London and Berlin: Mahler 6 with the BPO and the one that got away

27/03/2020

GermanyGermany Mahler: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle. Recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie, 20.6.2018.

Sir Simon Rattle

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‘He nose, you know!’: James McAvoy excels as a Cyrano de Bergerac for our contemporary age

14/03/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom National Theatre Live – Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac: directed for the screen by Tony Grech-Smith at London’s Playhouse Theatre and broadcast to Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, 12.3.2020. (JPr)

Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Roxane), Eben Figueiredo (Christian), & James McAvoy (Cyrano)
(c) Marc Brenner

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Handel meets House of Cards? A compelling Agrippina from the Met

04/03/2020

United StatesUnited States Handel, Agrippina: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Harry Bicket (conductor).  Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York to Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast,  29.2.2020. (RB)

Handel’s Agrippina (c) Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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Cathy Marston’s The Cellist brings Jacqueline du Pré – and her cello – back to life at Covent Garden

26/02/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dances at a Gathering / The Cellist: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Robert Clark (piano), Hetty Snell (cello), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Andrea Molino (conductor – The Cellist). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 25.2.2020. (JPr)

Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Cellist
© Bill Cooper

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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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