4 December 2014 at 3.00pm | 22 Comments
Royal Opera House productions to be broadcast during the festive period have now been announced.
On Christmas Day at 7pm BBC Four will screen Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter's Tale, performed by The Royal Ballet. As well as the dance adaptation of Shakespeare's tale of love, loss and reconciliation, Carlos Acosta curates and stars in Carlos Acosta’s Cuban Night. This exciting mixed programme of vibrant Cuban dance inspired by his homeland will be shown on Boxing Day at 7.30pm, again on BBC Four.
On BBC Radio 3 there is another chance to hear Plácido Domingo in his 2011 Gala Concert, alongside Ailyn Pérez, Marina Poplavskaya and Francesco Meli, on 6 December at 7.30pm. Christof Loy’s production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, starring Stephen Gould and Nina Stemme, will also be broadcast on 29 December at 5.45pm.
On Sky Arts there will be a number of Royal Opera House productions to watch over Christmas:
- 14 December at 10.15pm: The Royal Opera’s Rigoletto, with Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto, Ekaterina Siurina as Gilda and Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke of Mantua
- 15 December at 1.50pm: The Royal Opera’s Faust, with Vittorio Grigolo in the title role, Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite and René Pape as Méphistophélès
- 16 December at 2pm: The Royal Opera’s Cendrillon, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role
- 17 December at 2pm: The Royal Opera’s La donna del lago, with Joyce DiDonato as Elena, Daniela Barcellona as Malcolm, Colin Lee as Rodrigo and Juan Diego Flórez as Uberto (James V)
- 18 December at 2pm: The Royal Opera’s Turandot, with Lise Lindstrom as Princess Turandot
- 19 December at 2pm: The Royal Opera’s Macbeth, with Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth
- 20 December at 2pm: The Royal Opera’s La bohème, with Dmytro Popov as Rodolfo and Maija Kovalevska as Mimi
- 30 December at 8am: The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, with Gary Avis as Herr Drosselmeyer, Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as The Nutcracker, Roberta Marquez as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Steven McRae as The Prince
- 30 December at 8pm, 31 December at 8am, and later dates in January: The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, with Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora and Sergei Polunin as Prince Florimund
- 31 December at 8pm and 1 January at 8am: The Royal Ballet’s Giselle, with Natalia Osipova as Giselle and Carlos Acosta as Albrecht
- 29 December at 7.30pm (Sky Arts 1), 1 January at 8pm, 2 January at 8am, and 3 January at 8.30am (Sky Arts 1): The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, with Zenaida Yanowsky as Odette and Nehemiah Kish as Prince Siegfried
- 2 January at 8pm and 3 January at 11.35am: The Royal Ballet’s La Bayadere, with Tamara Rojo as Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solar and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti
- 3 January at 8pm and 4 January at 8am: The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with Sarah Lamb as Alice, Federico Bonelli as Jack, Edward Watson as The White Rabbit, Zenaida Yanowsky as The Queen of Hearts and Steven McRae as the Mad Hatter
- 1 January at 8pm and 2 January at 8am: The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet, with Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo
Please note, broadcast schedules are subject to change.