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Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's La forza del destino live in cinemas?

Christof Loy's production starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

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

2 April 2019 at 10.33pm | 92 Comments

What did you think of La forza del destino live in cinemas?
Share your thoughts via the comments below.

The next live cinema relay of the 2018/19 Season will be The Royal Opera's Faust on 30 April. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list

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

2 April 2019 at 10.33pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Anna Netrebko, by Christof Loy, cinema, Jonas Kaufmann, La forza del destino, Production, your reaction

This article has 92 comments

  1. È stata una esperienza meravigliosa io ero là dentro di loro e con loro coinvolta emozionata e sofferente insieme a loro che grandi artisti un cast stellare e che direzione fantastica l’orchestra palpitava insieme a Pappano e con tutti noi grazie di esistere!!!

  2. Pat Lally responded on 2 April 2019 at 11:11pm Reply

    Was it just us in the Odeon, Kingston upon Thames, but the vision in the first two acts was blurred and then the screen went blank in the last ten minutes?

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 10:24am

      Dear Pat,

      Thank you for your feedback on yesterday evening's live relay of La forza del destino. We are sorry to hear you experienced problems at your local cinema.

      I can confirm there were no issues with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with the venue in question in the hope of preventing this for future broadcasts.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

    • Gillian Lee responded on 3 April 2019 at 12:28pm

      I was in the Odeon Cinema in Bournemouth, Dorset and we, too, experienced a break in transmission for about five minutes. However, everything we did see was wonderful. CONGRATULATIONS!

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 12:46pm

      Dear Gillian,

      Thank you for bringing the problems you experienced with yesterday's broadcast to our attention.

      There were no issues with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with your local cinema to confirm the issue has been resolved for future broadcasts.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

    • Judith Niechcial responded on 3 April 2019 at 3:13pm

      At the Odeon Orpington, there were no subtitles in the first act. The front of house staff blamed Covent Garden, but that was clearly not true because in the interval the cinema's attempts to reset were visible on the screen.
      Luckily the music was unaffected, and wow! What a tremendous performance!.

  3. Isabella Alston responded on 2 April 2019 at 11:19pm Reply

    Awesome

  4. Gunnar responded on 2 April 2019 at 11:26pm Reply

    Amazing! Thx!

  5. Mr B Bernstein responded on 2 April 2019 at 11:28pm Reply

    Just came back from watching in a very
    full Vue cinema in North Finchley. Great
    singing .The best I have heard from a
    "Forza" since the great Carlo Bergonzi in 1962! Tezier's baritone brought back memories of the great baritones of yester year as well.
    The singing and orchestral playing defeated the banal settings.

    • Peter Erdos responded on 3 April 2019 at 4:00pm

      Yes but you must have missed the " adorable". adorable Floriana Cavalli I did not. I loved Bergonzi and I love Kaufmann at least with a GREAT Netrebko

  6. Ashley Armstrong responded on 2 April 2019 at 11:30pm Reply

    Watched in Leicester UK. Wonderful. Kaufmann and Netrebko, Tezier were all terrific, but a special shout for Veronica Simeoni, in her first role at ROH.
    I'm coming to Covent Garden next Tuesday to see it live from up in the Amphitheatre. No Netrebko regrettably, but Kaufmann and the rest still aboard. Can't wait!
    Great to see Robert Lloyd still sprightly and in good voice.
    Well done ROH Orchestra and Chorus, and Tony Pappano, and everyone behind the scenes. Big X to Clemmie.

  7. Marianne Vennegoor responded on 2 April 2019 at 11:33pm Reply

    What a great performance, sadly we did have a bad reception, visually not focussed, not a sharp picture and we lost the grand finale, sound was fine!!!
    Can some one investigate why.... a local technical problem?
    Kingston on Thames Odeon was full and so many disappointed viewers.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 10:11am

      Dear Marianne,

      Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you experienced problems at your local cinema during the live relay of La forza del destino yesterday evening.

      I can confirm there were no issues with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with the venue in question in the hope of preventing this for future broadcasts.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

    • Martin Mauthner responded on 4 April 2019 at 7:47pm

      Kingston Odeon refunded us straight away, but I do hope there will be an encore screening so we can see the fiale.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 5 April 2019 at 10:28am

      Dear Martin,

      I’m delighted to confirm there will be an encore broadcast of La forza del destino on Sunday 7th April at 2pm.

      Please check our website for your nearest screening: https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  8. John dennis responded on 2 April 2019 at 11:57pm Reply

    I hope that you will release a recording. Truly wonderful.

  9. Linda Farrell responded on 3 April 2019 at 1:54am Reply

    I was very fortunate to see this stellar production at the Royal Opera House tonight, living only 30 minutes away. It was truly amazing - phenomenal singing, orchestra and chorus. However, I think it is truly wonderful that today we can live stream these performances across the globe to be shared by so many people. Bravo Covent Garden

  10. JANET HICKS responded on 3 April 2019 at 5:55am Reply

    Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Reminded me of Otello with Placido Domingo,and Kiri Te Kanawa.

