Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Russell Thomas, Elīna Garanča, Joyce DiDonato Headline Royal Opera House’s 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has announced new plans for its 2021-22 season, the first full season by the company since 2019.

There will five world premieres from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.

The opera will open with a production of “Rigoletto” directed by Oliver Mears with Antonio Pappano conducting and Carlos Álvarez in the title role. He will be joined by Lisette Oropesa and Liparit Avetisyan.

There will be a new Katie Mitchell production of Handel’s “Theodora” with Julia Bullock, Joyce DiDonato, Ed Lyon, Jakub Józef Orliński, and Gyula Orendt. Harry Bicket conducts.

The company will also present a new production of “Jenufa” by Claus Guth with Karita Mattila, Nicky Spense, Asmik Grigorian, and Andrew Staples. Henrik Nánási conducts.

There will also be a new production of “Peter Grimes” conducted by Mark Elder and directed by Deborah Warner. Bryn Terfel, Allan Clayton, John Tomlinson, Maria Bengtsson, and Jacques Imbrailo headline the cast.

Richard Jones will also direct a new production of “Samson et Dalila” with Nicky Spence and Elīna Garanča. Antonio Pappano conducts.

There will also be a performance of “Carmen” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the company.

Other productions include Anna Netrebko in “Nabucco,” Angela Gheorghiu in “Tosca,” Sonya Yoncheva in “Madama Butterfly,” and Simon Keenlyside in “Macbeth.” There will also be a production of “La Traviata” with six sopranos including Lisette Oropesa, Ekaterina Bakanova, Anush Hovhannisyan, Pretty Yende, Angel Blue, and Hrachuhí Bassénz.

Russell Thomas will star as “Otello” alongside Hrachuhí Bassénz and Christopher Maltman. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Ermonela Jaho, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anita Rachvelishvili in “Pagliacci” and “Cavalleria Rusticana.

There will also be additional productions of “Don Pasquale,” “Così fan tutte,” “Lohengrin,” and concert performances of “Attila.”