Royal Opera House Announces November Streams Featuring Erwin Schrott, Gerald Finley & Louise Alder

By Francisco Salazar

The Royal Opera House has announced a series of live performance broadcasts featuring The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, throughout the November lockdown period.

On Nov. 20 the company will present a concert performance of “Ariodante,” which will be available via the Royal Opera House streaming platform. The cast will include mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy in the title role, soprano Chen Reiss as Ginevra, bass-baritone Gerald Finley as the King of Scotland, soprano Sophie Bevan as Dalinda, tenor Ed Lyon as Lurcanio, countertenor Iestyn Davies as Polinesso, and South African tenor Thando Mjandana as Odoardo. They will be joined by Baroque music specialist Christian Curnyn, who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

On Nov. 13 the Royal Ballet will perform a program that celebrates the company’s return to the stage following its long absence during the pandemic.

On Nov. 27, the Royal Opera’s 2019 production of Mozart’s”Don Giovanni” will be streamed. The production was conducted by Hartmut Haenchen and features a cast comprised of Erwin Schrott, Roberto Tagliavini, Malin Byström, Daniel Behle, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Louise Alder, and Leon Košavić.

In a press release, Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said, “We are pleased to continue our program of live and pre-recorded streamed and broadcast activity throughout lockdown. Whatever the challenges before us, we are determined to showcase the extraordinary talents of our remarkable community of artists and craftspeople, offering some much-needed relief and delight to audiences across the country. We very much look forward to the day we can welcome audiences back through our doors, but in the meantime, I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement.”