To watch those, though, audiences have leave the comfort of their own homes and comply with the schedules of their local cinema.
So, in an age when digital streaming is fast becoming the preferred option of an increasing number of viewers, the announcement of a new relationship between the Royal Opera House and the digital streaming service Marquee.TV rates as good news indeed.
Over the month of February 2019 Marquee.TV will release high definition recordings of nine productions from the Royal Opera House’s 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, many of which have not been seen in cinemas. The first batch to be made available includes seven ballets and two operas.
As well, there will be bonus featurettes and behind the scenes access to provide an in-depth context for the productions.
All feature top performers, none more so than Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly with the Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho (pictured above) in the central role of Cio-Cio San, the young Japanese woman betrayed by a US naval officer during World War II.
Ermonela Jaho had the audience in tears and the critics reaching for superlatives. It’s impossible to overestimate the sheer power of her performance, and, of course, of Puccini’s emotional score, all enhanced by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s elegant production.
The second opera in this first batch is Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, with a stellar cast, starring the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo, and including Thomas Hampson, Sonia Yoncheva and Cristina Rice.
Of the seven ballets in the initial package, two come from the choreographer of the moment, Christopher Wheeldon: his hugely accomplished adaptation of Shakespeare's dark story of love, jealousy and forgiveness, The Winter’s Tale; and his extraordinary, psychedelic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with its tap dancing Mad Hatter.
Both star Royal Ballet Principal Dancers Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice and Steven McRae as the Mad Hatter.
The Royal’s sublime ballerina Marianela Nuñez is heart-breaking as the eponymous protagonist of Giselle, in what The Guardian described as a performance ‘of uncontestable greatness.’ This production of a work which is the epitome of Romantic ballet is not to be missed
Among the other ballets available for on demand streaming are some productions that were not relayed to cinemas, such as an all Ashton Triple Bill and Sleeping Beauty.
More opera and ballet productions will be me made available to subscribers as the relationship progresses.You can subscribe to Marquee.TV here
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05 Feb 19 – 05 Feb 20, Available for on-demand streaming February onwards