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The Royal Opera House announce Linbury Theatre Season for 2018/2019

The Royal Opera House has announced the first Season’s programme for the Linbury Theatre, the West End’s newest and most intimate theatre, opening in December 2018 after an extensive re-development as part of the Royal Opera House’s Open Up project. The Linbury Theatre incorporates up to 406 seats and is designed as a fully realized new stage for the Royal Opera House to present an exciting array of innovative and engaging new work.

Dance

Olivier Award-winning international ballerina Alessandra Ferri returns to the Linbury Theatre in January 2019, presenting TRIOConcertDance alongside renowned American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Herman Cornejo and acclaimed concert pianist Bruce Levingston. The show features work by choreographers including Demis Volpi, Russell Maliphant, Wayne McGregor, Herman Cornejo, Fang-Yi Sheu and Angelin Preljocaj, and offers audiences an opportunity to experience the work of these internationally renowned artists in a beautiful and intimate new space.

In February 2019, The Royal Ballet presents New Work New Music, a programme which includes Blue Moon, a new work by acclaimed director and choreographer Aletta Collins, set to a David Sawer score co-commissioned by The Royal Philharmonic Society Drummond Fund and BBC Radio 3 and performed by an ensemble of female dancers from The Royal Ballet. A collaboration with the London Sinfonietta, New Work New Music will offer audiences an opportunity to hear a variety of contrasting music set to dance for the first time, across work by choreographers including Goyo Montero, Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Kristen McNally, Royal Ballet Soloist Calvin Richardson and Alexander Whitley, who returns to the Royal Opera House after the premiere of his work Noumena in the Clore Studio in November 2017.

In March 2019, National Dance Company Wales present AWAKENING, a programme featuring contemporary works by Fernando Melo, Caroline Finn and Marcos Morau. Afterimage (Melo) is a unique theatrical experience, using a mixture of mirrors and creative choreography; Revellers’ Mass (Finn) depicts an unlikely dinner party and is inspired by old paintings while Tundra (Morau) is an ultra-modern, robotically mesmerizing exploration of Russian folk dance and revolution. In addition, National Dance Company Wales present Discover Dance – a fun and relaxed interactive performance suitable for children and families, offering audience members the chance to dance on stage with NDC Wales dancers and learn excerpts from the Company’s show, followed by a performance of Revellers’ Mass. Also in March, Introdans presents the programme Dutch Masters, containing important items from their signature neoclassical repertory. Returning to the UK for the first time in more than a decade, the company perform a mixed bill, which includes Polish Pieces and Andante by Hans van Manen, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Jiří Kylián and CANTUS by Nils Christe.

The Royal Ballet’s signature International Draft Works programme is presented in the Linbury Theatre in April 2019, and is a forum for choreographers and dancers to explore ideas and present developing work. Submissions will be invited from the UK, Europe and North America’s foremost dance companies and beyond. Each piece will be fully realized, with costumes, set and lighting. The programme offers audiences an opportunity to see choreographic voices of the future develop new and innovative work.

Also in the Linbury Theatre, Ben Duke’s company Lost Dog presents Juliet & Romeo, which runs alongside The Royal Ballet’s revival of Romeo and Juliet. A witty reassessment of Shakespeare’s star-crossed couple as they survive, marry and move into their 40s, Juliet &  Romeo combines dance, theatre and comedy to present a memorable duet mirroring our modern obsessions.

In the Clore Studio, Yorke Dance Project presents Playground by Kenneth MacMillan, 40 years after the work had its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival. Alongside this, Yorke Dance Project will also present a new work by Robert Cohan, Communion, created as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. Wayne McGregor, a mentee of Cohan, will also join him for a Q&A after the performance. The company will also perform their full anniversary programme including Playground, Communion, a new commission by Los Angeles based choreographer Sophia Stoller and a work by Yolande Yorke-Edgell.

Receiving its UK premiere in May 2019, Canadian company Cas Public’s 9 is produced in collaboration with Belgian company Kopergietery. Choreographed by Hélène Blackburn and set to Martin Tétreault’s overlayed score (based on Beethoven’s Symphony no.9) the piece is inspired by Cas Public performer Cai Glover, who overcame a hearing impairment to become a professional dancer. Suitable for audiences of all ages, 9 utilizes a unique sensory approach to performance, exploring notions of listening to a musical masterpiece without hearing, and transcending boundaries to transform bodies into visual language. Following this, award-winning ballet company Ballet Black returns to the Linbury Theatre with a mixed programme of work, including Cathy Marston’s The Suit.

