Our Essential Guide to the Royal Opera Spring 2016 Season
Booking is now open for the Royal Opera's winningly fresh Spring 2016. Here is our essential guide to the best shows
General booking for the Royal Opera House Spring 2016 season opens on Tuesday 19 January 2016
Boris Godunov (14 Mar – 5 Apr
Fresh from his Laurence Olivier Award for The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at the ENO, Richard Jones directs a new production of Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov, an epic tale of Russian history. Unimpeachable bass-baritone Bryn Terfel stars in what looks to be a landmark performance.
Lucia di Lammermoor (7 Apr – 19 May)
Katie Mitchell, a National Theatre Associate Director, is one of the most distinctive and experimental voices in British theatre. This Spring, she will direct a new production of Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece. The luminous sopranos Diana Damrau (The Magic Flute) and Aleksandra Kurzak (Rigoletto) will share the title role.
Tannhauser (26 Apr – 15 May)
When he first appeared in Tim Albery’s production of Wagner’s medieval romance in 2010, baritone Christian Gerhaher was propelled to the front rank of operatic stars. What a treat, then, that he will return for this revival in the same role, as contemplative poet Wolfram.
Pleasure (12 – 14 May)
Young composer Mark Simpson (Sparks) has already achieved some remarkable feats for a musician of his age. Now, he brings his debut opera to the Lyric Hammersmith. Set over the course of a night at a gay club, it promises to be opera at the cutting edge.
Oedipe (23 May – 8 June)
From Barcelona’s streets to Covent Garden: La Fura dels Baus have enjoyed a remarkable career as one of the most innovative theatre companies in the world. This Spring, they return with their visually spectacular production of Enescu’s Oedipe. Baritone Johan Reuter and mezzo Sarah Connolly star.
4:48 Psychosis (24 – 28 May)
Sarah Kane (Blasted) exploded British theatre, with her final play 4:48 Psychosis shattering the conventions of drama itself. Now, at the Lyric Hammersmith, British composer Philip Venables will present an operatic reimagining of her wrenching yet poetic work.