Royal Ballet and Royal Opera: 2016 / 2017 Season

ROH_RBThe new Royal Opera & Ballet season has been announced, here are the dates for your diary.

26th September 2016 – Royal Opera House: Norma

17th October 2016 – Royal Opera House: Cosi Fan Tutte

2nd November 2016 – Royal Ballet: Anastasia

15th November 2016 – Royal Opera House: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

8th December 2016 – Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

31st January 2017 – Royal Opera House: Il Trovatore

8th February 2017 – Royal Ballet: Woolf Works

28th February 2017 – Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

30th March 2017 – Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

11th April 2017 – Royal Ballet: Jewels

7th June 2017 – Royal Ballet: The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite & Armand

28th June 2017 – Royal Opera House: Otello

Some cast details are still to be confirmed, we will update the event pages as information is received.

As usual, tickets will go on sale approximately six weeks before broadcast for members and five weeks for non-members.

Le Nozze di Figaro – Royal Opera House

Nozze di Figaro

We will be showing Le Nozze di Figaro live from the Royal Opera House, London on Monday 5th October at 7.00pm. 

Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s brilliant comic opera, starring Erwin Schrott and Anita Hartig with conductor Ivor Bolton.

Le nozze di Figaro was the first fruit of Mozart’s partnership with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte; they would go on to create Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. For Figaro, Da Ponte adapted Pierre Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro, which at the time was banned in Vienna due to its seditious content.

The opera was well received in Vienna but had only nine performances; its revival soon after in Prague was a tremendous success, and led to the commission of Don Giovanni. Figaro quickly entered the international repertory and has rarely been out of it since, admired as one of Mozart’s finest works.

David McVicar’s acclaimed production sets the action in a French château in 1830 on the eve of revolution, amplifying the opera’s undercurrents of class tension. The entire household is drawn into the notoriously complex plot, which covers all shades of human emotion: from spirited playfulness (such as ‘Non più andrai’, when Figaro cheerfully sends Cherubino off to war), to deep despair (such as the Countess’s grief at her husband’s infidelity in ‘Dove sono i bei momenti’). But affection and fidelity prevail in this most warm-hearted of operas: the Count’s plea for forgiveness in the final act, ‘Contessa, perdono’, is an especially moving moment.

Please arrive in time to register and order interval drinks should you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

 

William Tell – Royal Opera House

william-tellWe will be showing William Tell live from the Royal Opera House, London on Sunday 5th July 2015 at 2.45pm. 

The Swiss hero William Tell longs to liberate his people from the cruel Austrian occupation. When he helps a Swiss prisoner escape Austrian justice he comes to the attention of the governor Gesler – who sadistically forces Tell to shoot an apple off his son’s head…

Guillaume Tell had its premiere in 1829, when Gioachino Rossini was 37. He wouldn’t write another opera in the remaining 39 years of his life. Rossini’s letters suggest he knew Guillaume Tell would be his farewell to opera – an idea that seems to be confirmed by the magnificent music he was inspired to produce. The score – harmonically daring and fiercely difficult for the singers – has an opulent architectural grandeur, heightened with vivid evocations of the soaring Swiss landscape and an incisive dramatic interpretation of Schiller’s heroic play.

Italian rising star Damiano Michieletto (La bohème and Falstaff at Salzburg Festival; Un ballo in maschera at La Scala, Milan) makes his Royal Opera House debut with a contemporary production for The Royal Opera, the Company’s first since 1990. Rossini made full use of his considerable powers of invention to create some of his greatest music, with highlights such as Tell’s Act III aria ‘Sois immobile’ and the astonishing Act II trio ‘Quand l’Helvétie est un champ de supplices’ clearly paving the way for Berlioz, Verdi and Wagner.

 

Please arrive by 2.15pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

La bohème – Royal Opera House

bohemeWe will be showing La bohème live from the Royal Opera House, London on Wednesday 10th June 2015 (sold out).

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera, told in vivid detail in this classic production.

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimì needs, Rodolpho separates from her…

La bohème had a lukewarm reception at its premiere in 1896, but its fortunes changed almost immediately. Giacomo Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences round the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than 500 performances here since.

