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Orfeo streamed for free online on 21 January 2015

Royal Opera/Roundhouse production of Monteverdi’s baroque opera marks a first for both companies.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

17 January 2015 at 9.30pm | 21 Comments

Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo will be live-streamed for free from 7.15pm GMT on 21 January 2015. The stream will be presented by former Royal Ballet School student and BBC Culture Show presenter Morgan Quaintance alongside Roundhouse Emerging Artist Jane Young.

You can watch via this page, on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel, and on the Roundhouse YouTube channel. The live stream is delivered in association with BBC Arts and will also be available on the BBC Arts website.

Watch Orfeo on demand:

Kasper Holten, Director of The Royal Opera said, ‘We are so proud of the collaboration with the Roundhouse and our production of Orfeo, so needless to say, we are very excited to be able to bring it to an even larger digital audience; not least as the shows in Camden are selling out. It was always the point to reach more and new audiences with this production, and what better way to do that than by also making it available to the world via live-streaming.’

Marcus Davey, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Roundhouse said, ‘The live stream of Orfeo will allow us to take opera out to a huge new online audience. It’s one of the most ambitious collaborations for our in house production company – Roundhouse Digital Productions - who are working with the Royal Opera House and BBC Arts to live-stream the full performance on Wednesday. In addition one of our young emerging artists has the fantastic opportunity to present alongside Morgan Quaintance live on the BBC. We hope many more people get to enjoy this bold and extraordinary production.’

Orfeo is the first collaboration between the Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse - a venture that has allowed The Royal Opera to experiment in a different space as well as showcase the talents of a number of rising stars alongside established artists. The run is all but sold out.

The cast is led by baritone Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and soprano Mary Bevan as Euridice, who perform alongside Jette Parker Young Artists James Platt as Charon and Rachel Kelly as Proserpina. The chorus is comprised of post-graduate singers from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, while the energy of the East London Dance troupe brings the staging to life. Christopher Moulds conducts the Orchestra of the Early Opera Company.

Former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd’s operatic debut has received both critical and audience acclaim for both exposing new talent and for remaining true to the piece’s dramatic roots - the Camden venue is well suited to staging a tragedy of Greek origin, with its in-the-round seating configuration reminiscent of a classical amphitheatre.

Orfeo will be live-streamed on 21 January 2015 at 7.15pm GMT.
The production is a new collaboration between the Roundhouse and The Royal Opera.

The BBC and the Royal Opera House are broadcast partners.

East London Dance is generously supported by Molly Lowell and David Borthwick.
The Learning and Participation programme for Orfeo is supported by Prudential PLC

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

17 January 2015 at 9.30pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC, by Michael Boyd, Claudio Monteverdi, Kaper Holten, live stream, Marcus Davey, Morgan Quaintance, Orfeo, Production, Roundhouse, The Royal Opera

This article has 21 comments

  1. The BBC and the ROH are broadcast partners? Yet we got absolutely no opera over the xmas period whatsoever ? Not a great partnership so far !
    When can we hope to see some opera on the BBC ?

  2. Luke responded on 18 January 2015 at 2:50pm Reply

    Will this be available to available to view after the live stream for a limited time, or is this not an option?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 January 2015 at 2:59pm

      We hope so - will be able to confirm on the night (depends on rights agreements).

      Best

      Ellen

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 20 January 2015 at 3:05pm

      Hi Luke,

      We can confirm that Orfeo will be available on demand for six months after the performance.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  3. Robin responded on 18 January 2015 at 4:35pm Reply

    What is the impact going to be on those who have bought tickets for this performance, without any prior notice that there would be cameras in the auditorium?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 19 January 2015 at 3:59pm

      Hi Robin,

      Cameras will be located so as not to interfere with sightlines. These positions have been confirmed as non-interfering by the Roundhouse Box Office.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  4. i would like to receive more information about this production. Is it streamed live from the ROH or from The Roundhouse? if you could send me more info to be able to publish will be great. Thanks in advance!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 19 January 2015 at 5:14pm

      Hi Gonzalo,

      All the information should be detailed above - the stream is from the Roundhouse, who have partnered with The Royal Opera for this production.

      Hope you enjoy the stream.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  5. Charles Gilson responded on 19 January 2015 at 11:33am Reply

    Excellent initiative, TY, but also REALLY hope you can keep it available for a bit after Wednesday, when a non-musical friend has carelessly invited me to a dinner I can no longer turn down!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 20 January 2015 at 3:05pm

      Hi Charles,

      We can confirm that Orfeo will be available on demand for six months after the performance.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  6. Dawn responded on 20 January 2015 at 6:40pm Reply

    So proud of all those young people fabulous
    opportunitiy

  7. Gordon Thorpe responded on 21 January 2015 at 12:23pm Reply

    Is it going to be possible to buy this as a CD in the future.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 21 January 2015 at 12:30pm

      Hi Gordon,

      No release is scheduled. But should it does happen, keep an eye on our social media pages for info!

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  8. Is the streaming available outside the UK?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 21 January 2015 at 12:52pm

      Hi LR,

      Yes, it's available worldwide (with a small number of exceptions, eg Germany)

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  9. Nell Nockles responded on 22 January 2015 at 5:48am Reply

    We watched at home and felt that we had the best seat in the Roundhouse. Brilliant production, beautifully sung, with a sensational ending.....Well done ROH and Roundhouse. More please!

  10. Eloisa responded on 22 January 2015 at 11:04am Reply

    Are you able to provide the link to see Orfeo please? as I can't find it in any of the links published.

    Thanks

  11. Really interesting to hear the origins of opera with those beautiful instruments especially the oversized guitar the theorbo on stage. The collaboration with the roundhouse was great, what a magnificent yet intimate heritage space! perfect staging. I do not often see opera, I've tried, I seem to be just a fan of Puccini and his heart string pulling powers, I am also a fan of renaissance and courtly music (from a distance and blackadder!) so found this much to my taste, so thanks for the insight. More early pieces please!

  12. Beth responded on 25 January 2015 at 11:32am Reply

    The broadcast mentions a free online programme but link is not working for me - could you please confirm the link - thank you very much

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