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Here is an edited version of the announcement of the new season, beginning with Monica Mason's introduction. The full details are available at the ROH website on an Acrobat Reader file. Further contributions should be made on the other thread.


In my first full Season as Director, it is exciting for me to be able to make plans for the Company from a repertory as large and diverse as The Royal Ballet’s. Altogether, it takes approximately eighty five dancers, fourteen choreographers, twenty composers and conductors, designers and repetiteurs from round the world to make the basic ingredients of our 2003/2004 season. Although the choice is far from easy, I feel that the very different facets of the Company’s work will be amply demonstrated in the variety of programmes on offer throughout the year.

In the autumn, we will present two triple bills, the first of which features a work new to the Company from British choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon. Polyphonia, winner of the 2003 Olivier Award, was made for soloists of New York City Ballet last year, and is set to piano pieces of György Ligeti. The second ballet is George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments with music by Paul Hindemith, a classic from this great choreographer whose centenary we will celebrate in 2004. Jiří Kylían’s Sinfonietta, set to Janáček’s glorious score and first performed by the Company earlier this year, concludes this programme.

The second mixed programme which opens with Mark Morris’s Gong, consists largely of new work. William Tuckett will create again for the Company and the work of two other British choreographers will be seen on the main stage for the first time. Russell Maliphant will make a new piece for Sylvie Guillem and the “Ballet Boyz”, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and Wayne McGregor will also create a new ballet for the Company.

We celebrate two anniversaries during the Season. In May we will remember Serge Diaghilev who died seventy five years ago, with a mixed programme of ballets associated with the first half of the 20 th Century. Diaghilev was perhaps the greatest impresario of that period and his influence is still very much with us. Frederick Ashton made his version of Daphnis and Chloe in 1951, set to Ravel’s shimmering score created by the composer at Diaghilev’s request. L’Apres-midi d’un faune, and Le Spectre de la rose showcased the remarkable talents of Vaslav Nijinsky. Both these works were created for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes as was Bronislava Nijinska’s monumental masterpiece, Les Noces, which completes the evening.

In January, we celebrate the centenary of one of Diaghilev’s protegees, George Balanchine, whose early work was also created for the Ballets Russes. Agon, The Prodigal Son and Symphony in C are three wonderfully contrasting examples of this great choreographer’s creative genius.

Two of the eight full-length ballets seen during the year will be new productions. Frederick Ashton’s first full-length ballet, Cinderella, will return at Christmas with its first performance on 23rd December sixty five years to the day after Moira Shearer and Michael Somes first danced the leading roles. Kenneth MacMillan’s Isadora, first seen in 1981, returns with a
new concept by theatre director David Leveaux, based on MacMillan’s original choreography. Inspired by the tempestuous life and loves of the American dancer and teacher Isadora Duncan, and using text taken from her diaries, the central role is shared between a dancer and an actress.

Two other full length works by MacMillan are also included in the season; Romeo and Juliet, now firmly established as a 20th Century classic and Mayerling, the powerfully dramatic story
of the events surrounding the double death of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary and his young mistress, Mary Vetsera.
Natalia Makarova’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty returns in the spring and her production of La Bayadère opens the Season in October. We will dedicate the performances of La Bayadère to the memory of John Lanchbery, who died earlier this year. He was
Principal Conductor to The Royal Ballet for twelve years and made an outstanding and unique contribution to the repertoire through his close collaboration with Ashton and MacMillan. Peter Wright’s highly acclaimed production of Giselle and John Cranko’s masterwork Onegin, complete the year’s repertory.

It is very rewarding to see each new generation of dancers challenged by our rich repertoire. I hope very much that you will come and see the Company during the forthcoming Season.

Monica Mason
Director, The Royal Ballet


LA BAYADÈRE – a ballet in three acts
17, 21, 22, 31 October, 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 13 November at 7.30pm / 18 October at 1pm. Revival sponsored (2000) by The Friends of Covent Garden
Conductor Valery Ovsyanikov

Rojo, Acosta, Nuñez 17, 22 October, 13 November
Marquez*, Putrov*, Chapman* 18 (mat) October, 12 November
Tapper*, Urlezaga, Yanowsky 10 November
Bussell, Bolle, Yanowsky 21, 31 October
Cojocaru, Kobborg, Morera* 1, 5 November
Nuñez*, Soares*, Cuthbertson* 3 November
* London debut in role with The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House
These performances of La Bayadère are dedicated to the memory of John Lanchbery, Principal Conductor of The Royal Ballet from 1960 - 1972 who died this year on 26th February.