  11. Esther Drewett responded on 3 April 2019 at 7:56am Reply

    I am new to this opera but certainly started with the very best . The whole production was overwhelming . The voices were magnificent doing full justice to Verdi's dramatic score the staging enhanced the tragedy of the libretto . Maestro Pappano triumphs once again . Unbound thanks to whoever thought up the option of live cinema links DVD is ok by live is so so much more

  12. Joanna responded on 3 April 2019 at 8:26am Reply

    A wonderfully mesmerising night the stars were out of this worl! Breathing from Anna was unbelievable

  13. Jane scott responded on 3 April 2019 at 8:30am Reply

    Netrebko was beyond sublime, her range and depth are so wonderful. Kaufman, Tezier and Furlanetto were fantastic too. Pappano brought it all together with mesmerising skill. I found the chorus scene in Act 3 a bit tedious and messy and also don’t personally enjoy ‘ comic’ scenes such as those of Melitone, but overall what a treat. I think the singers and musicians deserve a better production.

    • Ashley Armstrong responded on 4 April 2019 at 6:37pm

      I had a similar response to the comedy chorus routine. I wouldn't mind if it was cut completely. It just got in the way of the drama moving forward to its fateful conclusion.

  14. Glynne Stackhouse responded on 3 April 2019 at 8:57am Reply

    Why this opera is said to be muddled is beyond me: the story is perfectly simple and clear even if the action is spread over many years - that's what the workings of fate often do. But even with the best possible singers, the music is not up to Verdi's best and its best bits always remind me of better bits other Verdi operas.

  15. John Aitken responded on 3 April 2019 at 9:15am Reply

    A muddled production in which Pappano and his orchestra, Kaufman and Tezier were the undoubted stars. Less convinced by Netrebko who, despite some beautiful sounds does not convince as Leonora. Harteros, in Munich was so much more convincing, and in a superb production. An interesting if flawed performance.

    • Michele Tarsh responded on 4 April 2019 at 10:17am

      I was so glad to read your comments, I feel like I am the only person in the world who did not think Netrebko was as great in Forza as everyone else does. I am a big fan of hers, but on Tuesday 2nd April, I didn't think she was at her best and I didn't get emotionally involved with her. I thought Kaufmann was superb and gave a passionate, intelligent performance. I loved Tezier and the incredible Furlanetto. Pappano as always superb and the orchestra were great. Production a bit iffey, but I did not come out "floating" which I had thought I would reading the incredible reviews. Thank you

  16. One of the great opera evenings Anna’s voice and acting sublime and those tenor baritone duets and the rest of the cast chorus and pappano and the orchestra....

    Since queen of spades I have hankered for knock out scenery so I was hoping for a nice cave at the end. Still my best evening together with the one when I saw it at the house with Ludmyla who was also great.

  17. Neil Drapkin responded on 3 April 2019 at 9:36am Reply

    The prncipals' singing in this production was wonderful, Netrebko literally breathtaking. I do hope there will be a "reprise" so I can enjoy it all over again..

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 10:18am

      Dear Neil,

      We are delighted to hear you enjoyed last night’s live relay of La forza del destino.

      I can confirm there will be an encore broadcast on Sunday 7th April at 2pm. Please use the following link to locate your nearest screening: https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  18. Mark Sayers responded on 3 April 2019 at 11:00am Reply

    Similar to above comments, listening to the relay at Llanelli Odeon, we missed the first half hour of transmission due to what we were told was a satellite connection issue. So disappointing as we missed the overture. None the less, a wonderful performance with special acclaim to all four principals of which Anna Netrebko was truly phenomenal. Hope she returns to Covent Garden soon. Also, great contribution from the chorus plus of course Mr Pappano. Look forward to the next live relay.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 11:14am

      Dear Mark,

      Thank you for bringing the problems you experienced at your local cinema during yesterday evening’s live relay of La forza del destino to our attention.

      I can confirm there were no issues with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with the venue concerned in the hope of preventing this for future broadcasts.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  19. What an amazing experience. Thank you so much for screening this performance. Everyone involved in this production from Maestro Pappano through to each chorus member gave total commitment - taking each member of the audience with them. Such a marvelous experience. Thank you again.

  20. Sandra Quinn responded on 3 April 2019 at 11:30am Reply

    Echo that we had major problems at Odeon Kingston with blurred screen and lost of visual in last scene and Odeon Streatham apparently cancelled. No monitoring at cinema of what was happening and we had repeatedly to leave to tell Odeon who did little but eventually said they had a reception problem. What a shame because this was clearly a fantastic production and the audio was wonderful. Please take up with Odeon and sadly a nearly full encore at the same cinema is no solution. So many people love the ROH and were disappointed. Please do a dvd!

