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Tuesday 24 April 2012

ENO's 2012-2013 Season

Here's what I'm most excited about.

Julietta by Martinu is an absolutely glorious score. It's maybe his best work - fizzing with nervous energy, it's a febrile, shifting mental landscape, with stretches of music that are extraordinarily beautiful too. It's not as lush as many of the concertos and smaller pieces, but it is a fascinating work.

Yoshi Oida stages Pilgrim's Progress for the first time since 1951. It's Vaughan William's most ambitious score, and perhaps (perhaps) his greatest. It's certainly very beautiful - much of it was recycled into the 5th symphony, his most personal.

The Traviata is the ultra stripped down and ultra detailed Konwitschny production. The entire set is one chair. Sounds very interesting to me.

Bieito's Carmen - he's always controversial (often to the point of tedium) and occasionally very interesting. Ruxandra Donose as Carmen too.

Charpentier's Medea is new to me, so I'll have to check it out. It's the older Charpentier - from the 17th century. Sarah Connolly as Medea. And it's being directed by David McVIcar. Cool.

Wozzeck. It's Wozzeck. Hasn't been done in London for a while. A must.

Sunken Garden actually sounds quite intriguing from the clips of the composer's I've heard - London hasn't exactly had a great record with contemporary opera in the last couple of years, so lets hope!

And Death in Venice. This is an extraordinary opera, Britten's last. One of my favourites, so pared down, so personal, so strange. So glad it's being done.

A few other notes:

-Queen of the night not yet cast for The Magic Flute.

-In that production, gay Don G Duncan Rock will be singing Papageno. He's also Morales in Carmen.

-Emilie Renard who is one of my young singers to look out for is playing three small roles in Julietta.

-Lucy Crowe is in Barber of Seville, and I've never yet seen her. Very intrigued.

Here's the new season in full.

The Magic Flute, Mozart, opens 13 September 2012

Julietta, Martinů, opens 17 September 2012

Julius Caesar, Handel, opens 1 October 2012

Don Giovanni, Mozart, opens 17 October 2012

The Pilgrim’s Progress, Vaughan Williams, opens 5 November 2012

Carmen, Bizet, opens 21 November 2012

The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan, opens 1 December 2012

La traviata, Verdi, opens 2 February 2013

Medea, Charpentier, opens 15 February 2013

The Barber of Seville, Rossini, opens 25 February 2013

Sunken Garden, Van der Aa, opens 12 April 2013

La bohème, Puccini, opens 29 April 2013

Wozzeck, Berg, opens 11 May 2013

The Perfect American, Glass, opens 1 June 2013

Death in Venice, Britten, opens 14 June 2013

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