Royal Opera House’s 2021-22 opera and ballet at the cinema and streamed to your home

From stage to screen and to your home

The Royal Opera House is delighted to announce the return of its streaming programme, bringing six productions from its 2021/22 Season straight to your home.

The programme includes a mixture of premieres and repertory favourites from The Royal Opera: David McVicar’s spectacular production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute; Jenůfa, directed by Claus Guth; and Macbeth, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. From The Royal Ballet, audiences can enjoy Peter Wright’s production of Giselle and, following its world premiere, Wayne McGregor’s eagerly anticipated The Dante Project — inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, featuring a commissioned score by Thomas Adès and designs by Tacita Dean.

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, performed by Irish National Opera, will be available on-demand from Friday 5 November.

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said: ‘I am delighted to announce the return of our hugely popular streaming programme with much loved classics, world premieres and family favourites, available to audiences across the globe. Our 2021/22 Season – the first full season since 2019 – will showcase the extraordinary talents of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, and audiences from across the UK and worldwide can now enjoy those performances on demand at home, as well as live on stage in our beautiful theatres.

Streams (details below) will be available here.

ROH announces glittering line up for first Cinema Season in sixteen months 

The Royal Opera House is delighted to launch its 2021/22 international Cinema Season after sixteen months of closure, broadcasting the best of ballet and opera to more than 2,000 screens across the globe (for more information at click here).

The Season features new productions and timeless classics from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, showcasing an exciting roster of UK and international talent performing on the Royal Opera House’s iconic Covent Garden main stage.  Premiering in December, it includes 6 major works from our 2021/22 Season, screened in cinemas around the world. Broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house for each performance, and include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and rehearsal insights.

The Royal Ballet’s Cinema Season opens with Peter Wright’s spectacular production of The Nutcracker on Thursday 9 December 2021A festive favourite for the whole family, it was created for The Royal Ballet in 1984, and has delighted audiences ever since. Encore screenings will follow from Sunday 12 December 2021.

The ballet season also includes Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, a classic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, featuring evocative designs by Nicholas Georgiadis and set to Prokofiev’s iconic score. Romeo and Juliet will be relayed to cinemas for a special Valentine’s Day screening on Monday 14 February 2022, with encore screenings from Sunday 20 February 2022.

Looking ahead to spring 2022, The Royal Ballet’s celebrated production of Swan Lake will be screened on Thursday 19 May 2022, with encore screenings from Sunday 22 May 2022. Long regarded as a masterpiece of the classical ballet repertory, The Royal Ballet’s critically acclaimed production features spectacular designs by John Macfarlane and returns to the stage after last year’s revival was cut short due to the pandemic.

The Royal Opera’s Cinema Season will open with Puccini’s Tosca, a repertory favourite that features Paul Brown’s historically charged designs. It will be broadcast to cinemas on Wednesday 15 December 2021, with encore screenings from Wednesday 19 January 2022.

In the New Year, this will be followed by an anniversary screening of Verdi’s Rigoletto on Thursday 10 March 2022, celebrating 171 years since its premiere in 1851. This version will be Oliver Mears’s first production since becoming Director of The Royal Opera in 2017, and will receive encore screenings from Sunday 13 March 2022.

The Royal Opera’s Cinema Season will conclude with Richard Eyre’s celebrated La traviata. Verdi’s beautiful score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets, culminating in a memorable, heart-breaking final act. It will be screened live on Wednesday 13 April 2022, with encores from Sunday 17 April 2022.

The ROH cinema programme launched in 2008 and has, since then, brought world-class opera and ballet to audiences around the world. This year’s screenings will be broadcast in over 35 countries, forming an integral part of our plan to secure our future, expand audiences and help facilitate the vital recovery of cinema domestically and internationally.

Kevin O’HareDirector of The Royal Ballet, said: ‘The Royal Ballet is back after the most challenging 18 months in its history. We are thrilled to return to full production mode, bringing these beloved classics to both stage and screen again.  It will be worth the wait.’

Oliver MearsDirector of Opera, said: ‘This season – the first full ROH programme for two years – is quickly shaping up to be sensational, featuring some of the best-loved pieces in the repertory, performed by a dazzling cast of local and international stars. I’m delighted that audiences will once again be able to be experience the magic of these productions wherever they are.’

THE 2021/2022 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE CINEMA SEASON:

The Royal Ballet
THE NUTCRACKER
Live: Thursday 9 December 2021, 7.15 pm
Encore: Sunday 12 December 2021, 2pm

The Royal Opera
TOSCA
Live: Wednesday 15 December 2021, 7.15 pm
Encore: Wednesday 19 January 2022, 7.15 pm  

The Royal Ballet
ROMEO AND JULIET
Special Screening: Monday 14 February 2022, 7.15 pm (performed on 3 February 2022)
Encore: Sunday 20 February 2022, 2pm

The Royal Opera
RIGOLETTO
Anniversary Screening: Thursday 10 March 2022, 7.15 pm (performed in September 2021)
Encore: Sunday 13 March 2022, 2pm

The Royal Opera
LA TRAVIATA
Live: Wednesday 13 April 2022, 6.45 pm
Encore: Sunday 17 April 2022, 2pm

The Royal Ballet
SWAN LAKE
Live: Thursday 19 May 2022, 7.15 pm
Encore: Sunday 22 May 2022, 2pm

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE STREAMING PROGRAMME

The Royal Opera
The Magic Flute – Streamed: Friday 1 October 2021 at 7.30pm
(performed Friday 17 September), price: £16

Jenufa – Streamed: Friday 15 October 2021 at 7.30pm
(performed Saturday 9 October), price: Free

Macbeth – Live-streamed: Friday 26 November 2021, at 8pm, price: £16

The Royal Ballet
The Dante Project – Streamed: Friday 29 October 2021 at 7.30pm
(performed Tuesday 26 October), price: £16

Giselle – Streamed: Friday 3 December 2021 at 7.30pm
(performed on Saturday 20 November), price: £16

Irish National Opera
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground – Streamed: Friday 5 November 2021, 7.30pm, price: £7

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