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 12:23pm

      Dear Sandra,

      Thank you for sharing your experience of La forza del destino at your local cinema. We have contacted the venue for comment and hope the issue will be resolved ready for the Encore broadcast on Sunday.

      There were no problems with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night, so we will also follow up with Odeon Streatham to investigate the possible cancellation.

      Best Regards
      ROH Cinema Team

  21. LabLady responded on 3 April 2019 at 11:44am Reply

    Sadly, I have to commiserate with viewers in Kingston and in Llanelli, as despite a full cinema at REIGATE EVERYMAN, we saw nothing. It had not been possible to “make a connection”. Lots of very disappointed and disgruntled patrons. I am fortunate that I also have a ticket for a live performance but sadly not with this cast. An opportunity lost.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 3:15pm

      Dear Heather,

      Thank you for your feedback on last night’s live relay of La forza del destino. We are sorry to hear of the problems you experienced at your local cinema.

      There were no issues with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night, so we will follow up with the venue concerned in the hope of resolving this for future broadcasts.

      I am delighted to confirm there are a couple of encore screenings in your area. These include showings at Everyman Oxted on Friday 5th April. Also, Dorking Halls and Leatherhead Theatre on Monday 8th April. Please do check our website for further details at the following link: https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  22. Simon Duncton responded on 3 April 2019 at 11:57am Reply

    Having been to several opera productions, this was our first experience of watching a live production in the cinema. And, wow, what a way to start - we were in the 2nd. row at the Curzon, Wimbledon and it was amazing. I felt I was being forced back in my seat by the sheer power of the singing. Stunning performances from all. There were a few mille-second blips but otherwise perfect. Despite being virtually at the ROH, I don't get why nobody was excited enough to join in the applause? I was puzzled by this and mentioned it to a person next to me who had been to several cinema relays and he replied - "It is the cinema" as though this should make any difference. My few attempts to applause were met by stony silence

  23. Sandra Quinn responded on 3 April 2019 at 12:10pm Reply

    Wonderful performances. They were all superlative but Netrebko really in command after a marvellous Macbeth. Please do a dvd. Especially for those of us such as at Kingston Odeon where they had major problems and eventually lost visual and Streatham where Odeon said they cancelled. Thank you for responding to us last night to confirm your feed was stable. Can you not require cinemas to monitor their own reception and transmission from you?

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 5 April 2019 at 10:37am

      Dear Sandra,

      Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear of the technical issues that occurred during the live broadcast of La forza del destino at your local cinema. Unfortunately, we are not scheduled to release a DVD of this production at this time.

      We provide all cinemas with full technical parameters as well as the support of a helpdesk facility during the live relay which is designed to allow cinemas to monitor the transmission in the best possible way. Ultimately, only the cinemas themselves can effectively operate their equipment on the night. We are continually collaborating with our cinema partners to ensure the highest standard of broadcast.

      We are liaising with Odeon to investigate the difficulties experienced on Tuesday evening and hope to have a resolution as soon as possible.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  24. Anna Woda responded on 3 April 2019 at 12:17pm Reply

    What absolute bliss! Wonderful production, Anna Netrebko just sublime, Jonas Kaufmann gets better and better if that is possible! Very pleasantly surprised by Ludovic Tézier. As a Dmitri fan I thought no-one could replace him but his singing and acting was outstanding. Watched in O2 Finchley Road with no problems at all. Also just loved the insights from Antonio Pappano. A bonus for those of us who could not get seats at the Opera House. Thank you ROH!

  25. Sandra Harrison responded on 3 April 2019 at 12:49pm Reply

    Another fantastic production!! What more can I say? The whole cast, the orchestra and everyone at the ROH ...congratulations to all involved! Can't wait to see the next one....

  26. Christopher Richardson responded on 3 April 2019 at 12:51pm Reply

    Last night my wife and I attended the Odeon at Orpington to see this production. As the first act got underway it was clear that the sub-titles were not working. Some audience members went to complain. After a while an Odeon employee appeared and, shouting over the music, announced that his manager was aware of the problem and that it would be fixed shortly. He then disappeared and, like the Marquis of Calatrava, we never saw him again. Then the problem of having sound but no subtitles was - sort of - solved, in that the sound went too. We watched a full aria of Anna Netrebko presumably singing angelically, but soundlessly. Then the music came back but still no subtitles. The steady procession of audience members wondering back and forwards in front of the screen to complain made me wonder if the relay had switched from La Forza to the triumphal march scene in Aida. In any event this produced no triumph. We were subtitles-less until the interval, during which we complained, and an Odeon official asserted that it was not the Odeon's fault but that of "the provider", ROH. Other cinemas such as Beckenham, she insisted, were having the same problem. (Perhaps that was supposed to make us feel better). We were told that we could either have a full refund but then not be allowed to see the second half, OR see the second half, with a promise that the subtitles would by then have been fixed because this manager - who possibly did not exist in reality any more than Don Alvaro - would have been able to restart the broadcast, which he couldn't otherwise have done as it was a live event. (True? No idea). But if we took that option there would be no compensation for the fiascos of the first half (actually rather more than half of the opera). We chose the former option, and went to a nearby restaurant to try and rescue something from this mess of an evening. This is not the first time we have had problems with subtitles with ROH relays at this cinema. As regards what we saw, the facial close-ups were just too close. In the pre-opera interview with Clemency Burton-Hill we could have done without the opportunity of inspecting the interviewee's nasal hair.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 5 April 2019 at 10:42am

