• Turandot, live from The Royal Opera House

    Puccini's popular opera will be streamed live and for free on YouTube from 7.30pm BST on 14 July, with pre-performance screening from 7pm. Subscribe to get notified when we go live. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk

    published: 14 Jul 2017
  • Jewels rehearsals and insights - LIVE (The Royal Ballet)

    Join dancers of The Royal Ballet in the studio as they prepare for George Balanchine's Jewels. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/jewels TV and radio broadcaster Kirsten O’Brien will host the event, which will feature interviews and rehearsals with Artists of The Royal Ballet, ballet repetiteur Elyse Borne, and the American choreographer and director Patricia Neary. Neary, a former dancer with New York City Ballet, works for The George Balanchine Trust and alongside Borne is responsible for staging his works around the world. Balanchine made history when he created Jewels – the first abstract three-act ballet. It was first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. The choreographer was reportedly inspired by the beauty of the precious stones he saw in Van Cleef & Arpels in New York....

    published: 06 Mar 2017
  • The Royal Opera House - Ep1 Star Struck

    Excellent behind-the-scenes documentary series on The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, from 1995. Ep1 Star Struck - Denyce Graves has vocal cord troubles on her debut as Carmen - New Director of Public Affairs Keith Cooper makes an impact - Cheap tickets week for disadvantaged first-time patrons - Magali Damonte is a last minute replacement for Denyce Graves on press night The series won several awards, including an Emmy, and caused some degree of controversy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_(television_documentary) I am sharing these excellent documentaries because they should not be allowed to disappear without trace. I don't own copyright on this material, and it is not my intention to violate anyone else's rights. Please contact me if you want them removed.

    published: 06 Jul 2016
  • How Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

    Each Season The Royal Ballet dances through thousands of shoes at a cost of over £250,000. A gift of £39 to our annual Pointe Shoes Appeal could buy one pair of pointe shoes for a Royal Ballet dancer. For more information on the Pointe Shoes Appeal or to make a gift, please visit www.roh.org.uk/pointe. Thank you so much for your consideration and support. Text costs £5 plus network charge. Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation receives 100% of your donation. Full T&Cs at www.roh.org.uk/pointe

    published: 09 Nov 2016
  • Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball rehearse The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

    Royal Ballet dancers Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball rehearse Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty during World Ballet Day 2016 http://www.roh.org.uk/sleepingbeauty The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. The masterful 19th-century choreography of Marius ...

    published: 06 Dec 2016
  • The Royal Ballet Class (centre) – World Ballet Day 2015

    Watch morning class with The Royal Ballet in London, focussing on the centre. Class is taken by Jacquelin Barrett and accompanied by Grant Green, with commentary from Kristen McNally and Ore Oduba. Find out more about World Ballet Day at http://www.roh.org.uk/worldballetday

    published: 19 Nov 2015
  • Insights into Otello with Jonas Kaufmann (The Royal Opera)

    Join tenor Jonas Kaufmann and conductor Antonio Pappano as they explore Verdi's Otello. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/otello Otello is Verdi’s final tragedy. After astonishing productivity in his early career, the composer slowed in later life; more than fifteen years separate Otello and its predecessor, Aida, although Verdi revised his earlier works Simon Boccanegra and Don Carlo in the interim. He was lured out of retirement by the composer and librettist Arrigo Boito, who tempted him with a proposal that was very close to Verdi’s heart: Shakespeare’s Othello. Boito adapted the libretto from Shakespeare’s play, with much intervention from Verdi. As the latest utterance from the master of Italian opera, the 1887 premiere was an instant success – but, more than that, Otello has b...

    published: 08 Jun 2017
  • Norma – Casta diva (Sonya Yoncheva, The Royal Opera)

    The priestess Norma leads her people in a prayer for peace. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role in Bellini's masterpiece, with the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Antonio Pappano, recorded September 2016. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/norma Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma had its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on Boxing Day 1831. After a muted initial response the opera quickly became popular, and is now a mainstay of the repertory. Norma is perhaps most acclaimed as a vehicle for the lead soprano, most famously now by such 20th-century greats as Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballé and Joan Sutherland. Indeed, Bellini provides some astonishing vocal fireworks for his title character – most famously ‘Casta diva’, Norma’s Act I hymn to th...

