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Farinelli and the King at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – 11 February to 8 March 2015

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Italy, 1731. Farinelli, the world’s most famous castrato, is rich, adored and lauded with honours. His divine voice has the power to captivate all who hear it.

Spain, 1737. King Philippe V lies awake. The Queen, desperate to relieve her husband of his insomnia and depression, begs the castrato to come and sing to the king. The effect is transformational. Philippe is healed, held captive by Farinelli’s voice – but so is Farinelli…

This intriguing true story is re-told in Claire van Kampen’s sumptuous new play, replete with many of the arias first sung by Farinelli.

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Man and Superman at the National Theatre – 17 February to 17 May 2015

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A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Ralph Fiennes takes the role of Jack Tanner in this reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

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LET IT BE Musical at the Garrick Theatre – 28th Feb to 27 Sept 2015

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Beatles musical LET IT BE is returning to London’s Garrick Theatre from 28 February 2015, already seen by over 1 million people worldwide. LET IT BE will also be embarking upon a UK & Ireland tour from October 2015.

The show uses video footage and live action to tell the story of The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. Featuring more than twenty of The Beatles’ greatest hits, including ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Day Tripper’, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘Strawberry Fields’, ‘When I’m 64’, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Get Back’ and many more.

The live performances include early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as later hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and Let It Be.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the show website here

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The Indian Queen at the London Coliseum – 26th Feb to 14th Mar 2015

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In this  production, devised by acclaimed director Peter Sellars, the rich and transcendent score of Purcell’s final unfinished opera is reworked around a new text and the inclusion of a number of Purcell’s  religious anthems.

This new retelling of The Indian Queen recounts the initial confrontation between Europeans and the Mayans of the New World through a personal account from the female perspective, which Sellars has based on The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma by Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar.

The production is a spectacle of music, theatre, dance, literature and visual art and features stunning set designs from LA-based graffiti artist, Gronk.

The musical team is led by baroque specialist Laurence Cummings, artistic director of major early music festivals in Britain and Germany. With an integral contribution from the ENO Chorus, the cast of The Indian Queen includes the exceptional young soprano Julia Bullock, for whom Sellars created the role, and leading British lyric soprano Lucy Crowe.

The Indian Queen is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 3hrs 40mins

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L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – 3 February to 5 March 2015

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Experience Baroque music by candlelight in Kasper Holten’s innovative production of Cavalli’s comic opera L’Ormindo, in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe

The unusual spectacle of  a Baroque opera repertory in the intimate surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opened in January 2014, providing an exquisite, 350-seat venue evoking the candlelit theatres of Shakespeare’s day. Kasper Holten’s production of L’Ormindo, a unique collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe, was the first opera to be performed at the theatre and was acclaimed by critics and public.

The story tells how Princes Ormindo and Amidas have fallen in love with Erisbe, wife of the elderly King Ariadenus. Meanwhile Princess Sicle, Amidas’s spurned lover, plots to get Amidas back, enlisting her old nurse Eryka as an ally.

Eryka tells Amidas Sicle has died of grief. Amidas feels terrible, and is overjoyed when he discovers Sicle is in fact alive. Ormindo and Erisbe elope but are captured by Ariadenus, who sentences them both to death. It emerges that Ormindo is Ariadenus’ long lost son. Ariadenus frees Erisbe to marry Ormindo and embraces Ormindo as his successor.

Holten’s inventive new staging draws on the stagecraft and theatrical tricks of the 17th century to bring to life a comic tale of sex, disguise and deception. First performed in Venice in 1644, Francesco Cavalli’s L’Ormindo follows the trials and tribulations of two pairs of lovers in the ancient kingdom of Mauretania. The opera’s mixture of lively comedy, sublime romance and gorgeous music makes for an unforgettable experience.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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Der fliegende Holländer at the Royal Opera House – 5th to 24th February 2015

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Tim Albery’s acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner’s masterful early opera, The Flying Dutchman

Shortly before the premiere of Der fliegende Holländer in Dresden, Wagner had returned from a deeply unsuccessful two-year stint in Paris. He had gone there to make his fortune, but found his way barred by a strict class-based system. One of the bitterest blows came when Léon Pillet, director of the Paris Opéra, accepted his libretto for Der fliegende Holländer – but then commissioned a score not from Wagner but from French composer Pierre-Louis Dietsch. But the Dresden premieres of first Rienzi in October 1842 and Der fliegende Holländer in January 1843 were immense successes, and marked the beginning of Wagner’s career as one of the greatest operatic composers.

