Royal College of Music to Premiere ‘Opera Scenes’

By Chris Ruel

The Royal College of Music (RCM) announced additional details about its upcoming two-part series, Opera Scenes. RCM selected works from across the repertoire that touch on themes of isolation, separation, and resolution. The premiere of Opera Scenes will stream on the College’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on Nov. 27 and 28 at 7:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

The Nov. 27 Opera Scenes 1 feature scenes from Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea;” Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites;” Handel’s “Tolomeo;” Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette;” and Offenbach’s “La belle Hélène.” The following evening, Opera Scenes 2 showcases Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites;” Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni;” Handel’s “Tolomeo;” and Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.”

In an email to OperaWire, RCM’s publicist noted that the scenes were filmed this year and that government health protocols were maintained while utilizing the College’s Britten Theatre and newly built spaces around Hyde Park. Celebrated opera director, Olivia Fuchs, directed the scenes.

Those unable to tune into the premieres can catch the performances on-demand after the premiere.