• Manon – Act I, 'Bedroom' pas de deux (The Royal Ballet)

    Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of T...

    published: 15 Feb 2018
  • The Nutcracker in rehearsal 2017 (The Royal Ballet)

    Join dancers from The Royal Ballet in rehearsal as they prepare for the upcoming performances of the ultimate Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. This was originally streamed on Facebook Live at 7.30pm on 16 November 2017. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk

    published: 17 Nov 2017
  • Giselle – Act II pas de deux (The Royal Ballet)

    Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Vadim Muntagirov as Count Albrecht. Find out more: www.roh.org.uk/giselle The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/giselle Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Giselle’s essence has remained the same through many different productions in well over a century of continuous performance. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original 1841 choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), which was fir...

    published: 15 Feb 2018
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

    Lauren Cuthbertson performs the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, set to Tchaikovsky's iconic score. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/nutcracker Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously in...

    published: 01 Dec 2017
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in rehearsal (The Royal Ballet)

    Join The Royal Ballet as they rehearse Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/alice As well as sections featuring the cast being coached through sections of Christopher Wheeldon's modern classic, the livestream will also offer a closer look at the many props and puppets that bring Wonderland to life. The event will be presented by Royal Ballet Principal Alexander Campbell. Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to pro...

    published: 12 Sep 2017
  • The Magic Flute - Queen of the Night aria (Mozart; Diana Damrau, The Royal Opera)

    Soprano Diana Damrau sings 'Der Hölle Rache', the famous Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/flute Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden. He drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera. David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is tra...

    published: 19 Oct 2017
  • The Nutcracker – The Waltz of the Snowflakes (The Royal Ballet)

    The Royal Ballet performs the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, with Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as the Nutcracker and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, recorded in 2012. Find out more at: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-nutcracker-by-peter-wright Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without this seasonal favorite, in which a young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure. In this recording The Royal Ballet performs the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, with Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as the Nutcracker and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, accompanied by the London Oratory Junior Choir and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Koen Kessels, recorded in 2012. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score was com...

    published: 06 Feb 2015
  • Insights into Mozart's Magic Flute (The Royal Opera)

    Join the cast of David McVicar's Royal Opera production as they explore one of the best-loved operas of all time. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk The first Insights event of the 2016/17 Season will feature conductor Julia Jones exploring one of Mozart's most memorable scores, as well as insights from the cast including Siobhan Stagg (Pamina), Mauro Peter (Tamina) and Sabine Devielhe (the Queen of the Night). It will be presented by Roderick Williams, who will sing the role of Papageno in the upcoming run. As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of its composer's profound spiritual beliefs with the search for wisdom and virtue are at its heart. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ ...

    published: 29 Aug 2017
  • 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 (Bizet; 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
  • Salome The Royal Opera Trailer

    Malin Byström takes on the title role in Richard Strauss’s searing opera, as featured in the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. www.roh.org.uk/salome

    published: 08 Mar 2010
  • Insights into The Royal Opera's production of Tosca

    Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk

    published: 24 Jan 2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - The Caterpillar (The Royal Ballet)

    Sarah Lamb as Alice and Eric Underwood, Christina Arestis, Olivia Cowley, Melissa Hamilton and Nathalie Harrison as the Caterpillar in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Recorded for cinema broadcast on 28 March 2013. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/alice Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderl...

    published: 30 Oct 2014
  • The Royal Opera's new La bohème - a first glimpse (ROH Insight)

    Join the cast and creative team of Richard Jones' hotly-anticipated new production as they explore one of the romantic of all operas. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/boheme Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized designs. Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of...

    published: 31 Aug 2017
  • 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
  • Royal Ballet Class in full - World Ballet Day 2017

    The Company run through their daily ballet class, filmed in full as part of World Ballet Day 2017. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk Each morning, the Company run through a series of exercises to warm up their bodies for a day of rehearsals and performances ahead. The session begins at the barre, before progressing to the centre of the room for a series of athletic jumps

    published: 10 Oct 2017
  • La traviata - Brindisi aka The Drinking Song (The Royal Opera)

    Saimir Pirgu, Venera Gimadieva and The Royal Opera Chorus sing La traviata's famous drinking song. Find out more at www.roh.org.uk/traviata ‘A toast to the pleasures of life!’ – so sings Violetta, her new admirer Alfredo and her party guests in the opening scene of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata. But beneath the surface glamour of Violetta’s Parisian life run darker undercurrents: her doomed love for Alfredo and the tensions the lovers encounter when they break society’s conventions. La traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias, is one of Verdi’s most popular operas, combining drama, profound emotion and wonderful melodies. Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. It provides a vivid setting for Verdi’s tuneful sc...

    published: 03 Mar 2016
  • ¨Star Struck¨ - (Episode 1) - The Royal Opera House - (TV Documentary from the BBC) - 1996

