't summon any urgency for the cinema season at all, I'm afraid.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 5 April 2017 at 2:18pm

      Hi David,

      I'm afraid Asher is right about the cinema presentations - if we could broadcast everything, then we would, but there are a number of artistic, financial and legal considerations in play when deciding our cinema slate each Season. Sometimes, we'll broadcast productions on screen in cinemas even if they have been seen before, based on the casts, popularity of previous cinema broadcasts, or simply because they haven't been seen in cinemas for a long period of time, to give new audiences an opportunity to see them.

      We do try and avoid any clashes with our cinema broadcasts, and have a positive working relationship with companies across the world to facilitate this. This year, unfortunately, we do have three clashes with the Met; having three in one Season is unprecedented and we will be working closely with the Met Opera team to avoid these in the future.

      Many thanks for your comment,

      Mel

  7. Richard Thomson responded on 5 April 2017 at 1:44pm Reply

    A balanced season but three David McVicars! I'm most excited by From the House of the Dead (Krzysztof Warlikowski and Teodor Currentzis) though there's only one female in it and she's a prostitute. Cue articles. Also Barrie Kosky being let visually loose on Carmen and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Eva-Maria Westbroek. Never seen Semiramide so that's good. Lucia, like Trovatore this season, is surely coming back too soon but I guess these things are decided years in advance. They both needed a rest and a rethink.
    To ask the obvious: will Anna Netrebko turn up? It would be funny if you listed who's on standby (or is that Anna Pirozzi?) for someone has to be.
    Is the ROH considered too big for Baroque or does Baroque simply not sell well-enough? I think the only Glyndebourne production to transfer to the ROH was Porgy and Bess. Does the ROH ever consider importing anything from there when it's baroque but brilliant eg Saul or Hippolyte et Aricie? Just wondering.

  8. Ekaterina N responded on 5 April 2017 at 3:25pm Reply

    Macbeth with Anna Netrebco (one hopes)
    Cavalleria Risticana with Elina Garanca
    Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato
    L-Ange de Nisida (Sir Mark Elder and Opera Rara do wonderful work bringing to the public rarely performed operas)
    Les Vepres Siciliennes

  9. Clara Hayes responded on 5 April 2017 at 3:50pm Reply

    Wonderful range, and I'm so pleased Semiramide is doing the rounds and being given the respect it deserves.

    One could pick holes but the pressures are enormous in the world of opera, on all concerned. I think it's terrific that it's still a practiced art form at all these days, with continuing interest and investment in it, and to be able to enjoy some of it HD live each year is even more of a thrill.

  10. Michael Varcoe-Cocks responded on 5 April 2017 at 4:07pm Reply

    Surely every single person involved in every production should have a clause agreeing to having one live broadcast included in their already generous contracts! Anything else is just holding the Opera House to ransom. If they don't like it they should sing/conduct/direct/play elsewhere! Let's have more openness about Asher Korner's "many legal and financial agreements".

  11. Julie responded on 5 April 2017 at 4:14pm Reply

    Is the Tosca Live in Cinema on February 7 with Angela Gheorghiu? Hopefully YES!

    • Ann Lander responded on 5 April 2017 at 5:27pm

      Angela Gheorghiu is singing on 24 January and 27 January.
      http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/tosca-by-jonathan-kent

    • Sandoval responded on 7 April 2017 at 8:06am

      The filming dates may not be confirmed for the moment, so both Angela Gheorghiu and the new-comer Pieczonka might show up.
      Nevertheless, Gheorghiu received the first broadcast of the production in 2011/12 live cinema season, and I think the Royal Opera rarely films the same cast in the same production.

  12. Julia responded on 5 April 2017 at 4:17pm Reply

    Teodor Currentzis, Rigoletto it is interesting that in the first approximation, is interesting to me.

  13. Andie Tromans responded on 5 April 2017 at 5:03pm Reply

    Absolutely thrilled to see the fabulous Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jeremy White and Carlo Bosi named for the 2017/18 season. However... Why no first revival of "Andrea Chenier"? I had been hoping to see this in the 2017/18 season and had been saving my pennies to see my absolute favourite "in the flesh". Seems a shame to waste the stage set and costumes for another year!!!

  14. Stefano responded on 5 April 2017 at 5:26pm Reply

    Good season overall, but do we really need to be tortured again with that awful Lucia production? And how about that boring Don Giovanni for the third time in 4 years?

  15. Lynn Kauderer responded on 5 April 2017 at 6:14pm Reply

    I don't see Juan Diego Flórez anywhere. Why not?

    • John responded on 6 April 2017 at 10:22am

      Because Juan Diego Flores pulled out of doing Lucia once he had seen the production. Unfortunately there appear to be irreconcilable tensions between the staging ambitions of certain ROH directors and various international singers.

      Yoncheva was supposed to be Mimi but also pulled out (she confirmed this in a Sunday Times interview).

  16. Robert responded on 5 April 2017 at 6:21pm Reply

    Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato is what I'd hoped for, and we have it.

