Whilst I was away on my travels, the Royal Opera published details of it's 2012/13 season. There appear to be some interesting productions coming up, along with a good smattering of new productions and several big names taking to the stage, which is exciting. The full details can be found on the ROH's website at the following link: http://www.roh.org.uk/season/1213/opera.aspx . Below are my personal highlights and the productions that I intend to see next season - in the interests of financial restraint I won't be attending every production in 2012/13 like I have done this season!
My 2012/13 highlights
Der Ring des Nibelungen (Wagner) In four cycles from 24th September - 2nd November 2012 - Tickets have long gone for this, thankfully I managed to nab mine back in the autumn. Day tickets are available for individual operas within each cycle;
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti) 13th,16th,20th,23rd,28th November and 1st,4th,7th December 2012; Roberto Alagna stars in November and the first two December performances;
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) 4th,6th,9th,11th,14th,16th,20th February 2013 - New production from the Royal Opera's own Kasper Holten and with Simon Keenlyside performing the title role. I enjoyed this at the ENO, so look forward to seeing what the Royal Opera has to offer;
Nabucco (Verdi) 30th March & 1st,4th,6th,8th,15th,20th,23rd,26th April 2013 - New production and featuring both Placido Domingo (performances from 15th April) and Leo Nucci (performances from 30th March - 8th April) in the title role. This for me is probably the highlight of the season!;
Die Zauberflote (Mozart) 16th,18th,22nd,24th,27th,29th April & 2nd,7th,9th May - I'm still unsure as to whether i like Mozart's operas. But this one is a famous one, so it's worth a look. Also conducted by a female conductor which is rare and nice to see;
Don Carlo (Verdi) 4th,8th,11th,15th,18th,21st,25th May - The second Verdi outing of the season, conducted by Antonio Pappano (always a treat) and staring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role (performances to 18th May);
La donna del lago (Rossini) 17th,20th,23rd,27th,31st May & 4th,7th,11th June - I'm not at all familiar with this opera, but it's a new production and has a great cast with Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez;
Simon Boccanegra (1881 version) (Verdi) 27th June 7 1st,3rd,10th,13th,16th July - Another Verdi installment, which is always good! Conducted by Antonio Pappano for all performances except for 16th July;
La rondine (Puccini) 5th,8th,11th,13th,14th,17th,20th,21st July - The season ends with this Puccini opera, not one that i'm familiar with i must say. But it has a great cast including Angela Gheorghiu (all performances to 17th July, excluding the 13th July matinee) and Vittorio Grigolo (same performances as Gheorghiu) with Ermonela Jaho (one of my new favorites) taking up the role of Magda de Civry in Gheorghiu's absence).
These are my highlights and the performances I will definitely be seeing. In addition to these La boheme returns for a major run in December, January, February AND March! Some impressive singers perform including Rolando Villazon, Vittorio Grigolo and Barbra Frittoli. Also Tosca returns in March and then again in July. Always worth catching, although it does lack the menacing skill of Bryn Terfel as Baron Scarpia this time round!