Royal Academy Opera 2016/17

-Posted on 30.06.2016

While the Academy’s theatre is being redeveloped over the 2016/17 season, Royal Academy Opera will perform for a second season ‘on the road’ at exciting and perhaps unexpected venues around London.
‘Excellent in almost every respect… I wouldn’t have missed it for the world… There wasn’t a weak link among the singers, all of whom deserve to be singled out’ – Hugh Canning in The Sunday Times (Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, March 2016, pictured)

Handel’s Alcina at Hackney Round Chapel, October 2016

Royal Academy Opera visits for the first time the beautiful and historic Round Chapel in the heart of Hackney.
In her fantastical world of glamour and magic Alcina weaves spells of seduction, enticing all into her world of sensuality and pleasure. Hedonism is celebrated and men are blinded by illusion into short-term thinking and the search for happiness outside themselves. Caught in her own web of spells Alcina plays the femme fatale, yet is also a vulnerable woman with feelings of yearning, loneliness and despair. Her world implodes when she herself is seduced and falls in love. Handel explores the power of love in all its complexities — as passion, delusion and infatuation, as well as tenderness, yearning and the search for connection.
Royal Academy Sinfonia will be conducted by Iain Ledingham, former Director of Opera at the Academy and distinguished conductor of the Kohn Foundation/ Royal Academy of Music complete Bach Cantata Series. The director will be Olivia Fuchs, whose recent production of Mascagni’s Iris at Opera Holland Park has attracted considerable praise. Set and costume will be designed by Yannis Thavoris, and the Academy’s Jake Wiltshire as Lighting Designer.
Sung in the original Italian with surtitles.
Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th October 2016
Tickets £20 (concessions £15).
Online booking will open on Friday 1st July. Tickets will be on sale from the Royal Academy of Music’s Box Office.

Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers at Hackney Empire, February 2017

For Spring 2017 Royal Academy Opera will return to the legendary Hackney Empire, hailed by many as the architect Frank Matcham’s very greatest creation. Our new production of Jacques Offenbach’s famous ‘opéra bouffe’ will be funny, colourful, all-singing and all-dancing.
This irreverent satire was unleashed on Parisian audiences in 1858 to a combination of shock and delight: ‘a profanation of holy and glorious antiquity’, ‘a coarse and grotesque parody’, said the critics. Its many memorable set-pieces include the risqué Galop Infernal, better known as the ‘can-can’ – one of the most famous dance tunes of all time.
Gareth Hancock, Director of Royal Academy Opera, will conduct. The director will be Martin Duncan, former Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, Co-Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre and Director and Co-writer of The National Theatre of Brent, whose extensive opera experience includes productions at Opera North, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park and many more.
Sung in the original French with surtitles.
Dialogue in English translation.
These performances will build on the critical and audience success of Royal Academy Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro at Hackney Empire in Autumn 2015.
Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th (matinee) and Monday 6th February 2017
Tickets £25, £22.50, £20 (concessions £20, £17.50, £15; special £5 tickets for students and under-16s)
Booking will open on Friday 1st July. Tickets will be on sale from the Hackney Empire Box Office.

Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper at Shoreditch Town Hall, June 2017

Conducted by Gareth Hancock.
Directed by Walter Sutcliffe.
Singing and dialogue in the original German with surtitles.
Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th (matinee and evening) June 2017
Ticket details to be confirmed.
Royal Academy Opera scenes will also be presented over the course of the year.
Gareth Hancock said: ‘I am hugely looking forward to this opening season in my new role as Director of Royal Academy Opera. We’ll be taking our talented students and production teams to three very different but equally inspirational venues over the course of the year – with all of the challenges and rewards that come with learning from, and adapting to, diverse working environments.’
Alongside the Academy’s highly experienced and dedicated core teaching staff, Royal Academy Opera will welcome exciting new visitors in 2016/17 including John Graham-Hall, Christopher Purves and leaders of prestigious Young Artist Programmes.
Construction continues on Royal Academy Opera’s stunning new home, 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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