      Dear Christopher,

      Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you experienced technical problems during the live broadcast of La forza del destino on Tuesday evening.

      I can confirm the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night was stable and unproblematic, therefore these were most likely local issues. We will follow up with the cinema concerned in the hope of preventing similar occurrences for future relays.

      Best regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  27. jonathan clift responded on 3 April 2019 at 1:28pm Reply

    the best thing Royal opera has done in years fabulous singing great music and an intelligent staging of such a silly story - could have done without the Preziosilla costumes but otherwise great.

  28. LabLady responded on 3 April 2019 at 1:31pm Reply

    I must commiserate with viewers in Kingston, Llanelli and Streatham. At a fully booked Everyman Cinama in Reigate, we saw nothing at all since “a connection had not been possible”. So many disappointed patrons. I am fortunate enough to have a ticket for the live performance in a few weeks, but unfortunately not for this cast. An opportunity lost.

  29. Sandor Szarvas responded on 3 April 2019 at 1:42pm Reply

    My second opera experience in the cinema and totally loved it! Glorious singing , stirring drama , costumes and chorus lively , great music of course.
    I would like to echo the point of applause I too felt people were holding back it is so natural to express your appreciation .
    What is the etiquette for mobile phones, at times other customers were looking at very bright screens during the show. Why is there no warning at the start of transmission?

  30. Victor Ellams responded on 3 April 2019 at 1:46pm Reply

    I attended at Merry Hill in West Midlands where we too bad a blackout of picture in last act confrontation between Alvaro and Carlo A technician said the projector bulb had overheated he managed to get it up and running in time for Leonoras Pace pace We were given a voucher which il use for Faust thanks Odeon Merry Hill A great eve excellently presented as usual with informative interval features Id been lucky to attend the matinee a few weeks ago and wonderful to see close ups and detail Hopefully a dvd and or a BBC4 broadcast at some point Thanks

  31. Lynne Ross responded on 3 April 2019 at 2:00pm Reply

    Foolish, confusing staging, particularly for a rarely seen opera where clear settings and appropriate costuming would be a great help. Great singing, but always so LOUD. And it surely wasn't Verdi's finest hour, a lot of it seemed to be memories of snatches of other operas. Not surprising that we normally only hear the marvellous overture. Antonio Pappano's comments were exhilarating.

  32. Robin G-P responded on 3 April 2019 at 2:06pm Reply

    We were at Streatham Odeon last night, and there was no sound from the start (although visuals were perfect, while they lasted!). Eventually the whole thing was cancelled, money refunded and the extremely glum and mostly irate audience turned out into the rain. What a shame - as one patron said - "The biggest night of the opera year.". It seems that this was more than just a local problem. Staff at the cinema were very apologetic, pacified the most annoyed viewers, and offered free tea / coffee to all, so top marks to them, at least.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 5 April 2019 at 10:46am

      Dear Robin,

      We are sorry to hear about the issues you experienced at the live broadcast of La forza del destino on Tuesday evening and would like to thank you for bringing them to our attention.

      There were no problems with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night, so we will follow up with the venue in the hope of preventing this for future screenings.

      Best regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  33. Andy Torr responded on 3 April 2019 at 2:13pm Reply

    I echo every word in the above comments regarding the wonderful production and sumptuous performance of last night's "Forza". Thank you, ROH, for making experiences like these available to a wider audience. Unfortunately, my local screening (at the Bonington Theatre in Arnold, Nottingham) was marred by constant audio dropouts (only fractions of a second at a time, but occurring every few seconds) and similarly brief but frequent visual blurring / pixellation. Apparently this is a regular problem at this venue, but repeated complaints have so far yielded no solution. Perhaps a "gentle" word from yourselves might add a sense of urgency to the need for those responsible (Gedling Borough Council Leisure Centres) to resolve the issue? In essence, the quality of both the visual and the sound equipment is ecxceptionally high for such a small, local venue, but the reliability problem really needs sorting out.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 8 April 2019 at 10:07am

      Dear Andy,

      We are delighted you enjoyed our live relay La forza del destino last week. Although, sorry to hear you experienced some technical issues at your local cinema.