    published: 06 Oct 2016
  • Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season Trailer

    Details of The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet's forthcoming Season have been announced. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk The Royal Opera’s Season includes six new productions at the Royal Opera HouseLa bohème, Semiramide, Lohengrin, Carmen, From the House of the Dead, and the world premieres of George Benjamin’s new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence and Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida. The programme also includes first revivals of Olivier Award-winning Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, the much-discussed Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Vêpres siciliennes and Philip Venables' UK Theatre Award-winning 4.48 Psychosis. The Season includes four premieres away from the Royal Opera House in collaboration with a range of partners, co-producers and co-commissioners – the world premieres of Mark-Ant...

    published: 13 Apr 2017
  • Discover Ballet: A day in the life of a ballerina

    Discover more: http://www.roh.org.uk Follow the day in the life of a Yuhui Choe, first soloist, who takes us through her day - which includes, class, rehearsals and physio before going on stage that evening.

    published: 16 Feb 2009
  • The Royal Opera House: What Do You See?

    The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people’s lives through opera and ballet, and is home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-our-new-myth-busting-short-film-what-do-you-see This film is fronted by actor Lesley Sharp, best known for her performances in The Full Monty, Bob & Rose and Clocking Off. 'This year I started to get interested in seeing opera and ballet and the Royal Opera House was the place it seemed obvious to go to', says Lesley. 'I'm not from a background that was full of classical music influences – my parents didn't listen to a lot of music, and certainly didn't see any dance. So to come to the Royal Opera House in a relatively late stage in my life has been the most extrao...

    published: 05 Oct 2015
  • Carmen - Habanera (Anna Caterina Antonacci, The Royal Opera)

    Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello's vivid production of Bizet's opera: http://www.roh.org.uk/carmen The Habanera is the aria Carmen sings when she first appears on stage. It is also known as 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle'. Carmen was based on a popular novella of the same name by Prosper Mérimée, which enticed French readers with exotic tales of Spain. Its heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage and Georges Bizet's opera was a critical failure on its premiere in 1875. Bizet died shortly after, never learning of the spectacular success Carmen would achieve -- it has been staged over 500 times at Covent Garden alone. Carmen contains many well-loved numbers, such as Carmen's seductive Habaner...

    published: 13 Dec 2013
  • Carmen (Bizet) The Royal Opera

    The Spanish heat and gypsy passion of Carmen take to the stage as The Royal Opera presents the first revival of Francesca Zambello's vibrant production with Tanya McCallin's richly coloured designs. www.roh.org.uk www.facebook.com/royaloperahouse www.twitter.com/royaloperahouse

    published: 05 Dec 2007
  • Madama Butterfly: What makes it such a powerful opera? (The Royal Opera)

    Antonio Pappano, Ermonela members and other performers and creatives from The Royal Opera reveal the secrets of Madama Butterfly's success. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk Giacomo Puccini was entranced by David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly (based on a popular short story by John Luther Long) when he saw it in London in 1900. He harnessed the talents of librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa (with whom Puccini had created La bohème and Tosca) to adapt Cio-Cio-San’s tragic tale for the operatic stage. Although the premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1904 was poorly received, that same year Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances in Brescia, to great acclaim. Madama Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains o...

    published: 30 Mar 2017
  • Madama Butterfly Insight (The Royal Opera)

    Discover the history of Madama Butterfly productions at the Royal Opera House with our interactive resource: http://www.roh.org.uk/interactives/madama-butterfly Join soprano Ermonela Jaho as she discusses her upcoming role as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s beautiful opera. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/butterfly The event, hosted by Head Staff Director at Royal Opera House Amy Lane, will offer an in-depth look at Puccini’s heartbreaking opera and its history on stage at Covent Garden. Lane will be joined by the star of this year’s revival, Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho. Jaho sings the role of the tragic heroine Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, who finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriag...

    published: 14 Mar 2017
  • The Nose in full (The Royal Opera)

    Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/thenose Shostakovich was only 20 when he began writing The Nose, his operatic debut. He turned to a tiny short story by Gogol: an absurdist satire, where a civil servant’s errant nose launches its owner on a ludicrous battle against both nose and the authorities, as bureaucratic processes break down in the face of so unusual a problem. Gogol’s surrealist fable fired Shostakovich’s imagination, and he responded with a work of exuberant energy, full of musical jokes and grotesque parody – from the famed Act I entr’acte for percussion ensemble to plaintive laments, careening counterpoint, folk...

    published: 09 Nov 2016
Turandot, live from The Royal Opera House

Turandot, live from The Royal Opera House

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Puccini's popular opera will be streamed live and for free on YouTube from 7.30pm BST on 14 July, with pre-performance screening from 7pm. Subscribe to get notified when we go live. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk
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Jewels rehearsals and insights - LIVE (The Royal Ballet)

Jewels rehearsals and insights - LIVE (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Updated: 06 Mar 2017
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Join dancers of The Royal Ballet in the studio as they prepare for George Balanchine's Jewels. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/jewels TV and radio broadcaster Kirsten O’Brien will host the event, which will feature interviews and rehearsals with Artists of The Royal Ballet, ballet repetiteur Elyse Borne, and the American choreographer and director Patricia Neary. Neary, a former dancer with New York City Ballet, works for The George Balanchine Trust and alongside Borne is responsible for staging his works around the world. Balanchine made history when he created Jewels – the first abstract three-act ballet. It was first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. The choreographer was reportedly inspired by the beauty of the precious stones he saw in Van Cleef & Arpels in New York. Principals of The Royal Ballet Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae will rehearse a section of Act I, ‘Rubies’. Then, fellow Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares will rehearse ‘Diamonds’. Each section, featuring the music of Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky and Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, salutes a different era in classical ballet’s history as well as a distinct period in Balanchine’s own life. Through it all, Balanchine displays his genius for combining music with visionary choreography. The insight also features an in-depth look at the ballet’s ornate costumes with costume supervisor Allan Watkins.
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The Royal Opera House - Ep1 Star Struck

The Royal Opera House - Ep1 Star Struck

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  • Updated: 06 Jul 2016
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Excellent behind-the-scenes documentary series on The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, from 1995. Ep1 Star Struck - Denyce Graves has vocal cord troubles on her debut as Carmen - New Director of Public Affairs Keith Cooper makes an impact - Cheap tickets week for disadvantaged first-time patrons - Magali Damonte is a last minute replacement for Denyce Graves on press night The series won several awards, including an Emmy, and caused some degree of controversy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_(television_documentary) I am sharing these excellent documentaries because they should not be allowed to disappear without trace. I don't own copyright on this material, and it is not my intention to violate anyone else's rights. Please contact me if you want them removed.
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How Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

How Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

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  • Updated: 09 Nov 2016
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Each Season The Royal Ballet dances through thousands of shoes at a cost of over £250,000. A gift of £39 to our annual Pointe Shoes Appeal could buy one pair of pointe shoes for a Royal Ballet dancer. For more information on the Pointe Shoes Appeal or to make a gift, please visit www.roh.org.uk/pointe. Thank you so much for your consideration and support. Text costs £5 plus network charge. Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation receives 100% of your donation. Full T&Cs at www.roh.org.uk/pointe
https://wn.com/How_Royal_Ballet_Dancers_Prepare_Their_Pointe_Shoes
Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball rehearse The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball rehearse The Sleeping Beauty (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Updated: 06 Dec 2016
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Royal Ballet dancers Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball rehearse Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty during World Ballet Day 2016 http://www.roh.org.uk/sleepingbeauty The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. The masterful 19th-century choreography of Marius Petipa is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Together they create an enchanting sequence of gems in the ballet repertory – from the iconic Rose Adage, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors, and the lilting Garland Waltz to the Vision Pas de deux, as Florimund sees Aurora for the first time, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close. Throughout, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.
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The Royal Ballet Class (centre) – World Ballet Day 2015

