The Royal Opera House announces full details of the 2021/22 Season

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In its 90th anniversary year, The Royal Ballet presents a Season that respects the past and heralds the future. Three world premieres, including Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Christopher Wheeldon’s Like Water for Chocolate and a new work by American choreographer Kyle Abraham, are performed alongside much-loved 19th-century classics and heritage ballets by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. The Linbury Theatre hosts a raft of partnerships and co-productions including with Ballet Black, Alessandra Ferri, Yorke Dance Project and a world premiere from Company Wayne McGregor. Creative opportunities for emerging talent will also feature with Draft Works and the Next Generation Festival. The Season culminates in July 2022 with The Royal Ballet making a welcome return to international touring with a three-week tour of Japan where the Company will perform Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Peter Wright’s Giselle.

The Royal Opera Season will open with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Oliver Mears – his first production since becoming The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera in 2017. This new production will receive its premiere in September 2021, with Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. In its 75th year, The Royal Opera strengthens its commitment to the works of Benjamin Britten, George Frideric Handel and Leoš Janáček with new productions of Peter Grimes, Theodora and the long-awaited premiere of Jenůfa. Also given its premiere this Season is a new production of Camille Saint-Saëns’s grand-opera Samson et Dalila, while international and British talent are cast in repertory favourites including Tosca, La traviata and Così fan tutte.

The Linbury Theatre presents two opera world premieres: Laura Bowler’s The Blue Woman, directed by Katie Mitchell, and Wolf Witch Giant Fairy – a magical new family show in collaboration with Little Bulb opening in time for Christmas. Spring 2022 will see director Adele Thomas bring Vivaldi’s Bajazet to life in a new production – the first Vivaldi opera to be staged at the Royal Opera House. In June 2022 Tom Coult’s Violet will be presented off site at the Hackney Empire with co-producers Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts.

Opera and Ballet for the 2021/22 Season

Rigoletto

13–29 September 2021 / 18 February–12 March 2022

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE. Generous philanthropic support from Sandra and Anthony Gutman, Charles Holloway, Melinda and Donald Quintin, Simon and Virginia Robertson and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Supported by Rolex.

The Season opens with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Oliver Mears – his first as Director of The Royal Opera. This production sees Verdi’s masterpiece as a modern morality play that pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, in a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay. Antonio Pappano and Paul Wynne Griffiths conduct in the Autumn, with Carlos Álvarez in the title role alongside Lisette Oropesa and Liparit Avetisyan. In February, Stefano Montanari conducts a cast that includes Luca Salsi, Rosa Feola and Javier Camarena.

Creative Team

Conductors ANTONIO PAPPANO/PAUL WYNNE GRIFFITHS/STEFANO MONTANARI

Director OLIVER MEARS

Set designer SIMON LIMA HOLDSWORTH

Costume designer ILONA KARAS

Lighting designer FABIANA PICCIOLI

Movement director ANNA MORRISSEY

Cast

Rigoletto CARLOS ÁLVAREZ/LUCA SALSI

Duke of Mantua LIPARIT AVETISYAN/JAVIER CAMARENA

Gilda LISETTE OROPESA/ROSA FEOLA

Sparafucile ANDREA MASTRONI/EVGENY STAVINSKY

Maddalena RAMONA ZAHARIA/AIGUL AKHMETSHINA

Count Monterone ERIC GREENE/PHILLIP RHODES

Giovanna KSENIIA NIKOLAIEVA

Marullo DOMINIC SEDGWICK/GERMÁN E. ALCÁNTARA

Borsa EGOR ZHURAVSKII

Count Ceprano BLAISE MALABA

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Magic Flute

15 September–7 October 2021

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sung in German with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Bertrand and Elisabeth Meunier

David McVicar’s spectacular production of Mozart’s comic opera returns for its tenth revival on the Royal Opera House Main Stage, transporting you to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and starry skies. This spellbinding setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score. McVicar’s production embraces both the seriousness and the comedy of Mozart’s opera, telling a timeless story of one man’s search for wisdom and virtue. With an enduring love story at its heart, complex villains and an unforgettable comic sidekick in Papageno, The Magic Flute weaves an enchanting tale from start to finish.

Creative Team

Conductors: HARTMUT HAENCHEN/RICHARD HETHERINGTON

Director DAVID MCVICAR

Designer JOHN MACFARLANE

Lighting designer PAULE CONSTABLE

Movement director LEAH HAUSMAN

Cast

Tamino DANIEL BEHLE/BERNARD RICHTER

Pamina SALOME JICIA/CHRISTINA GANSCH

Papageno HUW MONTAGUE RENDALL/PETER KELLNER

Queen of the Night BRENDA RAE/KATHRYN LEWEK

Sarastro KRZYSZTOF BĄCZYK/JAMES PLATT

Monostatos MICHAEL COLVIN/PETER HOARE

Papagena HAEGEE LEE/ALEXANDRA LOWE

SpeakeroftheTempleJOCHENSCHMECKENBECHER/DAVIDSOAR

First Lady ALEXANDRA LOWE/ANITA WATSON

Second Lady HANNA HIPP/RACHEL KELLY

Third Lady STEPHANIE WAKE-EDWARDS/GAYNOR KEEBLE

First Priest HARRY NICOLL

Second Priest DONALD MAXWELL

First Man in Armour ALAN PINGARRÓN

Second Man in Armour JAMES PLATT

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Jenůfa

28 September–12 October 2021

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Leoš Janáček

Sung in Czech with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Hamish and Sophie Forsyth and Simon and Virginia Robertson

The Royal Opera continues its series of Janáček operas with the first production of Jenůfa at Covent Garden since 2001, by award-winning director Claus Guth. Janáček movingly captures Jenůfa’s progression from hope to despair to eventual radiant happiness, while her stepmother, the Kostelnička, is one of opera’s most complex maternal figures. The two courageous women struggle for fulfilment against the backdrop of a claustrophobic rural community.

Asmik Grigorian as Jenůfa and Karita Mattila as the Kostelnička lead a star cast with Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási conducting a stunning score infused with traditional folk melodies of Janáček’s native Moravia.

