Claudio Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea
At the centre of events is the power-crazed Poppea. She aspires to the top level of the hierarchy and seduces Emperor Nero. He is totally captivated by Poppea and does everything possible to marry her, even if it leads to murder.
Britten: Albert Herring
Albert Herring, Benjamin Britten's comic opera is gently laced with moments of farce and a jocular parody on life in East Suffolk at the turn of the 20th century.
Mariinsky: Giuseppe Verdi: Attila
Based on Friedrich Werner’s "Attila, King of the Huns" this powerful and atmospheric opera puts the spotlight on celebrated Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Set in the mid-5th century Attila focuses on the collapse of the Roman Empire and is a dramatic reflection on freedom, courage and hope.
Mariinsky: Rodion Shchedrin: Dead Souls
One of the indisputable operatic masterpieces of the 20th century will appear in the brand new, bright, expressive staged version, more than 30 years later, again at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
A surprisingly actual opera about the mechanisms of fanaticism: the biblical story of Samson and Dalila is an exemplary illustration of how reconciliation is found wanting in the face of religious and political motives.
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