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11 Sep 2020

The Royal Opera House launches autumn digital programme with a new series of Friday Premieres and screenings on Sky Arts

The Royal Opera House is proud to continue its curated #OurHouseToYourHouse programme into the autumn, bringing audiences the best of the ROH through a new series of Friday Premieres and cultural highlights.

his month ROH Friday Premieres return with three new titles. Priced at £3.00, each will be available for 30 days streaming via stream.roh.org.uk. Launching on Friday 18 September, The Royal Opera's production ofCarmen sees visionary director Barrie Kosky present a refreshing perspective on this well-known opera. Conducted by Jakub Hrůša , the magnificent cast includes Anna Goryachova , Francesco Meli and Kostas Smoriginas .

The Royal Ballet’s production of Dances at a Gathering will be screened on Friday 25 September. Jerome Robbins’ much-loved ballet made a welcome return to the Royal Opera House as part of the 2019/20 Season after an absence of 11 years. Choreographed by Robbins in 1969 for New York City Ballet and set to music by Frédéric Chopin, the ballet is an exercise in pure dance for five couples and is regarded as a masterpiece of subtlety and invention. This performance featuresMarianela Nuñez, Francesca Hayward, Yasmine Naghdi,Fumi Kaneko, Laura Morera, Alexander Campbell, William Bracewell, Federico Bonelli, Valentino Zucchetti and Luca Acri.

Pietro Mascagni ’s Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Players) are today Italian opera’s most famous double act. From Friday 2 October, audiences can enjoy Damiano Michieletto’s 2015 Olivier Award-winning production featuring Eva-Maria Westbroek , Aleksandrs Antonenko , Elena Zilio , Dimitri Platanias and Martina Belli and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

ROH productions continue to shine on Sky Arts. On Saturday 20 September, the free-to-air channel will broadcast The Royal Opera’s performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2017) with Ermonela Jaho and Marcelo Puente. On Saturday 27 September they will broadcast The Royal Opera’s performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (2016) with Corinne Winters, Angela Brower and Daniel Behle.

Royal Opera House content continues to be available as part of our ongoing partnership with the BBC. BBC Four is currently screening Tobias Kratzer’s new staging of Beethoven ’s Fidelio, featuring David Butt Philip and Lise Davidsen.

The Royal Opera: Live in Concert remains available to watch on demand until Friday 2 October. Curated by The Royal Opera’s Director of Music Antonio Pappano, the concert seesAigul Akhmetshina, Charles Castronovo, Gerald Finley, Kristine Opolais, Lisette Oropesa and Vito Priante reunited for the first time with theOrchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus, performing much-loved classics of the opera repertory.

Autumn also sees the launch of the ROH global Cinema Season in collaboration with event cinema distributor, Trafalgar Releasing. The season opens on Tuesday 20 October with The Royal Ballet’s production of Giselle. In November, the Royal Opera’s productions - Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Verdi’s Macbeth make a return to the big screen. The Season ends in time for Christmas, where from Thursday 10 December audiences will be able to enjoy Peter Wright’s spectacular production of The Nutcracker which has been enchanting children and adults since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984.

After six months of closure, the Royal Opera House is thrilled to be opening its doors to the public as part of Open House London weekend on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September, giving visitors a taste of one of the world’s most famous theatres for free. In a specially-curated, socially-distanced programme called Take a Bow, visitors will be granted access to the Royal Opera House’s two world-class stages, with a chance to glimpse the velvet, gilt and glamour of the Main Stage, as well as the state-of-the-art new Linbury Theatre.

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