The ROH Live Cinema Season 2013/2014 opens on Tuesday 17 September with Puccini’s Turandot starring American soprano Lise Lindstrom, one of the leading Turandots of her time, Marco Berti, Eri Nakamura and Raymond Aceto in Andrei Serban’s spectacular classic production.
The new production by Principal Guest Artist and Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta of the classic ballet Don Quixote (Wednesday 16 October) is hotly anticipated and has a new orchestration by conductor Martin Yates.
Verdi’s first five-act opera written for the Paris Opéra, Les Vêpres Siciliennes (Monday 4 November) is directed by the hugely acclaimed Stefan Herheim who makes his debut at Covent Garden with this monumental work. The star cast includes Olivier Award-winning American tenor Bryan Hymel, Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya, Uruguayan bass Erwin Schrott and German baritone Michael Volle. It is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
Next up is the ever-popular family Christmas favourite, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (Thursday 12 December). The beautiful Peter Wright production is classical ballet at its most approachable and visually entrancing with something for everyone to enjoy. Wagner’s Parsifal (Wednesday 18 December) returns to The Royal Opera after a six-year absence in a brand new production by Stephen Landridge. The star-studded cast features Simon O’Neill, René Pape, Gerald Finley, Willard White and Angela Denoke and is conducted by Antonio Pappano. The ballet Giselle, the most famous of the romantic nineteenth century ballets and a signature work in the Company’s repertory follows on Monday 27 January. Mozart’s Don Giovanni starring Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Malin Byström and Véronique Gens is on Wednesday 12 February. It is conducted by Nicola Luisotti and directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera, The Royal Opera. The ballet The Sleeping Beauty (Wednesday 19 March) is a cornerstone of The Royal Ballet’s repertory and is a production by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton. The full Company of The Royal Ballet fills the stage with colour and energy while the mesmerising set designs, exquisite costumes and elaborate stage effects create an unparalleled atmosphere.
In spring (Monday 28 April), Christopher Wheeldon presents his second full-length work for the Company based on William Shakespeare’s romantic play The Winter’s Tale. Wheeldon’s 2011 highly acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the first full-length new work for The Royal Ballet since 1995 and the most successful live cinema screening of 2012/13 season with approximately 40,000 watching the single screening in the UK. Wheeldon continues his successful collaboration with the creative team comprising composer Joby Talbot, designer Bob Crowley and lighting designer Natasha Katz. Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (Tuesday 24 June) is a new production starring Kristine Opolais, Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Maltman and Maurizio Muraro and is conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Jonathan Kent.
An unprecedented five ballets and five live operas are presented in association with Bank of America Merrill Lynch:
- Tuesday 17 September 2013 – Puccini Turandot
- Wednesday 16 October 2013 – Don Quixote
- Monday 4 November 2013 – Verdi Les Vêpres Siciliennes
- Thursday 12 December 2013 – The Nutcracker
- Wednesday 18 December 2013 – Wagner Parsifal
- Monday 27 January 2014 – Giselle
- Wednesday 12 February 2014 – Mozart Don Giovanni
- Wednesday 19 March 2014 – The Sleeping Beauty
- Monday 28 April 2014 – The Winter’s Tale
- Tuesday 24 June 2014 – Puccini Manon Lescaut
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In association with Bank of America Merrill Lynch