– a ballet in three acts
30 October, 7, 19, 24 November at 7.30pm / 6 November at 2pm and 7.30pm, 6 December at 7pm, 31 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm / 2, 7, 10, 15 April at 7.30pm, 12 April at 2pm and 7pm.
Revival sponsored (2001) by The British Land Company Plc and The Friends of Covent Garden

Conductors Boris Gruzin / Graham Bond
Rojo, Makhateli 30 October, 7 November
Galeazzi, Bonelli* 6 (mat) November
Yoshida, Urlezaga 6 November
Cojocaru, Kobborg 19 November
Benjamin, Samodurov* 24 November, 6 December
* London debut in role with The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House


15 November at 2pm / 15 November at 7pm / 18, 21, 25, 27 November at 7.30pm

Music György Ligeti
Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
Costumes Holly Hynes
To be announced 15, 18, 21, 25, 27 November

Music Paul Hindemith
Choreography George Balanchine
Tapper*, Nuñez*, 15 (mat), 18 November
Urlezaga*, Underwood* † , Thomas* †
Bussell*, Yanowsky* 15, 21 November
Acosta*, Samodurov*, Watson*
Bussell, Yanowsky 25, 27 November
Acosta, Bonelli*, Watson

Music Leoš Janáček
Choreography Jiří Kylían
Designs Walter Nobbe
Lighting Kees Tjebbes
The Company 15, 18, 21, 25, 27 November
Conductor Paul Murphy
* London debut in role with The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House † Guest Artist from Dance Theater of Harlem


3, 4, 9, 11, 12 December at 7.30pm
Gong supported (2002) by The Benefactors’ Circle
Music Colin McPhee
Choreography Mark Morris
Designs Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting Michael Chybowski
Music Steve Reich
Choreography William Tuckett
Music To be announced
Choreography Russell Maliphant
Music To be announced
Choreography Wayne MacGregor
Sets Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Lucy Carter
Conductor Richard Bernas
In contrast to the established repertory favourites of the Season, this mixed programme is dedicated to new and innovative works. Mark Morris’s absorbing work Gong, created for American Ballet Theatre in 2001, was new to The Royal Ballet last Season. Suffused with the influences of Indonesia, it combines light and shadow, emotion and formality, release and restraint. The gamelan-inspired music of Colin McPhee and the subtle Eastern nuances pervading Isaac Mizrahi’s designs, all contribute to a work of contrast, mystery and rich lyricism. Versatile Royal Ballet choreographer William Tuckett brings his particular vision to the main stage in a short new work for the Company. Set to Steve Reich’s Proverb, which uses text from Ludwig Wittgenstein, this new work features an orchestration using two
vibraphones, two electric organs, three sopranos and two tenors.
Russell Maliphant, who is enjoying a growing international reputation, will create a new work on Sylvie Guillem and the Ballet Boyz (Michael Nunn and William Trevitt). Maliphant
has had a variety of his works performed by visiting companies in the Linbury Studio Theatre, however this will be his first work for The Royal Ballet on the main stage. Completing the trio of new works is one by Wayne McGregor, whose previous connections with the Company include his Symbiont(s), seen in the Clore and Linbury in 2000 and 2001, and brainstate, performed in the Clore in 2000. This will be his first work for the main stage.


New Production – a ballet in three acts
23, 26, 27, 30 December, 2, 10 January at 2pm and 7pm / 29 December, 3, January at 7pm / 31 December at 5pm, 1 January at 1pm / 5, 7, 8 January at 7.30pm
Music Serge Prokofiev
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Designs To be announced
Conductors Boris Gruzin / Brett Morris
Tapper*, Makhateli*, Soares*, Matiakis* 23 (mat)
Cojocaru*, Kobborg*, Dowell*, Sleep* 23, 27, 30 (mat) December, 3 January
Bussell, Cope, Dowell, Sleep 26 (mat), 31 December
Yoshida, Bonelli*, Soares, Matiakis 26, 30 December, 2 (mat), 5 January Rojo*, Urlezaga, Marriott, Mosley 27 (mat) December, 2, 8 January Tapper, Makhateli, Marriott, Howells 29 December, 10 (mat) January Benjamin, Samodurov*, Marriott, Mosley 1, 7, 10 January
* London debut in role with The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House


a ballet in three acts
12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27 January, 5, 6 February at 7.30pm 17 January at 2pm and 7pm / 24, 31 January, 7 February at 7pm Revival sponsored (2003) by The Friends of Covent Garden

Music Adolphe Adam
Choreography Marius Petipa after
Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Production Peter Wright
Designs John MacFarlane
Conductor Boris Gruzin.

