Royal Opera House Expands Free Content Offerings as Streaming Series Continues

By Chris Ruel

The Royal Opera House, in partnership with The Luna Drive In Cinema, will bring the opera and ballet to British audiences at drive-in theaters set up at iconic venues, a press release dated July 10 stated. The Opera House and Ballet will screen “La bohème,” “La traviata,” “Swan Lake,” and “Alices Adventures in Wonderland” at Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Allianz Park, Knebworth House, Tatton Park, and Harewood House beginning on July 26. The organizations will use state-of-the-art broadcast technology to ensure the highest video and sound quality. Those wishing to attend can reserve space by booking online. The drive-in screenings are part of an expansion of content offerings announced by ROH.

ROH also announced “BBC Bitesize Daily” will provide free online study resources suitable for dance students in Years 1 through 10, starting Monday, July 13. The guides, produced in partnership with “BBC Bitesize” include videos, step-by-step guides, and guided lesson plans that link to the dance curriculum. The content will be developed using the Royal Ballet’s extensive collection of famous works. The program will be available on the BBC Bitesize website. “BBC Bitesize” offers free online study support spanning school curricula and designed to help with learning and homework. This coming week will also feature the final installment of ROH’s “Create and Learn” online program. The conclusion of the series coincides with the final week of the summer term. Children and their parents will look back at the activities created over the past 11 weeks.

The company will continue its free online broadcasts. ROH will present two YouTube and Facebook premiere streams of The Royal Opera’s “Faust” on Friday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. BST. The 2019 David McVicar production stars Michael Fabiano as Faust, Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès, and Irina Lungu as Marguerite. The production features the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera under the baton of Dan Ettinger.

On Friday, July 24th, at 7:00 p.m., ROH will stream the Royal Ballet’s landmark production of “The Sleeping Beauty.” Tchaikovsky’s score is choreographed by Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowel, and Christopher Wheeldon. The 2020 recording stars Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora, Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund, Kristen McNally as Carabosse, and Gina Storm-Jensen as the Lilac Fairy. Simon Hewett conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

In further collaboration with the BBC, BBC Radio 3 will The Royal Opera’s performance of Richard Jones’ 2017 production of “La bohème” on Thursday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. BST. Michael Fabiano sings Rodolfo opposite Nicole Car’s Mimì with Maestro Antonio Pappano on the podium. Those wanting to catch on-demand performances of Szymanowski’s “King Roger” (2015), Dvořák’s “Rusalka” (2012), Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (2013), Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” (2014), Strauss’ “Elektra” (2013), and Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (2016) can visit BBC Sounds.

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