    But 25 shows of Boheme, on top of 13 Toscas, 13 Flutes and 12 Carmens (the last of which is at least a production new to the ROH)? I know that it's important for the House to make money, but that seems quite unbalanced.

  17. Elise responded on 5 April 2017 at 6:35pm Reply

    Which of the 2 casts will be the one of the Carmen broadcast?

  18. Rowna Sutin responded on 5 April 2017 at 6:55pm Reply

    I would travel across the ocean to hear the rising star, Vlada Borovka as Musetta in La Boheme. She is an exciting young performer, and I always like to say that I heard them "when".

  19. Douglas Lee responded on 5 April 2017 at 8:57pm Reply

    Highlight of the season? The new Benjamin, of course!

  20. Martin responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:45pm Reply

    Good to know that for the Cinema Relays the ROH will talk to the Met to try to avoid clashes. Great to see "From the House of the Dead" on the list -even though yesterday I booked to see the WNO's legendary production (to be revived in autumn 2017) only yesterday. Perhaps Regional and ROH companies might try to avoid these "rarities" appearing with two companies in the same season, Personally I hope to enjoy both,

  21. Michael responded on 6 April 2017 at 1:05am Reply

    Really nice to see some great singers coming back to the ROH . Garanca, the wonderful Barcellona, Keenlyside, Fabiano and Netrebko ( we hope ).
    Unfortunately no Grigolo, Kaufmann, Yoncheva nor Florez who was scheduled for Lucia.
    Not sure who was originally planned for Mimi but obviously somebody must of pulled out and we are now getting 4 different Mimi.
    Really happy to see Mark Edler and the wonderful El-Khoury in a concert version of l'ange

  22. Stephen Jay-Taylor responded on 6 April 2017 at 2:16am Reply

    Just to be accurate here, NONE of your HD relays actually "clash" with the MET's, because that explicitly means an overlap of dates. What is happening is minor repertoire duplication within the course of your respective seasons. But none of the works concerned has either the same cast or the same staging, so I hardly think this qualifies as much of a "clash" except for those addicted to novelty for the sake of it.
    And I would assume that at least some of the forthcoming co-pros - Semiramide and Lessons in Love and Violence in particular - will be relayed from other houses in the producing chain in due course.

  23. Emile Myburgh responded on 6 April 2017 at 8:11am Reply

    Time to start saving for my trip to go see Lohengrin, Don Giovanni and Falstaff next year.

    (from South Africa)

  24. Petra responded on 6 April 2017 at 10:57am Reply

    Can't wait for Dmitri Hvorostovsky to return to the stage in Rigoletto! Very much hope and pray he will be able to make it.

  25. Mary Day responded on 6 April 2017 at 1:10pm Reply

    Please tell me that Michael Fabiano will be in both live relays of La boheme & Rigoletto!

  26. Alexander Jacoby responded on 6 April 2017 at 2:30pm Reply

    I'm pretty happy with this season: Janacek at last, plus another great opera from the Slavic tradition in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk; a dream cast for Lohengrin; new productions of some of the standard repertoire by interesting directors; and some enterprising brand-new works.

    I agree with some other comments that some of the revivals seem to come around rather too quickly; I've no objection to Lucia coming back, nor Cav and Pag, but wonder if they really need to be done a mere two seasons after first appearance. I'd like to see a more leisurely cycle around a wider repertoire, especially for composers like Donizetti who wrote a lot of operas.

    I'd also like to see a bit more space made for genuine rarities. I'm conscious I'm speaking from the perspective of someone who's happy to travel around the country, or to make a weekend in a European city, in order to go to the opera, which of course isn't true of all your audience; and I acknowledge that quite a few of the operas in this season haven't been around in London for a while. But (except for the brand-new works), only Semiramide will be new to me. It's a shame that with the end of Holten's regime it looks like we won't see his Freischutz or Liebesverbot (both actually advertised, in Copenhagen and Madrid respectively, as co-productions with the ROH), the former not staged in the UK in recent years, the latter rare everywhere. I suppose I'll have to keep making occasional trips to Germany for the opera!

    Indeed, when the new Linbury is set up, I think one its functions ought to be to offer repertoire that might be too obscure for the main stage. It would be wonderful to see operas by Marschner or Goldmark in London, for instance, or even just more Gluck!

  27. Sandra Bishop responded on 6 April 2017 at 3:30pm Reply

    Looks like a good season with a lot to interest me - might give the "warhorses" a miss as I do other things besides ROH - but especially looking forward to Lohengrin, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Cav & Pag (superb production), Lucia (unlike some I liked the production). Never seen Semiramide so that will be interesting along with the new George Benjamin as I enjoyed Written on Skin. Re Dmitri Hvorostovsky - would be great if he was able to sing Rigoletto, but top singers are booked 3 or 4 years in advance, so I guess ROH can only at this stage publish the cast as planned and we shall have to see what happens.

  28. Gilbert Hall responded on 6 April 2017 at 8:47pm Reply

    It's good that the 450th birthday of Monteverdi, the first great opera composer, is being marked by a production of The Return of Ulysses. It's bad that it will be in English. Monteverdi's music depends on the Italian language. There were perfectly good surtitles when Orfeo was done at the Roundhouse (also, unfortunately, in English). The ROH just doesn't get the first 160 years of opera.