Rodolfo and Mimì’s love story is given moving expression through Puccini’s score, from their first meeting in Act I (a scene which contains some of the composer’s most exquisite arias and duets) to their poignant reunion in Act IV. These moments of emotional intensity are contrasted with the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and surrounding streets in Act II, where Puccini presents a cross-section of Parisian society in all its noise and vibrancy.

 

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – Royal Opera House

MahagonnyWe will be showing Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny live from the Royal Opera House, London on Wednesday 1st April 2015. 

John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s furiously impassioned operatic satire on consumerism.

Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city – Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jim Mahoney with his three friends.

The city swells with debauchery. Jim and Jenny try to escape, but find themselves still in Mahagonny. Jim is arrested and convicted of myriad crimes – chief among them a lack of money…

 

  • Conductor – Mark Wigglesworth
  • Orchestra – Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Leokadja Begbick – Anne Sofie von Otter
  • Fatty – Peter Hoare
  • Trinity Moses – Willard W. White
  • Jenny Smith – Christine Rice
  • Jimmy MacIntyre – Kurt Streit
  • Jack O’Brien – Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
  • Bank Account Billy – Darren Jeffery
  • Alaska Wolf Joe – Neal Davies
  • Toby Higgins – Hubert Francis
  • Chorus – Royal Opera Chorus
  • Concert Master – Sergey Levitin
  • Music – Kurt Weill
  • Libretto – Bertolt Brecht
  • Director – John Fulljames

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Der Fliegende Holländer – Royal Opera House

flying dutchmanWe will be showing Der Fliegende Holländer live from the Royal Opera House, London on Tuesday 24th February 2015. 

The Flying Dutchman has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape from her dreary life.

Senta accepts the Dutchman’s offer of marriage. But the Dutchman wrongly suspects her of unfaithfulness. Thinking he’s protecting her, he leaves to resume his endless voyaging. Senta is left alone.

Credits

Music & LIbretto: Richard Wagner
Director: Tim Albery
Set designs: Michael Levine
Costume designs: Constance Hoffman
Lighting design: David Finn
Movement: Philippe Giraudeau

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Andrea Chénier – Royal Opera House

Andrea ChenierWe will be showing Andrea Chénier live from the Royal Opera House, London on Thursday 29th January 2015. 

The poet Andrea Chénier and the servant Carlo Gérard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chénier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gérard, now a powerful official.

Chénier is arrested during the Terror. Gérard, spurred by his jealousy, condemns him. Maddalena makes a desperate appeal, and Gérard tries, too late, to defend Chénier. Gérard helps Maddalena to join Chénier in prison, and the lovers face the guillotine together.

David McVicar directs this new production of Umberto Giordano’s passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

L’elisir d’amore – Royal Opera House

L'elisir d'amoreWe will be showing L’elisir d’amore live from the Royal Opera House, London on Wednesday 26th November 2014. 

Nemorino, a naive village boy, is besotted with Adina, a farm owner. She rejects his declarations of love. Fortunately, Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a ‘love potion’ to help him win her heart.

L’elisir d’amore is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti’s operas. It combines a touching love story and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including the much-loved aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. The opera’s premiere in Milan in 1832 was a triumph and secured Donizetti’s place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day.

The Royal Opera’s charming production is set in the sun-drenched countryside of 1950s Italy, complete with haystacks, Vespas and even a stray dog. It is injected with lively, visual humour, from Nemorino’s tipsy clowning to Dulcamara’s lumbering truck from which he sells his quack remedies. Donizetti deftly brings his characters alive with a sparkling score: Nemorino’s love for Adina is expressed through lyrical arias; Adina’s animated, flamboyant style softens as her feelings towards Nemorino begin to change – and all the while Dulcamara endlessly chatters away with irrepressible self-belief.

Performers

Conductor
Daniele Rustioni
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Adina
Lucy Crowe
Nemorino
Vittorio Grigolo
Dulcamara
Bryn Terfel
Belcore
Levente Molnár
Giannetta
Kiandra Howarth
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Sergey Levitin

 

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

I due Foscari – Royal Opera House

i Due FoscariWe will be showing I due Foscari live from the Royal Opera House, London on Monday 27th October 2014. 

Jacopo Foscari, son of the Doge of Venice, is convicted of murder and treason. His wife Lucrezia is sure of his innocence. But the Doge, trapped by the machinations of a corrupt city, is forced to make a terrible decision.

