The Royal Opera House brings Free Opera and Ballet to Manchester this Summer
The last 25 years has seen a host of free live big screen broadcasts that have become more and more popular, helping to spread culture and experiences across the UK. As part of this year’s BP Summer Big Screen, The Royal Opera House has proudly announced that La bohème and Falstaff will stand alongside The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, all of which will be beamed live from Covent Garden to 27 giant screens around the UK including Manchester.
So what are the performances about?
Puccini’s La bohème, starring Celine Byrne and Joseph Calleja, is one of Opera’s greatest love stories about a struggling poet whose life changes forever after he meets a beautiful yet delicate woman. Under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, this opera is ideal for newbies to the genre who wish to be introduced to the opera.
Verdi’s Shakespearean comedy Falstaff starring Ambrogio Maestri is a luscious mixture of romance, intrigue and comedic confusion, following the main character Falstaff who Verdi once described as a ‘rogue who gets up to all kinds of mischief…but in an amusing way’. This new production promises to entertain all audiences with Italian conductor Daniele Gatti bringing an exciting spark to the performance.
Both operas are sang in Italian and accompanied by English surtitles.
Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 has been created by seven choreographers, performed by the Royal Ballet to produce a night of dance not to be missed. Inspired by three of Renaissance master Titian’s paintings on display at the National Gallery, choreographers have teamed with brand new scores from British composers and stage designs from leading contemporary artists to create an event to tingle your senses and bring you a unique night to remember.
The events themselves feature as part of the London Festival 2012. ‘We’re delighted this year to be part of the UK’s biggest ever celebration of UK culture, the London 2012 festival,’ comments Deborah Bull, Creative Director of the Royal Opera House and one of the presenters of the events, ‘The free BP Summer Big Screens are the perfect way in for newcomers to opera and ballet – and an absolute treat for anyone that enjoys music and dance.’
All of the events will take place in Manchester’s Exchange Square. La bohème will be shown on Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm and Falstaff will be shown on Wednesday 30th May at 7.30pm.
Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 will be screened on Monday 16th July at 7.30pm.