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Autumn Season 2015/16

The Season opens with John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter's staging of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice starring Juan Diego Flórez, and includes a world premiere of Carlos Acosta's Carmen.

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

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 EurydiceIn 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 more details of the 2015/16 Season:
Winter | Spring | Summer | ROH Live Cinema

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. 

This article has 12 comments

  1. Joy McCann responded on 16 April 2015 at 11:11pm Reply

    When will casting be announced please? Joy

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 April 2015 at 9:25pm

      Dear Joy

      Casting will be announced much closer to the start of the Season, hopefully in time for booking.

      Best wishes


  2. Where can I find properly structured and formatted guide for Autumn 2015 like the one you published for 2014?

    Your current layout with click-through blocks without dates and structure is annoying and user unfriendly.

  3. Thank you for providing the link with all productions until summer 2016. This way I can spend more time trying to work out what is what.

    Could I have a link with some structured information instead, which will tell me which Opera and Music performances are offered in Autumn 2015 in chronological order, similar to ones you used to provide to all seasons but inexplicably stopped after Summer 2015? Or is the online content department too busy trying to make the website less useful?

  4. Okay, thank you. This is helpful.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 19 June 2015 at 2:23pm

      Glad to hear it! You'll find the link at the top right of all Season pages.

      Best wishes


  5. chris ridley responded on 23 June 2015 at 10:54am Reply

    Agreed, one has sometimes to work to
    a date, and the website is impenetrable to that purpose. have a simple day by day thumbnail and save us all time.

  6. Manon1753 responded on 16 July 2015 at 12:37pm Reply

    The list of performances (Main auditorium, Linbury and Clore) prints off as 12 pages - with lots of white.
    For people with sight impairment, this new format is unhelpful. For the environment, it is a disaster.
    ROH IT department trying to be too clever.

  7. Manon1753 responded on 16 July 2015 at 12:47pm Reply

    Oh dear, oh dear. The bi-coloured version can't be downloaded, it doesn't give casting and if you ask for e.g. "September" you get three pages, starting wiht August and ending in october. Can't copy and paste just the period you are interested in.
    Do I still want to look for performances and tickets? Probably not. Life's too short to be spending it on unmanageable, ill-conceived IT graphics

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