Intermusica artists star in the Royal Opera House’s 2019/20 season
The Royal Opera House announced their 2019/20 season on 14 May 2019, unveiling a wide range of new commissions, world premieres and revivals, supported by a diverse range of ticketed and free daytime events, activities and festivals for people of all ages. The season is the first full season since the completion of Covent Garden’s three-year Open Up initiative and features 13 new productions (including two world premieres). Among the new works is the world premiere of Jules Maxwell The Lost Thing, an adaptation of Shaun Tan’s picture book. The production is staged in association with Candoco Dance Company, the commission features a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians.
>Click here to see full details of the Royal Opera House’s new season.
Following his critically acclaimed performances in Billy Budd in April, Jacques Imbrailo returns to the Royal Opera House to star as Albert in Massenet Werther from 17 September. Benoît Jacquot’s production is conducted by Edward Gardner and also features Stephanie Wake-Edwards, who begins her debut season as a Jette Parker Young Artist with the role of Käthchen.
Rhian Lois returns to Covent Garden on 25 September to perform as Jerusha in Gerald Barry The Intelligence Park at the Linbury Theatre. Conducted by Jessica Cottis, the production is the first of Barry’s opera in London since 1990.
On 14 October, Evelino Pidò conducts the premiere of a new production of Donizetti Don Pasquale from Damiano Michieletto. The production stars Bryn Terfel and is co-produced with the Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo. The performance on 24 October will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world as part of the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season.
Leo Hussain made a critically acclaimed debut at Covent Garden in 2016 helming the Royal Opera’s first production of Enescu Oedipe. He returns to the Royal Opera House on 1 November to conduct David McVicar’s production of Die Zauberflöte, which also features Hongni Wu as Zweite Dame. Wu is currently a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, with other roles in the 2019/20 season including Flora in La traviata, Karolka in Jenůfa and Tebaldo in Don Carlo.
Tim Mead returns to the Royal Opera House to star in David McVicar’s new production of Britten Death in Venice from 21 November. Performing under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Mead performs the role of Apollo opposite Mark Padmore and Gerald Finley.
Gregory Kunde performs one of his signature roles at Covent Garden from 9 December, starring in the title role of Verdi Otello under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Keith Warner’s production also stars Freddie De Tommaso, who makes his Covent Garden debut as Cassio.
Pamela Helen Stephen, Vlada Borovko, Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards join the cast for Richard Eyre’s production of La traviata from 17 December. Stephen takes the role of Annina, while Borovko stars as Violetta on 1 February 2020. She also returns to star as Musetta in three performances of La bohème directed by Richard Jones on 7, 11 and 13 February. Wake-Edwards and Wu share the role of Flora.
Lise Davidsen sings her first lead role at the Royal Opera House from 1 March 2020 when she stars opposite Jonas Kaufmann in a new production of Beethoven Fidelio. The production is directed by Tobias Kratzer, who directs Davidsen in Wagner Tannhäuser at this summer’s Bayreuth Festival. The production will be broadcast live in cinemas on 17 March.
Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards join the cast of Janáček Jenůfa from 24 March 2020. Directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Wu takes the role of Karolka while Wake-Edwards sings the Herdswoman.
Ruxandra Donose returns to the Royal Opera House for two productions next season. On 27 April, she joins Christof Loy’s production of Wagner Tristan und Isolde to sing the role of Brangäne under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. She then returns on 29 June to star in Don Carlo as Eboli. Nicholas Hytner’s production also features Hongni Wu as Tebaldo.
Stephanie Wake-Edwards continues her debut season as a Jette Parker Young Artist with the role of Kate Pinkerton in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini Madama Butterfly from 22 June. This co-production with the Gran Teatre del Liceu is conducted by Dan Ettinger.
Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards round off the season alongside their colleagues on the Jette Parker programme with the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance on 18 July.
Hongni Wu & Jacquelyn Stucker star in Phaedra at the Linury Theatre
Hongni Wu and Jacquelyn Stucker star in Noa Naamat’s production of Henze Phaedra at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre on 15 May 2019. The production is conducted by Edmund Whitehead and Wu peforms the title role while Stucker sings Aphrodite.
Phaedra was Hans Werner Henze's final opera and was premiered in 2007. Re-imagining of the myth of Phaedra and Hippolytus (Hippolyt), the opera has been described as an "astonishing achievement" brimming with "otherworldly beauty" and a "rich, beguiling and significant work".
Wu is currently on the Jette Parker Programme at the Royal Opera House, where her highlights this season have included Flora La traviata and her role debut as Sibel Faust. She also sings Mercédès in Barrie Kosky's acclaimed production of Carmen at the Linbury Theatre. Upcoming highlights at the Royal Opera House include Flora in Richard Eyre’s production of La traviata, Karolka Jenůfa and Tebaldo Don Carlo.
As a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, this season Stucker stars as Prilepa in The Queen of Spades under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano and Frasquita in Barrie Kosky’s production of Carmen. Upcoming highlights for Stucker include her Glyndebourne debut as Armida in Robert Carsen’s production of Rinaldo and her principal artist debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She also makes debuts in leading roles with Boston Lyric Opera and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
Hongni Wu debuts at Covent Garden as Flora in La traviata
Hongni Wu makes her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 24 January 2019 as Flora La traviata. Richard Eyre’s production is conducted by Antonello Manacorda, and Wu performs alongside a cast including Angel Blue, Benjamin Bernheim and Simone Piazzola.
Wu is currently on the Jette Parker Programme at the Royal Opera House and further highlights this season include Mercédès in Barrie Kosky's acclaimed production of Carmen and the title role of Phaedra in the Linbury Theatre.
Intermusica signs mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu for worldwide representation
We are delighted to announce the signing of exciting mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu for worldwide management. Currently on the Jette Parker Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she makes her debut there this season as Flora La Traviata in Richard Eyre’s production, followed by Mercédès in Barrie Kosky's acclaimed production of Carmen. She will also perform the title role of Phaedra in the Linbury Theatre.
Earlier this year she was the winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council competition, conducted by Bertrand de Billy, for which she received the following praise from the New York Times:
“Hongni Wu brought technical agility, warm colorings and an ample sound to “Cruda sorte,” a bel canto showpiece from Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri.” Then, after intermission, in a bold choice, she sang the opening scene of Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” with youthful bloom and richness”
Hongni studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music.