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Cinema season 2012/13 announced

Six operas and three ballets to be screened into over 700 cinemas in 22 countries

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 March 2012 at 2.04pm | 62 Comments

Alongside the announcement of what operas and ballets will be on stage over 2012/13 come the details of the new Royal Opera House Cinema Season.

Featuring six operas and three ballets broadcast into over 700 cinemas in 22 countries, the offering reflects the Royal Opera House’s commitment to reaching audiences across the UK and internationally.

The Royal Opera House Cinema Season is different to all other classical cinema seasons because it offers screenings of both opera and ballet at affordable prices (from £8).

The productions to be screened during 2012/13 are:

Three productions remain of the current season – Romeo and Juliet live (22 March), Rigoletto live (17 April) and La Fille mal gardée live (16 May). Further information is available on our Cinema season website.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 March 2012 at 2.04pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera and tagged cinema, cinemas, international, movies, Nabucco, Production, screen, season announcement

This article has 62 comments

  1. Would a person in New York be able to see these? Because I really would like to!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 1 April 2012 at 7:40pm

      Hi Bella, the distribution of cinemas participating does change for each production, so the best source of information would be the Royal Opera House Cinema website. Glad to hear that you are excited by the programme.

    • Alexandra responded on 14 April 2012 at 6:30pm

      Check out the Morgan Library schedule, they usually show ROH productions. Good luck.

  2. Lydia responded on 3 May 2012 at 8:45pm Reply

    Could you broadcast these performances in Canada too? I would really love to view some of them. Thanks in advance.

  3. Sarah responded on 16 May 2012 at 11:06pm Reply

    Just seen La Fille Mal Gardee in my local Cineworld at Crawley. What a magnificent performance ! Wonderful dancing by all , especially Stephen and Roberta , they are magical together.THANKYOU !

  4. mary paul responded on 17 May 2012 at 10:27am Reply

    Thank you for La Fille Mal Gardee at the cinema. Exquisite performances and was a real treat to see at Bluewater last evening. Looking forward to future cinema productions. Thank you

  5. Pamela Martin responded on 17 May 2012 at 12:42pm Reply

    Saw La Fille Mal Gardee last night. what an excellent evening. can we have more please.

  6. Iris Mooney responded on 17 May 2012 at 4:52pm Reply

    Having seen Aieda, the opera, Romeo and Juliet, the ballet, Rigaletto the opera and last night La Fille de Mal Gardee, the ballet, all local to where I live, has made me a very happy Essex girl indeed. These productions are of the highest standard in the world with the artists in each giving performences second to none. Thank you R.O.H.for bringing culture within our reach, with our support may you long continue.

  7. Marc responded on 28 May 2012 at 5:45am Reply

    I am looking forward to The Nutcracker this December. I really hope it would be shown in Hong Kong or in any South East Asian country. And I am hoping it would be Nunez as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

  8. Young Kim responded on 12 June 2012 at 1:04pm Reply

    It is more convenient for me to watch "the cinemas" at home with DVD/Blue-ray disc. I wish you to produce and market DVDs.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 12 June 2012 at 2:22pm

      Thanks for your message. We do release DVDs and Blu-Ray as well as our cinema offering. The online shop is temporarily offline but will soon return meaning that it will once more be possible to buy them online.


      Social Media Manager

  9. Hello, I think what you guys are doing is amazing and very innovative, however I see there is not much in your current summer programme between now and end of August? Is this due to the season? or maybe the Olympics? I would have loved to have attended a big Screen event this summer.
    thanks for your efforts

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 10 July 2012 at 10:12am

      Hi Christo

      We always shut for a few weeks over the summer and this year we are using this time to host an exhibition called The Olympic Journey. We have one Big Screen event left in this year's series, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 on 16 July.



  10. Sarri Tapales responded on 30 July 2012 at 10:24am Reply

    Hi. I was very sorry to miss the live screening of Metamorphosis: Titian -- could you tell me if it will be broadcast soon, or if there is any way of viewing it in full? Thank you.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 2 August 2012 at 7:07pm

      Hi Sarri

      I'm afraid that there are no plans to screen Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 in the near future.



