London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has extended its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme of online events into autumn with a new series of Friday Premieres and cultural highlights, the opera house has announced.
With a mix of ballet and opera, ROH Friday Premieres returns this month. Tonight will see the streaming of the Royal Ballet’s production of Dances at a Gathering. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins in 1969 for New York City Ballet and set to music by Frédéric Chopin, the ballet is an exercise in pure dance for five couples and is regarded as a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.
The following Friday sees the return of one of opera’s most famous double acts: Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry, 1890) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Clowns, 1892).
Affectionately known as ‘Cav and Pag’, Damiano Michieletto’s 2015 Olivier Award-winning production features Swedish soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, Italian mezzo-soprano Elena Zilio, Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias and Italian mezzo-soprano Martina Belli. It is conducted by the ROH’s music director Antonio Pappano.
The titles are priced at £3 each and will be available for 30 days from the original broadcast via the ROH’s website. The Friday night performances start at 7pm.
The Royal Opera will also be available via freeview. On Saturday 27 September Sky Arts will broadcast the company’s 2016 performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Women Are Like That, 1790), starring American soprano Corinne Winters, American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower and German tenor Daniel Behle.
As part of the ROH’s ongoing partnership with the BBC, BBC Four is streaming Tobias Kratzer’s new staging of Beethoven’s Fidelio (1805), featuring British tenor David Butt Philip and Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen. The production is available for 10 months.
Autumn also sees the launch of the ROH’s global Cinema Season in collaboration Trafalgar Releasing. It opens on Tuesday 20 October with the Royal Ballet’s production of Giselle. In November, the Royal Opera’s productions of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (1893) and Verdi’s Macbeth (1847) make a return to the big screen. The season ends in time for Christmas, where from Thursday 10 December audiences will be able to enjoy Peter Wright’s spectacular production of The Nutcracker.
The Royal Opera’s 2018 production of Verdi’s Macbeth will be coming to the big screen in November (Bill Cooper).