The Royal Opera House's 2014-15 season has been announced, along with plans to make all tickets for the opening night gala available to students at a special price.
The season will begin in Spetmeber with a revival of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole, an opera that draws on the life of ex-Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, first performed at Royal Opera House in 2011.
In a special gesture to encourage the attendance of a new and diverse audience, all tickets for the opening night have been reserved for students with starting prices starting of £1.
‘It’s a statement of intent’ said Kasper Holten, director of opera at Royal Opera House. ‘If you say the words ‘first-night gala’, people immediately think of everything we don’t want Covent Garden to be: elitist, closed, inaccessible, a club. So there’s something beautiful about a first-night gala that celebrates opera as raw, modern, surprising and open to everyone'.
Talking about the season as a whole, music director, Sir Antonio Pappano, has expressed his desire to move away from performing so many large German works stating that it's time to ‘do more Italian rep’. Jonas Kaufmann and Plácido Domingo will star in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier and Verdi’s I due Foscari respectively.
Other highlights from the new season include Szymanowski’s King Roger, Puccini's La Bohème and Monteverdi's L’Orfeo.