In June 2019 the Linbury Theatre will host the inaugural Young Talent Festival, presenting performances from some of the world’s leading junior companies and schools. Running from Monday 16 June to Saturday 6 July 2019, the festival includes mixed programmes presented by the Ballett Zürich Junior Company, The Norwegian National Ballet 2, Dutch National Ballet Juniors, Rambert School and The Royal Ballet School. Rambert 2 will also participate with a staging of Kamuyot by Ohad Naharin in the Paul Hamlyn Hall. Completing the festival line-up, participants of the Royal Opera House’s Chance to Dance programme perform their own creative interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, performing alongside dancers from The Royal Ballet. Running alongside this is the culmination of the annual Young Creatives programme, which cements The Royal Ballet’s commitment to nurturing future generations of dancing talent from across the UK and beyond.

Looking ahead to the 2019/20 Season, The Royal Ballet and Rambert will present Aisha and Abhaya, a co-production in association with BBC Films, directed by ground-breaking London-based filmmaker Kibwe Tavares and choreographed by Sharon Eyal.

Aisha and Abhaya (meaning ‘Hope and Fearlessness’) is a contemporary fairytale about two sisters seeking refuge from their homeland in a fantastical world, which proves to be riven with familiar troubles and dangers. Set to a commissioned score by GAIKA and Ori Lichtik, with costumes by visionary artist Uldus Bakhtiozina, this incredible new dance work combines film, animation and live performance by Rambert’s extraordinary dancers to tell a compelling parable for our times. Originally programmed to open the Linbury Theatre in December 2018, the premiere of Aisha and Abhaya has had to be postponed due to Kibwe Tavares suffering a sudden, unexpected illness.

Opera

The first work presented by The Royal Opera in the Linbury Theatre is Gavin Higgins’s new opera The Monstrous Child, which receives its world premiere in February 2019. Based on Francesca Simon’s darkly humorous novel for teens, The Monstrous Child explores ordinary teenage angst in the extraordinary world of Norse gods, giants and the Underworld. The opera is the latest work commissioned by The Royal Opera for a younger audience.

The Monstrous Child is directed by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, making his Royal Opera debut, and sees Jessica Cottis return to the Company (following her debut with Mamzer Bastard at Hackney Empire in 2018) to conduct a cast featuring Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Tom Randle, Dan Shelvey, Lucy Schaufer, Elizabeth Karani and Graeme Broadbent.

In March 2019, The Royal Opera and London Handel Festival present a new staging of Handel’s Berenice, which returns for the first time to the site of its premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre in 1737. Sung in a new English translation by Selma Dimitrijevic, the opera’s story pits two strong women against princes and each other in a battle of love and politics. Adele Thomas directs the new production, with London Handel Festival Musical Director Laurence Cummings conducting the musicians of the London Handel Orchestra and a cast featuring Rachael Lloyd, James Laing, William Berger and Jette Parker Young Artists Jacquelyn Stucker and Patrick Terry.

The Royal Opera House welcomes award-winning South African lyric theatre company Isango Ensemble to the Linbury Theatre to present the first revival of A Man of Good Hope alongside a staging of SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill in April 2019. Based on Jonny Steinberg’s book, A Man of Good Hope tells the true story of one refugee’s epic quest across Africa through music and dance.

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill is a powerful and moving requiem inspired by Fred Khumalo’s book on the real-life maritime disaster of 1917, when the SS Mendi sank off the Isle of Wight, killing more than 600 South Africans en route to the Western Front to support British troops.

For their annual chamber opera in May 2019, The Royal Opera and the Jette Parker Young Artists present Henze’s Phaedra, in a new production by Jette Parker Young Artist director Noa Naamat. The late German composer’s final opera had its premiere at Berlin State Opera in 2007 and is a re-working of Greek myth. The story explores the death of Hippolytus, destroyed by his stepmother Phaedra’s obsessive love for him. Phaedra reunites the Jette Parker Young Artists with the musicians of Southbank Sinfonia, who are conducted by Edmund Whitehead.

Belgian director Ivo van Hove makes his Royal Opera debut in June 2019, bringing Muziektheater Transparant’s production of The Diary of One Who Disappeared to the Royal Opera House for its UK premiere. This unique staging of Leoš Janáček’s song cycle features singers Ed Lyon and Marie Hamard and actors Hugo Koolschijn and Gijs Scholten van Aschat, and includes new music by Annelies Van Parys composed for the production.

In July 2019 The Royal Opera presents Engender, a new weekend festival that puts women working in opera at the front and centre of the action. Engender highlights a wealth of female talent both onstage and behind the scenes and provides a platform for conversations exploring gender in opera today. Events across the weekend offer insights into the creative process, first glimpses of work in progress, performances from emerging artists and the opportunity to examine and debate the future of opera with practitioners from across the art form.

