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Royal Opera House: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöt () 10/29/2017
Roderick Williams, Janai Brugger - 3 hr. 10 mins.
photoMozart's glorious opera The Magic Flute
is brought enchantingly to life in David
McVicar's production with beautiful sets
by John Macfarlane.
Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the
Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina
from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his
quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher
Papageno – but all is not as it seems…
David McVicar's classic production
embraces both the seriousness and comedy
of Mozart's work. The audience is transported
to a fantastical world of dancing animals,
flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.
The setting provides a wonderful backdrop
for Mozart's kaleidoscopic score, from the
Queen of the Night's coloratura fireworks to
Tamino and Pamina's lyrical love duets and
Papageno's hearty, folksong-like arias.
As well as being a comedy The Magic
Flute is an expression of Mozart's profound
spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with
the search for wisdom and virtue are at the
heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute
was an instant success with audiences and
Mozart's supposed rival Salieri described it
as an ‘operone' – a great opera.
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The Royal Opera House: La Boheme (NR) 11/5/2017
Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano - 2 hr. 35 mins.
photoThe most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera's best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley's keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th century Paris. Several of today's greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini's most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.
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The Royal Opera House: Rigoletto (NR) 2/25/2018
Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe - 2 hr. 45 mins.
photoA deformed and ridiculed court jester, Riogletto, aids and abets his master in the seduction of young women. Rigoletto mocks their stricken husbands and fathers - until the tables are horribly turned. The Duke seduces Rigoletto's own daughter, Gilda, and Rigoletto is driven mad with despair. Revenge seems to be the jester's only solution, but fate turns a dark tale even darker by the tragic fall of the curtain.
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The Royal Opera House: Tosca (NR) 3/11/2018
- 3 hr. 0 mins.
photoJonathan Kent's production for The Royal
Opera captures the dangerous political
turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of
Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent
villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and
tortures enemies of the state. His dark,
demonic music contrasts with the expansive
melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and
Cavaradossi, who express their passion in
sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d'arte' and ‘E
lucevan le stelle'. Giacomo Puccini's dramatic
work was a hit with audiences on its 1900
premiere and it remains one of the most
performed of all operas – with its gripping
plot and glorious music, it's easy to see why.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia's gloomy
study with its hidden torture chamber and
the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this
handsome production throws into relief the
ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound
up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini's
meticulously researched score is infused
with the same authentic detail, from distant
cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to
tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing
squad.
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Royal Opera House: Carmen () 4/15/2018
Anna Goryachova, Francesco Meli - 3 hr. 20 mins.
photoThis ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky's highly physical production, originally created for
Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world's most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich's The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a farfrom-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera's endlessly fascinating central character.
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The Royal Opera House: Macbeth () 6/3/2018
- 3 hr. 20 mins.
photoVerdi's life-long love affair with Shakespeare's works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be 'one of the greatest creations of man'. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create 'something out of the ordinary'. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy. The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland - but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
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