An undoubtedly disturbing yet ultimately triumphant Met Porgy and Bess

05/02/2020

United StatesUnited States The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / David Robertson (conductor). Transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 1.2.2020. (JPr)

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (c) Ken Howard

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The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty sees the whole company dancing with impressive dynamism

18/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty: Dancers of the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House Orchestra / Simon Hewett (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live (introduced by Dame Darcey Bussell and Anita Rani) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex. 16.1.2020. (JPr)

Fumi Kaneko (Princess Aurora) (c) Helen Maybanks

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Comedy and technical perfection from the excellent Núñez and Muntagirov in The Royal Ballet’s charming Coppélia

12/12/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s Coppélia: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Barry Wordsworth (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 10.12.2019. (JPr)

Marianela Núñez (Swanilda) and Vadim Muntagirov (Franz) in Coppélia © Bill Cooper

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A new film version from Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet

11/12/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Romeo and Juliet: Dancers of The Royal Ballet in a film by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. (JPr)

William Bracewell (Romeo) and Francesca Hayward (Juliet)

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Andrew Scott’s Garry liberates Coward’s Present Laughter in a gender-swapping production

30/11/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom National Theatre Live – Noël Coward’s Present Laughter: Directed for the screen by Marcus Viner and captured live at London’s The Old Vic and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 28.11.2019. (JPr)

Andrew Scott and Indira Varma in Present Laughter (c) Manuel Harlan

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A visually sumptuous and imaginative Akhnaten production from the Met

26/11/2019

United StatesUnited States Philip Glass, Akhnaten:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Karen Kamensek (Conductor), Broadcast live to the Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast from the Metropolitan Opera, New York 23.11.2019. (RB)

J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Dísella Lárusdóttir
in Akhnaten (c) Karen Almond/Met Opera

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The Met’s troubled Madama Butterfly does justice to Anthony Minghella’s vision and memory

11/11/2019

United StatesUnited States The Met: Live in HD – Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Pier Giorgio Morandi (conductor). Broadcast live to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 9.11.2019. (JPr)

Hui He (Butterfly) and Paulo Szot (Sharpless) © Richard Termine/Met Opera

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Olga Peretyatko steals Don Pasquale’s money and the show in Michieletto’s new Covent Garden production

26/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Donizetti, Don Pasquale: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Evelino Pidò (conductor). Directed for the screen by Pati Marr and broadcast live to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 24.10.2019. (JPr)

Olga Peretyatko (Norina) and Bryn Terfel (Don Pasquale) (c) Clive Barda

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