Saturday, January 21, 2017

Opera and ballet live from the Royal Opera House (London) at cinemas worldwide, including Israel

Il Trovatore - Royal Opera House (photo:Clive Barda)
As of January 2017, opera- and ballet aficionados in Israel will again be able to watch performances live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London) at three venues – Cinema City Glilot, Cinema City in Jerusalem and at the Tikotin Museum (Haifa). These venues will be among the some-1500 cinemas worldwide screening these top-class productions. This season will offer a choice of twelve different performances. The Royal Opera House, one of the world’s most prestigious venues, has been an important cultural centre since the 18th century. With Händel living in London, his operas “Pastor Fido”, “Ariodante”, “Alcina and “Atalanta” were performed at Covent Garden in the 1730s. In 1743, a royal performance of Händel’s “Messiah” took place there for George II, establishing the custom of oratorio performances at Covent Garden every Lent. In 1808, a fire destroyed the theatre. It was rebuilt and opened in 1809, now one of the largest opera houses in Europe. The theatre was destroyed by fire in 1856 once again, re-opening its doors in 1858. An evening at the opera cost the Victorian “men of fashion” about a pound. A verse in Punch defined a pound's value at the time as:

"A pound dear father is the sum
That clears the opera wicket:
Two lemon gloves, one lemon ice,
Libretto and your ticket."

In Israel, however, attending an ROH Live performance will cost a little more - NIS 170 at full price and NIS 130 for pensioners.

The following Royal Opera performances, featuring some of today’s greatest singers and conductors, will be shown this season.  All performances will have English subtitles

31.1,2017: Il Trovatore (Verdi)

9.3.2017: Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)

22.3.2017: Norma (Bellini)

30.3.2017: Madama Butterfly (Puccini)

18.5.2017: Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart)

28.6.2017: Otello (Verdi)


Royal Ballet performances:

8.2.2017: Woolf Works (Wayne McGregor)

28.2.2017: The Sleeping Beauty (Pepita, Ashton, Dowell, Wheeldon)

11.4.2017: Jewels (Balanchine)

7.6.2017: The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand (Ashton)

5.7.2017: Anastasia (Kenneth MacMillan)

Without having to contend with inclement London weather or high ticket prices, audiences will enjoy opera and ballet at their best, well filmed and in the comfort of modern cinemas close to home. As a bonus, the camera just might take you down for a glimpse of the orchestra pit or catch an interview with some of today’s greatest performers.

Tel: 03- 6172650

For more details: Miri Shamir; 052-2884981


Il Trovatore - Royal Opera House (photo:Clive Barda)

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