The world’s high-culture mecca aims to broaden its audience overseas with opera and ballet broadcasts at Landmark Cinemas across Canada as well as independent cinemas, performing arts centres, and colleges and universities.
September 22, 2014, TORONTO – For the first time, Canadians of all ages will have the exciting opportunity to experience Britain’s beloved Royal Opera House in all its glory right here at home when a fresh new crop of both opera and ballet performances hit Canadian cinemas this fall. The brand new Royal Opera House Cinema Season will feature seven operas and four ballets – direct from the Covent Garden stage – starting with The Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s I Due Foscari on November 29.
Even more exciting news for Canadian opera fans: homegrown superstar soprano Adrianne Pieczonka will star in Wagner’s epic Der fliegende Holländer, and renowned Canadian Baritone Gerald Finley (who wowed audiences last season in Wagner’s Parsifal) will take the lead role in Rossini’s final masterpiece Guillaume Tell, conducted by The Royal Opera’s Artistic Director, Antonio Pappano.
Other season highlights:
Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet Swan Lake
- Verdi’s I due Foscari starring Plácido Domingo
- La bohème starring Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a co-production with the National Ballet of Canada
Now in more than 1000 cinemas across 40 countries, the Royal Opera House Cinema Season continues to expand each year and Canada is playing an integral part in that growth since the ballet series’ launch three years ago. “The newly packaged Royal Opera House Cinema Season will give Canadian ballet and opera fans the opportunity to share the experience of incredible performances they might not otherwise have had access to,” says Thomas Miller, President of MEI—a network of cinemas devoted to promoting alternative programming like Royal Opera House Cinema Series.
Cinemagoers across Canada will enjoy the up-close and raw emotion of opera and ballet on the big screen in the highest visual and sound quality at some of Canada’s most unique spaces and venues including over 25 theatres across the country belonging to the Landmark Cinemas group—Canada’s second largest theatre chain—along with dozens of independent cinemas, performing arts centres and colleges and universities that offer a cinema experience akin to attending a live performance.
Alastair Roberts, Managing Director of Royal Opera House Enterprises added, “it’s very exciting to be announcing this new exclusive partnership with MEI which enables us to consolidate our presence in Canadian cinemas by showing performances by both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet in the same venues. We’ve got a loyal and growing audience across Canada and this is a real milestone on our journey.”
The Royal Opera House has perfected a filming style that offers “the best seat in the house” at world-class opera and ballet performances with all of the tension and anticipation of a live performance preserved. Canadian audiences will even be treated to behind-the-scenes previews before the performance begins and special interval features.
“The experience is very much like being in the auditorium at Covent Garden,” said Roberts. “You feel the buzz beforehand with glimpses backstage as the cast gets ready for the show, then the curtain goes up and you really are sitting in one of the best seats in the house in the thick of the action.”
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About The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House presents more than 400 performances at the iconic Covent Garden theatre in London each year reaching an audience of more than 710,000. Beyond that, people around the world enjoy our work through our ROH Live Cinema Season, Royal Ballet Live, Royal Opera Live, BP Big Screens and other online and interactive projects. The Royal Opera House also plays a leading role in education, community engagement, skills development, professional training and cultural regeneration in the UK. For more information, visit roh.org.uk.
About MEI Events International Inc.
MEI presents an array of unique alternative programming to audiences looking for outstanding artistry and creative excellence through our network of independent theatres, performing arts centres and colleges and universities across the country. With a focus on programming in all the major categories of the performing arts – including concerts, theatre, dance, and Canadian independent films, MEI is proud to be the exclusive Canadian distributor for the Royal Opera House Cinema Series and Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen series.
Experience unique, emotionally captivating and visually stunning performances on screen now through Canada’s Alternative Cinema Network. For more information, visit meigroup.ca
About Arts Alliance
Arts Alliance Ltd is the leading producer, financier, distributor and marketer of Event Cinema worldwide. The company offers a one-stop-shop for financing, production support, worldwide distribution, marketing and campaign execution. With over 70 event cinema releases across screens around the globe, Arts Alliance develops, markets and distributes world-class shows to audiences in 4000+ screens in over 60 territories, engaging fans with the content they are most passionate about. In the fast-growing Event Cinema market, the Arts Alliance slate features exciting, multi-dimensional content across all genres: live opera and ballet, dynamic art exhibitions, theatre productions and the best rock & pop events. Highlights from the forthcoming Arts Alliance Event Cinema slate include The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2014/15, One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film, Globe On Screen 2014, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN and In Search Of Chopin.
About Landmark Cinemas
Canada’s second largest exhibitor in Canada, operating 49 theatres with over 341 screens including IMAX, EXTRA and XTREME screen platforms in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Yukon Territories. Landmark offers state-of-the-art all digital entertainment showing the latest Hollywood films to a variety of alternative content like the Royal London Opera, Ballet, Met Opera and live music events.