Royal Opera House Christmas streams

Published: 9 December 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Natalia Osipova in Anastasia Credit: Tristram Kenton
Roderick Williams and Siobhan Stagg in The Magic Flute Credit: Tristram Kenton
Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Elizabeth Credit: Andrej Uspenski
Iestyn Davies and Sophia Bevan in Ariodante Credit: Tristram Kenton
Steven McRae in Rhapsody Credit: Helen Maybanks
Zenaida Yanowsky and Roberto Bolle in Marguerite and Armand Credit: Tristram Kenton

The Royal Opera House has announced its biggest ever programme of digital content for over the Christmas period, including online streams from its archives, live performances and broadcasts on Netflix, Now TV, YouTube, Scala Radio, Sky Arts, Marquee TV and the BBC.

There are live performances at the Royal Opera House of The Royal Opera Christmas Concert presented by Roderick Williams and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth featuring work by composers including Rossini, Puccini and Mozart and highlights from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

Online broadcasts on the ROH web site include Frederick Ashton’s Enigma Variations (2019), Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017) and the 2020 revival of Richard Jones’s 2017 production of Puccini’s La bohème.

Archive productions of The Nutcracker are presented in association with Scala Radio, Marquee TV, Sky Arts and Now TV and are available on demand through Netflix, where viewers can also see Richard Jones’s 2017 production of La bohème starring Nicole Car and Michael Fabiano.

The Royal Opera’s Ariodante in Concert (2020), The Royal Opera Christmas Concert (2020) and Verdi’s Falstaff (2018) starring Bryn Terfel in the title role will all be broadcast over the Christmas period on BBC Radio 3. Both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet’s all-star gala performances from September and October will also be broadcast on BBC Four.

Free on YouTube are The Royal Opera's The Magic Flute (2017) and The Royal Ballet's Don Quixote (2019).

Now TV will show The Nutcracker (2016), The Sleeping Beauty (2017), a Frederick Ashton mixed programme including The Dream, Symphonic Variations and Marguerite and Armand (2017), Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth (2016), Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia (2016), Verdi’s Il trovatore (2016), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2017), Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann (2016), Mozart’s Così fan tutte (2016) and Bellini’s Norma (2017).

Sky Arts will show The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker (2016), Giselle (2016), the Frederick Ashton mixed programme, Anastasia (2016), The Sleeping Beauty (2017) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017).

The Nutcracker (2016), The Sleeping Beauty (2017) and Rhapsody (2016) continue to be permanently available via Marquee TV.