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The Royal Opera House 2019/20 Live Cinema Season

 

12 BLOCKBUSTER TITLES, ONE CINEMA SEASON LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 2019/20

With 12 titles set to be broadcast to more than 1,000 cinemas in 40 countries across the globe, the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season 2019/20 will showcase a wide variety of ballet and opera, including some exciting new works, all relayed live from Covent Garden.

The 2019/20 Season will feature the great classic of The Royal Ballet’s repertory Swan Lake and world-renowned opera stars including Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Erwin Schrott, Nina Stemme and Sonya Yoncheva among many others. As an optional addition to the season, the 2016 production of The Nutcracker will be available on DCP throughout December 2019.

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.

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SWAN LAKE (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Wednesday 1 April 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 5 April 2020, 14:00
DCP Window: 22 April – 21 May
Run Time: about 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals

Music: Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

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MARSTON & SCARLETT WORLD PREMIERES (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Tuesday 25 February 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 1 March 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 18 March – 17 April
Run Time: 3 hours TBC

Choreography: Cathy Martson, Liam Scarlett

Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A newwork by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Thursday 16 January 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 19 January 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 6 February – 6 March
Run Time: about 3 hours, including two intervals

Music: Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa / Additional choreography: Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

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THE NUTCRACKER (Recorded 2016) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Available on DCP from: Thursday 17 December 2019 until Tuesday 31 December 2019
Run Time: about 2 hours 15 minutes (intervals TBC)

Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanoc
Dancers: TBC

The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which timeis suspended, the family
living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journeytakes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s glitteringscore, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancingincluding an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make thisNutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

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COPPÉLIA (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Tuesday 10 December 2019, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 15 December 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 2 January – 1 February
Run Time: about 2 hours 30 minutes including one interval

Music: Léo Delibes
Choreographer: Ninette de Valois after Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti

A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.

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CONCERTO / ENIGMA VARIATIONS / RAYMONDA ACT III (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 5 November 2019, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 10 November 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 26 November – 25 December
Run Time: 3 hours TBC

Music: Donizetti
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.

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