Royal Opera House broadcasts for the 2012 festive season
Christmas treats include Operalia gala, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Ring Cycle.
Sarah Lamb as Alice, and Jonathan Howells in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011
This Christmas both opera and ballet will be screened on television, offering fans a chance to sit back with a mince pie and enjoy performances from both The Royal Ballet and this year’s Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Winners.
Plácido Domingo’s Gala Concert screens at 7.30pm on Friday 21 December (BBC Four) and 27 December at 4pm (BBC HD),giving opera fans another chance to see performances from the likes of Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja and Rolando Villazón (currently performing on stage in The Royal Opera’s La bohème, as well as being involved in Royal Opera Live). Rolando is also taking part in a special edition of Start the Week (BBC Radio 4) on Christmas Eve, which was recorded at the ROH.
The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be screened on BBC Four on December 29 at 7pm. The ballet returns to the stage from 15 March 2013 and will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 28 March.
Those after traditionally festive ballet viewing can watch a webstream of The Nutcracker on the Guardian‘s website from 5pm on 19 December and for seven days afterwards.
BBC Radio 3 will offer another chance to hear Wagner’s Ring Cycle over the festive period. Das Rheingold will be broadcast on 24 December from 4.30pm; Die Walküre on 25 December (Act 1), 26 December (Act 2) and 27 December (Act 3); Siegfried on 31 December (Act 2) and 1 January (Act 3); and Götterdämmerung on 2 January (Act 1), 3 January (Act 2) and 4 January (Act 3). All broadcasts begin at 4.30pm.
And if you’d like to extend your festive viewing past Twelfth Night, Royal Opera Live will be broadcast online on 7 January. The day will see ten hours of live broadcast from behind the scenes at Covent Garden.