Thursday, 17 January 2013

WNO residencies at Covent Garden

Michelangelo's Moses
Michelangelo's Moses
From 2014, Welsh National Opera will be taking up residence at Covent Garden, performing a summer season. There are plans for three years, with Schoenberg's Moses und Aron in 2014, Richard Ayre's Peter Pan in 2015 and a new commission in 2016 to mark WNO's 70th anniversary. Moses und Aron will be conducted by Lothar Koenigs and directed by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, in a production originally seen in Stuttgart. Sir George Solti conducted the first performances of the opera at Covent Garden in 1965 directed by Peter Hall and designed by John Bury with Forbes Robertson as Moses and Richard Lewis as Aron. The work has not been seen on the stage since 1966, so will be a welcome visitor. WNO are themselves no strangers to the Covent Garden stage as they brought their Ring Cycle to Covent Garden in 1986 with Anne Evans as Brunnhilde and Jeffery Lawton as Siegfried, conducted by Richard Armstrong. The first UK regional company to appear there.

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