The Royal Ballet Class (centre) – World Ballet Day 2015

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  • Updated: 19 Nov 2015
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Watch morning class with The Royal Ballet in London, focussing on the centre. Class is taken by Jacquelin Barrett and accompanied by Grant Green, with commentary from Kristen McNally and Ore Oduba. Find out more about World Ballet Day at http://www.roh.org.uk/worldballetday
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Insights into Otello with Jonas Kaufmann (The Royal Opera)

Insights into Otello with Jonas Kaufmann (The Royal Opera)

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  • Updated: 08 Jun 2017
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Join tenor Jonas Kaufmann and conductor Antonio Pappano as they explore Verdi's Otello. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/otello Otello is Verdi’s final tragedy. After astonishing productivity in his early career, the composer slowed in later life; more than fifteen years separate Otello and its predecessor, Aida, although Verdi revised his earlier works Simon Boccanegra and Don Carlo in the interim. He was lured out of retirement by the composer and librettist Arrigo Boito, who tempted him with a proposal that was very close to Verdi’s heart: Shakespeare’s Othello. Boito adapted the libretto from Shakespeare’s play, with much intervention from Verdi. As the latest utterance from the master of Italian opera, the 1887 premiere was an instant success – but, more than that, Otello has been an important part of the international opera repertory ever since. The Italian musical landscape had changed during Verdi’s period of isolation, with many of his compatriots finding inspiration in foreign operatic innovations. Verdi responds in Otello with music that looks back to the traditional forms and structures of Italian opera, but which carries an unmistakably different dramatic thrust and fluidity, in response to Shakespeare’s text. The results are thrilling: from the violent storm that opens the opera through to Iago’s blood-chilling Credo and Otello’s increasingly desperate duets with Desdemona. Keith Warner (Wozzeck, Der Ring des Nibelungen) directs a new production of this masterpiece, The Royal Opera’s first in 30 years.
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Norma – Casta diva (Sonya Yoncheva, The Royal Opera)

Norma – Casta diva (Sonya Yoncheva, The Royal Opera)

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  • Updated: 06 Oct 2016
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The priestess Norma leads her people in a prayer for peace. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role in Bellini's masterpiece, with the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Antonio Pappano, recorded September 2016. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/norma Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma had its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on Boxing Day 1831. After a muted initial response the opera quickly became popular, and is now a mainstay of the repertory. Norma is perhaps most acclaimed as a vehicle for the lead soprano, most famously now by such 20th-century greats as Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballé and Joan Sutherland. Indeed, Bellini provides some astonishing vocal fireworks for his title character – most famously ‘Casta diva’, Norma’s Act I hymn to the chaste moon, and Act II’s ‘Dormono entrambi’, as she contemplates the unthinkable act of killing her children. But the opera’s dramatic potency rests in its breathtaking ensembles, most strikingly in Norma’s duets with Pollione and Adalgisa, the Act I trio ‘Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno’ and the blistering Act II finale. This new production of Norma was The Royal Opera’s first in nearly thirty years. Directing is Àlex Ollé, of the Catalan collective La Fura dels Baus, reunited with the creative team behind his acclaimed production of Oedipe. They give Norma a contemporary setting against a backdrop of a cruel civil war, and focus on the opera’s exploration of the conflict between an individual’s own desires and those of her society – and of religion as a force for unity and for destruction.
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Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season Trailer

Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season Trailer

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Details of The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet's forthcoming Season have been announced. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk The Royal Opera’s Season includes six new productions at the Royal Opera HouseLa bohème, Semiramide, Lohengrin, Carmen, From the House of the Dead, and the world premieres of George Benjamin’s new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence and Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida. The programme also includes first revivals of Olivier Award-winning Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, the much-discussed Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Vêpres siciliennes and Philip Venables' UK Theatre Award-winning 4.48 Psychosis. The Season includes four premieres away from the Royal Opera House in collaboration with a range of partners, co-producers and co-commissioners – the world premieres of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera Coraline, Mamzer Bastard by Guildhall School of Music & Drama/Royal Opera Composer in Residence Na’ama Zisser, and a new work by Tansy Davies. The Return of Ulysses will be performed at the Roundhouse, and La tragédie de Carmen will be performed at Wilton’s Music Hall by members of the Jette Parker Young Artist programme. The 2017/18 Season also sees Oliver Mears start his tenure as Director of Opera. As previously announced, the Royal Opera will collaborate with the V&A for an exhibition covering almost 400 years of operatic history: Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, which opens in September 2017. Looking ahead to the 2018/19 Season, four full cycles of Keith Warner’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen will be performed between September and November 2018; booking details will be available in autumn 2017. The Royal Ballet's Season will include world premieres of five new productions – a new production of Swan Lake with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, as well as one-act ballets by Twyla Tharp, Arthur Pita, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. The programme also includes revivals of new and classic works, including Peter Wright's much-loved productions of Giselle and The Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter's Tale, Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia and Marguerite and Armand, Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable and Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety. The 2017/18 Season will also celebrate choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s legacy on the 25th anniversary of his death. Five British Ballet companies – The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet – will come together for the first time on the Royal Opera House stage. All three Royal Ballet associated choreographers will mark Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with a triple bill of one-act ballets. Away from the Covent Garden stage, The Royal Ballet will be performing in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations, before touring Swan Lake to Madrid in 2018. During the 2017/18 Season, 12 productions — six from The Royal Opera and six from The Royal Ballet — will be relayed live from Covent Garden to cinemas around the world. The programme features a mixture of new productions and classic works.
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Discover Ballet: A day in the life of a ballerina

Discover Ballet: A day in the life of a ballerina

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  • Updated: 16 Feb 2009
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Discover more: http://www.roh.org.uk Follow the day in the life of a Yuhui Choe, first soloist, who takes us through her day - which includes, class, rehearsals and physio before going on stage that evening.
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The Royal Opera House: What Do You See?

The Royal Opera House: What Do You See?

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The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people’s lives through opera and ballet, and is home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-our-new-myth-busting-short-film-what-do-you-see This film is fronted by actor Lesley Sharp, best known for her performances in The Full Monty, Bob & Rose and Clocking Off. 'This year I started to get interested in seeing opera and ballet and the Royal Opera House was the place it seemed obvious to go to', says Lesley. 'I'm not from a background that was full of classical music influences – my parents didn't listen to a lot of music, and certainly didn't see any dance. So to come to the Royal Opera House in a relatively late stage in my life has been the most extraordinary, eye-opening and wonderful experience.' Tickets in the 2015/16 Season start at just £2 for ballet performances and £5 for opera with more than 150,000 tickets priced at less than £20. In addition, last Season 17,500 low-cost tickets (targeted at first-time audiences) were provided through the ROH's extensive Learning and Participation programme which runs projects including Chance to Dance, a series of creative in-school workshops provided to 1,246 pupils across Lambeth, Southwark and Thurrock. As well as engaging audiences at Covent Garden and through extensive outreach projects, performances can be seen around the UK and the rest of the world through regular cinema relays and live-streams. And away from the stage and orchestra pit, the Royal Opera House has more than 1,000 employees and 17 apprentices across various backstage departments, making it a major employer in the creative industries. 'I would say to anybody – "Come here"', says Lesley. 'It's for you. It's ours. The Royal Opera House belongs to Great Britain.'
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Carmen - Habanera (Anna Caterina Antonacci, The Royal Opera)

Carmen - Habanera (Anna Caterina Antonacci, The Royal Opera)

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  • Updated: 13 Dec 2013
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Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello's vivid production of Bizet's opera: http://www.roh.org.uk/carmen The Habanera is the aria Carmen sings when she first appears on stage. It is also known as 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle'. Carmen was based on a popular novella of the same name by Prosper Mérimée, which enticed French readers with exotic tales of Spain. Its heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage and Georges Bizet's opera was a critical failure on its premiere in 1875. Bizet died shortly after, never learning of the spectacular success Carmen would achieve -- it has been staged over 500 times at Covent Garden alone. Carmen contains many well-loved numbers, such as Carmen's seductive Habanera and Escamillo's rousing Toreador's song, in which he celebrates the thrill of the bullfight. Richly coloured designs capture the sultry heat of the Spanish sun, while ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters bring 19th-century Seville alive. This combination of memorable music, vivid setting and dramatic story have made Carmen one of the most popular operas in the world.
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Carmen (Bizet) The Royal Opera

