Toby Spence, Eric Greene & Chrystal E. Williams Lead Opera North’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Opera North in the United Kingdom has announced its 2021-22 featuring new productions and several classic works.

The season launches with Bizet’s Carmen conducted by Garry Walker and Anony Hermus. The production will open the Autumn season at Leeds Grand Theatre and will also be performed as part of the Winter season. The cast includes Chrystal E. Williams as Carmen, Antoine Bélanger as Don José, Camila Titinger and Alison Langer as Micaela, Phillip Rhodes and Gyula Nagy as Escamillo.

Premiere Date: Oct. 2, 2021

Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” stars Quirijn de Lang, Sandra Piques, Laura Kelly-McInroy, Joseph Shovelton, and Nicholas Butterfield. The production is conducted by Antony Hermus.

Premiere Date: Oct. 16, 2021

“West Side Story Symphonic Dances” will be showcased as a co-production with fellow Leeds-based arts organization Phoenix Dance Theatre with choreography by the company’s recently appointed Artistic Director Dan Hurst. Antony Hermus conducts.

Premiere Date: Oct. 16, 2021

Verdi’sRigoletto will get a new production conducted by Garry Walker. The opera, which will be directed by one of the UK’s leading theatre artists, Femi Elufowoju Jr., will star Roman Arndt, Eric Greene, Jasmine Habersham, Callum Thorpe, Alyona Abramova, and Sir Willard White.

Premiere Date: Jan. 22, 2022

Handel’sAlcina” will star Máire Flavin, Patrick Terry, Joanna Motulewicz, Fflur Wyn, and Claire Pascoe. Laurence Cummings conducts the production Tim Albery.

Premiere Date: Feb. 5, 2022

Toby Spence stars in Wagner’sParsifal alongside Katarina Karnéus, Brindley Sherratt, Robert Hayward, and Eric Greene. Richard Farnes conducts the work.

Premiere Date: June 1, 2022