BP Big Screens
BP Big Screens in 2014 | Live, free outdoor relays from the Royal Opera House
There will be three of the most popular operas in the BP Big Screens series this year spanning from May to September. Each screening will bring exclusive backstage films, competitions and the best performances live to towns across the UK absolutely FREE!
La traviata on 20 May at 7pm
Violetta gives up her glamorous (but far from respectable) lifestyle when she finds true love with Alfredo. However, Alfredo’s father begs her to renounce his son, the only man who’s ever truly cared for her. Can she survive this blow? Discover one of Verdi’s most passionate, moving and melodious operas, and prepare to be moved to tears by his glorious music and by our wonderful cast, featuring some of the greatest singers of today.
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON | CENTENARY SQUARE, BRADFORD | MILLENNIUM SQUARE, LEEDS | CENTRE SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH | THE PIAZZA, PLYMOUTH | GUILDHALL SQUARE, PORTSMOUTH | THE FORUM, SOUTHEND | CASTLE SQUARE, SWANSEA | WHARF GREEN, SWINDON | WALTHAMSTOW TOWN SQ, WALTHAM FOREST | GENERAL GORDON SQUARE, WOOLWICH
La bohème on 15 July at 7.30pm
One freezing Christmas Eve, a struggling poet meets a beautiful, fragile young woman who will change his life forever… Let yourself be carried away by the emotional power of The Royal Opera’s exquisite and realistic production of La bohème. Immerse yourselves in the colourful artists’ quarter in 19th-century Paris, where every moment is precious, and paying the rent is the last thing on anyone’s mind. If you’ve never been to an opera before, this is the ideal place to start. Puccini’s magical, heart-tugging music, performed by a superb cast, is guaranteed to captivate you – you may even find you know some of the opera’s wonderful melodies.
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON | DUTHIE PARK, ABERDEEN | CANARY WHARF, LONDON | CITY HALL, DONEGALL SQUARE, BELFAST | CENTENARY SQUARE, BRADFORD | MILLENNIUM SQUARE, BRISTOL | LYRIC SQUARE, HAMMERSMITH | MILLENNIUM SQUARE, LEEDS | CENTRE SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH | GUILDHALL SQUARE, PORTSMOUTH | THE FORUM, SOUTHEND | CASTLE SQUARE, SWANSEA | WHARF GREEN, SWINDON | WALTHAMSTOW TOWN SQ, WALTHAM FOREST | GENERAL GORDON SQUARE, WOOLWICH
Rigoletto on 17 September at 7.30pm
Rigoletto is an embittered court jester who’ll poke fun at anyone his handsome and lecherous young master abuses; until he finds that he and his treasured, trusting daughter have become the Duke’s latest victims. Verdi’s full-blooded score is dramatically and musically thrilling, packed with one great tune after another. Even if you’ve never been to an opera before, you’ll instantly recognize the Duke’s jaunty ‘La donna è mobile’, one of the best known of all tenor arias. Join us for this dark, thrilling tale of seduction, trickery and bloody revenge, in David McVicar’s arresting production.
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON | HIGH HOUSE PRODUCTION PARK, PURFLEET | CITY HALL, DONEGALL SQUARE, BELFAST | CENTENARY SQUARE, BRADFORD | MILLENNIUM SQUARE, BRISTOL | TALATON, EAST DEVON | MILLENNIUM SQUARE, LEEDS | CENTRE SQUARE, MIDDLESBROUGH | GUILDHALL SQUARE, PORTSMOUTH | THE FORUM, SOUTHEND | CASTLE SQUARE, SWANSEA | WALTHAM FOREST, WALTHAMSTOW TOWN SQ | GENERAL GORDON SQUARE, WOOLWICH
BP Big Screens 2014 map
Read about last Season’s BP Big Screens
The final BP Big Screen of 2013, Tosca on Thursday 18 July, attracted over 27,000 people of all ages. Trafalgar Square in London reached its maximum capacity with still thousands more lining the edges of the square, while in Duthie Park, Aberdeen, a further 6,000 made the most of the hot summer evening to enjoy one of the most loved of all operas. From Belfast to Bristol and over 21 different screens in between the BP Big Screens was the event to attend.
As part of BP Big Screens 2013, we ran a competition inviting people to send us photos of their picnic to win a hamper courtesy of Company of Cooks.