    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...

    published: 05 Feb 2017
  • Swan Lake: Corps de Ballet (The Royal Ballet)

    Dancers of The Royal Ballet tells us about the challenges of being in the Corps de Ballet for Swan Lake. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/swanlake Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Anthony Dowell's glorious interpretation uses classical choreography created by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa for the ballet's ...

    published: 24 Oct 2012
  • Coraline trailer (The Royal Opera)

    The world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, in a production at the Barbican directed by Aletta Collins. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/coraline Coraline is the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage. Turnage is one of today’s leading composers and a highly successful opera writer, acclaimed internationally for works including Greek, The Silver Tassie and Anna Nicole, his first Covent Garden commission. For Coraline, his second work for The Royal Opera, he adapts a much-loved story by Neil Gaiman – a British writer who has transformed the landscape of fantasy literature with his highly imaginative, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives. Coraline is classic Gaiman: it is packed with astonishing imagery, all wrapped up in an engrossi...

    published: 09 Feb 2018
  • Les Vêpres siciliennes: 'Au sein des mers...' (Lianna Haroutounian, The Royal Opera)

    'Au sein des mers et battu par l’orage' from Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes sung by Lianna Haroutounian (Hélène). Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/les-vepres-siciliennes-by-stefan-herheim The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance. Les Vêpres siciliennes is one of Verdi’s lesser-known mature operas, but was vital to his development as a composer. It was created for the Paris Opéra in 1855, providing Verdi with an opportunity to embrace the elaborate style and traditions of French grand opera. Stefan Herheim brings Verdi’s tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism to Covent Garden for...

    published: 26 Feb 2015
  • The Nose trailer (The Royal Opera)

    Award winning director Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new staging of Shostakovich’s anarchic satire. Conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney, based on a story by Gogol. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/thenose Introduction One morning, Major Kovalev discovers his nose has gone missing. A desperate nose-hunt ensues. Background 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 exub...

    published: 22 Sep 2016
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Manon – Act I, 'Bedroom' pas de deux (The Royal Ballet)

Manon – Act I, 'Bedroom' pas de deux (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Updated: 15 Feb 2018
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Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance. MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.
https://wn.com/Manon_–_Act_I,_'Bedroom'_Pas_De_Deux_(The_Royal_Ballet)
The Nutcracker in rehearsal 2017 (The Royal Ballet)

The Nutcracker in rehearsal 2017 (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Updated: 17 Nov 2017
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Join dancers from The Royal Ballet in rehearsal as they prepare for the upcoming performances of the ultimate Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. This was originally streamed on Facebook Live at 7.30pm on 16 November 2017. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk
https://wn.com/The_Nutcracker_In_Rehearsal_2017_(The_Royal_Ballet)
Giselle – Act II pas de deux (The Royal Ballet)

Giselle – Act II pas de deux (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Updated: 15 Feb 2018
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Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Vadim Muntagirov as Count Albrecht. Find out more: www.roh.org.uk/giselle The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/giselle Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Giselle’s essence has remained the same through many different productions in well over a century of continuous performance. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original 1841 choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), which was first staged in St Petersburg in 1884. The role of Giselle provides the dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and her final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave. The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic colour. By contrast, the second, ‘white’ act plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet.
https://wn.com/Giselle_–_Act_Ii_Pas_De_Deux_(The_Royal_Ballet)
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Duration: 2:40
  • Updated: 01 Dec 2017
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Lauren Cuthbertson performs the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, set to Tchaikovsky's iconic score. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/nutcracker Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
https://wn.com/Dance_Of_The_Sugar_Plum_Fairy_From_The_Nutcracker_(The_Royal_Ballet)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in rehearsal (The Royal Ballet)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in rehearsal (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
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Join The Royal Ballet as they rehearse Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/alice As well as sections featuring the cast being coached through sections of Christopher Wheeldon's modern classic, the livestream will also offer a closer look at the many props and puppets that bring Wonderland to life. The event will be presented by Royal Ballet Principal Alexander Campbell. Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real. Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous Rose Adage – to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.
https://wn.com/Alice's_Adventures_In_Wonderland_In_Rehearsal_(The_Royal_Ballet)
The Magic Flute - Queen of the Night aria (Mozart; Diana Damrau, The Royal Opera)

The Magic Flute - Queen of the Night aria (Mozart; Diana Damrau, The Royal Opera)

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  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
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Soprano Diana Damrau sings 'Der Hölle Rache', the famous Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/flute Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden. He drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera. David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
https://wn.com/The_Magic_Flute_Queen_Of_The_Night_Aria_(Mozart_Diana_Damrau,_The_Royal_Opera)
The Nutcracker – The Waltz of the Snowflakes (The Royal Ballet)

The Nutcracker – The Waltz of the Snowflakes (The Royal Ballet)

