Last Updated on September 20, 2021
Opening Up – The Royal Opera House celebrates the first full season since 2019 in style
At London-Unattached we are so happy that theatre, opera and dance are back. The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is one of our favourite venues and the first full season since 2019 offers a wonderful feast of music and dance. The schedule is packed with the greatest hits of the repertoire so it’s ideal for opera and ballet fans as well as new audiences who want to explore fresh cultural avenues. We will definitely be going as often as we can!
Here’s our pick of the new season. Tickets are currently on sale from the Royal Opera House
13 September 2021–12 March 2022
The Season opens with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Oliver Mears – his first as Director of The Royal Opera. This production sees Verdi’s masterpiece as a modern morality play that pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, in a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay.
We’ve had a look at a few of the rehearsal shots and can’t wait to see the full show, starring Carlos Álvarez, Lisette Oropesa and Liparit Avetisyan and conducted by Antonio Pappano.
The Magic Flute
15 September–7 October 2021
David McVicar’s spectacular production of Mozart’s comic opera returns for its tenth revival on the Royal Opera House Main Stage. It’s a much-loved production that will transport you to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and starry skies.
This spellbinding setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score. With an enduring love story at its heart, complex villains and an unforgettable comic sidekick in Papageno, The Magic Flute weaves an enchanting tale from start to finish. It’s an opera that can be enjoyed at a number of levels. There’s an element of pure pantomime about the show, with a deeper moral thread.
28 September–12 October 2021
The Royal Opera continues its series of Janácek operas with the first production of Jenufa at Covent Garden since 2001, by award-winning director Claus Guth. Janácek movingly captures Jenufa’s progression from hope to despair to eventual radiant happiness, while her stepmother, the Kostelnicka, is one of opera’s most complex maternal figures. The two courageous women struggle for fulfilment against the backdrop of a claustrophobic rural community.
27 October 2021–18 April 2022
If you are looking for a tear-jerking, romantic opera, then Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love. Verdi’s beautiful score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets, including Violetta’s joyous ‘Sempre Libera’ and her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. The superficial glamour of 19th-century Paris contrasts with scenes of great intimacy, culminating in the memorable, heart-breaking final act. See our review
16–30 November 2021
For Verdi, Shakespeare was a long-standing passion and Macbeth (the first of his three Shakespearean masterpieces) is widely seen as a major step forward in his artistic development. First seen in 2002, Phyllida Lloyd’s production encapsulates the sinister quality of the piece, with striking designs by Anthony Ward.
Romeo and Juliet
5 October 2021
The first ballet of the season is one of our favourites! Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the world repertory. The nuanced and detailed choreography gives dancers in the lead roles a wealth of opportunity for differing interpretations of the doomed lovers.
This production features an array of Royal Ballet stars including Francesca Hayward and newly promoted Principal dancer Cesar Corrales who lead the cast on opening night
The Dante Project (World Premiere)
14–30 October 2021
Presented as part of the 700th-anniversary celebrations of the poet’s death, Dante’s epic journey through the afterlife, The Divine Comedy, is realised in a major artistic collaboration between trailblazing forces of the contemporary art scene.
In an inaugural co-production with Paris Opera Ballet and music co-commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking choreography comes together with a virtuoso new score by one of the most influential musicians of the 21st Century, composer-conductor Thomas Adès.
4 November–3 December 2021
Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era – and, for the dancer performing the title role, one of the greatest challenges in the repertory. Peter Wright’s production, a classic itself, perfectly achieves the dual aspects of the ballet, moving from the naivety of young love between Giselle and Albrecht in the village setting of Act I to the ethereal Wilis in Act II’s eerie moonlit forest.
23 November 2021–8 January 2022
The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet and makes for a sparkling festive treat for the whole family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a story of magic on Christmas Eve, and the journey of Clara and her Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments.
We managed to sneak in last year to the special production of Nutcracker that was designed to accommodate covid regulations. It really didn’t disappoint, but we’re still planning to return and see the show in its full glory
The Royal Opera House Studio Theatre, The Lindbury is welcoming audiences back at full capacity too. There are new works including a stunning Christmas show from theatre company Little Bulb – Wolf Witch Giant Fairy. And, a raft of exciting new dance programmes, including productions by Ballet Black, Yorke Dance Project and Alessandra Ferri, who celebrates the 40th anniversary of her association with The Royal Ballet. Draft Works will also showcase young and emerging choreographic talent from within the ranks of The Royal Ballet.
Finally, the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this Season, will present the hugely popular Meet the Young Artists Week, with performances from the current Young Artists alongside returning alumni.
If you haven’t been to The Royal Opera House before then this is the season to go. Hopefully, we’ll see you there!
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD For more information and tickets click here.