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Openings Spring/Summer 2017

This April the International Opera Award nominated The Exterminating Angel transfers to The Royal Opera House, lit by Jon Clark. The Royal Opera House will also be reviving Mayerling, lit by John B Read, while their Der Rosenkavalier with costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel will open at the New York Metropolitan Opera on Thursday 13th April. Turandot returns to Opera North later in April, designed by Joanna Parker.

Davy Cunningham lights a new production of Don Pasquale at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Dusseldorf, opening Saturday 29th April. On the same night in Kazakhstan, Manon opens at the Astana Opera, with costumes coordinated by Natalia Stewart.

On May 7thMetamorphosis arrives at The Vaults on Waterloo, stage designed by Valentina Turtur. On May 9th, a new production of The Importance of Being Earnest, lit by Emma Chapman, opens at the Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Wales, while in Scotland, Die Fledermausdirected by Lee Blakeley and designed by Mark Bouman opens May 13th at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. At the Young Vic, Jon Clark first lights the Life of Galileo, opening May 16th, followed by Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Young Vic’s first production staged at the Apollo Theatre, opening July 13th.

On Friday 26th May the first of the Pitlochry Festival 2017 productions lit by Wayne DowdeswellHigh Society, opens. This is followed by Mary Rose (1st June), People (8th June), Absurd Person Singular (15thJune), The Ruling Class (20th July) and finally Europe (24th August), all lit by Wayne Dowdeswell.

In June, Kate Flatt will choreograph le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera, opening Friday 2nd.  The Royal Court presents the world premiere of new play Anatomy of a Suicide on June 8th, designed by Alex Eales. On Sunday 11thJoanna Parker designs for Carmen at The Grange Festival’s first independent season. On the same evening at Glyndebourne, a new production of Hamlet opens, with fight scenes directed by Nicholas Hall and lit by Jon Clark.

On May 27thLa damnation de Faust opens at the Staatsoper Berlin, co-directed by Leah Hausman. Leah will also be working as co-director and movement director on Complicité’s new production of The Rakes Progress, opening at the Festival d’Aix en Provence on July 5th.

A new collaboration between Frantic Assembly and the Manchester International Festival, Fatherland, lit by Jon Clark, opens July 5th at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre. On July 10th a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto opens at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, designed by Tanya McCallin.

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