Royal Opera House Returns
The Royal Opera House announces ‘Live from Covent Garden’, a series of three unique performances to be broadcast live via YouTube and Facebook from its world-famous home in Covent Garden.
The first concert, on 13th June at 7.30pm, will be hosted by the BBC’s Anita Rani and the Royal Opera House’s very own Director of Music, Antonio Pappano, and will see the ROH go behind the scenes as we open our theatre to a select group of musicians, artists and performers in the first live concerts since closing its doors to the public on 17 March.
The concerts will be a celebration of ballet and opera, from our house to your house, as social distancing and lockdown measures mean the Royal Opera House’s building remains closed to live audiences.
The first concert will be free and will include work from Benjamin Britten and George Frideric Handel, both of whom have a long history with the ROH, as well as accompanying work from George Butterworth and Turnage, performed by stars including Louise Alder, Toby Spence and Gerald Finley. We also look forward to an intimate world premiere by Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Further details of this exciting new work will be announced in due course.
The second concert will feature a performance of Albert Schönberg’s reduction of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde featuring tenor David Butt Philip, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Written between 1908 and 1909, Das Lied von der Erde is a composition of six songs for two singers and orchestra.
Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet Vadim Muntagirov will perform Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Set to a lyrical score from Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, the solo was initially created in 1978 for Anthony Dowell, former Principal and Director of The Royal Ballet, and is a showcase of balance and poise. The revival of this rarely seen work was facilitated by the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s series of Ashton Rediscovered masterclasses.
The following two performances on Saturday 20 June and Saturday 27 June will be available to view live and on demand for just £4.99 and will include a host of ballet and opera direct from The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
For more details of performances, dates and times, please visit the Royal Opera House website or follow #OurHouseToYourHouse on the Royal Opera House’s social media channels.