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Royal Opera House 2018-19 LIVE Cinema Season

 

11 BLOCKBUSTER TITLES, ONE CINEMA SEASON
LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 2018/19

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
DCP WINDOW: 14 DEC – 14 JAN

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
DCP WINDOW: 2 JULY – 2 AUG

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.

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Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Sergei Prokofiev

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Mayerling – Royal Opera House 2018-19

 

LIVE: Monday 15 October 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 21 October 2018, [3pm] CET
DCP WINDOW: 5 NOV – 5 DEC

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

Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth Macmillan’s ballet inspired by true events.

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide. The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet’s many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.

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Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Franz Liszt

 

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La Bayadère – Royal Opera House 2018-19

 

 

LIVE: Tuesday 13 November 2018, [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 18 November 2018, [3pm] CET
DCP WINDOW: 4 DEC – 4 JAN

Approximate running time: 3 hours 5 minutes, including two interval.

Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

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Choreography: Natalia Makarova
Music: Ludwig Minkus

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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
DCP WINDOW: 6 JUNE – 6 JULY

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.

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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
DCP WINDOW: 12 MAR – 12 APR

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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Choreography: Carlos Acosta
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Arranged and Orchestrated by: Martin Yates

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Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky – Royal Opera House 2017-18

 

LIVE: Tuesday 12 June 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 17 June 2018 [3pm CET]

Approximate running time: 3 hours, including two intervals

The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a fl ock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

Pannonia Entertainment distributes this stunning performance to cinemas across Hungary, Poland and Romania. Available in live broadcast on 12 June 2018 or recorded, from 19 June 2018 to 12 August 2018

Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Additional choreography: Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Performers: TBC

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