  29. Robin Worth responded on 6 April 2017 at 8:55pm Reply

    Will the ROH never learn?
    Last season they revived the dreadful Trovatore and offered the seats at half price Next season we have the equally dreadful Lucia returning : don't buy the tickets, but wait for the house to be papered!
    If a production is a failure, then drop it!

  30. Damian responded on 7 April 2017 at 1:43am Reply

    Really pleased to finally see a Janacek production; and I'll also looking forward to Semiramide, and Lady Macbeth, which I missed last time.

    It does seem poor programming to give two versions of Carmen in the same season - unless this is a prelude to more interesting doubles e.g. two Don Giovannis (Mozart and Gazzaniga) or two Barber of Sevilles (Rossini and Paisiello) in future seasons?

    I agree with other comments that some revivals have come round very quickly - I'm certainly not minded to see Lammermoor again, at least in the current production... although I'd quite like to see a revival of the recent Parsifal in the near future.

    • Not a Londoner responded on 7 April 2017 at 6:38pm

      I'm sure the two versions of Carmen will be entirely different. I look forward to the Kosky, however much I thought 'The Nose' a waste of his talent. Many found the Zambello a disappointment but I found it good, but then even a standard park and bark of Carmen presses the buttons for me. Parsifal? Never seen an ROH production that delivers but then which house can? Maybe Munich in July' 18, but maybe not, despite JK.

  31. Ann Chapman responded on 7 April 2017 at 5:19am Reply

    I have never been to a live opera but would love to see Marcus Kwiecen in Don Giovanni. I dont think its boring to show it again! But I live in Newcastle and I imagine the cost of the ticket, rail travel and hotel would be almost the cost of a small holiday. That is if I could get a ticket in the first place. I will just have to content myself with watching the DVD of the last production.

    • Not a Londoner responded on 7 April 2017 at 7:04pm

      Visits to ROH are a rare indulgence and really worth the effort. I live in Manchester and providing you book when it opens you should have a good choice of seats. There must be early booking offers on the trains from Newcastle and there are plenty of Travelodge or Premier Inns around Covent Garden. Suppose it depends on whether a couple of days in London, with a great night at the Opera is not seen as a small holiday. Despite the seemingly eye watering cost, a live visit to ROH is worth it but then I can't take to either live transmissions or DVD's.

  32. John Leman Riley responded on 7 April 2017 at 11:41am Reply

    Hopefully the Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk will be rethought so that all the action isn't upstage right, leaving people in the extreme house left seats (especially in the boxes) spending long periods watching an empty stage.

    • Miriam responded on 7 April 2017 at 2:12pm

      That is helpful to know John, I was sitting on the right last time and thus unaware of this potential problem!

  33. Yvonne Gander responded on 7 April 2017 at 7:30pm Reply

    Where is the great performer Maestro Placido Domingo?. It will be over a year since he has been at the Royal Opera House.

  34. Robin B. responded on 8 April 2017 at 9:05am Reply

    The new production of Semiramide, seen in Munich, is traumatizingly ugly. Why hire such a fantastic cast to put them in that hideous production ? What a waste !

  35. Janet responded on 9 April 2017 at 6:02pm Reply

    Looking at this programme I can see I will have to holiday elsewhere to see some of my favourite singers. No Kaufmann, Flores and many of us are still happy to see Placido Domingo. Not that anyone had a look in for Otello tickets for those of us who had been attending for many many many years. Very disappointing.

  36. Federico responded on 10 April 2017 at 11:10am Reply

    Pertusi is finally back to the ROH. Why not in a Rossini's role?

  37. Derek Bryanton responded on 11 April 2017 at 5:20pm Reply

    No Rene Pape? Surely a grave omission?

  38. richard Hardingham responded on 12 April 2017 at 1:25pm Reply

    No staged opera with Sir Mark Elder for a second season, hope he is back for 2018/19

  39. Cynthia Chase responded on 20 April 2017 at 10:08pm Reply

    I'm excited to see that Ludovic Tezier will be performing, in L'Ange de Nisida--and that Marc Minkowski will be conducting Don Giovanni! I wish Antonio Pappano was conducting on more occasions.

  40. Barbara responded on 27 July 2017 at 5:26am Reply

    Oh, PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE, more films for us to see in the "hinterlands" ! Lol
    We all look forward to seeing your fabulous productions here in Rochester, New York, USA.
    Thank you for all that you do - it's helping us to stay sane in Trumpass Land....

  41. William Zuckerman responded on 27 August 2017 at 11:57am Reply

    Why has Der Freischütz been neglected by the ROH since 1977?

  42. Barbara responded on 22 September 2017 at 4:41pm Reply

    I live in Rochester, NY (home of The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House), and am so delighted to be able to see ANY of your productions here, through cinema.
    We are trying to survive in the Trump years, and your art certainly helps.
    THANK YOU !!

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