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Our House to Your House – July 2020 Royal Opera House Highlights


The Royal Opera House continues with its OurHouseToYourHouse programme, featuring free online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural highlights that can be accessed by audiences anywhere, anytime.

The ROH will be making available three new productions in our series of free weekly broadcasts available on Facebook and YouTube every Friday at 7pm:

Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet, 2019 – 10 July, 7pm BST

Faust, The Royal Opera, 2019 – 17 July, 7pm BST

The Sleeping Beauty, 2020 – 24 July, 7pm BST

Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. Performed more than four hundred times by The Royal Ballet, it has become a classic of the Company’s repertory. Sergey Prokofiev’s iconic score and Nicholas Georgiadis magnificent designs bring the passionate Shakespearean tragedy to life. The 2019 recording stars Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet, Matthew Ball as Romeo, Valentino Zucchetti as Mercutio, Benjamin Ella as Benvolio, Gary Avis as Tybalt and Nicol Edmonds as Paris. Pavel Sorokin conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s Faust tells the story of the aged philosopher Faust who makes a bargain with the devil Méphistophélès: in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, Faust will surrender his soul to the devil. The 2019 recording stars Michael Fabiano as Faust, Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès and Irina Lungu as Marguerite. The Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are conducted by Dan Ettinger.

The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of the classic fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty brings to life the world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells. The Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II with The Sleeping Beauty and in 2006 Monica Mason and Christopher Newton restored the original staging. With choreography by Marius Petipa, additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon and a masterful score by Tchaikovsky, the 2020 recording stars Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora, Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund, Kristen McNally as Carabosse and Gina Storm-Jensen as the Lilac Fairy. Simon Hewett conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

On Friday 10 July at 7pm, BBC Four will screen Royal Opera House: The Reopening in which Anita Rani, Katie Derham and Antonio Pappano will introduce highlights from the three Live from Covent Garden concerts. The 90-minute programme will include the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Morgen performed by Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales, Vadim Muntagirov’s performance of Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, the central pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto performed by Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke and a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour performed by Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball. Also featured are performances of classic opera arias and songs by Gerald Finley, Louise Alder, Toby Spence, David Butt Philip, Sarah Connolly and the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists, alongside musicians from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera House’s Create and Learn series continues to offer free home learning resources for families around the globe to explore the magical world of theatre from home. This week’s theme is ‘Transformations’ and our virtual classroom invites children and young people to make their own potion bottle, inspired by The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

As part of its Opera on 3 series, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast The Royal Opera’s performance of Richard Strauss’s Elektra (2013) with Christine Goerke in the title role on Saturday 4 July at 6.30pm. This will be followed by The Royal Opera’s performance of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2016) as the Opera Matinee on Thursday 9 July at 2pm. Currently available on demand on BBC Sounds are The Royal Opera’s performances of Szymanowski’s King Roger (2015), Dvořák’s Rusalka (2012), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2013) and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (2014).

For more information, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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