The 2020-2021 Season of the Teatro Real






Among the 15 opera titles, 5 new productions stand out and these will premiere in Madrid:


Rusalka,  by Antonin Dvořák,─  a co production with the Säschsische Staatsoper  of Dresden,  the Teatro Comunale  of Bologna,  the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía of  Valencia─ is presented for the first time since the re-inauguration of the Teatro Real. The production is by Christof Loy, Stage director of the acclaimed Capriccio by Richard Strauss seen last season. With the complicity of Musical director Ivor Bolton, Loy returns to explore a mythical and mysterious universe tinted with a tragic resonance and populated by nymphs, sprites, princes and princesses who intone beautiful melodies and bring the characters to life in two casts led by Asmik Grigorian and Olesya Golovneva, accompanied by Karita Mattila and Alexandra DeshortiesEric Cutler and David Butt Philip; Katarina Dalayman and Okkavonder DamerauMaxim Kuzmin-Karavaev and Steven Humes.

Peter Grimes, by Benjamin Britten,  a co production with  the Royal Opera House of London, Opéra national of  Paris and Teatro dell’Opera of Rome reunites Ivor Bolton (Musical director), Deborah Warner ( Stage director)  and Michael Levine (Set designer), after the enormous success of their production of Billy Budd, also by Britten, in which they worked together.  Once again the Chorus plays an essential role as a member of the cast, along with the protagonists Allan ClaytonMaria Bengtsson and Christopher Purves, in this masterpiece that addresses the destructive power of a hypocritical and ruthless society.

Two world premieres by Spanish composers of different generations reasserts the Teatro Real’s commitment to present day creativity.  Marie, by Germán Alonso (1984), with a libretto and dramaturgy by Lola Blasco, explores a woman’s struggle for sexual freedom inspired by the character from Woyzeck by Georg Büchner and present in the opera by Alban Berg.  It will be seen at the Teatro de la Abadía,  with staging by Rafael Villalobos, the cast of Xavier SabataJordi DomènechNicole Beller Carbone  and Valentina Coladonato  and the composer will conduct the Ensemble Proyecto Ocnos.

Tránsito, with music and libretto by Jesús Torres (1965) takes us into the universe of exiled Spanish Republicans after the Second World War, in a time of uncertainty and disappointment as described in the heartbreaking drama with the same title by Max Aub.  The opera will premiere at  the Naves Matadero,  with Lydia Vinyes-CurtisIsaac GalánMaría MiróJavier Franco and José Manuel Sánchez;   the stage direction is  by Eduardo Vasco  and conductor  Jordi Francés will lead  the Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real.

The  Teatro Real launches a new production of Norma, by Vincenzo Bellini, with the musical direction of Maurizio Benini  and two casts  that  alternate  the lead role Yolanda Auyanet and  Hibla Gerzmava, together with Clémentine Margaine  and Annalisa StroppaMichael Spyres  and John Osborn;  and Roberto Tagliavini  and Fernando Radó, in the principal parts. The production by Justin Way, together with set designer Charles Edwards, is conceived on a minimalist stage with a strong symbolic power that will be able to travel with ease. In this way, the Teatro Real will have its own production of this iconic opera of Romantic bel canto, one with a flexibility to adapt to different spaces in different locations.