The Royal Opera House and its Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano have launched their 2019/20 Season, unveiling an exciting range of new commissions, world premieres and much-loved revivals. In the first full Season since the completion of the Royal Opera House’s three-year Open Up renovation, The Royal Opera unveils a host of innovative new work, with 13 new productions, including two world premieres, in the Season ahead.
Jessica Cottis conducts Gerald Barry’s brilliant, surreal and startling first opera The Intelligence Park. The music, scored for chamber orchestra, is startling in every aspect of its range, making extravagant virtuoso demands of the six performers. (25, 27, 29 September; 1, 2, 4 October).
Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale premieres on 14 October and runs through 2 November. The all-star cast, headed by Bryn Terfel will appear in cinemas on Thursday, 24 October.
Bass-baritone Gerald Finley first of two ROH productions during the season sees him as the Traveller in David McVicar’s new production of Britten’s Death in Venice (21, 26, 30 November; 6 December)
Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Keith Warner’s production of Verdi’s Otello. Warner’s production focuses on the violent conflicts at the core of the story creating a searing and memorable performance. (9, 13, 16, 19,22 December)
Ringing in 2020, baritone Željko Lučić performs the role of Giorgio Germont in Richard Eyre’s production of Verdi’s La traviata. Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love. (25, 27, 30 January; 1 February)
Pappano conducts Tobias Kratzer’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio. Staring tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan and soprano Lise Davidsen as his wife Leonore, this new production of the composer’s only opera will be streamed live in cinemas on 17 March (1, 3, 6, 9, 13, 17 March).
Vladimir Jurowski returns to Covent Garden to conduct Janácek‘s Jenufa. Claus Guth’s staging, with Karita Mattila and Asmik Grigorian, explores the lives of two courageous women struggling for fulfillment in a small rural community. (24, 27, 30 March;3, 6, 9 April)
SopranoLiudmyla Monastyrska performs in Damiano Michieletto’s Olivier Award-winning production of Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s one-act operas, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci as Santuzza. This thrilling production will be streamed live in cinemas on Tuesday, 21 April. (11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29 April; 2 May)
Semyon Bychkov returns to the ROH podium to conduct Christof Low’s contemporary staging of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. (27, 30 April; 3, 8, 11 May)
Pappano conducts Loy’s new staging of Richard Strauss’ audacious Elektra. The production, starring Nina Stemme in the title role and Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra, will be streamed live in cinemas on Thursday, 18 June. (29 May; 2, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18 June)
In June, Pappano conducts soprano Lianna Haroutounian and bass-baritone Gerald Finley as Cio-Cio-San and Sharpless respectively in Moshe Leiser and Patric Caurier’s elegant production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. (22, 24, 27, 30 June; 2, July – Haroutounian and Finley; 11, 14, 17 July with Pappano and Finley)
Also in July, Pappano conducts an all-star cast of Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca with Anna Netrebko in the title role and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. (6, 9, 12, 15 July)
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