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Your Guide To The Royal Opera House’s Free Ballet And Opera Streams



While sadly closed due to COVID-19, our beloved Royal Opera House is running a programme of specially curated online broadcasts – all totally free. The collection of free broadcasts and live content is kicking off with four programmes which will be available to stream on-demand from the Royal Opera House's Facebook and YouTube pages. One show will come out every Friday at 7pm, so all you culture vultures can still keep up with your ballet and opera and show some support for the ROH at the same time.

Here are the details of the initial four shows to broadcast:

March 27: Peter and the Wolf (Royal Ballet, 2010)
One to watch with the family, this enchanting ballet tells the classic Soviet story of young Peter, his animal friends and his encounter with a not-so-friendly wolf.

April 3: Acis and Galatea (Royal Opera, 2009)
The name sounds pretty futuristic, but this opera was actually originally created by Handel in the early 18th century, and later arranged by Mozart in 1788. It tells the story of a nymph in love with a shepherd, under the threat of a monstrous giant.

April 10: Così fan tutte (Royal Opera, 2010)
Women are just like that, huh? Mozart ponders the question in this late-18th century opera which takes inspiration from 'fiancé-swapping' stories like The Taming of the Shrew and Cymbeline.

April 17: The Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet, 2013)
A more modern ballet, this dark and surreal production takes Kafka's weird and wonderful novella in which a travelling salesman wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect, and beautifully translates it into dance.

The Royal Opera House will keep rolling out more broadcasts in the days and weeks to come, so look out for updates on their socials.