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Your Reaction: Le nozze di Figaro in cinemas 2015

What did you think of David McVicar's production of Mozart's brilliant comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro?

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

5 October 2015 at 11.01pm | 88 Comments

What did you think of the screening? Share your thoughts below.

Le nozze di Figaro runs until 14 October 2015. Tickets are still available. If you missed the live cinema relay check our website for details of encore screenings.

The production is staged with generous support from Paul Cartledge and Judith Portrait.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

5 October 2015 at 11.01pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by David McVicar, cinema, Le nozze di Figaro, Production, review, Social Media, twitter, your reaction

This article has 88 comments

  1. Deb atkinson responded on 5 October 2015 at 11:09pm Reply

    Completely fantastic. But I wanted to applaud so much!

  2. Margaret and David K-R responded on 5 October 2015 at 11:26pm Reply

    We thought the humour went out of the production after the first hour and they seemed to be overawed except Figaro himself. Countess Almaviva and Susanna were somewhat disappointing.

  3. Debra responded on 5 October 2015 at 11:32pm Reply

    A wonderful evening watching Figaro live from ROH in Seville, Spain and even cava in the interva! .Best Monday evening ever!

  4. Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes responded on 5 October 2015 at 11:32pm Reply

    Splendid performance, from Cines La Loma, Jaén (Spain).

  5. marisa bonetto responded on 5 October 2015 at 11:51pm Reply

    It was great super staging and top level singers thanks from Torino

  6. Richard Price responded on 5 October 2015 at 11:56pm Reply

    Great production but signal failures in transmission to cinemas (I was watching in the Curzon Wimbledon) several times during the evening and the screen freezing during the last act, which meant we did not see or hear anything of the last 20 minutes, ruined the experience. The audience in the cinema was disappointed and angry because there was no explanation of what had gone wrong and as the feed was direct from the Opera House nothing that the Curzon people could do to solve the problem or offer any compensation.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:49am

      Sorry to hear that, Richard. Our cinema team will follow up with the venue.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 6:08pm

      Dear Richard,

      I'm very sorry for your experiences last night. I've been assured by our technical team here that the satellite link leaving the ROH last night was excellent (there were no freezes or loss of broadcast like you mention) which leads me to believe that what happened in Wimbledon was something local. I'm going to follow up with the cinema directly to find out what happened and we'll work together to rectify any remaining issues before our next screening.

      Kind regards,
      Sarah

  7. John Dansey responded on 6 October 2015 at 12:24am Reply

    Superb cast, brilliant playing & singing, wonderful production. A glorious evening.
    JD London NW2

  8. David Clewlow responded on 6 October 2015 at 12:36am Reply

    Fine singing, but wooden acting from Figaro. Intrusive hammy stage business detracted from an otherwise engaging production. Glorious singing from the female leads easily outweighed the faults.

  9. luc annaert responded on 6 October 2015 at 7:24am Reply

    super evening watching Figaro and the very good performers from Mechelen, Belgium. Thanks to the crew

  10. MARK ROCHESTER responded on 6 October 2015 at 7:40am Reply

    Very sadly the streaming broke up for the last four minutes at the end of act two!
    Apart from that it was ravishing and by the end I had almost forgotten that I wasn't over two hundred miles away in London. When I lived there I often went to Covent Garden, now it is almost impossible, so I am very happy that my local cinema has joined up and will relish the season.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 6:03pm

      Dear Mark,

      Can you please let me know which cinema you attended last night as I would like to follow up with them on the break up at the end of the streaming?

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  11. wunderful. But I didn't heard the full aria "contessa perdono". where was it?

    • In my mind the last aria was so long and never ending... so beatiful.... so I thought it has to be more. Perdono. It was music for a long night with great singers and so beautiful. Thank you.

  12. Annie responded on 6 October 2015 at 9:52am Reply

    Do you publish a list of cinemas showing your relays? Erwin Schrott said he had had emails from Thailand and Vietnam. Amazing!

  13. David Brooks responded on 6 October 2015 at 9:57am Reply

    Brilliant production, brilliant cast. Superb evening. Sound could have been a bit better in Guildford relay.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:26am

      Sorry to hear that, David. We'll follow up with the cinema.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  14. Sueb responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:09am Reply

    Wonderful production! Enjoyed every second. Superb cast and sublime music.

  15. sue nancholas responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:30am Reply

    Agree about this fantastic production. Perfect lighting, sets, costumes and real teamwork from the cast. All were excellent and special regard for Susanna and Barbarina. Kate Lindsay was superb as Cherubino and her voice is simply wonderful. Outstanding and SO enjoyable. Thank you for the screening, so many of us cannot get to a live performance.

