Our 2019/2020 Season has just been announced, and here’s everything you need to know:
On sale dates:
Fri 15 Feb – WNO Partners and Friends can book
Wed 20 Feb – General booking open for subscription packages
Fri 1 Mar – General booking open for all tickets
The season will open with a brand new production of Bizet’s Carmen that will tour across both Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020. Director Jo Davies (Kiss Me, Kate) takes the fiery spirit of Carmen to a Latin American setting in her new production that celebrates female strength in an oppressive environment. WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts, Leslie Travers and Gabrielle Dalton will create the designs for set and costume respectively. Mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez will take on the lead role of Carmen for the Autumn tour with Dimitri Pittas as Don José, Phillip Rhodes as Escamillo and WNO’s new Associate Artist Harriet Eyley in the role of Frasquita.
Alongside Carmen, we revive James McDonald’s 2010 production of Verdi’s Rigoletto with Mark S Doss (recently Scarpia in Tosca) in the leading role. Internationally acclaimed sopranos Marina Monzó and Jessica Nuccio share the role of Gilda with young tenor David Junghoon Kim singing the role of The Duke.
Autumn 2019 will also see a revival of David Pountney’s production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, last performed in 2013, conducted by Tomáš Hanus. Aoife Miskelly returns to WNO as Vixen with Claudio Otelli (Forester), Wojtek Gierlach (Parson) and Lucia Cervoni (Fox) also making a return to the Company.
Opening the Spring Season is a new production of Les vêpres siciliennes; the final instalment in our Verdi trilogy. The production will be directed by David Pountney and conducted by WNO Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi (not all venues – check schedule for details). The cast includes Anush Hovhannisyan as Hélène, with Giorgio Caoduro returning to WNO as Guy De Montfort following his recent acclaim as Dandini in La Cenerentola. Jung Soo Yun makes a Company debut as Henri.
Completing the Spring Season is a revival of our 2016 production of The Marriage of Figaro, originally directed by Tobias Richter and featuring sets designed by the late eminent stage designer Ralph Koltai and costumes by Sue Blane. WNO’s Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi conducts performances until 13 March with a guest conductor taking the baton to complete the tour. David Ireland will sing the role of gregarious barber Figaro with Soraya Mafi as Susanna and Jonathan McGovern (recently André in War and Peace) as the flirty and flamboyant Count Almaviva.
These productions are presented alongside further performances of Carmen with Julia Mintzer in the title role.
Tickets will be available from your chosen venue in person, by phone or online