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.

 

The 2018/19 Season is as follows:

 

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

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.

 

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 comedy of domestic drama across two generations.

 

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.

 

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 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 in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

 

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.

 

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.

 

THE CELLIST / DANCES AT A GATHERING (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
Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is 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. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

 

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.

 

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. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments in what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet.

 

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-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy.

 

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. The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès and artist Tacita Dean, to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

 

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. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness while 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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