Royal Opera House news updates 2022 – special fundraising concerts and stream for Ukraine

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The Royal Opera House has unveiled a series of fundraising initiatives in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

On Good Friday 15 April 2022, at 4.30pm, Ukrainian Oksana Lyniv joins Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano on the podium to conduct The Royal Opera – Concert for Ukraine with an international roster of artists including Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov, Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk, South African soprano Pretty Yende, and British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso. Current Jette Parker Young Artists (JPYA) also perform alongside members of the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Tickets will range from £4 to £100.

From Friday 22 April 2022, audiences can watch Crystal Pite’s critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Flight Pattern online thanks to streaming platform Vimeo, who are waiving all fees. Created in 2017 in response to the refugee crisis, Flight Pattern remains powerfully resonant – a poignant reminder of the frailty of the human condition and the tension between despair and hope. The stream costs £7 but additional donations are encouraged. It will be available on demand for 30 days.

On Thursday 5 May 2022, at 7.30pm, The Royal Ballet presents an additional and very special fundraising performance of Swan Lake. In a Company first, Principal dancers of The Royal Ballet Lauren CuthbertsonSarah LambMarianela Nuñez and Natalia Osipova join forces to share the role of Odette/Odile across the four acts of this iconic repertory favourite. Tickets range from £10 to £200.

Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Alex Beard, said: Everyone at ROH is deeply shocked and appalled by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, following Russia’s invasion. I hope these special performances and stream by the ROH community of artists from across the world can help raise much-needed funds to support the humanitarian work of the Disasters Emergency Committee.’

These special performances follow actions the ROH has taken alongside others in the UK and international arts sector in response to the invasion of Ukraine. In addition to cancelling the Bolshoi’s planned visit this summer, these include symbolic acts of solidarity such as lighting our Covent Garden home in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, playing the Ukrainian national anthem before performances, and sharing a special recording of the Ukrainian hymn Prayer for Ukraine (with music by Mykola Lysenko and text by Oleksandr Konysky arranged by Anna Lapwood), performed by members of The Royal Opera Chorus.  A number of Royal Ballet dancers also took part in the Dance for Ukraine gala on Saturday 19 March 2022 at the London Coliseum.

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PREVIOUS NEWS – 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 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 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 Royal Opera
Live: Wednesday 13 April 2022, 6.45 pm
Encore: Sunday 17 April 2022, 2pm

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

2 thoughts on “Royal Opera House news updates 2022 – special fundraising concerts and stream for Ukraine”

  1. I watched Rigoletto on Tuesday at my local cinema and enjoyed it. Here’s a comment, which can apply to all opera transmissions to cinemas.

    You show the subtitles in English, which is helpful. What would be also even more helpful would be to show subtitles in Italian, so that you can more easily follow the words they are singing. There’s plenty of room on the screen for both languages and I think a lot of people would like this.


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