The Royal Opera House announces its 2017/18 season

New productions:

The Royal Opera’s Season includes six new productions at
the Royal Opera House.

A new production of

La bohËme

will be directed by Richard Jones. David Alden will direct




: the latter, which will be conducted by Andris Nelsons – returning to the
House after his outstanding performances of Der Rosenkavalier
earlier this season – is the first staging of the opera at the
Royal Opera House since 1977. Barrie Kosky, returning to the House
after his critically acclaimed 2016 production of The Nose will


. One of the Season’s highlights’ will surely be

From the House of the Dead

directed by Polish theatre director Krzysztof Warlikowsi, making his UK
debut – a production which will initiate a complete survey of Jan·?ek’s
operatic oeuvre during the next six years. The Season will also see the
world premieres of George Benjamin
’s new opera,

Lessons in Love and Violence

directed by Katie Mitchell and Donizetti’s

L’ange de Nisida

, conducted by Mark Elder 179 years after it was completed.

Antonio Pappano will conduct two new productions as well as revivals of Macbeth (starring Serbian baritone éeljko Lu?i? in the title role
and Russian soprano Anna Netrebko as his ambitious, scheming wife) and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

In La BohËme, Australian soprano Nicole Car and former
Jette Parker Young Artist Romanian soprano Simona Mihai will share the role
of MimÏ, and American tenor Michael Fabiano will tackle the role of Rodolfo
for the first time at Covent Garden, following his debut as Lensky in 2015.
Joyce DiDonato will take the title role in Semiramide, which she
created for Alden’s production when it was given its premiere by the
Bavarian State Opera in February 2017. Semiramide was last seen at
Covent Garden in 1885 when Adelina Patti sang the title role; a concert
performance of the opera was given by the Royal Opera House in 1986.

Pappano, now in his 16th season with The Royal Opera, will also
conduct the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in a concert performance
with baritone Christian Gerhaher, and give a recital with Joyce DiDonato.


The Season’s programme also includes first revivals of Olivier

Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci

(Simon Keenlyside sings his first Tonio), the much-discussed

Lucia di Lammermoor

(Michele Mariotti conducts, American-Cuban soprano Lisette Oropesa debuts
as Lucia),

Les VÍpres siciliennes

and Philip Venables
UK Theatre Award-winning

4.48 Psychosis


The Season will also see revivals of Rigoletto, Falstaff, Die Zauberflˆte and Don Giovanni (as directed by
Kaspar Holten, and featuring Mariusz Kwiecie? in the title role, which he
created in this production in 2014).

Outside the House:

The Season also includes four premieres away from the Royal Opera House in
collaboration with a range of partners, co-producers and co-commissioners:
the world premieres of

Mark-Anthony Turnage

’s new opera Coraline at the Barbican Centre; Mamzer Bastard by Guildhall School of Music & Drama/Royal
Opera Composer in Residence Na’ama Zisser;
and a new work by Tansy Davies produced by London Sinfonietta in
association with The Royal Opera.

The Return of Ulysses
will be performed at theRoundhouse, andLa tragÈdie de Carmen will be performed at Wilton’s Music Hall by members of

Jette Parker Young Artist


The Royal Opera will collaborate with the V&A for an exhibition covering
almost 400 years of operatic history:

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

, which opens in September 2017.

Looking ahead to the 2018/19 Season, four full cycles of Keith Warner’s
production of

Der Ring des Nibelungen

will be performed between September and November 2018; booking details will
be available in autumn 2017.

During the 2017/18 Season, 12 productions — six from The Royal Opera and
six from The Royal Ballet — will be relayed live from Covent Garden to
cinemas around the world. The programme features a mixture of new
productions and classic works. Find your nearest cinema.