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Cinema Season 2011/12 launched

A look at the new season broadcasting opera and ballet to 22 countries and over 700 cinemas.

By Simon Magill (Communications Coordinator, Special Projects)

23 September 2011 at 9.46am | 32 Comments

Last night the Royal Opera House launched its exclusive Cinema Season. Hosted by Lloyd Bracey and with assembled members of the press and some very recognisable faces including three from the world of opera and ballet, the evening began with a teaser of the productions to be screened, five live and five recorded including Madam Butterfly in 3D.

Royal Opera House Chief Executive, Tony Hall lead the celebration by saying, "This evening marks an exciting milestone for the Royal Opera House – from our first offering in 2007 – Don Giovanni to this, our first ever exclusive Season of ROH opera and ballet in 22 countries and more than 700 cinemas. It’s a moment to celebrate our move into Cinema, which, for us Cinema is about sharing our work with the UK and the rest of the World."

Royal Opera House Cinema Season is different to all other classical cinema seasons because, of course, it offers screenings of both opera AND ballet at affordable prices (from £8).  As all of the ballet productions will be live those present were given a taste of what’s in store for ballet fans, an ‘up close and personal’ with two of the world’s finest dancers today – Royal Ballet Principals, Lauren Cuthbertson, and Sergei Polunin.  Lauren and Sergei will dance the lead roles in both The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, to be screened live into cinemas as part of this new Season. And, with Rob Clark at the piano they danced the pas de deux from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty.

The first three opera productions to be screened will be Faust (live),  Adriana Lecouvreur and Tosca. And what better way to let us experience the sheer power of these operas than to have their star, the truly gifted soprano and one of the world’s most glamorous opera singers, Angela Gheorghiu, at the launch to sing O mio babbino caro.

Angela was also interviewed, telling the audience that "Being live in cinemas is like a premiere". She also revealed that she is to be reunited on stage with husband Roberto Alagna in La bohème in 2012.

To close the evening, through the magic of cinema The Royal Opera Music Director, Tony Pappano gave us a sneaky glimpse at the kind of ‘extra’ that cinema audiences can expect as part of their experience, and in fact Angela has just recorded an introduction to Faust, to be broadcast before the live screening on 28 September.

Screening schedule

  • Wednesday 28 September 2011 Faust (The Royal Opera Live)
  • October 2011 Adriana Lecouvreur (The Royal Opera recorded)
  • November 2011 Tosca (The Royal Opera recorded)
  • Thursday 15 December 2011 The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet Live)
  • January 2012 Cendrillon (The Royal Opera recorded)
  • February 2012 Il trittico (The Royal Opera recorded)
  • March 2012 Madam Butterfly in 3D (The Royal Opera recorded, presented by RealD)
  • Thursday 22 March 2012 Romeo and Juliet (The Royal Ballet Live)
  • Tuesday 17 April 2012 Rigoletto (The Royal Opera Live)
  • Wednesday 16 May 2012 La Fille mal gardée (The Royal Ballet Live)

Will you be watching a cinema screening from the Royal Opera House? If so, what and where will you be watching from? Tell us via the comments below.

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By Simon Magill (Communications Coordinator, Special Projects)

23 September 2011 at 9.46am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera, Screening and tagged adriana lecouvreur, Angela Gheorghiu, cinema, Faust, Lauren Cuthbertson, Madam Butterfly, movies, Romeo and Juliet, Sergei Polunin, The Sleeping Beauty, Tony Hall, Tosca

This article has 32 comments

  1. And will that La Boheme with Alagna be at Covent Garden?

    • Simon Magill (Communications Coordinator, Special Projects) responded on 23 September 2011 at 8:17pm

      Yes indeed, this news is hot of the press, these performances will be in June. Sadly that performance will not be in cinemas, but there are hopefully plenty of other productions that you may wish to go and see.

  2. Are these ever going to happen in Canada?

  3. Nicholas Mayne responded on 23 September 2011 at 2:38pm Reply

    Yes, any screenings slated for Canada? Please screen in Edmonton!

    • Simon Magill (Communications Coordinator, Special Projects) responded on 23 September 2011 at 8:18pm

      Currently we don't have any screenings in Canada, however, we are working hard with a distributor in this territory to hopefully bring our cinema productions to you soon.

  4. Victor Mone responded on 23 September 2011 at 2:53pm Reply

    Will this happen in USA also?

    • Simon Magill (Communications Coordinator, Special Projects) responded on 23 September 2011 at 8:19pm

      Yes, we are happy to report that we are screening in the US, if you follow this link to the Faust screenings and enter your zip code, hopefully there will be a screening near you.

  5. Diane Gulaboff responded on 23 September 2011 at 5:37pm Reply

    This is a fantastic project. We will go to see Faust in Dunfermline and ALL the rest, if in Dunfermline. ( Will certainly be in Edinburgh, I guess. Will go there if no other choice. ) So much for you 'Met' and your screeching Radio performances !

  6. Kathie Moon responded on 24 September 2011 at 5:57pm Reply

    Exited and looking forward to my first Faust, on Wednesday, screening at Royal Palm 20 movie theater in Bradenton Florida. Is there a program brochure or program notes for this production on the internet?

  7. Please find a chain of cinemas that will distribute in the South of France region, from Marseille to Nice. We are missing out. We can get Live from Met New York, in 6 cinemas in this region, including Toulon, BUT Narbonne and Beziers are the only towns that are carrying ROH, A Great Disappointment

  8. Philip Root responded on 26 September 2011 at 1:35pm Reply

    Please on the internet like Met Player. I'm in the US.

