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Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (Live)

LIVE
180 minutes
A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The Royal Ballet's landmark staging was revived for the Company's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.

Performance Time: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 @ 19:00

NT Live: Hedda Gabler (Live)

LIVE
210 minutes
“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free... Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

Performance Time: Thursday, 09 March 2017 @ 19:00

Met Opera: La Traviata (Live)

LIVE
153 minutes
Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live In HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover Alfredo. Thomas Hampson sings one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's disapproving father, in a revival of Willy Decker's staging conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

Performance Time: Saturday, 11 March 2017 @ 17:55

Met Opera: Idomeneo (Live)

LIVE
238 minutes
James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart's Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's classic production, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, stars Matthew Polenzani in the title role. The cast also includes Elza van den Heever, Nadine Sierra, Alice Coote and Alan Opie.

Performance Time: Saturday, 25 March 2017 @ 16:55

Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly (Live)

LIVE
165 minutes
Puccini's Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria 'Un bel dì' (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.

Performance Time: Thursday, 30 March 2017 @ 19:00

Royal Ballet: Jewels (Live)

LIVE
150 minutes
George Balanchine's evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of 'Emeralds', while the fire of 'Rubies' comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in 'Diamonds'. Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.

Performance Time: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 @ 19:00

Met Opera: Eugene Onegin (Live)

LIVE
218 minutes
Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the naive heroine of Tchaikovsky's opera adapted from Pushkin's novel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana's love until it's too late. Robin Ticciati, Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, conducts the revival of Deborah Warner's staging. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin's friend turned rival Lenski, with Elena Maximova as Tatiana's sister Olga, and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.

Performance Time: Saturday, 22 April 2017 @ 16:50

RSC Live: Julius Caesar

LIVE
180 minutes
Julius Caesar begins the Roman series, with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence in a race to claim the empire, after the all-conquering Caesar returns from war.

Performance Time: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 @ 19:00

Met Opera: Der Rosenkavalier (Live)

LIVE
252 minutes
The Met's first new production since 1969 of Strauss's rich romantic masterpiece is conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, whose most recent Met production was the hit 2013 staging of Falstaff. Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elīna Garanča in her first North American performances as the impulsive young title character. The cast also includes Günther Groissböck, Erin Morley, Marcus Brück and Matthew Polenzani. Der Rosenkavalier is a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Teatro Regio Di Torino.

Performance Time: Saturday, 13 May 2017 @ 17:30

RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra

LIVE
180 minutes
Following Caesar's assassination and his own rise to power, Mark Antony chooses a life of decadent seduction with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, where his military brilliance deserts him and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

Performance Time: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 @ 19:00

Royal Opera: Otello (Live)

LIVE
165 minutes
World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award winning director Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant 'Willow Song'. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

Performance Time: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 @ 19:00

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

LIVE
180 minutes
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.
Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.
Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.


Performance Time: Wednesday, 09 August 2017 @ 19:00