10 May 2015 at 10.42am | 4 Comments
This month we are extremely lucky in having two classics on the main stage at the same time as a brand new ballet. La traviata opens on Monday 18 May with two artists who have not as yet received their fair amount of applause sharing the role of Violetta: Marina Rebeka and Sonya Yoncheva. I was lucky enough to see Marina Rebeka on stage a couple of years ago and I’ve profiled her here.
The final revival of John Copley's classic production of La bohème does not need any introduction. This iconic staging has been entertaining us for over forty years and it is time to say goodbye. It will be very emotional for many of us and there will be lots of opportunities for you to share your memories of seeing it over the years on our website and social networks. Watch out for galleries of previous performances featuring the greats of opera from the past 41 years, and material from a very special In Conversation event with director John Copley, which we are working on at the moment.
Woolf Works has just opened to amazing reviews from audiences and critics alike, including fulsome praise for Guest Artist Alessandra Ferri, so please don’t miss this opportunity to see a remarkable new work for the 21st century. You can watch Alessandra Ferri, Federico Bonelli and Edward Watson in rehearsal for the piece on our YouTube channel.
In the meantime, we still have the revival of Don Giovanni coming up next month. I’m particularly excited to hear Alain Altinoglu make his Royal Opera House debut as conductor. Further into the future we will hear Antonio Pappano give his acclaimed interpretation of Guillaume Tell during a new production from rising star Damiano Michieletto. We have just created a new trailer to give a flavor of the production and you can see a preview of it here:
I wanted to make sure that you were aware of the Open Up section on our website. This will be the hub for all information about the project, and will provide regular updates on any disruption due to building works – do bookmark it and check before your visits during the 2015/16 Season.
As ever, we very much welcome any feedback, so do leave comments below, or get in touch with the Friends office.