  16. Amanda Harvey responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:37am Reply

    Watched this at my local cinema Reading Showcase but we did not have any subtitles so did not get the jokes as we do not speak Italian. All other operas we have been to did. Lovely music, costumes and staging but lack of subtitles made it difficult and not very user friendly.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 6:00pm

      Dear Amanda,

      I'm very sorry as there should have been subtitles present at Showcase Reading. The cinema are aware of the issue and we're working with them to ensure this doesn't happen during future screenings.

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  17. Mike May responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:38am Reply

    A first Figaro and Cinema relay for me, although had been to many operas with my late wife. Good way to listen first time - Simon Callow gave really good synopsis. Have enjoyed many of the wonderful arias and overture on radio and it was great to hear them 'strung together'. 'Non luny' production was appreciated. Had the privilege of listening to Sarah Connolly in St. Matt. Passion at Barbican last Easter and thought Kate Lindsey to be one of the finest true Mezzo voices that I have heard. Love to hear her on Oratorio platform. Orchestra and all soloists and chorus brilliant. Diction first class as understood much (speaker).Will make a point of attending CG ASAP - thank you, Mike

  18. David Earnshaw responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:43am Reply

    My first Figaro was February 1972, with Kiri as Countess, cost £6 in stalls !!
    This was even better, oh, seats at cinema far more comfortable than CG

  19. Pete Taylor responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:53am Reply

    Great music, but marred for may of us (who don't speak fluent Italian) by the lack of subtitles before the interval, hence many of us were disappointed and missed much of the humour.
    Fortunately they did appear for the 2nd half.

    I checked with my local theatre (Grove, Dunstable) who informed me that the control of these technical details is from the ROH.
    As none of the comments so far have mentioned this, should I assume it was a local problem?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 11:37am

      Dear Pete,

      I'm sorry for the disappointment caused by the lack of subtitles during the first half last night. We're going to follow up with the Grove Theatre but I'd imagine it was a local problem as if there were no subtitles coming from our end then every cinema taking part last night would have been impacted. Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention.

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  20. Breandan O'Broin responded on 6 October 2015 at 11:01am Reply

    It was a damp drizzly night in Dublin, but not in Dun Laoghaire where a life-affirming Figaro lit up our evening with superb staging and blissful singing. Cherubino is welcome to join the Irish Army anyday!

  21. Coppelia responded on 6 October 2015 at 12:29pm Reply

    Very strong acting from Erwin and Kate Lindsey made this production for me. Oh and the infatigueable ROH orchestra and awesome singing bits if course ;)

  22. Silvia Nieder responded on 6 October 2015 at 12:33pm Reply

    Great performance (both in acting and singing), a real good staging and a great opportunity to see this production on live at cinema. I have appreciated so much Simon Callow introduction too, despite in Trieste (Italy) there were no subtitles at all. Thanks to the good pronunciation It was easy to understand and I've had no problems. Silvia Trieste

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 2:36pm

      Dear Silvia,

      I'm glad that you enjoyed the screening last night. May I ask which cinema in Treieste you attended and I will investigate the lack of subtitles?

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  23. pilar marti responded on 6 October 2015 at 12:38pm Reply

    Conjunto vocal magnífico. Un Cherubino inolvidable. Sophie Bevan fue una agradable sorpresa. La puesta en escena, aunque inferior a la de Sagi en el Teatro Real de Madrid, fue digna.

  24. John Hodgson responded on 6 October 2015 at 12:58pm Reply

    Completely enthralled in the stalls of the hundred year old Allhambra in Keswick. All the principals were superb. The standouts for me were Figaro and the Countess. Further proof that Mozart is a consummate genius.
    Many thanks to our cinema owner/manager Tom Rennie for another enjoyable link with Covent Garden and for the complementary coffee and non-alcoholic wine!

  25. Serena Morolli responded on 6 October 2015 at 1:44pm Reply

    Fantastic production!! I saw this opera many times but I never laughed like I did yesterday! Schrott and Lindsay were AMAZING!! I didn't like the garden set but I loved everything else! Thank you for sharing the magic of The Royal Opera House with us! Saluti da Milano!!!

  26. MARK ROCHESTER responded on 6 October 2015 at 1:53pm Reply

    Rather disappointed by one or two less than generous comments here about the performers. I thought they were all faultless.

