The ballet ‘La Sylphide,’ with a choreography signed by Johan Kobborg, and the opera ‘Rigoletto’ directed by Stephen Barlow are among the most important premiere in the new season of the Bucharest National Opera (ONB), informs a press release. After the performances staged in the International Festival ‘George Enescu,’ ONB prepares the opening of the 2013 – 2014 season on October 17, starting 7.00 PM, with ‘Othello’ by Giuseppe Verdi, the latest premier of the institution.
The new season of ONB promises to be more than generous with the public. Besides the already existing titles, opera and ballet fans will enjoy premiers, famous guests, special events, concerts and recitals, anniversaries of great singers and famous composers, book launching events, meetings and debates, along with educational projects. “The season opening is a new beginning, as well as a proof of the perennial character of the lyric theatre. We are giving the Opera a new face, both inside and outside. (…) Among the famous artists that will go on our stage this new season there are the British director Stephen Barlow, choreographer Johan Kobborg, tenor Marcello Giordani,” announced the general director of the Bucharest National Opera, Razvan Ioan Dinca.
In December, choreographer Johan Kobborg, first-dancer of the Royal Ballet Company of Covent Garden, London, the partner of famous Romanian-born ballerina Alina Cojocaru, will stage the ballet ‘La Sylphide,’ on the music of Herman Severin Løvenskiold. Also in December, ONB will mark the semi-centennial Paul Constantinescu and will bring on stage once again, after several years, the opera ‘Faust’ by Charles Gounod, directed by late master Alexandru Tocilescu.
The big surprise of 2014 is represented by ‘Rigoletto,’ directed by Stephen Barlow, one of the most prominent opera directors of the world, with a screenplay by Yannis Thavoris. Other much-awaited shows and events are the ballet ‘Femei’ (‘Women’) by Gheorghe Iancu, the celebration of the inauguration of the Opera by organising the first edition of the Opera Ball (fragments of the opera ‘The Queen of Spades’ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the first show performed in the present building), the premier of ‘Tosca’ by Giacomo Puccini, featuring tenor Marcello Giordani (one of the artists frequently invited to perform at the Metropolitan Opera of New York), and – in June – the second edition of the International Canto Contest ‘Le Grand Prix de l’Opera.’ Children were not forgotten: they will enjoy the return of the ballet ‘Cinderella’ by Sergei Prokofiev, with the choreography signed by Mihai Babuska, and of the opera for children ‘Puss in Boots’ by Cornel Trailescu, as well as the numerous theme workshops, courses and other interactive activities specifically conceived for them.
Tickets can be purchased directly from the ticket house of ONB, from Monday until Sunday, between 9.00 AM – 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM – 7.00 PM, and online at http://tickets.operanb.ro.