Royal Opera House: La Traviata

We will be showing Verdi’s La Traviata live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 30th January at 6.45pm

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the most popular of all operas.

Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre Libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Richard Eyre and conducted by Antonello Manacorda. Starring Ermonela Jaho (Violetta Valéry), Charles Castronovo (Alfredo Germont), Plácido Domingo (Giorgio Germont)

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish, order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

We will be showing Puccini’s Madama Butterfly live from the Royal Opera House on Thursday 30th March at 7.15pm

One of  the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking  story of a loving geisha deserted by  a callous American husband. Much- loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings  the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production.

The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists’ romanticized views of Japan. Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning,  the ritual of a wedding and the seduction  by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente)  of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria  ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.

View the official trailer here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish, order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here