Some of the singer highlights of the 2017 festival:
The Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury shares the role of Violetta with Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan, both making festival debuts, in Tom Cairns’s 2014 revived staging of Verdi’s La traviata.
Alice Coote sings her first Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.
Allan Clayton sings Hamlet, Sarah Connolly is Gertrude and John Tomlinson is the Ghost of Old Hamlet in a world premiere of Brett Dean’s new Shakespearian opera. Barbara Hannigan makes her Glynde debut as Ophelia.
An almost all-American cast for Ariadne auf Naxos: AJ Glueckert as Bacchus, Angela Brower as Composer and Erin Morley as Zerbinetta, with the Norwegian Operalia winner Lise Davidsen, making her UK debut as Ariadne.