15 April 2016 at 10.00am | 7 Comments
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23 April 2016 marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare.
To celebrate the life of the Bard, the Royal Opera House will live-stream an event focused around opera and ballet adaptations of his work.
Part of the BBC and British Council's Shakespeare Lives online festival, 'Ballet, opera and the Bard' will see rehearsals and performance from both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. The hour-long stream from 1pm BST (viewable via the BBC website) will see Royal Ballet Principals Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson rehearse The Winter's Tale, as well as a performance of the potion scene from Kenneth MacMillan's classic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The event will also see Royal Opera artists performing music from Verdi's two great Shakespearean operas, Otello and Falstaff.
The event from the Royal Opera House is one of a number of activities from cultural organizations that make up a day-long Shakespeare Day live-stream. Other contributors include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe, the BFI and Hay Festival. The programme of events begins at 8am BST.
Royal Opera and Royal Opera artists will also perform as part of 'Shakespeare Live from the RSC', broadcast on BBC Two from 8.30pm BST. Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball will perform the balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet while Antonio Pappano will perform music inspired by Shakespeare with Ian Bostridge.
As well as The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, some of the world's top actors, musicians and broadcasters are involved in Shakespeare Lives including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, David Tennant, Carol Ann Duffy, Adrian Lester, Germaine Greer, Ralph Fiennes, Simon Russell Beale, the BBC Scottish Symphony and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Find out more about the Shakespeare Lives festival, and join in using the hashtag #ShakespeareLives.
Otello runs from 21 June–15 July 2017. Tickets are still available.