10 December 2012 at 12.00pm | 28 Comments
Update 31 Jan 2013: Watch the highlights from the day here.
Earlier this year, we opened up the doors to Covent Garden with a whole day of ballet rehearsals broadcast live to the world. Following on the success of Royal Ballet LIVE, we’re delighted to announce that on Monday 7 January, we’ll be broadcasting Royal Opera LIVE around the world - an unprecedented glimpse into life behind the scenes with The Royal Opera, with live rehearsals, interviews and insights direct from London’s Covent Garden.
You’ll be able to watch over ten hours of uninterrupted programming, starting at 10.30am GMT via The Royal Opera House website, The Space and the Guardian. Highlights will include glimpses into stage rehearsals from The Minotaur, a chorus call for our new production of Nabucco and rehearsals for Director of Opera Kasper Holten’s new production of Eugene Onegin; his first production for The Royal Opera. Associate Director John Fulljames will present a model showing of his new production of La donna del lago, giving the audience an exclusive glimpse into what the opera will look like, including set and costume designs. There will be a unique opportunity to see a vocal masterclass in which Music Director Antonio Pappano will work with a singer currently on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
The day will conclude with an exclusive look at all the action that occurs behind the scenes during a live performance. Viewers will be able to experience Act III from Wagner’s Die Walküre, pre-recorded earlier in the Season, made possible with support from Deloitte as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Royal Opera House. Twenty-one cameras positioned in unique locations will capture the action: from above the stage to the trap door, to the orchestra pit and the wings. You’ll be able to see opera stars such as Bryn Terfel preparing to take to the stage, and all the special effects realized by the technical team. What’s more, via The Space, you can choose to watch the action from three different perspectives: from backstage, with the stage manager’s calls, lighting cues and all the stage technology in action behind the scenes; join conductor Antonio Pappano in the pit, or a wide-angle of the onstage action. This is a first for online opera streaming, and something we’re very excited about. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you’ll be able to join us on Monday 7 January.