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Watch: Les Vêpres siciliennes behind the scenes films

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

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

5 November 2013 at 11.23am | 2 Comments

Last night Stefan Herheim’s new Royal Opera production of Les Vêpres siciliennes was screened live across the world as part of our Live Cinema Season 2013/14. As part of the screening a series of backstage films were shown, featuring rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and creative team. In case you missed them last night, or just want to find out more about Les Vêpres siciliennes, here they are again.

Members of the cast and creative team introduce Les Vêpres siciliennes

Conductor Antonio Pappano, director Stefan Herheim, Erwin Schrott, Michael Volle, Lianna Haroutounian and Bryan Hymel introduce the music and characters in the opera. Featuring exclusive rehearsal footage, the film also looks at Stefan's artistic vision, resetting the action from the 1280s to the Paris Opéra of the 1850s.

The ballet in Les Vêpres siciliennes

The creative team opted to incorporate dance into all five acts of Les Vêpres siciliennes by incorporating dance into all the acts, rather than including a centrepiece ballet in the third act as originally intended by Verdi. Stefan Herheim, choreographer André de Jong and dancer Cherese Binedell reveal how they incorporated ballet into the production.

Read audience reactions to the live cinema screening.

Find out more details about the Live Cinema Season 2013/14. The next live screening will be  The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker on 12 December

This article has 2 comments

  1. Fantastic. Really hope this will be released on DVD

  2. Hugo Haig-Thomas responded on 8 October 2017 at 9:17pm Reply

    The best part of the opera comes at the end when Procida sets fire to the French flag and waves it triumphantly at centre stage.

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