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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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ELEKTRA (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Thursday 18 June 2020, 19:45 UK time
Encore: Sunday 21 June 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 9 July – 8 August
Run Time: about 2 hours with no interval
Sung in German

Music: Richard Strauss
Director: Christof Loy
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast includes: Nina Stemme, Karita Mattila

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

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THE DANTE PROJECT (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Thursday 28 May 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 31 May 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 17 June – 16 July
Run Time: 3 hours TBC

Music: Thomas Adès
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Design: Tacita Dean

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Tuesday 21 April 2020, 19:00 UK time
Encore: Sunday 26 April 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 12 May – 11 June
Run Time: about 3 hours 10 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Pietro Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana), Ruggero Leoncavallo (Pagliacci)
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Daniel Oren

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life
in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winningproduction by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

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FIDELIO (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 17 March 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 22 March 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 7 April – 6 March
Run Time: about 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Sung in German

Music: Beethoven
Director: Tobias Kratzer
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast includes: Jonas Kaufmann, Lise Davidsen

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determinedlove and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

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LA BOHÈME (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Wednesday 29 January 2020, 19:45 UK time
Encore: Sunday 2 February 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 19 February – 19 March
Run Time: about 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Puccini
Director: Richard Jones
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Cast includes: Sonya Yoncheva, Charles Castronovo

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

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DON PASQUALE (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Thursday 24 October 2019, 19:30 UK time
Encore: Sunday 27 October 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 14 November – 13 December
Run Time: about 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Donizetti
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Cast includes: Bryn Terfel

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedyof domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whosesupposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

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DON GIOVANNI (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 8 October 2019, 19:45 UK time
Encore: Sunday 13 October 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 29 October – 28 November
Run Time: 3 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Mozart
Director: Kasper Holten
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Cast includes: Erwin Schrott, Roberto Tagliavini

Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite.

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