      There were no problems with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with the venue in question in the hope of resolving the matter for future broadcasts.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  34. Lawrence Watts responded on 3 April 2019 at 5:28pm Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyable evening with superb orchestra and music.Wonderful, wonderful performances from all of the principals.I was less impressed with the stage sets and costumes.My granddaughter,found it difficult to follow the story even though she had researched it beforehand. And I,having seen this opera countless times, was equally confused at times!

  35. Raggett David responded on 3 April 2019 at 6:57pm Reply

    The most wonderful singing and playing we could all hope to hear. Antonio Pappano is superlative.
    We watched the relay at the Duke of York's Picture House in Brighton and obviously were luckier than some. However, there were frequent mini-blackouts and pixellations. If this is a satellite relay, were the weather conditions a contributory factor? Our usual venue is Curzon, Canterbury, and we frequently experience similar but not as bad as last night.
    But again, many thanks from we who can't get to Covent Garden or get our hands on the tickets. It was probably one of the greatest performances we will ever see, even though the story is a bit of a stretch even by operatic standards.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 8 April 2019 at 10:18am

      Dear Raggett,

      Thank you for your feedback on last week’s live relay of La forza del destino. We are sorry to hear you experienced technical problems at your local cinema.

      There were no issues with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with the cinema concerned in the hope of preventing similar occurrences taking place in the future.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  36. susy responded on 3 April 2019 at 7:09pm Reply

    Avec un livret si incohérent, il est difficile de faire une mise en scène qui tienne la route...
    Excellents chanteurs , bravo Ludo, on est fiers de toi , et grand chef Tony !!!
    Thank you London.

  37. Jean Dormer responded on 3 April 2019 at 7:54pm Reply

    Musically thrilling, Forza last night at an excellent live screening in Edinburgh
    . Wonderful Nebrecko. Always pleased to see Corbelli. Not thrilled by the production, except camp crowd scene and duel scene at end. Thank you ROH.

  38. Ted Ward responded on 3 April 2019 at 9:06pm Reply

    There were additional problems at Kingston Odeon. Escalators out of action so older patrons forced to queue up the stairs, house lights on for most of scene one, house lights off for first interval with patrons tripping down stairs, fuzzy focus on screen, and to cap it all losing all visuals for last ten minutes. Did they live happily ever after? Who knows. But nice to see the patrons opening up the wine and picnics and trying to make it as Glyndebourne on Thames as possible. Hopefully you will deliver live opera via Netflix soon.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 5 April 2019 at 3:07pm

      Dear Ted,

      Thank you for your feedback on Tuesday evening’s live broadcast of La forza del destino. We are already liaising with Odeon regarding the issues you experienced with the picture and loss of transmission. However, thank you for bringing the other points to our attention.

      We will pass on your comments to the site so they can investigate the problems in the hope of resolving them for future broadcasts.

      I’m also delighted to inform you that there will be an encore screening of this production taking place on Sunday 7th April at 2pm should you wish to attend. Please check our website for your nearest showing: https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  39. Helga Innecken responded on 3 April 2019 at 10:37pm Reply

    Since Callas and di Stefano, although different, never heard singers together as Netrebko and Kaufmann.
    The production seemed to me a little poor. It's s a question of money, I can get over it.
    Thanks (to the other perfect singers, too) for this amazing evening having had in Berlin!
    Greetings!

  40. Denis Loretto responded on 4 April 2019 at 12:30am Reply

    Some of the best opera singing I have ever heard- enjoyed from the luxury seats in the Bluewater cinema in Kent. Kaufmann was sublime - as expected - and fully matched by (new to me) Tezier. Wonderful!

  41. Louise O.v.d.L. responded on 4 April 2019 at 9:45am Reply

    Not only did i enjoy the the wonderful music, the superb cast (singing and acting what a tour de force) , pappano s introductions , the story , the production very good, too. Well, i enjoyed it all tremendously. I used to go a lot to the RHO when we lived in london. And now i had the chance to see it from lake tegernsee s small local cinema in bavaria. Got my ticket for it 11 months ago! Bravo to the technique. The technical sound was not overpowering and sheer pleasure. I clapped hands which made me feel i was present in the audience and a compliment to it all. Also the technique.

  42. David Jenkins responded on 4 April 2019 at 9:51am Reply

    for Rhodri Huw: do not, please, use close-up views of the singers. the whole dramatic posturing of opera is intended to be seen from a distance, in a large stage. the close-ups of the singers are extremely unattractive, and destroy the illusion, this particularly during a dialogue, where it is essential to see both singers at the same time throughout.
    for Christof Loy: your staging has misunderstood the nature of La Forza - it is a tragedy all the way through, right till the brief moment of redemption at the end. the choruses with soldiers, gypsies and tarts are not comic, they are a dance of death. the trinket seller is not a joke, he is offering the soldiers their own deaths. these sections need to be as dread and dark as is the rest of the opera.
    singing, choruses, conducting, all terrific, on that performance, all the same.

