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Roberto Alagna

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July 25

Bayreuth assembles dream-team Lohengrin. What could possibly go wrong?

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discKatharina Wagner has let it be known that next year’s new Lohengrin production (succeeding the one with the rats) will feature Robert Alagna as the hero and Anja Harteros as Elsa. The sought-after Harteros replaces Anne Netrebko, the original choice of conductor Christian Thielemann. There is combustive potential in that team. Waltraud Meier returns as Ortrud after an incredibly long absence, Georg Zeppenfeld sings King Heinrich and Tomasz Konieczny is Telramund. The show will be staged by Bayreuth’s first American director, Yuval Sharon. What can possibly go wrong? In other Bayreuth news: Placido Domingo will conduct next summer’s Walküre.

Royal Opera House

July 15

Watch: The Royal Opera’s Turandot on-demand

The Royal Opera’s Turandot was relayed live to BP Big Screens around the UK and streamed via YouTube on 14 July. It is now available to watch on demand for a further 30 days, until 14 August 2017. The opera, set in ancient China, tells the story of Princess Turandot, who has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf, captivated by Turandot’s beauty, takes up the challenge. Turandot contains one of the most famous of all arias, ‘Nessun dorma’, sung as Calaf anticipates winning the Princess’s hand – immortalized in popular culture by Luciano Pavarotti . Andrei Serban ’s spectacular staging transports its audience to a beautiful but savage world. Sally Jacobs ’s colourful sets and costumes are inspired by ancient Chinese culture, reflecting the traditional Chinese melodies woven into the score. American soprano Lise Lindstrom sings the role of Princess Turandot and French tenor Roberto Alagna performs the role of Calaf. Dan Ettinger conducts. Read the full cast list . Subscribe to our YouTube channel for notifications about future livestreams:




Royal Opera House

July 15

Your Reaction: What did you think of Puccini's Turandot on BP Big Screens?

Lise Lindstrom as Turandot © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013 #rohturandot absolute masterpiece. Thanks for making this available the world over @RoyalOperaHouse @YouTube — Dan H. (@0ce4n_Bleu) July 15, 2017 Superb revival of #ROHturandot last night. Amazing cast living their role in this vintage but solid production@Alek_Kurzak @roberto_alagna — Julien Hasler (@JulienHasler) July 15, 2017 #rohturandot my review: lavish and intricate blend of costumes, dance and passionate voice. Bravo! — Camberwella ???????? (@camberwella) July 15, 2017 Wonderful, mesmerising, glorious performance @roberto_alagna #rohturandot #bigscreen @CityParkBD — Chris Housley (@lufcChris) July 15, 2017 The cast of Turandot © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013 Oh what a triumph. Be still my poor heart. Bravissimi tutti! #ROHTurandot — Misper (@akicviii) July 14, 2017 Tonight's #ROHTurandot was a thrilling human drama. I could share feelings of everyone on the stage. And of course shed tears for Liu. ???? — Yosh M (@yoshkosh10) July 14, 2017 Really enjoyed #rohturandot on the @bpbigscreens in Castle Square Swansea tonight. More next year please @EnjoySwansea — Jane Pritchard (@marinagirl29) July 14, 2017 #ROHturandot Thank you, @TheRoyalOpera , it was a joy to watch! Kudos to all involved, esp. the leads and @ROHchorus . Y'all were on fire! ???????????? — Fufi (@batched_fufi) July 14, 2017 Marco Berti as Calaf in Turandot © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013 #ROHturandot Fantastic 3rd act with a brilliant @Alek_Kurzak , mesmerising performances by @liselindstrom and @roberto_alagna . Bravissimo! ???????? — Fufi (@batched_fufi) July 14, 2017 Nessun dorma..., Nessun dorma... The best moment. Bravissimo Alagna. He nailed it at #ROHTurandot . Magnificent high note at "Vincerò". pic.twitter.com/B6rJNsJTnB — Koba El Tigre ☭ (@KobaElTigre) July 14, 2017 @RoyalOperaHouse I was at the 1st night of this one back in '84 - thanks for the #ROHTurandot stream ! ;-) — Stephanie Brooke (@manx_maid) July 14, 2017 #ROHturandot Not even football can move me like Opera!! — Thomas Knoll (@tom_knoll) July 14, 2017 What did you think of Turandot? Share your thoughts via the comments below. If you missed the livestream, watch it again on-demand for 30 days Turandot runs until 16 July 2017. Tickets are still available.

