The Royal Opera House is delighted to continue its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme of curated content, featuring free online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural highlights that can be accessed by audiences for free anywhere, anytime.
We look forward to the next in our series of free online broadcasts, with the YouTube and Facebook premiere of Cathy Marston’s The Cellist on Friday 29 May at 7pm BST. The Cellist received its world premiere at the Royal Opera House in February and is inspired by the life of renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré whose career was cut short by the onset of multiple sclerosis at the age of 28. The ballet stars Lauren Cuthbertson as The Cellist, Marcelino Sambé as The Instrument and Matthew Ball as The Conductor, while the commissioned score by Philip Feeney features sections of Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Faure’s Cello Sonata and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Hetty Snell as solo cello alongside the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Ahead of Friday’s broadcast, join us on Instagram as Marcelino Sambé shares his lockdown essentials playlist (Wednesday 27 May) and takes over the ROH Instagram’s channel (Thursday 28 May). Choreographer Cathy Marston will curate the Friday premiere of The Cellist as it is broadcast to audiences across the globe.
This week our virtual classroom for families across the globe presents Tall Tales and invites children and young people to create their own storyboard as part of the Staging Stories activity. Discover how designers bring stories to the stage and take inspiration from productions including The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet and The Royal Opera’s La bohème to create your own storyboard.
As part of our ongoing partnership with the BBC, a new behind-the-scenes documentary by Director Richard Macer shines a light on The Royal Ballet’s male dancers. Men at the Barre – Inside The Royal Ballet will be shown on BBC Four on Wednesday 27 May at 9pm BST. Celebrating a golden generation of male dancers including Matthew Ball, Cesar Corrales, Steven McRae, Vadim Muntagirov, Marcelino Sambé and Edward Watson, this documentary offers a unique insight into the life of a dancer, revealing the athleticism as well as lyricism required to be a male dancer today.
Royal Opera House content is also available on demand across the BBC. The Royal Opera’s performances of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (2014) and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2016) are available to listen again on BBC Sounds and Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words can be viewed via BBC iPlayer. Featuring dancers of The Royal Ballet, this creative reimagining of Kenneth MacMillan’s seminal ballet is produced and directed by multiple award-winning Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of BalletBoyz.
For details of all ROH broadcasts, creative activities and unique content, follow #OurHouseToYourHouse.
Free ROH broadcasts (all available on demand for 14 days) include:
Anastasia, The Royal Ballet, 2016 – 15 May, 7pm BST
Cendrillon, The Royal Opera, 2011 – 22 May, 7pm BST
The Cellist, The Royal Ballet, 2020 – 29 May, 7pm BST
Il trittico, The Royal Opera, 2012 – 5 June, 7pm BST
La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet, 2005 – 12 June, 7pm BST
The Magic Flute, The Royal Opera, 2017 – 19 June, 7pm BST