Anna Netrebko, Nina Stemme, Angela Gheorghiu & Jonas Kaufmann Headline Royal Opera’s 2018-19 Season

The Royal Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which is set to include five new productions, classic revivals, and operas that span the entire breadth of the repertory.

New Productions

The Royal Opera will begin its season with a cycle of works for families over the next few Seasons, beginning with a new production of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” by director/designer Antony McDonald. Hanna Hipp, Jennifer Davis, and Michaela Schuster headline the new production. Sebastian Weigle conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 11-29, 2018

Stefan Herheim brings his staging of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades.” Eva-Maria Westbroek, Felicity Palmer, and Aleksandrs Antonenko headline the production, which will be conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Performance Dates: Jan. 13-Feb. 1, 2019

Richard Jones continues the Janáček cycle, staging “Katya Kabanova” with Amanda Majeski and Pavel Cernoch, both making their Royal Opera debuts. Edward Gardner conducts the operatic masterpiece.

Performance Dates: Feb. 4-Feb. 26, 2019

Christof Loy directs a new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann reuniting for the first time on stage since 2008. Antonio Pappano conducts an all-star cast that also includes Ludovic Tézier, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Alessandro Corbelli. Yusif Eyvazov, Christopher Maltman, and Liudmyla Monastryska alternate.

Performance Dates: March 21-April 22, 2019 

Jacques Imbrailo, Toby Spence, and Brindley Sherratt headline a new production of Britten’s “Billy Budd” with Deborah Warner directing her acclaimed production. It will also begin a series for showcasing Britten’s work.

Performance Dates: April 23-May 10, 2019  

The Ring Cycle

The season will open with Wagner’s Ring Cycle in a final outing for Keith Warner’s acclaimed production. Antonio Pappano conducts the monumental work with a cast that includes John Lundgren, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Gunther Groissböck, Sarah Connolly, Stuart Skelton, Emily Magee, Nina Stemme, Stefan Vinke, and Karen Cargill.

Performance Dates: Sept. 24-Nov. 2


Verdi’s Requiem makes a one-night appearance with Krassimira Stoyanova and Jamie Barton headlining with Antonio Pappano conducting.

Performance Dates: Oct. 23, 2018

Hrachuhi Bassenz, Carlos Alvarez, Francesco Meli, and Ferruccio Furlanetto headline a revival of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” with Henrik Nánási conducting. 

Performance Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 10, 2018

Barrie Kosky’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” returns with two different casts. First Ksenia Dudnikova takes on the title role with Brian Jagde, Alexander Vinogradov, and Eleonora Buratto. In the summer, Clémentine Margaine, Bryan Hymel, Luca Pisaroni, and Ailyn Pérez take over.

Performance Dates: Nov. 27-Dec.22, 2018 & June 22-July 20, 2019

Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue alternate the role of Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Charles Castronovo and Plácido Domingo. Antonello Manacorda conducts the revival, which will also see Simone Piazzola and Benjamin Bernheim.

Performance Dates: Jan. 14-Jan. 31, 2019

Thomas Allen takes on the role of Don Alfonso in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” alongside Paolo Fanale, Gyula Orendt, Salome Jicia, Serena Malfi, and Serena Gamberoni. Stefano Montanari conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: Feb. 25-March 16, 2019

Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott headline a revival of Gounod’s “Faust.” Dan Ettinger conducts the classic production by Sir David McVicar. 

Performance Dates: April 8-May 6, 2019

Roberto Alagna sings the title role in Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier” alongside Sondra Radvanovsky and Dimitri Platanias. Daniel Oren conducts Sir David McVicar’s production.

Performance Dates: May 20-June 9, 2019

Kristine Opolais and Angela Gheorghiu alternate their signature Tosca in Puccini’s suspenseful opera. Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel round out the star-studded cast. Alexander Joel conducts.

Performance Dates: May 27-June 20, 2019

Bryn Terfel leads a predominantly British cast as the tormented Tsar in Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” Marc Albrecht conducts  Richard Jones’s production.

Performance Dates: June 19-July 3, 2019

John Elliot Gardiner conducts the revival of Sir David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Julia Kleiter, Simon Keenlyside, and Christian Gerhaher star in the revival.

Performance Dates: June 29-July 21, 2019

Javier Camarena, Pietro Spagnoli, Sabine Devieilhe, and Enkelejda Shkosa headline a revival of Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” with Evelino Pido conducting.

Performance Dates: July 8-20, 2019

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

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