Royal Opera House 2017-18 LIVE Cinema Season

 

12 BLOCKBUSTER TITLES, ONE CINEMA SEASON
LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 2017/18

With 12 titles, the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2017/18 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 – in cooperation with Trafalgar Releasing Ltd.

The Royal Opera kicks-off the ROH Live Cinema Season with Mozart’s fantastical opera The Magic Flute (Wednesday 20 September). Shown for the first time in cinemas audiences will be transported to the land of the Queen of the Night. Following this is a new production of Puccini’s heart-breaking La bohème (Tuesday 3 October) directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Set in the second half of the 19th century, the production brings the heart of Parisian culture to life.

Verdi’s Rigoletto (Tuesday 16 January) returns to The Royal Opera with David McVicar’s production highlighting the cruelty and degeneracy at the heart of the court of Mantua. Following the themes of cruelty and devastating heartache, Jonathan Kent’s interpretation of Puccini’s passionate Tosca (Wednesday 7 February) draws on the dangerous turbulence of Rome in 1800.

Following the runaway success of Barrie Kosky’s Carmen in Frankfurt, the production comes to the Royal Opera House for a live broadcast on Tuesday 6 March. This exciting interpretation revisits Bizet’s original version of the opera, reimaging the worlds of Opéra comique, revue and vaudeville, by which he was inspired. The final Royal Opera production to be shown in cinemas is Verdi’s Macbeth (Wednesday 4 April). Conducted by Antonio Pappano, Anna Netrebko takes on the role of the manipulative and cunning Lady Macbeth for the first time in Covent Garden in this searing drama.

Six productions from The Royal Ballet will also be screened live to cinemas during the 2017/18 Season. First up is the smash-hit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Monday 23 October) by Christopher Wheeldon. The balletic re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s much0loved story is a fantastical feast for the eyes with projections, tap-dancing and colourful costumes. The festive family favourite, The Nutcracker (Tuesday 5 December) returns after reaching over 130,000 worldwide cinema-goers in December 2016 to enthral with snowflakes, the land of sweets and sensational dancing. Following this is Christopher Wheeldon’s Olivier-award winning ballet based on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Wednesday 28 February) where family tragedy is heightened by Joby Talbot’s emotive score.

The only triple bill of the ROH Live Cinema Season celebrates the centenary year of Leonard Bernstein, with two new pieces by associate choreographers of The Royal Ballet Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon, with Liam Scarlett’s Age of Anxiety danced to Bernstein’s Symphony No.2 completing the bill. Continuing to tug at the heart-strings, The Royal Ballet performs the epic Manon (Thursday 3 May), the story of a young girl who pays the ultimate price for choosing wealth and riches over true love. The score by Jules Massenet is sure not to leave a dry eye in the cinema.

The final performance of the Season is the hotly anticipated new staging of Swan Lake (Tuesday 12 June) by Liam Scarlett. Building on the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Liam Scarlett’s interpretation is sure to delight audiences as they see a modern take on arguably the world’s most famous ballet.

The 2017/18 Season is as follows:

The Royal Opera
THE MAGIC FLUTE – Mozart
LIVE: Wednesday 20 September 2017 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 24 September 2017 [3pm CET]

Julia Jones conducts David McVicar’s spell-binding production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with a wonderful cast including Roderick Williams as Papageno.

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Pamina: Siobhan Stagg
Tamino: Mauro Peter
Papageno: Roderick Williams
Papagena: Christina Gansch
Sarastro: Mika Kares
Queen of the Night: Sabine Devieilhe


 

The Royal Opera
LA BOHÈME – Puccini (New Production)
LIVE: Tuesday 3 October 2017 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 8 October 2017 [3pm CET]

Puccini’s passionate opera is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars a superb young cast including Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecien, in a new production by Richard Jones.

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Mimì: Nicole Car
Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano
Marcello: Mariusz Kwiecień


 

The Royal Ballet
ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – Christopher Wheeldon

LIVE: Monday 23 October 2017 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 29 October 2017 [3pm CET]

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

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Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
Performers: TBC


 

The Royal Ballet
THE NUTCRACKER – Peter Wright

LIVE: Tuesday 5 December 2017 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 10 December 2017 [3pm CET]

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

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Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Original scenario: Marius Petipa
Performers: TBC


 

The Royal Opera
RIGOLETTO – Verdi
LIVE: Tuesday 16 January 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 21 January 2018 [3pm CET]

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano.

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Duke of Mantua: Michael Fabiano
Rigoletto: Dimitri Platanias
Gilda: Lucy Crowe
Sparafucile: Andrea Mastroni
Maddalena: Nadia Krasteva
Giovanna: Kathleen Wilkinson


 

The Royal Opera
TOSCA – Puccini
LIVE: Wednesday 7 February 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 11 February 2018 [3pm CET]

Drama, passion and fabulous music – Puccini’s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley.

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Floria Tosca: Adrianne Pieczonka
Mario Cavaradossi: Joseph Calleja
Baron Scarpia: Gerald Finley
Spoletta: Aled Hall
Cesare Angelotti: Simon Shibambu


 

The Royal Ballet
THE WINTER’S TALE – Christopher Wheeldon

LIVE: Wednesday 28 February 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 4 March 2018 [3pm CET]

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

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Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Scenario: Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot
Music: Joby Talbot
Performers: TBC


 

The Royal Opera
CARMEN – Bizet
LIVE: Tuesday 6 March 2018 [7.45pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 11 March 2018 [3pm CET]

Bizet’s classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky’s intense production.

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Carmen: Anna Goryachova
Don José: Francesco Meli
Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla: Anett Fritsch
Zuniga: David Soar


 

The Royal Ballet
BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION
NEW McGREGOR / NEW WHEELDON / THE AGE OF ANXIETY

LIVE: Tuesday 27 March 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 1 April 2018 [3pm CET]

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

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Choreography: Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Performers: TBC


 

The Royal Opera
MACBETH – Verdi
LIVE: Wednesday 4 April 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 8 April 2018 [3pm CET]

Verdi’s opera inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

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Macbeth: Željko Lučić
Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko
Banquo: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Macduff: Yusif Eyvazov
Lady-in-waiting: Francesca Chiejina
Malcolm: Konu Kim
Doctor: Simon Shibambu


 

The Royal Ballet
MANON – Kenneth MacMillan

LIVE: Thursday 3 May 2018 [8.15pm CET]
ENCORE: Sunday 6 May 2018 [3pm CET]

Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet.

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Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Jules Massenet
Performers: TBC


 

The Royal Ballet
SWAN LAKE – Liam Scarlett after Petipa and Ivanov (New Production)

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

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

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