Royal Opera House expands winter season - tickets on sale Tuesday 4th October 2011
The Italianate grandeur of the imposing Royal Opera House comes to life in the half-light of winter and there can be few finer ways to spend a chilly evening than in your finery, soaking up warming drinks and taking in some of the world's best operatic works.
Covent Garden's Royal Opera House has announced an exciting winter season of opera, including a cycle of three Mozart-Da Ponte works, a Wagner classic and a magical opera from Dvořák making its Royal Opera House debut.
We will have tickets for all of the below productions when they go on sale at 10AM on Tuesday 4th October 2011. Prices vary dramatically with slips and standing balcony tickets available for as little as £9, the cost rising to £154-£208 for the very best seats.
Savings can be made by purchasing a package ticket for the three operas in the Mozart-Da Ponte cycle, saving around £36 in total on amphitheatre seats and nearly £150 on the overall price for Orchestra Stalls. Note that the offers are limited to selected performances.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner's great celebration of song returns in Graham Vick's production of colour, charm and inventiveness. Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, conducts a wonderful cast for this most glorious of 19th-century operas. Six performances from 19th December to 8th January, including matinées.
Francesca Zambello's fiery interpretation has two great casts, with Royal Opera regulars and audience favourites Gerald Finley and Erwin Schrott sharing the title role. The first of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas this Season, Don Giovanni is a musical masterpiece and a visual treat. Twelve performances from 21st January to 29th February.
Cosi Fan Tutte
The second of the three Mozart-Da Ponte operas this Season is intimate and intense. Colin Davis conducts while Jonathan Miller's staging matches contemporary elegance with eternal truths as two men wager on their girlfriends' fidelity with uneasy results. A classic production of a great opera. Seven performances from 27th January to 13th February.
Le Nozze di Figaro
One of the greatest of all operas, the third and final Mozart-Da Ponte opera of this Season returns in David McVicar's stylish, acclaimed production. A cast including Simon Keenlyside, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Aleksandra Kurzak and Rachel Willis-Sørensen perform this much-loved work. Eight performances from 11th February to 2nd March.
Dvořák's beguiling mix of myth and magic, human and supernatural, love and death. Rusalka is staged for the first time at Covent Garden in a production new to The Royal Opera, which updates the setting to make even more impact through its gripping themes of love and betrayal. Six performances from 27th February to 14th March.