Royal Academy Opera 2015/16 season

-Posted on 21.04.2015

While the Academy’s theatre is being redeveloped over the 2015/16 season, the talents of Royal Academy Opera will be seen and heard across London.

‘A production bursting with wit, energy and youthful vigour’ – The Observer, November 2014

Le nozze di Figaro at Hackney Empire
For Autumn 2015 Royal Academy Opera will relocate to the legendary Hackney Empire, hailed by many as the architect Frank Matcham’s very greatest creation. Jane Glover, the Academy’s Director of Opera and a renowned authority on Mozart, will conduct Le nozze di Figaro. The production, presented in the original Italian, will be Dame Janet Suzman’s much-anticipated debut as an opera director.
Book now: Friday 30th October, 7.00pm / Saturday 31st October, 7.00pm / Sunday 1st November, 4.00pm / Monday 2nd November, 7.00pm

Rimsky-Korsakov in a giant underground hangar
Royal Academy Opera’s Spring 2016 production will take place in the extraordinary underground space of the University of Westminster’s P3. Just a short walk down the Marylebone Road from the Academy, this 14,000-square-feet space was once used to test concrete for Spaghetti Junction and the Channel Tunnel. The Academy’s talented students will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night in Russian, directed by Christopher Cowell and conducted by Gareth Hancock.

L’incoronazione di Poppea in Shoreditch Town Hall
The third and final major production of the academic year, in Summer 2016, will be Monteverdi’s operatic masterpiece, conducted by Jane Glover and directed by the Academy’s highly regarded ‘house’ director, John Ramster.

Royal Academy Opera scenes will also be presented over the course of the year in an even wider range of impressive performance spaces in prestigious venues across London, including RADA Studios in Bloomsbury.

Professor Jane Glover, the Academy’s Director of Opera, said: ‘This is an exciting year of opportunity and experience. It combines our usual meticulous and inspirational coaching and preparation with the all-important disciplines of being on the road. We have matched each of these three highly contrasted productions to the truly special theatrical contexts of their venues. We are all relishing the prospect!’

Throughout the year the Academy’s distinguished professors will continue to teach Royal Academy Opera students, alongside Visiting Professors including Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Susan Bullock, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Dame Felicity Lott, Dennis O’Neill and Brindley Sherratt.

Royal Academy Opera will return to a stunning new home in 2017, designed to the highest international standards by Ian Ritchie Architects. The brand new theatre will increase the capacity of the current venue by 40%, with radically improved facilities both backstage and for the audience. An additional 100-seat recital hall will be used for rehearsal, performance and recording.

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