ROH to stream archived ballet and opera

Published: 5 October 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Antonio Pappano and The Royal Opera House orchestra in Concert for Ukraine 2022 Credit: Laura Aziz
Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden 2020 Credit: Tristram Kenton
La bohème 2020 Credit: Tristram Kenton

The Royal Opera House has launched a new streaming service offering 45 works from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera’s archives and more than 85 behind-the-scenes features, trailers, talks and Insights for £9.99 a month or £99 per year.

The first selection contains two of last season’s productions: Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, available from launch, and Oliver Mears’ five-star Rigoletto featuring Carlos Álvarez and Lisette Oropesa, available from 20 October 2022. Both are available in UHD, and come with additional material, including an opera masterclass, artists in conversation and a sneak peek at The Royal Ballet’s rehearsals.

Alongside these new titles, Royal Opera House Stream will offer 45 curated works from its catalogue, spanning two decades, featuring Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale, Wagner’s Die Walküre, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole and Puccini’s Tosca.

The production recordings come with backstage films and masterclasses: Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann discuss their debuts in Manon Lescaut; Antonio Pappano explores Puccini’s La bohème; Roderick Williams discovers Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A ahead of The Magic Flute; playwright Martin Crimp, composer George Benjamin and stage director Katie Mitchell describe their production of Written on Skin.

Join The Royal Ballet for Alice in Wonderland rehearsals, and costume designs with Bob Crowley; Principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov discuss Peter Wright’s Giselle, their first narrative ballet together; Kenneth MacMillan’s gives his insights into Manon, relayed by his wife Deborah.