Creative Team

Conductor HENRIK NÁNÁSI

Director CLAUS GUTH

Set designer MICHAEL LEVINE

Costume designer GESINE VÖLLM

Lighting designer JAMES FARNCOMBE

Choreographer TERESA ROTEMBERG

Video designer ROCAFILM

Dramaturg YVONNE GEBAUER

Cast

Jenůfa ASMIK GRIGORIAN

KostelničkaKARITAMATTILA

LacaKlemeňNICKYSPENCE

Števa Buryja ANDREW STAPLES

Grandmother Buryjovka ELENA ZILIO

Foreman DAVID STOUT

Mayor JEREMY WHITE

Mayor’s wife HELENE SCHNEIDERMAN/ CLARISSA MEEK

Karolka JACQUELYN STUCKER

Herdswoman ANGELA SIMKIN

Barena APRILKOYEJO-AUDIGER

Jano YARITZA VÉLIZ

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Jette Parker Young Artists 20th Anniversary

27 September 2021–23 July 2022

The Royal Opera

Jette Parker Young Artists

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme this Season celebrates its 20th anniversary. In October, Meet The Young Artists Week offers a chance to hear live many of the artists who joined last year and whose performances you may only have seen on screen. The wonderful acoustic of the Linbury Theatre offers the perfect environment for a rich programme of song, piano music, operatic arias and ensembles, curated by the Programme’s founder and Artistic Director David Gowland.

In the Linbury in May, they mark the centenary of Stravinsky’s one-act opera Mavra, in a mixed programme with Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. And throughout the year you can catch returning JPYA alumni and graduates of the Link Artist programme joining the Anniversary Company for roles on both stages and recital performances.

The anniversary year culminates on 23 July in a special performance on the Main Stage marking the Programme and its artists’ achievements across two decades with Antonio Pappano who also celebrates 20 years with The Royal Opera.

Generously supported by Oak Foundation

Recitals at Lunch, Crush Room

27 September 2021 ALEXANDRA LOWE

8 November 2021 KSENIIA NIKOLAIEVA

29 November 2021 NEW WORK RECITAL INCLUDING JPYA ALUMNI

24 January 2022 EGOR ZHURAVSKII

7 February 2022 NEW WORK RECITAL

14 February 2022 MICHAEL PAPADOPOULOS and MICHAEL SIKICH

14 March 2022 BLAISE MALABA

11 April 2022 ANDRÉS PRESNO

25 April 2022 THANDO MJANDANA

Meet the Young Artists Week, Linbury Theatre

5–9 October 2021

5 October, 7.45pm JUKE BOX 1

6 October, 1pm LUNCHTIME RECITAL | 7.45pm INSIGHT: WAGNER AT THE PIANO

7 October, 7.45pm BRITTEN SONG CYCLES

8 October, 7.45pm JUKEBOX 2

9 October, 7.45pm ALUMNI CONCERT

Mavra and Pierrot Lunaire

12–28 May 2022

The Royal Opera

Jette Parker Young Artists

Linbury Theatre

As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, the Jette Parker Young Artists present a mixed programme in the Linbury Theatre, bringing together Igor Stravinsky’s rarely performed Mavra, 100 years after its 1922 premiere, and Arnold Schoenberg’s 1912 Pierrot Lunaire. Stravinsky’s one-act opera is based on a narrative poem by Pushkin, in which a Hussar disguises himself as a cook in an attempt to spend more time with his lover. Schoenberg’s formally wide-ranging, atonal score, pre-dating the 12-tone technique for which he is celebrated, transforms into Sprechstimme the texts of poems by Albert Giraud on subjects ranging from love, sex and religion to violence, crime and blasphemy.

Creative Teams and Casts

Conductor MICHAEL PAPADOPOULOS

Director ANTHONY ALMEIDA

Designer ROSANNA VIZE

MAVRA

Music Igor Stravinsky

Performed in Russian with English surtitles

Orchestration PAUL PHILLIPS

Libretto BORIS YEVGEN’YEVICH KOCHNO after the narrative poem The Little House at Kolomna by ALEXANDER PUSHKIN

Parasha APRIL KOYEJO-AUDIGER

The Hussar/Mavra EGOR ZHURAVSKII

The Mother KSENIIA NIKOLAIEVA

PIERROT LUNAIRE

Music Arnold Schoenberg

Performed in German with English surtitles

Libretto ALBERT GIRAUD Poems from Pierrot Lunaire

Soprano ALEXANDRA LOWE

Performed in German with English surtitles

20th Anniversary Summer Performance

Main Stage

23 July 2022

Jette Parker Young Artists and guests

Sopranos ALEXANDRA LOWE

Mezzo-sopranos KSENIIA NIKOLAIEVA

Tenors ALAN PINGARRÓN, ANDRÉS PRESNO, EGOR ZHURAVSKII

Baritone CHUMA SIJEQA

Bass BLAISE MALABA

Conductors ANTONIO PAPPANO and MICHAEL PAPADOPOULOS

Romeo and Juliet

5–24 October 2021 / 10 January–25 February 2022

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Choreography KENNETH MACMILLAN

Music SERGEY PROKOFIEV

Generous philanthropic support from SUSAN and JOHN BURNS, SIR LLOYD and LADY DORFMAN, KENNETH and SUSAN GREEN, SANDRA and ANTHONY GUTMAN, the JEAN SAINSBURY ROYAL OPERA HOUSE FUND and the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ENDOWMENT FUND

Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the world repertory. The nuanced and detailed choreography gives dancers in the lead roles a wealth of opportunities for differing interpretations of the doomed lovers. Evocative designs by Nicholas Georgiadis bring the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and the Capulets. Prokofiev’s ravishing score sweeps this dramatic ballet towards its inevitable, emotional end.

Creative Team

Designer NICHOLAS GEORGIADIS

Lighting designer JOHN B. READ

Conductors KOEN KESSELS /ALONDRA DE LA PARRA/JONATHAN LO

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Dante Project

14–30 October 2021

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Choreography WAYNE MCGREGOR

Music THOMAS ADÈS

A co-production between THE ROYAL BALLET and PARIS OPERA BALLET

Music co-commission with LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, Music and Artistic Director

Generous philanthropic support from SIR LLOYD and LADY DORFMAN and THE FRIENDS OF COVENT GARDEN

Presented as part of the 700th anniversary celebrations of the poet’s death, Dante’s epic journey through the afterlife, The Divine Comedy, is realised in a major artistic collaboration between trailblazing forces of the contemporary arts scene. In an inaugural co-production with Paris Opera Ballet and music co-commission with the LA Phil, Wayne McGregor’s ground-breaking choreography comes together with a virtuoso new score by one of the most influential musicians of the 21st Century, composer conductor Thomas Adès, and designs by the acclaimed artist Tacita Dean, celebrated for her pioneering and poetic work across film and other mediums. With esteemed lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed, the creative team unite in this three-part work for the full Company to illuminate the extraordinary vision of Dante. Inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, the poem traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice, through the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light.

