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Royal Opera House 2018-19 LIVE Cinema Season



With 11 titles, the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2018/19 is set to thrill audiences in more than 1500 cinemas in over 40 countries.

Including some of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet’s much-loved classical repertory, the world’s top ballet and opera stars, and four brand new productions, Pannonia Entertainment distributes live satellite broadcasts and recorded shows of performances from the Covent Garden to cinemas across Hungary, Poland and Romania.

  • Popular classics including Romeo and Juliet, La traviata and Christmas favourite The Nutcracker
  • New and highly anticipated opera productions The Queen of Spades and La forza del destino, plus a ballet World Premiere from choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
  • Some of the biggest opera stars in the world including Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier, Erwin Schrott, Diana Damrau, Ermonela Jaho, Michael Fabiano and Eva-Maria Westbroek
  • Mayerling and La Bayadère — two celebrated classics of the Royal Ballet repertory — come to cinemas for the first time, plus Don Quixote returns, a sparkling ballet choreographed by Carlos Acosta
  • And Antonio Pappano conducts an international cast in Die Walküre, the second and perhaps best-loved opera of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring cycle



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The Nutcracker – Royal Opera House 2018-19


LIVE: Monday 3 December 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 9 December 2019, [3pm] CET

Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval.

A christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.

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Romeo and Juliet – Royal Opera House 2018-19


LIVE: Tuesday 11 June 2019 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 16 June  2019, [3pm] CET

Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes, including two interval.

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth Macmillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Sergei Prokofiev

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Within the Golden Hour / New Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern – Royal Opera House 2018-19



LIVE: Thursday 16 May 2019, [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 19 May 2019, [3pm] CET

Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes, including two interval.

Two recent works and one world premiere showcase the contemporary face of the Royal Ballet.

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Ezio Bosso, TBC, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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Don Quixote – Royal Opera House 2018-19


LIVE: Tuesday 19 February 2019 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 24 February 2019, [3pm] CET

Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including one interval.

Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.

Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri.

Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

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