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2023/2024 SEASON ENGAGEMENTS
PAŽAISLIO MUZIKOS FESTIVALIS, LITHUANIA
ROXANA / AUG 27 2023
At the final concert of the Pažaislis Music Festival, listeners will be transported to the mystical world of medieval Sicily by the Lithuanian premiere of King Roger, the opera by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.
The work is characterised by great dramatic force and rich orchestral and vocal colour, where Gregorian chant melodies, medieval mysticism and poetic oriental sensuality intertwine. With its impressive, dense and subtle orchestration, The Guardian called King Roger “the perfect opera for those who’ve never experienced one in the flesh.”
GUTRUNE / NOV 2023 - MAY 2024
Richard Wagner began work on the text and composition of the Ring des Nibelungen in Zurich in 1849, under the influence of revolution. Some 26 years later – after interrupting work on Siegfried for 12 years – he completed his magnum opus and premiered it at the newly-founded Bayreuther Festspiele. Here at the Opernhaus, Intendant and stage director Andreas Homoki and General Music Director Gianandrea Noseda complete their Zurich Ring cycle with the premiere of Götterdämmerung.
Hansel & Gretel
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
GRETEL / DEC 23 - JAN 2024
Antony McDonald’s exquisite production of Humperdinck’s fairytale masterpiece returns in time for Christmas, sung in a lively new English translation by Kelley Rourke. A fabulous cast including Anna Stéphany and Hanna Hipp (Hansel) and Anna Devin and Lauren Fagan (Gretel) under conductor Mark Wigglesworth presents this gorgeous opera – the perfect treat for families and operatic newcomers.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
MUSETTA / JAN 24 -FEB 13
La bohème received its world premiere at Turin’s Teatro Regio in 1896 and its Covent Garden debut the following year. Composer Giacomo Puccini was inspired by Henri Murger’s 1851 episodic novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème. The libretto was written by playwright Luigi Illica and poet Giuseppe Giacosa. It is currently one of the best-loved operas worldwide, and the opera most performed at the Royal Opera House.
FESTSPIELHAUS BADEN BADEN
5TH MAID / 23 MAR - 31 MAR 2024
Richard Strauss’s Elektra was the sensation that ushered in modernity by at the same time popularizing it. Heroes on the verge of madness, just what the audience loves! The world comes tumbling down upon us, specifically here: the Straussian orchestra. No fewer than 111 musicians conjure up magic that carries the singers and propels them forward: in our concert, legendary Wagner voices Nina Stemme in the title role and Michaela Schuster as Clytemnestra, who offer up plenty of mother-daughter psychodrama. The tempestuous duo is joined and brought down to earth by Elza van den Heever as Elektra's sister who yearns for love. The “Strauss Dream Team” of the 2023 Festival is back!
TITLE ROLE / 3- 19 JULY 2024
ll Trittico is an operatic treat: a rare chance to see three short operas in one night.Love, lies and death permeate the gritty melodrama of Il Tabarro, the intimate tragedy of Suor Angelica and the surprising satire of Gianni Schicchi.The audience is the winner, with a triple helping of Puccini’s sumptuous orchestra writing, famous arias and the witty, tight ensemble singing of the best comedies. We’ve brought together three outstanding Australian directors to tell these stories, plus exciting young conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya and a brilliant Australian cast.
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