Covent Garden season announced, featuring several Rayfield Allied artists

10 April 2016

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has announced its season for 2016-17 and several Rayfield Allied artists will sing major roles throughout.

Russian tenor Sergey Romanovsky makes his Covent Garden debut as Alfredo in Richard Eyre’s much-lauded production of La traviata, conducted by Daniele Rustioni. Alongside Romanovsky, Royal Opera House Company Principal Yuriy Yurchuk sings Baron Douphol and Jette Parker Young Artist David Shipley sings Doctor Grenvil.

Madama Butterfly sees Texan baritone Scott Hendricks return to the Covent Garden stage as Sharpless, singing alongside Ermonela Jaho, Ana Maria Martinez, Marcelo Puente and Teodor Ilincai, and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Yuriy Yurchuk sings the role of Prince Yamadori.

Three further artists return to the Royal Opera House for a new production of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel, under the baton of the composer. Hubert Francis sings the role of Lucas, alongside Elizabeth Atherton and Anne Marie Gibbons who appear in the roles of Meni and Camila respectively. The all-star cast also includes Anne Sofie von Otter, Christine Rice, John Tomlinson, Thomas Allen, Iestyn Davies and Sally Matthews.

Peter Bronder returns to Covent Garden to sing Iaryzhkin in a new production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. David Shipley sings the roles of Clerk 3, Policeman 4, Speculator and Respectable Lady’s Son.

David Shipley sings the role of the Nightwatchman in a new production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by the Royal Opera’s Director of Opera Kasper Holten and conducted by Music Director Antonio Pappano. Bryn Terfel sings Hans Sachs alongside Gwyn Hughes Jones as Walther von Stolzing and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Eva.

As a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Shipley also sings the role of the Sergeant Manon Lescaut. As a Company Principal, Yuriy Yurchuk will sing the roles of Schlemil Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Mandarin Turandot. Both artists appear as Flemish Deputies in Don Carlo.

More information can be found on the Royal Opera House website here.

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