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.
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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.
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