I’ve always believed that all forms of culture should be open to everyone, not just those who have their corporate box paid for by wherever they work. However, as household budgets and disposable incomes have been squeezed in recent years, tickets for many events have increasingly felt further and further out of reach.
That’s why I’m glad that the Royal Opera House has brought back its live cinema season. For the price of a standard cinema ticket, you can watch a range of top notch ballets and operas from a viewpoint that’s better than the view from the most expensive seats in the actual opera house. It’s affordable and it’s accessible, and you don’t have to be in London to benefit from it either. The programme is available in over 900 cinemas and it’s going out to 32 countries.
As most of the events will be transmitted live, here are the dates:
- Tuesday 23 October – live ballet: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
- Various dates in November – opera: Berlioz’s Les Troyens
- Thursday 13 December – live ballet: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
- Tuesday 15 January 2013 – live opera – Puccini’s La Boheme
- Wednesday 20 February 2013 – live opera – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
- Thursday 28 March 2013 – live ballet: Talbot’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Monday 29 April 2013 – opera: Verdi’s Nabucco (incl Placido Domingo)
- Monday 27 May 2013 – live opera: Rossini’s Donna Del Lago
- Monday 24 June 2013 – live opera: Britten’s Gloriana
For full information about locations, times and dates, visit the Royal Opera House’ s cinema page where you can find out more about their shows and use their handy search facility to find out what’s on nearest to you.
I’ll be at the back blubbing at La Boheme, and I’m especially excited about the relatively new Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. What are you liking the look of?