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Release Date: 28 Jun 2017
Director: Antonio Pappano
Cast: Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Agresta, Ludovic Tezier
Renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut in a new production of Verdi's passionate opera.
Often cited as his greatest and most mature work, Verdi's penultimate opera is a brilliant interpretation of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. It provides a powerful and poignant musical language for the story of Venetian general Otello, who descends into madness after being tricked by envious Iago into believing that his bride Desdemona is having an affair. Its many highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's haunting 'Willow Song'. Drawing on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and a stellar line-up of principal singers, this new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner sees world famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann make his role debut as Otello. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tezier his nemesis, Iago. The conductor is Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano.
Release Date: 07 Jun 2017
Director: Emmanuel Plasson
The Royal Ballet's anniversary celebrations conclude with a tribute to the great Frederick Ashton
The exceptional series of performances to mark the Royal Ballet's 70 years at the Royal Opera House draws to a close with a mixed programme highlighting the creative vision of founding choreographer Frederick Ashton. Choreographed to music by Mendelssohn, the one-act ballet 'The Dream' is a skilfully abridged version of Shakespeare's riotously comic A Midsummer Night's Dream. Set to Franck's brooding 'Variations Symphoniques', 'Symphonic Variations' is both historically and artistically significant. This remarkable celebration of pure movement was Ashton's first post-WWII work and one of the first to be performed on the ROH's huge main stage in 1946. Finally, 'Marguerite and Armand' is inspired by the 19th century novel 'La Dame aux Camelias', which also formed the basis of Verdi's 'La Traviata', and was created by Ashton specifically for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.
Release Date: 19 May 2017
Following Caesaras assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antonyas military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.