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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House – 11th to 31st March 2017

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Kasper Holten makes his farewell as The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera with Wagner’s comic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano and starring Bryn Terfel.

Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg investigates the nature of art in  Wagner’s only mature comedy, and for it he created a cast of strong characters led by the cobbler Hans Sachs, inspired by the real-life 16th-century Meistersinger. Musical highlights abound: the triumphant overture, the astonishing Midsummer riot and Walther’s winning Prize Song ‘Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein’, in a celebration of the value of national culture.

The story centres around Walther who falls in love with Eva. When he discovers that she shall marry the man who wins the Mastersingers’ song competition, he determines to be that man. However, his Trial Song to enter the guild is rejected, and Walther leaves full of contempt for the Mastersingers’ backwards ways.

Walther attempts to elope with Eva, but their efforts are confounded by a midsummer riot. Instead, the Mastersinger Hans Sachs helps Walther write a new song for the competition..

Running time

The performance lasts about 5 hours 45 minutes, including two intervals.

Language

Sung in German with English surtitles.

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Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House – 20th March to 25th April 2017

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Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct two great casts led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera.

Giacomo Puccini was a great admirer of David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly when he saw it in London in 1900. He used the talents of librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa  to adapt Cio-Cio-San’s tragic tale for the operatic stage. Although the premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1904 was poorly received, that same year Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances in Brescia, to great acclaim. Madama Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains one of Puccini’s most performed works.

The story centres around Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return.

Three years later, Cio-Cio-San and her little son see Pinkerton’s ship in the harbour. She excitedly expects his visit but Pinkerton and his American wife Kate have come only to take the boy away, to raise him in America.

East meet West when Puccini used Japanese folk melodies for the score.. In Act I, Cio-Cio-San expresses her radiant happiness in ‘Ancora un passo’, and the two lovers rapturously declare their love for each other in the passionate duet ‘Viene la sera’. In Act II the mood becomes increasingly strained, as in ‘Un bel dì vedremo’ when Cio-Cio-San longs for the ‘fine day’ when her husband will return to her. The romantic exoticism of 19th-century European images of Japan inspire Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production for The Royal Opera.

Running time

The performance lasts about 2 hours 45 minutes, including one interval

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

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Partenope at the London Coliseum – 15th to 24th March 2017

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Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production with designs inspired by the Surrealist imagery of Man Ray returns for its first revival.

The story centres around Rosmira who still loves the man who jilted her, Arsace. He, unfortunately, is in love with beautiful Partenope. As too are Armindo and Emilio. So naturally, Rosmira dresses up as a man and becomes another of Partenope’s suitors, in order to win back Arsace. Wonderful arias and spectacular ensembles, Handel’s comic masterpiece follows the exploits of four rival suitors in pursuit of Partenope’s love.

Baroque-specialist Christian Curnyn conducts a world-class cast which includes soprano Sarah Tynan, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, and tenor Robert Murray.

Running Time

3hrs 25mins

Running time includes two intervals of approximately 20 minutes

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The Pirates of Penzance at the London Coliseum – 9th February to 25th March 2017

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The Pirates of Penzance returns to the London Coliseum for first revival of this smash-hit production from renowned filmmaker Mike Leigh.

Leigh revels in the humour and absurdity  of the plot which includes pirates, who take pity on orphans, are really peers of the realm. The 21-year-old, who has sworn to put them behind bars, is really only five. And the policemen, whose lot is not a happy one.

The Pirates of Penzance is full of memorable melodies,  including the famous tongue-twisting patter song from the Major-General and the cowardly Police Sergeant’s ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.

ENO favourite Andrew Shore returns to sing the role of the army general alongside John Tomlinson as the Sergeant of Police. ENO Harewood Artists David Webb and Soraya Mafi sing the roles of the young lovers, Frederic and Mabel, and Gareth Jones conducts.

Running Time

2hrs 15min

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Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House – 7th February to 2nd March 2017

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Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz star in the first revival of David McVicar’s production of Cilea’s tragic opera.

The death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur inspired many plays and operas, of which Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur is one of the most enduring. The opera would become Cilea’s greatest success, renowned for his heroine’s arias ‘Io son l’umile ancilla’ in Act I and ‘Poveri fiori’ in Act IV .

David McVicar’s 2010 production recreates a Baroque theatre with lavish period costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel to create a spectacular production that delves into the love and life of the theatre.

The story centres around actress Adriana Lecouvreur who is adored by many admirers including stage manager Michonnet  but she loves Maurizio, Count of Saxony. Adriana suspects Maurizio still loves his ex-lover, the love triangle ends tragically when Adriana dies in Maurizio’s arms.

Running time

The performance lasts about 3 hours 25 minutes, including two intervals.

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

For more information , visit the Royal Opera House  website here

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The Royal Opera announces Singers for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2017

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The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme is one of the Royal Opera House’s most prestigious schemes that brings together talented singers, conductors and directors from around the world and gives them valuable experience at the start of their careers. The Royal Opera  has announced the following singers will join the programme in 2017:

American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker

Korean soprano Haegee Lee

Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina

Korean tenor Kuno Kim

British baritone Dominic Sedgwick

 The singers were selected from more than 365 applicants from 61 countries. The audition process began in August 2016, sixty-seven applicants were selected to sing in the first of three further rounds, with 27 progressing to the second round, which involved a one-to-one coaching session with David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Programme. A final shortlist of 12 singers auditioned first in a rehearsal room and then on the main stage in front of a panel comprising Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Oliver Mears, Director of Opera Elect, Peter Mario Katona, Director of Casting, David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Siri Fischer Hansen, Administrator of the Programme, and international soprano Yvonne Kenny.

The singers will be involved in a series of events and productions throughout the programme.

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Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House – 21st January to 14th February 2017

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The Royal Opera House present the first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi

Three movements are each inspired by one of Woolf’s novels – ‘I now, I then’ from Mrs Dalloway, ‘Becomings’ from Orlando and ‘Tuesday’ from The Waves – mingled with influences from her life and work.

Wayne McGregor’s ballet, met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, and went on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

Woolf Works was McGregor’s first full-length work for The Royal Ballet, and saw him reunited with regular collaborator Max Richter, who provides a commissioned score incorporating electronic and orchestral music.

Running time

The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including two intervals.

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