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  • Updated: 06 Feb 2015
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The Royal Ballet performs the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, with Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as the Nutcracker and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, recorded in 2012. Find out more at: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-nutcracker-by-peter-wright Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without this seasonal favorite, in which a young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure. In this recording The Royal Ballet performs the Waltz of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, with Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as the Nutcracker and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer, accompanied by the London Oratory Junior Choir and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Koen Kessels, recorded in 2012. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score was commissioned by the director of the Russian Imperial Theatres, following the resounding success of Sleeping Beauty in 1890. Marius Petipa created the scenario – based on a fairytale by E. T. A. Hoffman – and Lev Ivanov provided the choreography. The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It initially had a poor reception, but its combination of enchanting choreography and an unforgettable score have since made it one of the best-loved of all ballets. In Peter Wright's classic production, the stage sparkles with theatrical magic – a Christmas tree grows before our eyes, toy soldiers come to life to fight the villainous Mouse King and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets on a golden sleigh. Tchaikovsky's score contains some of the best-known melodies in ballet, from the flurrying sounds of the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the dream-like Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the vigorous Russian Dance. Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs draw upon 19th-century images of Christmas, making this a classic production for the festive season.
https://wn.com/The_Nutcracker_–_The_Waltz_Of_The_Snowflakes_(The_Royal_Ballet)
Insights into Mozart's Magic Flute (The Royal Opera)

Insights into Mozart's Magic Flute (The Royal Opera)

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  • Duration: 1:23:35
  • Updated: 29 Aug 2017
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Join the cast of David McVicar's Royal Opera production as they explore one of the best-loved operas of all time. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk The first Insights event of the 2016/17 Season will feature conductor Julia Jones exploring one of Mozart's most memorable scores, as well as insights from the cast including Siobhan Stagg (Pamina), Mauro Peter (Tamina) and Sabine Devielhe (the Queen of the Night). It will be presented by Roderick Williams, who will sing the role of Papageno in the upcoming run. As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of its composer's profound spiritual beliefs with the search for wisdom and virtue are at its heart. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera. Two centuries later, it continues to be one of the most popular of all operas, second only to Verdi's La traviata in terms of performances staged over the last five years according to Operabase. *** Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) for a suburban theatre in Vienna, the Theater auf der Wieden. He drew on the magical spectacle and earthy comedy of popular Viennese theatre. As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera. David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
https://wn.com/Insights_Into_Mozart's_Magic_Flute_(The_Royal_Opera)
The Royal Opera House: What Do You See?

The Royal Opera House: What Do You See?

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  • Updated: 05 Oct 2015
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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 (Bizet; Anna Caterina Antonacci, The Royal Opera)

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

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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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Salome The Royal Opera Trailer

Salome The Royal Opera Trailer

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Malin Byström takes on the title role in Richard Strauss’s searing opera, as featured in the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. www.roh.org.uk/salome
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Insights into The Royal Opera's production of Tosca

Insights into The Royal Opera's production of Tosca

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Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk
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How Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

How Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes

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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
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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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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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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - The Caterpillar (The Royal Ballet)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - The Caterpillar (The Royal Ballet)

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Sarah Lamb as Alice and Eric Underwood, Christina Arestis, Olivia Cowley, Melissa Hamilton and Nathalie Harrison as the Caterpillar in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Recorded for cinema broadcast on 28 March 2013. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/alice Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderland wonderfully real. Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage, to dancing playing cards, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. Alice and the Knave of Hearts dance a tender, loving pas de deux of delicate beauty. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.al Ballet as the Caterpillar in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, cinema broadcast on 28 March 2013. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/alice Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderland wonderfully real. Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage, to dancing playing cards, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. Alice and the Knave of Hearts dance a tender, loving pas de deux of delicate beauty. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.
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The Royal Opera's new La bohème - a first glimpse (ROH Insight)

The Royal Opera's new La bohème - a first glimpse (ROH Insight)

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Join the cast and creative team of Richard Jones' hotly-anticipated new production as they explore one of the romantic of all operas. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/boheme Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized designs. Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances here since.
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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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Royal Ballet Class in full - World Ballet Day 2017

Royal Ballet Class in full - World Ballet Day 2017

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The Company run through their daily ballet class, filmed in full as part of World Ballet Day 2017. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk Each morning, the Company run through a series of exercises to warm up their bodies for a day of rehearsals and performances ahead. The session begins at the barre, before progressing to the centre of the room for a series of athletic jumps
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La traviata - Brindisi aka The Drinking Song (The Royal Opera)

La traviata - Brindisi aka The Drinking Song (The Royal Opera)

