Royal Opera House announces new season

Six new productions and a revival of Wagner's Ring Cycle

The Royal Opera House has announced the operas to be staged during its 2012/2013 season, the first under the aegis of Kasper Holten, director of opera at the venue.

Verdi’s bicentenary will be marked in spring 2013 with a new production of his opera Nabucco, starring tenor Plácido Domingo, directed by Daniele Abbado and conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Wagner’s bicentenary is also celebrated with a revival of Covent Garden’s production of The Ring Cycle, to be conducted by Antonio Pappano. The cycle, which will be staged in the autumn this year, boasts a cast led by baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Susan Bullock and bass John Tomlinson.

Six new productions are to be staged over the season including Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, directed by Kasper Holten, and with baritone Simon Keenlyside in the title role. A 2010 production of Rossini’s little-known work La donna del lago, first staged in Paris, is to get an overhaul at the hands of director John Fulljames. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Juan Diego Flórez lead a stellar cast.

Lesser-known works to get an airing include Britten’s Gloriana – which was famously badly received at its premiere in 1953. The work focuses on the relationship between Elizabeth I, to be sung by soprano Susan Bullock, and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex, performed here by tenor Toby Spence.

Six operas – including Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Puccini’s La bohème – will also be shown in cinemas around the world as part of Covent Garden’s cinema season.

The Royal Opera House’s 2012-13 opera season opens on 24 September.