The Royal Opera House will re-open its doors on 17 May 2021!

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will once again open its doors to audiences on 17 May 2021, with a packed schedule of in-person performances from both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, brand new work available to stream online, and the world’s first opera in hyper-reality.

The Royal Ballet will return to live performances with three programmes of works ranging from Crystal Pite to Marius Petipa. The first programme will feature 21st Century works including Christopher Wheeldon’s shimmering ballet Within the Golden Hour and two works new to The Royal Ballet by Crystal Pite. The Company also presents a series of digital content, including Meet the Young Dancers on 19 March, a streamed Insight event introducing this Season’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers and the 2020/21 Prix de Lausanne Dancer. Rising choreographic talent will also be featured with an online premiere in early May of Draft Works, The Royal Ballet’s showcase of new ideas and creativity in dancefrom within the Company.

The Royal Opera will bring together an international group of distinguished singers to perform Mozart’s opera seria, La clemenza di Tito, in a new production directed by Richard Jones, beautifully designed by Olivier-award winning Ultz, and performed under the baton of conductor Mark Wigglesworth.

The ROH also announces the re-opening of the world’s first opera in hyper reality: Current, Rising, a unique collaboration between the Royal Opera House’s innovation programme, Audience Labs, award-winning Figment Productions and Royal Holloway, University of London. Developed by a female-led creative team, the 15-minute hyper-reality opera experience combines virtual reality with a multisensory set, inviting audiences to step into a bespoke ‘Opera Tardis’ and experience a dream-like journey carried musically by a poem layered in song.

The Royal Opera has also revealed that it will be live streaming its first fully staged production since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic with a brand-new double bill of Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel on Friday 9 April. Directed by British director Isabelle Kettle, soloists of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme will perform Weill’s satirical double bill under the baton of British-Cypriot conductor Michael Papadopoulos and with choreography from Julia Cheng. This production will be available to online audiences only.

ROH will be announcing more details, including casting and booking dates for La clemenza de Tito, CurrentRising and The Royal Ballet’s Spring and Summer mixed programmes on 13 April. For both La clemenza de Tito and The Royal Ballet’s mixed programmes, audiences will be able to buy tickets for a socially-distanced live experience, or buy an online ticket to watch online wherever they are in the world.

More details on The Royal Opera’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel double bill will be announced on 29 March.

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