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Saimir Pirgu, Venera Gimadieva and The Royal Opera Chorus sing La traviata's famous drinking song. Find out more at www.roh.org.uk/traviata ‘A toast to the pleasures of life!’ – so sings Violetta, her new admirer Alfredo and her party guests in the opening scene of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata. But beneath the surface glamour of Violetta’s Parisian life run darker undercurrents: her doomed love for Alfredo and the tensions the lovers encounter when they break society’s conventions. La traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias, is one of Verdi’s most popular operas, combining drama, profound emotion and wonderful melodies. Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. It provides a vivid setting for Verdi’s tuneful score, which includes such favourites as Violetta’s introspective ‘Ah fors’è lui’ and ecstatic ‘Sempre libera’; the duet ‘Pura siccome un angelo’ as Giorgio Germont begs Violetta to leave Alfredo; and ‘Parigi, o cara’, in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs. The role of Violetta (the ‘fallen woman’ of the title) is one of Verdi’s most complex and enduring characters.
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¨Star Struck¨ - (Episode 1) - The Royal Opera House - (TV Documentary from the BBC) - 1996

¨Star Struck¨ - (Episode 1) - The Royal Opera House - (TV Documentary from the BBC) - 1996

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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 more than £240,000; slippery floors and rival ballerinas cause further problems. 3. (30 January) Foot Fault: Thomas Allen receives an urgent call-up to appear in The Marriage of Figaro, as fellow baritone Jeffrey Black has lost his voice. Allen has not previously appeared in this production. 4. (6 February) High Hopes: Protracted discussions about pay take place between management and trade unions; traditionalists and modernists battle over a revival of Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain. 5. (13 February) Settling Scores: Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera, tries to balance business and art. 6. (20 February) Winning Ticket: Established older dancers of The Royal Ballet have to be laid off in order to save money." Visit Barseg Tumanyan's fan page https://www.facebook.com/Barseg/
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Swan Lake: Corps de Ballet (The Royal Ballet)

Swan Lake: Corps de Ballet (The Royal Ballet)

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Dancers of The Royal Ballet tells us about the challenges of being in the Corps de Ballet for Swan Lake. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/swanlake Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Anthony Dowell's glorious interpretation uses classical choreography created by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa for the ballet's revised 1895 version. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Peter Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.
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Coraline trailer (The Royal Opera)

Coraline trailer (The Royal Opera)

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The world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, in a production at the Barbican directed by Aletta Collins. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/coraline Coraline is the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage. Turnage is one of today’s leading composers and a highly successful opera writer, acclaimed internationally for works including Greek, The Silver Tassie and Anna Nicole, his first Covent Garden commission. For Coraline, his second work for The Royal Opera, he adapts a much-loved story by Neil Gaiman – a British writer who has transformed the landscape of fantasy literature with his highly imaginative, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives. Coraline is classic Gaiman: it is packed with astonishing imagery, all wrapped up in an engrossing yarn. After its publication in 2002 Coraline swept up numerous awards, including Nebula and Hugo awards for Best Novella. In 2009 it was adapted into a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick – which also received widespread acclaim. The world premiere of Turnage’s operatic adaptation is directed by Aletta Collins at the Barbican Theatre.
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Les Vêpres siciliennes: 'Au sein des mers...' (Lianna Haroutounian, The Royal Opera)

Les Vêpres siciliennes: 'Au sein des mers...' (Lianna Haroutounian, The Royal Opera)

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'Au sein des mers et battu par l’orage' from Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes sung by Lianna Haroutounian (Hélène). Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/les-vepres-siciliennes-by-stefan-herheim The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance. Les Vêpres siciliennes is one of Verdi’s lesser-known mature operas, but was vital to his development as a composer. It was created for the Paris Opéra in 1855, providing Verdi with an opportunity to embrace the elaborate style and traditions of French grand opera. Stefan Herheim brings Verdi’s tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism to Covent Garden for the first time. His imaginative production draws parallels between the opera and the opera house for which it was written, including a spectacular re-creation of the Paris Opéra itself. Musically, the work contains impressive choruses, passionate duets and some wonderful showpiece arias for the principal singers. Particular highlights include Procida’s aria on returning to Sicily ‘Et toi, Palerme’, the Act IV duet ‘De courroux et d’effroi’ in which Hélène expresses her sympathy for Henri’s dilemma and Hélène’s brilliant Act V boléro, ‘Merci, jeunes amis’.
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The Nose trailer (The Royal Opera)

The Nose trailer (The Royal Opera)

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Award winning director Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new staging of Shostakovich’s anarchic satire. Conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney, based on a story by Gogol. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/thenose Introduction One morning, Major Kovalev discovers his nose has gone missing. A desperate nose-hunt ensues. Background 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. Music courtesy of The Mariinsky label http://mariinskylabel.com/ Buy: http://www.roh.org.uk/products/shostakovich-the-nose-cd-valery-gergiev Apple Music: http://geni.us/VVq Spotify: http://geni.us/MKBrzG
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