  11. Judith Berry responded on 3 August 2012 at 11:40am Reply

    Are there any plans to release Metamorphosis:Titian 2012 as a DVD? Perhaps along with the BBC's documentary Imagine and the short film with Anna Friel as bonus/extras? I am looking forward to the release of the standard edition of the book but would love to see and hear the ballets again.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 7 August 2012 at 9:14am

      Hi Judith

      Unfortunately there are no plans to release Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 on DVD at the present time.

      Best wishes


  12. Ian responded on 12 August 2012 at 4:39pm Reply

    No Ring Cycle in the cinema season? Would be a great thing to do, particularly since the tickets sold out so quickly. Here's hoping!

  13. Jeremy Davidson responded on 14 August 2012 at 4:14pm Reply

    What a pity and an opportunity missed not to have featured in the ballet scheduling the double bill Il Ballo della Regina and that seminal work La Sylphide from last season as that in my estimation - and in a good many of the critics too - as near a perfect evening as you'll ever get this side of heaven in the terpsichorean arts!

  14. Peter responded on 30 August 2012 at 11:50am Reply

    We love the cinema viewings, a giant step for democracy but, and that's a big but, there's no Ring Cycle? Peter

  15. Julia Pettit responded on 2 September 2012 at 6:09pm Reply

    Do you have a date in November for the screening of Les Troyens, as it is not showing up in my local cinema, list with the other screenings.
    Much appreciate the live screenings.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 14 September 2012 at 3:09pm

      Hi Julia,

      We'll be releasing details of these very soon so keep an eye on our Cinema pages.


      Social Media Manager

  16. maria responded on 8 September 2012 at 3:15pm Reply

    Why don't have this Cinema Season here in Brazil??
    I would like to see all of them!!!!!

  17. Mark-Jan responded on 15 September 2012 at 3:09pm Reply

    Sorry to see that Robert le Diable is missing on the list. Any chance that this will be recorded for future showing / DVD release?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 19 September 2012 at 10:12am

      We will be recording Robert le diable but do not believe that it will be shown on TV or in cinemas. No decision has yet been made on whether the production will be released on DVD.

  18. Jennifer Cashman responded on 17 September 2012 at 5:54pm Reply

    Is there a possibility that you will be showing your productions in France this season? Preferably Toulouse or Foix. I have several friends both French and English who would absolutely love to be able to see the cinema viewings of your productions. I saw La Fille Mal Gardee at Kent University when I was in UK earlier this year and it was magnificent.

  19. PeterM responded on 27 September 2012 at 11:09am Reply

    I have just signed up to Met on demand where for £9 per month I can enjoy any of the Mets opera library on video and hd on my iPad or computer whoever I want. Why don't you do the same?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 27 September 2012 at 11:50am

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your comment. We don't currently offer a service like this but are looking at ways of allowing our productions to reach an even wider audience. We'll be announcing some exciting news around this very soon.


      Social Media Manager

  20. Ilham responded on 28 September 2012 at 3:32pm Reply

    Is it too late to book for the cinema screenings?
    I am new in England, so I just noticed this now, and I would just LOVE to have the opportunity like this.

    Is there e.g. any seats for the screening at Empire Leicester Square on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 19:15??

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 28 September 2012 at 3:34pm

      Hi Ilham,

      Not at all - if you'd like to book for individual screenings, you can book through the individual cinema (online or in person).

      Hope you enjoy whichever show(s) you decide to come and see!

      Social Media Manager

  21. Dawn Shepherd responded on 30 September 2012 at 3:30pm Reply

    Hi. Very much enjoyed Carmen last night, but notice that France does not appear on the list of countries in the cinema website list - and it was in France that I saw the screening! So I'm hoping that Egypt also is missing, as I'm hoping to see La Boheme there in January. Might there be showings in Sharm-el-Sheik please?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 3 October 2012 at 4:19pm

      Hi Dawn

      Thanks for your email and glad that you enjoyed Carmen. We've been a little delayed in adding the French screenings to the list and the one that you referred to hadn't been added to the site when you looked. We're hoping to be up to date soon.



