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Don Giovanni to be relayed live to BP Big Screens and streamed worldwide on 3 July 2015

See Kasper Holten's visually striking production of Mozart's tragicomedic opera for free at venues around the country.

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

23 June 2015 at 11.49am | 15 Comments

Watch Don Giovanni LIVE from the Royal Opera House

Kasper Holten’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, starring Christopher Maltman, will be relayed live to BP Big Screens across the UK and streamed via YouTube internationally on 3 July at 7pm BST.

Before the relay, which will be presented by Dominic Peckham and Martha Kearney, you can find out more about the production with our free Don Giovanni digital guide, which contains specially selected films and articles about the production.

The Story

Charismatic lothario Don Giovanni, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello, seduces and betrays a stream of women. However, when he commits murder, his luck begins to change.

The story builds up to an iconic finale, reworked by Mozart for a second premiere and a source of much debate over two hundred years later. Find out more about the opera's alternative endings.

The Music

Mozart’s opera features some of his most iconic music, including technical ensembles and beautiful arias. One of the highlights is Giovanni’s energetic Champagne Aria. Find out more about the the Champagne Aria on our Musical Highlight blog.

The relay will see the Royal Opera House Orchestra led by Alain Altinoglu. The cast includes Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio, Dorothea Röschmann as Donna Elvira, Simon Bailey as Leporello, Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna, Nahuel di Pierro as Masetto and Julia Lezhneva as Zerlina.

The Production

Kasper Holten’s production had its world premiere in 2014. The set, designed by Es Devlin (Les TroyensSalome, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) with video designer Luke Halls (Król Roger), uses video projection to explore themes of reality and imagination, and the destructive nature of Don Giovanni as a character.

Watch Kasper Holten’s video diary series to find out more about the behind-the-scenes work that went into staging it.


Guardian journalist Stuart Heritage will be liveblogging the evening for the Royal Opera House. You’ll be able to read his thoughts on the performance from 6.30pm on this website.

Review and Competition

The production was revived for the first time this Season, opening on 12 June 2015. Read audience reactions to the opening night.

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of the audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHdongiovanni. Audiences will also have the opportunity to win a luxury picnic hamper by sharing their picnic pic summer selfies from venues around the UK. Tweet or Instagram your pictures with the hashtag #BPBigScreens for the chance to win.

Not too shabby for a Wednesday evening picnic in Trafalgar Square with La Boheme #BPbigscreens

A photo posted by Georgia Eleanor (@peaheadg) on

Don Giovanni is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Danish Research Foundation. It is a co-production with Houston Grand Opera.

The production will be relayed live to BP Big Screens in the UK and streamed live around the world via YouTube on 3 June 2015. Find your nearest BP Big Screen and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

BP Big Screens will return on 22 September with a live relay of The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet.


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

23 June 2015 at 11.49am

This article has been categorised Opera, Screening and tagged Big Screens, BP Big Screens, by Kasper Holten, Christopher Maltman, don giovanni, free, live, Production, relay, screening, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This article has 15 comments

  1. M. Deutsch responded on 30 June 2015 at 4:28pm Reply

    What a lousy piece of reporting !
    Except a single mention of one singer (role not specified), no info on who sings what part (the most important thing in an opera). And who is the conductor ? another mystery.
    By contrast, the producer, Kaspar Holten, is mentioned in every second line. Many more times, in fact, than that unimportant fellow who wrote the music, whats-his-name, Mozart.

    • K. Tkach responded on 1 July 2015 at 5:50am

      I'm a bit confused by this comment as the article not only mentions the conductor but also all of the singers and their parts. In addition, by my count, Mr Holten and 'what's his name', the composer, are mentioned an equal number of times, i.e. 3! Did we read the same article?

  2. Sue Benjamins responded on 30 June 2015 at 7:38pm Reply

    More importantly, how the heck do I get some nformation on GETTING the live screening of Don Giovanni this Friday (wonderful offer) ON MY TELEVISION???? dO YOU MEAN i CAN JUST GO ONTO Youtube (which I can't get on my tv, I would have to sit uncomfprtably in front of my PC) and complaint: there was no space to put the promo code so I have ended up paying £2.99 for the "free" digi guide. I can live with that, still a bargain but PLEASE write your websites more clearly. They are usually/always a nightmare and PLEASE put something up on how to watch at 7pm on my TELLY> Have already seen this DG at a live screening (disrupted by bad weather); desperate to see again so please give clear instruction somewhere

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 July 2015 at 11:18am

      Hi Sue,

      Sorry to hear you had difficulties getting your free guide. There is a link marked 'Do you have a promo code?' above 'Add to basket' on

      Do contact the Box Office team on +44 (0)20 7304 4000 if you'd like a refund of the cost of the guide.

      For the stream, it won't be available via TV, only via YouTube. Some newer TVs may have a YouTube app installed, but this will not necessarily take live feeds.


      ROH Content Producer

  3. Lawrence Devoe responded on 30 June 2015 at 11:18pm Reply

    It is obvious that the commentator is either illiterate or cannot read English. The singers and roles are clearly identified and no one should be deterred from the broadcast of an amazing and innovative production. Congratulations to the Royal Opera House for mounting this show.

  4. RufusB responded on 1 July 2015 at 2:39pm Reply

    Wonderful initiative to stream this to those of us who don't have a nearby big screen! Thank you so much, RoH. However, could I put in a plea for a big screen in Birmingham, the UK's second city???

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 July 2015 at 2:59pm

      Glad you're looking forward to the stream.

      Do check back for future screenings, as venues may change between Seasons


      ROH Content Producer

  5. Linda responded on 1 July 2015 at 4:05pm Reply

    Live streaming sounds great as it's not going to cinemas. But (and sorry about this!) how do you access the online streaming? Sorry to be a bit slow here!

  6. Sue Benjamins responded on 1 July 2015 at 9:44pm Reply

    Thanks Chris for replying to my point via your response to Linda above (though not to me! and I am not illiterate. I love this offer, and I love this production. Pure genius. BUT your emailed newsletter to me and others said I could "WATCH IT ON TV" -- do you mean if I have a so-called smart television which has an internet box? -- but anyway your response to Linda takes me partway to the answer. It would be good to say this -- about the link on the ROH homepage on the day. Nowhere is there that advice.

  7. Sue Benjamins responded on 1 July 2015 at 10:41pm Reply

    Hello! It's me again. OK your more recent newsletter refers only to watching DG via Youtube or your own ROH link -- which you say in these comments (but not mentioned on your site) that the link will be put up on Friday 3rd July. From googling around, I now understand that I CAN watch on my TV so long as I can convert it into SMART capability to connect with my wifi router. So I shall buy an adaptor and hope to get up and running in time..... Hope my comments help others to whom not every techie detail is immediately obvious.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 2 July 2015 at 9:28am

      Dear Sue

      Thank you for your queries - we will review the clarity of our communications around the experience of watching a live streamed ROH event via TV.

      Best wishes


  8. Lee responded on 3 July 2015 at 8:20am Reply

    Thank you Linda, Chris, and Sue for elucidating how to see this opera. My wife and I will be watching from Los Angeles, having much enjoyed "Il Turco in Italia" in person on holiday last March. Now if I can just figure out **where** that promo code is located and download the digital programme...

  9. M. Deutsch responded on 4 July 2015 at 10:36am Reply

    Dear M. Tkatch Second comment above), indeed we were NOT reading the same article. I am glad to see that following my comment above they indeed added a second paragraph to the "The Music" section listing the names of the conductor and the performers. Moreover, they now mention Mozart and Holten equal times (four, including the sub-title of the article). What a great triumph for whats-his-name !

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