28, 29 January, 4, 19, 23, 25 February at 7.30pm / 21 February at 1pm
Music Igor Stravinsky
Choreography George Balanchine
Music Serge Prokofiev
Choreography George Balanchine
Designs Georges Rouault
Music Georges Bizet
Choreography George Balanchine
Designs Anthony Dowell
Conductor Barry Wordsworth

a ballet in three acts
26, 27 February, 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 16 March at 7.30pm / 28 February at 12.30pm / 6, 13
March at 1.30pm and 7pm / 7 March at 3pm
Supported (2003) by The Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund
Music Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Marius Petipa
Production Natalia Makarova
Designs Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting Mark Henderson
Conductors Valery Ovsyanikov / Brett Morris


– a ballet in three acts
17, 19, 24, 26, 29, 30 March, 6 April at 7.30pm / 27 March, 3 April at 7pm
Music Franz Liszt
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Designs Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting John B. Read
Conductors Barry Wordsworth / Graham Bond


New Production – a ballet in two acts
21, 23, 26, 28, 29 April, 4, 5, 7 May at 7.30pm / 1 May at 7pm / 3 May at 1pm
Music Richard Rodney Bennett
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Production David Leveaux
Designs To be announced
Conductor Barry Wordsworth
Isadora, Kenneth MacMillan's full-length ballet made in 1981 as part of The Royal Ballet's 50th anniversary Season returns with a new concept by theatre director David Leveaux. The name of Isadora Duncan evokes colourful images: her ‘Greek’-inspired dance, her dismissal of social convention and her untimely death in a sports car on the Riviera. But this was also the life of an individual spirit whose conviction and artistic vision put the expressive power of dance at its very heart. MacMillan’s interpretation of her life in scenes and impressions remains true to the artistic spirit of Isadora herself, for its combination through two acts of words, music and choreography explore the moods of her life as much as describe its events. Richard Rodney Bennett’s eclectic score incorporates pastiches of the classical music Isadora danced to, along with the popular ragtime and early jazz soundscapes of her times. Alongside a powerful title role, played both by a dancer and an actress,
Isadora’s characters include many of those who shared in what became a life of high drama and personal tragedy.


8, 15 May at 7pm / 10, 13, 17, 18, 20, 25 May at 7.30pm
Music Maurice Ravel
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Designs Martyn Bainbridge
Lighting Mark Henderson
Music Claude Debussy
Choreography Vaslav Nijinsky
Production re-created by Ann Hutchinson Guest
and Claudia Jeschke
Designs Léon Bakst
Lighting John B. Read
Music Carl Maria Weber
Choreography Mikhail Fokine
Designs Léon Bakst
Music Igor Stravinsky
Choreography Bronislava Nijinska
Designs Natalia Gontcharova
Lighting John B. Read
Conductor To be announced
This programme celebrates the 75th anniversary of the death of the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev.


– a ballet in three acts
26, 28 May, 2, 3, 4, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 24, 29, 30 June at 7.30pm 26 June, 29, 31 May at 7pm / 31 May at 2pm
Supported (2001) by The Dalriada Trust
Conductors Graham Bond / Ben Pope

The Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeanetta Laurence to Assistant Director of The Royal Ballet. Born in Oxford, she trained with June Christian and later the Royal Ballet Schools. In 1969 she joined The Royal Ballet Touring Company, under John Field and then Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, under Peter Wright. She was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress in 1978 and left the Company to have a family in 1979. From 1980-83 she was the press and publicity officer for the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, and the Gate at the Latchmere, Battersea. In 1983, she founded an agency for dancers and choreographers, Dance Directory, with fellow dancer Rashna Homji which ran successfully for eight years. She then spent two years assisting Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne before joining The Royal Ballet as Artistic Administrator in 1990.

In September 2003, Viacheslav Samodurov and Federico Bonelli will both join The Royal Ballet from Dutch National Ballet as Principal Dancers. David Makhateli will join as a First Soloist in September 2003, from Houston Ballet, and he will also perform as a Guest Artist in Romeo and Juliet this Summer.

