13 March 2016 at 10.31am | Comment on this article
This time of year is always a busy one at the Royal Opera House as we ready ourselves for our annual Season announcement. We're very excited about the upcoming 2016/17 programme, which will be announced on 6 April. As ever, details of each Royal Ballet and Royal Opera production featured as part of the Season will be available via our website.
In The Royal Opera's rehearsal studios, Katie Mitchell is working on a much talked-about new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. In the years since the huge success of Written in Skin in 2013, she has been working extensively in France and Germany, to acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Truly one of the most important British directors of our time, Katie's work is meticulous and uses every possible detail to create a rounded story. I'm particularly excited to see Diana Damrau sing the title role as the German soprano recently stated how much she likes to work with innovative directors who encourage her to re-evaluate roles she's performed previously. If you missed our recent live-streamed Insight event, I'd recommend watching it on-demand via our YouTube channel.
Fresh from their mid-Season break, The Royal Ballet's preparations for the return of The Winter's Tale continue, as do rehearsals for the world premiere of Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein. Liam's adaptation of Shelley's classic Gothic novel sees the focus on the romantic elements of the tale. As well as an opportunity to see a brand new first full-length work from a great choreographic talent, the work will also feature a newly commissioned score from American composer Lowell Liebermann. If Liam's insights into the production are anything to go by, it's going to be an event not to miss.
Work is continuing as part of our Open Up project which aims to enhance the experience of coming to the Royal Opera House for audiences, artists and guest companies. Do check the website before your visit in case there is any last minute change.
Finally, a thank you to everybody who entered our Grand Draw this year. By buying tickets and making donations, you have helped us to raise more than £54,000 of vital funds for the work of the Royal Opera House. If you missed out this year, the draw will return in 2017 offering another chance to win special and luxurious prizes.