  43. Peter Erdos responded on 4 April 2019 at 12:43pm Reply

    Third time lucky since 1962 to see and hear an almost perfect "Forza" at Covent Garden.A vain attempt to get Leontyme Price in 1962 to sing Leonora, at least we were blessed by a wonderful Netrebko this time.Her voice has blossomed out and it was magnificent adorned with glorious acting ability. Kaufman in his usual style superbly delivered Alvaro's character and music. Tezier and Furlanetto also were excellent. I thought Corbelli's Melitone was a little bit overdone this time, at times sounded like Don Magnifico or Don Pasquale. I prefer a more sumptuous sounding .Preziosilla but Simeoni did well '
    Pappanos wonderfully sounding orchestra was faulously controlled and the choruses were very good
    Although the production was just passable certainly not going down in the annals as superb.

  44. T Reid responded on 4 April 2019 at 2:19pm Reply

    Like many of the comments above mine are about the standards of the cinema.

    Whilst a wonderful production of a great opera our showing was completely marred by a terrible picture. It was flat, lacking in contrast and overall just grey. It was the quality you'd expect from a first generation flat screen tv bought as 'just working' at a car boot sale. The cinema was Vue at Shepherd's Bush Westfield.

    One doesn't expect high standards from Vue but this was completely unacceptable.
    It does appear the the ROH needs to police the cinemas it uses a bit more vigorously.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 5 April 2019 at 2:53pm

      Dear Tim,

      Thank you for your feedback on our live relay of La forza del destino.

      We are continually collaborating with our cinema partners to ensure the highest standard of broadcast. Therefore, regarding the problems you experienced at your local cinema on Tuesday evening, we will investigate with Vue in the hope of resolving the problem for future transmissions.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  45. Meryl Goodrum responded on 4 April 2019 at 5:51pm Reply

    Watched at my place of work, Strode Theatre in Somerset. What a triumph, wonderful performances from Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko and Tezier too. Clear picture, great sound and an amazingly versatile set. Also loved the comic relief of Melitone, so well played. Couldn't fault it, well done ROH.

  46. Meryl Goodrum responded on 4 April 2019 at 5:54pm Reply

    Watched at my place of work, Strode Theatre in Somerset. What a triumph, wonderful performances from Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko and Tezier too. Clear picture, great sound and an amazingly versatile set. Also loved the comic relief of Melitone, so well played. Couldn't fault it, well done ROH.

  47. Joanna French responded on 4 April 2019 at 10:20pm Reply

    We were at Streatham Odeon, where they totally failed to provide any sound and were unable to find a sound engineer (or any other sort of engineer for that matter) so we eventually simply had to take a refund and go home. For one of the operatic highlights of the year, to say it was disappointing is a major understatement. Never again will I go to the Streatham Odeon for a live relay.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 5 April 2019 at 10:23am

      Dear Joanna,

      Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you experienced problems at your local cinema during the live relay of La forza del destino.

      There were no issues with the feed leaving the Royal Opera House on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with the venue concerned in the hope of preventing this for future broadcasts.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  48. Mrs Giulia Breakwell responded on 5 April 2019 at 4:06am Reply

    I was blown away by this incredible production! The orchestra, and soloists held me spellbound from beginning to end !
    I absolutely loved it, !!

  49. Rowena Shepard responded on 5 April 2019 at 5:42am Reply

    I love how Pappano said "they are not love duets" and then Kaufmann and Tézier (and the subtitles on several occasions) very much proved him wrong.

  50. Rosalind Moore responded on 5 April 2019 at 8:15am Reply

    My first experience of opera. How fabulous was Tuesdays screening.
    Could not fault anything.
    I have been converted and will now be going regularly.

  51. Frances Smith responded on 5 April 2019 at 1:42pm Reply

    Connaught Wothing, no breaks through technical breakdowns, all just perfect, one of the best I have ever seen and I thought the Camera man was fantastic,

  52. Ian Vernon responded on 6 April 2019 at 1:30am Reply

    Really enjoyed this performance - just wondered what has happened to the digital programmes which where available at other performances. I was building a nice library of these.
    Thanks.

