Breaking: ENO puts Germans in the spotlight

Breaking: ENO puts Germans in the spotlight


norman lebrecht

May 17, 2011

The two big novelties in English National Opera’s new seasons, just unveiled, are by composers barely known in Britain.

Detlev Glanert, one of the most staged composers on the continent, chimes in with Caligula, which ought to be a spine-chiller.

And Wolfgang Rihm is back with Jakob Lenz, an essay on alienation.

John Adams (Death of Klinghoffer) and Damon Albarn (Doctor Dee) make up the pack of living composers.

David Pountney will direct the UK premiere of Mieczys?aw Weinberg’s The Passenger, among 11 new productions.

Looks like a great year ahead at the Coli.

ENO 2011/12 season

The Elixir of Love, Donizetti , opens 15 September 2011

The Passenger, Weinberg, opens 19 September 2011

The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, opens 5 October 2011

Castor and Pollux, Rameau, opens 24 October 2011

Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, opens 12 November 2011

Tosca, Puccini, opens 26 November 2011

Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss, opens 28 January 2012

The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach, opens 10 February 2012

The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams, opens 25 February 2012

Jakob Lenz, Wolfgang Rihm, opens 17 April 2012, Hampstead Theatre

The Flying Dutchman, Wagner, opens 28 April 2012

Madam Butterfly, Puccini, opens 8 May 2012

Caligula, Detlev Glanert, opens 25 May 2012

Billy Budd, Britten, opens 18 June 2012

Doctor Dee, Damon Albarn, opens 25 June 2012 (press night 26 June)