The news of the season ahead comes as it is announced that Antonio Pappano has renewed his contract as Music Director of the Royal Opera House until 2020. 

This new season at the Royal Opera House will see Antonio Pappano return to the Italian repertoire with a new production of Bellini’s Norma, last seen in a staged production by the Royal Opera House in 1987. The production will star  Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Joseph Calleja.

Henrik Nánási will then  conduct a cast including Javier Camarena, Daniela Mack and Vito Priante in a revival production of the Royal Opera’s  The Barber of Seville, directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.

Opening shortly after is a new production of Così fan tutte, directed by Jan Philipp Gloger and featuring a cast of up and coming talent, in Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera that looks at the nature of love.

Away from the Royal Opera House, South African Theatre company Isango Ensemble tell the true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa at the Young Vic in A Man of Good Hope. 

Meanwhile, October will see Barrie Kosky making his Royal Opera debut in a new production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire The Nose at the venue from the 20th October until the 9th November.

Vittorio Grigolo and Leonardo Capalbo will share the title role when Les Contes d’Hoffmann arrives at the Royal Opera House in November. The cast is also set to include Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina.

Antonio Pappano will conduct the first revival of Jonathan Kent’s production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, running at the Royal Opera House from the 22nd November until 12th December.

Other new productions in the newly announced season will include: Der Rosenkavalier , Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Exterminating Angel , Otello and The Merchant of Venice. 

For more information on when tickets for each production in the new season will be available to buy visit: http://www.roh.org.uk/

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