Royal Opera House: Elektra

We will be showing Richard Strauss’ Elektra live from the Royal Opera House on Thursday 18th June at 7.45pm

Strauss’ 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 (Brunnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

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

 

Cast and Creatives
Music: Richard Strauss

Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Director: Christof Loy

Designer: Johannes Leiacker

Lighting designer: Olaf Winter

Elektra: Nina Stemme

Chrysothemis: Sara Jakubiak

Klytämnestra: Karita Mattila

Orest: Christof Fischesser

Ägisth: Joseph Kaiser

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

 

 

Royal Opera House: Fidelio

We will be showing Beethoven’s Fidelio live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 17th March at 7.15pm

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, determined love 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.

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

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Cast and Creatives
Music Ludwig van Beethoven

Libretto Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and George Friedrich Treitschke

Conductor Antonio Pappano

Director Tobias Kratzer

Set and costume designer Rainer Sellmaier

Lighting designer Michael Bauer

Video designer Manuel Braun

Dramaturg Bettina Bartz

Florestan Jonas Kaufmann

Leonore (Fidelio) Lise Davidsen

Rocco Georg Zeppenfeld

Don Pizarro Simon Neal

Marzelline Amanda Forsythe

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House: La Forza Del Destino

We will be showing Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 2nd April at 6.15pm

Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy.

Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko and Ludovic Tézier star in Verdi’s epic La Forza Del Destino (The Force Of Destiny), an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years.

The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. Directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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: The Queen Of Spades

We will be showing Tchaikovsky’s The Queen Of Spades live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 22nd January at 6.45pm

Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation.

Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study of destructive obsession.

The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five star reviews in Amsterdam.

The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires.

Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

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

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Royal Opera House: Die Walküre

We will be showing Wagner’s Die Walküre live from the Royal Opera House on Sunday 28th October at 5.00pm

Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring Des Nibelungen is always a special event in the operatic calendar: once experienced, never forgotten.

The full cycle’s four operas journey from the beginning of a world to its destruction, with gods, heroes and monsters. This epic myth portrays every type of human emotion in music and ideas of extraordinary power.

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second opera in the cycle, and features several of the Ring’s musical highlights – the sparkling Magic Fire Music and the electrifying Ride of the Valkyries. But among the musical fireworks and Norse mythology, at the centre of this opera are the unforgettable characters and the complex entanglements between them, including twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan and his Valkyrie daughter, Brünnhilde.

Keith Warner’s production is conducted by Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano and cast with an outstanding international array of Wagnerian specialist singers.

Stuart Skelton (Siegmund), Emily Magee (Sieglinde), John Lundgren (Wotan), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) and Sarah Connolly (Fricka).

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

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Royal Opera House: Macbeth

We will be showing Verdi’s Macbeth live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 4th April at 7.15pm

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.

Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.

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

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria La luce langue.

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

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Royal Opera House: La Boheme

We will be showing Puccini’s La Bohème live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.15pm

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il Trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular setting.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La Bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

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

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Royal Opera House: Otello

We will be showing Verdi’s Otello live from the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 28th June at 7.15pm

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and Marco Vratogna his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award- winning director Keith Warner. Please note that Ludovic Tézier was originally listed to play Iago but has had to withdraw for health reasons.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

You can watch 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

 

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.

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Royal Opera House: Norma

We will be showing Bellini’s Norma live from the Royal Opera House on Monday 26th September at 7.15pm

Bellini’s classic bel canto opera is full of wonderful melodies and opportunities for star singing but it is especially known for the stunning showpiece aria, Casta Diva.

Àlex Ollé of innovative Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus directs, bringing a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war driven by the extremes of a fanatically religious society.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this stunning cast, including Joseph Calleja as Norma’s secret lover, Pollione and Sonia Ganassi as the priestess Adalgisa, in a striking  new production, which opens the  2016/17 Season.

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: Werther

We will be showing Massenet’s Werther live from the Royal Opera House on Monday 27th June at 7.15pm

Based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Massenet’s opera tells the story of the poet Werther’s hopeless love for Charlotte, who is committed to another man.. The music is full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour, – small wonder that Werther is often considered to be the composer’s finest work. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano returns to conduct film, theatre and opera director Benoît Jacquot’s classic production. Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as Werther, alongside Joyce DiDonato, who sings her first Charlotte (one of the great French mezzo roles) in this staging.

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

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Royal Opera House: Boris Godunov

We will be showing Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov live from the Royal Opera House on Monday 21st March at 7.15pm

Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky’s historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. The originality of the composer’s vision of Pushkin’s play about Tsar Boris Godunov – who reigned over Russia between 1598 and 1605 – was too much for the management of the Imperial Theatres, who demanded changes that were incorporated in the second version of the opera, in which Boris finally had its premiere in 1874. Many commentators, nevertheless, prefer the integrity of the original, which makes few concessions to operatic conventions. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel’s assumption of the title role – one of the most complex characters in opera – while John Graham-Hall appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.

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

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Royal Opera House: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

We will be showing Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci live from the Royal Opera House, London on Thursday 10th December at 7.15pm.

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.

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