Creative Team

Design TACITA DEAN

Lighting design (part 1) LUCY CARTER/ SIMON BENNISON

Lighting design (parts 2 and 3) LUCY CARTER

Dramaturgy UZMA HAMEED

Conductors THOMAS ADÈS / KOEN KESSELS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

L’Heure exquise

Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days

15–23 October 2021

Linbury Theatre

Choreography MAURICE BÉJART

Music ANTON WEBERN/GUSTAV MAHLER/WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART/FRANZ LEHAR

ALESSANDRA FERRI and CARSTEN JUNG

Co-production with AF DANCE, RAVENNA FESTIVAL and THE ROYAL BALLET

Performed by courtesy of FOUNDATION MAURICE BÉJART

Special thanks to LADY ANGELA BERNSTEIN CBE

Official pointe shoe sponsor Freed of London

Supported by Intesa Sanpaolo

World-renowned ballerina and former Royal Ballet Principal Alessandra Ferri returns to the Linbury Theatre following TRIO Concertdance and Chéri, as well as recent guest appearances with The Royal Ballet in Woolf Works and Marguerite and Armand on the Main Stage. Maurice Béjart’s L’Heure exquise (The Exquisite Hour) was inspired by Samuel Beckett’s play Oh! les beaux jours (Happy Days). Béjart created this piece for Carla Fracci and Micha Van Hoecke in 1998, after a solo piece made on Mathilde Souverbie. From its breath-taking opening, with the dancer submerged to the waist in a mountain of over 2,000 pointe shoes, to the stunning variations that capture her past in fragments, this is an unmissable opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone of Alessandra Ferri’s association with The Royal Ballet and her remarkable artistic journey.

Creative Team

Original set designs ROGER BERNARD

Costume designer LUISA SPINATELLI

Staging MAINA GIELGUD/ MICHA VAN HOECKE

La traviata

27 October–17 November 2021/ 2 April–18 April 2022

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis

Six sopranos take the role of Violetta this Season in two runs of Richard Eyre’s time-honoured production of Verdi’s La traviata. Verdi’s beautiful score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets, including Violetta’s joyous ‘Sempre libera’, and her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. The superficial glamour of 19th-century Paris contrasts with scenes of great intimacy, culminating in the memorable, heart-breaking final act. The Royal Opera welcomes Lisette Oropesa, Ekaterina Bakanova, Anush Hovhannisyan, Pretty Yende, Angel Blue and Hrachuhí Bassénz to sing the favourite role of star sopranos in the most performed opera in the world.

Creative Team

Conductors ANTONELLO MANACORDA/PAUL WYNNE GRIFFITHS/GIACOMO SAGRIPANTI/RENATO BALSADONNA

Director RICHARD EYRE

Designer BOB CROWLEY

Lighting designer JEAN KALMAN

Director of movement JANE GIBSO

Cast

Violetta Valéry LISETTE OROPESA/EKATERINA BAKANOVA/ANUSH HOVHANNISYAN/PRETTY YENDE/ANGEL BLUE/HRACHUHÍ BASSÉNZ

Alfredo Germont LIPARIT AVETISYAN/FRÉDÉRIC ANTOUN/STEPHEN COSTELLO/DMYTRO POPOV

Giorgio Germont CHRISTIAN GERHAHER/CHRISTOPH POHL/DIMITRI PLATANIAS/VLADIMIR STOYANOV

Annina RENATA SKARELYTE/SARAH PRING/KSENIIA NIKOLAIEVA/GAYNOR KEEBLE

Doctor Grenvil BLAISE MALABA/SIMON SHIBAMBU/DAVID SHIPLEY

Flora Bervoix STEPHANIE WAKE-EDWARDS/HONGNI WU/ANGELA SIMKIN/RACHEL KELLY

Baron Douphol YURIY YURCHUK/JAMES CLEVERTON/GERMÁN E. ALCÁNTARA

Gastone de Letorières EGOR ZHURAVSKII/THANDO MJANDANA/ANDRÉS PRESNO

Marquis d’Obigny JEREMY WHITE

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Waiting Game / Then or Now

Ballet Black

3–7 November 2021

Linbury Theatre

Choreography MTHUTHUZELI NOVEMBER (The Waiting Game), WILL TUCKETT (Then or Now)

Music ETTA JAMES/WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART/MTUTUHUZELI NOVEMBER; HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER/DANIEL PIORO

Ballet Black celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Cassa Pancho’s company of Black and Asian classical ballet dancers continue their long association with the Linbury Theatre with a programme of dance very much of the here and now. Two new works by Olivier-award-winning choreographers provide a showcase for the unique character of this leading dance company: The Waiting Game by Mthuthuzeli November (supported by The Linbury Trust) and Then or Now by Will Tuckett, a co-commission with the Barbican.

Creative Team

Costume designer PETER TODD

Lighting designer DAVID PLATER

Vocal recordings BALLET BLACK

Recording DANIEL PIORO

Costume designer YUKIKO TSUKAMOTO

Lighting designer DAVID PLATER

Poetry ADRIENNE RICH

Poetry recordings HAFSAH BASHIR/NATASHA GORDON/MICHAEL SHAEFFER

Giselle

4 November–3 December 2021

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Choreography MARIUS PETIPA after JEAN CORALLI and JULES PERROT

Music ADOLPHE ADAM edited by LARS PAYNE

Generous philanthropic support from the PAUL FERGUSON MEMORIAL FUND, AUD JEBSEN, SIMON AND VIRGINIA ROBERTSON, THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ENDOWMENT FUND and the PATRONS OF COVENT GARDEN

Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era – and, for the dancer performing the title role, one of the greatest challenges in the repertory. Peter Wright’s production, a classic itself, perfectly achieves the dual aspects of the ballet, moving from the naivety of young love between Giselle and Albrecht in the village setting of Act I to the ethereal Wilis in Act II’s eerie moonlit forest. Rich in vivid character detail and poignant depth of feeling, Giselle is a reminder of ballet’s power to move and thrill.

Creative Team

Scenario THÉOPHILE GAUTIER after HEINRICH HEINE

Production and additional choreography PETER WRIGHT

Designer JOHN MACFARLANE

Original lighting JENNIFER TIPTON re-created by DAVID FINN

Conductor BORIS GRUZIN

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Past Present

Yorke Dance Project

12–18 November 2021

Linbury Theatre

Choreography YOLANDE YORKE-EDGELL/ROBERT COHAN/MARTHA GRAHAM/KENNETH MACMILLAN

Music NATHANIEL DETT/NILS FRAHM/NATHANIEL DETT/NILS FRAHM/ÓLAFUR ARNALDS/ZOLÁN KODÁLY/ANTON WEBERN/BOSHUSLAV MARTINU

Yorke Dance Project will juxtapose past and present with works by choreographers who have shaped dance today. Martha Graham’s iconic Lamentation is performed alongside the premiere of Robert Cohan’s final work Afternoon Conversations with Dancers, created during lockdown. Cohan trained and performed with Graham, one of the seminal forces of modern dance. Kenneth MacMillan’s Sea of Troubles follows and the programme is completed with the premiere of a new work by Artistic Director Yolande Yorke-Edgell, with music by Nathaniel Dett, sharing the company’s dedication to past and present contemporary dance.

