7 New Productions & 4 World Premieres Headline Royal Opera House’s 2017-18 Season

By David Salazar

The Royal Opera House has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature four World Premieres, seven new productions of established repertory classics and one concert performance.

The New Productions

The season opens on Sept. 11 with Richard Jones’ new take on Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Michael Fabiano leads the cast on opening night, though such notable artists as Maria Agresta, Benjamin Bernheim, Matthew Polenzani, Atalla Ayan, Mariusz Kwiecien, Nadine Sierra, Danielle de Niese and Alessio Ardiuni will participate in the production at some point in the season. There will be two runs, including one in the summer.

That is followed up by new productions of “La Tragédie de Carmen,” “Semiramide,” “The Return of Ulysses,” “Carmen,” “From the House of the Dead” and “Lohengrin.”

The “Semiramide” production will star Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and Daniel Barcellona. For “Carmen,” audiences will get such stars as Francesco Meli, Anna Goryachova and Alexey Markov among others.

“Lohengrin’s” new production will star Klaus Florian Vogt, Christine Goerke and Kristine Opolais.

Worthy of note is that famed director David Alden directs “Lohengrin” and “Semiramide.”

Four World Premieres

The company is also giving birth to four new operas, the first of which is “Coraline.” The opera, based on the famous story by Neil Gaiman, gets its premiere on March 27.

Composer George Benjamin, who has become a company favorite, will showcase his new opera “Lessons in Love and Violence” in a production by Katie Mitchell. That work starts its life on May 10.

A new opera by Tansy Davies and Nick Drake bows in June, as does “Mamzer Bastard,” a work by Na’ama Zisser.

Repertory Returns

In addition to these 10 works, the company is bringing back (in schedule order) “Die Zauberflöte,” “Les Vêpres Siciliennes,” “Lucia Di Lammermoor,” “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” “Rigoletto,” “Salome,” “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “4.48 Psychosis,” “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,” “Don Giovanni” and “Falstaff.” There will also be a concert performance of Donizetti’s “L’Ange de Nisida.”