Rayfield Allied artists in the redesigned Linbury Theatre

25 September 2018

With the opening of the newly refurbished Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Rayfield Allied is delighted to announce the participation of our artists in the theatre’s inaugural season.

Laurence Cummings conducts performances of Handel’s Berenice in an exciting collaboration between the Royal Opera House and the London Handel Festival, of which he is Musical Director. With its two central, strong female characters, the opera is a perfect fit for the festival’s 2019 theme ‘Handel’s Divas’, and receives its first Covent Garden performances since the premiere there in 1737.

In the Royal Ballet’s first appearance at the Linbury Theatre, David Sawer’s April \ March will become a new dance work with choreography by Aletta Collins. April \ March, which was originally co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society Drummond fund, received its world premiere with the London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms in August 2016. The work was highly praised for its “detailed narrative and intricate counterpoint” and its “kaleidoscopic scoring” (Helen Wallace, ArtsDesk). David Sawer and Aletta Collins’ new work will be one of five collaborations to receive their premieres at the Linbury, and will be performed by the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Ballet in February 2019.

Tenor Dan Shelvey will create the role of Baldr in Gavin Higgins and Francesca Simon’s new opera The Monstrous Child. Described as "a name to watch", he has been praised for his "astute characterisation and attractive manner of singing" (Seen and Heard International). Dan is a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio, with whom he performed at Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. This will be his Royal Opera House debut.

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