15 November 2021

Special celebratory event in memory of SIR ROBERT COHAN with the company and guest artists performing some of his rare and cherished works.

Creative Team

Lighting designer ZEYNEP KEPEKLI

Sea of Troubles Designer DEBORAH MACMILLAN

Macbeth

16–30 November 2021

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Supported by Rolex

For Verdi, Shakespeare was a long-standing passion and Macbeth (the first of his three Shakespearean masterpieces) is widely seen as a major step forward in his artistic development. First seen in 2002, Phyllida Lloyd’s production encapsulates the sinister quality of the piece, with striking designs by Anthony Ward. Conducted by Daniele Rustioni, Simon Keenlyside returns to the title role, which he first performed at Covent Garden in 2011, with Italian soprano Anna Pirozzi returning as Lady Macbeth. Austrian bass Gunther Groissbock sings the role of Macbeth’s erstwhile friend Banquo and South Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim sings the role of Macbeth’s enemy and eventual nemesis, Macduff.

Creative Team

Conductor DANIELE RUSTIONI

Director PHYLLIDA LLOYD

Designer ANTHONY WARD

Lighting designer PAULE CONSTABLE

Choreographer MICHAEL KEEGAN-DOLAN

Cast

Macbeth SIMON KEENLYSIDE

Lady Macbeth ANNA PIROZZI

Banquo GÜNTHER GROISSBÖCK

Macduff DAVID JUNGHOON KIM

Lady-in-waiting APRIL KOYEJO-AUDIGER

Malcolm EGOR ZHURAVSKII

Doctor BLAISE MALABA

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Wolf Witch Giant Fairy

17 December 2021–3 January 2022

A Royal Opera and Little Bulb production, in association with Farnham Maltings

Linbury Theatre

Sung in English

*All performances are Relaxed Performances

Generous philanthropic support from the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund

In the far-away land of fairy tales is a magical wood full of fantastical creatures, enchanted folk and tall pines stretching as far as the eye can see. Here, the trees see wonders as numerous as their branches – lovers in peril, witches on broomsticks, wolves in disguise… you never know what you might find. We all know the famous fairy tales and how they end… or do we? Wolf Witch Giant Fairy, a wild folk opera of music, mischief and magic, is a new collaboration between The Royal Opera and the always innovative Little Bulb, who return to the Linbury Theatre in this new family-friendly show for Christmas.

Company

LITTLE BULB

ALEXANDER SCOTT

DOMINIC CONWAY

CLARE BERESFORD

Cast

PETER BRATHWAITE

CLAIRE WILD

Tosca

5–22 December 2021 / 8–22 February 2022

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Giacomo Puccini

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Aud Jebsen, the Friends of Covent Garden and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

Three outstanding casts bring alive the excitement of one of the best-loved operas in the repertory: Puccini’s Tosca. From the demonic chords with which it famously begins to the violent twist of its shock ending, the tension never lets up for a moment. Into the romantic world of an idealistic painter, Cavaradossi, and his sensuous lover Tosca comes the malevolence of Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, with fatal results. Jonathan Kent’s taut and intense production with Paul Brown’s historically charged designs wonderfully evokes the dangerous atmosphere of Rome in 1800, where love and evil come – thrillingly – face to face.

Creative Team

Conductors OKSANA LYNIV/ FRANCESCO IVAN CIAMPA/MARCO ARMILIATO

Director JONATHAN KENT

Designer PAUL BROWN

Lighting designer MARK HENDERSON

Cast

Floria Tosca ELENA STIKHINA/ANNA PIROZZI/ANGELA GHEORGHIU

Mario Cavaradossi BRYAN HYMEL/FREDDIE DE TOMMASO/STEFAN POP

Baron Scarpia ALEXEY MARKOV/ CLAUDIO SGURA/MICHAEL VOLLE

Spoletta HUBERT FRANCIS/ALED HALL

Cesare Angelotti YURIY YURCHUK/CHUMA SIJEQA

Sacristan JEREMY WHITE/ALEXANDER KÖPECZI

Sciarrone JIHOON KIM/SIMON WILDING

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Nabucco

20 December 2021–23 January 2022

The Royal Opera, co-production with La Scala, Milan, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Main Stage

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Mrs. Alfiya Askar Abulkhair and Timur Kuanyshev and Melinda and Donald Quintin.

The tragic story of a desperate father’s descent into madness, his two daughters torn apart by their love for the same man, is set against the epic biblical backdrop of the Israelites’ exile from their homeland in Verdi’s early masterpiece. The opera was an instant success at its 1842 premiere, with the famed Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (‘Va, pensiero’) taking on an anthemic political resonance that lasts to this day. For this revival of Daniele Abbado’s 2013 production, Daniel Oren conducts Enkhbat Amartuvshin as Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) King of the Babylonians, Anna Netrebko as the scheming princess Abigaille (sharing the role with Liudmyla Monastyrska) and Alexander Vinogradov as the high priest Zaccaria.

Creative Team

Conductor DANIEL OREN

Director DANIELE ABBADO

Associate Director BORIS STETKA

Designer ALISON CHITTY

Lighting designer ALESSANDRO CARLETTI

Video designer LUCA SCARZELLA

Movement director SIMONA BUCCI

Cast

Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) ENKHBAT AMARTUVSHIN

Abigaille LIUDMYLA MONASTYRSKA/ANNA NETREBKO

Zaccaria ALEXANDER VINOGRADOV

Fenena VASILISA BERZHANSKAYA

Ismaele NAJMIDDIN MAVLYANOV

High Priest of Baal BLAISE MALABA

Anna APRIL KOYEJO-AUDIGER

Abdallo ANDRÉS PRESNO

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Marriage of Figaro

9–27 January 2022

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE

From the headlong rush of the overture, Mozart’s timeless comedy is a breathless journey through one very eventful day in the life of an 1830s château. Figaro and his bride Susanna conspire to foil the unwanted advances of Count Almaviva, while the Countess has her heart stolen by a cross-dressing pageboy. Mozart’s music unfolds with beautiful solos and ensembles to amplify the deep emotions behind the seemingly farcical surface. Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano brings his specialist perspective to Mozart’s effervescent score, sharing the baton with Christopher Willis. A young and predominantly Italian cast perform this revival of David McVicar’s sumptuous and hugely popular period staging.

