• The remaining 2011-2012 season at the Royal Opera House

    What is left of the ROH - Covent Garden current season:


    Don Giovanni

    21 | 24 | 26 | 28 | 31 January
    3 | 16 | 18 | 21 | 23 | 26 | 29 February

    Mozart and Da Ponte’s serial seducer is back! Francesca Zambello’s fiery interpretation has two great casts, with Royal Opera regulars and audience favourites Gerald Finley and Erwin Schrott sharing the title role. The first of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas this Season, it is a musical masterpiece of a work and a visual treat of a production.



    Così fan tutte
    27 | 30 January
    2 | 4 | 7 | 10 | 13 February

    The second of the three Mozart-Da Ponte operas this Season is intimate and intense. This is Mozart at his finest. Colin Davis conducts in the repertory for which he is universally acclaimed. Jonathan Miller’s staging matches contemporary elegance with eternal truths as two men wager on their girlfriends’ fidelity with uneasy results. This is fine opera, a classic production and an ideal cast.




    Le nozze di Figaro
    11 | 14 | 17 | 20 | 22 | 24 | 28 February
    2 March

    One of the greatest of all operas, the third and final Mozart-Da Ponte opera of this Season returns in David McVicar’s stylish, acclaimed production. An extraordinarily fine cast of singers – including Simon Keenlyside, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Aleksandra Kurzak and Rachel Willis-Sørensen – perform this much-loved genius work under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.



    Rusalka
    27 February
    1 | 3 | 6 | 9 | 14 March

    Dvořák’s Rusalka is a fabulous mix of myth and magic, human and supernatural, love and death. Its music is wonderfully rich and melodic, the ‘Song to the Moon’ a favourite popular classic. Rusalka is staged for the first time ever at Covent Garden in a production new to The Royal Opera, which updates the setting to make even more impact through its gripping themes of love and betrayal.



    Miss Fortune
    12 | 16 | 20 | 23 | 28 March

    The UK premiere of a new opera from one of the most accessible and insightful composers of today, Judith Weir. Film and opera director Shi-Zheng Chen makes his first appearance with The Royal Opera for this adaptation of a Sicilian tale of a young girl and the twists of fate that shape her rags-and-riches life. Conductor Paul Daniel and soprano Emma Bell in the title role are just two elements of a Season highlight.



    Rigoletto
    30 March
    2 | 4 | 7 | 11 | 14 mat | 17 | 21 April

    A classic of opera, Verdi’s famous score is loved for its melody and its drama. David McVicar’s immensely popular production, in period costume, brings the 15th-century court of Mantua alive: its womanizing Duke, the court jester Rigoletto bent on revenge and his daughter, Gilda, who the Duke loves but still destroys. A celebrated score of familiar music conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, and a drama of the passions of love and hate.



    La Fille du régiment
    19 | 21 mat | 25 | 27 April
    1 | 7 | 10 May

    Joyous and funny – a hit success of recent Seasons. Donizetti’s opera is a fabulous showcase for bravura singing, while the plot of the army girl who just can’t be made a lady creates laugh-out-loud comic chaos. Laurent Pelly’s production matched with sheer exuberance in performance has made this a sell-out on each return.



    La bohème
    30 April
    3 | 5 | 8 | 12 | 14 | 17 May
    19 | 23 June

    The traditional Royal Opera production of Puccini’s world-famous opera brings Parisian life of the 1830s to the stage with authenticity and colour. The music sweeps through the story of tragic love with a wealth of well-known numbers and beautiful moments – here with two casts of international stars, including Anja Harteros with Joseph Calleja and Barbara Frittoli with Roberto Alagna.



    Falstaff
    15 | 19 | 23 | 25 | 28 | 30 May

    A new production of Verdi’s final masterpiece drawn from Shakespeare’s great comic creation. An ageing but financially embarrassed knight of the realm runs up against the nouveau riche as he gives in to his taste for women and food – his final comeuppance is inevitable! Conductor Daniele Gatti leads a fabulous cast in Robert Carsen’s new interpretation of this vibrant work of comedy matched to sublime music.



    Salome
    31 May
    5 | 8 | 11 | 14 | 16 June

    David McVicar’s intense and adult production of a tense and adult drama. Based on Oscar Wilde’s play, Strauss’s opera conveys superbly the extraordinary mix of the erotic and the depraved in the story of Salome, her perverted passion and her violent end. Shocking and sensual, this is a 20th-century masterpiece in a riveting presentation.



    Les Troyens
    25 | 28 June
    1 mat | 5 | 8 mat | 11 July

    Berlioz’s epic version of the Trojan war and its aftermath in a new production by David McVicar, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera. Not seen at the Royal Opera House since 1972, this five-act operatic tour de force is cast to the hilt with such international names as Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Anna Caterina Antonacci. A major event of the whole Royal Opera Season.



    Otello
    12 | 15 | 18 | 21 | 24 July

    Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi for the second late great work on a Shakespeare theme from The Royal Opera this Season. Elijah Moshinsky’s period production is matched with a fine cast for this universally acclaimed operatic masterpiece of dangerous passions: love and intrigue, envy and deadly jealousy.


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