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Phaedra at the Royal Opera House – 15th to 20th May 2019

© ROH, 2019. Image by AKA.

The Royal Opera House will present Henze’s final opera Phaedra in the Linbury Theatre in May 2019. The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists will be taking the main parts and the opera will be directed by Noa Naamat and conducted by Edmund Whitehead.

Phaedra had its world premiere in 2007 re-imagines the Classical myth of Phaedra and her stepson Hippolytus (Hippolyt) placing them at the centre of the action. Phaedra’s desire for Hippolyt fills her with self-loathing and she attempts suicide. Aphrodite stops her. She is jealous of Hippolyt’s loyalty to the goddess Artemis and takes revenge by inciting Phaedra to action. What follows is a complex tale of love and betrayal tied up with myth and legend.

Chinese mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu sings the title role, alongside American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker as Aphrodite, American countertenor Patrick Terry as Artemis, Scottish-Iranian bass-baritone Michael Mofidian as the Minotaur and New Zealand tenor Filipe Manu as Hippolyt, in his Royal Opera debut.

The production features work by international performance designer takis and atmospheric lighting design by 2019 Olivier Award nominee Lee Curran.

Phaedra opens at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre on 15 May 2019, with subsequent performances on 16, 18 and 20 May 2019.

Sung in German with English surtitles

For more information and tickets , visit the Royal Opera House website here

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