Nine major productions set for English National Opera 2017-18 season

English National Opera (ENO) will stage four new productions and five revivals at the London Coliseum for its 2017/18 season.

New productions are:

Aida, directed by Phelim McDermott – After his 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Akhnaten, McDermott returns with a bold and innovative take on Verdi's story of duty, love and betrayal. 

Marnie, directed by Tony Award-winning Michael Mayer (UK operatic debut), composed by Nico Muhly – Muhly's second world premiere for ENO after 2011's Two Boys, this will also be Martyn Brabbins first production conducting as ENO Music Director. Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is in the title role.

Iolanthe – A Glibert & Sullivan fantasy political satire, which follows the huge success of Mike Leigh's version of The Pirates of Penzance. Timothy Henty conducts, as an experienced interpreter of Gilbert and Sullivan's work, with award-winning director Cal McCrystal making his ENO debut.

La traviate – ENO's Artistic Director Daniel Kramer's first production since taking the position in August 2016, La traviata will include Irish soprano, previously performing lead roles in ENO's The Pirates of Penzance and The Pearl Fishers, Olivier Award-nominated baritone Alan Opie, and the UK debut of 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist Lukhanyo Moyake.

Revivals include:

Jonathan Miller's The Barber of Seville – 30 years after its first premiere at the London Coliseum, Morgan Pearse and Eleazar Rodriguez return after their 2015 performances as Figaro and the Count. British conductor Hilary Griffiths makes his ENO debut.

Richard Jones's Rodelinda – Olivier Award-winning version of Handel's work, with Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans returning to the title role.

Robert Carsen's A Midsummer Night's Dream – First seen in 1995, this adaptation has been performed around the world. It will feature give ENO Harewood Artists, and the return of Soraya Mafi as Tytania after her performances as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.

Phelim McDermott's Satyagraha – The third revival of Philip Glass's piece will be conducted by former music director of the Staatsoper Hannover, and conductor of 2016's Akhnaten (also by Glass).

Fiona Shaw's The Marriage of Figaro – The second revival of Fina Shaw's production of Mozart's classic includes the talen of ENO Harewood Artists Rhian Lois and Katie Coventry as well as Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans debuting at the ENO as Figaro. 

ENO Outside sees the company staging productions at other venues around London, including Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in June 2018. The two organisations will collaborate on Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, directed by multiple Olivier Award-winner and Artistic Director of the Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader. More to be announced for this programme in the autumn.

ENO Studio Live will return, including a collaboration with the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill in 2018 and a partnership with Grange Park Opera in June 2018.

ENO will support nine Harewood Artists, see the recipients of the Mackerras Conducting Fellowship conducting and assisting in major productions, as well as continuing mentoring from the ENO Chorus, and educational experiences through ENO Evolve and ENO Baylis.

Plans for 2018/19 have also been announced, including honouring the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, directed by Daniel Kramer and conducted by Martyn Brabbins. They will both return to direct and conduct the world premiere of Iain Bell's fourth opera, Jack the Ripper.

Image of Satyagraha by Donald Cooper. Photo provided by ENO.

 

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