The Royal Ballet would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following dancers who have joined the Company this Season: First Artist Christina Salerno from Zurich Ballet (December 2002), Artist Cindy Jourdain from English National Ballet (January 2003) and Artist Paul Kay from the Royal Ballet School (February 2003). As part of our continuing relationship with Dance Theater of Harlem, The Royal Ballet will be joined by two Guest Artists from the Company. Eric Underwood and Kevin Thomas
will appear in two performances of The Four Temperaments in November.

Principal Character Artist David Drew will retire as a full Company member at the end of this Season, and will return next Season as a Guest Artist. He trained at Westbury School of
Dancing in Bristol and the Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 1955. He was promoted to Soloist in 1961 and Principal in 1974.

Principal Dancer Johan Persson has left the Company to pursue a career in photography. Born in Sweden in 1971 he first studied with the Royal Swedish Ballet School and then the National Ballet School of Canada in 1973 before joining National Ballet of Canada in 1990. He joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2000.

First Soloist Nicola Tranah left The Royal Ballet after her last performance of Winter Dreams in January, in order to spend more time with her family. After graduating from the Royal Ballet School in 1982 she spent two years with Dutch National Ballet before joining The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 1984. She will be dancing as a Guest Artist during the Russian Tour later this Season.

First Soloist Muriel Valtat has left The Royal Ballet following the birth of her second child and has moved with her family to her husband’s native country, Canada. Born and trained in Paris she came to England in 1984 to study at the Royal Ballet School, before joining The Royal Ballet in 1985. Over the intervening years she danced as a Soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and Scottish Ballet before returning to The Royal Ballet in 1991.

Artist Natalie Decorte has decided to return home to dance with Australian Ballet. Born in Sydney where she trained with the Australian Ballet School before studying at the Royal
Ballet School. She joined the Company in 1999 and will be leaving before the start of the Russian Tour in June.
Artist Jose Maria Tirado will leave The Royal Ballet to pursue a freelance career in dance.Born in Madrid, Spain, he trained with Julia Estevez and with San Francisco Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 2000.


The Royal Opera House’s newest department, ROH2, was established to present and produce new art which develops new artists and brings new audiences to the Royal Opera House. Under the artistic direction of Deborah Bull, the department is building a
range of partnerships with companies and artists who can contribute to achieving these aims as well as collaborating closely with The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and other
departments involved in creative projects. ROH2 also programmes performances in the Linbury Studio Theatre, the Clore Studio Upstairs and other spaces around the building.

ROH2 2003/4 Season begins with two festivals. The inaugural Helen Hamlyn’s Festival of Firsts will see nine small companies from a wide range of performing arts, take over the Linbury Studio Theatre for a week of diverse and exciting performances
for young adult audiences. NITRO at the Opera, a day long festival, is the culmination of a year long mentoring and development programme with nine black British composers in collaboration with NITRO. The day will include two performances
of three 15-minute operas and a recital programme of six duets and arias of new music.

ROH2 presents three chamber operas this Season. Music Theatre Wales, the first Associate Company, returns with Param Vir’s opera Ion. Théâtre Français de la Musique will perform for the first time at the ROH presenting a double bill of La voix
humaine by Poulenc and Une éducation manquée by Chabrier, and a semi-staged concert of Pelleas et Melisande in Debussy’s version for two pianos. The Royal Opera will perform for the first time in the Linbury and present The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten. The cast is comprised of Vilar Young Artists with the exception of Grant Doyle who returns to The Royal Opera as a guest artist.

ROH2 will also present a range of productions that will complement the main stage programming, including, as part of The Royal Ballet’s Diaghilev’s 75th anniversary programme, newly commissioned work for the Linbury Studio Theatre by young
choreographers from both inside and outside the Company. The developing relationship with Associate Artists and Companies will see the return of Cathy Marston with two programmes this Season, and our Associate Scientist, Patrick Haggard, will continue his research into how the brain reads dance, in collaboration with The Royal Ballet. William Tuckett’s sell-out production of The Wind in the Willows will receive its first revival at Christmas.

