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Watch: Opera Shorts series

We publish the first of five animated film shorts inspired by the music of La bohème and La traviata.

By John Fulljames (Associate Director of Opera, The Royal Opera)

25 April 2014 at 12.27pm | Comment on this article

Opera is a hybrid art form; embracing music, text, movement, image and – increasingly – film too.

Over several months, The Royal Opera has been collaborating with Kingston University's acclaimed Illustration and Animation course under the inspired leadership of Geoff Grandfield.

We invited a group of students into the Royal Opera House to immerse themselves in what opera is and how it is made.

The resulting films are sometimes about the art form and sometimes about a specific opera but they all exude a refreshing and playful enthusiasm for opera's potential to tell transformative stories.

We’re delighted to be publishing these short films while we have La traviata on stage, and La bohème opening in a couple of months, and plan to release one each Friday lunchtime here on our blog and on the ROH YouTube channel. You may also spot one or two of these films if you come along to one of our free outdoor BP Big Screens.

We will be publishing a blog post on each of the students who have completed films for this project, investigating their creative process.

Let us know what you think of the films. We’d also be interested in which moments from opera you think would work well as animations.

La traviata runs from 16 January–19 March 2016. Booking is now open.

The performance will be relayed live to cinemas worldwide on 4 February 2016. Find your nearest cinema showing.

The production is generously supported by Coutts.

By John Fulljames (Associate Director of Opera, The Royal Opera)

25 April 2014 at 12.27pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged animation, by John Copley, by Richard Eyre, Film, Kingston University, La bohème, La traviata, opera shorts, Production, series, short, student, YouTube

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