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Royal Opera House cinema season

Published: 25 May 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Diamonds Credit: Bill Cooper

The Royal Opera House's cinema season for 2022–23 will include thirteen productions from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.

The season opens in September with Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, followed the next month by the opening night of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, then Robert Carsen’s new production of Aida conducted by Antonio Pappano and La bohème sung by a cast that includes Juan Diego Flórez and Danielle de Niese.

The opening night of The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration—including George Balanchine’s Diamonds, the first performance of For Four by Christopher Wheeldon and three world premières—will be relayed live in November, followed in December by The Nutcracker.

The new year kicks off with Like Water for Chocolate, a full-length ballet by Christopher Wheeldon that premières this season inspired by Laura Esquivel’s Mexican novel of the same name.

This will be followed by live broadcasts of The Barber of Seville, Turandot and The Royal Ballet’s new production of Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, redesigned by a creative team that includes set designer Tom Pye, costume designer Alexandra Byrne, lighting designer David Finn, video designer Finn Ross and magic consultant Chris Fisher.

In April and May, audiences can see Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and a live relay of The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, closing in June with a new production of Il trovatore from director Adele Thomas.

    Related listings

  • Like Water for Chocolate - Choreography Christopher Wheeldon, music Joby Talbot (The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre)
  • Madama Butterfly - Music Giacomo Puccini, libretto Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica (The Royal Opera)