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Melissa Bradshaw

Royal Opera House announces 2019/20 season

11:46, 14th May 2019

The Royal Opera House today launches its 2019/20 season, presenting 17 new productions including six world premieres, and celebrating 24 co-productions, co-commissions and partnerships.

Building on the success of 2019’s Berenice, director of Opera Oliver Mears brings more Handel to the company’s repertoire with Barrie Kosky’s new production of Agrippina, and the Jette Parker Young Artists performing in a new production of Susanna in the Linbury Theatre.

The company will also stage two new Britten productions: Death in Venice, directed by David McVicar, and The Turn of the Screw by Natalie Abrahami and Michael Levine, alongside operas designed specifically for family audiences including Anthony McDonald’s new production of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and a world premiere of Jules Maxwell’s adaptation of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing directed by Ben Wright. Staged with Candoco Dance Company, this ground-breaking new commission will feature a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians.

More season highlights include:

  • The world premiere of She Described It To Death, a co-commission between the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Royal Opera, composed by Matt Rogers and featuring a libretto by Sally O’Reilly
  • The Royal Ballet presents a season drawing on its rich cultural heritage while embracing the diverse and the contemporary, with five new productions including four world premieres featuring new commissions from Liam Scarlett, Cathy Marston and Pam Tanowitz
  • Jenůfa, the third production in the Royal Opera’s Leoš Janáček cycle, directed by Claus Guth and starring Asmik Grigorian who makes her Royal Opera debut in the title role
  • Cinema highlights to include The Royal Ballet’s Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and opera broadcasts featuring world-renowned opera stars such as Jonas Kaufmann in Fidelio, Bryn Terfel in Don Pasquale and Nina Stemme in Elektra

The Royal Opera House will partner with Doncaster through Doncaster Creates (Doncaster’s Culture Development programme), Cast (Doncaster’s £22m performance venue) and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to work with every school in Doncaster over three years, through the ROH National Learning Programme which has engaged more than 35,000 students, 531 schools and 1,255 teachers across the country so far this season. The Royal Ballet will also perform in a gala in Doncaster in Summer 2020.

Continuing to welcome diverse new audiences, The Royal Opera House’s programme of free and ticketed daytime festivals, activities and events encompasses almost 200 separate events over the course of the season and will include free lunchtime performances, the continuation of its Opera and Ballet Dots programme for children aged three months to five years, and 11 Family Sundays.

Full 2019/20 season listings can be found here.


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