Royal Opera House

July 5

Catch The Royal Opera's Turandot livestreamed and on BP Big Screens on 14 July 2017

Grab a picnic – The Royal Opera's Turandot will be relayed live to BP Big Screens around the UK on 14 July. You can also watch the stream online, hosted on this page, live and on demand for a further 30 days. The opera will be broadcast free to 14 screens around the country, from Newcastle to Brighton, with pre-screening beginning at 7pm. The performance will start at 7.30pm. To enhance your viewing experience, access our Turandot Digital Programme , free with promo code FREETURANDOT, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production. Marco Berti as Calaf in Turandot © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013 The story The opera, set in ancient China, tells the story of Princess Turandot, who has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf, captivated by Turandot’s beauty, takes up the challenge. Composer Giacomo Puccini spent his last years working on Turandot, his final opera, which he never completed – he died of throat cancer while working on the climactic love duet in 1924. Turandot had its premiere two years later, in a version completed by Franco Alfano. Read more: How do you compose an opera when the composer has died before finishing it? Puccini unpacked: A guide to one of the most-loved operatic composers The music Turandot contains one of the most famous of all arias, 'Nessun dorma', sung as Calaf anticipates winning the Princess's hand – immortalized in popular culture most of all by Luciano Pavarotti. But there's more to to the opera than its best-known moment; there are many memorable arias including ‘Signore, ascolta’, as Liù appeals to Calaf not to attempt Turandot’s deadly riddles, and Turandot’s defiant ‘In questa reggia’. Read more: Musical highlight: a shiver-down-the-spine moment from Puccini's Turandot The production Andrei Serban’s spectacular staging transports its audience to a beautiful but savage world. Sally Jacobs’s colourful sets and costumes are inspired by ancient Chinese culture, reflecting the traditional Chinese melodies woven into the score. This production premiered at the Los Angeles Cultural Olympiad in 1984, just 58 years after the premiere. The cast of Turandot © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013 The cast American soprano Lise Lindstrom made her Royal Opera Debut in the role of Princess Turandot in 2013; she will reprise this role for this Season's performances. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings the role of Calaf. The performance will be conducted by Dan Ettinger . Add your review After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHturandot Dionysios Sourbis as Ping, David Butt Philip as Pang and Doug Jones as Pong © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013 If you're watching the performance at a BP Big Screen location, send us a selfie with the same hashtag for the chance to win a prize. Turandot will be relayed for free to BP Big Screens around the UK on 14 July 2017, and can be watched online on the ROH website. Find your nearest BP Big Screen .



Royal Opera House

June 21

Cast changes: Ivan Magrì and Jennifer Davis to sing in L'elisir d'amore on 22 June 2017

The Royal Opera Chorus in L'elisir d'amore © Johan Persson/ROH 2009 Due to illness, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak has had to withdraw from singing the role of Adina in L'elisir d'amore on 22 June 2017. In addition, French-Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna will no longer be singing the role of Nemorino in the same performance, as he is suffering from tracheitis. The role of Adina will now be performed by Irish soprano Jennifer Davis . The role of Nemorino will now be sung by Italian tenor Ivan Magrì , who sang Nemorino in the performance on Sunday 11 June, in his Royal Opera debut. Ivan Magrì will return to The Royal Opera in the 2017/18 Season to sing the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto . Magrì was born in Catania, and studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and with Luciano Pavarotti . His opera engagements include Werther for Hungarian State Opera, Manrico in Il trovatore in Cagliari, Rodolfo in La bohème for Hamburg State Opera and in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bari, Alfredo Germont in La traviata for Savonlinna Opera Festival, Berlin State Opera and in Cagliari, Valencia and Florence; Duke of Mantua for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Rome Opera and in Budapest and Florence; Nemorino for Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Lima, Rodolfo in Luisa Miller in Hamburg and Zürich, Arturo I puritani in Bratislava, Camille de Rosillon in Die lustige Witwe for Teatro Regio, Turin, and Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra in Valencia. Jennifer Davis joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the start of the 2015/16 Season. In her first Season with The Royal Opera, she sang Second Grace/Second Fate in Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica and Ines in Il trovatore on the main stage, and in the world premiere of 4.48 Psychosis at the Lyric Hammersmith. During the 2016/17 Season she has sung Ifigenia in Oreste at Wilton’s Music Hall, Ines in Il trovatore and Adina, and will sing Arbate in Mitridate, re di Ponto for The Royal Opera. She has also sung in Les Enfants Terribles and Flight Pattern for The Royal Ballet and appeared in recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet. She returns to The Royal Opera in the 2017/18 Season to sing First Lady in Die Zauberflöte . If you have a ticket please see terms and conditions of sale .

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