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Your Reaction: La bohème in Cinemas

Your tweets about our relay of John Copley's classic Royal Opera production.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

16 January 2013 at 4.46pm | 27 Comments

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

16 January 2013 at 4.46pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by John Copley, cinema, La bohème, movies, Production, reaction, Reviews, Social Media, twitter, your reaction

This article has 27 comments

  1. Alice Capacci responded on 16 January 2013 at 5:19pm Reply

    What a wonderful exhibition!!! I loved it so much... Sublime voices. BRAVI!!

  2. It was a great performance. Stunning. Would have been even better with subtitles. thanks Cineworld!

  3. Chris Pettman responded on 16 January 2013 at 7:25pm Reply

    What a tragedy. How can it be that the sound cuts out intermittently and the sub titles don't work? Has ROH never heard of testing systems?
    Why give Popov the role and not one of the Bohemians in the existing cast. There was no empathy and I left at half time. This season I will stick to the Met. Their relays are seamless. It was a missed opportunity.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 17 January 2013 at 11:50am

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear you were disappointed in this instance. In regards to the technical problems, please be assured we are working with the individual cinemas concerned to ensure that this doesn't happen again. Could you let us know which cinema you were at?

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  4. It was such a wonderful performance. So glad I went :) I don't know if it was our cinema but the sound cut out about 8 times throughout the performance only for about a second but enough to cause tutting throughout the cinema! We had the same problem watching the Swan Lake relay (with many more cutouts then) at the same venue (Leeds Vue) so hope something can be done before Eugene Onegin.

  5. shame rolando was not in it, but dmytro did wonderful, bravo, a great screening ROH XXX

  6. Mike Culley responded on 16 January 2013 at 10:55pm Reply

    We saw La Boheme at the Trinity Arts theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
    Act 1 Brilliant but marred by dijointed sound and the subtitles ceased to run.
    Management rebooted system!
    Act 2 Brilliant
    Act 3 subtitles non existant and then soud breakup!
    Act 4 Transmission did nothing to enhance the actor's performance with sound drop out and no subtitles.
    Cineview a dead loss! Wouldn't go again!!!!!

  7. maggie fookes responded on 16 January 2013 at 10:57pm Reply

    Popov blew me away.This production was perfection. Amazing voices, convincing acting, imaginative costumes and scenery. I watched it in the discomfort of a cineworld too close to the screen due to cine world greed and with the subtiles non operational due to technical problems at cine world. It didn,t matter because the production was so good. I hope future productions might be streamed in collaberation with a better cinema organisation but otherwise what an amazing opportunity. Cine world 2/10 La boheme 20/10 povov 20/10

  8. Alex Hatcher responded on 17 January 2013 at 11:34am Reply

    Screening at Ashford Kent on 15/01/13 totally ruined by the lack of subtitles, however greatly enjoyed the music and performance of the young cast.Opera in cinema greatly failed the masses on this occasion.

  9. Jane responded on 17 January 2013 at 12:15pm Reply

    I watched it in an Odeon cinema and there were no problems with the sound or subtitles so I wanted to let those complaining that it was obviously not the fault of the ROH but that of their cinema so they should complain to them.
    P.S. It was wonderful

  10. Gordon Hale responded on 17 January 2013 at 1:53pm Reply

    Watched the 'Delayed Live' in Bury, Lancs.
    Wonderful experience and a great performance of an opera of which I had known nothing about. An introduction to opera for me which I will never forget.
    Popov and Kovalevska were superb...Thank you ROH Cinema.

  11. Sue Bastow responded on 17 January 2013 at 7:14pm Reply

    I thought the production was brilliant, but like others the sound did cut in and out a few times. I saw it at the Ritz cinema in Worthing.
    Was just wondering if the sub titles could be at the top of the screen, as seats not graduated at the Ritz. I disagree with the earlier comment on Popov, I thought his performance just got better and better.
    I would like to know if this production is for sale on DVD the girl who played Mimi had the most beautiful voice.
    All in all a lovely production. Thank you

  12. Valerie Knight responded on 17 January 2013 at 9:10pm Reply

    We Watched La Boheme at the Plaza in Dorchester, an old independent cinema and there were no technical problems whatsoever. The whole performance was wonderful, all the cast members excellent and we were thrilled to bits by Dmytro Popov, Musetta and Mimi. Opera certainly did not fail 'the masses' on Tuesday but obviously some unlucky people were failed by their local cinema.

  13. James responded on 18 January 2013 at 10:41am Reply

    Cineworld Didcot could not have cared less about the problems. Finally got a credit note instead of a refund after much arguing. Hope this is not how you want punters for your transmissions treated. Not sure if will go the Onegin with voucher yet.

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 18 January 2013 at 2:52pm

      Hi James,
      Sorry to hear you had problems at the cinema, and thank you for letting us know about the reaction of the cinema staff. Unfortunately, due to a technical fault involving new equipment at some cinemas, a small number of venues had no subtitles. We're sorry for this and are working with the cinemas affected to resolve the issue for future broadcasts.

      All the best,

      Lottie
      Assistant Content Producer

  14. sally ann manthorp responded on 18 January 2013 at 3:01pm Reply

    I took along a friend and we saw the production at The Odeon Southend. Sound misfired a couple of times but the biggest let down was the lack of subtitles. I have seen the opera live and know the story well, my friend however was new to the experience and she lost so much by not being able to understand the intricacies of the word play between characters. It was so annoying. However the production was wonderful.

