Royal Opera House Sets 2019–2020 Season, Including Joyce DiDonato and Anna Netrebko in Title Roles and 6 World Premieres

Classic Arts News   Royal Opera House Sets 2019–2020 Season, Including Joyce DiDonato and Anna Netrebko in Title Roles and 6 World Premieres
Wayne McGregor unveils the world premiere of his Divine Comedy-inspired The Dante Project with the Royal Ballet.
Joyce DiDonato and Anna Netrebko
Joyce DiDonato and Anna Netrebko

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled its 2019–2020 season of opera and ballet programming, including 17 new productions and six world premieres.

The opera lineup continues the house’s recent commitment to Handel and Janáček, starting with Joyce DiDonato and Iestyn Davies leading Handel’s Agrippina in a new, Barrie Kosky-helmed staging co-produced with Bavarian State Opera and Dutch National Opera. (DiDonato and Davies will also sing in a separate Metropolitan Opera production from David McVicar.) Handel’s Susanna will later take the stage at the Linbury Theatre, the Royal Opera House’s newest performance space.

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Janáček’s Jenůfa marks ROH’s third piece from the composer. Claus Guth directs the new production, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting a cast of singers that includes Asmik Grigorian making her ROH debut in the title role and Karita Mattila as Kostelnička.

Two operas will make their world premiere in the next season. Jules Maxwell’s adaptation of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing will feature a cast of differently abled singers, dancers, and musicians in December; in July 2020, composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O’Reilly will present their sci-fi-inspired She Described It to Death. Both pieces will play the Linbury.

Additional highlights in the season include Anna Netrebko in the title role of Tosca; the ROH premiere of Damiano Michieletto’s staging of Don Pasquale with Bryn Terfel, Olga Peretyatko, and Mariusz Kwiecień; Jonas Kaufmann and Lise Davidsen in a new production of Fidelio; Nadine Sierra in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor; and Nina Stemme and Mattila in a new production of Elektra.

Meanwhile, the Royal Ballet lineup features five new productions, including four world premieres and co-productions. Among them is Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, inspired by the Divine Comedy. The piece features a score by Thomas Adès (who will also conduct) and designs by Tacita Dean.

The Ballet will bring new works to the Linbury Theatre, with programming highlighting the work of female choreographers Pam Tanowitz (making her ROH debut with a new commission), Morgann Runacre-Temple, and Sharon Eyal.

For full season details for the Royal Opera and Ballet, visit

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