Bavarian State Opera has announced a date for its most challenging commission. It’s an opera by a Czech composer, Miroslav Srnka, on the fateful 1911-12 race to the South Pole between Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian team and Robert Falcon Scott’s British expedition. Amundsen won by 33 days. Scott died on the return to base.
Rolando Villazon will sing the role of Scott. Thomas Hampson will play Amundsen.
Hans Neuenfels directs. Kirill Petrenko conducts.
Luxury casting. Opens January 2016.