Creative Team

Conductors ANTONIO PAPPANO/CHRISTOPHER WILLIS

Director DAVID MCVICAR

Designer TANYA MCCALLIN

Lighting designer PAULE CONSTABLE

Movement director LEAH HAUSMAN

Cast

Figaro RICCARDO FASSI

Susanna GIULIA SEMENZATO

Count Almaviva DAVIDE LUCIANO

Countess Almaviva FEDERICA LOMBARDI

Cherubino HANNA HIPP

Don Basilio GREGORY BONFATTI

Marcellina MONICA BACELLI

Bartolo GIANLUCA BURATTO

Antonio JEREMY WHITE

Barbarina ALEXANDRA LOWE

Don Curzio ALASDAIR ELLIOTT

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Theodora

31 January–16 February 2022

The Royal Opera, co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid

Main Stage

Music George Frideric Handel

Sung in English with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Charles Holloway, Crevan O’Grady and Jane McClenahan and Susan and John Singer.

The Royal Opera continues its celebration of the operas and oratorios Handel wrote for Covent Garden with a new production of his late masterpiece, Theodora, in which love transcends political tyranny. Theodora is persecuted for her religious beliefs, but her virtue inspires the devotion of one of her oppressors. Joyce DiDonato and rising stars Julia Bullock and Jakub Józef Orliński lead an international cast of baroque specialists with some of Handel’s greatest choruses, matched in brilliance by arias and duets of profound dignity and humanity. Director Katie Mitchell views the story through the lens of contemporary religious terrorism, and gives a modern, feminist context to a work not heard at Covent Garden since 1750.

Creative Team

Conductor HARRY BICKET

Director KATIE MITCHELL

Set designer CHLOE LAMFORD

Costume designer SUSSIE JUHLIN-WALLÉN

Lighting designer JAMES FARNCOMBE

Movement director SHELLEY MAXWELL

Cast

Theodora JULIA BULLOCK

Irene JOYCE DIDONATO

Didymus JAKUB JÓZEF ORLIŃSKI

Septimus ED LYON

Valens GYULA ORENDT

Messenger THANDO MJANDANA

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Bajazet

4–12 February 2022

The Royal Opera, co-production with Irish National Opera

Linbury Theatre

Music Antonio Vivaldi

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Culture Ireland

A recent revival of interest in Vivaldi’s operas has introduced modern audiences to the adrenalin rush of his instrumentally virtuosic vocal writing. His opera Bajazet, first performed in Verona in 1735, is an extraordinary thriller set in a dark, tense, claustrophobic environment. Powerful men and strong women negotiate their relationships as desires of the heart clash with rank and duty. The drama is brought to life in the intimate setting of the Linbury Theatre by director Adele Thomas, experienced in this repertory. The Royal Opera and Irish National Opera, whose production of Vivaldi’s Griselda made waves in 2019, join forces for this wonderful opportunity to discover Vivaldi – and Baroque opera – anew.

Creative Team

Conductor PETER WHELAN

Director ADELE THOMAS

Set and costume designer MOLLY O’CATHAIN

Lighting designer SINÉAD WALLACE

Cast

Bajazet GIANLUCA MARGHERI

Tamerlano JAMES LAING

Asteria NIAMH O’SULLIVAN

Andronicus ERIC JURENAS

Irene RACHEL KELLY

Idaspe AOIFE MISKELLY

Irish Baroque Orchestra

Draft Works

The Royal Ballet

15–16 February 2021

Linbury Theatre

Generous philanthropic support from AUD JEBSEN

Draft Works gives audiences an opportunity to see new creative processes at work. Encouraging fresh thinking and giving insights into rising talent, two programmes bring together a sample of new choreographic ideas from Royal Ballet dancers and guest collaborators as well as from the newly appointed Royal Ballet Emerging Choreographer. The intimacy of the Clore Studio allows audiences to see movement at the choreographic cutting edge up close.

The Nutcracker

23 November 2021–8 January 2022

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Choreography PETER WRIGHT after LEV IVANOV

Music PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Generous philanthropic support from SIR LLOYD and LADY DORFMAN, KENNETH and SUSAN GREEN, LINDSAY and SARAH TOMLINSON, MELINDA and DONALD QUINTIN and THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ENDOWMENT FUND

Production supported by Van Cleef & Arpels.

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet and makes for a sparkling festive treat for the whole family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a story of magic on Christmas Eve, and the journey of Clara and her Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments. Peter Wright’s gorgeous production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, and the many solo roles and ensembles show the world-class skills of the Company at its best.

Creative Team

Original scenario MARIUS PETIPA after E.T.A HOFFMANN’S Nussknacker und Mausekonig

Production and scenario PETER WRIGHT

Designer JULIA TREVELYAN OMAN

Lighting designer MARK HENDERSON

Production consultant ROLAND JOHN WILEY

Conductors BARRY WORDSWORTH/JONATHAN LO/KOEN KESSELS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Swan Lake

1–25 March 2022 / 4–28 May 2022

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Choreography MARIUS PETIPA and LEV IVANOV

Music PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Generous philanthropic support from DOUG and CERI KING, SUSAN and JOHN BURNS, RICKI GAIL and ROBERT CONWAY, KENNETH and SUSAN GREEN and THE J P JACOBS CHARITABLE TRUST.

Supported by Boodles

The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Opera House stage after its 2020 revival was cut short by the pandemic’s closure of theatres. The reimagining of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s towering masterpiece by Liam Scarlett is testament to the late choreographer’s abiding love of classicism and innate musicality which shine through the production. With its sublime score by Tchaikovsky and glittering designs by John Macfarlane, an irresistible mix of spectacle, mystery and passion infuses this audience favourite, one of the best-loved works in the 19th-century classical ballet canon.

Creative Team

Production LIAM SCARLETT

Additional choreography LIAM SCARLETT and FREDERICK ASHTON

Designer JOHN MACFARLANE

Lighting designer DAVID FINN

Conductors KOEN KESSELS/PAVEL SOROKIN

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival

9–24 March 2022

Linbury Theatre

Choreography ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER: ROSA/LYON OPERA BALLET/OLA MACIEJEWSKA

Music STEVE REICH/GAVIN GORDON

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival is an exciting new partnership with the High Jewellery Maison, a devotee of dance ever since its foundation. A showcase of modern and contemporary choreographic repertory, featuring both established and new work, aims to support dance creation today. The initiative will be inaugurated in the form of a festival in London developed in partnership with other cultural institutions. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Fase: Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich and Ola Maciejewska’s Bombyx Mori will be among the works presented.

