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Sky Arts to broadcast several ROH productions during Winter 2015/2016

Catch recent productions from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet during January and February 2016.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

7 January 2016 at 12.19pm | 9 Comments

A number of Royal Opera House productions will be broadcast via Sky Arts over the coming months.

The broadcast details are as follows:

Turandot (The Royal Opera, 2013)
7 January at 2pm and 8 January at 8am

Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera stars Lise Lindstrom as Princess Turandot, Marco Berti as Calaf and Eri Nakamura as Liù. Henrik Nánási conducts the Orchestra the Royal Opera House.

Faust (The Royal Opera, 2011)
8 January at 2pm and 11 January at 8am

David McVicar's production of Gounod's opera stars Vittorio Grigolo as Faust, René Pape as Méphistophélès and Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Evelino Pidò.

La bohème (The Royal Opera, 2013)
9 January at 2pm

John Copley’s production of Puccini's opera includes Dmytro Popov as Rodolfo, Maija Kovalevska as Mimì, Audun Iversen as Marcello and Stefania Dovhan as Musetta. Mark Elder conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

La Bayadère (The Royal Ballet, 2009)
14 February at 2pm and 18 February at 8am

Natalia Makarova’s production of La Bayadère stars Tamara Rojo as Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solar and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti. Valery Ovsyanikov conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (The Royal Ballet, 2013)
15 February at 8am and 17 February at 1.30pm

Sarah Lamb stars as Alice and Edward Watson as Lewis Carroll and the mysterious White Rabbit in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The cast also includes Federico Bonelli as Jack/the Knave of Hearts, Zenaida Yanowsky as Alice’s mother/the Queen of Hearts and Steven McRae as the Mad Hatter, with music by Joby Talbot.

Swan Lake
(The Royal Ballet, 2011)
15 February at 2pm and 16 February at 8am

Zenaida Yanowsky dances the role of Odette and Nehemiah Kish is Prince Siegfried in Anthony Dowell’s production. Barry Wordsworth leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score.

Elizabeth (The Royal Ballet, 2016)
15 February at 8pm, 20 February at 5pm, 21 February at 2pm, 22 February at 8am

Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky star in Will Tuckett’s opulent full-length work. Elizabeth fuses dance, music and theatre in its exploration of the life and loves of one of the world's greatest monarchs. 

The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet, 2011)
16 February at 2pm and 17 February at 8am

Another star of the classical repertoire featuring iconic music music by Tchaikovsky. Lauren Cuthbertson stars as Princess Aurora alongside Sergei Polunin as Prince Florimund.

The Metamorphosis (The Royal Ballet, 2013)
18 February at 2pm and 19 February at 8am

Arthur Pita’s award-winning dance-theatre adaption of Kafka’s novella features music by Frank Moon. The role of Gregor Samsa was created for Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson, who won the Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance.

Romeo and Juliet (The Royal Ballet, 2012)
19 February at 2pm and 20 February at 7.35 am

Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet stars Federico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson as star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Barry Wordsworth conducts Sergey Prokofiev’s legendary score.

Giselle (The Royal Ballet, 2014)
20 February at 2pm and 21 February at 8am

Peter Wright’s haunting production of Marius Petipa’s classic stars Natalia Osipova as Giselle and Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Boris Gruzin.

All of the titles and broadcast dates listed above are subject to change.

Please check Sky Arts website for the latest schedule. If you have a Sky account, many of the broadcasts are available on demand.

This article has 9 comments

  1. Peter Erdos responded on 8 January 2016 at 9:39am Reply

    This is the difference between private enterprise and the BBC!

  2. Fiona Dunn responded on 8 January 2016 at 3:23pm Reply

    I am very disappointed as all of the Ballets have been shown on Sky Arts many times before. Can we please have some more recent productions?

  3. Valerie Knight responded on 10 January 2016 at 3:43pm Reply

    I too am disappointed with this list. I already have DVDs of most of these ballets and much as I love Giselle I'm not an Osipova fan. Thank goodness for live cinema relays - at least they are up to date. It seems to me Sky Arts is now more all our yesterdays of pop stars and Andre Rieu!

  4. Joan Hopton responded on 11 January 2016 at 10:47pm Reply

    Very disappointed with this. If these old repeats are SkyArts 'highlights' it doesn't bode well for the future of ballet and opera on our only designated arts channel. The 'recent' productions start in 2009!
    I think the Osipova Giselle was the last SkyArts performance I recorded off the tv and that is nearly 2 years ago. Why can't they show some of the more recent recordings? We originally purchased Sky to watch Artsworld as it was then but these days there is very little to watch; virtually all repeats. Surely there must be opera and ballet being broadcast somewhere in the world they could purchase and give us something new to watch.

  5. Jakegee responded on 8 February 2016 at 10:10pm Reply

    Surely "Elizabeth' has been added to this list of ballet broadcasts? Will this be made available on DVD to those who were unable to get the very limited number of seats available for the Linbury Studio to see the live performance? It is very unfair to us balletomanes if we must subscribe to SkyArts in order to see such notable performances.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 10 February 2016 at 11:09am

      Dear Jake,

      Thank you for expressing interest in Will Tuckett's production of Elizabeth. At this stage, we are not able to confirm if a DVD will be released. Any DVD releases will be announced on our news section.

      Best wishes,

  6. Lisa Ambalavanar responded on 18 February 2016 at 2:27pm Reply

    Huge Royal Ballet fan and I love that ballets are at least shown on TV...but I have to agree with the other comments. Very disappointing. Nearly all of these ballets have been shown before....most of them a number of times now! Every time we get the Sky Arts list it looks the same! We'd like to see new ones or at least different casts dancing these ones! I'd love to see Onegin broadcast and I've seen incredible performances of Manon (Nunez and Bonelli) and Romeo and Juliet (Lamb and McRae) screened in the cinema that I would LOVE to be able to see again. Also, like Valerie, I'm not an Osipova fan, so would love to see a different cast in Giselle. And the most recent cinema screening of Alice with Lamb and Bonelli was the best yet....Lamb was just exceptional and continues to improve in the role, so it would be fantastic to see that replace the 2013 one, as it was EVEN better. I know licensing must be a big part of it, but it seems a shame not to see more variety when the filming (...which you'd assume would be the hard bit) has already been done for the cinema screenings. I'm kind of thinking out loud here as I'm sure the RB would want to show more if they could....but in essence, we want more and newer if possible please! :)

  7. Anne sellars responded on 19 July 2016 at 7:21pm Reply

    Why do we have so little opera on sky arts?and why are there so many repeats? Why is Andrie Reui repeated so many times does he have a share in sky arts?I am sick of him on sky arts. where is the grand opera sch as Tosca.

  8. Fredette Blezard responded on 9 August 2016 at 5:32pm Reply

    Anne sellars' comment says it all. At age 73 I was seriously considering cancelling my Sky altogether as I originally got it to get opera and better Radio 3 reception. The opera coverage has been non-existant and I actively dislike Andre Rieu. Suddenly the 15 hour Bayreuth coverage with Steven Fry appeared. It certainly brought me up short and I loved it, but how can I know I won't have to wait another year for something similar?

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