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ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

The Christmas line-up features celebrated Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances, including Carlos Acosta's Carmen and Jonas Kaufmann in Andrea Chénier.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

9 December 2015 at 4.00pm | 8 Comments

Details of Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances and documentaries to be broadcast on TV and radio over Christmas 2015 have now been announced.

David McVicar's Royal Opera production of Andrea Chénier will be broadcast on BBC Four on 18 December at 7.30pm. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star in this opulent and passionate production.

Carlos Acosta's recent Royal Ballet production of Carmen will be shown on Christmas Day on BBC Four at 7.30pm. Acosta dances the role of Don José alongside Marianela Nuñez as Carmen, and Federico Bonelli as the dashing toreador Escamillo. Darcey Bussell presents what was Acosta's final performance on the Royal Opera House main stage.

Rudolf Nureyev is the subject of Dance to Freedom, a dramatized documentary telling the story of the iconic dancer's defection to the West during the height of the Cold War. The film will be broadcast on 19 December at 8.50pm on BBC Two.

Former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell presents Darcey's Ballet Heroes on BBC Two on Christmas Day at 8.50pm. The 60-minute documentary sees the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge explore the history of male dancers in ballet and features Carlos Acosta and former director of The Royal Ballet, Anthony Dowell.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast Tchaikovsky's rarely-performed comic opera The Tsarina's Slippers at 2pm on 24 December.

Please note broadcast schedules are subject to change. Find out more about the BBC's Christmas 2015 programming.

The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners.

This article has 8 comments

  1. Joanne Simmons responded on 10 December 2015 at 4:27pm Reply

    How disappointing - it would of been nice to see something full length and more seasonal like the 'Nutcracker' - Acosta's 'Carmen' is not really suitable for a younger audience either and neither is it particularly inspiring - shame.

    • Andrew Walters responded on 11 December 2015 at 10:25am

      Don't agree with you there Joanne. Nutcracker has had more than it's fair share of coverage in the past and has a live cinema broadcast coming up on weds. The final performance by Carlos Acosta was a huge event and will be a thrill for all his fans ( me included) to see on TV .

  2. Andrew Walters responded on 11 December 2015 at 10:28am Reply

    Delighted to hear that the thrilling Andrea Chenier and Carlos Acosta's farewell performance will be broadcast over Christmas! Also that the Male Dancers are at last being featured as strongly as the ballerinas!! Can't wait to see who Darcey features! Thank you ROH!!

  3. Peter Erdos responded on 25 December 2015 at 11:17am Reply

    Very poor Christmas presntation from Covent Garden. Apart from the sublime Andrea Chenier it seems there is nothing else the Royal Opera can present?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 26 December 2015 at 1:09pm

      Dear Peter

      Sorry that you were disappointed in our Christmas presentation. We were delighted that the BBC took a full opera from Covent Garden, in addition to a new ballet. We'd always like to see more of our art forms on TV, but the BBC has to balance all types of material across their schedules.

      If you're looking for more opera you may enjoy our playlist of extracts on our YouTube channel:

      Merry Christmas!


    • Gene Sandherst responded on 14 March 2017 at 2:37am

      Agree. Glad Mr. Acosta will be moving on.

  4. David White responded on 27 December 2015 at 2:12pm Reply

    Absolutely loved Carmen. Nothing more to add to that, other than when will it be released on dvd?

  5. Yvetta S responded on 29 December 2015 at 4:58pm Reply

    Thank you ROH for the opportunity to see Carlos Acosta's Carmen again! I absolutely loved it and hope I can buy the DVD soon.

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