I've recently come back from a wonderful 7 weeks making an opera with Katie Mitchell in Aix-en-Provence - the piece was Alcina an opera written by Handel in 1735 for his first season at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. It's got some beautiful arias in it and our singers were amazing; Patricia Petibon, Philippe Jaroussky, Anna Prohaska, Katarina Bradić, Anthony Gregory and Krzysztof Baczyk (also with Elias Mädler and Lionel Wunsch). Along with them were a fantastic ensemble of actors, who made it possible to create a rich and fascinating world around the main action. The production will go on to be performed at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow in 2017.
After a great run at the Young Vic at the end of last year, The Way Back Home is going to be revived at the Opéra National de Paris at the end of 2015. Although it's the same production, it's going to be an entirely new cast of young French singers from the National Opera Studio. Robin Tebutt, who was assistant director on the original production, will go out to run the beginning of the rehearsals, and then I'll go out to make sure that everything is as it should be in time for the opening on the 4th December. If you have friends with small children in Paris, then do let them know about it - here's a link.