Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Royal Opera new season announced (2011-12)

Much of this information has been circulating unofficially in any case, but the Royal Opera has just announced its plans for next season. The rings of the Olympic flag - this, alas, will be the year in which the accursed Games render London unbearable - are to be paralleled in three cycles: Mozart's Da Ponte operas, Berlioz's Les Troyens (in the sense of its spanning the Trojan War: and let us give thanks that once again, this masterpiece will be performed in London), and Puccini's Il trittico. In addition, Wagner's Ring will re-appear at the beginning of the following season (September 2012) and the fortieth anniversary of Plácido Domingo's Royal Opera debut will be marked by an evening bringing together acts from three operas significant to his career.

New productions are, in chronological order, as follows:

Il trittico (Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano complete the trilogy begun with their Gianni Schicchi)
Rusalka (Salzburg Festival production from Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Camilla Nylund)
Missfortune (Judith Weir, British premiere, co-commissioned with Bregenz Festival, directed by Shi-Zheng Chen and conducted by Paul Daniel)
Falstaff (Robert Carsen and Daniele Gatti)
Les troyens (David McVicar and Antonio Pappano; Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Eva-Maria Westbroek)

(ROH2 will also offer premieres, including Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness.)


Don Giovanni (Constantinos Carydis: two casts, led by Gerald Finley and Erwin Schrott)
Così fan tutte (Sir Colin Davis)
Le nozze di Figaro (Antonio Pappano; Simon Keenlyside, Ildebrando d'Arcangelo)
Der fliegende Holländer (Jeffrey Tate; Anja Kampe, Falk Struckmann, Endrik Wottrich, Stephen Milling)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Antonio Pappano; Wolfgang Koch, Simon O'Neill, Peter Coleman-Wright, Emma Bell, Toby Spence, Sir John Tomlinson as Pogner)
Otello (Antonio Pappano)
La traviata (for three (!) runs)
La somnambula
Rigoletto (Sir John Eliot Gardiner)
La fille du régiment
La bohème (Semyon Bychkov)
Salome (Andris Nelsons)
Otello (Antonio Pappano)


Henry Holland said...

If my math is right, there's 19 productions, a grand total of 4 of which are "20th century" and I'm being generous with the utterly conservative Rusalka (premiered in 1901) and Il trittico. Is this really the house that's done The King Goes Forth to France and The Minotaur, among other things?

Oh well, maybe ENO will be a little more adventurous.

Anonymous said...

"the accursed Games" - what's so bad about the Olympics? At least they're a British government project that doesn't involve killing people.

Mark Berry said...

Anonymous: at best, they are an enormous waste of money, especially at a time in which we are told there is no money for anything else, such as, for instance, helping to present a more interesting programme than this - with, as you imply, the perennial exception of killing people in the Middle East. Some of us have no wish, indeed no ability, to pay for another New Labour folly. Every city that has hosted the Olympic Games has lost rather than gained financially; I believe that Montreal has still to pay off the debts arising. And nor do I wish to live with all the disruption and, most likely, the terroristic attacks - more killing, I am afraid - that will arise, Blair having made this potentially one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Henry - let's hope so. I know that 'Castor et Pollux' is being put on by ENO, in a production by Barrie Kosky. It will be my first Rameau in the theatre. My feeling is that 'the cuts' most likely give people who do not wish to put on a more interesting programme just the excuse they want. Now is surely the time to show defiance, to show what the arts really can accomplish in difficult times, not to retreat behind claims of 'we can't afford it'. At least we have, at last, 'Les troyens'...