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Royal Opera House productions available to buy or rent via iTunes

Launch selection features four titles, with more on the way.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

3 October 2012 at 1.05pm | 14 Comments

Four Royal Opera House productions are now available to rent or stream via iTunes.

La traviata, La Bayadère, Anna Nicole and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are available to users in Europe, both to rent and purchase. More titles will be released in the near future.

All titles are available in both standard definition and high definition with prices starting from just £2.49.

Of the launch titles, La Bayadère and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are to be performed on the Covent Garden stage in the coming Season.

Fans of opera and ballet on screen may also be interested in our upcoming Cinema season, featuring nine productions, beamed live to over 800 cinemas in 26 countries.

As well as downloads and rentals via iTunes, The Royal Opera House also has an iTunesU presence, featuring interviews, behind the scenes films and Insights sessions. All of these are free to stream and download.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

3 October 2012 at 1.05pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, anna nicole, BBC iPlayer, cinema, download, Film, itunes, iTunes U, La Bayadere, La traviata

This article has 14 comments

  1. Valerie Knight responded on 31 October 2012 at 3:34pm Reply

    Very interested to read this item. No.1 on my wish list for available downloads would be Onegin. What happened to the idea that we would be able to choose our own casts to watch? I already have DVDs of La Bayadere and Alice so something not already available would be nice.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 31 October 2012 at 5:46pm

      Hi Valerie

      I'm afraid that such releases are not always simple to organise and many rights need to be cleared with the production creators and their estates - this is the reason we have been unable to release Onegin in any format.

      As for multiple casts, while it would be a marvellous thing to watch, we would need to be sure that offering a variety of casts would allow us to cover our costs. Filming is very expensive and takes a huge amount of work, so we would have to be sure that we would not lose a lot of money by making this commitment.

      Best wishes


    • Lyn responded on 2 November 2012 at 2:32pm

      Very much agree! Hopefully ROH can find a way to release a variety of casts cheaply. Are not all performances already recorded, albeit only from one view? That's something I'd be willing to purchase..! Hopefully with ROH's very commendable foray into social media, its fans will be able to do a kick-starter like vote for artists they'd like to see on DVD.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 2 November 2012 at 8:37pm

      All performances are recorded, but in wide only, and the footage is for the Royal Ballet themselves to use as reference. There are all sorts of rights considerations to take into account (performance rights for the Orchestra, for instance) as well as the aforementioned rights held by the production creators.

      Glad that you're enjoying our social media - we certainly welcome your feedback and ideas!


  2. I'd like to purchase on iTunes "Giselle" with Nunez and Pennefather, broadcasted live at cinema in the past!
    I hope it Will be possible.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 21 November 2012 at 11:27am

      Hi Elia,

      Thanks for the feedback. Keep an eye on iTunes - we'll be adding more productions in the near future!


      Social Media Manager

    • Thanks for your answer,
      I hope my request will be accepted.
      It would be nice for people who do not have opportunity to see the ballet broadcasted at cinema, because not broadcasted them in their region, can purchase title like Giselle (Nunez-Pennefather), Swan Lake (Yanowky-Kish), La fille mal gardée (Marquez-McRae) and other..

  3. Lucia responded on 20 December 2012 at 8:12am Reply

    This seems a good start, but I do hope you'll soon be able to:

    a) get your material out of the iTunes UK ghetto so that it can reach people who DON'T live a short train ride away from the source, and

    b) move beyond recordings that most people who'd care enough to download them, have already bought on DVD or Blu-ray.

    Re: the latter, mine is another vote for Marianela Nuñez in "Giselle", in "Sleeping Beauty", in anything whatsoever -- to rent, to buy, to memorise in every minute detail...

  4. David Gregory responded on 29 January 2013 at 7:10pm Reply

    I am severely disabled and have survived by collecting DVDs of Ballet performances. If prices are kept down I would like to see different productions of almost all Ballets in the RoH.
    The RoH website has been poor at advertising available DVDs - as have Amazon.and almost all retail outlets. Opus Arte offer many recordings, but a bit expensive for some poor recordings.
    Hope you can help.
    David Gregory
    PS I cannot find a copy of your 2011/2 Yearbook. Where can I get one?

  5. Paul responded on 25 May 2016 at 11:56am Reply

    Have any more ever been added? If so, is there an updated list of availability? It's really hard to find you on iTunes because searching for "Royal Opera House" turns up only La Traviata. You have some great stuff available on Blu-ray, but I have kids that like to destroy discs so I prefer to buy on iTunes!

    I would love to see Rigoletto, Carmen, Tosca, La Bohème, Turandot, or any of Mozart's work, but to be honest I'll take almost anything!

    The Met has managed to get all of its work onto iTunes UK, but I'd rather support ROH if possible.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 31 May 2016 at 2:42pm

      Hi Paul,
      The titles we currently have on iTunes are Bayadere (2009), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011), Anna Nicole (2011) and La traviata (2009). There is also an audio recording of Niobe (2010).
      We also have a Great Performances box-set that should be available, which includes Puccini's Tosca / Sir Alexander Gibson (1957), Madama Butterfly / Rudolf Kempe (1957) and Mozart's Don Giovanni / Sir Georg Solti (1962) among others, which I hope would interest you.

      Very best wishes,

  6. Jonathan Mallalieu responded on 17 October 2016 at 10:43am Reply

    Please please release Onegin:)

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 17 October 2016 at 7:36pm

      Hi Jonathan

      Unfortunately we are unable to capture Onegin due to rights restrictions.

      Best wishes


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