  53. Trevor Lynes responded on 7 April 2019 at 9:56am Reply

    Luckily in Vue at Ellesmere Port we had a marvellous HD performance with every principle in great voice...Pappano/orchestra and chorus were fabulous too which made the evening really memorable. Netrebko seems to dominate every scene she appears in and has a magnetic quality which makes her standout. I suppose this is star quality. I really enjoyed Kaufman and Tezier who complemented each other so well during their duets. It is a shame that no DVD is being made of this performance :(

  54. mary glanville responded on 7 April 2019 at 6:56pm Reply

    What a wonderful Encore performance it should have been, but tragically marred by constant lapses in sound, both short and long. Vue Fulham had technicians check the cables and were in touch with your technical team (?) but there was a problem with the audio relay apparently. There seem to have been widespread issues both on the Live relay on Tuesday and Encore today in numerous cinemas. What I did hear was wonderful.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 8 April 2019 at 11:02am

      Dear Mary,

      We are sorry to hear of the problems you experienced at the encore broadcast of La forza del destino on Sunday.

      There were no issues with the feed that day. Therefore, we will follow up with your local cinema to investigate the problem in the hope of resolving the matter for future relays.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  55. Celia A Lewis responded on 7 April 2019 at 7:10pm Reply

    Stunning, amazing, our of this world with incomparable singing from the 3 main leads, with superb acting. I have run our of superlatives. We too had problems and lost about 5 mins but it was just such a wonderful opera. For me the mix of modern and classical costumes does not work but otherwise I cannot praise Pappano for his production.

  56. Patricia Mitchell responded on 7 April 2019 at 7:36pm Reply

    i just watched the encore of Forza at Vue Fulham on 8th April. The feed was dreadful with long cut outs - the cinema staff blamed the "live" feed but the feed wasn't live so there was no excuse. The singers were fantastic but some of the crowd scenes were truly toe-curling awful - aka the circus scene with 7 men in Irish green top hats - what purpose they served, I will never know. Wonderful sounds - if you shut your eyes whilst listening...

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 8 April 2019 at 10:50am

      Dear Patricia,

      Thank you for your feedback on Sunday’s encore screening of La forza del destino at your local cinema.

      We will follow up with the site to investigate what happened, in the hope of preventing similar occurrences for future relays.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  57. Michael de Navarro responded on 7 April 2019 at 11:05pm Reply

    Saw it live on Tuesday and was so blown away that I went to see the Encore showing at the Regal in Evesham, Blown away again! All terrific and Netrebko incomparable. Thank you.

  58. Tony Corless responded on 8 April 2019 at 8:00pm Reply

    The encore showing in Farnborough was thoroughly enjoyable, among the best I have seen either at the venue or as a relay.
    I'm unsure about the multiple camera angles and close-up shots. Is the intention to provide a live theatre experience from the best seat in the house, or is it more a pre-release DVD?

  59. Eva Traynor responded on 9 April 2019 at 1:35am Reply

    Commenting to give feedback as above, problems to do with cinema partners.

    In Edinburgh, there was only one cinema offering the Sunday Encore screening (Vue Omni), so it had a captive audience; and a completely full one, to see this rarer production with top stars - I've never been in such a full cinema for a live opera broadcast. Unfortunately, an inexperienced staff member had been allowed to programme the projector for this one-off event, and in the middle of Act II, their programming triggered a different live theatre broadcast of Twelfth Night which cut into our ROH broadcast and started playing instead. We lost about 10-15 mins of the ROH broadcast while we sought out cinema staff to correct this. We were offered a compensatory ticket, but few in the cinema felt it made up for missing part of this once-in-a-generation production because of a stupid mistake. It seemed to show lack of care not to double-check the programming for a special event broadcast or to leave it to a trainee; and this is not the first time I've had a poor viewing experience at this Vue cinema (dreadful sound for Othello last year). I asked a manager afterwards for assurance he would report and address such issues, but he confirmed that all cinema projection booths are automated nowadays, so even for these more expensive, one-off live events, the cinemagoers' experience is left unmonitored either by ushers or projectionists. Unfortunately, then, when things go wrong, no-one can help quickly.

    I wouldn't go to watch a live broadcast at Vue again given any choice, but as I say, they were the only venue in Edinburgh offering the Sunday encore screening. They also charge about £5 more per ticket than a competitor cinema local to me did for the original Tuesday broadcast.

    Is there any way the ROH can work with other cinema providers to try to offer more Encore screenings in Scotland (Edinburgh), so we have consumer choice and aren't tied to one cinema offering consistently poor experiences we are charged higher prices for? I would lobby other cinema chains but everything is automated phone lines now so I don't know how I could communicate this to them.

    It would be most welcome to have better provision for opera lovers here in Scotland. I think we once had a BP Big Screen here one summer, alas, no more!

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 9 April 2019 at 1:06pm

      Dear Eva,

      Thank you for your feedback on Sunday’s Encore broadcast of La forza del destino in Edinburgh. We are very sorry to hear of the problems you experienced during the transmission at your local cinema. We will follow up with Vue to investigate the issues you describe and work with them to hopefully minimise similar occurrences going forward.

