The Royal Opera House has announced details of its 2012-13 opera season - the first under director Kasper Holten and associate director John Fulljames, who will work together with music director Antonio Pappano.
The season features six new productions, including Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin directed by Kasper Holten, and lesser-known works, Rossini's La donna del lago directed by John Fulljames and Meyerbeer's Robert le diable directed by Laurent Pelly. There is also the UK premiere of Written on Skin by composer George Benjamin and librettist Martin Crimp – commissioned collectively by five European opera houses, starring soprano Barbara Hannigan and conducted by Benjamin himself.
Antonio Pappano leads celebrations of Verdi and Wagner bicentenaries, conducting performances of the season-opening (and now sold out) Ring cycle, directed by Keith Warner, in addition to revivals of Don Carlo directed by Nicholas Hytner and Simon Boccanegra directed by Elijah Moshinsky. The season also marks Britten’s centenary with a new production of Gloriana directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Paul Daniel, starring Susan Bullock and Toby Spence.
As always, there is an impressive roster of singers, including Plácido Domingo, who makes another baritone role debut in a new production of Verdi’s Nabucco, Jonas Kaufmann, Christine Rice, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Sarah Connolly, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Thomas Hampson, Roberto Alagna, Rolando Villazón, Angela Gheorghiu, Vittorio Grigolo and Barbara Frittoli.
The Royal Opera House Live Cincema Season features six operas – Les Troyens, La bohème, Eugene Onegin, Nabucco, Donna del lago and Gloriana.
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