ROH to stream new ballet and opera

Published: 4 January 2023
Reporter: Vera Liber

La traviata ROH 2022 Credit: Tristram Kenton

The Royal Opera House will add six new performances to Royal Opera House Stream: The Cellist, Romeo and Juliet and Sylvia from The Royal Ballet and La traviata, Fidelio and Madama Butterfly from The Royal Opera.

Cathy Marston’s one-act ballet The Cellist (2020), her first work for the Royal Opera House’s Main Stage, is a lyrical memoir of the life of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré, whose career was cut short by the onset of multiple sclerosis at the age of 28. Composer Philip Feeney incorporates music by Elgar, Beethoven, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Piatti, Rachmaninoff and Schubert. This production stars Royal Ballet Principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Marcelino Sambé and Matthew Ball.

From 19 January 2023, Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera of Verdi's La traviata is available, with belle époque-inspired designs by Bob Crowley, recorded in 2022, sung by Pretty Yende as Violetta Valéry, Stephen Costello as Alfredo Germont and Dimitri Platanias as Giorgio Germont.

Tobias Kratzer’s production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio (2020), with Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano conducting a cast led by Lise Davidsen and David Butt Philip, is available in February, along with Kenneth MacMillan’s classic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev’s score with designs by Nicholas Georgiadis.

March will see the release of Frederick Ashton’s ballet Sylvia (2005), starring former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell and Guest Artist Roberto Bolle, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2022), conducted by Nicola Luisotti and sung by a cast that includes Italian soprano Maria Agresta as Cio-Cio-San, American tenor Joshua Guerrero as Lieutenant B F Pinkerton, Spanish Baritone Carlos Álvarez as Sharpless and English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice as Suzuki.

Royal Opera House Stream currently hosts more than 50 works from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. In addition to the 100+ pieces of behind-the-scenes content already online, further features will be made available in 2023 to subscribers for £9.99 a month or £99 annually.

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