We love that so many organisations are looking for different ways to keep us entertained through these difficult times. The Coronavirus is one thing we have to tackle, the other, and something which could have a negative effect on our health, is our mental state of mind. Self isolating brings with is many issues, tope of the list if boredom.
Movies companies are making new releases films available at home, theatre companies are putting on special live performances we can stream into. Now the Royal Opera House in London are delivering some top quality productions and we must applaud them for making them all FREE.
This live programme of full-length productions is to help spread the joy of ballet and opera during these uncertain times. They will be broadcast via their Facebook and YouTube channels allowing you to enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. #OurHouseToYourHouse
Here is the Musical Director of the Royal Opera House, Tony Pappano to explain more.
The Royal Opera House are understandably grateful to their generous supporters, who make work like this possible. The links for the shows are above, the dates for your diary are below. Now don’t be in any doubt, these are top quality productions from one of the greatest venues in the country, if not the world.
Acis and Galatea
3rd April at 7pm BST
A collaboration between the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, created by Wayne McGregor and set to music by Handel. Based on Greek mythology, it tells the story of a mortal shepherd and a goddess’ doomed love.
This is the first opera Friday Night Premiere, Acis and Galatea, is nearly here!
Galatea, a half-divine nymph, is in love with the shepherd Acis, and he with her. But Polyphemus, a giant, is also in love with Galatea. Watch his destructive jealousy unfold as we bring you this rare collaboration between Opera and Ballet from #OurHouseToYourHouse.
Così fan tutte
10th April at 7pm BST
This comedy by Mozart sees two men test their girlfriends’ faithfulness. Their plan – to disguise themselves in order to try and seduce the other’s lover. What could possibly go wrong?
17th April 7pm BST
A contemporary piece by Arthur Pita, created on Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Edward Watson. It is based on the novella by Franz Kafka, about how one family reacts when their son wakes up, transformed into a monstrous insect.
They have just started a rollout of this free programme of curated content, and invite audiences to sign up for a free 30-day trial on Marquee TV, the international multi-genre performing arts streaming service. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House, Marquee TV will bring you the very best of world-class performances on demand.
A range of recent opera and ballet productions are available including La traviata and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with new titles being added all the time.
Royal Opera House content is also available on radio, TV and online through our ongoing partnership with the BBC. Mayerling, Pappano’s Greatest Arias and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot are all available on BBC iPlayer and can be watched at any time. Beethoven favourite Fidelio is also scheduled to be broadcast on Radio 3 at 6.30pm on Saturday 28 March.
In the coming days and weeks, they will roll out more of our free programme of broadcasts, so look out for updates and announcements via The Royal Opera House’s social media channels, we’ll also bring you the latest right here, and experience the best of the ROH from your living room.