It won’t have Jonas Kaufmann. Too bad (though’s he’s in another of the ROH’s 7 new prods announced this am, see below).
But in every other aspect the new ROH Parsifal looks like a winner, even to Parsifal-sceptic Slipped Disc.
Check it out:
The New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill is the most highly rated Kiwi singer since Kiri. He sang the role in Vienna last year.
René Pape as Gurnemanz. Who else?
Gerald Finley - yes, that Gerald Finley – in his role debut as Amfortas.
Willard White makes his comeback as Klingsor.
Angela Denoke sings Kundry for the first time at Covent Garden.
Sir Antonio Pappano conducts. Top man.
And Stephen Langridge is director with Alison Chitty as designer, so there will be no more of those silly office uniforms that disfigured the Met’s show. Will Simon O’Neill take his shirt off? Doubt it. Too much else going on.
More season’s highlights below.
- Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes is directed by Norwegian director Stefan Herheim who makes his debut at Covent Garden.
- Further new productions include Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni, Manon Lescaut directed by Jonathan Kent and Maria Stuarda directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser….. with…… Joyce DiDonato!
- Simon Rattle conducts Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, with his partner Magdalena Kožená as Blanche and Deborah Polaski as Madame de Croissy. Some of the crowd scenes will include participants from a community project involving Streetwise Opera.