A new Norma & more: Royal Opera 2016/17 season highlights
Bellini's masterpiece is joined by new productions of Cosi fan tutte, Der Rosenkavalier, and Die Meistersinger
She explains that her voice has changed since she first discussed the role with music director Antonio Pappano, whose own contract is renewed to 2020. Norma is considered one of the most demanding roles in the repertoire. - a Druid priestess torn between her calling and her love for a Roman officer, who should be her enemy. Performances are from 12 September to 8 October 2016, and the name of the new singer is yet to be announced.
The season includes six new productions apart from Norma: Mozart's Così fan Tutte, Shostakovich's The Nose, Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel, and Verdi's Otello.
Other highlights include revivals of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi's Il Trovatore and La Traviata, Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Turandot, Verdi's Don Carlos and La Traviata, and Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore.
Taking advantage of a refit in the Linbury Studio, the Royal Opera moves out to Wilton's Music Hall in November for a production of Handel's Oreste, interpreted by the exciting young director Richard Gerard Jones.
Public booking opens 9am 19 July for the autumn season, 9am 25 October for the winter season, 9am 28 March for the spring season and 9am 25 October for the winter season.