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

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The Royal Opera House Opening Up Events – September and October 2018

Ahead of the completion of the Royal Opera House’s three year ‘Open Up’ renovation project, the famous venue has announced a new events programme. The new additions Ballet Dots, Opera Dots, Books at Brunch and Crafternoons will lift the lid on the artistry of the Royal Opera House and enable everyone – young and old – to find something new.

These newly designed programmes will run alongside free Live at Lunch drop in performances, Recitals at Lunch, Dance with The Royal Ballet and Come and Sing at The Royal Opera House.

For the first time, Ballet Dots and Opera Dots (£10 for one child and £5 for a subsequent child) will help children under five discover ballet and opera through sensory dance, singing, music and stories.

Books at Brunch (£12 pp) will feature talks from authors, broadcasters, publishers and artists from across the worlds of opera and ballet to encourage literary discussions within the intimate confines of the Linbury Theatre Foyer. Crafternoons (£12 pp) will allow audiences to try their hand at some of the techniques used to bring the ballet and opera performances to life, working with talented craftspeople from the Royal Opera House.  Crafternoons will be ticketed drop-in sessions from 2 – 5pm and Books at Brunch will run for one hour, from 10.30 – 11.30am, both on selected dates. Fifty per cent of tickets for these programmes are available to students, with the rest on sale to general public.

Budding singers of all ages and ability will be able to join in and sing with an opera chorus during the Come and Sing at The Royal Opera House (£10 pp) sessions. Keen dancers can learn dance steps inspired by the ballets performed at the Royal Opera House, led by a member of The Royal Ballet Company during the Dance with the Royal Ballet (£10 pp) workshops.

The Live at Lunch events are free, drop-in performances featuring artists from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet as well as guest artists in the relaxed environment of the newly opened-up foyer. These will be inspired by the heritage and repertoire of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, featuring new and commissioned works.

Recitals at Lunch (£10 or £12 pp) will feature a ticketed programme of music in the Royal Opera House Crush Room, featuring artists from The Royal Opera, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Jette Parker Young Artists and a range of guest artists. 

 All programmes will take place at the Royal Opera House, which will be open to everyone, every day from 10am. The new bars, cafés, restaurants and displays will make the Royal Opera House an attractive daytime destination.

For more information , visit the Royal Opera House website here

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OperaVision launches new digital Opera Platform

OperaVision celebrates over 400 years of opera during 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, presenting within the initial three months the first opera still known today – Monteverdi’s Orfeo – and award-winning opera The Second Violinist by Donnacha Dennehy, first presented in 2017.

OperaVision is the free streaming platform powered by Opera Europa, with 30 partners from 18 countries and the support of the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.

Over the coming twelve months, the online platform will offer great masterpieces of the repertory, as well as less familiar works and contemporary operas. Verdi’s Aida and La traviata, Bolcom’s Dinner At Eight, Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot, Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Offenbach’s Blaubart and Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Gotovac’s Ero The Joker will complement the already available videos: Wagner’s Ring, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Handel’s Semele and many others.

For people just discovering the fascinating world of opera, the New to Opera section has helpful tips to navigate the vocabulary and find some general historical lines.

Children will be entertained during their winter holidays: Hänsel und Gretel goes online later in December, and soon to come are activity guides to help them find their voice.

At the same time, a growing choice of content is available in the Library with extracts and interviews offering snapshots of great moments, and Stories are there to delve into specific themes.

Watch live streams as the operas themselves unfold in the opera house. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing the richly populated digital library, stories, and articles. Discover resources for young audiences and for artistic career development. In English, French, and German, thoughtfully curated, and free to browse and explore.

Coming Soon

15 December 2017 Dialogues des Carmélites

 Francis Poulenc La Monnaie De Munt Brussels

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16; 23; 30 December 2017 Götterdämmerung by act

 Richard Wagner Opera North Leeds

 

22 December 2017 Hänsel und Gretel

 Engelbert Humperdinck Hungarian State Opera

 

4 January 2018 Orfeo

 Claudio Monteverdi Madlenianum Opera & Ballet Belgrade

 

 25 January 2018 Turandot

 Giacomo Puccini Teatro Regio Torino

 

2 February 2018 The Second Violinist

 Donnacha Dennehy Irish National Opera Dublin

 

15 February 2018 Carmen

 Georges Bizet Teatro Massimo Palermo

 

14 March 2018 Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

 Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo La Monnaie De Munt Brussels

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17 March 2018 Aida

 Giuseppe Verdi Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm

Live

 

17 March 2018 Blaubart

 Jacques Offenbach Komische Oper Berlin

Live

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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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