Royal Opera House new season announced
From London Theatre Guide - March 30, 2006
Four new ballets by British choreographers and a quartet of new productions of French operas grace the stage at the Royal Opera House in the 2006/07 season.
Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor each choreograph a new work to form part of a triple bill with Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, in November this year. Alastair Marriott, whose first ROH main stage work Tanglewood was produced at the end of last year, creates a second new ballet as part of a triple bill in March 2007, while Will Tuckett choreographs a new version to Weill and Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins, which was first choreographed by Balanchine, to be staged in April 2007.
The ballet season also includes six full length works, beginning with Coppélia in October, a staging of Bournonville’s Napoli Divertissements along with a revival of the popular La Sylphide, and a mixed bill of works by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Ninette De Valois to end the 75th anniversary season this autumn.
Meanwhile, with Wagner’s Ring Cycle scheduled for the 2007/08 season, the Royal Opera this season focuses on French opera, with new productions of Bizet’s Carmen, which has not been seen at the ROH for 12 years, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Donizetti’s La Fille Du Régiment and Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole. The season opens in September with the second revival of David McVicar’s production of Faust, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Piotr Beczala and Angela Gheorghiu reprise their 2004 roles as Faust and Marguerite respectively, though American soprano Katie Van Kooten replaces Gheorghiu as Marguerite for two performances, making her debut on the role.
The Mozart celebrations continue with La Finta Giardiniera, which will be the first new production of the season in September. The piece is directed by Christof Loy with John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists in its first appearance at the ROH. Royal Opera productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Così Fan Tutte are both revived in the summer of 2007.
The 2006/07 season also sees the revival of two recent productions – The Tempest, with 2006 Laurence Olivier Award winner Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Thomas Adès, and Richard Jones’ 2005 Laurence Olivier Award-winning production of Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk, conducted by Antonio Pappano.