Old favourites and new treats for autumn season

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Old favourites and new treats for autumn season


Fri, 12/08/2016 - 15:07


 Jan Philipp Gloger’s Cosi fan tutte opens at the ROH in September
Jan Philipp Gloger’s Cosi fan tutte opens at the ROH in September
11 August, 2016

PLENTY of operatic treats are being served up by the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera in their autumn seasons opening next month.

The ROH is putting on eight operas at Covent Garden as well as one at the Young Vic and another at Wilton’s Music Hall. Although the ENO’s tally is less at only four operas, partly due to financial constraints, that’s offset by the promise of some terrific productions.

New ROH productions include: 

• Bellini’s Norma directed by innovative Catalan theatre director Àlex Ollé opening on Monday, September 12.

• Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte staged by German director Jan Philipp Gloger opening on September 22

• Shostakovich’s absurdist “anti-opera” The Nose, based on Gogol’s fabulous short story, staged by Australian opera director Barrie Kosky. Opens on October 20.   

• Handel’s Oreste directed by Richard Gerard Jones. Opening on November 8. It’s being performed by young singers on the ROH’s Jette Parker Programme at Wilton’s Music Hall. 

• New opera A Man of Good Hope, based on Jonny Steinberg’s book, at the Young Vic, opening October 14

• Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Robert Carsons, opens December 17.

Other ROH autumn productions include Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman; Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Verdi’s Il Trovatore. 

The ENO season at the London Coliseum opens on September 30 with a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It’s staged by award-winning director Richard Jones and has bass-baritone Christopher Purves in the title role.

Next up is a revival of Catherine Malfitano’s staging of Puccini’s Tosca opening on October 3. American soprano Keri Alkema is in the title role and Craig Colclough is Scarpia.

This is followed by Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers in a revival of Penny Woolcock’s excellent staging, opening on October 19.

Fourth ENO production is a new staging of Berg’s Lulu opening on November 9. It’s directed by South African artist William Kentridge. Singing the title role is Brenda Rae and she is joined by British mezzo Sarah Connolly as Countess Geschwitz.

• Full details/tickets: www.roh.org.uk, www.eno.org

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