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Royal Opera House stars gather to launch Live Cinema Season 2014/15

Dancer Melissa Hamilton, soprano Elizabeth Watts, Kevin O’Hare and others celebrate the start of the new Season.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

16 October 2014 at 7.44pm | 2 Comments

The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2014/15 opens tonight with Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet masterpiece Manon.

'Kenneth was an enormous film fan so would have been thrilled this was happening,' said the choreographer's wife, Deborah MacMillan.

'The cinema relays mean such a lot to us and it is amazing to see how they have grown,' said Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O'Hare. 'It is a particular pleasure opening with Manon as it is the 40th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan's production, and it is a production that has really shaped The Royal Ballet.'

The new Season will feature 11 Royal Opera House productions broadcast to more than 1,400 cinemas in 30 countries worldwide.

Following Manon, the next live relay of the Season will see Verdi’s early tragic opera I due Foscari, simulcast on 27 October. The Royal Opera production stars Plácido Domingo and is conducted by Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano.

Three other new productions to The Royal Opera will also feature this Season: Giordano’s French Revolution romance Andrea Chénier starring Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek; Brecht and Weill’s impassioned satire Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny starring Anna Sofie von Otter; and Rossini’s final opera and greatest masterpiece Guillaume Tell starring Gerald Finley.

Royal Opera productions of L’elisir d’amore, Der fliegende Holländer and La bohème will also be relayed live this Season.

As well as Manon, The Royal Ballet will present Christopher Wheeldon’s family-favourite Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, followed in the New Year by Tchaikovsky’s much-loved classic Swan Lake, and Frederick Ashton’s Company classic La Fille mal gardée starring Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae.

‘The Live Cinema Season is increasingly important as a way of sharing the artists of Covent Garden with the rest of the world,' said Chief Executive of The Royal Opera House Alex Beard.

View the full list of productions for the 2014/15 Season, find a cinema near you and sign up to our mailing list.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Dr Peter Lewis responded on 27 November 2014 at 11:31am Reply

    Those of us former Friends of Covent Garden now a little old to travel to London for performances highly appreciate film relays which could enable us to continue to enjoy performances. However my recent experiences in I Due Foscari and Elisir have been marred by the quality of the subtitles which are too small and difficult to read against performance costumes. I would prefer not to compare ROH with the Met but their relays do have easily readable sur/subtitles. If future audiences are to be created by introduction to opera by relays why not have a better presentation of the English translation to enhance the experience? in this world of technology it should be a simple matter to do?
    I would appreciate some comment on this matter please.
    Poorly legible titles are an equivalent of badly sung or played music they jar.
    Yours Hopefully
    Peter Scott Lewis

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 27 November 2014 at 12:12pm

      Hi Peter,

      We've passed your feedback on to our cinema team.


      ROH Content Producer

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