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 18 January 2013 at 4:45pm

      Hi Sally,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the production. As mentioned above, unfortunately a small number of cinemas had no subtitles due to a technical fault involving new equipment. We're very sorry for this, and are working with the cinemas affected to resolve the issue for future broadcasts.

      All the best,

      Lottie
      Assistant Content Producer
      Assistant Content Producer

  15. Production and performances were great, but appalling sound dropouts ruined the last 10 minutes - there were about five gaps of about 5 seconds. And I was rather hoping to hear some semblance of stereo sound, being in a 7.1 equipped cinema (Leamington Apollo). It sounded completely monaural, with a rather limited frequency range - I strongly suspect it was only coming from the centre speaker. And a five day old recording is in no way "live"!

  16. Carlos Claure responded on 19 January 2013 at 1:47pm Reply

    As it is for many opera lovers, La Boheme is a favorite work. I became disappointed when I heard Villazon's replacement due to illness. Since I had never heard Popov I thought that perhaps this would be a magnificent chance to hear what he sounded like and how he behaved on stage. I wanted to listen to Villazón to hear what is becomeng of his voice following his health problems. No luck. I'm sorry to say I didn't care much for Popov. I think he has to dedicate more time to his diction. I didn't care either for how he ended the opera's last scene. His high note was unnecessary - he should have stuck to Puccini's score. As for his acting, my impression is that there was too much smooching on stage. I guess both, Rodolfo and Mimi, are guilty of this. Musseta was lovely but I didn't care for how she ended her waltz. It should have been a beautiful and long fiato; her mouth and tongue were too shaky for her age.

  17. Ukrainans are the bast !!!

  18. Ray Wilson responded on 23 January 2013 at 4:08pm Reply

    My wife and I watched La Boheme at the Showcase cinema in Nottingham. Only one audio drop out towards the end. Otherwise totally brilliant from every respect. I likened the artistes as being the Rafeal Nadals of opera. Incredible!!

  19. maggie clifford responded on 24 January 2013 at 1:26am Reply

    Having sent an e-mail last week to the Royal Opera House [which has not been acknowledged! ] expressing my disappointment that the so-called "live relay" of la Boheme was in fact a recording from the previous week, I am trying again to get a response to my concern [ and that of several others,letters to the press etc ] that it is entirely misleading and dishonest to advertise these performances as a live relay.Like others I found several technical faults with the sound quality and object to paying the higher prices for something which it was not! You MUST in future be accurate about what you have on offer. At the moment I don't feel inclined to bother again and have warned others to beware.

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 24 January 2013 at 2:21pm

      Sorry to hear you were disappointed by the cinema screening. Although the majority of our cinema relays are live on the night, due to scheduling some have to be shown as “delayed live”. However, the performance is still relayed in full without cuts or edits, just at a later time. We have communicated to our partners that two of our productions - La boheme in January and Nabucco in April - will be recorded and delivered via satellite several days later, and have requested that those should be advertised as deferred live or recorded titles. We apologise wholeheartedly if this information has not been passed onto you.

      Similarly, sorry to hear you had problems with the sound at the cinema. Unfortunately, due to a technical fault involving new equipment at some cinemas, a small number of venues had no subtitles. We're sorry for this and are working with the cinemas affected to resolve the issue for future broadcasts.

      All the best,

      Lottie
      Assistant Content Producer

    • Jeff Coventry (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 25 January 2013 at 12:15pm

      Thank you for your message, Maggie. I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the cinema relay of La boheme. Our cinema season is programmed many months in advance and often circumstances change that are out of our control. On this occasion an artistic decision was taken after the season was announced which resulted in the broadcast being delayed by several days.

      It’s true that our original printed material announced La boheme as a live relay, but all subsequent advertising for the production made it clear that this was a delayed live broadcast, and all our cinema partners were alerted to the change several months before the performance. We will of course make every effort to ensure our printed brochures are 100% accurate in future.

      I’m sorry again for any confusion this has caused.

      Jeff
      Royal Opera House Cinema

  20. Martin Wainwright responded on 25 January 2013 at 10:54am Reply

    Just to second Maggie's comment and to provide feedback, I too was disappointed at the ROH's advertising of the cinema performance as 'live' (or even 'delayed live' in small print: to me that means a two minute buffer to allow for emergencies as is done on live talk radio, not five days!) The whole marketing of the screening- the 7:15 timing, the on-screen 'tweets', the premium cinema price, the word 'relay'- gave the impression that the actual performance was being beamed to 800 theatres. As it was this was no different to watching my 2010 BluRay copy of the ROH's Tosca on a big screen. As an opera obsessive who attended the 5 Jan Boheme at £170 (with no complaints) AND the cinema screening at £12.50, I might point out that the disingenuous advertising mars an otherwise excellent production and damages the House's reputation. It needs to be made clear to customers that they are watching a pre-recorded FILM.

    • Jeff Coventry (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 25 January 2013 at 12:10pm

      Thank you for your message Martin. I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the cinema relay. Our cinema season is programmed many months in advance and often circumstances change that are out of our control. On this occasion an artistic decision was taken after the season was announced which resulted in the broadcast being delayed by several days.

      It’s true that our original printed material announced the screening as a live relay, but all subsequent advertising for the production made it clear that this was a delayed live broadcast, and all our cinema partners were alerted to the change several months before the performance. We will of course make every effort to ensure our printed brochures are 100% accurate in future.

      I’m sorry again for any confusion this has caused.

      Jeff Coventry
      Royal Opera House Cinema

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