The Royal Opera House Is Screening Free Shows Online

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 51 months ago

Last Updated 22 March 2020

The Royal Opera House Is Screening Free Shows Online
The view from the main stage Orchestra Pit at the Royal Opera House © ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke, 2014

The show must go on at the Royal Opera House, or at least the show must go online.

Given that the Covent Garden venue is closed until further notice, it's decided to bring opera and ballet into the homes of culture lovers.

Says the Royal Opera House (ROH):

In this uncertain time, and as productions and events are postponed at the Royal Opera House and around the world, we have created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime across the globe, bringing both ballet and opera to every home and every device.

Così fan tutte goes online on 10 April

The following productions will be offered on demand, for free, on the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels:

  • Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 (27 March, 7pm)
  • Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 (3 April, 7pm)
  • Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 (10 April, 7pm)
  • The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 (17 April, 7pm)

Elsewhere, ROH content can be found on BBC iPlayer (search for Mayerling, Pappano's Greatest Arias and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot), while Beethoven's Fidelio is broadcast on Radio 3 at 6.30pm on Saturday 28 March.

The ROH is also encouraging people to take advantage of a free 30-day trial on Marquee TV, which is packed with performances recorded at the ROH as well as the Globe Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and other cultural institutions.

The ROH says it will announce more free online shows in the coming weeks.

More more information, visit the Royal Opera House's website

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