16 October 2014 at 7.44pm | 2 Comments
'Kenneth was an enormous film fan so would have been thrilled this was happening,' said the choreographer's wife, Deborah MacMillan.
'The cinema relays mean such a lot to us and it is amazing to see how they have grown,' said Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O'Hare. 'It is a particular pleasure opening with Manon as it is the 40th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan's production, and it is a production that has really shaped The Royal Ballet.'
The new Season will feature 11 Royal Opera House productions broadcast to more than 1,400 cinemas in 30 countries worldwide.
Following Manon, the next live relay of the Season will see Verdi’s early tragic opera I due Foscari, simulcast on 27 October. The Royal Opera production stars Plácido Domingo and is conducted by Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano.
Three other new productions to The Royal Opera will also feature this Season: Giordano’s French Revolution romance Andrea Chénier starring Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek; Brecht and Weill’s impassioned satire Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny starring Anna Sofie von Otter; and Rossini’s final opera and greatest masterpiece Guillaume Tell starring Gerald Finley.
As well as Manon, The Royal Ballet will present Christopher Wheeldon’s family-favourite Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, followed in the New Year by Tchaikovsky’s much-loved classic Swan Lake, and Frederick Ashton’s Company classic La Fille mal gardée starring Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae.
‘The Live Cinema Season is increasingly important as a way of sharing the artists of Covent Garden with the rest of the world,' said Chief Executive of The Royal Opera House Alex Beard.