  22. We are very excited about the 2012/13 season and we invite everyone that is located in our part of the world to come and watch a live performance with us. For all the latest new & events please follow us on Twitter at @CineworldBolton


  23. Anne responded on 17 October 2012 at 10:57am Reply

    Fantastic initiative. Wondering how New Zealand and my Christchurch could be added to this list?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 17 October 2012 at 11:44am

      We'll ask our Cinema team if there are any plans.



  24. shawna paxton responded on 23 October 2012 at 11:31pm Reply

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Just seen the amazing performance of "Swan Lake" live at the cinema. Love the performances of Zenaida & (especially) Nehemiah. What a fantastic new production - the costumes of the corps were a departure from the norm & really suited the quite "dark" production & set design. The rehearsal footage & interviews were such a treat as if the performance wasn't enough. I felt transported to another world! Thank you so much Royal Ballet & Opera for this scheme - I'm looking forward to the other live ballets & operas, & hope that this scheme to bring them to a wider audience will continue in the future. There is no way I could afford to see such quality productions at the ROH & this is almost as good as being there!

  25. Sheena Lane responded on 24 October 2012 at 11:12am Reply

    Saw Swan Lake last night at local cinema for £10 and what an absolute bargain it was!
    Quite magnificent!
    Dancers and costumes outstanding.
    Oh, thankyou, thankyou thankyou, to whom this wonderful innovation came.

    • Isabel responded on 28 April 2013 at 10:54pm

      Hi Sheena,

      may I ask you, how old you are, or whether you are a student or not? I am doing research for my masters thesis on live performance accessibility in relation to cinema, and would like to use your comment as a perfect example for pricing, if you allow. ;)

      Thank you. Isabel.

  26. Petra responded on 24 October 2012 at 12:17pm Reply

    Saw Swan Lake too last night - simply magnificent!!!
    Will there be a DVD or TV broadcast of this performance? That would be gorgeous!

  27. Sandro v. Hansen responded on 24 October 2012 at 3:41pm Reply

    I loved the Swan Lake but I found the sound quality could be better. There is lack of brillance, as if it were mono instead of stereo.
    Sandro v. Hansen Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  28. Patrick Randolph responded on 27 October 2012 at 12:10pm Reply

    Saw ROH/Swan Lake at the cinema/live performance on 23/10/12 - just want to thank ALL those responsible for this stunning performance. Have been very fortunate during the last 40 odd years to have been to the Opera House but have never seen a ballet in such detail as I did last Tuesday - the dancing, sets and costumes were all magnificent. Overall a totally mesmerising, enjoyable
    experience. Again, THANKYOU!
    ps: Please put this performance out as a DVD...

  29. Jennifer Cashman responded on 31 October 2012 at 10:39am Reply

    Hi, I have been checking your website for cinema/live performances in France but France never seems to be mentioned on the list of countries screening these performances. Is this a problem with the website or are there no cinemas in France showing your performances this season? It is such an amazing opportunity to see these ballets and operas but those of us here in SW France are feeling neglected!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 5 November 2012 at 12:37pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      We're afraid that the cinemas themselves decide the dates of screenings and so we aren't able to publish details on our site. In future we'll post details of the cities where screenings will happen.


      Social Media Manager

  30. Jasmin responded on 7 November 2012 at 10:18pm Reply

    Saw the live screening of Swan Lake the other week and was absolutely blown away. Please please please release it on DVD! Are there any plans to do this? I would pay any amount!

  31. Fantastic performance of Les Troyens on screen last night. Such professionalism in all the art forms and a wonderful movement through the story line. First time I have seen Les Troyens and enjoyed every moment. Regretful that the audience was so small and the cinema moved it to a smaller screen. Why do people flock to the same old things that they know and miss out on the huge repertoire of grand opera?

