Royal Opera House Announces Reopening

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Royal Opera House official website)

The Royal Opera House Covent Garden has announced that it will reopen for live audiences on May 17, 2021.

For the grand reopening, the Royal Opera House is planning to stage Mozart’s opera “La Clemenza di Tito” in a new production directed by Richard Jones. Mark Wigglesworth will conduct.

The opera house also announced the reopening of the world’s first opera in hyper reality: “Current, Rising,” which is a collaboration between the Royal Opera House’s innovation program Audience Labs, Figment Productions, and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Additionally, the Royal Opera House will livestream its first fully staged production since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with a new double bill of Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” and “Mahagonny Songspiel.” Michael Papadopoulos conducts the production by Isabelle Kettle. The livestream will take place on April 9, 2021.

“It is incredibly exciting that we will soon be opening our doors and welcoming audiences back to our beautiful Covent Garden home. We can’t wait to bring life back to our stages and the joy of live performance back to our audiences, and I am delighted that we can go back to doing what we do best: performing the world’s best ballet and opera to audiences at home and around the globe,” said Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House Alex Beard.

The opera house has stated that it will announce more details about casting and booking dates for “La Clemenza de Tito,” “Current, Rising” and The Royal Ballet’s Spring and Summer mixed program on April 13, 2021.