5 April 2017 at 9.57am | 57 Comments
Details of the Royal Opera House's 2017/18 Season have been announced.
The Royal Opera’s Season includes six new productions at the Royal Opera House – La bohème, Semiramide, Lohengrin, Carmen, From the House of the Dead, and the world premieres of George Benjamin’s new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence and Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida.
The programme also includes first revivals of Olivier Award-winning Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, the much-discussed Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Vêpres siciliennes and Philip Venables' UK Theatre Award-winning 4.48 Psychosis.
The Season includes four premieres away from the Royal Opera House in collaboration with a range of partners, co-producers and co-commissioners – the world premieres of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera Coraline, Mamzer Bastard by Guildhall School of Music & Drama/Royal Opera Composer in Residence Na’ama Zisser, and a new work by Tansy Davies.
The 2017/18 Season also sees Oliver Mears start his tenure as Director of Opera.
As previously announced, the Royal Opera will collaborate with the V&A for an exhibition covering almost 400 years of operatic history: Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, which opens in September 2017.
Looking ahead to the 2018/19 Season, four full cycles of Keith Warner’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen will be performed between September and November 2018; booking details will be available in autumn 2017.
The Royal Ballet's Season will include world premieres of five new productions – a new production of Swan Lake with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, as well as one-act ballets by Twyla Tharp, Arthur Pita, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon.
The programme also includes revivals of new and classic works, including Peter Wright's much-loved productions of Giselle and The Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter's Tale, Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia and Marguerite and Armand, Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian Tear, Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety and Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable.
The 2017/18 Season will also celebrate choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s legacy on the 25th anniversary of his death. Five British Ballet companies – The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet – will come together for the first time on the Royal Opera House stage.
All three Royal Ballet associated choreographers will mark Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with a triple bill of one-act ballets.
Away from the Covent Garden stage, The Royal Ballet will be performing in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations, before touring Swan Lake to Madrid in 2018.
During the 2017/18 Season, 12 productions — six from The Royal Opera and six from The Royal Ballet — will be relayed live from Covent Garden to cinemas around the world. The programme features a mixture of new productions and classic works. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.