  27. Pete Taylor responded on 6 October 2015 at 2:03pm Reply

    Dear Sarah,
    Thanks for the response.

    Hope it's all sorted in time for the Barber of Seville!

  28. MARTIN PITT responded on 6 October 2015 at 2:47pm Reply

    Incredible performances from cast and orchestra. Although I have seen Le Nozze Di Figaro a few times before, the humour was absent because there were no surtitles and this was most needed in acts III & IV.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 2:58pm

      Dear Martin,

      I'm very sorry for your disappointment especially as there should have been subtitles present. Which cinema did you attend last night and I will investigate what happened with them?

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

    • MARTIN PITT responded on 6 October 2015 at 3:11pm

      Kino, Hawkhurst

  29. Laur Crouzen responded on 6 October 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

    We saw the opera in a big cinema in Sittard (The Netherlands), my wife and I and it was a brilliant musical and vocal brainwash, that still lingers on just behind my frontal cortex. Apart from the jubilant time we had this thought came to me on our way back home per e-bike. Le Nozze freed us from nobel tyrranny, who'll compose an opera against all the wars of today? Wo will give us another very mad day? Please hurry!

  30. Brenda Jones responded on 6 October 2015 at 2:58pm Reply

    I was watching the performance at the Barberini cinema in Roma. Great evening but we didn't have subtitles either. Even Italian native speakers were not able to follow all the words.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 5:57pm

      Dear Brenda,

      I'm very sorry that there were no subtitles present at the Barberini. I will raise this with the cinema directly as they should have been appearing - thank you for letting us know.

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  31. Mark Ferrero responded on 6 October 2015 at 3:05pm Reply

    I've been enjoying Figaro for 40+ years, and have seen many productions. This was lavishly produced, but in my cinema at least, the balance between voice and orchestra was wrong - the voices were almost overwhelmed by the orchestra, and therefore lacked the essential dramatic bite needed for this opera. Also, it was visually very dark and gloomy, (especially in Figaro and Susanna's "comoda stanza" in Act I) which made it hard to see clearly. The conducting was heavy, and there were several occasions when it sounded as though the singers were off the beat. Acting as well was overdone and exaggerated (Don Basilio was awful!). Why was the productionset in the 19th century, when the whole point is that it is supposed to be pre-French Revolution? This made a nonsense of the whole droit du seigneur critique. The chorus looked messy and purposeless because of bad direction, and their singing was equally ragged and half-hearted. the camera work was distracting, and often focused on a silent member of the chorus just at the critical moment. Why had Mrs Danvers been introduced to the drama - she belongs at Manderley, not in Seville. Her ridiculous hauteur towards the Countess was laughable - whatever was the director thinking of? And, despite a production that clearly spared no expense, the transition from indoors in Act III to the garden at night in Act IV was very unconvincing with random bits of indoor furniture remaining visible in the garden. Again, the stygian gloom (perhaps justifiable) failed to lift at the end, and no visible fireworks or joy was in evidence, despite its being dramatically required by both score and libretto. Instead, we looked upon a funereal scene quite at odds with the music. All this adds up to a disappointing and rather stodgily inept evening with poor sound. I don't think I'll be coming again, unless the obvious technical issues are addressed. And yes, actually, I would really like to know the answers to some of the perfectly legitimate questions above please. RoH continues to receive public funding, and so has a duty to at least explain itself to tax-paying public, even if they can only get to a cinema to see the productions.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 8 October 2015 at 5:31pm

      Hi Mark,

      Sorry to hear about the technical issues you experienced. Can I ask which cinema you were at? We'll follow up with them to assess what went wrong and to resolve for future screenings.

      In regards to your questions about the setting of the production, David McVicar places Mozart's opera in the context of Revolutionary Europe on the eve of the 1830 July Revolution, when many conflicts between classes were as yet unresolved. His Figaro is a cunning and intelligent man, very determined to outwit his aristocratic master. In essence, he makes Figaro part of a movement that led to successful democratic change, rather than the horrors of the Terror of the earlier French Revolution.

      To quote from the programme article by historian William Doyle:

      'The Revolution of 1830 had made revolution respectable again, and shown that it did not have to degenerate into terror to achieve results. It made the gains of a generation of upheaval secure. And it dispelled for ever the fear that the nobility might recover power. There would be no return to the days when a Figaro could only rant impotently against his master, with no hope of thwarting his designs except by trickery'

      I hope that this helps address your queries about the resetting of the opera.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  32. Silvia Nieder responded on 6 October 2015 at 3:28pm Reply

    Dear Mrs. Walsh,
    The Cinema where I attended the performance was "The CineCity" at Le Torri d'Europa.
    As I told you no problem at all, It was so easy to understand !
    Your sincerely
    Silvia Nieder

  33. Hugh Martyr responded on 6 October 2015 at 3:29pm Reply

    It has never lost its magic. I enjoyed the evening so much!

