English National Opera announces the 2010-11 Season

Ten new productions, plus world and UK premieres

15 April 2010

Edward GardnerEnglish National Opera has announced full details of the 2010-11 season at the London Coliseum.

The company will stage its first-ever productions of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia and Handel's Radamisto, plus the world premiere of a new opera by Nico Muhly and the UK premiere of A Dog's Heart by Alexander Raskatov. And ENO's Music Director, Edward Gardner, will conduct three large-scale works: Gounod's Faust, Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust and Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.

The season opens on 18 September with Faust, in a production by Des McAnuff from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Toby Spence will sing the title role while Melody Moore is Marguerite; Iain Paterson is Mephistopheles and Edward Gardner conducts.

Then on 20 September comes the first revival of Christopher Alden's production of Janacek's The Makropulos Case. The cast includes Amanda Roocroft and Andrew Shore, and Richard Armstrong will return to conduct.

A new production of Handel's Radamisto opens on 7 October and will star Christine Rice and Ailish Tynan. Lawrence Zazzo sings the title role and Laurence Cummings will conduct the production, which is directed by David Alden.

On 18 October, Jonathan Miller returns to direct his staging of La boheme, which will again star Alfie Boe and Gwyn Hughes Jones as Rodolfo. Elizabeth Llewellyn is Mimi and Roland Wood is Marcello.

An outstanding cast of British singers comes together from 6 November for a new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni by theatre director Rufus Norris, who will make his operatic debut. Rebecca Evans is Elvira to Iain Paterson's Don Giovanni, while the rest of the cast includes Sarah Tynan, Matthew Best, Robert Murray, Brindley Sherratt and Katherine Broderick. This is followed on 20 November by the UK premiere of Russian composer Alexander Ruskatov's A Dog's Heart, which will be conducted by Garry Walker.

Two exciting projects after Christmas bring together casts of truly international quality. First on 31 January 2011 comes ENO's first-ever staging of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, which will star Claire Rutter in the title role opposite rising young tenor Michael Fabiano and bass Alastair Miles. Then on 16 February, Wagner will return to the Coliseum after quite a gap, in the form of a revival of Parsifal. Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production will star Sir John Tomlinson, Iain Paterson, Tom Fox, Stuart Skelton and Irene Theorin. Mark Wigglesworth will conduct all performances.

The company will then let its hair down with a 25th-anniversary revival of The Mikado from 26 February, this time conducted by Peter Robinson and starring ENO regulars Alfie Boe, Richard Suart, Richard Angas and Donald Maxwell.

Then from 24 March, ENO will return to the Young Vic to stage Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses, conducted by Jonathan Cohen and starring Tom Randle and Pamela Helen Stephen. Benedict Andrews will direct.

Further new productions in May bring us The Damnation of Faust (from 6 May) conducted by Edward Gardner in a staging by Terry Gilliam. The cast includes Christopher Purves and Christine Rice. Then comes an attractively-cast new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring a remarkable line-up: Iestyn Davies, Willard White, Sarah Tynan, Benedict Nelson, Kate Valentine, Michael Colvin and Graeme Danby. Leo Hussain returns to conduct.

From 8 June comes a new production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, conducted by Edward Gardner and starring Bruno Caproni, Brindley Sherratt and Roland Wood. The production is staged jointly with Munich's State Opera, with whom ENO is inaugurating a new relationship.

Contemporary music fans will be delighted by the world premiere of a new commission by Nico Muhly from 24 June. Cast and conductor are to be announced, but the director is Bartlett Sher, who will also take the piece to the Met (who are co-commissioning it) in 2013-14.

by Dominic McHugh

Edward Gardner photo: Mike Hoban

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