Royal Opera House Announces 2017-2018 US Cinema Series

With 12 titles, the Royal Opera House Cinema Season 2017/18 is set to thrill audiences in more than 1500 cinemas in over 40 countries. Including some of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet's much-loved classical repertory, the world's top ballet and opera stars, and four brand new productions, over 50 cinemas throughout the United States will show the recorded performances from Covent Garden on dates to be announced from October 2017 through July 2018.

The Royal Opera kicks off the ROH Cinema Season with Mozart's fantastical opera The Magic Flute. Following this is a new production of Puccini's heart-breaking La bohème, directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Set in the second half of the 19th century, the production brings the heart of Parisian culture to life.

Verdi's Rigoletto returns to The Royal Opera with David McVicar's production highlighting the cruelty and degeneracy at the heart of the court of Mantua. Following the themes of cruelty and devastating heartache, Jonathan Kent's interpretation of Puccini's passionate Tosca draws on the dangerous turbulence of Rome in 1800.

Following the runaway success of Barrie Kosky's Carmen in Frankfurt, the production comes to the Royal Opera House. This exciting interpretation revisits Bizet's original version of the opera, reimaging the worlds of Opéra comique, revue and vaudeville, by which he was inspired. The final Royal Opera production to be shown in cinemas is Verdi's Macbeth. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, Anna Netrebko takes on the role of the manipulative and cunning Lady Macbeth for the first time in Covent Garden in this searing drama.

Six productions from The Royal Ballet will also be screened in cinemas during the 2017/18 Season. First up is the smash-hit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon. The balletic re-telling of Lewis Carroll's much0loved story is a fantastical feast for the eyes with projections, tap-dancing and colourful costumes. The festive family favourite, The Nutcracker returns after reaching over 130,000 worldwide cinema-goers in December 2016 to enthral with snowflakes, the land of sweets and sensational dancing. Following this is Christopher Wheeldon's Olivier-award winning ballet based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale where family tragedy is heightened by Joby Talbot's emotive score.

The only triple bill of the ROH Live Cinema Season celebrates the centenary year of Leonard Bernstein, with two new pieces by associate choreographers of The Royal Ballet Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon, with Liam Scarlett's Age of Anxiety danced to Bernstein's Symphony No.2 completing the bill. Continuing to tug at the heart-strings, The Royal Ballet performs the epic Manon, the story of a young girl who pays the ultimate price for choosing wealth and riches over true love. The score by Jules Massenet is sure not to leave a dry eye in the cinema.

The final performance of the Season is the hotly anticipated new staging of Swan Lake (Tuesday 12 June) by Liam Scarlett. Building on the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Liam Scarlett's interpretation is sure to delight audiences as they see a modern take on arguably the world's most famous ballet.

The Royal Opera House 2016/2017 Cinema Series, currently in progress, continues with upcoming screenings for The Sleeping Beauty, Madama Butterfly, Jewels, Frederick Ashton's The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armond, and Otello, starring Jonas Kauffman.

A list of cinemas can be found at:

The 2017/18 Season is as follows:

The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera
LA BOHÈME - Puccini (New Production)

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera
TOSCA - Puccini

The Royal Ballet
THE WINTER'S TALE - Christopher Wheeldon

The Royal Opera
CARMEN - Bizet

The Royal Ballet

The Royal Opera

The Royal Ballet
MANON - Kenneth MacMillan

The Royal Ballet
SWAN LAKE - Liam Scarlett after Petipa and Ivanov (New Production)

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