The Royal Opera House Opens First Full Season Since Pandemic

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The Royal Opera House begins its 2021/22 season on 13 September, which includes 11 new opera and ballet productions and 20 revivals.

The season will open with Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto. This new production, created by the Royal Opera House’s director of opera Oliver Mears, marks his house directorial debut and stars Carlos Álvarez and Lisette Oropesa.

Highlights of the Royal Opera’s schedule include two world premieres—The Blue Woman and Wolf Witch Giant Fairy—as well as the first ever performance of a Vivaldi opera, Bajazet, at the Royal Opera House. The company will also present new productions of Britten’s Peter Grimes, Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Handel’s Theodora, and Janáček’s Jenůfa—the latter an anticipated delay from the truncated 2019/20 season.

Audience favourite revivals include Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Cosi Fan Tutte, Verdi’s Macbeth, Puccini’s Tosca, Wagner’s Lohengrin, and the famous verismo double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. There will also be performances of La Traviata, where six sopranos will share the title role.

The Royal Ballet, in its 90th anniversary year, presents a programme of classic favourites and new choreography. Its season will open on 5 October with Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic production of Romeo and Juliet. World premieres include Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Christopher Wheeldon’s Like Water for Chocolate, and a new piece by American choreographer Kyle Abraham.

Further information about the new season and details on where to purchase tickets can be found on the Royal Opera House’s website.

Words by Carmen Paddock


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Image Credit: Stephen Richards / Royal Opera House, Bow Street / CC BY-SA 2.0

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