  34. Nigel Duncan responded on 6 October 2015 at 4:33pm Reply

    A wonderful evening - almost. We were at Odeon, Dunfermline. For the second time this year we had to ask the cinema to activate the subtitles - they arrived about 20 minutes late. Then, five minutes from the end, the projector overheated and we lost the picture, the finale and curtain calls, etc. The staff did their best - we got free cinema tickets and ice creams; but perhaps, as with your earlier Curzon correspondent, your technical people could have a word with the cinema. We had such a wonderful evening, but the breakdown at the critical moment left us stunned. Thank you anyway.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 6 October 2015 at 5:50pm

      Dear Nigel,

      I'm very sorry that this happened during the screening last night and I hope that you still enjoyed yourself. I will speak to Odeon directly to ensure they are fully aware about the subtitles for the next screening and to find out what happened with the projector. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

      Kind regards,
      Sarah

  35. Thioly responded on 6 October 2015 at 6:18pm Reply

    Interprétations sublimes
    Kate Lindsey est fantastique
    Très belle soirée de Paris

  36. Ed Hill responded on 6 October 2015 at 6:34pm Reply

    We watched it at Vue in Doncaster and loved it,wonderful music and arias,lovely cast,thought Susanna and Cherubino were fantastic,and the humour was so good.

  37. Paige responded on 6 October 2015 at 6:46pm Reply

    We are newcomers to both complete live performance of this opera and live streaming. Totally wonderful. Only one very slight transmission glitch at Courtyard Theatre Hereford. This is such a powerful way to get opera and theatre across to those of us who would otherwise have no chance to experience it. Thank you. And I agree with Laur — Persistent sense of Figaro all day today. Something to do with the uncanny medium? Or just the power of Mozart?

  38. Soeren Quist responded on 6 October 2015 at 6:56pm Reply

    My first Cinema Relay but not the last! Watching in local Cinema Center in Elsinore, Denmark. To be home 15 minutes after last applause outweigths the champagne at The Royal Danish Opera, 1 1/2 hours of transportation in the night.
    Subtitles flawless in Elsinore (Helsingor). A tiny, but disturbing delay i picture/sound. First two acts had a bad balance between orchestra (volume low) and singers, but balance vas perfect in the last two acts.
    Produktion not so sexy as the one from Saltzburger Festival (2006) with Wiener Philharmoniker, Anna Netrebko as Susanna and danish Bo Skovhus as Almaviva, a dangerous Christne Schäfer as Cherubino

    • Soeren Quist responded on 6 October 2015 at 7:09pm

      Ran out of space before the comments to your brilliant produktion.
      But Ellie Dean as a cool countess, frustrated by her husbands neglect was the most sublime countess I ever watched. And Marcellina, Don Basilio and Don Curzio was more realistic although funny than in most produktions I've seen. Superb Nozze di Figaro at ROH!

  39. Nicole Boyesen responded on 6 October 2015 at 7:51pm Reply

    What on earth would we have done without Mozart. Thank you for a superb evening, heartbreakingly good all round. Nicole.x

  40. Nigel barker responded on 6 October 2015 at 7:54pm Reply

    We saw it last night in letchworth it was faultless Susanna and the Countess were sublime

  41. hazel pennell responded on 6 October 2015 at 8:24pm Reply

    I attended the performance at the Curzon, Wimbledon as well and was very disappointed. As another respondent pointed out the transmission froze completely towards the end of the opera. However, it stuck at other times for very short periods elsewhere and the music was sometimes partially distorted.

    It was my first experience of RoH live screenings and not a happy one. I cannot comment on the quality of the production or the artists unfortunately under these circumstances.

    Hazel Pennell

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 October 2015 at 10:00am

      Dear Hazel,

      I'm so very sorry that your experience on Tuesday evening was a disappointment. The ROH technical team have assured me that the feed leaving the opera house was without fault so it seems that what happened in Wimbledon was a local issue. We're going to follow up with the cinema in more detail and hope to have everything ironed out asap.

