The newly announced Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2017/18 is set to thrill audiences in more than 1500 cinemas in over 40 countries. Featuring a mixture of both highly anticipated new productions and classic works, the world’s top ballet and opera stars will be broadcast live from Covent Garden to cinemas across the world – and to Barry!
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 much-loved 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 enthrall 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
The Royal Opera: LA BOHÈME – Puccini (New Production)
LIVE: Tuesday 3 October 2017
The Royal Ballet: ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – Christopher Wheeldon
LIVE: Monday 23 October 2017
The Royal Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER – Peter Wright
LIVE: Tuesday 5 December 2017
The Royal Opera: RIGOLETTO – Verdi
LIVE: Tuesday 16 January 2018
The Royal Opera: TOSCA – Puccini
LIVE: Wednesday 7 February 2018
The Royal Ballet: THE WINTER’S TALE – Christopher Wheeldon
LIVE: Wednesday 28 February 2018
The Royal Opera: CARMEN – Bizet
LIVE: Tuesday 6 March 2018
The Royal Ballet: BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION: NEW McGREGOR / NEW WHEELDON / THE AGE OF ANXIETY
LIVE: Tuesday 27 March 2018
The Royal Opera: MACBETH – Verdi
LIVE: Wednesday 4 April 2018
The Royal Ballet: MANON – Kenneth MacMillan
LIVE: Thursday 3 May 2018
The Royal Ballet: SWAN LAKE – Liam Scarlett after Petipa and Ivanov (New Production)
LIVE: Tuesday 12 June 2018