I due Foscari, Verdi’s sixth opera, is one of his darkest and saddest. At its heart is a father’s realization that there is nothing he can do to protect his family against the world’s cruelties. The 31-year-old composer may well have drawn on his own devastating experience of losing his wife and two infant children a few years earlier. But despite the opera’s sombre soul, the music for I due Foscari contains exhilarating forerunners of Verdi’s later style – particularly in the fiercely virtuosic writing for the heroine Lucrezia and her magnificent duets with the Doge in Act I and with her doomed husband in Act II.

American director Thaddeus Strassberger, making his Royal Opera debut, depicts a Venice that is rotten to its core. Mattie Ullrich’s opulent costume designs reference the opera’s 15th-century setting while suggesting the corruption lurking beneath. The spare sets of award-winning British designer Kevin Knight illustrate the Foscaris’ isolation and the decay of the city, before flaring out into grand guignol for the opera’s brilliant Act III carnival.

 

Performers

Conductor
Antonio Pappano
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Francesco Foscari
Plácido Domingo
Jacopo Foscari
Francesco Meli
Lucrezia Contarini
Maria Agresta
Jacopo Loredano
Maurizio Muraro
Barbarigo
Samuel Sakker
Pisana
Rachel Kelly
Fante
Lee Hickenbottom
Servant
John Morrissey
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Peter Manning

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Don Giovanni – Royal Opera House

Don GiovanniWe will be showing Don Giovanni live from the Royal Opera House, London at 6.45pm, Wednesday 12th February 2014. 

The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni – first staged in 1787 – offers boundless scope for directors. Kasper Holten offers a new interpretation that foregrounds the theme of imagination. Don Giovanni is cast as an artist who seduces an endless stream of women through his ability to create wonderful illusions. His catalogue of sexual conquests is a vain attempt to escape his own mortality and comes at a high price.

Holten presents an exciting visual universe that ranges from colourful comedy to exhilarating drama. Set designs by Es Devlin – who was most recently at Covent Garden with Les Troyens – and costume designs by Anja Vang Kragh (Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Christian Dior) complete an impressive creative team. The production highlights the beauty and invention of Mozart’s dazzling score, which ranges from gorgeous arias and dramatic duets to the brilliant layering of dance melodies that bring Act I to a virtuoso close.

Please arrive by 6.15pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish. The programme runs for approximately 3hrs 25 minutes including one interval.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Turandot – Royal Opera House

TurandotWe will be showing Turandot live from the Royal Opera House, London on Tuesday 17th September 2013. Please note that this date is now sold out.

Puccini’s musically sublime final opera, Turandot is a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love – this dark Oriental fairytale is brought to life by Andrei Serban’s spectacular production, with magnificent sets and elaborate masks by Sally Jacobs and costumes inspired by traditional Chinese theatre.

One of the greatest Turandot singers today, Lise Lindstrom makes her Royal Opera debut together with Marco Berti in the role of Prince Calaf.

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Please arrive by 7.00pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Nabucco – Royal Opera House

NabuccoWed/Thu 1 & 2 May 2013, 7.15pm
(please note that this is a delayed live broadcast and may be shown on other dates at venues in the UK)

Following the spectacular failure of his second opera, Un Giorno di Regno, Giuseppe Verdi vowed never to compose another. But he was lured back to the theatre by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario of La Scala, Milan, with the commission for Nabucco. The resulting opera was a triumph – first performed in 1842, it was revived the same year with a run of 57 shows. As Verdi wrote: ‘with this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began.’

Daniele Abbado’s production is set in the second half of the 20th century and makes imaginative use of large-scale video projections to accompany and reflect the action on stage. An enormous chorus lends weight to epic numbers such as ‘Immenso Jehova’ – the Hebrew Slaves’ triumphant hymn of thanksgiving – and their song of exile, ‘Va, pensiero’, which is considered by many to be Italy’s unofficial national anthem.

There are wonderful bass and baritone roles in the figures of Nabucco, the Babylonian King (based on the biblical King Nebuchadnezzar) and Zaccaria, the Hebrew prophet. And in Abigaille, Verdi created a memorable anti-heroine, at once terrifying and pitiable. Throughout, the score blends rhythmic vitality and powerful drama and is on a scale that does justice to the opera’s epic themes.

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) available from or by calling Jacqueline Teeney on 01298 872993.

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