Royal Opera House’s 2024-25 Season

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by Opera Charm Team
May 1, 2024

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The Royal Opera House has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a look at the season.

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will open the season with a cast that includes Luca Micheletti, Ying Fang, Huw Montague Rendall, Jacquelyn Stucker, and Ginger Costa-Jackson.

Performance Dates: Sept. 2-15, 2024

La Traviata

Verdi’s La Traviata will feature two casts. The first cast will be headlined by Aida Garifullina, Francesco Demuro, and George Petean, while the second will star Hrachuhí Bassénz, Ismael Jordi, and Simon Keenlyside. Alexander Joel and Richard Hetherington conduct.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7-21, 2024

Eugene Onegin

Ted Huffman directs a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Gordon Bintner, Kristina Mkhitaryan, Liparit Avetisyan, Avery Amereau, and Dmitry Belosselskiy. Henrik Nánási conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2024

Fidelio

Alexander Soddy conducts Beethoven’s Fidelio with Jennifer Davis, Eric Cutler, Dmitry Belosselskiy, Christina Gansch, and Michael Gibson.

Performance Dates: Oct. 9-26, 2024

Trouble in Tahiti and A Quiet Place

The company will present a double bill Trouble in Tahiti and A Quiet Place. The productions will be conducted by Nicholas Chalmers and will star Henry Neill, Wallis Giunta, Grant Doyle, Henry Neill, Rowan Pierce, Nick Pritchard, and Sarah Pring. Oliver Mears directs the double bill.

Performance Dates: Oct. 10-24, 2024

Jette Parker Artists concert

The Jette Parker Artists will perform in concert.

Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2024

Les Contes d’Hoffmann 

Juan Diego Flórez headlines a new production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann aalongside Alex Esposito, Olga Pudova, Ermonela Jaho, and Marina Costa-Jackson. Leonardo Caimi also performs the title role and Antonello Manacorda conducts. Damiano Michieletto directs the new production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 7-Dec. 1, 2024

The Sound Voice Project

Tanja Bage, Shout at Cancer Choir, Paul Jameson, Roderick Williams, and Lucy Crowe star in The Sound Voice Project.

Performance Dates: Nov. 14-20, 2024

Tosca

Sonya Yoncheva returns to the title role of Puccini’s Tosca alongside a cast starring SeokJong Baek and Bryn Terfel. Eun Sun Kim conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 13, 2024

La Bohème

Olga Kulchynska, Pene Pati, Mikhail Timoshenko, Amina Edris, and Jolyon Loy lead the first cast of Puccini’s La Bohème. Stefan Pop and Simona Mihai also star in the second cast. Speranza Scappucci conducts

Performance Dates: Dec. 13, 2024-Jan. 17, 2025

Hansel and Gretel 

Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel returns for the holiday season with Kate Lindsey, Heidi Stober, Carole Wilson, Thomas Lehman, and Catherine Carby leading the cast. Giedrė Šlekytė conducts

Performance Dates: Dec. 22, 2024-Jan. 9, 2025

Jenůfa

Corinne Winters stars in Janacek’s Jenůfa alongside Karita Mattila, Thomas Atkins, Nicky Spence, and Hanna Schwarz. Jakub Hrůša conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 15-Feb. 1, 2025

Aida

Verdi’s Aida will star Anna Pirozzi, Riccardo Massi, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, and Alexander Köpeczi. Daniel Oren conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 28-Feb. 12, 2025

Festen

Mark-Anthony Turnage and Lee Hall’s Festen makes its world premiere in a production by Richard Jones. The cast will include Allan Clayton, Stéphane Degout, Gerald Finley, Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Natalya Romaniw.

Performance Dates: Feb. 11-27, 2025

Il Trovatore

Verdi’s Il Trovatore will return with two casts. The first will include Michael Fabiano, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Aleksei Isaev, Agnieszka Rehlis, and Riccardo Fassi, while the second will feature Riccardo Massi, Elena Stikhina, Etienne Dupuis, Clémentine Margaine, and Roberto Tagliavini. Giacomo Sagripanti and Carlo Rizzi conduct.

Performance Dates: Feb. 26-July 19, 2025

Turandot

Sondra Radvanovsky, SeokJong Baek, Anna Princeva, Adam Palka, and Hansung Yoo lead the first cast of Puccini’s Turandot. Rafael Payare conducts. The second cast will include Ewa Płonka, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Gemma Summerfield, and Jerzy Butryn with Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducting.

Performance Dates: March 19-April 19, 2025

Carmen

Aigul Akhmetshina returns in Bizet’s Carmen with Freddie De Tommaso, Yaritza Véliz, and Łukasz Goliński. Mark Elder conducts. A second cast will be led by Anna Goryachova, Charles Castronovo, Mané Galoyan, and Christian Van Horn. Ariane Matiakh conducts.

Performance Dates: April 9-July 3, 2025

Die Walküre

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Wagner’s Die Walküre in Barrie Kosky’s new production. Christopher Maltman, Elisabet Strid, Lise Davidsen, Stanislas de Barbeyrac,  and Soloman Howard star.

Performance Dates: May 1-17, 2025

Faust

Stefan Pop, Erwin Schrott, Lisette Oropesa, Boris Pinkhasovich, and Hongni Wu lead Gounod’s Faust with Maurizio Benini conducting.

Performance Dates: May 23-June 10, 2025

Semele

The season concludes with Handel’s Semele starring Pretty Yende, Ben Bliss, Brindley Sherratt, Carlo Vistoli, and Alice Coote. Christian Curnyn conducts the new production by Oliver Mears.

Performance Dates: June 30-July 15, 2025

Jette Parker Artists concert

The company will present the Jette Parker Artists in concert.

Performance Date: July 20, 2025

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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