Carmen (Bizet) The Royal Opera

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The Spanish heat and gypsy passion of Carmen take to the stage as The Royal Opera presents the first revival of Francesca Zambello's vibrant production with Tanya McCallin's richly coloured designs. www.roh.org.uk www.facebook.com/royaloperahouse www.twitter.com/royaloperahouse
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Madama Butterfly: What makes it such a powerful opera? (The Royal Opera)

Madama Butterfly: What makes it such a powerful opera? (The Royal Opera)

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  • Updated: 30 Mar 2017
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Antonio Pappano, Ermonela members and other performers and creatives from The Royal Opera reveal the secrets of Madama Butterfly's success. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk Giacomo Puccini was entranced by David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly (based on a popular short story by John Luther Long) when he saw it in London in 1900. He harnessed the talents of librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa (with whom Puccini had created La bohème and Tosca) to adapt Cio-Cio-San’s tragic tale for the operatic stage. Although the premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1904 was poorly received, that same year Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances in Brescia, to great acclaim. Madama Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains one of Puccini’s most performed works. Puccini drew on Japanese folk melodies for the score, one of his most evocative and atmospheric. In Act I, Cio-Cio-San expresses her radiant happiness in ‘Ancora un passo’, and the two lovers rapturously declare their love for each other in the passionate duet ‘Viene la sera’. In Act II the mood becomes increasingly strained, as in ‘Un bel dì vedremo’ when Cio-Cio-San longs for the ‘fine day’ when her husband will return to her. The romantic exoticism of 19th-century European images of Japan – an integral part of Madama Butterfly’s character – inspire Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s elegant production for The Royal Opera.
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Madama Butterfly Insight (The Royal Opera)

Madama Butterfly Insight (The Royal Opera)

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  • Updated: 14 Mar 2017
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Discover the history of Madama Butterfly productions at the Royal Opera House with our interactive resource: http://www.roh.org.uk/interactives/madama-butterfly Join soprano Ermonela Jaho as she discusses her upcoming role as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s beautiful opera. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/butterfly The event, hosted by Head Staff Director at Royal Opera House Amy Lane, will offer an in-depth look at Puccini’s heartbreaking opera and its history on stage at Covent Garden. Lane will be joined by the star of this year’s revival, Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho. Jaho sings the role of the tragic heroine Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, who finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. In addition, journalist Lesley Downer will offer a closer look at Japan in the 19th century and the role of the Sadayakko, also known as a Japanese geisha or dancer. The Insights event will include several performance excerpts including the opera’s famous flower duet and 'Un bel di vedremo'. Explore the opera further in the Madama Butterfly Digital Programme (free with promocode FREEBUTTERFLY) http://www.roh.org.uk/publications/madama-butterfly-digital-programme
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The Nose in full (The Royal Opera)

The Nose in full (The Royal Opera)

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  • Updated: 09 Nov 2016
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Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/thenose Shostakovich was only 20 when he began writing The Nose, his operatic debut. He turned to a tiny short story by Gogol: an absurdist satire, where a civil servant’s errant nose launches its owner on a ludicrous battle against both nose and the authorities, as bureaucratic processes break down in the face of so unusual a problem. Gogol’s surrealist fable fired Shostakovich’s imagination, and he responded with a work of exuberant energy, full of musical jokes and grotesque parody – from the famed Act I entr’acte for percussion ensemble to plaintive laments, careening counterpoint, folksong (accompanied by balalaika) and rambunctious polkas. Shostakovich finished the work in about a year, and in the following months gave successful performances of extracts from the opera. But it was to be another two years, in 1930, before The Nose was staged in full, by which time Soviet cultural climate had turned sternly against works of such perceived frivolity. The opera was quickly dropped from the repertory; but since its rediscovery in the 1960s it has steadily gained recognition for Shostakovich’s baffling, brilliant wit. This new production is The Royal Opera’s first. Artistic Director of Berlin’s Komische Oper Barrie Kosky directs, fresh from his triumphant production of Saul for Glyndebourne Festival. The Nose is performed in English, in a new translation by David Pountney.
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