The story is focused on the Flying Dutchman who has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape from her dreary life.

Senta accepts the Dutchman’s offer of marriage. But the Dutchman wrongly suspects her of unfaithfulness. Thinking he’s protecting her, he leaves to resume his endless voyaging. Senta is left alone.

Tim Albery’s Olivier-nominated production for The Royal Opera delves deep into the psychology of Wagner’s cursed wanderer and his beloved Senta, detailing the monomania and uncompromising idealism that finally drives them apart. Michael Levine’s elemental single set is dominated by a rolling metal hull that represents the Dutchman’s phantom ship, the poverty of Senta’s home and the treacherous sea.

Running time

The performance lasts about 2 hours 20 minutes; there is no interval

Language

Sung in German with English surtitles

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Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House – 10 February to 9 April 2015

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Anthony Dowell’s production of one of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.

Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace.

The Ballet tells the story of how Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly captivated and determines to break the spell that holds her captive.

The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of the curse, disguises his daughter as Odette. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for her, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever. Siegfried and Odette drown themselves and are united in death.

Anthony Dowell’s interpretation uses classical choreography created by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa for the ballet’s revised 1895 version. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Peter Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House – 23 February to 11 March 2015

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Comedy and philosophy unite in Mozart’s  opera The Magic Flute, brought  to life in David McVicar’s production.

Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden, and drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. As well as being a comedy, Die Zauberflöte is an expression of Mozart’s spiritual beliefs. Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. Die Zauberflöte was an instant success with audiences and even Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.

The Opera tells the story of Prince Tamino who promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno, but all is not as it seems.

Tamino and Papageno discover Sarastro is a wise and kind leader and undergo three ordeals. By the end they are united with their true loves, Tamino with Pamina and Papageno with his Papagena.

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s  score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.

Running time

About 3 hours 10 minutes | Including interval.

Language

Sung in German with English surtitles

For more information or to book tickets , visit the Royal Opera House website here

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A Gala Celebration: Life Reimagined at the Royal Opera House – 25 February 2015

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A very special evening in aid of the Royal Opera House featuring stars of The Royal Ballet and internationally acclaimed singers including Bryn Terfel and Eva-Maria Westbroek.

The  evening will be a celebration of the finest work from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. Kasper Holten, Director of Opera with The Royal Opera, and Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, have curated a bespoke programme that embraces the spectrum of talent that continues to delight and inspire the Covent Garden audience, ranging from the youngest dancers and singers to some of the most celebrated stars of the ballet and opera world – all accompanied by the fabulous Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Among the highlights from The Royal Opera will be Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel singing Iago’s ‘Credo’ from Verdi’s Otello. British tenor Toby Spence will perform Lensky’s beautiful, tragic pre-duel aria from Eugene Onegin. He will be joined by Jette Parker Young Artist Samuel Dale Johnson in the much-loved duet ‘Au fond du temple saint’ from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles(The Pearl Fishers). Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, last seen in our production of Faust as Marguerite, will sing Lucia’s first aria from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. There will also be the premiere of an exciting new commission performed by the talented children from the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House will perform ‘Dance of the Hours’ from La Gioconda as part of the celebration of the Orchestra this Season.

From The Royal Ballet, two new pieces have been created especially for the evening: a pas de deux from Kim Brandstrup for Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli to music by Purcell from The Fairy Queen; and a pas de deux by Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. The Royal Ballet School in its entirety will dance the Grand Défilé, and the Chance to Dance company will open the evening with an extract from David Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café. Artists of The Royal Ballet will appear in the ‘cards’ section from Act III of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The whole Company, along with Principal dancers, will perform a variety of much-loved pieces, including: Sarah Lamb and Carlos Acosta in a special pas de deux; Mariañela Nunez and Thiago Soares in George Balanchine’s ‘Diamonds’ pas de deux from Jewels; Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky pas de deux; and Vadim Muntagirov in a solo from Bronislava Nijinska’s Le Train bleu.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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La traviata at the London Coliseum – 09 Feb to 13 Mar 2015

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La traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most engaging and popular operas of all time. Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production of La Traviata returns to ENO, cutting to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours.

Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.

La traviata is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 1hrs 50mins

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