The English National Opera has announced its 2013-14 season which sees the UK premieres of 10 new opera and the return of 4 recent hits. Ex-Monty Pythoner and film-maker Terry Gilliam has been appointed director of the company which is trying to reverse its budget deficit.
Gilliam will return to the music of Hector Berlioz to direct a new production of Benvenuto Cellini. He directed The Damnation of Faust in 2011.
Anthony Minghella’s production of Madam Butterfly, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers will share the season with a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte, The Magic Flute and Rodelinda.
There is also a venture into an alternative performance space with Thomas Adès and Philip Hensher’s chamber opera Powder Her Face, being performed in Ambika P3, former concrete construction and testing site located underground in central London.