Peter Grimes

17–31 March 2022

The Royal Opera co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and L’Opéra National de Paris

Main Stage

Music Benjamin Britten

Sung in English with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Peter and Fiona Espenhahn, Gini and Richard Gabbertas and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

Following Deborah Warner’s award-winning production of Billy Budd in 2019, The Royal Opera continues its Benjamin Britten series with her new production of Peter Grimes, which had its premiere in Madrid in April 2021. Warner’s sympathetic approach to Britten’s sombre parable foregrounds the complexity of Peter Grimes himself and the tragic conflict between the group and the individual. Mark Elder conducts a cast that includes British singers Allan Clayton, Bryn Terfel and John Tomlinson, alongside Maria Bengtsson and former Jette Parker Young Artist Jacques Imbrailo.

Creative team

Conductor MARK ELDER

Director DEBORAH WARNER

Set designer MICHAEL LEVINE

Costume designer LUIS F. CARVALHO

Lighting designer PETER MUMFORD

Movement director KIM BRANDSTRUP

Cast

Peter Grimes ALLAN CLAYTON

Ellen Orford MARIA BENGTSSON

Captain Balstrode BRYN TERFEL

Swallow JOHN TOMLINSON

Ned Keene JACQUES IMBRAILO

Auntie CATHERINE WYN-ROGERS

Mrs Sedley ROSIE ALDRIDGE

Bob Boles JOHN GRAHAM-HALL

First Niece JENNIFER FRANCE

Second Niece ALEXANDRA LOWE

Rev. Horace Adams JAMES GILCHRIST

Hobson STEPHEN RICHARDSON

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

New Kyle Abraham / Solo Echo / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

28 March–7 April 2022

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Generous philanthropic support from SIR LLOYD and LADY DORFMAN and the FRIENDS OF COVENT

GARDEN DGV: DANSE À GRANDE VITESSE Artistic Associate CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON generously supported by KENNETH and SUSAN GREEN

Three of the world’s most exciting contemporary choreographers come together in an extraordinary showcase of modern ballet that includes the world premiere of a new work by Kyle Abraham, an innovative new voice in ballet. Love, loss and acceptance are at the heart of Crystal Pite’s moving and melancholic Solo Echo, inspired by Mark Strand’s poem ‘Lines for Winter’, and set to Brahms’s sonatas for cello and piano. Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon’s energetic DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, created for The Royal Ballet in 2006, is a mesmerising blend of movement and metaphor set to a compelling score by Michael Nyman., created for The Royal Ballet in 2006, is a mesmerising blend of movement and metaphor set to a compelling score by Michael Nyman.

Creative Team

World premiere

NEW KYLE ABRAHAM

Choreography KYLE ABRAHAM

SOLO ECHO

Choreography CRYSTAL PITE

Music JOHANNES BRAHMS

Scenic design JAY GOWER TAYLOR

Costume design CRYSTAL PITE / JOKE VISSER

Lighting design TOM VISSER

DGV: DANSE À GRANDE VITESSE

Choreography CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

Music MICHAEL NYMAN

Designer JEAN-MARC PUISSANT

Lighting JENNIFER TIPTON

Conductor KOEN KESSELS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Dark Crystal: Odyssey

1–23 April 2022

Linbury Theatre

Director/ Choreographer Wayne McGregor

Music Joel Cadbury

World premiere. A co-production between THE ROYAL BALLET and STUDIO WAYNE MCGREGOR in association with THE JIM HENSON COMPANY

The Dark Crystal: Odyssey. A thousand years ago this land was green and good. Until the crystal cracked… Based on Jim Henson’s iconic 1982 movie and featuring the startling performers of Company Wayne McGregor, this is a magical coming-of-age story – the journey of a reluctant hero who must bring healing to his world. A team of world-class collaborators, led by director and choreographer Wayne McGregor includes artists Brian and Wendy Froud, composer Joel Cadbury, digital designers kontrastmoment, lighting designer Lucy Carter, dramaturg Uzma Hameed, costume designer Philip Delamore, face- and body-artist Alex Box, and a puppet narrator from The Jim Henson Company. Together they create a breath-taking, timeless myth of courage and self-sacrifice for all generations.

Creative Team

Creative consultants BRIAN and WENDY FROUD

Music JOEL CADBURY

Lighting LUCY CARTER

Dramaturg UZMA HAMEED

Animation KONTRASTMOMENT

Costume PHILIP DELAMORE

Face and body design ALEX BOX

Puppet JIM HENSON’S CREATURE SHOP

Lohengrin

19 April–14 May 2022

The Royal Opera, co-production with Opera Vlaanderen

Main Stage

Music Richard Wagner

Sung in German with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from Aud Jebsen and Bertrand and Elisabeth Meunier.

David Alden’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s early masterpiece, first seen in 2018, places the opera in the timeless setting of a bombed-out city – a dystopian world threatened from outside, where the people are looking for both a sense of direction and a new leader. American heldentenor Brandon Jovanovich leads the cast as the mysterious ‘swan knight’ Lohengrin, sent to defend the accused Elsa von Brabant, under the condition that she must never ask his true identity. Former Jette Parker Young Artists Jennifer Davis and Kostas Smoriginas return to Covent Garden as Elsa and the wicked Friedrich von Telramund, while Anna Smirnova and Maida Hundeling share the role of Telramund’s evil wife Ortrud. Jakub Hrůša conducts.

Creative Team

Conductor JAKUB HRŮŠA

Director DAVID ALDEN

Set designer PAUL STEINBERG

Costume designer GIDEON DAVEY

Lighting designer ADAM SILVERMAN

Video designer TAL ROSNER

Movement director MAXINE BRAHAM

Cast

Lohengrin BRANDON JOVANOVICH

Elsa von Brabant JENNIFER DAVIS

Ortrud ANNA SMIRNOVA/MAIDA HUNDELING

Friedrich von Telramund KOSTAS SMORIGINAS

King Heinrich GÁBOR BRETZ

Herald DEREK WELTON

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Scènes de ballet / A Month in the Country / Rhapsody

22 April–2 May 2022

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Choreography FREDERICK ASHTON

Music IGOR STRAVINSKY/FRYDERYK CHOPIN arranged JOHN LANCHBERY/SERGEY RACHMANINOFF

Generous philanthropic support from AUD JEBSEN and THE PATRONS OF COVENT GARDEN SCÈNES DE BALLET – Generous philanthropic support from LINDSAY and SARAH TOMLINSON

Frederick Ashton, The Royal Ballet’s founder choreographer, created a remarkable range of ballets. In this mixed programme, the detailed characters and heightened emotional drama of A Month in the Country are contrasted with the dazzling and chic Scènes de ballet. The programme finishes with the celebratory flourish of Rhapsody – Ashton’s tribute to virtuoso dance. This showcase of Ashton’s different styles presents the Company’s legacy, as today’s dancers take on celebrated heritage roles.

