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Royal Opera House announces 17 new productions for its 2019/20 Season

The Royal Opera House today launches its 2019/20 Season, unveiling an exciting range of new commissions, world premieres and much-loved revivals, supported by a diverse range of ticketed and free daytime events, activities and festivals for people of all ages. In the first full Season since the completion of the Royal Opera House’s three-year Open Up renovation, The Royal Opera Company unveils a host of innovative new work, with 13 new productions, including two world premieres, in the Season ahead.

Building on the huge success of Olivier award winning Kát’a Kabanová, The Royal Opera stages the third opera in its Leoš Janáček cycle, Jenůfa, directed by Claus Guth with a stellar cast that includes Asmik Grigorian, who makes her Royal Opera debut in the title role, and Karita Mattila as Kostelnička.

In a co-commission between the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Royal Opera, composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O’Reilly bring the world premiere of She Described It To Death to the Linbury stage.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme welcomes five new singers and one stage director onto the Programme for the 2019/20 Season: their work will showcase world-class talent at its best, both in the Linbury Theatre and on the main stage.

The Royal Ballet draws on its rich cultural heritage while embracing the diverse and contemporary in its 2019/20 Season. The Company unveils five new productions, including four world premieres and co-productions. The Company will celebrate international partnerships and award-winning artists and companies from across the globe.

Alongside classics such as Manon, The Sleeping Beauty and Liam Scarlett’s critically-acclaimed production of Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet joins forces with Birmingham Royal Ballet in a Heritage programme capturing the unique history of the Company and the extraordinary choreographic creativity of Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. The Royal Ballet also partners with CCN Ballet de Lorraine to mark the Merce Cunningham centennial in a production of Cross Currents, which will see three dancers from The Royal Ballet join forces with dancers from Paris Opera Ballet and Royal Ballet Flanders in the first visit to Paris in 15 years. The Company is also looking forward to the long-awaited return of repertory classic Coppélia at Christmas, in its first staging by The Royal Ballet for more than a decade.

The Royal Ballet celebrates the contemporary with four world premieres, including new commissions from Liam Scarlett, Cathy Marston and Pam Tanowitz, who makes her Royal Opera House debut. Wayne McGregor presents the world premiere of The Dante Project in collaboration with Thomas Adès, Tacita Dean, Lucy Carter and Uzma Hameed.

The new Linbury Theatre provides a world-class stage for The Royal Ballet and a host of pioneering national and international artistic companies. Female choreographers lead the programme, with new work from Pam Tanowitz, Morgann Runacre-Temple and Sharon Eyal. Mlindi Kulashe makes his choreographic debut with Northern Ballet, and Carlos Acostas company Acosta Danza performs new, Cuban-inspired work perfectly suited to the state-of-the-art Linbury Theatre. In a co-production between The Royal Ballet, Rambert and BBC Films, Rambert also perform the world premiere of Aisha and Abhaya, a modern fairy tale with choreography by Sharon Eyal.

The Royal Opera House’s programme of free and ticketed daytime festivals, activities and events encompasses almost 200 separate events over the course of the next Season, and will include free lunchtime performances, the continuation of its popular Opera and Ballet Dots programme (for children aged three months to five years) as well as 11 Family Sundays, which welcome diverse new audiences to our art forms.

The Royal Opera House’s national learning programme, which has engaged more than 35,000 students, 531 schools and 1,255 teachers across the country so far this Season, has bold ambitions for 2019/20. The Royal Opera House will partner with Doncaster through ‘Doncaster Creates’ (Doncaster’s Culture Development programme), Cast (Doncaster’s £22m performance venue) and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. Through the ROH National Learning Programme, the Royal Opera House will work with every school in Doncaster over three years, staging a mass community engagement performance in summer 2020. Alongside this, The Royal Ballet will perform in a gala in Doncaster, and the ROH’s popular Chance to Dance talent development programme will also continue.

Cinema highlights from the 19/20 Royal Opera House season include: The Royal Ballet’s Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, and opera broadcasts featuring world-renowned opera stars such as Jonas Kaufmann (in Fidelio), Bryn Terfel (in Don Pasquale) and Nina Stemme (in Elektra). Free culture returns to communities across the country, from Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight as through our BP Big Screens we share three world class productions free of charge in 19/20. Full details and titles to be announced later this year.

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