ENO Announce New Season & Coliseum ProjectDate: 11 April 2001
The English National Opera has announced details of its major new season starting in the Autumn, with eighteen operas scheduled over a nine month period. Designs for the Coliseum Restoration project have also been unveiled, with work taking place over the next three years.
Among the highlights for the 2001/2002 programme are a new staging of Prokofiev's War and Peace the ENO's first ever production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and the first London production since 1842 of Spontini's La Vestale. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi's A Masked Ball will also feature.
The Coliseum, meanwhile, will undergo a major restoration over the next three seasons in a bid to restore its original splendour. The auditorium will be redecorated and re-seated, whilst transformation on the front of house areas will create up to 40% more space for the public. The work has been scheduled to cause minimum disruption to the company's programme and the renovated Coliseum will re-open in 2004, its centenary year. The celebrations are set to include complete performances of Berlioz's The Trojans and a fully staged Ring.
- Gareth Thompson