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OTHELLO (Verdi) Opera Live from Teatro San Carlo Napoli
Runtime:180mins       Rating:LIVE

Verdi composed Othello after a long period of silence. Fifteen years after Aida (1871) he came back to work on the opera inspired by Shakespeare’s masterpiece, at the invitation of Boito and Ricordi. The season 2013/14 at San Carlo offers a unique occasion to rediscover, at a distance of few months, the two masterpieces, bringing light to the changes of Verdi’s style in that decade. The author acted attuned to the sensitivity of the end of the century, choosing one of the most disturbing psychological dramas to plumb the depths of the man’s soul.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 22 Apr19:30     

Vikings Live From the British Museum
Runtime:90mins       Rating:TBC

The world premiere of Vikings Live from the British Museum, an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition 'Vikings: life and legend' in the company of world experts. Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and presented by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, this fascinating exhibition will be brought to life by curators Gareth Williams and Tom Williams, alongside experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, language and legacy. With stunning close-up photography of the Viking swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets in the exhibition and a live, torch-lit burial in the grounds of the Museum, the broadcast of Vikings Live will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped our modern lives.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 24 Apr19:00     

The Winter's Tale (Wheeldon)
Runtime:180mins       Rating:TBC

Following his charming Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and a series of short ballets including Aeternum and Polyphonia, Christopher Wheeldon presents a new full-length work at Covent Garden. He draws on another much-loved work of English literature: The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s late, great romance. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a statue comes miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot, the team behind Alice, in one of the highlights of The Royal Ballet Season.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 28 Apr19:15     

 

King Lear Live from the National Theatre
Runtime:210mins       Rating:

Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare's tragedy. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear's world descends into chaos.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 01 May19:00     

 

RSC: HENRY IV PART I (LIVE BROADCAST)
Runtime:180mins       Rating:

Following his production of Richard II in October 2013, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare's history plays with Henry IV Parts I and II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil. RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. Jasper returns following his performance as the Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade (2011); Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam. With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware of the tenuousness of his position, and of the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 14 May19:00     

 

Driving Miss Daisy: The Play, via Satellite from the BFI Southbank in London
Runtime:0mins       Rating:TBC

The beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning play stars two of the world’s greatest living actors— five-time Tony Award® and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Earl Jones, alongside four time Tony Award® winner Boyd Gaines. It tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. An iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship, the play has warmed the hearts of millions of theatregoers worldwide. The production was filmed at The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia in 2013.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 25 May17:30     

   

Balanchine/Millepied Live from Opera de Paris
Runtime:190mins       Rating:LIVE

Alongside Balanchines Palais de Cristal, set to music by Bizet, Benjamin Millepied adapts Ravels Daphnis et Chloe. Philippe Jordan will be accompanying the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time LE PALAIS DE CRISTAL (First performance 10 May 2014 at 19:30) Georges Bizet Music (Symphony in C major) George Balanchine Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorusis Philippe Jordan Conductor Patrick Marie Aubert Chorus master This encounter between two great French composers and two choreographers from the New York City Ballet, its founder George Balanchine and former student Benjamin Millepied, highlights the similarities and dissonances between them. In 1947, George Balanchine paid tribute to the company and to the French tradition with his first production for the Paris Opera Ballet, Le Palais de Cristal, in which he choreographed an early work by Georges Bizet, the Symphony in C. Characterised by its architectural design and sense of dialogue with the music, this ballet is a model of academic virtuosity, to which Christian Lacroix, an artisan of light and colour, has brought new shape. Benjamin Millepieds third creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, in collaboration with the conceptual artist Daniel Buren, revisits the myth of Daphnis and Chloe. In the tradition of Balanchine, Millepied draws his inspiration from the rhythms and colours of Ravels choreographic symphony for chorus and orchestra. Accompanying the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time, Philippe Jordan conducts these masterpieces of French music.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 03 Jun18:30     

 

Terry Gilliam's Re-imagination of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini
Runtime:190mins       Rating:TBC

Unseen in London for many years, and never previously at ENO, Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini is forged anew at the London Coliseum by director Terry Gilliam and ENO Music Director Edward Gardner – the identical pairing responsible for the company’s award­winning The Damnation of Faust in 2011. That production unleashed Gilliam's inexhaustible imagination as a storyteller of the first order, and Benvenuto Cellinioffers this theatrical showman an equally rich canvas simply begging for his special flair. With its stunning visual and musical set pieces such as the Mardi Gras carnival, Berlioz's first completed opera is based on the autobiography of celebrated 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. Two entwined plots – Cellini's love for Teresa and his triumphant fulfilment of a commission to cast a bronze statue of Perseus – provide the framework for some of Berlioz's most vibrant, swashbuckling and tender music, against a plot of thwarted love, elopment, intrigue, disguise, mistaken identity, secular merry-making and sacred ceremony. A stellar cast has been assembled for this significant new production, led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters (last season’s acclaimed Violetta) as Cellini's lover, Teresa. ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 17 Jun19:00     

 

RSC: HENRY IV PART II (LIVE BROADCAST)
Runtime:90mins       Rating:

King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than with the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops. Among the unwitting locals, opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist as Falstaff gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King's health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare's heartbreaking conclusion to this pair of plays.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 18 Jun19:00     

MANON LESCAUT live from The Royal Opera
Runtime:185mins       Rating:

Giacomo Puccini | Opera in four acts: This early Puccini masterpiece makes a welcome return to Covent Garden after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This is a much anticipated new production, and Kent's vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today's audience.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 24 Jun18:45     

 

Cavalleria Rusticana AND Pagliacci (double-bill) live Teatro Antico Taormina
Runtime:0mins       Rating:TBC

TEATRO ANTICO TAORMINA Built in Southern Italy in early seventh century BC, Teatro Antico di Taormina is the second largest ancient Greek theatre in Italy. Frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances, this picturesque theater sitting on the coast of Sicily is home to the annual Festival Euro Mediterraneo. CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Adapted from the short story written by Giovanni Verga, Cavalleria Rusticana is a one-act opera considered one of the classics of verismo opera. The opera was composed by Pietro Mascagni, with a libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, as part of an 1888 competition by Milanese publisher Edoardo Sonzogno. After winning the competition, the opera enjoyed a successful performance history throughout Europe and the United States, often paired with Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The opera begins with a prelude, in which Turiddu sings a serenade for Lola, the girl to whom he had been engaged before joining the army. Upon his return, he discovers Lola has married the well-off teamster Alfio. In revenge, Turiddu seduced Santuzza, a young woman in the village. As the opera begins, Lola, overcome by her jealousy of Santuzza, has begun an adulterous affair with Turiddu. PAGLIACCI Inspired by the success of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Ruggero Leoncavallo decided to compose a verismo opera based on the true events of an 1865 murder. The opera was instantly successful with the public, and was first performed as a double-bill with Cavalleria Rusticana on December 11, 1893 at the Metropolitan Opera.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 17 Jul20:30     

 

RSC: THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (LIVE BROADCAST)
Runtime:180mins       Rating:

Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having traveled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy. Simon is Associate Director of the Royal Court. His production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre. This is the first time in 45 years The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been performed in full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 03 Sep19:00     

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