ROH2 will continue to present established events in the 2003/4 Season. The Soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House will play a series of concerts in the Vilar Floral Hall. Free lunchtime recitals remain a permanent lunchtime feature, featuring artists of The Royal Opera and of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Under the auspices of ROH2 a range of guest companies will appear in the Linbury including Mavin Khoo,
Union Dance Company and the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Richard Hickox marking the centenary of Sir Lennox Berkeley by giving a concert performance of A Dinner Engagement/ Ruth. Springboard will continue to offer a platform for work by
and for young people in the Linbury and the Clore will continue to provide a space where independent artists, small scale companies and Royal Opera House artists can experiment and collaborate across the art forms. We look forward to presenting this eclectic programme of ROH2 events to you this


A season introducing talented young artists in memory of Paul Hamlyn. Supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust. 20-25 September 2003

Encompassing a wide range of disciplines across the lyric arts, the Festival of Firsts will see nine small-scale companies from a wide range of performing arts take over the Linbury Studio Theatre for a week of diverse and exciting performance, attracting young audiences to the Royal Opera House.


30 September - 4 October 2003
February 2004

Associate Artist Cathy Marston will present two programmes in the Linbury Studio Theatre, including an evening with dancers of The Royal Ballet in which she will revive two of her most successful works originally made for the Clore Studio Upstairs – Traces and Unstrung Tension – as well as a new work, Broken Fiction, to music by Dave Maric. Matthew Barley’s Between the Notes will provide live music. A second evening of Marston’s work will follow in early 2004 and details will be announced in due course. For further details on Cathy Marston visit her official web-site: www.diquero.fsnet.co.uk


December 2003 – January 2004

Following last year’s sell-out season, the Royal Opera House will revive William Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows for Christmas 2003. With narration by Andrew Motion, music by Martin Ward, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, sets by The Quay Brothers and lighting by Tom Mannings, The Wind in the Willows is a family
entertainment combining music, dance and drama on the same stage.

THE ROYAL BALLET in the Linbury Studio Theatre

May 2004

In parallel with their main stage bill of Daphnis and Chloe/Le spectre de la rose/L’Apres-midi d’une faune/Les Noces The Royal Ballet will mark the 75 th anniversary of Diaghilev’s death
by inviting Robert Garland, and Matjash Mrozewski to create new work for the Linbury Studio Theatre. The programme will be completed by new works by young choreographers from within the company, Vanessa Fenton and Alastair Marriott.

Run in collaboration with Dance Theatre of Harlem in 50 inner London schools, Chance to Dance continues to offer a first experience of ballet to over 1,500 seven year olds in Southwark, Lambeth and Hammersmith & Fulham each year. As a second stage, over 100 boys and girls who have never learnt ballet are offered
weekly scholarship classes and a range of arts development activities. Beyond this, the project assists young people who wish to progress to careers in dance to audition for scholarships and bursaries at major professional academies. To date 24 have been successful, with graduates working in West End shows and studying at the Royal Ballet Upper and Lower Schools.


For the 2003/4 season for the third season in succession we will hold prices so that at least 50 percent of the seats for all performances regardless of repertory will be £50 or less. Once again, we have looked at the pricing structure to try and offer as varied a range of prices as possible. For 2003/4 Season we will be offering some stalls seats at a special reduced rate. Previously these prices were only available at the weekends. In
effect this means that 25% of the highest price seats have been reduced in price compared with the current season.
• 56% of all tickets for performances by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet will
cost £50 or less
• There will be 21 ballet matinees
• Lowest prices for opera and ballets are £4
• Half the House costs £50 or less for the third year running
• Royal Opera House chamber opera productions in the Linbury will have a top price
of £25 or less
• 67 day seats are available for every performance
• School’s matinees will remain for the third year at £5
• In the 2003/04 Season there will be 140 performances by The Royal Opera and 143 by the Royal Ballet

£5, £8, £12, £16, £28, £39, £47, £58, £65, £70, £72, £85
Cinderella matinee prices
£4, £7, £8, £10, £19, £24, £31, £36, £41, £46, £48, £55
Mayerling, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty
£5, £8, £10, £14, £27, £37, £45, £55, £59, £66, £69, £83
La Bayadere, Giselle, Isadora, Onegin
£4, £7 £11, £13, £26, £34, £42, £52, £56 £63, £66, £80
Mixed Bills
£4, £7, £10, £12, £24, £34, £42, £45, £49, £52, £54, £66
Other Matinee prices
£4, £6, £6, £9, £16, £21, £27, £31, £35, £39, £41, £52

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