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In ‘opera hospitality’

Boris Godunov, Bolshoi Theatre, 16 Sep 2014 – 20 Jan 2015

Overview The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow’s main sights, was opened on Tsar Alexander II’s coronation. The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded ...


Aida, Teatro alla Scala, 15 February – 14 March 2015

Overview The sublime archaeological fable without a happy ending is presented in the brand-new performance by Peter Stein. Flamboyant and hieratic, spectacular and intimate, Aida is one of Verdi’s most beautiful masterpie...



Simon Boccanegra, 27 Jun – 16 Jul 2013 (London)

Overview When Simon Boccanegra was a young man, his lover died and their baby disappeared. Years later, as Doge of Genoa, he is reunited with his daughter, but his newfound happiness is threatened by political enemies. Elijah M...


Lucia Di Lammermoor, 7 Sep – 9 Oct 2013 (Paris)

Overview Inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s novel, madness is the dominant theme in this opera, set in a ruined castle on the misty moors. With sublime mastery, Donizetti combines drama with consummate vocal writing, giving t...



La Traviata, 2 – 20 Jun 2014 (Paris)

Overview After Dumas fils, it was Verdi’s turn to immortalize the Dame aux camélias in a cruel and sublime masterpiece, one of the repertoire’s most gripping. Benoît Jacquot directs Diana Damrau in this opera of love and ...


La Bohème, 15 Mar – 14 Jul 2014 (Paris)

Overview In Paris, a young man and a young woman meet, fall in love, are separated by life and then reunited again before the ultimate separation. Each phrase of La Bohème touches us for ever. There is perhaps nothing more str...



Turandot, 9 Sep 2013 – 10 Mar 2014 (London)

Overview Princess Turandot 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, determined to win her heart or die in the a...


Tosca, 9 – 20 Jul 2013 (London)

Overview When Mario Cavaradossi agrees to help a fugitive escape, he sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to disaster for him, his lover Floria Tosca and the sadistic Scarpia, Chief of Police in Rome. From its famous...



Don Carlo, 4 – 25 May 2013 (London)

Don Carlos falls in love with Elizabeth, daughter of Henry II of France. But his father, King Philip II of Spain, intends to marry her himself to secure a peace treaty. Can Don Carlos give up his love for the go...