An all-female opera about lesbian love in a fashion studio will launch English National Opera (ENO) artistic director Sean Doran's first full season.
The ENO has had recent problems with finance and refurbishment
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a new work about obsession and jealousy and based on a play and film of the same name by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
The 2005/6 season will see Mr Doran take full control of the company.
"We want to make a bold statement, and a rallying cry to our audience," he told The Guardian newspaper.
Mr Doran, who joined the ENO from the Perth International Arts Festival in April 2003, and has been tasked with turning the troubled company's fortunes around.
The second production of the 2005/6 season will be a work about Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi by rock-dance band Asian Dub Foundation.