Creative Team

SCÈNES DE BALLET

Designer ANDRÉ BEAUREPAIRE

Lighting designer JOHN B. READ

A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY

Designer JULIA TREVELYAN OMAN

Original lighting designer WILLIAM BUNDY

Lighting designer JOHN CHARLTON

RHAPSODY

Set designer FREDERICK ASHTON

Costume designs WILLIAM CHAPPELL re-created by NATALIA STEWART

Lighting designer PETER TEIGEN

Conductor EMMANUEL PLASSON

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Insight ASHTON REDISCOVERED

Date TBC

Linbury Theatre

The 10th anniversary of the Frederick Ashton Foundation is marked with an unmissable Insight into the genius of Ashton. Find out more about the master choreographer’s work and legacy in an evening of live performance and specially commissioned film.

Don Pasquale

3–20 May 2022

The Royal Opera co-production with Opéra National de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Main Stage

Music Gaetano Donizetti

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Donizetti’s comedic tale of trickery and deception has delighted and surprised audiences for centuries. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him, with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind, in combination with Donizetti’s sparkling score remains as fun and full of life as ever. Returning after a successful run in 2019, Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

Creative Team

Conductor GIACOMO SAGRIPANTI

Director DAMIANO MICHIELETTO

Set designer PAOLO FANTIN

Costume designer AGOSTINO CAVALCA

Lighting designer ALESSANDRO CARLETTI

Video designer ROCAFILM

Cast

Don Pasquale ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO

Norina PRETTY YENDE/ZUZANA MARKOVÁ

Ernesto XABIER ANDUAGA

Malatesta ANDRZEJ FILOŃCZYK

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Samson et Dalila

26 May–19 June 2022

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Camille Saint-Saëns

Sung in French with English surtitles

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE. Generous philanthropic support from Gini and Richard Gabbertas, Alan and Caroline Howard, Aud Jebsen, Trifon and Despina Natsis and Simon and Virginia Robertson.

Pious restraint comes face to face with sensuous hedonism in Camille Saint-Saëns’s grand-opera retelling of the Bible story of Samson and Delilah. Multi-Olivier Award winning director Richard Jones returns to The Royal Opera to stage this spectacular fin-de-siècle masterpiece, not performed at Covent Garden in over 40 years. Elīna Garanča stars as the Philistine Dalila, Nicky Spence as the inspiring Jewish hero Samson and Antonio Pappano conducts the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. With superb singing in solos and duets of great intimacy and fervour, gorgeous music with thrilling orchestral interludes, and splendid choral numbers for the Royal Opera Chorus – this will be an opera evening to remember.

Creative Team

Conductor ANTONIO PAPPANO

Director RICHARD JONES

Set designer HYEMI SHIN

Costume designer NICKY GILLIBRAND

Lighting designer ANDREAS FUCHS

Movement director LUCY BURGE

Cast

Samson NICKY SPENCE

Dalila ELĪNA GARANČA

High Priest of Dagon LUKASZ GOLINSKI

First Philistine ALAN PINGARRÓN

Second Philistine CHUMA SIJEQA

Philistine Messenger THANDO MJANDANA

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Royal Ballet presents Next Generation Festival

1–21 June 2022

The Next Generation Festival celebrates a wealth of emerging artists from junior companies and premier dance schools drawn from the UK, across Europe and around the world. Across the festival, there will be performances by many companies to create a great occasion for both performers and audiences. Enjoy dance of today and see something of the art form’s fantastic potential and vibrant future.

Guest companies to be announced.

Like Water for Chocolate

1–17 June 2022

The Royal Ballet

Main Stage

Choreography CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

Music JOBY TALBOT

World premiere

THE ROYAL BALLET

A co-production between THE ROYAL BALLET and AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE

Artistic Associate CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON generously supported by KENNETH and SUSAN GREEN Generous philanthropic support from RICHARD and DELIA BAKER, SUSAN and JOHN BURNS, SUE BUTCHER, SIR LLOYD and LADY DORFMAN, CHARLES HOLLOWAY, LINDSAY and SARAH TOMLINSON and THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ENDOWMENT FUND

A modern Mexican classic of magic realism provides the basis for The Royal Ballet’s new full-length work, reuniting Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale into dance, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley. Journey into Laura Esquivel’s captivating family saga where the central character’s emotions spill out through cooking to influence everyone around her in startling and dramatic ways. In this co-production with American Ballet Theatre, Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra acts as musical consultant for Talbot’s newly commissioned score, with Wheeldon working closely with Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story as an entertaining and engrossing new ballet.

Creative Team

Designer BOB CROWLEY

Lighting designer NATASHA KATZ

Video designer LUKE HALLS

Music consultant ALONDRA DE LA PARRA

Inspired by the book by LAURA ESQUIVEL

Conductor ALONDRA DE LA PARRA

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Madama Butterfly

14 June–6 July 2022

The Royal Opera, co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Main Stage

Music Giacomo Puccini

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

The clash of Eastern and Western cultures proves the downfall of a young geisha in one of the most popular of all Italian operas. Lianna Haroutounian takes the title role in four performances of this revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s elegant production for The Royal Opera, inspired by 19th-century European images of Japan. From the radiant happiness of Cio-Cio-San’s ‘Ancora un passo’, to the devastating pathos of ‘Un bel dì vedremo’ as she longs for the ‘fine day’ when her husband will return, Puccini’s music evokes the shifting perspectives within the Japanese setting: sensual and seductive at the outset, yet brutal and heartbreaking by the end. Further casting for the title role to be announced.

Creative team

Conductor DAN ETTINGER

Directors MOSHE LEISER/PATRICE CAURIER

Set designer CHRISTIAN FENOUILLAT

Costume designer AGOSTINO CAVALCA

Lighting designer CHRISTOPHE FOREY

Cast

Cio-Cio-San LIANNA HAROUTOUNIAN

Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton FREDDIE DE TOMMASO/GIANLUCA TERRANOVA

Sharpless LUCAS MEACHEM/GYULA NAGY

Suzuki KSENIIA NIKOLAIEVA

Goro ALEXANDER KRAVETS

The Bonze JEREMY WHITE

Kate Pinkerton RACHAEL LLOYD

Prince Yamadori ALAN PINGARRÓN

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Violet

23 June 2022

The Royal Opera in association with Hackney Empire a co-commission and co-production by music Theatre Wales, Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera

Hackney Empire

Music Tom Coult

Sung in English with English surtitles

In a muddied nightdress, in a country kitchen, Violet finally smiles. For years, her tired daily routine has been dictated by the inescapable chime of the Clock Tower, until one night she feels time quicken. Suddenly an hour is lost – every day. As the hours disappear, long-held certainties evaporate and ordered society falls into disarray. With the townspeople in crisis, can Violet finally escape? Presented at Hackney Empire and combining the acclaimed talents of playwright Alice Birch, known for her powerful female-centered writing, and rising star composer Tom Coult, this is opera for now and about now.

