Covent Garden to Launch Royal Opera House Cinema Initiative

News   Covent Garden to Launch Royal Opera House Cinema Initiative London's Royal Opera House in Covent Garden will follow the lead of the National Theatre (who currently runs National Theatre Live) and New York's Metropolitan Opera House in transmitting selected opera and ballet performances to more than 700 cinemas worldwide.

International opera star Angela Gheorghiu is to star in the first three productions presented under Royal Opera House Cinema auspices: Faust, Adriana Lecouvreur and Tosca.

The opening 2011-12 Cinema season will feature ten productions from Covent Garden, five of them presented live and five pre-recorded, including Madam Butterfly in 3D, to be screened in March 2012. The season will begin with Gheorghiu playing Marguerite in Gounod's Faust, which will be broadcast live into cinemas Sept. 28.  She then plays the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, recorded during its premiere run at Covent Garden in 2010 and to be broadcast in October, and the title role in Tosca, to be broadcast in November.   

The Royal Ballet will begin its live performances with The Sleeping Beauty Dec. 15, and continue with Romeo and Juliet (live on March 22) and La fille mal gardée (live on May 16).

There will also be a live performance of the operas Rigoletto on April 17, and recorded screenings of Cenrillon in January 2012 and Il Trittico in February 2012.

The season, supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is part of the Royal Opera House's commitment to enable as many people as possible to experience and enjoy world-class opera and ballet. Each season more than 600,000 people attend performances at the Opera House; 96,000 people participate in education and community events; many hundreds of thousands across the UK and overseas listen to BBC radio broadcasts and watch television broadcasts; more than 40,000 attend the company's free outdoor BP Summer Big Screens – live relays from the Royal Opera House; and a further 150,000 have been able to watch productions in cinemas worldwide from Alaska to Australia. For further details, visit www.roh.org.uk.

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