Tuesday 24 January 2012

Adventurous WNO season

WNO have announced their new season, their first under David Pountney their newly appointed musical director, with plans announced for the 2012-2014 period

In 2011/12, Katie Mitchell's production of Handel's Jephtha will be returning with Robert Murray in the title role, Diana Montague as Storge and Fflur Wyn as Iphis.

There will be the UK stage premiere of Jonathan Harvey's Wagner Dream, which is being performed in concert this Sunday at the Barbican. And Peter Wedd will be singing the title role in a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin with Emma Bell as Elsa and Susan Bickley as Ortrud. Also David Pountney will direct a new production of Berg's Lulu.

Further ahead there will be a trio of Donizetti's Tudor operas (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux) directed by Alessandro Talevi and Rudolph Frey with all 3 using the same set; a neat economy measure.

Also later on we have Henze's Boulevard Solitude as part of a 'fallen women' season, with Puccini's Manon Lescaut and La Traviata as companions. Summer 2014 will see Nabucco and Moses und Aron, a fascinating pairing.

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