The Royal Opera House has prepared a series of ballet and opera performances that will be streamed live during November.
The Royal Ballet opens the series at 8.30 p.m. on Friday, 13 November with The Royal Ballet: Live – Within the Golden Hour, which includes a world premiere of Scherzo with choreography by Valentin Zucchetti and extracts from celebrated ballets such as Swan Lake, Rhapsody, Manon, Concerto, In Our Wishes, Pas de Deux and Le Corsaire. The programme also includes Natalia Osipova performing The Dying Swan, and Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Monotones II. The evening will end with a complete performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet Within the Golden Hour.
A week later, at 8.30 p.m. on 20 November, the Royal Opera offers a concert performance of Handel’s opera Ariodante. This rarely staged opera was originally performed at the Theatre Royal (the predecessor of the Royal Opera House) in 1735, when it opened Handel’s first season there, but has not been performed at Covent Garden since. The title role will be sung by mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy. Appearing alongside her will be soprano Chen Reiss as Ginevra, bass-baritone Gerald Finley as the King of Scotland, soprano Sophie Bevan as Dalinda, tenor Ed Lyon as Lurcanio, counter-tenor Iestyn Davies as Polinesso and tenor Thando Mjandana as Odoardo. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House will be conducted by baroque music specialist Christian Curnyn.
On 27 November we will have an opportunity to see Mozart’s tragicomedy Don Giovanni starring Erwin Schrott (who also appeared at the 64th Ljubljana Festival), Roberto Tagliavini, Malin Byström, Daniel Behle, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Louise Adler and Leon Košavić, while on 4 December we can enjoy the Royal Ballet’s 2019 production of Frederick Ashton’s Enigma Variations, which is an exciting portrait of british composer Edward Elgar and his musical legacy.
The operas and ballets will be available to watch at stream.roh.org.uk for thirty days.