  9. flora garcia hermida responded on 26 September 2011 at 5:47pm Reply

    I am looking forward to the screening of Faust on Wednesday, I will be watching it at La Coruña, northwest Spain.
    We get the MET season but it`s the first time for Covent Garden and it is great. I love the Opera House.

  10. Paul Gates responded on 26 September 2011 at 8:31pm Reply

    Has anyone in the US been able to access the site referenced above? I haven't yet been able to (I get the "link is broken" screen).

  11. YG Wong responded on 26 September 2011 at 10:24pm Reply

    Which cinemas in London will the performances be screened? Where could we get a list of the programmes?

    MET has the same Live Performances which I have watched few times before, I found the high frequency changes in term of zooming and cropping unnecessary.

  12. Any chance that you will screen the "Plácido Domingo Celebration" worldwide since all the performances are sold out? We visit ROH at least twice a year (from the States) and enjoy the quality of the performances so are looking forward to being able to attend some of the performances we are unable to travel for. Thanks for making them available to us.

  13. Frank responded on 28 September 2011 at 8:05pm Reply

    Looking forward to watching the opera's in the Cinerama-cinema in the center of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. That's for me only 10 minutes by bike. Great!

  14. Diane Gulaboff responded on 28 September 2011 at 10:20pm Reply

    just seen Faust at local cinema. 'Ciao mama e papi'. Isn't it amazing that it was watched all over the world ! Wonderful to see and hear. Great quality singing and Directing.

  15. Jazmin responded on 29 September 2011 at 7:05am Reply

    I have seen it from Madrid, Spain and can tell you it was GREAT! We are great fans of the ROH performances, we travel every year for at least one show, now that you make available to see them in our near cinema, we will enjoy them all. Thanks for sharing the magic of ROH!

  16. Stephen Lewis responded on 29 September 2011 at 11:36am Reply

    Faust was wonderful but utterly spoilt by the premature termination of the screening at the Vue in the O2 Centre Finchley Road 10 minutes before the end of the opera!

  17. M arj Harley responded on 29 September 2011 at 5:52pm Reply

    I have waited for weeks to see Faust transmitted live to Vue at Carlisle. Sitting waiting for it to start I was so excited! How the bubble soon burst! Nothing happened for 10 minutes, then we were told the timings were wrong and the opera had started 40 minutes ago, even so we thought just get it on the screen, only for us to be told after another 20 minutes they couldn't get the frequency and we all had to queue to get a refund! I hope the cinemas in America have more luck than we did just 300 miles away! All the hype and then this huge disappointment, there is no way I will ever get the chance to see such massive opera stars for a tenner! Used my free cinema pass (as a consolation) to see Abduction - oh dear, from what I hoped would have been a wonderful cultural evening to one of car chases and gunfire!

  18. Royal Opera House responded on 30 September 2011 at 12:05pm Reply

    Stephen and Marj, we're very sorry to hear about your experiences. We can't be too sure of the exact faults at this time but thanks to your detailed comments we'll be able to follow up each case directly. We hope these incidents don't put you off attending future cinema screenings.

  19. jane combes responded on 4 October 2011 at 3:43pm Reply

    By accident discovered this wonderful initiative, managed to get seats in Truro,Cornwall last night for Don Giovanni. Loved it, however, no information or cast list in paper form for we old'uns. We all want to go to Tosca, but booking information also absent.
    Plus I see Sleeping Beauty is scheduled for 15 December, would love to take that up too.
    Please, can you get the cinemas to publicise more as there must be so many people down here with little or no opportunity to experience your superb productions.

  20. Sandra & John Nicholas responded on 13 October 2011 at 7:15pm Reply

    We loved Faust and will hopefully see as many of the future productions as possible. Please can you show the recordings in Shrewsbury, Shropshire as we always have to travel some distance to see them. Also we think there could be better advertising of these events as not many people seem to know about them. Thank you so much for giving us these real "treats"

  21. DAVID AND CHRISTINE MCLACHLAN responded on 17 October 2011 at 10:02am Reply

    We live in France, and are delighted to have discovered the Opera and Ballet season from the Royal Opera House. We saw La Fille de la Regiment in Le Mans and it was breathtaking. We are booked to see Adriana Lecouvreur and Sleeping Beauty, with others planned next year. Thank you so much for these productions and for having the initiative to make this possible.

  22. Austin Pearce responded on 16 January 2012 at 6:29pm Reply

    I wish that there were more cinemas in the US showing these productions.

  23. Austin Pearce responded on 5 February 2012 at 3:54pm Reply

    When will the 2012/13 Cinema Season be announced?

  24. Peter Colenbrander responded on 12 March 2012 at 2:48pm Reply

    Has there been any further progress in arranging screenings in Canada?

  25. David Featherstone responded on 16 January 2013 at 2:36pm Reply

    Enjoyed La Boheme in Shrewsbury last night - fantastic singing and orchestration. I have friends in Athens who want to know if the feed will be available there soon - nothing on the site to list the "22 countries" that are included. Any information please?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 16 January 2013 at 4:16pm

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your comment. We regularly add territories so it's worth keeping an eye on for new additions.

      Thanks and glad you enjoyed last night,

      Online Content Producer

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