  32. Alison responded on 20 November 2012 at 5:06pm Reply

    Will any of the shows be broadcast with English subtitles?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 20 November 2012 at 5:21pm

      Hi Alison,

      Yes, all opera performances are screened with subtitles.


      Social Media Manager

  33. Katie responded on 11 December 2012 at 3:52am Reply

    Another vote for screenings in Canada, please!

  34. I would love to be able to see these performances in the San Francisco Area of California US. The Nutcracker was awesome. Our local hero Brian Maloney did a fabulous job as Doll 1. Where can we see more of your wonderful performances?

  35. Joanne Whittaker responded on 26 December 2012 at 8:48am Reply

    Are these live performances being screened in South Africa?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 January 2013 at 3:52pm

      Hi Joanne,

      It's worth checking bag on individual productions regularly as we're always adding new venues and territories.


      Online Content Producer

  36. Pat Wilkinson responded on 16 January 2013 at 4:06pm Reply

    Saw LA BOHEME in Hull's Kingswood cinema last night - stupendous! It's such a brilliant, innovative idea (which I'm new to) but I'll keep my eyes on this site to learn of upcoming productions. Thank you for making it worth this old lady turning out on a cold, snowy January night. It was well worth it. Congratulations to all the cast and production team!

  37. Becky responded on 21 February 2013 at 9:33am Reply

    Eugene Onegin was just incredible, really powerfully performed and masterfully produced, and seeing it at the cinema was a surprisingly good medium and really drew you in.
    I don't suppose you'll be releasing it on DVD? Would love to be able to watch again!

  38. Samantha responded on 8 March 2013 at 1:11pm Reply

    I wouldn't have gone to see 'Tosca' at the ROH on Wednesday had my interest in opera not been awakened by having seen 'La Boheme' and 'Eugene Onegin' at my very comfortable local cinema. I loved them all and while the ROH Amphitheatre seats were a tad lacking in comfort, the wonderful sound and atmosphere made up for it. However, the cinema gives you so much more - I thought the introductory films were a marvellous idea, and close-ups really pulled me into the action. I have already booked for 'Alice' and 'Nabucco' and really looking forward to a wonderful evenings at the cinema. Thank you!

  39. Helen Webster responded on 24 March 2013 at 5:34pm Reply

    I would love to see 28th March screening of Alice's in Wonderland, but cannot. Given that it is likely to appeal to many children, is it possible to repeat the screening, perhaps in the summer holidays?

    Best wishes,


  40. Elizabeth responded on 30 April 2013 at 5:30pm Reply

    Very much enjoyed broadcast of Nabucco at the Phoenix in Oxford last night. Liudmyla Monastyrska was outstanding. Disappointed by the programme information supplied - it was almost illegible - far too small a font. Cinema said it was as supplied by ROH. If true, could you please enlarge the font in future. P.S. the "Day Job" was very entertaining.

  41. Mrs Williams responded on 19 May 2013 at 9:53pm Reply

    Hello, my daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed Alice in Wonderland on 28th March this year, and I wondered if it would be released on dvd at any time as we would love to see it again (and again).

  42. Carel Lindley responded on 28 May 2013 at 2:44pm Reply

    Hello, Will I be able to see Gloriana in Tampa USA?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 28 May 2013 at 4:14pm

      Hi Carel,

      Sorry, Gloriana won't be relayed to the US. This is due to a decision by the US distributor. The 2013/14 Season broadcasts will however be relayed to cinemas in the US.

      Next Season's relays include Turandot, Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Parsifal, Manon Lescaut, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and The Winter's Tale.


      Digital Content Producer

    • Carel Lindley responded on 28 May 2013 at 5:17pm

      Dear Chris,
      Thank you for your prompt reply. I will be sorry to miss Gloriana. Perhaps the ROH will release this production on DVD? I am on holiday staying with family in Tampa, hence the question about seeing it in the USA.
      My friends and I have been to all the ROH performances streamed live to cinemas this season and loved every one of them. Last nights La Donna del Lago was wonderful. We are looking forward to next year already and will hopefully be able to visit Covent Garden for at least one performance.
      Yours sincerly,

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