Creative team

Libretto ALICE BIRCH

Conductor ANDREW GOURLAY

Director JUDE CHRISTIAN

Designer ROSIE ELNILE

Costume designer CÉCILE TRÉMOLIÈRES

Lighting designer JOSHUA PHARO

Cast

Violet ELIZABETH ATHERTON

Laura FRANCES GREGORY

Felix ELLIOTT CARLTON HINES

LONDON SINFONIETTA

Così fan tutte

25 June–9 July 2022

The Royal Opera

Main stage

Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from the Patrons of Covent Garden

Following a bet, two young men disguise themselves and attempt to seduce each other’s girlfriends with unexpected and comical results. The lovers learn, in director Jan Philipp Gloger’s words, that ‘love is not a God-given thing, but something that we have to fight for, find, define, create and dream newly, almost every day’. Mozart’s beautiful score contains some of the composer’s most attractive arias and is packed with humour. In the 19th century many viewed its plot as immoral or even cruel. However, since the second half of the 20th century its wonderful music and Mozart and librettist Da Ponte’s witty, compassionate examination of young love have ensured its lasting popularity.

Creative team

Conductor JULIA JONES

Director JAN PHILIPP GLOGER

Set designer BEN BAUR

Costume designer KARIN JUD

Lighting designer BERND PURKRABEK

Dramaturg KATHARINA JOHN

Cast

Fiordiligi JENNIFER DAVIS

Dorabella JULIE BOULIANNE

Ferrando BOGDAN VOLKOV

Guglielmo GORDON BINTNER

Despina SERENA GAMBERONI

Don Alfonso LUCIO GALLO

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

5–20 July 2022

The Royal Opera, co-production with Goteborgs Operan. Opera Australia, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

Main Stage

Music Pietro Mascagni/Ruggero Leoncavallo

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE. Generous philanthropic support from Spindrift al Swaidi, Martin and Jane Houston, Aud Jebsen and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Supported by Rolex.

Damiano Michieletto’s Olivier Award-winning double production draws these opera classics together in a thrillingly observed re-creation of life in a southern Italian village. Emotions erupt as a travelling theatre visits, leading to shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. Antonio Pappano conducts a star cast led by Jonas Kaufmann, in the dual roles of Turridu and Canio, alongside Royal Opera favourites Ermonela Jaho (Nedda), Anita Rachvelishvili (Santuzza) and Dimitri Platanias (Alfio/ Tonio). With intense drama and passionate, instantly recognisable melodies, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful evening out the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

Creative Team

Conductor ANTONIO PAPPANO

Director DAMIANO MICHIELETTO

Set designer PAOLO FANTIN

Costume designer CARLA TETI

Lighting designer ALESSANDRO CARLETTI

Cast

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Turiddu JONAS KAUFMANN

Santuzza ANITA RACHVELISHVILI

Alfio DIMITRI PLATANIAS

Lola AIGUL AKHMETSHINA

Mamma Lucia ELENA ZILIO

PAGLIACCI

Canio JONAS KAUFMANN

Tonio DIMITRI PLATANIAS

Nedda ERMONELA JAHO

Silvio MATTIA OLIVIERI

Beppe EGOR ZHURAVSKII

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Blue Woman

6–11 July 2022

The Royal Opera co-production with Britten Pears Arts

Linbury Theatre

Music Laura Bowler

Sung in English with English surtitles

The Blue Woman explores the psychological aftermath of sexual violence on women. It excavates the interior landscape of one woman, who has experienced a post-traumatic shattering of self as a consequence of being raped. It follows her as she searches a nameless city looking for what was taken. Wrapped around the central spine of the story are fragments of text, from other women of different ages, who have all been victims of sexual violence. Formally experimental, the structure of the opera mirrors the journey of fracture and reform that the Woman goes on. The Blue Woman provokes a conversation between how operas deal with violence against women and our modern day understanding of this reality.

Creative Team

Libretto LAURA LOMAS

Director KATIE MITCHELL

Cast

ELAINE MITCHENER

GWENETH ANN RAND

LUCY SCHAUFER

ROSIE MIDDLETON

Otello

12–24 July 2022

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from the Friends of Covent Garden

Verdi’s Shakespeare-inspired penultimate opera marks the culmination of the composer’s genius, and is one of the most powerful works in the repertory. The perfect marriage of music and drama, with scenes ranging from the grand and ceremonial to those of exquisite intimacy, Otello charts the fall of an all-powerful leader from the radiance of power to the darkness of deluded jealousy. American tenor Russell Thomas takes on the title role for which he is becoming increasingly renowned, alongside Armenian soprano Hrachuhí Bassénz as Desdemona and British baritone Christopher Maltman as Otello’s nemesis Iago. Daniele Rustioni conducts this revival of Keith Warner’s brooding and insightful production.

Creative Team

Conductor DANIELE RUSTIONI

Director KEITH WARNER

Set designer BORIS KUDLIČKA

Costume designer KASPAR GLARNER

Lighting designer BRUNO POET

Movement director MICHAEL BARRY

Fight director RAN ARTHUR BRAUN

Cast

Otello RUSSELL THOMAS

Desdemona HRACHUHÍ BASSÉNZ

Iago CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN

Cassio PIOTR BUSZEWSKI

Roderigo ANDRÉS PRESNO

Emilia KSENIIA NIKOLAIEVA

Montano BLAISE MALABA

Lodovico ALEXANDER KÖPECZI

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance

16 July

Main Stage

The Royal Ballet School’s annual matinee is an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the ballet stars of the future as these supremely talented young dancers demonstrate the skills and artistry they have learned at one of the world’s greatest ballet schools. The programme draws on choreography from across the repertory, with extracts from classical heritage and more contemporary works danced by students from all years in the School.

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Attila in Concert

19–22 July 2022

The Royal Opera

Main Stage

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Italian conductor Speranza Scappucci makes her Royal Opera debut conducting these special concert performances of Verdi’s second opera for La Fenice in Venice, which tells the founding story of the city itself after the destruction of Aquileia by Attila, King of the Huns. This is a rare opportunity to experience one of Verdi’s most stirring operas with a fantastic cast that includes Ildar Abdrazakov as the conquering Attila, Sondra Radvanovsky as Odabella, daughter of the Lord of the fateful Aquileia, Joseph Calleja as her lover Foresto and Simon Keenlyside as the heroic Roman General Ezio.

Conductor SPERANZA SCAPPUCCI

Attila ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV

Odabella SONDRA RADVANOVSKY

Ezio SIMON KEENLYSIDE

Foresto JOSEPH CALLEJA

Uldino EGOR ZHURAVSKII

ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

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