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New Season announcement

By Royal Opera House

14 April 2011 at 10.57am | Comment on this article

We're pleased to announce details of our next season, which stretches from Deloitte Ignite in September, curated by Mike Figgis, until summer 2012. Full details are posted here, but we've made this blog to give a quick overview of new productions and revivals.

Photo above: Marianela Nunez and Rupert Pennefather in Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows which returns in November. Photo: Johan Persson.


This is Monica Mason's last year, her final programme hails the future strength of the company with some exciting revivals and new works. It is also the Royal Ballet’s 80th birthday;  the Vic-Wells Ballet was founded in 1931.

Some of the new productions and highlights (full list):

Jewels – Balanchine’s triple bill on the theme of rubies, diamonds and emeralds.  Monica Mason said she adored this work, at the press preview.
Marguerite and Armand – Fonteyn and Nureyev’s duet by Ashton, re-imagined with Sergei Polunin and Tamara Rojo.
Manon - Martin Yates is conducting MacMillan’s classic and has re-orchestrated the music with an additional piece in Act III.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Wheeldon’s new ballet returns, with more performances for those who missed it first time round.
Prince of the Pagodas – MacMillan’s tribute to Classical ballet set in an exotic land, is being revived for the first time in 20 years.
Les noces – Monica Mason described this as ‘one of the masterpieces of the 20th century’. It's part of a triple with Birthday Offering and A Month in the Country, and is one of four ballets this Season to the accompaniment of the human voice (the others are Requiem, Gloria and Song of the Earth).
New works – New McGregor and New Scarlett in a triple bill in April. In July, there's a bold and big new tie-in with the National Gallery. It will see the likes of Christopher Wheeldon, Kim Brandstrup, Wayne McGregror, Jonathan Watkins and Liam Scarlett pair up with contemporary artists such as Chris Ofili and Mark Wallinger – inspired by Titian’s metamorphosis paintings.


Antonio Pappano's programme is inspired by the boldness of ambition of the Olympics. There are big, inspirational works, and cycles of works.

Some of the new productions and highlights (full list):

Il trittico – Richard Jones directs all three of Puccini short operas. The first full cycle of them at The Royal Opera House since 1965.
Mozart’s Da Ponte operas – all three (Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro) are being played as a cycle in February. A chance to immerse yourself in Mozart and compare and contrast.
Falstaff – a New Robert Carsen production of Verdi’s final masterpiece in May.
Rusalka – Dvořák’s mix of myth and magic has not been performed at the ROH before.
Les Troyens – A gigantic work for the Olympic Season. Berlioz’s epic version of the Trojan war and its aftermath in a new production by David McVicar.
Miss Fortune – a UK premiere of Judith Weir's new opera, directed by Shi-Zheng Chen. Based on an Italian folk tale about the Fortune family.


The contemporary arm of the Royal Opera House has developed new works and new talent for the coming Season. There's something for all audiences on a smaller scale than the main stage.

Some of the new productions and highlights (full list):

The Metamorphosis - Edward Watson takes the lead in Arthur Pita’s new dance piece on Kafka’s seminal novel.
Heart of Darkness - Conrad’s dark tale of obsession in a new opera by young British composer Tarik O’Reagan.
Magical Night - A family Christmas treat in a new dance version by Aletta Collins. To a score by Kurt Weill that had lain forgotten since 1954 and has only recently been rediscovered.
Sum - A new chamber opera with music by Max Richter inspired by David Eagleman’s cult book. Wayne McGregor is director and choreographer.

By Royal Opera House

14 April 2011 at 10.57am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera and tagged new season, Production, ROH2

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