      Kind regards,
      Sarah

  42. Steve Kitchen responded on 6 October 2015 at 8:51pm Reply

    From Chepstow, South Wales, UK
    What a privilege to be part of a world wide audience that were spectating entertainment of the highest calibre. A truly memorable experience and my humble thanks to performers, orchestra and everyone behind the scenes who made it possible

  43. MARK ROCHESTER responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:20pm Reply

    Dear Sarah,
    In response to your question.
    I attended the screening at The Embassy cinema, Ilfracombe.
    The staff were extremely apologetic, but a bit unsure of why the break up had happened.
    Sadly it occurred at a particularly fine part of the opera, and it was really jarring and frustrating. Throughout the second half I was a little worried that it was going to happen again.
    It could be rather off putting if it happened frequently. Hope it can be sorted out, as it is an absolutely fantastic way of letting anyone enjoy opera at the highest of levels.
    Many thanks
    Mark

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 October 2015 at 9:54am

      Thank you Mark.

      We'll check in with them and find out what went amiss.

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  44. Doreen atherton responded on 6 October 2015 at 10:41pm Reply

    At the Vue cinema in Altrincham we lost transmission for the last 15 minutes of this fabulous production. I could have cried.! The cinema claimed that they were not responsible. They did hand out free tickets. Could you please have a look at this unfortunate breakdown thank you.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 October 2015 at 9:52am

      Good morning Doreen,

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention and I'm sorry that you missed the last 15 minutes of the screening. We will of course follow up with the Vue team and find out what went wrong.

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  45. Vivien Gabriel responded on 6 October 2015 at 11:34pm Reply

    What a joy this evening was. Saw the opera at jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. Sophie Bevan was an amazing replacement, fitted into the production as if she had always been with the ensemble. This was the best Cherubino I've ever seen, perfect gangly teenage boy with a wonderful voice. Also thrilled to see Ellie Dehn for the first time, wonderful singer and such dignity when required. Found the last scene in the garden a bit more chaotic than usual and Stephane Degout was such a convincing philanderer, even after his apology at the end, we all knew he'd be up to his tricks again in no time!

  46. Sally Sparks responded on 7 October 2015 at 7:36am Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed the performance of this delightful opera but once again let down by your interviewer. Actors do not make good interviewers, please use musicans or professional presenters who understand the subject.

  47. D Beeden responded on 7 October 2015 at 11:40am Reply

    A wonderful performance , thank you, but marred by no subtitles until 9.45pm. Aspects Cinema , Bedford.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 October 2015 at 12:16pm

      Hello,

      I'm very sorry about the lack of subtitles at the cinema you attended on Tuesday night. We believe this was a local issue and will be checking in with the cinema to make sure we can do all we can to prevent this happening again in the future.

      Kind regards,
      Sarah

  48. D Beeden responded on 7 October 2015 at 12:29pm Reply

    Thank you Sarah. I look forward to future ROH performances. D Beeden

  49. Very irritating with all interruptions during the performance. Especially since it was a very good production with amazing singing as overall...

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 October 2015 at 3:11pm

      Dear Mogens,

      Please can you let me know which cinema you saw Le nozze di Figaro at and any further information you have on the type of interruptions you experienced?

      Thank you,
      Sarah

  50. TERESA responded on 7 October 2015 at 1:05pm Reply

    This was a delightful opera! The performance was enchanting and humorous. Stage setting was splendid and realistic. Erwin Schrott was charming and quite handsome as well as personable. Kate Lindsay was spectacular as Cherubino. But, I must admit Sophie Bevan stole the performance as Susanna. I could not imagine anyone else in this role. Her vitality and sensuality was the embodiment of the character. I cannot wait to see the Barber of Seville and am a bit saddened that Erwin will not be performing. In plain English, "I LOVED IT!" Will the GUILTY MOTHER in the trilogy also be performed at some time?
    Many, many thanks the movie opera is a glorious idea!!

  51. Doreen atherton responded on 7 October 2015 at 7:16pm Reply

    Thank you for your response and I hope we will hear from you following your discussion with the cinema. The production was fantastic, I have carried the music in my head everywhere today. I cannot tell you how disappointing it was not to be able to hear the final arias and to hear the audience reaction to this superb performance.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 9 October 2015 at 2:50pm

      Dear Doreen,

      I've been told by Vue that what happened was unfortunately due to an error with the projector so in good news what you experienced is unlikely to happen again. In case you are interested Vue Altrincham will be screening the Le nozze di Figaro encore on the 18th of October at 2pm.

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  52. Adrian Donovan responded on 7 October 2015 at 7:51pm Reply

    Excellent performance - and no problems with transmission in Wrexham!! I thought Ellie Dehn was one of the best and most sympathetic Countesses I have ever seen - she sang beautifully!

