The Royal Opera House (ROH) is set to continue its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme with Tony and the Young Artists, described as “a celebration of music and song” by the London-based opera house.
The special concert brings together Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera’s music director, along with rising stars of the opera world from the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at a time when they can’t perform in front of a live audience. The event was recorded in the opulently decorated Crush Room. Usually a dining and rest area, the room doubles up as an exclusive performance space.
The ROH has promised “an intimate and uplifting evening of piano and song”. The specially recorded film will see mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards, soprano Alexandra Lowe and tenor Filipe Manu perform well-known arias and duets from operas such as Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Women Are Like That, 1790), Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (1762) and Verdi’s Falstaff (1893), as well as popular songs by Bizet, Weill and Bernstein.
ROH Director of Opera Oliver Mears commented: “With restrictions continuing to impact our daily lives, we are delighted to be able to provide our audiences with a much-needed operatic escape. As the Royal Opera company, we are proud to invite audiences to experience this wonderful evening of uplifting music and song, reuniting Tony Pappano with our extraordinary and hugely talented roster of Jette Parker Young Artists.”
The performance was recorded under strict social-distancing restrictions. It will be available from 7pm this evening until 21 March. Access costs £10. Go to the ROH website to book.
As part of an ongoing partnership with the BBC, Royal Opera performances continue to be available via radio. Over four evenings from 17 to 20 February, Radio 3’s Opera on 3 presents another chance to hear the Royal Opera’s 2018 performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Keith Warner’s acclaimed production.
Presented by Tom Service, these performances feature Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and a stellar cast including soprano Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde, baritone John Lundgren as Wotan, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Fricka and tenor Stefan Vinke as Siegfried, among others.
Stephanie Wake-Edwards and Filipe Manu, with Patrick Milne, in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020. (Ruairi Watson).