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Ballet and opera stars gather to launch ROH Live Cinema Season 2013/14

Carlos Acosta, Bryan Hymel, Antonio Pappano and others celebrate the start of a new season.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

17 September 2013 at 7.38pm | 10 Comments

The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2013/14 opens tonight with a broadcast of Puccini's classic Turandot.

Hot on the heels of the success of the 2012/13 Season, which attracted audiences of up to 40,000, the Live Cinema Season 2013/14 has expanded to more than 1,000 cinemas across 40 countries, and features an unprecedented five Royal Opera and five Royal Ballet productions.

'In the cinema you feel like you have the best seat in the house,' said Director of Music Antonio Pappano ahead of the live screening of Turandot. 'The cinema experience brings you closer: you see the sweat and expression on the faces of some of the finest singers and dancers on stage. I am very much looking forward to this evening, along with the other 9,999 sites sharing in this wonderful experience.'


Following tonight's screening of Turandot, Carlos Acosta's hotly anticipated new production of Don Quixote (in which Carlos and Marianela Nuñez dance the lead roles) will  be screened live on 16 October. This is followed on 4 November by Stefan Herheim's new production of Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes, featuring a stellar cast that includes Bryan Hymel, Marina Poplavskaya, Erwin Schrott and Michael Volle.

Bryan Hymel will sing the role of Henri for the live cinema relay of Les Vêpres siciliennes. 'When performing in a live cinema relay, it is forever in your mind that it's not just the people in the auditorium you are performing for, but some twenty to thirty thousand people across the globe,' he says. 'The energy of it being live is just a great new experience as you have to be so mindful of the details - the eyes and face. In the cinema, you honestly have the best seat in the house.'

Other productions to be screened live include Christmas favourite The Nutcracker, Stephen Langridge's new production of Parsifal, Peter Wright's Giselle and Kasper Holten's new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Since 2009, when the Royal Opera House broadcast in just 120 sites in 12 countries, ROH Live Cinema has expanded rapidly.

'We've been on a tremendous journey since the Live Cinema Season launched,' continues Antonio Pappano. 'Last season, over 32,000 people watched The Nutcracker: it was the second highest grossing film that night - nestled between The Hobbit and Skyfall'.

Similarly, 35,000 attended the live screening of Nabucco in April 2013, while some 40,000 watched the screenings of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

View the full list of productions for the 2013/14 Season and find a cinema near you.

This article has 10 comments

  1. Barry Purves responded on 18 September 2013 at 8:45am Reply

    how sad then that the screening was a technical disaster - washed out colours, no reds at all, and the sound a few frames ahead of the picture. And a shame that I took a friend for their first opera, and last. We couldn't stay and see this mighty production ruined like this. Not the ROH's finest technical hour.

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 18 September 2013 at 10:29am

      Hi Barry,

      Very sorry to hear that the cinema had technical problems last night. If you let us know which cinema you attended, we can look into the issues,



  2. Mike Jay responded on 18 September 2013 at 1:33pm Reply

    I've tried to expand my horizons to include opera a couple of times but haven't really been feeling it, but last nights cinema broadcast of Turandot was a revelation. Music, singing and staging were al top notch and, at least where I was watching (Cineworld West India Quay), there were no technical problems as suffered by the previous post - suggesting it was the cinema that had the problem rather than ROH.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 September 2013 at 2:25pm

      Hi Mike

      Delighted that you enjoyed it!

      Best wishes


  3. barry Purves responded on 18 September 2013 at 2:09pm Reply

    Oh Lottie - how good of you to respond. I had assumed it was the satellite link all over the world, but in Altrincham at least, the short film before seemed to be in monochrome, and I put this down to be letting the main feature shine, but come the transmission everything was in monochrome yellow with just some blue emerging out of the gloom. No red visible at all. And I would say there was about a four or five frame delay between the sound and picture. Sorry to sound harsh, as I go to all these wonderful screenings, and have never had any problems. Alice was a real treat. But this was one was unwatchable - magnificent sound though, but out of sync. thank you. Barry

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 September 2013 at 2:31pm

      Dear Barry

      So sorry to hear about the poor quality of experience, we will follow up with the cinema.

      Best wishes


  4. barry Purves responded on 18 September 2013 at 2:44pm Reply

    thanks Ellen - that's great after care service. Gold ol Opera House. A quick story - a rather small minded Cheshire gent stormed up to the unfortunate usher asking in a very patronising voice ' do you know what colour the Royal Opera house curtain is - it is certainly not black!!!' (all the reds came out as black in the screening) - poor usher. it was not his fault.

  5. Barry Purves responded on 18 September 2013 at 7:17pm Reply

    hallo again, and I've put my faith in technology working next time and have just booked for some more screenings. These are such great events. I was just frustrated last night as I was so looking forward to Turandot. But great stuff.

  6. RevCliff responded on 19 September 2013 at 12:11pm Reply

    Delighted with the Turandot performance my wife and I attended at Huddersfield Odeon. This is likely to become a regular evening out, though I strongly suspect I will be attending Wagner's Parsifal by myself!

  7. Very much looking forward to taking Nadine Kay to the Ballet - at the Odeon Cinema in the New Year. "Sleeping Beauty" - details to confirm

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