  53. David responded on 8 October 2015 at 11:45am Reply

    I saw this in Spalding, loved it. The singing and music was sublime. Please, please make sure more regional cinemas show these productions and importantly they do more to promote it!!
    Thanks for you a perfect evening.

  54. Robin Campbell responded on 8 October 2015 at 11:34pm Reply

    I had the same experience as Soeren Quist (in the Odeon Cinema, Springfield Quay, Glasgow) – a tiny but disturbing delay between A and V. So disturbing that I left at the interval. Why did this happen, please?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 9 October 2015 at 12:31pm

      Dear Robin,

      I'm sorry that this happened and I'm afraid I don't have a concrete reason as to why the audio and visuals were out of sync just yet. We run two tests before each live relay that gives the cinemas the opportunity to confirm that their equipment is working correctly and that what is being played is in sync and no problems of this nature were reported to us then. I will check in with Odeon Springfield Quay about this but I'm certain this is a problem that can be easily rectified. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

      Kind regards,
      Sarah

  55. MARTIN PITT responded on 9 October 2015 at 11:00am Reply

    Sarah, is there any chance of an ENCORE screening, at Kino Hawkhurst so that I can watch the whole production again with surtitles? It was too good to miss.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 9 October 2015 at 2:54pm

      Hello Martin,

      Unfortunately Kino Hawkhurst won't be screening the encore on the 18th. The closest cinema to you screening it is the Odeon Tunbridge Wells so I hope that you'll be able to see it there.

      All the best,
      Sarah

  56. Walter Schwager responded on 10 October 2015 at 1:56am Reply

    I thought Nozze was going to be shown in cinemas in Ontario - what happened?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 12 October 2015 at 10:15am

      Dear Walter,

      The cinemas screening our relays can vary by production, for numberous reasons. I don't know where in Ontario you're based but this link will show you the cinemas that are currently playing our relays there, and which titles they'll be screening - http://www.roh.org.uk/search/screenings?location=Ontario%2C+Canada

      Please keep an eye on this webpage as we're updating it all the time.

      Kind regards,
      Sarah

  57. Sylvia Scott responded on 12 October 2015 at 10:37am Reply

    I'd like to know what the mechanical device was, near the windows in the salon. This was the era of Einstein, Newton etc. please enlighten me!

  58. Judy Francis responded on 15 October 2015 at 12:26pm Reply

    No subtitles and mismatched A and V throughout entire performance at Harlequin Redhill. Cinema said the fault came from RoH transmission. Very disappointing.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 15 October 2015 at 1:15pm

      Hello Judy,

      I'm sorry for your disappointment. A number of cinemas have reported similar problems with subtitles which have since been investigated. The fault seems to sit with an external equipment failure which is being rectified by the providers and the cinemas.

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  59. Anna Deakin responded on 7 November 2015 at 10:44pm Reply

    Saw Marriage of Figaro in Melbourne on 7th November. Brilliant performance marred by the length of time devoted to advertising, both by the cinema and ROH. Not just the time, but the intrusion of music from other works detracted from the experience. We had opening scenes of London, with bits of overture, then Simon Callow. Interesting commentary, then the overture started for real. Intermission featured interesting interviews, including the conductor, Ivor Bolton, playing bits of the opera on the piano, including the overture! It was all a bit much and took 4 hours. A great pity as the opera itself was magnificent.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 9 November 2015 at 10:36am

      Dear Anna

      As the performance is captured in real time we produce a range of background material to cover the intervals. I'm sorry if this felt excessive.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  60. Jens and Gay Staurup responded on 11 November 2015 at 10:02am Reply

    Loving every moment in Canberra. Fabulous production.

  61. Colin Walters responded on 11 November 2015 at 12:55pm Reply

    Saw the relay in Canberra, brilliant cast in a lovely production, wonderful sound in the nearly new cinema and no technical problems. Ellie Dehn stole the show for me. Shrott lost the orchestra a few times in Act 1 (or vice versa) but sang well. Small audience alas - the Met productions are much better promoted and have built up a big following locally. Agree with Anna Deakin's comments. The multiple trailers drive you crazy and the background material could be much crisper. The show started at 6 and didn't finish until 10.45.

  62. Eleanor Stirling responded on 1 December 2015 at 1:51pm Reply

    I saw this in my local cinema and loved it. My disappointment is that I would love to buy a DVD of it as a Christmas present for my mother, but this doesn't appear to be available

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