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Join tenor Jonas Kaufmann, conductor Antonio Pappano and Director Keith Warner 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 ...
The House was a documentary television series in six episodes which showed various behind-the-scenes events at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It was filmed by the BBC in 1995, and first broadcast on BBC2 in early 1996 to an audience of four million viewers. Synopsis of the Episode 1 ¨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. Mr. Tumanyan appears in the minute 33:55 Episodes 1. (16 January) Star Struck: Denyce Graves makes her debut as Carmen 2. (23 January) Horse Trading: The budgets for Káťa Kabanováand The Sleeping Beauty have been overspent by mo...
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....
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 ...
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, text POINTE to 70660 to give a gift of £5, or call +44 (0)20 3772 6412. 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
Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty is notoriously one of the most challenging ballets to perform. Find out more: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-sleeping-beauty-by-marius-petipa The production holds a particularly special place in the history of The Royal Ballet. Now over 70 years old, it was the first production the Company performed when Covent Garden re-opened its doors after World War II. In this film the cast and crew explain why the production has remained such an iconic staple in the Repertory.
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 House – La 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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 ...
Watch Edward Watson and Principal Mara Galeazzi as they take us behind-the-scenes to meet the individuals and see the effort that goes into preparing pointe shoes and footwear for each and every Royal Ballet performance. Give a gift online at http://www.roh.org.uk/pointeshoesappeal Anyone who makes an online donation to the Pointe Shoes Appeal will be automatically entered to win a signed pair of Mara Galeazzi's pointe shoes from her final Royal Ballet performance in Mayerling.
Join the Company as they prepare to perform three of Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton's best-loved works. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk The event will explore the three works that comprise The Royal Ballet's upcoming mixed programme of works by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton: The Dream, Symphonic Variations, and Marguerite and Armand. Among other highlights, the livestream will see Zenaida Yanowsky rehearsing Marguerite and Armand, and Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé being coached through an extract from The Dream. It will also feature short interviews and a panel discussion exploring Ashton's legacy featuring Company Director Kevin O'Hare and former Principal-turned-Répétiteur Lesley Collier.
You know the house down the street
Where the kids are
and every day
They seem to have a new scar
Something strange is going on
and everybody knows
Doors always shut
and windows always closed
The little girl had a burn
The boy was black and blue
They said it came from play
You know that shit ain't true
The boy's arm's broke
girl is scared to speak
Their parents drink all day
Couple of dead beats
Some days they go to school,
and other days they might
It's hard to stay awake
after you cry all night
You see 'em every day
Tear tracks on their cheeks
But they will never tell
It goes on weeks and weeks
(But what can they do?
They're only children man!)
You ain't no fuckin' kid
Acting like you give a damn!
Won't someone save these kids
Do something, call a cop