Royal Academy Opera 2017/18

-Posted on 09.12.2016

Royal Academy Opera has announced the first two productions of its 2017/18 season.

Following two years ‘on the road’ at exciting and perhaps unexpected venues around London, academic year 2017/18 will see Royal Academy Opera’s return to the Academy building in Marylebone – and to its completely remodelled, state-of-the-art theatre.

Late-November 2017, Hackney Round Chapel

Don Giovanni, Mozart’s dangerous, dark and brooding masterpiece.

Spring 2018, Royal Academy of Music Theatre

Flight, Jonathan Dove’s breakthrough work, which has been performed all around the world to great acclaim after its premiere at Glyndebourne in 1998.

Gareth Hancock, Director of Royal Academy Opera, said:

‘The first opera of our 2017/18 season sees our return to the Round Chapel in Hackney, scene of our triumphant production of Alcina in Autumn 2016. Don Giovanni, full of threat, violence and sexual allure, will have added emotional impact in this extraordinary venue.

‘I am particularly delighted that Flight will be our first production in our fantastic, newly built theatre. Having worked on the world premiere at Glyndebourne nearly 20 years ago, this is a piece which is very dear to me — and seems even more pertinent nowadays.

‘We very much hope you will enjoy the season, and look forward to welcoming you to both showcases for our immensely talented young singers.’

The Academy’s specialist post-Masters level Advanced Diploma course in Opera has developed an excellent reputation of preparing talented young singers for successful careers. Graduates from the last decade perform with major opera houses world-wide.

The Academy’s new theatre transforms the previous cramped and outdated theatre and replaces it with superb new facilities. The celebrated architect Ian Ritchie has brilliantly reimagined the existing space: reshaping the auditorium, creating a new balcony, improving sight lines and increasing the overall seating capacity by 40%. The design delivers state-of-the-art stage and recording facilities in an adaptable theatre suitable for all forms of classical and contemporary opera and musical theatre productions. The new theatre complex also provides a 100-seat roof-top recital hall, significant improvements to back and front of house facilities and full accessibility.

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