      We are always championing our encore offering and strive for higher participation from all our partners but it is, unfortunately, at the sole discretion of the venues to decide which screenings they are able to take based on their programming constraints. For now, we are scheduled to have this production available on TV at a later date.

      Regarding the Big Screens, please do check our website for all locations with events this summer using the following link: http://www.roh.org.uk/about/bp-big-screens. We are delighted to inform you Carmen will be shown in Aberdeen this July.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  60. Paul Duffy responded on 9 April 2019 at 11:00am Reply

    The cast was excellent but the second half of the encore screening at Leatherhead Theatre on 8 April was seriously corrupted with frame freezes, sound cuts and frequent loud explosions making viewing and listening a disturbing experience. The theatre blamed ROH for the quality of the feed from which the encore copy was made but the unanswered question is why a good copy was not requested from ROH if the original feed proved to be corrupted. Presumably, then, the theatre showed the audience a copy which it knew to be corrupted!
    To add to audience irritation, subtitles were not always present, especially during much of the first Act and house lights were not always extinguished making it necessary to shield my eyes from the overhead lights. Add in seriously uncomfortable seats and the torture was complete. The management gave me a voucher for a future ROH screening which I could use if I feel the need for a few more hours of sado-masochistic experience.

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 9 April 2019 at 11:51am

      Hi Paul,

      We are sorry to hear you experienced problems at the encore screening of La forza del destino at your local cinema on Sunday.

      I can confirm the feeds for both the Live and Encore transmissions were unproblematic. Therefore, we will follow up with the venue concerned in the hope of resolving the issue for future broadcasts.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

  61. Lawrie Davidson responded on 10 April 2019 at 11:56am Reply

    It looks like I was very lucky. I saw it on the Tuesday at South Hill Park Bracknell and the transmission was absolutely perfect. I loved it so much I went to Norden Farm Maidenhead on the Encore showing and the transmission was equally good. It would seem that the small local arts centres where there are expert staff at hand are better than the big cinemas where it is all automated.
    The performance I thought was brilliant and the chance to see such top stars performing together, but not at ROH prices, was one not to be missed.
    Now looking forward to Faust.

  62. Maureen Bladen responded on 16 April 2019 at 11:06pm Reply

    Thank you ROH for relaying this amazing performance. I am unable to travel to world opera houses because of mobility issues, so it a real treat to experience a live performance on a big screen. (In Birmingham’s Cineworld we also had problems with a juddery picture and loud metalic crunching sounds, however several people complained before the actual performance began, so apart from occasional weird glitchy noises, the screening went well).

    I am a huge Herr Kaufmann fan and knew he wouldn’t disappoint - thank you Jonas it was awesome; Monsieur Tézier’s performance was wonderful, that rich baritone was utterly gorgeous and the tenor/baritone duet - perfect; what a treat to hear the dark, enveloping voice of Signore Furlanetto; I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of Veronica Simeoni & Alessandro Corbelli. Thank you to Antonio Pappano for your insights and enthusiasm - you have shared so much knowledge and it is gratefully absorbed. Last, but by no means least, I would like to thank Anna for her spine-tingling singing . . . I cried when she hit that sublime note in the last act.

    PLEASE, Please ROH release this performance on DVD, I can’t bear to think I’ll never hear this again!

  63. Janice Aubrey responded on 26 April 2019 at 6:09pm Reply

    I don't know if comments are still welcomed but I was so overwhelmed by the viewing of La Forza yesterday afternoon I simply must thank Royal Opera for making this film of the production available to those of us who love good music and in this case, SUPERB opera! I saw it in the U.S. at a small theater in Pleasantville, NY -- traveled there from Brooklyn, NY because the NYC performance was sold out. I work as a professional musician and have been associated with International Opera companies during my career, both as a pianist and a conductor. This opera satisfied in every possible way: the casting (Netrebko (BRAVA!), Kaufmann et al); the direction and choreography (so intelligent and creative); the conducting and the orchestra (all first-rate); the choral singing; the costuming and set decoration, etc. etc. all excellent. I only wish I could have see and heard it in person. Since that was not possible I am compelled to convey the extreme satisfaction I enjoyed by being able to have access to this production. Before I stop this litany of praise allow me to add two final words: BRAVO VERDI!

  64. Fay Tweedy responded on 15 May 2019 at 8:17am Reply

    Heavenly screening of La Forza at the Maroochydore cinema on Queensland's Sunshine Coast today.

  65. carol werrett responded on 5 June 2019 at 3:08pm Reply

    My local cinema in Guildford was totally full so I could not see the performance. I hoped there would be an encore and even contacted the ROH to ask but I got nowhere. I should love to see the opera and as some cinemas had problems, maybe you would consider an encore. I have been coming to the ROH for years and now have to make do with the cinema, but it is still brilliant. Please repeat this amazing opera.

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