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Friday, 10 July at 7 pm - The Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet
Yasmine Nahgdi as Juliet, Matthew Ball as Romeo in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. ©ROH 2015 Photo: Alice Pennefather
One of the best loved ballets in the Royal's repertoire, Romeo and Juliet is choreographer Kenneth MacMillan's deeply affecting interpretation of the story of 'the star cross'd lovers'. Set to Prokofiev's eloquent score, MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet blends powerful ensemble scenes in the chaotic and violent streets of Renaissance Verona, as well as in the sumptuous Capulet palace, with the heart-rending intimacy of the pas de deux for the young lovers.
This performance, starring principals Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball as the lovers, was filmed last season.
Friday, 17 July at 7 pm – The Royal Opera, Faust
David McVicar's meticulous and deeply theatrical production of Gounod's opera tells the story of the aged philosopher Faust and his pact with the devil, to whom he sells his soul in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, with tragic consequences.
Porduction photo of Faust, The Royal Opera ©ROH 2019 Photo: Tristram Kenton
This 2019 performance by the Royal Opera stars tenor Michael Fabiano as Faust, the Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès and soprano Irina Lungu as the innocent, betrayed Marguerite. The conductor is Dan Ettinger. Read Culture Whisper's 4 Star review here
Friday, 24 July at 7 pm – The Royal Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty
The jewel in the Royal Ballet's crown, Tchaikovsky's classic The Sleeping Beauty marked the post-war reopening of the Royal Opera House in 1946, starring a young Margot Fonteyn as a glowing Princess Aurora. Restored to its original staging in 2006, the Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty keeps Petipa's original choreography, augmented by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon.
This performance was filmed earlier this year and stars the remarkable young ballerina Fumi Kaneko, a first soloist surely on the verge of promotion to the company's highest rank. as Aurora.
Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora in The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty ©ROH 2019 Photo: Helen Maybanks
Kaneko's Prince is the Royal Ballet's veteran principal Federico Bonelli, and Gina Storm-Jensen dances the demanding role of the Lilac Fairy. Simon Hewett conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Until Friday, 10 July - The Royal Ballet, Woolf Works
Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor's masterpiece, Woolf Works, is a three-act ballet inspired by the life and writings of Virginia Woolf, particularly her novels Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves.
Federico Bonelli and Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works © ROH 2105. Photo Tristram Kenton
It stars the luminous Alessandra Ferri as Woolf, in a work that marked her first appearance on the main stage at Covent Garden, following her return from retirement. You can read Culture Whisper's original review here.
Until Friday, 17 Juy - The Royal Opera, La Bohème
Puccini's tearjerker tells the story of the doomed love affair between the penniless poet Rodolfo and the tubercular seamstress Mimi in 19th century Paris. Tenor Michael Fabiano and soprano Nicole Car star as Rodolfo and Mimi respectively in Richard Jones's vivid and detailed production. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus are conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo and Nicole Car as Mimi in La Bohème © ROH 2015. Photo: Catherine Ashmore
You can read Culture Whisper's review of this performance here
Saturday 11 April 10 UK time onwards, and every Saturday after: Maestro Pappano's House Music
The Royal Opera Orchestra Director, Anthony Pappano, plays and discusses some of his favourite pieces from the opera repertoire. Available on Facebook.
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27 Mar 20 – 31 Jul 20, Available for 14 days after first streamed. DUR. varies according to performance